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‘Just plug it in, and charge it up’ Students help create battery-operated car for technology class

Library science school offers new dual degree Taylor Titus Daily Kent Stater A new dual master ’s degree program allows graduate students to pursue a combined library science and instructional technology major at the same time. The dual degree gives students a master’s degree in education, a master’s degree in library information science and a K-12 school library licensure, said Meghan Harper, assistant professor and coordinator of the school library media program in the School of Library and Information Science. “Previously, if students came to get a master’s degree in education and K-12 library school library

Sidney Keith Daily Kent Stater More than 30 technology students helped Don Coates, assistant technology professor, transform a gasoline-powered Ford Ranger into an electric truck that uses more than 20 batteries. Coates began researching the project in 2008 and started building the truck in 2009. This will be the first electric vehicle developed by students and a professor at Kent State. The truck will be featured in the “Green Gallery” at the Cleveland Auto Show, which opens Saturday and runs through March 6. Coates said he assigned this project because he wanted his students to have a better understanding of how electric cars work and what they are. “I wanted to make the class more contemporary in terms of modern technology and what’s coming,” Coates said. He added that it’s important for students to understand technology in the real world. See TRUCK, Page 2


licensure, they could only work in school libraries,” Harper said. Students originally had to take courses through the College of Education, Health and Human Ser vices or cour ses through SLIS. The new degree, which was approved by Faculty Senate at its last meeting, will be housed in SLIS. Before the new degree, students did not know what school they should enroll in and sometimes ended up in the wrong school, Harper said. Students can begin taking classes toward this degree in the fall. Harper said she has already received some applications. See LIBRARY, Page 2

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Nick Kasberg, senior applied engineering and manufacturing systems major, and Brian Dillon, senior industrial technology major, stand next to the battery-powered Ford Ranger Thursday. The truck will be featured at the Cleveland Auto show opening Saturday.

Students feel safe studying abroad Safety orientations given to travelers Maura Zurick Daily Kent Stater


An injured man was taken to the hospital from an apartment complex on Anita Drive in Kent on Thursday. Lt. Prusha of Kent Police Department declined to comment on the situation and say that the department was assisting the Violent Fugitive Taskforce. Prusha could not confirm the reason medical attention was needed. Neighbors said they did not hear anything prior to the arrival of police.

Man attempts suicide after confrontation An Akron man was arrested at Silver Meadows Apartments Thursday morning on a warrant for gross sexual imposition. The U.S. Marshals Service Violent Fugitive Task Force and the Kent Police Department arrested Rodney Jews shortly after 11:15 a.m., according to a press release from the Kent Police Department. When confronted, he attempted suicide with a handgun. After being placed under arrest, the Kent Fire Department transported Jews to Akron City Hospital. His condition is unknown. The U.S. Marshals Service and the Kent Police Department are investigating the incident. — Allison Smith, city editor.

Kent State students said they feel safe while studying in foreign countries. Meghan Hawsman, junior communication studies major, is studying abroad in Florence, Italy. She said she feels safe in Florence, especially when she is at the Kent State facility, where students attend class, because a key card is required to get in. “I actually feel more comf o r t a b l e w a l k i n g a ro u n d the city any time of the day because I see the police out all the time,” Hawsman said. “At home, there are a few cities and areas that I would not walk around by myself in, but here I have not been uncomfortable at all.” Jessica Van Meter, senior geography major, studied in Leicester, England, in Spring 2010. She said the University of Leicester’s campus security taught safety procedures at the beginning of the semester. “The campus security team was awesome,” Van Meter said. “They were incredibly good at sending out warnings

when things would happen through Facebook.” Ediz Kaykayoglu, academic program coordinator with the Office of International Affairs, said language is a major difference between American police and European police. But he said police abroad know that there are many exchange and study abroad programs, so they tend to understand. “Students have orientation before they go abroad, and in Florence, they have orientation with the Italian police to get familiar with safety issues,” Kaykayoglu said. “If students don’t follow the acts of conduct and the laws, they can be sent home. Kent State University rules still apply when they travel abroad.” Van Meter said she noticed several differences in safety while living in England. For e x a m p l e , t h e e m e rg e n c y number is 999, and the police departments are called constabularies. “ A n o t h e r d i ff e re n c e I noticed that actually surprised me was that pepper spray is not allowed in England because a civilian is not allowed to carry anything defense-wise as strong as or stronger than what officers carry,” Van Meter said. See ABROAD, Page 2

The Gamefest, an event from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, gives students an excuse to play video games and get rewarded for it. Kent State Imagineers is sponsoring Gamefest 2011, a video game tournament with a raffle prize of a $150 Gamestop gift card. The tournament is in Van Deusen Hall Room 203. Admission is $10 and includes pizza and refreshments. The winner of each tournament will receive a raffle ticket toward the end-of-the-night prize. Gaming consoles will include Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii. Games include “Call of Duty,” “Gears of War,” “Mario Kart” and “Halo.” Kent State Imagineers is a student organization that focuses on traditional and computer animation. — Bre Vozar, student life reporter.


Junior guard Carlton Guyton makes a pass to an open teammate in the game against Buffalo Thursday. The Flashes won 72-69.


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WEEKEND EVENTS FRIday A.L.I.C.E. Training When: 9 – 10:30 a.m. Where: Governance Chambers


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Sock Hop Themed Shabbat When: 5 — 9 p.m. Where: Cohn Jewish Student Center

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Flashdeals offer dollar smoothies from Pulp Leighann McGivern Daily Kent Stater Two students in the College of Business Administration have started a company called Flash Deals, which provides students with deals via text message from local vendors. Flash Deals is free to students and will have its first deal March 3 with Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar, which will offer dollar smoothies to anyone signed up to receive the company’s text alerts. Sophomores Sean Zelmanovich and Tom Kelly began work on Flash Deals two months ago, after Zelmanovich pitched the idea in a College Entrepreneurship Organization meeting. “The idea was something that I was just coming up with in my head at the time and hadn’t really put a lot of thought into it other than what I wanted to do and how I would go about it,” said Zelmanovich, a sophomore computer information systems major. “(Kelly) gave me a call that night, said he thought that it was a great idea and thought a lot of students could benefit from it.” In order to receive text alerts from Flash Deals, students should text the word “Flash” to 66337. On the day of a deal, Kelly said students will receive an autoresponse with the deal of the day, which they can show to whichever vendor is offering the deal. “It can’t be a forward message,” said Kelly, sophomore business management major. “It has to be a legitimate text message.” Kelly said he hopes to eventually provide one or two good deals a day once the company is up and running. Students can opt out of receiving texts at any time by texting “stop” in response

to any of the messages. Thom Knepp, president and founder of Pulp, said Zelmanovich and Kelly approached him about providing the company’s first deal, and he agreed because he thought it would be a great advertising opportunity for his business. “It’s something more aggressive than what we’ve done really ever before,” Knepp said. “When anyone gets a text message, you have undivided attention. It’s hard to get that with radio or print or any other form.” Kelly said the company’s goal is not to spam students’ phones, but to offer them deals they’ll actually want to receive. “I want this to be a luxury rather than a burden,” Kelly said. “I just want people to be happy with what’s going on, and I want people to have input.” Zelmanovich and Kelly set up a Facebook page for students to suggest locations they’d like to receive deals from. “Our whole mission statement is to set up a good deal,” Kelly said. “If you don’t like the deals, go to our Facebook page and recommend a place that we could use.” Flash Deals currently has a little more than 500 customers since it began collecting numbers Monday. The company hopes to reach 1,000 students by next Monday and 5,000 by March 10. “We want to grow the company to include as many local businesses as possible in Kent,” Zelmanovich said. Kelly said he and Zelmanovich hope to work with local bars and restaurants and eventually expand beyond Kent. “We’re definitely looking at expansion already to other schools,” Kelly said. “For this school right now at Kent, I just want to get started. I just want to get familiar with the process and learn a lot.”

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Simulation to represent Bowl for your community poverty in Portage County Christine Morgan Daily Kent Stater Students have two chances to show support for the children in their community, at noon and 3 p.m. Saturday at Kent Lanes. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a program sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters. The event raises money for their mentoring programs for 6- to 17-year-olds. Students are required to donate or raise $50 for admission into the event. Program manager, Andrea Neidert, said all the money raised will stay local to help match the 80 children waiting for mentors. “Big Brothers and Big Sisters has been shown and proven to be the premier mentoring organization in the country,” Neidert said. “Studies show our way of mentoring actually does get results; it gets children to not start using illegal substances, to attend and do better in school.” Abby Hartman does event planning for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She said donators will enjoy a party atmosphere with the chance to win prizes. From Page 1

TRUCK ‘Just plug it in, and charge it up’ Graduate student Jain Jacob spent most of his time on the project calculating power requirements at different speeds and inclinations. The motor and batteries were chosen based on these calculations. “Converting a four-wheel drive vehicle is quite complicated, and when we did our study we found that out,” Coates said. “It’s not very efficient because four-wheel drive takes a lot of power.” Seth Grate, senior technology major and a student in two of Coates’ classes, helped create parts to make the vehicle electric. He said it was a good challenge to take all of the components and adapt them to the original truck. Students also had to do some unplanned maintenance items like fixing the brakes, removing rust and replacing tires. They removed the gas and replaced it with an electric system. The truck just plugs in like any other electric device.

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“There will be two hours of bowling, and donators will get a T-shirt, pizza, pop and the chance to win lots of door prizes,” Hartman said. “There will be raffle tickets for sale to potentially win a 32-inch television.” Hartman said anyone is welcome to come and show his or her support. “It’s a local organization that gives back to the community, helping kids from lower income families,” Hartman said. “We give them a Big to help them and motivate them to just be better. Without donations we wouldn’t exist, which means those kids wouldn’t have anybody to look up to.” Neidert said this event isn’t just about helping the children; it’s about helping strengthen the community as a whole. “We are trying to help them grow into adults who are going to be someone contributing to society,” Neidert said. “It not only serves the children in the program but also the community as a whole to reach its potential.” Christine Morgan is the student affairs reporter. “Your fuel hose is an electric cord,” Coates said. “Just plug it in, and charge it up.” Coates estimates the vehicle can travel around 100 miles on a single charge. He also estimates that it can travel almost 70 mph. “The cost of one gallon of gas can power this truck for almost 180 miles,” he said. Compared to the new Chevy Volt, that’s almost twice as good. Coates hopes to use the truck for the university. “It’ll have ‘College of Technology electric vehicle’ and, of course, the Kent State logo on it, and it’ll probably have stickers on it from all of our sponsors,” he said. American Electric Power, Classic Motors of Streetsboro and Harris Battery are sponsoring this project. Grate said he is excited he was able to participate in this project, and he likes that the project is opening the door for Kent State to go green. “It’s nice to be a part of something new,” he said. Sidney Keith is the technology reporter.

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completion so the students will walk out with results, Zarkovacki said. Any person interested in taking a test can enroll by calling 1-800-KAPTEST, registering on or e-mailing Zarkovacki at Students can also simply show up. “Basically, this is just a great way for students who are serious about grad school to gauge where they’re at,” Zarkovacki said.

Empower Portage, a grassroots organization, will conduct a poverty simulation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church of Kent in Pierson Hall. Theresa Hagarman, Circles coach for Empower Portage, said the simulation will span over the course of four 15-minute “weeks” in a fictional town, represented by the perimeter of Pierson Hall, located at the back of the church. Within those “weeks,” attendees will participate in tasks such as paying bills, going to work, getting children to school and feeding a family. “You will start with a biography that will explain your situation,” Hagarman said. “In this bio, you may have obstacles, like only one working adult in the household or loss of a social security card that must be obtained before claiming benefits.” Following the simulation, the plan is From Page 1

ABROAD Students feel safe studying abroad Kaykayoglu said one of the major crimes in Europe is pickpocketing, and some students don’t notice if they are robbed. He said being aware and keeping items like purses and wallets in front of the body can help prevent theft. Hawsman said she sees the police in Italy all the time, which makes her feel safe, but she has never seen them arrest or ticket anyone. “I have noticed that they do not do traffic stops,” Hawsman said. “I have never seen a From Page 1

LIBRARY Library science school offers new dual degree The new degree still requires cooperative arrangement where students take instructional technology classes from the College of Education. The only change is a different type of practicum the students have to take. Students can now choose four of seven classes to take instead of a specific three classes in instructional technology.

to debrief for about an hour to talk about completing certain tasks and how the simulation made people feel. “I know that giving up your Saturday is not easy after a long work week,” Hagarman said. “But think of it as a two-hour crash course in what poverty is like for people living in your surrounding area.” So far, 40 people have registered for the simulation, and Empower Portage is trying to get 15 more. Those interested can RSVP by Friday. Contact Empower Portage to register at 330-297-7027 ext. 365, or e-mail Sign in and refreshments will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and free childcare will be provided. — Michelle Bair, public affairs reporter. vehicle pulled over for a traffic violation. That may be because it is a city with very narrow roads and not major highways through the city centre.” Van Meter said purchasing items from street venders who sell purses and sunglasses on blankets is illegal in Italy. She said students should trust their instincts, pay attention to location, travel in groups — especially at night — and keep valuables safe. “I’ve felt more scared walking around Akron with five friends than I did walking around London by myself, but you still have to be cautious because things can happen,” Van Meter said. Maura Zurick is the safety reporter. The new degree is a total of 57 credit hours. The majority of the classes are available online with some classes available on campus. The classes for the degree already exist from the colleges. “I think this will make students more marketable because they won’t be locked into just working in a school library,” Harper said. “Now they can work in any type of library.” Taylor Titus is the reporter for the College of Communication and Information.

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University Libraries is hosting its fourth annual Library Live Conference from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the University Library. Library Live is a free conference that involves workshops about library resources and services to better help the needs of faculty, staff and graduate students. Topics will include electronic portfolios, electronic citation tools, software and copyrighted materials. Library faculty and staff will teach all workshops. University Library Dean James

Kaplan is offering free graduate school practice tests Saturday in the Business Administration Building. The tests offered are the Law School Admission Test, Medical College Admission Test, Graduate Record Examination, Pharmacy Admission Test, Dental Admission Test and the Optometry Admission Test. They are free and available for any person interested in graduate school. Amy Zarkovacki, campus manager for Kaplan at Kent State, said check-in is at 8:45 a.m. in Room 108. Kaplan representatives will scan and grade the tests immediately following

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Confidence U acknowledges KSU women

Kent State can recognize the women who make a difference in their lives from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday in the Music Listening Center on the second floor of the Student Center. “We really just want to celebrate the women on campus,” said Teniell Trolian, assistant director of both Greek Affairs and the Center for Student Involvement. “We want to give women or men the opportunity to say thank you to a woman they admire. We also want to create awareness about the imposter phenomenon.” Trolian said the imposter phenomenon is a psychological term that describes women feeling a fakeness or guilt about their high achievements and successes. Trolian said Women’s Confidence Day is part one of a three-part series that supports and celebrates women. The program is funded by “Confidence U,” a $5,000 grant awarded to Kent State by the National Office of Kappa Delta sorority. The grant proposal included information about the imposter phenomenon. Brittni Cortright, senior psychology major, served on the Panhellenic Council last year. She said the imposter phenomenon sparked interest in the council to pursue the grant. “It was the catalyst to get this all going,” Cortright said. “That was the reason we wanted to create awareness about women’s issues and create Women’s Confidence Day.” Cortright said the event is free and open to everyone. Snacks and music would be provided, as well as confidence pledges for women to sign. “We want to recognize as many women as we can,” Cortright said. “Hopefully, women will leave uplifted and confident either in themselves or in their ability to find information that can help them.” — Christine Morgan, student affairs reporter.

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SUMMARY: Kent State offers a variety of study abroad programs. Students should take the opportunity to see the world and earn college credit simultaneously.

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eople used to think their lands were the only ones on Earth until new technology allowed them to travel. Through perseverance and curiosity, the world was slowly but surely mapped out. Thanks to our ancestors, we now have the ability to travel the world without getting lost or facing imminent death. Thanks to Kent State, students have multiple opportunities to travel to foreign countries while at the same time fulfilling credit hours and working their way toward graduation. Kent State offers program locations in Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Switzerland, Russia, Taiwan, Northern Ireland and England. Newly added to the program list

are China and India. Scholarships are offered to students interested in taking advantage of the study abroad programs, and Kent State tries to find the cheapest deals on housing and airline tickets. Financial aid is available for those who file the FAFSA. So why don’t more students take the initiative and venture to foreign lands unknown? Maybe it’s the thought of being in a country far from home, where the language and customs are different. Maybe it’s the cost, despite the options for federal aid. The point here is that Kent State, Ohio and America alone won’t widen your knowledge of the world. Sure, you can read about places

online, look at photos in magazines and watch videos on the Science Channel. But to actually go to another country with other students, experienc different cultures and learn things you never thought about before is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Take advantage of what Kent State has to offer in terms of studying abroad. American writer Carson McCullers once said, “We are torn between a nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board whose members are listed to the left.


FAMOUS QUOTE “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” -Muhammad Ali

DID YOU KNOW? On Feb. 25, 1964, 22-year-old Cassius Clay shocks the odds-makers by dethroning world heavyweight boxing champ Sonny Liston in a seventh-round technical knockout.

Glee glorifies getting drunk Don’t blame the alcohol. Blame Ryan Murphy. In this week’s episode of “Glee,” six William McKinley High School students were suspended for drinking on school grounds, so Principal Figgins creates Alcohol Awareness week. He asks the New Directions to perform a song at a school assembly to discourage drinking. Creator Ryan Murphy is in tune with teen issues and has handled them truthfully. The sophomore show has addressed serious issues, such as coming out, teen pregnancy, religion and gay bullying. He manages to convey a message for each episode without being preachy like “Full House.” When I heard about the episode, I was curious to see how he would tackle underage drinking. I was expecting the characters to face repercussions instead of being rewarded for their poor decisions. I’m disappointed Murphy wasted the opportunity to thoughtfully address the issue. I know Murphy has said “Glee” is not a show for high school students, but high school students do watch — and Fox has proven that. Otherwise, the company wouldn’t have launched a school supplies and junior clothing line last fall. Because these products are marketed to a young audience, the company should accept some responsibility for the show’s storylines. High school students drink. We’ve all sat through the assemblies where police officers show graphic images of car crashes and listened to family members talk about the accidents. We’ve all heard (or been the ones talking) about “last weekend’s party.” But to see Santana do tequila shots off of Brittany’s stomach and Brittany dance on the table while her boyfriend, Artie, throws dollar

Nicole Stempak Guest Columnist bills is too much. For an episode that isn’t supposed to glorify drinking, they sure make it look like fun. Not to mention, these high school kids look like professional partiers. After their performance of Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It,” an admittedly fun cover, Mr. Schuester tells the glee club they are supposed to sing about the dangers of alcohol. Rachel questions whether such a song exists because “there really is none as long as you have a proper designated driver.” In effect, the show is telling teenagers there is nothing wrong with drinking, thereby giving its stamp of approval. What’s more, in the following scene, Schuester tells Coach Beiste he questions his ability to condemn the students because he used to drink until he blacked out. We may make some unwise decisions in our youth, but it’s not appropriate on a youthcentered show for a teacher to say this. It reinforces the idea that underage drinking is part of our culture, which may be true, but it is not the message the show should send. The sobering part of this episode comes when Figgins gives New Directions coupons for their wonderful performance of Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK,” a song that glorifies drinking. No lesson learned this week. Nicole Stempak is a senior magazine journalism major and an assigning editor for the Daily Kent Stater.

Christian values devalued

Last Thursday, I was in the library cramming the reading for my next class (sorry professor), when my profuse studying was interrupted. They say curiosity kills the cat, but luckily this doesn’t apply to journalists. Scanning a small conference of people near the front entrance, a table full of snacks was laid out and one student passed by swiftly grabbing not one but two cookies before booking off. A large poster was positioned next to a podium behind which stood a man. A woman stood with him. The two proceeded to trade off reading lines from the Bible. The man raised some thought-provoking issues by quoting Bible passages — emphasizing the book of Paul, one of the first and primary books in evidence that holds Christian ideals. The text was cited to actually derail and contradict the very values of sanctity and purity that Christianity has worked to uphold for centuries. They continued to trade off reading these contradictions in the view of marriage, women and husbands. I’m not really sure how to feel about this. On one hand, I practically jumped for joy at the progression the discussion made for philosophy and new-age thinking. And my initial

Cassandra Adams thought that the conference was going to be some dry plug for politics was proved wrong too. The discussion promoted a modern day mentality and dismantled traditional thinking, which is undoubtedly groundbreaking. Then there is the fact that I’m a confirmed Catholic, which has left a bad taste in my mouth, but has always led me into the church in times of trouble. There was some small part of me that wanted to protect the faith I was raised in. But if the passages contradict themselves, what does that mean for the faith of Christianity? Are we supposed to ignore the contradictions and just “skip” over them, pretending that they aren’t there? What does that mean for the rest of the Bible’s credibility?

Any college student who hasn’t questioned the role of God, religion or ethics that has surrounded them thus far, influenced by their family, friends or media, has yet to learn much of anything. The topic of religion will always be debatable. In particular, once us young people hit college and get further into our studies, a lot of values and the way the world works and what we thought we knew does get challenged, so much so that it can get overwhelming. With the amount of education and knowledge we are hopefully retaining and gaining, it can sometimes seem to act as both a blessing and hindrance (although I personally tend to lean toward the first). Controversial topics of sex, feminism, religion, vegetarianism, ethnocentrism, relationships, life skills, family dynamics, drugs, drinking, authority, politics, body image, homosexuality, etc., are all part of the deal — and sometimes it’s not comfortable. And maybe that’s the point. But what’s good to acknowledge is that we are talking about them which, whatever your viewpoint, is definitely progress. Cassandra Adams is a junior English major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at



For-profit colleges’ entrollments rise

For-profit colleges and universities are higher education’s boom sector. From 1999 through 2009, student enrollment — either by mail, online or at various office-park “campuses” — skyrocketed 236 percent. That’s 10 times the rate of growth at public colleges and universities and non-profit private institutions. The schools’ bottom lines have grown just as fat, with federal student aid the source of roughly two-thirds of their revenue. During the 2008-2009 school year, they soaked up about $20 billion in student loans and $4.31 billion in Pell Grants. For-profits boast that they provide access to higher education to low-income and minority students. Indeed, about 20 percent of black students and nearly one of every four Pell Grant recipients enroll in a forprofit college or university. But the educational benefits to students are not clear, and taxpayers deserve an explanation. The Education Trust, an advocacy group for low-income students funded by major philanthropies, has assembled troubling data. The

graduation rate for first-time, full-time students seeking four-year bachelor’s degrees is just 22 percent. The University of Phoenix, the nation’s largest for-profit college, had a 9 percent graduation rate for these students in 2008. The rate at its St. Louis campus was 6 percent. Two-year programs, in which students receive associates’ degrees or certificates, have higher completion rates. But these programs aren’t cheap, and they are marketed aggressively. The College Board, a non-profit group that helps students access higher education, says the average annual cost of tuition and fees at a community college is $2,700. It is $7,605 at a public four-year college. It is $27,200 at a private four-year college. And it is $13,900 at a for-profit college. For-profit university students end up carrying huge debt loads, and they account for more than 40 percent of all federal student loan defaults even though they make up only 12 percent of enrollments and 24 percent of federal loan dollars. The U.S. Department of Education has

proposed rules that would protect taxpayers and students. They are called “gainful employment” regulations. Their purpose is to hold schools accountable for the supposed economic benefits of their career-training programs. Under the proposed rules, schools that saddle students with excessive debt and have loan repayment rates below 35 percent no longer would be supported with Pell Grants and Stafford Loans. But this publicly subsidized multibillion industry has plenty of political clout. On Friday, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives (with the help of some Democratic members) voted to defund any attempt to implement, administer or enforce the Department of Education’s proposed rule. This cynical vote is the “job killer.” It dooms students to heavy debt for training that provides dubious prospects of gainful employment. The above editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday.

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Carolanne Tkach, senior crafts major, works on a frog she is making for an enameling class Thursday. Tkach hopes to enter a series of enamel eggs, tadpoles and frogs in an Enamellist Society exhibition where, if accepted, her series will be shown at three venues.

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Close call for Kent State

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Flashes barely beat Buffalo for two-game winning streak Rachel Jones Daily Kent Stater For the second game in a row, junior guard Michael Porrini boosted the Kent State men’s basketball team to a late-game victory. This time it was a 72-69 win at the M.A.C. Center over Buffalo. After Buffalo (16-10, 7-6 Mid-American Conference) closed Kent State’s lead to 68-67 with 53.3 seconds, Porrini charged down the court and delivered an earth-shattering slam dunk with 19 seconds left. Kent State coach Geno Ford said it was just as jaw-dropping of a play to him as it was to anyone else because Porrini is not a typical dunker. But he is a playmaker. “Ooh-oh!” Porrini sang after watching the video of the play. “Send that in to SportsCenter!” His victory dance was for fun, but his request was serious. “C’mon,” he persisted. “I am 6’1 with heels on. That has to be in the Top Ten!” Junior guard Carlton Guyton said he and teammate Rod Sherman started celebrating on the court after the play. “You know it’s a good play when the teammates are celebrating like that,” Ford said. Sherman was on the ground, pounding his fist on the court in pure bliss. “Me and Rod were doing our own thing, acting a fool, thinking we had a full timeout,” Guyton said with a laugh. “(Junior forward) Justin Greene told us to cut it out because the game wasn’t over yet.” And it wasn’t. Buffalo came back with a basket at the 12.8-second mark. But sophomore guard Randal Holt sank two free throws with 8.2 seconds on the clock, solidifying the win. But before that, the Flashes (19-9, 10-3 MAC) did not have


The Kent State gymnastics team welcomes Western Michigan to the M.A.C. Center at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Annual “Flip for the Cure” meet will include both teams wearing pink uniforms in support of efforts to fight breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to get in on the act and deck themselves out for the chance to become the “pinkest fan” and win a pink tumbling mat.


Junior forward Justin Greene attempts to block a Buffalo player’s shot during Thursday night’s game. Kent State defeated Buffalo 72-69. Greene recorded 15 rebounds in the victory. the lead in the second half until there were eight minutes left in the game. Guyton tried to keep the team alive with 15 points, including two three-pointers. But Buffalo’s Zach Filzen was sinking threes like it was his job — totaling five in the game. That, combined with 18 rebounds by the Bulls, put the Flashes behind 43-33 at the half. “We needed turnovers and transitions points,” Ford said. “I thought the atmosphere (and the crowd were) especially good today, and it was needed.”

With 15:28 left in the game, Greene and a Buffalo player chased after the ball and both ended up on the floor. But Sherman swooped in to take the ball and charge it to the other end of the court to make a flying slam dunk and close the Buffalo lead to 51-49. Sherman also used a 3-point shot and a rebound to tie the teams at 55-55 with nine minutes to go. A basket by Guyton a minute later put the Flashes up 57-56. He led the team with 19 points. “Once we got the lead, we

weren’t turning back,” Guyton said. The Flashes hope to do the same Saturday as they continue conference play against Ohio University at 7 p.m. in the M.A.C. Center. “We’ve become a pretty good team,” Ford said. “I don’t know when it happened, but sometime in January we put it together. Hopefully, we can keep that going on Saturday.” Rachel Jones is the men’s basketball reporter.

The fight for first of MAC East Matt Lofgren Daily Kent Stater The marquee win of the Kent State women’s basketball season came against Bowling Green on Jan. 15. The Flashes beat the Falcons, who currently hold the first place spot in the Mid-American Conference East, 44-43. But this time Kent State won’t have the home-court advantage. January’s win snapped a 13-game losing streak to Bowling Green and was a huge momentum boost for the team at the start of conference play. Now, the Flashes are looking for a season sweep of a team that has routinely troubled them. T h e F a l c o n s ( 2 3 - 4 , 11 - 3 MAC) have a one-game lead for first place. The Flashes (19-7, 10-4) would tie the Falcons with a win, but would hold the tie breaker. Only two games remain on the Flashes’ schedule before the start of the MAC tournament and the team is focusing on a first-round bye. “Every team wants to have a bye in the first round and it was one of our first goals for the season,” said Ellie Shields, senior center for Kent State. “Hopefully we can just go out and play our best at Bowling Green because it’s a TV game, and they’re treating it like a championship game for the east, and we have to play the same way.” Shields led the Flashes in scoring in their last game, a win over Ohio University 68-62.

Shields scored 15 points shooting 5-for-6 from the floor. Shields’ 10 points in the paint were crucial for the Flashes, who only scored 18 points in the paint. Bowling Green’s best weapon is Lauren Prochaska, who averages 18.2 points per game. Her accuracy from the floor is only over shadowed by her impressive 91.9 percent from the free throw line. “She is one of the best players in the MAC and we have got to guard her with the best of our abilities,” Shields said. “The rest of the seniors have to help each other to defend her too, if they get beat then we have to take charges on her because she drives to the basket a lot, but can hit open threes.” A solid defensive performance is crucial if Kent State wants a chance at taking a share of the lead in the MAC East. Kent State is 13-0 in games where they hold their opponent to under 60 points. In the two teams’ last meeting, it was the lowest total in the rivalry’s history. In their last game against Ohio, the Flashes collected 40 rebounds as a team and 17 offensive boards that translated into 20 points. In order to have success at Bowling Green, the team will need to rekindle their efforts on the boards again Saturday. “Our coach has talked about rebounding all year,” Shields said. “At the beginning we just didn’t do a good enough job of boxing out. We have to keep our rebounding streak going in this


Senior center Ellie Shields spots up for a shot in Wednesday’s 68-62 win over Ohio. Shields recorded 15 points, while shooting 5-for-6 from the field. one in the positive margin.” Against the Bobcats, Kent State posted four players in double-figures to aid in a team effort atmosphere.

Tip-off is scheduled for noon Saturday and can be seen on Sports Time Ohio. Matt Lofgren is the women’s basketball reporter.

Cleveland’s potential lottery picks makes future look brighter The Cleveland Cavaliers have had quite the rollercoaster season, but this rollercoaster seems to keep going downhill. The Cavaliers shipped away Mo Williams and Jamario Moon Thursday to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for veteran point guard Baron Davis and a 2011 first-round draft pick. Baron Davis is older, but he is no scrub. Mo Williams wasn’t a superstar and surely wasn’t making much of a difference. There is not much of a decline at the point guard position with this trade. Jamario Moon? Really? Don’t sweat that loss. An intriguing aspect of this trade is the Cavs receiving the Clippers’ first-round draft pick in the next NBA draft. The Cavaliers will potentially have the first overall pick and quite possibly a second lottery pick. This additional first-round pick allows Cleveland to be a little more aggressive with its potential top overall selection. For this reason, they should now consider drafting either Baylor swingman Perry Jones or Duke point guard Kyrie Irving. Before the trade, the Cavs were sure to draft the solid, proven post presence in Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger. Given the state of the Cavaliers organization, the other two top prospects (Irving and Jones) would have been too much of a risk with that high of a draft selection. Not anymore. With the additional pick, the Cavaliers could select a more proven, risk-free player. Cleveland could welcome two top-rated rookies to a team in a post-LeBron depression. This draft will be considered the most important to the Cavaliers franchise since they selected LeBron first overall in 2003. With the departure of Mo Williams, Irving is a necessity to the Cavaliers. The NBA has become a point guard-dominated league. Top teams have controlling, true point guards, with the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose to the Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo. Deron Williams was traded to the New Jersey Nets in a blockbuster deal, and Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets will be the next big name in the free agent frenzy. Look at the success of John Wall, rookie point guard for the Washington Wizards, who is recording 15.2 points per game and

Michael Moses 9.0 assists. Teams are building their franchises around this position. Irving is a young leader for arguably the most respected basketball program in the nation. He’s a prized recruit and widely considered the top point guard in the class of 2010. He averaged 17.4 points and 5.1 assists per game for the Blue Devils before injuring his toe Dec. 4. Irving hasn’t played since that date, but this injury should not hurt his draft stock. Irving is still expected to be the No. 1 point guard. With their latter pick in the first round, the Cavaliers should go with a more proven player. A solid pick. The player the Cavaliers should consider with this pick is one that most would be seen as the project. The nation’s leading scorer, Jimmer Fredette, BYU guard, is a shooter ’s shooter. He can score from anywhere on the floor. So, why is his draft status up in the air? Scouts see him going as early as No. 10 overall. If he’s available at the Clippers’ slot, Cleveland should grab him in a heartbeat. The same questions came up when Stephen Curry entered the NBA. Look at him now. Fredette can create his own shot, which is arguably the most important attribute an NBA player can possess. Flat out, if you can shoot in college, you can shoot in the pros. They don’t raise the hoop at the NBA level — it’s still 10 feet. The Cleveland Cavaliers, for once, are looking up. With their two draft picks, potentially two lottery picks, drafting for both the future and the present is now possible. Fans will have to wait until late June to see how the seasons to come may pan out, but as of now, it’s looking a bit brighter. Michael Moses is a sports columnist. Contact him at

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