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DAILY KENT STATER Friday, April 8, 2011 • The independent student newspaper of Kent State University • Weather: Rainy, HI 41, LO 42

School of Theatre and Dance to dedicate EZ Black Box Theatre Brooke Bower Daily Kent Stater The School of Theatre and Dance will dedicate the black box theatre in honor of Louis Erdmann and William Zucchero Friday in the Music and Speech Center. “It’s going to be a fun but bittersweet night since both of them aren’t here anymore,” said Karl Erdmann, the school’s production manager, son of Louis Erdmann and director of the dedication. The night will start at 6 p.m. with a reception for donors and family. The dedication will start at 7:15 p.m. in the lobby outside the soon to be EZ Black Box Theatre and then proceed into the theatre. Karl Erdmann said the dedication starts with a few speeches, the uncovering of the names on the theater doors and each family being honored. He said once inside the theater, a tribute to “Bill and Lou” will be presented with the Student Theatre Festival. The tribute portion will be presented Friday through Sunday.

“I’ve pulled shows that they directed over the 30 years they were both around (Kent State),” Karl Erdmann said. “I pulled scenes from those to present along with a music melody of 15 songs from all the time periods they were around.” Zucchero taught at Kent State from 1954 to 1984, and Louis Erdmann taught from 1957 to 1987. Zucchero was a director and actor while Louis Erdmann started off as a technical director and light designer. Louis Erdmann transitioned into directing but still did management positions like running the box office and being a theater consultant. Both helped to create the Porthouse Theatre. “I’m going to show some video of shows they directed, and there will be copies of the programs and some photos presented,” Karl Erdmann said. The Student Theatre Festival will include student-produced pieces. Karl Erdmann said the dedication show includes about 25 theater students and another 20 students dancing in “Cool” from “West Side Story.” He said Sarah Coon, senior theatre studies major, created “Waiting for Gouda,” which

is about three mice looking for cheese and a humorous spoof on the play “Waiting for Godot.” Jerimie Newcomb, senior theatre studies major, is presenting the play “Land of the Dead,” written by Neil LaBute. Brian Crowley, senior theatre studies major, said dance student Ebby Howarth will be presenting “Out of my Mind,” a “really cool solo piece” that he choreographed. He will also present a piece about theater history at the dedication. “I came up with the idea to do the history of theater in 15 minutes since it’s one of those notorious classes everyone in theater has to take to graduate,” Crowley said. Theatre history professor Rosemarie Bank helped Crowley with the content in the piece and narrates the play. Karl Erdmann said Crowley’s piece is very funny and that it’s neat that both Zucchero and Louis Erdmann are mentioned in the history. “It’s been a really interesting experience,” Crowley said. “It has been neat to be a part of something so special that will be going down in the (school’s) dance and theater history books.” Brooke Bower is the performing arts reporter.


Students perform a musical number from “Chicago” during a rehearsal for the EZ Black Box Theatre dedication in the Music and Speech Center on Wednesday. The theatre is being dedicated to former theater professors Louis Erdmann and William Zucchero on Friday.

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Team welcomes Senderoff Son of fashion designer as new head basketball coach receives honorary degree

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Daily Kent Stater After former head coach Geno Ford blindsided the men’s basketball team when he agreed to coach at Bradley University, the seniors assembled their teammates together to ensure a better upcoming season. The players marched into Joel Nielsen’s office April 4 and made a case with the director of athletics at Kent State that interim head coach Rob Senderoff should hold the position permanently. “We just wanted to voice our opinion,” said junior guard Carlton Guyton. “He’s been around us and knows us personally, so we want to keep those relationships.” Whether that display swayed Nielsen’s decision or not, he officially declared Senderoff as the head coach at 3:30 p.m. Thursday during a press conference in the M.A.C. Center. “(Senderoff’s) seven years with the program have been some of our best years,” Nielsen said. “He separated himself (from the other candidates) with his knowledge, his recruiting records, his commitment and his plans for the future.” Senderoff said those plans include continuing the team’s current levels of toughness, selflessness and emotion on the court. But what really made him stand out from the six to 12 other candidates for the position was the list of players he has recruited over the years. “There’s a lot of points, a lot of rebounds and a lot of assists on that list,” Nielsen explained. “That list (also) includes a Mid-American Conference Player of the Year, (junior forward Justin) Greene.” Although Senderoff wasn’t much of a basketball player himself, he proved he knows how to step outside of eastern Ohio to find the top picks for the team. But if he were good at basketball, perhaps he wouldn’t be the head coach right now. “This became a dream of mine when I was 19 or 20 and was cut from the JV team at a Division III

Daily Kent Stater Leonardo Ferragamo, son of late fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo, traveled from Florence, Italy, with two of his children to accept his honorary Kent State degree. J.R. Campbell, director of the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising and Leonardo Ferragamo, CEO of Palazzo Feroni Finanziaria S.p.A, the family’s holding company, first met when Campbell was in Florence. From there, the two started talking about collaboration with the company and Kent State. Salvatore Ferragamo created his internationally renowned design house in the 1920s and quickly became the “shoemaker to the stars.” Since his death


Interim head coach Rob Senderoff was officially declared as the men’s baskeball head coach. school, and I knew I wasn’t good at basketball,” Senderoff said. “These guys can attest to that.” Motioning to the laughing players, Senderoff quickly added, “I can still shoot free throws better than some of them,” erupting more laughter and clearly displaying the close relationship he has with the players. “We’re tight because he’s been the assistant coach, so we can talk to him more personally,” Guyton said. Looking ahead to next season, Guyton said it would also benefit the team in terms of wins if Senderoff served as head coach. “We don’t want to change anything because we’ve been winning,” Guyton said. “We’re basically coming back with the same team, so we’ll either start the sea-

son the same way or better.” For Senderoff, the goal is to build on current pillars and get better. He said after the team missed out on the NCAA Tournament by two points this season, he wants the team to remain “two points better” next year. And since he appreciates all of the support the players have given him during the 10-day search for a new head coach, Senderoff plans to give back to the team by getting the most out of the players and giving the seniors a chance to reach their full potentials. “Our kids come here for one reason and one reason only: to win championships and get rings on their fingers,” Senderoff said. “I want to make sure that happens.” Rachel Jones is a sports reporter.

in 1960, his high-end shoe collection has grown to include handbags, accessories, menswear, shoes and timepieces, in large part to Leonardo Ferragamo’s efforts. The collaboration between Kent State and Leonardo Ferragamo culminated Thursday with Ferragamo receiving an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the College of Arts and the College of Communication and Information. He was also inducted into the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising’s Hall of Fame. “I don’t think I deserve the award, but I welcome it with open arms,” Leonardo Ferragamo said. “I’m honored to be here, and I thank everyone that made this possible. I’m honored to be alongside all the other designers in the Hall of Fame.” See DEGREE, Page 2


Leonardo Ferragamo, fashion CEO, accepts an award for his induction to the Fashion Hall of Fame and Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Shutdown talks yield no deal WASHINGTON (AP) — Time growing short, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach agreement Thursday night on a compromise to cut spending and head off a midnight Friday government shutdown that no one claimed to want. Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all said the differences had been narrowed in a pair of White House meetings during the day. They directed their aides to work through the night in pursuit of a deal. “I expect an answer in the morning,” Obama said in an appearance in the White House briefing room shortly after his second sit-down of the day with the lawmakers. The comments capped a day in which the president, Reid,

D-Nev., and Boehner, R-Ohio, bargained and blustered by turns, struggling to settle their differences over spending cuts and other issues while maneuvering to avoid any political blame if they failed. But agreement remained elusive, and Republicans passed legislation through the House at mid-day to fund the Pentagon for six months, cut $12 billion in domestic spending and keep the federal bureaucracy humming for an additional week. “There is absolutely no policy reason for the Senate to not follow the House in taking these responsible steps to support our troops and to keep our government open,” Boehner said. Obama flashed a veto threat even before the bill passed on a 247-181, mostly party-line vote. The administration issued a

statement calling it “a distraction from the real work” of agreeing on legislation to cover the six months left in the current fiscal year, and there was no indication Reid would allow a vote on it. For all the brinksmanship — and the promise of more in the Senate on Friday — there was agreement that a shutdown posed risks to an economy still recovering from the worst recession in decades. The political fallout was less predictable, especially with control of government divided and dozens of new Tea Party-backed Republicans part of a new GOP majority in the House. Twin government shutdowns in the mid1990s damaged Republicans, then new to power in Congress, and helped President Bill Clinton win re-election in 1996. See SHUTDOWN, Page 2

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Church meeting When: 8 – 10 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 313 Daily Kent Stater The preliminary hearing for one of the Kent State juniors facing criminal charges for a fake ID shipment has been rescheduled for April 15. Antonino Bucca, 20-year-old junior accounting major, was scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at the Kent Municipal Court Friday morning on charges of identity fraud, forgery and telecommunications fraud. Bucca’s attorney, Marcus Sidoti, filed for a continuance Thursday. Court records did not state the reason behind the motion. Drew Patenaude, 20, is also scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday morning on identity fraud, forgery

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Sigma Chi raises money for children Cristina Mazzone Daily Kent Stater Sigma Chi worked toward a $10,000 goal this week with its annual philanthropy event, Derby Days. The fraternity’s charity, which began Monday and ends Friday, was themed “Looney Derby.” The proceeds go toward the Children’s Miracle Network, specifically to the Akron Children’s Hospital. Troy Gunnoe, president of Sigma Chi, said last year the fraternity raised $4,500 during Derby Days, making this year’s goal more than double last year’s money raised. Sigma Chi kicked off the week with a fundraiser at Five Guys Burgers and Fries, penny wars in the Student Center and a gift basket raffle. The fraternity also held a potluck dinner Monday followed by a sidewalkpainting contest. Sororities were invited to chalk the sidewalk leading up to the Sigma Chi house and each chalking was judged based on incorporation of Sigma Chi and the Looney Derby theme. Gunnoe said Tuesday’s events consisted of a continuation of the gift basket raffle and penny wars; both events continued throughout the week. “Sign a Sig” also took place on Tuesday. Students could pay $.25 to sign a Sigma Chi brother’s shirt in black and $.50 to sign a shirt in red. “Something new we added this year that increased our funds by 100 percent was the option to buy a brother out for $40,” Gunnoe said. The fraternity was able to raise $1,000 with the new addition of this event. Sigma Chi also hosted speakers from the Akron Children’s Hospital. Abby Hexamer, a cancer patient and college student, and Nicci Avalon, a representative from Akron Children’s Hospital, spoke Tuesday evening. From Page 1

DEGREE Son of fashion designer receives honorary degree Campbell said Leonardo Ferragamo has provided financial support and partnered with Kent State’s study abroad program in Florence. “What I’m most excited about exploring further, personally, is the idea of some sort of Ferragamo summer series in Florence,” Campbell said. “That is a really exciting concept to extend what we do there and can be specialized as well as attract people from all over.” Campbell said Leonardo Ferragamo was curious to work with fashion and CCI students for reporting on events, commentary or otherwise. “One of the things that they have as part of the original headquarters is a Ferragamo museum where they house the archives for all the original designs that Salvatore created,” Campbell said. “We are interested in finding more about it

Andy Wood, Sigma Chi’s philanthropy chair, said the fraternity took a tour of Akron Children’s Hospital. “It was great to see where our money from the fundraiser was going,” Wood said. On Wednesday, Sigma Chi hosted the “Pie a Chi” event in Risman Plaza. Any student could pay a dollar to pie one of the brothers. The fraternity also held a “Build a Looney Tune” contest. Each sorority was given a free coach to help them during the week. Whoever dressed their coach to look most like a Looney Tune won the contest. Thursday’s events included a “Hat Grab,” where the more hats a sorority grabbed from the head of a Sigma Chi brother, the more points awarded, and a “Hide a Looney Tune” contest. Gunnoe said they hid a Looney Tune campus, and the sorority that found it was given extra points. On Friday, Sigma Chi is hosting a volleyball tournament for sororities and accepting general donations toward the Children’s Miracle Network until midnight. To end the week, an Easter egg hunt will take place in Burbank at the Lodi Station Outlets on Saturday. Gunnoe said the Sigma Chi Derby Day’s fundraiser has taken place every year since 1992. “With the ‘Sign a Sig’ and the ‘Pie a Chi’ events, we are putting ourselves out in the community just to raise money,” Gunnoe said. “When it’s all said and done, you might not like the pie in the face, but it is for a good cause.” Wood said the fraternity stayed focused on the end goal during the week. “We have had a saying throughout this fundraiser: ‘Do it for the kids,’” Wood said. “This fundraiser really does mean something.” Cristina Mazzone is the Greek Life and ROTC reporter. so ultimately we can show the exhibit in the museum. It’s all very tentative right now, but (there’s a) potentially great collaboration.” Leonardo Ferragamo delivered a speech at Rockwell Auditorium early Thursday afternoon. Later in the evening he was inducted into the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising’s Hall of Fame. The presentation included remarks from President Lester Lefton, Provost Robert Frank and Campbell. Two senior students presented Ferragamo with a glass plaque. Nick Nero, junior fashion merchandising major, said Ferragamo seemed very honored to be at Kent State to accept his award. “My favorite part was how humble Mr. Ferragamo seemed to be, despite what he does on a daily basis,” he said. “I think the effect of him coming to Kent was huge. A lot of students seemed very interested and proud of the fact that he was here.” Yelena Tischenko is the Fashion and the College of Nursing reporter.

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Kate Murphy Daily Kent Stater The weekend is finally here when tons of “lil’ sibs” will invade the Kent State campus. Kent Interhall Council is hosting the annual Lil’ Sibs Weekend event that will include movies, crafts, games and fun. This event allows students to invite their siblings to spend Friday through Sunday morning on campus. Many nights of brainstorming, planning and little sleep will soon be a thing of the past for KIC President Andy Sokolich and his board. “My adviser, Leah Carothers, was most involved in helping me with the planning for the weekend, but I also created the Lil’ Sibs Committee of about 10 students to help with brainstorming and organizational tasks,” Sokolich said. “I started brainstorming before winter break, but the real planning started when I got back to school in January. I probably put a good 15 hours a week in, if not more.” As of Wednesday, KIC had roughly 1,600 people registered for the event, which includes Kent State students and siblings combined. “This is more than last year, but I’m not entirely sure how many from previous years,” Sokolich said. “I’d say that 1,600 is a good number, and I’m very pleased with this response. People are still begging for late registrations.” KIC normally has a $4,500 budget for Lil’ Sibs Weekend. However, with budget cuts, Sokolich had only $3,200 to spend. Even with the $1,300 cut, he is confident all the siblings will still have an enjoyable time. Although some like to think the “lil’ sibs” come to see them (big sibs), the truth is that they’re excited for all the games and activities, Sokolich said. This year, Sokolich and his crew have given them plenty of options. There’s everything from bowling, a carnival, pajama parties and movies to tie-dyeing, ice skating and a planetarium show. “A majority of the programming changes from year to year because we sometimes have siblings that come back all four years that their older sibling is in college,” Sokolich said. “One thing that doesn’t change is the inflatables. They were the most fun to pick out. I’m secretly hoping that there will be time for my

executive board and other volunteers to play on them after the students and their siblings leave.” Even with Friday calling for 70 percent chance of rain, Lil’ Sibs will go on rain or shine. Despite the possibility of inclement weather and hundreds of little kids running around, Sokolich and his team are ready. “Of course I am terrified of the sheer number of kids that will be on campus, but I can handle that,” Sokolich said. “I’m pretty much past the nervous stage, and I’m really more excited than anything else now. I’ve put a lot of work into this, and I truly feel like I have all my bases covered.” Kate Murphy is the room and board, buildings and grounds reporter.

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and telecommunications fraud. Patenaude’s attorney, Michael Giulitto, filed for a continuance Wednesday because of a scheduling conflict. Court records did not indicate whether Giulitto’s request for a continuance had been granted Thursday evening. Kent Police arrested Bucca and Patenaude on March 31 in connection with a shipment of counterfeit IDs intercepted by the United States Customs and Border Protection of Ohio. Brian Bell, the customs spokesman for Ohio, said the 90 IDs recovered were hidden in an electronic device and originated in China. Kent Police believe it was the intent of the two students to sell and distribute the IDs to underage students.


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and medical education’s impact on Portage County and the rest of Ohio. Research America, a health research advocacy group, conducted a national poll and found 78 percent of the American public think health research funding is important for jobs in the economy, Gershen said. Ninety-eight percent think education and training in science, technology, engineering and math are “important to the economy and prosperity.” Gershen talked about NEOUCOM’s steady job placement within Ohio communities. He said 92 percent of its students are from Ohio and 72 percent of graduates acquire jobs in Ohio. Marty Mundy, facilities planner for the Office of the University Architect, said she has attended roughly four Bowman Breakfasts in the previous years. After Gershen spoke, Mundy said she was surprised at how often NEOUCOM and Kent State work together. “I really liked his approach about taking it more Ohio-wide,” she said.

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SHUTDOWN Shutdown talks yield no deal In a shift in position, Obama said he would sign a short-term measure keeping the government running even without an agreement to give negotiations more time to succeed. At the White House, a senior budget official said the impact of a shutdown “will be immediately felt on the economy.” It also would be felt unevenly, said Jeff

Caitlin Restelli is the student politics reporter. Zients, deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Military troops would not receive their full paychecks, but Social Security recipients would still get monthly benefits, he said. “National parks, national forests and the Smithsonian Institution would all be closed. The NIH Clinical Center will not take new patients, and no new clinical trials will start,” he added in a roll call of expected agency closings. It was unclear whether the day’s maneuvering marked attempts by negotiators to gain final concessions before reaching agree-

Only two students attended the open house Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio hosted Thursday night at the Kent Health Center. The event was part of the Get Yourself Tested national campaign. Planned Parenthood partnered with MTV, and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation created the month-long campaign to raise awareness of the prevalence and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Dana Day, volunteer connections manager, said this is the third year of the GYT national campaign and the first open house in Kent. “There has been a real push instead of calling it STDs, to call it STIs because disease sort of gives that impression that you can’t fix it,” Day said. “So many of them really are treatable.” One in two people will get an STI by the age of 25 and won’t know about it, Day said. The GYT campaign strives to remove the stigmas and taboos that surround STI testing. Diana Molnar, certified nurse practitioner and lead clinician, said teaching patients is what she enjoys the most. She has worked at Planned Parenthoods in Medina, Canton, Akron and Kent. Molnar said about 70 percent of chlamydia is silent with women and 50 percent with men, meaning they show no symptoms. She also said the gonorrhea and chlamydia testing could be done with just urine. “You do not need an exam to get tested for STDs,” she said. “It is very simple.” The first 20 open-house attendees who wanted them received free testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia, as well as Rapid HIV tests. Rapid HIV tests are quick mouth swabs that can be detected in 20 minutes. Every Friday in April, PPNEO will provide free testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia, as well as Rapid HIV tests at health centers in Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Old Brooklyn. Michelle Bair is a public affairs reporter.

ment, or represented a significant setback to efforts to avoid a shutdown. Either way, Boehner pointed out that the current clash was only the first of many likely to follow as the new, conservative majority in the House pursues its goals of reducing the size and scope of government. “All of us want to get on with the heavy lifting that is going to come right behind it, dealing with the federal debt and putting in place a budget for next year,” he said. For all the tough talk, it did not appear the two sides were too far from a deal.

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SUMMARY: A government shutdown may not affect students immediately, but they should remain focused on the situation.


Government shutdown shouldn’t impact colleges


ollege students should have no reason to panic about a possible government shutdown Friday. While temporary delays in student funding are likely to occur, students will not be impacted long-term unless the shutdown is extended past Saturday’s proposal. When the last shutdown occurred in late 1995 to early 1996, government workers were not paid, but according to officials, the effects were not shown months after the shutdown ended. The shutdown has been proposed if Congress is unable to conjure up a budget for the remainder of the year or if it is

unable to approve a short-term bill until a budget can be laid out. Congress remains divided on how drastically it will cut spending, but President Barack Obama remained optimistic when asked about it Wednesday. If the shutdown does occur, picture what Kent State’s campus could look like during a snow day: Only essential personnel will report and the executive branch having a very thin staff. The effect on higher education is being questioned though. During the 1995 shutdown, only two employees in the Office of Postsecondary Education were allowed to work. During that time, the employees sim-

ply answered phones and told financial aid officials that they were unable to process any sort of transaction until the shutdown ended. Although the process was complicated during the previous shutdown, it was not slowed by it. Colleges were still able to administer awards to students and life went on as usual. While the potential shutdown Friday will not immediately affect college students, they should be aware of the situation. If it was to somehow extend past a few days, it could end up impacting them. The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board whose members are listed to the left.


“I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.” — Charles M. Schulz

DID YOU KNOW? On this day in 1974, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hits his 715th career home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s legendary record of 714 homers. A crowd of 53,775 people, the largest in the history of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, was with Aaron that night to cheer when he hit a fourth inning pitch off the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Al Downing. —

Guy’s Girl This is the continuation of the column “guys’ girl,” which was introduced last week in “Boys like girls, girls like boys.” (It can be read online at KentWired. com.) The last column examined experiences and observations in hanging out with different groups of people. This column focuses on the particular benefits and downfalls of being considered a “guys’ girl.” The beginning persuasive factors are that guys are straight up, don’t judge you and like beer, food and sex (don’t we all), but there are drawbacks, too.


• They can expect you to drink (and eat) as much as them. If they lean toward the inconsiderate type or just plain forgetful, they may be unaware that you’re about half their body weight and no longer can take straight shots like you did freshman year because you’ll end up on the floor or on a bull (don’t ask). Also, eating as much as them can definitely pack on some pounds if you’re not careful. • They might end up liking you. This one can really suck. But, if you happen to be one of us girls who likes being friends with a potential boyfriend first, it can be great. However, it can be disastrous for the reasons in the next category. • You may end up liking them. Logically, it’s difficult not to sometimes start liking someone who you enjoy spending time with and genuinely care about. If there’s absolutely no attraction, then you’re safe. If there is a possibility, though, there can be some complications. How I see it is that guys live in two worlds. Guy world is the one they spend the majority of their time in, and girl/ guy/normal world is where they usually categorize their girlfriends or a potential as existing. For some reason guys think they have to put on the same type of act in front of girls as girls feel they have to put on for guys sometimes. If you cross over completely, you may learn all the secrets they don’t want you to know, which could be dangerous or more valuable as a friend. If both parties are on the same page, both have to seriously ask if the risk is worth it. • They talk about sex and porn and always have this stuff around. Even for the most comfortable sexual girl, this can get really awkward when they are passing around a swimsuit calendar of

A noble profession Cassandra Adams half-naked women like it’s last week’s newspaper. Best advice on this one: Stay somewhat quiet, offer a nice compliment or a joke before redirecting the conversation elsewhere. • Girlfriends. This is another toughy. When they have a serious girlfriend, you can press the pause button on your friendship. I’m not saying this should happen all the time. And sometimes the girlfriend is just as chill, everyone can be a group, a big happy Brady Bunch-style family. But a lot of times this doesn’t happen. So kiss your guy friend goodbye for a little (not literally, unless you want the girlfriend to punch you) at least until the “honeymoon” stage is over. • They may think you’re hitting on them. This is a tricky one, too, if they don’t know you’re the type of girl who usually hangs out with the guys and are more comfortable sporting a baseball hat than straightening your hair every day, and you ask them to do something – they may think you’re hitting on them. A way to diffuse the situation — unless you are in fact hitting on them, or feeling it out at first — is to try group things first or tell them straight out that you want to keep it only as friends. Honesty is the best policy, in my opinion. What’s the verdict? Taking it all into consideration, I overall like being one of the guys and want to keep my gold membership to the boy’s club, mainly because we have a lot of the same interests and it’s more comfortable for me. But girlfriends are very important too, because at the end of the day, that sisterhood will have your back in a way that’s untouchable. Cassandra Adams is a dual major in English and news and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at

At a time when teachers and their unions are under fire across the nation, my eldest daughter just had a much-anticipated interview with Teach for America. She will graduate from college in May and hopes to be a teacher in the fall. She was worried that I’d be disappointed she didn’t feel a desire for graduate school. But I was thrilled. Since graduating from college in 1984, I’ve taught GED courses, English as a second language, composition at a city college and now writing and literature at a public university. I have loved every year, and I don’t think there’s a more important profession. Think about it: We aren’t legally mandated to spend as much time with any other kind of person as we are with teachers. An American who graduates from high school has been taught by more than 20 teachers and has spent more than 10,000 hours in their company. It’s no wonder almost everyone has a story about a teacher who changed his or her life. Still, with all the contempt and anger being hurled at teachers right now, it’s alarming to be sending a daughter into the crossfire, especially when new teachers are the first to be threatened with pink slips. The growing scorn for public school teachers is at every level of education. Teachers are blamed for bad test results, for disrespectful students, for failing schools. They are thought to be lazy, draining public coffers with their monthly salaries and pension benefits (although they actually contribute to their pensions like everyone else). Last fall, a video posted by blogger Shannyn Moore showed Sarah Palin and her daughter Willow confronting a woman protesting during the filming of Palin’s reality TV series on a fishing dock in Homer, Alaska. When Palin asks the woman about her profession, she replies that she is a teacher, and Palin and Willow, who is of high school age, exchange knowing looks. Palin turns back to the woman. “Oh — a teacher,” she says, her voice oozing condescension.

Susan Straight Guest Colmnist This kind of conservative contempt for public school teachers began decades ago with white flight (remember the private schools that sprang up in churches and homes during integration in the 1970s?), and it continues today. In Southern California, it can be seen in the flight of so many families to religious schools — not just the traditional Roman Catholic schools but numerous new church-affiliated facilities. I’ve been told by parents of students who attend private religious schools that public schools are beyond redemption, and they resent their tax dollars subsidizing poor-quality education. Meanwhile, parents often consider their kids’ teachers as mere service providers. Last fall, I met a teacher at an exclusive private school on New York’s Upper East Side who told me parents pressure her to ignore bad behavior, missed assignments and cheating, in the belief that nothing is more important than their children’s success. One of my best friends, a second-grade teacher at the public elementary school I attended, told me about a student who consistently returns math work undone. “I don’t do math,” he said. “My mom says I don’t have to.” My friend explained: “The state says you have to do math.” But the child was adamant: “My mom says I don’t.” A teacher at my youngest daughter’s public high school told me parents often call and e-mail to protest assignments. My child just “isn’t feeling Dickens,” one said. “He needs to be reading something he can relate to.” At the very moment my daughter hopes to become a teacher, Detroit is talking about closing half its public schools. In Rhode Island, teachers are being laid off wholesale. California has issued thousands of pink slips. All over the world, people sacrifice to send their children to school. Afghan girls are threatened yet still walk to school; Chinese children

are sent to schools in faraway cities by parents desperate to give them better lives; Kenyan students study by kerosene lamp in one-room schools built by grateful parents. Here, access to a free education is an essential part of the American dream. I was sent to kindergarten at age 4 by my mother, a Swiss immigrant. She taught me to read when I was 3 years old, worried that the school wouldn’t admit me unless I was already literate. I went daily to a kind teacher who let me read advanced books in the corner. I remember her hair, her lips when her mouth moved and her fingernails. Decades later, she remembers me, and says I told her stories. I believe it because teachers are often therapists, friends, mentors, coaches, sometimes providers of food and school supplies or holders of secrets. And in that way, they are some of the most important people in children’s lives. And sometimes, despite all the disrespect that’s out there, teachers are appreciated. Last week, I got an e-mail from a Cambodian-American student from San Bernardino, Calif., who now teaches English in South Korea; she was writing to say thank you. My students, many of them first-generation immigrants, have brought me gifts and invited me to their weddings and New Year celebrations. I have gotten calls of thanks from their parents. And sometimes they have called me not by my name, but by the most reverent word they could summon: teacher. I try to imagine my daughter in a classroom this fall, looking out at the faces of children who are thinking of numbers and letters and secrets. I remember the woman who taught me to form the alphabet, the man who taught me long division. I remember my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Wolf, playing Cat Stevens songs on the guitar. And I wonder about the children who may one day remember my daughter’s teaching and in what ways she may have changed their lives. This column first appeared in the Los Angeles Times.


In response to “Libya: Obama’s just cause”: To think that Obama made a just cause in beginning an operation in Libya is almost humorous. With each passing paragraph of this article my jaw dropped closer to my dorm room floor. The president may have acted boldly, but while doing so, he acted irrationally as well. I am no “Obama hater,” but I feel this decision was wrong. Obama’s quote on “America’s responsibility” to act on the Libya ordeal is great rhetoric, but something the opposite could be said for the other point of view, while making a great point as well. For example, America’s responsi-

bility should be its own people before all others. Especially as the wars in the rest of the Middle East grow our national debt and have very dim hopes of ending within this decade. Lastly, but certainly not least, the sight of war now floods every Libyan’s view, and the U.S. flag is leading the way. We wonder how U.S. hatred in the Middle East began; well, you have your answer in our foreign policy. Just yesterday an American bomb hit and killed a group of civilians in Libya. You may not see that on an American news channel, but it was everywhere else in the world. The citizens of

Libya are starving and dying, and all we are doing is dropping bombs. Obama acted boldly all right, just as boldly as President Bush did after 9/11. The decisions we make with Libya will have lasting effects for years; we just have to be ready to deal with them. Will a U.S. operation in a Middle Eastern country lead to anti-Americanism, or maybe a militant generation in Libya after growing up with war in their backyard? Who knows, but it is absolutely a possibility. Corey Bauer is a freshman political science major.

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PRIDE! Kent elects new executive board members after slight delay Revised constitution aimed to help make smooth election night Daniel Moore Daily Kent Stater


Brian Grey of Lisbon, Ohio, sits with his signs in protest in front of the University Library on Thursday. Grey said he was in Kent because he “wanted to show people the moral standard Jesus taught.” Many conversations between students happened around him as he sat mostly quiet unless he was asked a question.

PRIDE! Kent elections for next year’s executive board were administered business-as-usual. Of the five open seats, only the vice president position was contended. The first elections under a recently revised constitution were conducted differently than in years past. The process was affected from the very start: Voting was delayed about 30 minutes until a quorum of 23 members — one of the changes in the Elections Article — was established. Following the new procedure, each candidate was allotted five minutes to address the membership and five minutes to answer questions from the membership pertaining to their presentation. The candidate then left the chamber and members had five minutes to openly discuss the candidate. During the speeches, candidates expressed their love for the organization. “The first thing I asked my RA was, ‘Is there a gay group?’” said Amanda Fincham, senior English major and the newly elected presi-

dent. “I came to PRIDE! and oh man, I had the time of my life.” Olivia Stephens, sophomore visual journalism major and the new programmer, said she wanted to throw a welcome party for new members at the beginning of the year. “I remember how excited it was when I first came to PRIDE! and I’d really like for people who are first coming to feel like that, too,” Stephens said. New secretary Grace Lopez described it as a “lovely support group.” “It makes me want to help them succeed and create the same kind of experience I had,” Lopez said. Some candidates expressed how they would like to bring more to their position than past holders. Max Harrington, junior political science major and new PRIDE! treasurer, said the group needs to do a better job of raising money. “If it says in the constitution to manage funds, I need some funds to manage,” Harrington said. He proposed the group work with the athletic department to clean up after sporting events for extra funds. All new board members stressed the importance of the upcoming year: the 40th anniversary of the organization. “We’re going to need some mad cash for the 40th anniversary,” Harrington said. “It’s a big deal. The 40th anniversary shouldn’t be looked at as a celebration but an achievement.” Fincham said she wants to

invite some of its founding fathers and past faculty advisers back on campus for a birthday party in December. Stephens said a current, big-name speaker would add to the celebration as well. Alyssa-Isake Whitner, sophomore exploratory major, won the only contested seat for vice president, defeating Brian Wakely, junior visual communication design major, while Cristina Mazzone, junior public relations major, retained her position as allies chair. “I joined PRIDE! and my life went so uphill from there,” Whitner said. “I think PRIDE! is a wonderful program, and I think it will be better when I’m vice president.” Secretary Doug Fink, senior English major, was responsible for rewriting the Elections Article and said he was pleased with the elections process. “I think it went very smoothly as compared to last year,” Fink said. “The best part was we had an actual document to look at. The people had a better understanding of how it worked, too. It was nice.” As the new president, Fincham said her goals relate to the unity of the group. “I really would like everyone in PRIDE! to be open, welcoming and familiar with the person sitting across the room,” she said. “(My goal) is to bring back that familiarity to the group.” Daniel Moore is the diversity reporter.

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Alpha Xi Delta would like to congratulate Kelsey Fisher, Lauren Davis and Brittni Cortright on being Sisters of the Week!

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FREE HEAT Tutors are needed for Accounting, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Finance, French, Geology, Italian, Nursing, Philosophy, Psychology, Seven Ideas, Spanish, Study Skills, and Writing. Tutors must have a 3.0 GPA and be available to work 8-12 hours per week. Starting Pay: $8.50 To apply or for more information, visit 207 Schwartz Center or www. Rockne’s in Streetsboro is now hiring full and part time servers and line cooks. Please apply in person between 2pm - 4pm. Now hiring full and part-time summer positions. Seeking highly motivated people for Nuevo Sol Tanning and Guava Juice Bar. Apply in person 1634 Norton Road, Stow. Experienced energetic bartender/ server needed. Apply in person at Digger’s Bar and Grill. 802 North Mantua St. in Kent. 330-677-3444 Part-time. Morning hours. outside. 330-342-4613

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Handing over the gavel? Come learn how to pass on the legacy and how to be a great officer at the Officer Transition Workshop! It will be Tuesday, April 19th from 7-9pm in room 319 of the Kent Student Center. Contact Center for Student Involvement with questions at 330-672-2480 or

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.

horoscope By Nancy Black Today’s Birthday (04/08/11) It’s all right to question your purpose, which will certainly be an interesting inquiry. Choose projects that are close to your heart, and go for them. You have much to gain, and nothing to lose. Give it a try. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.


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Large 2 bedroom 1.5 bath apartment $585/month + deposit & electric. Heat, water and trash included. 330312-0066 or 330-968-4930 Apartments for Rent: 1 bedroom apartment in a house. Kitchen, living room, bath. Separate entrance. No pets. One year lease. Available in August. 330-673-8505 or 330-221-8218 HIDDEN PINES Town homes 4 bedrooms 2 bath. W/D. ALL utilities included. $365/mo/bdrm 440-708-2372 Kent near downtown and campus 2 bedroom apartment, all utilities paid except electric, $350/bedroom + security deposit. (330) 676-9440 NO UTL INC UNIVERSITY TOWNHOME. 5 BDS, 2.5 BATHS, STOVE, REFRIG, W/D, A/C. $345.00 PER PERSON; WWW.JLCASTO. COM CALL 330-688-7040. $495.00 FIRST 3 MONTHS. 2BD 1BTH TOWNHOME. LAUNDRY, CARPORT. 330-688-7040 Buckeye Parks Mgmt. Serving Kent for over 30 years 2011-2012 Leases 2,3,4 bdrm apts Some include utilities Prices starting at $375 per room 330-678-3047 KENT/BRIMFIELD. Newer 3 & 4 Bdrm duplexes. 1 car garage. $900-$1200 per month. 330-338-5841 or 330329-1118 Available in Fall! 3 bedroom units close to campus. Wellmaintained starting at $800/ month. Call today 330-329-2535 Great campus condo. 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath. Available August. Call Dr. Miller at (330) 618-7764

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3 bedroom house. $690/month + security deposit and utilites. No pets. 330-673-8271 4/5 Bedroom duplex available for fall $310/mo! Each side has 2 bath, W/D. Dishwasher, deck, garage, etc. Close to campus and on bus route. No Gas Bill. No Water Bill. Last one I have available! Call Sweeney (740) 317-7294

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Gemini (May 21-June 21) Today is an 8. Pay attention to kitchen or plumbing care. Solutions and new opportunities get revealed in conversation with others. Fulfill your promises, and money comes in.


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Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 7. Accept a generous offer. Count an awkward moment as another learning experience. Don’t let a minor disagreement mess up all your plans. Compromise.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) Today is a 7. Rules simplify things. You and a distant colleague see eye to eye. If you stumble, get up again. Don’t fret about the money. Two heads are better than one to resolve an issue.

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Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 7. Accept a generous offer. Get the facts to the right person. Reaffirm a commitment. Slow and steady does it. Keep focusing on your goals, even if they if they seem as far away as ever. Heed the voice of experience.

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FALL: 3 BEDROOM APARTMENT, WATER AND WASTE PAID, $285/ BEDROOM, 330-221-5540 330-6780035 KENT Very large 4/5 bedroom 2 bath, new kitchen, baths, windows, A/C. Clean and quiet, large yard. $410 per, all utilities free with cable & wifi, washer/dryer. 5 minutes to KSU 330-906-2525 Now leasing for Fall: a beautiful newly redecorated 2 bedroom duplex, washer/dryer hookup, 3 blocks from downtown and KSU, $300/student. 330-687-6122. University Townhomes 4/5 bedroom townhomes available for Fall 2011. All utilities included, starting at $340. 440-336-6761 Fall: Free Heat 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath. Close to campus. $700. 330-6783557 3 Bedroom House, Kent - 927 South Water $750 includes trash & water. Near campus & on bus route. Parking, big yard & porch. Chris 330221-4411 1 or 2 bedroom, Kent. 927 S. Water. $500 includes trash & water. Near campus & on bus route. Parking, big yard, & porch. Chris 330-221-4411 Whitehall East Town Homes AKA “The New Town Homes” Whitehall Blvd. off Summit Now taking apps for Fall 2011 *5b/3ba *All Appliances Included *Dishwasher, Washer, Dryer *Lighted Parking *Many units with all newer flooring Rent plans starting at $290/person/ month Ask about the all-inclusive plans Call or text 330-990-4019 Sublease an efficiency apartment beginning in May. 440-665-7799 or Kent—3 bedroom, 1 bath. Fully remodeled. Full basement with W/D. Paid water. $750/month 330-8152869 Kent- 2 and 4 bedroom apartments. Close to downtown and campus. Quiet remodeled units. $325/ person plus gas and electric. Open for 2011-2012 school year. Lease references and deposit. No pets. 330-297-7117

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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 7. Old, high-quality standards show their value. Ask for recommendations, and keep a stash in reserve. It’s not a good time to travel or to try a new trick. Grab happiness from a glimmer, and focus on it. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 7. Avoid making the mistakes of another. Romantic misunderstandings could occur, so avoid tooting your own horn and focus on listening. Keep communications clear. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is an 8. Even with all of today’s distractions, concentrate on providing good service. Play by the rules, and accept another assignment for a bonus. This boosts morale. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 7. Accept well-earned acknowledgment. Prepare for more than you think you can cover in the allotted time. This is the stuff that’s been winning that recognition.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 7. Keep quiet about finances, but don’t go into debt. Use your whole mind and body. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 7. Keep planting those seeds and nurturing the soil for a plentiful harvest. Postpone travel plans. Shift things around. Keep the focus, even for others easily distracted. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 7. Practice playing by the rules. It pays off. Don’t be too demanding in love today. Listen in and to the silence. Work behind close doors for efficiency. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 6. Today is not a good day for travel or work. Expand in the direction of least resistance. Get support from the group. Imagine the future. Enjoy peaceful moments.

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Family support fuels elite competition Senior infielder constantly works at improvement Lance Lysowski Daily Kent Stater


Senior third basemen Jessica Carmichael scoops up the ball in a game against Pittsburgh last week. Carmichael leads the team with nine home runs.

Softball is a way of life for the Carmichaels. The family has a batting cage in the barn and been traveling across the country for the past decade to attend tournaments. Jessica Carmichael, the Flashes’ senior third baseman, was the first to step onto the field when she was 10 years old. Her sister Shelby Carmichael followed three years later. Now both are playing at the collegiate level, but they have not forgotten where they came from. “It’s what my family knew,” Jessica Carmichael said. “It’s what we did as a

family, and I think the game just really caught on. It kept us close.” Jessica, who leads Kent State (1417, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) with nine home runs and 31 runs batted in, returns to her hometown of Dalton, Ohio, every summer to train with her sister. The two spend their days hitting pitch after pitch from the batting cage their father built for them. When one sister does not feel like working out, the other makes sure that they get off the couch and into the barn. The constant workouts have turned Jessica Carmichael into one of the MAC’s top softball players. She earned first-team MAC honors last season and made second team the previous season. Although Shelby and Jessica Carmichael spend countless hours in the barn, Jessica Carmichael keeps her mental preparation simple: setting goals. When she was named to the MAC All-Freshman team her freshman year, she was not satisfied. She wanted to be the best. “Not being happy or being content with what you did the year before,”

Jessica Carmichael said. “It’s always been my goal to each year get better.” The attitude has shown on the playing field, where she has been a stable member of the Flashes’ starting lineup. Her six home runs and 17 RBIs paced Kent State during conference play last season. The team will need her offensive play as they reach their major conference schedule. The Flashes started MAC play last weekend when they swept Bowling Green and Toledo on the road. The Flashes will attempt to continue their undefeated record this weekend when the team hosts Western Michigan. The Broncos (8-21, 2-2 MAC) have struggled heavily on both sides of the plate. The series will start Friday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., while the Flashes will face Northern Illinois Saturday and Sunday. While Kent State’s experience and offensive ability give them the edge during the home series, the team will be looking to seniors like Jessica Carmichael. “I feel like our class as a whole

has provided all the leadership that is needed,” Jessica Carmichael said. “We don’t have to look to one senior.” The seniors have a little over five weeks to play in the regular season before they play in their last conference tournament. For Jessica Carmichael, the end of her career is bittersweet. She hates to leave behind the friends she made and the game of softball, but she’ll be able to be around the game of softball thanks to her sister. Shelby Carmichael is a freshman at University of Mount Union, and Jessica Carmichael looks forward to being able to watch her sister play. The two motivated each other to this point in their careers, and Jessica Carmichael does not see that changing. As for her career, she’ll be content with how she spent her time at Kent State. “Although it is sad that its coming to an end, I can look back at my career and be pretty happy how its turned out,” Jessica Carmichael said. Lance Lysowski is the assistant sports editor.

Flashes boast strong pitching in weekend’s three-game series A.J. Atkinson Daily Kent Stater The top two teams in the Mid-American Conference square off this weekend for a three-game series at Schoonover Field. Kent State’s No. 1 pitching staff in the MAC welcomes Eastern Michigan, who holds the second highest team batting average in the league. Kent State, currently first in the MAC Eastern Division at 17-10, will host the No. 1 team in the MAC Western Division, Eastern Michigan (18-10). Both teams are 5-1 in conference play. The Eagles, posting a team batting average of .296, arrive to face the MAC’s No. 1 pitching staff based on earned run average (2.78). Daniel Russell and Brent Ohrman lead the Eagles’ offense with 39 hits each. Their hit mark is second in the MAC to Ben Klafczynski, Kent State’s senior right fielder.

The Eagles’ pitching, which has a team ERA of 5.47, faces a dangerous Flashes lineup of late. Kent State has scored 33 runs to its opponent’s 17 in the span of its six-game winning streak. Klafczynski enters the series leading the Flashes with a .404 batting average, 42 hits, 26 runs and 31 runs batted in. Not far behind in offensive production are junior shortstop Jimmy Rider and junior third baseman Travis Shaw. Rider is second on the team in batting average at .311 and hits with 37 on the year. He leads the team in doubles with eight and is third on the team in runs scored with 21. After a slow start to the season, Shaw is now hitting .274 and is second on the team in doubles (seven), home runs (four) and runs scored (24). “I had too passive of an approach earlier in the season,” Shaw said. “Now I’m trying to be more aggressive earlier in the count. It’s been paying off for me.” Sophomore Andrew Chafin will

start on mound for Friday’s game. The southpaw holds a 3-1 record and 0.65 ERA in 41.1 innings. He leads the pitching staff in strikeouts with 49 and opponents only hit .177 off him. Senior Kyle Hallock, this week’s MAC East Division Baseball Pitcher of the Week for his performance last Saturday against Western Michigan, returns to the mound Saturday. Hallock looks to improve his 3-4 record and 2.86 ERA. The lefty pitcher has struck out 32 batters in 44 innings. Junior David Starn starts for the Flashes’ final game of the three-game series against Eastern Michigan Sunday. Starn is 4-1 on the year with a 1.52 ERA. The lefty leads the staff in innings pitched at 47.1. He has struck out 46 batters, walked 10 and opponents hold a low .207 batting average against the left-handed thrower. Action begins Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon. A.J. Atkinson is a sports reporter.


Senior outfielder Ben Klafczynski hits a double against Pittsburgh at Schoonover Stadium Wednesday. Klafczynski has a loaded stat line with a .404 batting average, 42 hits, 26 runs and 31 runs batted in.


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