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Kent student sentenced for Nov. 2009 assault case Dave O’Brien

Record Courier A Kent State student has been sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting and seriously injuring a fellow student during a November 2009 fight in the parking lot of a Franklin Township convenience store. Martin J. Gorbey, 22, was given the minimum sentence of two years in prison by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman following his November 2010 conviction on a charge of felonious

assault, a second-degree felony. He faced up to eight years in prison. According to court records, Pittman ordered Gorbey to have no contact with the victim, 21-yearold fellow KSU student Anthony D. Anderson, except to write him a letter of apology. She also fined Gorbey $500. Gorbey, a Warren native who was living on Third Avenue in Franklin Township at the time of the incident, was accused of seriously injuring Anderson on Nov. 25, 2009, during an incident at Sheetz, located at 1762 E. Main

St. on the Kent/Franklin Township border. In a sentencing memorandum filed with the court, defense attorney Brian Coffman argued Gorbey was an “excellent candidate” for probation and that a prison sentence was “not necessary.” Gorbey had no prior criminal record, nor any substance abuse problems, Coffman wrote to the court. “Society benefits by Martin receiving a college degree, not a prison Ph.D.,” he wrote. “As sure as this was Martin’s first appear-

ance before any criminal court, it will be his last.” Following Gorbey’s guilty plea, Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci previously said Gorbey told Portage County sheriff’s detectives that he and friends took a taxi to Sheetz after a night out in downtown Kent, and only assaulted Anderson after Anderson attacked his friend. Witnesses told investigators the incident began after an intoxicated person made inappropriate sexual comments to female customers, Vigluicci said.

Coffman contended in court documents that Gorbey only committed the offense because Anderson had assaulted one of Gorbey’s friends, Perry Finley, by shoving him to the ground and repeatedly kicking him. “Fueled by equal parts alcohol, testosterone and adrenaline, Mr. Gorbey confronted Mr. Anderson, who had just assaulted his friend,” Coffman wrote. “The two men engaged each other and, in the end, Mr. Gorbey prevailed physically.” Vigluicci said Gorbey struck Anderson, wrestled him to the

ground, struck him two or three more times as he lay on the ground, then walked home. Anderson told investigators he was pushed up against the building, punched in the head and knocked to the ground, Vigluicci said, and suffered a broken orbital bone in his face. Coffman wrote that Gorbey’s actions “did not rise to the level of a defense (defense of another), however his loyalty to his friend and his desire, albeit horribly misdirected, to defend his friend’s honor cannot be ignored” by the court.

I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Darrell to the Kent State family. Joel NielsEn DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS


Vanessa Kraps, a library and information science graduate student, places a book on the shelf of the Kent State University Main Library. Due to state budget cuts, the library will not be able to be open 24 hours as planned.

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Darrell Hazell, Kent State’s new football coach, greets the crowd during halftime of the Kent State vs. Youngstown State men’s basketball game on Dec. 21.

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‘I chose Kent State, why can’t you?’ Lance Lysowski Daily Kent Stater


hen Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen offered Darrell Hazell an opportunity to be Kent State’s 20th head football coach, Hazell did not flinch. He kept his composure and took time to process the job offer he had waited 25 years to receive. While he kept a straight face, he was more than excited. After 25 years coaching college football, spending the past seven seasons as assistant head coach and mentoring the wide receiving corps at Ohio State under coach Jim Tressel, Hazell’s time had come. “I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Darrell to the Kent State family,” Nielsen said. “When you’re looking for a head football coach, it’s not just a matter of if they can coach — it’s important to make sure they are a fit for this program, for this campus and this community. I have no doubt in my mind that Darrell is that person.” Hazell felt at home. The 46-year-old was born and raised in New Jersey, but following a standout high school playing career, Hazell played football at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio.

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his time at Ohio State, Hazell mentored former Buckeye and current NFL receivers Santonio Holmes, Ted Ginn Jr., Brian Robiskie and Anthony Gonzalez.

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one has had more of an impact on my career as a football player than Coach Hazell,” Gonzalez said. “However, in many ways, it is the impact that he has had on me as a person that I value most. It is the combination of football know-how and personal integrity that will make him a great addition to Kent State University.”

Hazell played four years at Muskingum and got his first break in coaching at Oberlin College following his senior year. From there, he left for jobs at Western Michigan, West Virginia, Rutgers and Ohio State, among others. Kent State’s newest coach, who earned a reputation for being a top recruiter of talent, said that even though he grew up in New Jersey, Ohio has become his home. “I love Ohio,” Hazell said. “It seems like I always end up back in Ohio. Whenever I leave, I end up in Ohio. I went to school out here. I coached at Oberlin College, which is where I really cut my teeth in college.” See FOOTBALL, Page 5

The Kent State Main Library has postponed plans to extend hours for this semester, in anticipation of the state budget cuts. “We’re being very cautious how we proceed,” said James Bracken, dean of University Libraries. The library had plans to be open 24 hours a day Monday through Friday this semester to better fit the needs of the students. However, the current library hours are 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7:30

a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays. Kendra Eustache, sophomore exploratory major, said she would have used the library had it been open later. “I often stay up late to get stuff done,” she said. “I would use it a lot because I’m more productive at the library, plus it’s quiet.” L a s t s e m e s t e r, s t u d e n t s requested to extend the library hours. “We’re absolutely flattered that students want to use our facilities,” Bracken said. “We’re excited students want to be here.” See LIBRARY, Page 5

Lovejoy to re-evaluate teaching assessments Britni Williams

bwilli61@kent. edu Daily Kent Stater Faculty Senate is looking to make teaching LOVEJOY evaluations more effective through a new commission headed by anthropology professor Owen Lovejoy. Faculty Senate Chair Mack Hassler said that discussions between the president, provost and executive committee of Faculty Senate showed the need to create the Lovejoy Commission to assess current methods of evaluating professors. In a background information packet given to Faculty Senate

on Jan. 10, Lovejoy wrote, “It has become increasingly clear that our assessment of teaching performance is not nearly as objective, probing or systematic as the other primary character of evaluation — research and scholarship.” Hassler said he appointed Lovejoy to be the chair of this commission. Because the commission was formed this semester, there is no timeline for when to expect the change in evaluations. Lovejoy said the current methods of evaluating teachers are used by college advisory committees to determine the future of professors. These evaluations are sometimes used to decide if a professor gets a promotion or tenure. See LOVEJOY, Page 5

Phase two of Acorn Alley to be completed by fall Jacqueline McLean Daily Kent Stater A year and a half after Acorn Alley opened, plans for downtown construction are continuing. Since the creation of Acorn Alley, Ron Burbick, local entrepreneur and philanthropist, has thought about expanding the project. The addition will include three new buildings on Erie Street that will be connected to Acorn Alley by a cross alley. The buildings will include several restaurants and small shops. A Wild Earth Outfitters and coffee shop will be added as well. “It will give students much more of a reason to come downtown other

than going into a bar or having a tattoo put on,” Burbick said. “We have a number of student-run businesses in the whole Acorn Alley facility.” “We’re trying to partner as much as we can with groups from the university to truly make it a community and university-wide adventure.” Burbick is also adding luxury condominiums to the top floor of each building. He does not expect the condominiums to be ready until fall 2011. As a result of the development of Acorn Alley II, South Depeyster Street and West Erie Street will be closed until the expected finish date of July 1. See ACORN, Page 5

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He said even though this machine is worth a lot of money, NASA donated it to Kent for free because they had no use for it anymore. “The only thing we paid for was shipping, and that was around $500,” Boyd said. Though it’s a 10-year-old piece of machinery, he said this device is state-of-the-art for research, and he is proud to finally have it on campus. When students were introduced

to this new technology, they had similar responses. “This can bring valuable potential for the scientific community,” said Israel Debro, sophomore aeronautical engineering major. Kacie Jones, a junior health administration major, said she hopes the Auger Spectrometer will be beneficial for the researchers who can improve our technology. The College of Technology is

hoping to eventually partner its research from the machine with the Rolls Royce industry in Canton, said Boyd, because the Auger Spectrometer could prove useful in developing clean fuel alternatives. “It’s very complex, and very hard to understand at first,” Boyd said. “Not many people can really pronounce the name correctly it’s so complex, but it’s great research.”


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Contribute to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Michelle Bair Daily Kent Stater

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is in need of donations because of an unexpected traffic increase that has resulted in low inventory for the Habitat of Portage County fundraiser store. ReStore is a discount home improvement store that receives and resells new and gently-used home and other building materials. “We need everything but clothes,” said ReStore’s manager Jan Bennett. “Everything here is affordable. Delivery is free to Kent students.” According to Bennett, the money goes toward building homes in Portage County. Bennett explained that the store runs on donations and volunteers, most of which are Kent students. “We work a lot with the Kent State Habitat Chapter,” she said. “They are looking to expand and need more volunteers.” The ReStore is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Members of the Kent State chapter volunteer at ReStore every Friday between noon and 5 p.m. The store is located at 1510 S. Water Street. Donations are tax deductible.


Abdulaziz Alqahtani, 27, hangs onto the wall as he takes a first attempt at ice skating at the Ice Arena on Saturday. Alqahtani is a graduate student at Kent State.

ReStore needs: appliances, furniture, office needs (filing cabinets, desks), toilets, sinks, vanities, sofas, chairs, coffee tables and kitchen tables.

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Lefton distributes performance awards to 11 faculty, staff Each year, President Lester Lefton recognizes faculty and staff who have demonstrated exceptional performance in advancing one of the goals of the university’s excellence agenda. This year, 11 people won his President’s Excellence Award and were each presented with $1,000.

Tony C. Licata:

Tony C. Licata is the head locksmith for Lock and Access Services. He controls and repairs the keys and locks for Residence Services. Licata began working with the university six years ago at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. He later moved up to all-campus p r e v e n t a t i v e LICATA maintenance and now works with Residence Services. Licata said he cares about the safety of students and residents, and said his favorite time of the year is move-in week because he enjoys helping students get settled. He also said he and his staff go out of their ways to help students who need assistance. “It’s not just me,” Licata said. “(The award) reflects all the people who help me do my job. It was a real great honor.”

Michelle W. Parrish:

Michelle Parrish has worked in the finance department for two years, helping students find internships and careers in the business and financial fields. She also handles communications, grants and brochures. Parrish works with students earning their master’s in financial engineering. She prepares them for the work world and travels with them to Chicago and New York City to meet with professionals. Parrish said she is honored that her boss, Mark Holder, PARRISH nominated her for the award. She said her favorite thing about working at Kent State is working with students and alumni from past classes. “These kids work hard,” Parrish said. “I can’t imagine all the classes they take. It’s great to see them graduate.”

Brian Pickering:

Brian Pickering is the project manager in the Office of the University Architect. He has been in the office for almost two years. Michael Bruder, director of design and construction, nominated Pickering because “he worked

hard on the Risman Plaza project over the summer.” Bruder said this year Pickering will focus on placing way-finding s i g n s a ro u n d PICKERING campus and modifying the Music and Speech Building’s parking lot. Pickering enjoys getting involved with projects on a dayto-day basis, he said in an e-mail. His favorite project to date is the renovation of the Risman Plaza. “My job is very rewarding,” Pickering said. “Getting to see an idea come to life is truly exhilarating.”

Sherry Ernsberger:

Sherry Ernsberger, senior secretary for the School of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, said she is still in shock about receiving the President’s Excellence Award this year. “Secretaries don’t usually get awards like this; it’s usually people in higher positions, so it was a huge shock to me,” said Ernsberger. “To me, I’m just doing my job. I’m not doing anything special, but I guess I am in their eyes.” Her nominators said no matter what the task, Ernsberger ERNSBERGER would complete it with the “upmost quality,” and always in a timely manner. Ernsberger said it means a lot to know that people took the time to write their thoughts and share them with President Lefton. “It makes me feel like I am making a difference and that people have noticed,” she said.

Rachael Esterly:

Rachael Esterly, instructional technology coordinator at the Salem and East Liverpool campuses, received the award because she planned an alternative spring break to do volunteer work in Columbiana County. Esterly has worked at the university for 15 years and said she feels very honored to receive the award. “I did the work because I felt that it needed to be done, so this is just icing on the cake,” said Esterly. “I didn’t expect any kind of reward for what I did because I did it for the right reasons, and I had the ability to rally enough students to do things that needed to be ESTERLY done for underprivileged people.”

Esterly said she thinks the award is important because it will encourage faculty and staff to go the extra mile. “I think people get stuck in their daily job duties,” she said. “If they understand or realize that it can be recognized and that people do appreciate you going over and above, I think that more people will go over and above within the university.”

William Stevens:

William Stevens was nominated for the President’s Excellence Award for quality customer service. He has been a custodial worker in the M.A.C. Center Annex for almost 10 years. Stevens helped save energy costs for the university by making custodial service at the M.A.C. Center last the entire day, so someone is always there to monitor lighting and cooling. He said his supervisor also commended his work ethic. “I come to work every day and do the best I STEVENS can and try to do it with a smile,” he said. When he received the call from President Lefton, Stevens said he thought one of his co-workers was playing a trick on him. “I was just totally caught off guard,” he said. Stevens said he is thankful that his supervisor nominated him. “He saw something in me and I wasn’t aware that anybody was looking,” he said.

Emily Vincent:

Emily Vincent, director of University Media Relations, was nominated for acting as an ambassador to the university. She has worked there for about a year and a half. Vi n c e n t w a s n o m i n a t e d because she helped organize the 40th anniversary of the May 4 shootings. She also wrote news stories that “talked about the university today and told a more future-looking story than the anniversary’s typical coverage of the past,” her nominator wrote. “It’s an honor to be recognized by your peers,” Vincent said. President Lefton presented the award in Vincent’s office, surrounded by her colleagues. “It’s not every VINCENT day that the president shows up in your office,” she said. “It was a special moment.”

Dana LawlessAndric:

When Dana Lawless-Andric was presented with the President’s Excellence Award, she was

brought to tears. “You work hard, you love what you do, you focus on the families and the students and you don’t do it because you hope someone comes to pat you on the back,” Andric said. “But certainly when something like this comes it’s just incredibly humbling. I feel very honored and lucky.” A n d r i c , director of the Pre-College Upward Bound Program, was nominated for the work she has done with ANDRIC students and families focusing on educational success. Upward Bound is a federally funded program that works with high school students to prepare them for college. The students who participate in the program are first generation college students, and some have social or economic challenges that make it difficult to attend college. The purpose of the program is to provide tools, access and opportunities to help every student earn a degree and be successful, Andric said. “I want to really share the good work and get people to invest in student’s lives,” she said.

Jeff Futo

Police officer Jeff Futo was nominated for his quality customer service and involvement in the Crisis Intervention Team

(CIT) program. The CIT program educates police officers about how to respond to mental health crises. They specialize in recognizing people with mental illnesses and de-escalating or talking to them and referring them to the appropriate services that can help them. “I am very flattered and humbled by (the award),” Futo said. “It’s nice anytime anyone recognizes the work that you’ve done.” Futo, a former Kent State graduate, has worked as a police officer at FUTO the university for 13 years. He also won the 2010 Campus CIT Officer of the Year award and Portage County CIT Officer of the Year.

Eve Dalton

Eve Dalton is the manager of information technology in the Division of Information Services. Dalton, a Kent State alumna, was nominated for her skill, knowledge and dedication to her projects, said university spokeswoman C a r l a Wy c k off in an article about the win- DALTON ners. Dalton was also committed to the

development of new online courses, and sometimes worked evenings and weekends. Dalton is “committed to investing as much time as is needed for students to have the greatest online learning experiences possible,” Wyckoff wrote.

Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Arnold is the manager of special events in the Division of Institutional Advancement. She said she was nominated for organizing the university’s Centennial Campaign Kick-Off in the fall of 2009. “It’s definitely an honor to receive this kind of recognition,” Arnold said. “Like many of the employees here, I love what I do and take pride in my work.” Her nominator, whose name she did not k n o w, w r o t e that the Centennial Campaign was well orchestrated and top quality, and it showcased Kent State at its absoARNOLD lute best. “While there were many players involved in this event, it took an army to make it successful,” the nominator wrote. “Arnold was the commander-in-chief who organized and facilitated the entire evening.” Maranda Shrewsberry, Amanda Crumm, Brittney Trojanowski, Megan Wilkinson and Rebecca Campbell contributed to this article.


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SUMMARY: Although filing taxes seems daunting, it could help you build credit history and receive loan approval.


VIEW Filing taxes can establish credit A s college students, we are often quick to claim our status as adults. While striving for independence, we begin taking the first steps toward becoming productive members of society. As budding citizens, one of our many responsibilities is to pay taxes. With tax season quickly approaching, now is the time to start filing. It’s common for people to wait until the last minute to file, but why wait when you can get it over with now? The sooner you file your tax forms, the faster your refund will be received. By filing early, you also will avoid the mistakes that go along with the last-minute scramble to get your taxes

done on time. You may be thinking to yourself, “Self, I have no income; therefore, I need not file a tax return or worry about when I file said tax forms.” You are wrong. All students should file an income tax return regardless of whether or not they have an income. Also, it makes no difference if someone else already claims you or not. Tax records are the first step to establishing credit history. Whenever you decide to make a major purchase in years to come, such as a house, the first thing you will need is your income tax records for the previous three years. It

could make it really hard to get a loan for a major purchase in the future if you haven’t filed your income taxes. The moral of the story: Being an adult means planning for your future. Filing an income tax return is a necessary step for all of us to take before we can delve further into adulthood. Being an adult means more than getting to vote, drink and make your own rules. It means you have to be a productive citizen. The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board whose members are listed to the left.


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Grudges are self-defeating, forgiveness prevails While I was at a hostel in Ireland, I found out about the Arizona shootings from a link someone posted on Facebook. Almost as shocking as the event itself were some of the comments that readers left on the article. “The shooter should rot in hell,” one of them read. Others went on to describe all kinds of heinous tortures that should be inflicted on someone callous enough to shoot a child, let alone a crowd of innocent people. Some comments that suggested forgiving the shooter were met with responses declaring some people too evil to deserve such mercy. Many people equate forgiveness with excusing poor behavior. The truth is that holding on to anger is emotionally crippling and robs you of the chance to heal from tragedy. That’s not to say that it isn’t natural to grieve. It’s perfectly understandable to have rage. However, holding onto it for a lifetime and still hoping to heal is like gorging on cupcakes daily and still expecting to lose weight. Refusing to forgive someone who has wronged you only gives them permission to dominate your life. Forgiving isn’t easy; it may be the most difficult and painful thing you’ll ever do. I’ll even go as far as saying that forgiveness is an unnatural act because it contradicts everything we think we know about justice. Because revenge is a knee-jerk reaction to being hurt, many people hold sacred the “eye for an eye” philosophy. It may seem fair that whatever evil a person commits must in turn be done to him or her, but refusing to for-

Sarahbeth Caplin give also robs the offender of the opportunity for repentance. When people learn from past mistakes, they most likely don’t want their indiscretions held against them. As naïve as it may sound, I still believe redemption is possible for even the worst of offenses. If anyone feels shame for the things he or she has done, withholding forgiveness only perpetuates the cycle of hatred that causes violence in the first place. If we adamantly refuse to practice forgiveness, we must then question what kind of world we want to live in. We also can’t rely on our feelings to decide when forgiveness is appropriate; if we do, we will remain emotionally stuck. Forgiveness must be a conscious choice, the way loving a difficult relative is a choice. The demonstration of unmerited compassion changes lives, something I have witnessed firsthand. Holding a grudge against the Arizona shooter won’t bring his victims back. Don’t allow hatred and bitterness to have the upper hand in your life. It’s a waste of valuable energy that only results in more unnecessary destruction. Sarahbeth Caplin is a senior English major and columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact her at



I hope by now that all of you have had a chance to read Bryan Staul’s column on the Tucson shootings, “What ‘sane’ Americans can learn from the shooting in Tucson.” It’s a very well-written piece, and I wanted to take this opportunity to elaborate on a few of the points he made. In closing the article he said, “The days of fear controlling our country must come to an end immediately.” I could not agree more. Unfortunately, this is a hard habit to break. The best way to sell anything, from ideals to tangible products, is to scare your audience into buying them. If someone tells you very bad things are happening all around you, and they offer a solution, you listen. Cable news networks understand this. Fox News has mastered the art of sensationalizing the news into a hybrid of hard news sprinkled with doom-filled speculation, making every major news story feel like it’s the end of the world. Fox regularly dominates the cable news ratings. It certainly is easier to let a talking head on TV tell you how to feel about an important issue than to take the energy to formulate your own personal opinion. This “infotainment” form of

James Sherman news is extremely dangerous. I’m not saying it’s bad that these pundits have an opinion; I’m saying it’s bad that so many people regularly watch programming that looks and feels like they’re watching the news when in actuality they are being fed a constant stream of one-sided opinions and arguments. It is up to us, the viewers, to be conscious of these tactics and be cautious of whom we listen to and what we believe. We cannot wait around for those with extreme views on either side — whether they have a nationally syndicated program or not — to calm their speech. However, understand that it is just that: extreme. Now, when it comes to trying to prevent something like the Tucson shootings from happening again, there are varying opin-

ions. Of course, there is no easy solution. You could argue that you cannot prevent all tragedies of this nature from happening, and you’d be right. Staul’s article states that Congress should look into banning the type of weapon used in the Tucson shootings. A recently popular opinion, but I think the problem here is that it’s too simple. Banning weapons won’t make them go away. Go ahead and ban crazy while you’re at it. I don’t think the answer to this problem is to start taking people’s rights away. In the long run, revoking rights will cause more problems than solutions. I think a more reasonable solution is to help those suffering from mental illness. I realize this isn’t an easy solution. This would require more time, money and energy; therefore people would rather just ban the guns. I wholly support more programs and funding for research and rehabilitation for those who suffer from mental illness. It would not only help those suffering, but also everyone around them. James Sherman is junior newspaper journalism major and a columnist for the Daily Kent Stater. Contact him at

Eliminating tenure could lower cost of education This letter is in response to the article written by Ronald Stolle of The Columbus Dispatch regarding the elimination of academic tenure as a means of reducing the cost of education for students. In a word: agreed. Stolle puts forth a very convincing argument supported by facts and statistics for the need to eliminate the overburdening cost of tenure and its negative effect on students’ educations. In both my graduate and undergraduate years, I witnessed firsthand the resulting waste caused by the bureaucratic, self-perpetuation of tenure. While it may have been a reform enacted during the Progressive Era, it is one that has outlasted its intention and usefulness. Unfortunately, many reforms in America have outlasted their use until the time finally arrives to abolish it and go in a new direction. This is

Joe Bialek Guest Columnist clearly the case with academic tenure. The only other job that mimics the same job security is that of U.S. Supreme Court — a topic for another editorial. With academic tenure, there is absolutely no incentive placed upon the professor to share in the successes or failures of educating a student. As for the “publish or parish conundrum,” let those who want to teach, teach and those who want to research, research. Forcing a research-oriented professor to teach is like forcing a square peg into a round hole. It is a recipe for disaster. We have all experienced that. However, as Stolle correctly notes, research cannot be allowed

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James Parsons, 27, of Kent, pushes trash carts at Tri-Towers Sunday afternoon. Parsons has been working on and off at Kent State for nine years. From Page 1

FOOTBALL Football coach feels at home “The state of Ohio is like a second home to me. I feel like I’ve spent most of my adult life in this state, which I love. I love the people here.” When Hazell accepted the head coaching position at Kent State, he assumed control of a program that lacks a winning tradition and top-notch facilities and has a tarnished reputation among high school players. That has not changed Hazell’s outlook on building a strong foundation at Kent State. Hazell’s first order of business was to assemble a staff that can attract recruits and help mold student athletes into well-rounded players. He did just that by rebuilding the coaching staff from the ground up. The former Buckeye mentor started with naming Brian Rock, Purdue’s wide receiver coach, as offensive coordinator. Jon Heacock, former Youngstown State head coach, accepted the defensive coordinator position and Marcus Freeman, former Ohio State and NFL linebacker, will coach the linebackers. Other positions have been filled, but Hazell said he is being very selective in finding coaches who fit his coaching philosophy. “Hard work, learning how to compete when things are at their absolute worst and being able to weather the storms and being able to come out on top,” Hazell said. “I want guys with high character and morals that are going to work hard. Guys that are going to mentor our guys on and off the field, great teachers and guys that are going From Page 1

LOVEJOY Lovejoy to re-evaluate teaching assessments Lovejoy said he wants the committee to discuss if current methods are the fairest ways to evaluate professors. Teaching performance is currently evaluated in two ways ­— the Student Survey of Instruction and Peer Reviews — according to the information packet Lovejoy presented to Faculty Senate. The Student Survey is the form students fill out toward the end of the semester in class or online, and the reviews are provided by members of the professor’s department. One flaw with the current Student Survey, Lovejoy said, was sometimes the number of responses exceeded the number of students enrolled for a particular course. This comes from inconsistencies with filing when there are multiple sessions of a course. Another flaw with the survey is that the current five-point scale is not “sufficiently sensitive,” Lovejoy

to treat them with a lot of respect.” Hazell said in his introductory press conference on Dec. 20 that Kent State is on the verge of becoming a winning program, and he just had to find a few more pieces for the Flashes to reach their potential. His newly assembled coaching staff has already made a name for Kent State in recruiting over the past weeks doing just that. Using Ohio as a starting point, Hazell and his staff have signed eight players, all from Ohio, over the past week. Cincinnati native Trayion Durham is rumored to have given Kent State his commitment. Durham, who is the thirdranked fullback in the country according to, rescinded his commitment from Wisconsin a month ago and reportedly told Hazell of his intentions to attend Kent State over the weekend. “Any player who I think can help us win championships here, we’re going to go after,” Hazell said. “We’ll compete, we won’t spin our wheels if he’s not interested. We’ll move on to the next good player because there are lots of good players. We’re going to go compete in recruiting just as we are on the football field. It’s important that you pick good players with quality character that are willing to work at it and football is serious to them.” When selling the Flashes’ program to high school players, Hazell keeps his selling point very simple. “I chose Kent State, why can’t you?” Hazell said. “I also sell them that this thing is about ready to take off and explode. If you want to be a part of something special, now is the time to get on it. I think this is something that can be the diamond in the rough.” changed to seven or nine points to allow for more exact results. Lovejoy said that the current survey doesn’t “sufficiently encourage” written responses from students, which Lovejoy said are the most helpful to professors. According to information from Lovejoy, there is no standard, uniform method to Peer Reviews, and they don’t allow for anonymity. “The one thing I promise the commission will not do is attempt to reinvent the wheel,” Lovejoy said when he addressed the Faculty Senate on Jan. 10. “If there are no ways we can improve our current methods, then we will so state.” Lovejoy said he plans to look at how other universities evaluate their professors and gather input from faculty at Kent State. Hassler is hopeful this commission will be a success. “Lovejoy’s a brilliant man and a leader of faculty,” Hassler said. “He’s got a strong commission and if they can come up with some answers that would be great. I’m hopeful that they will.” Britni Williams is an academics reporter.

Honors fraternity attends regional conference Akilah Porter

style Olympic games. Members of the regional chapters were able to meet each other through a meet and greet on Friday. Christopher Meluch, vice president of the fraternity and senior political science major, said he enjoyed the event. “People down there (at Ohio University) are just amazing,” Meluch said. Fraternity members participated in activities Saturday that concentrated on the three principals. One such event, titled “The Red Paper Clip Project,” was a leadership event, which was also Meluch’s favorite event. Each chapter was given an item and required to go into the local community and trade their item for another item, and all earnings went to charity. “It sounds really crazy and random, but it was probably the best

activity there,” Meluch said. Members in different chapters also participated in an open forum where they exchanged ideas that could improve their specific chapters. Some covered improvement of mid-semester evaluations, which are checkpoints on what’s going well in the different chapters. Others covered how to improve attendance rates and ideas on recruitment. Kelly Will, president of the fraternity and senior advertising major, said she liked interacting with other members from different chapters. “It was really fun just meeting everybody and hanging out with everybody,” Will said. She said she plans to inform her chapter on the ideas given to her and anticipates a change. “I will present ideas and hope to see improvement throughout


following a traffic stop for driving with no headlights.

was arrested for underage drinking at 333 Verder Hall.

The blotter is a record of charges filed by the police. The listings do not represent convictions or reflect guilt. It is the Daily Kent Stater’s policy to publish on-campus and off-campus arrests, charges and incidents of interest to the public.

Sunday n Rusty W. Savanich, 28, of Kent, was

n Julian Marquise Williams, 18, of Marysville, was arrested for criminal damaging at Loop Road and Rhodes Road. Daily Kent Stater The Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity attended the annual Buckeye Region Inter-Chapter Conference at Ohio University Jan. 14-16 to meet other associations and exchange ideas on how to improve its chapter. The three-day conference focused on scholarship, leadership and fellowship, which is the foundation of Phi Sigma Pi. Chapters from various colleges in Ohio attended. The theme of the conference was “My Big Fat Phi Sigma Pi Conference,” which had an emphasis on the Greek culture. Throughout the weekend, the co nfere nce had Gree kinspired events that members participated in, which ranged from a Greek dance to Greek-


Monday n Dakota J. Grover, 20, of Poland, was

arrested for drunken driving and underage drinking at the East Main Street and Wilson Avenue intersection From Page 1

ACORN Phase two of Acorn Alley to be complete by fall The Department of Public Service has issued very specific construction plans in order to accommodate the public and its safety. City Engineer Jim Bowling said the construction plans for Acorn Alley II have been created to cause minimal inconvenience to travelers. Detour signs will be available for the closed routes, and the sidewalks on both streets will be open to the public. Keeping the creation of Acorn Alley local, Burbick has been working with architect Doug Fuller and the Fuller Design Group since the beginning of the project. Burbick said phase one of Acorn Alley cost him about $7 million to create while phase two will cost him between $5 and $6 million. Phase two of Acorn Alley is not the only new development being created in downtown Kent. Several new develop-

arrested for failure to appear and drug paraphernalia at the 1500 block of Statesman Place.

CAMPUS SATURDAY n Joseph P. Cooper, 19, of Canton, was arrested for underage drinking at 333 Verder Hall.


Jonathan M. Ritchey, 19, of Canton,

ments are expected to raise Kent’s economy and provide a number of new jobs. Daniel Smith, the economic development director, said the completion of phase two will lead to the creation of double-sided retail shops on both sides of Erie Street. These developments will not be completed until Fall 2012 and will cost the city about $80 million of publicly and privately funded money. In addition, the Kent Central Gateway will be built. This multimodal transit facility will include about 350 parking spaces and a bus terminal transfer station to Akron, Cleveland and other nearby cities. Kent received a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the project. “In the fall of 2012, we will have a totally revitalized and reenergized downtown on top of the hundreds of construction jobs,” Smith said. “We think there will be about 500 to 600 permanent jobs located in the central business district when it’s all said and done.”

n Sirvon G.M. White, 20, of Bedford, was arrested for possession of marijuana at 151 Dunbar Hall.

SUNDAY n Ian A. Burns, 18, of North Olmsted,

was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at 422 Koonce Hall. From Page 1

LIBRARY Library halts plans to extend hours Bracken didn’t have an estimated time when the library will stay open 24 hours but remains optimistic. “We are hopeful we can accomplish this,” he said. “It will be put in place at the right time.” Lauren Kutik, a library and communications studies grad-

the semester,” Will said. Phi Sigma Pi is based on scholarship, fellowship and leadership, but it also hosts social events such as movie nights and learning how to cook. Will said those aspects make it different from others. Will said Phi Sigma Pi is having informational nights on Jan. 19 and 20 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 313 of the Student Center. She expects to apply the recruitment ideas the fraternity learned over the weekend to these informational sessions. The fraternity is looking for prospective members that can bring forth new ideas while creating new bonds, Will said. “I think we are a very unique frat in the sense that we do scholarly work, but we are still a very social chapter through making friends,” Will said. n Krista N. Hoffman, 18, of North Olmsted, was arrested for possession of marijuana at 422 Koonce Hall.

Matthew P. Lostoski, 19, of Richfield, was arrested for underage drinking at Centennial Court A. n


Joseph T. Wathen, 18, of Akron, was

arrested for underage drinking at 307 Centennial Court A. n William Mckinley Brooks IV, 22, of Stow, was arrested for possession of marijuana at Johnston Drive and Loop Road.

uate student, works at the reference desk on the main floor of the library. The new hours wouldn’t have affected Kutik’s position, but she said it was a great idea and would be a great addition to the library program. The extended hours would have put Kent State’s library on the same schedule as libraries at Miami University, University of Toledo and Ohio University. Ohio State University ‘s library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Cassandra Beck is the library reporter.

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Flashes enter rivalry match as MAC East top contender Matt Lofgren Daily Kent Stater Coming off a one point victory over Bowling Green, the Kent State women’s basketball team will try to remain the only undefeated team in MAC East Play with a 4-0 mark against Akron Wednesday at the M.A.C. Center. The undefeated start in conference play is due in large part to Kent State’s outstanding defensive play, as well as solid numbers by senior guard Jamilah Humes. Humes is averaging a team high of 14.4 points per game as the Flashes (13-3, 4-0 MAC) are coming together behind her senior leadership. The 5-foot-8 senior had one of her best games last season against the Zips. Humes led the game with a 31-point performance. Her efforts helped lift the Flashes to a 67-64 win on Feb. 24, 2010. The two teams split last year’s season series with a win each, but the Flashes owned the series with an all-time record of 45-6. “Akron always plays hard against us and I think that’s because it is a rivalry,” Humes said. The Flashes are coming off the big win over Bowling Green that has many fans still excited. The win marked the Flashes fourth straight win to open con-


Senior guard Jamilah Humes averages 14.4 points per game, making her the teams leading scorer.

ference play. Akron, on the other hand, is having a lackluster season. The team’s only win over a conference opponent was Jan. 15, when the Zips beat Ohio, 54-45. But Humes’s experience in coming off big games is a key factor to keep the team down to earth. “We just got to keep things in perspective,” she said. “We know that now since we are the undefeated team in the MAC now we have a target on our back, everybody is going to try and knock us off. “We just have to keep our focus and concentration on the defensive end.” It’s no secret that Kent State coach Bob Lindsay always preaches defense, and against Bowling Green, the team followed his game plan closely as they held a potent Falcon offense to a season low of 43 points. “We do know that if we can play intense defense like we did against Bowling Green, we will get them (Akron) out of their set offense,” Humes said. Although it may appear as just another game on the schedule, the rivalry with Akron gives this match a larger meaning. “It’s going to be a tough game, it’s going to be a really good game,” Humes said. “I think that the team that works the hardest and gets most of the loose balls wins.”

The Kent State Athletic Department is encouraging all fans to wear red to the Kent State vs. Akron game in support of Go Red for Women. Prior to the game at 7 p.m., Kent State Athletics will host Go Red for Women/American Heart Association activities to encourage and promote heart health.

Men’s basketball strives to improve away record Rachel Jones Daily Kent Stater Huddled before the start of the Jan. 11 game, the Kent State men’s basketball team yelled two final words of inspiration before taking on Ohio: “Road Warriors.” With a 1-5 away record this season, the title is far from what most would describe the Flashes as. But the team rallied to defeat the Bobcats 69-66 at The Convocation Center. Now the Flashes (11-6, 2-1 MidAmerican Conference) are ready to face Buffalo Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for their fourth conference game and third on the road. “A win on the road before another road game is huge,” said senior guard Rod Sherman. “It gives us a lot of confidence.” Kent State coach Geno Ford said the fact that the team won is a confidence booster – conference game or not. But the Flashes will need to step it up if they want a repeat road victory. “We didn’t by any means play off-the-chart well (against Ohio),” Ford said. “We have another level or two we need to get to if we want to compete for a conference championship.” In the 16-conference game schedule, the Flashes will need to win at least 10 road games if they want a

chance at the MAC Championship. Ford said the best way a team can win on the road is through communication. “Communication becomes of the utmost importance on road games because the ground’s not going to give you a lift,” Ford explained. “Everything you do comes from each other and yourself. I thought we communicated really well (at Ohio) – not just on the floor, but in the huddles.” The teammates communicated well with not only each other, but also the coaches. Ford said many of the younger or first-time players showed great maturity and improvements by handling criticism better. “We seem to finally be over the sensitivity we had in the beginning of the year where too many new players (could not) take criticism,” Ford said. “We’re finally learning how to play hard and move forward.” He also credited the win to vocal leadership and high energy levels on the defensive end. New vocal leaders, like junior center Justin Manns, have recently stepped up on the court, while other players contribute with baskets, like junior forward Justin Greene, who scored 18 points against the Bobcats. The Flashes will need both types of leadership to beat Buffalo (9-6, 1-2 MAC), who defeated Akron 73-70 last Sunday.

Would you really like to see Braylon get a Super Bowl ring? Michael Moses Daily Kent Stater Since before your grandfather was born, Cleveland Browns fans have been rooting against the Pittsburgh Steelers. For at least the next week, this should stop. Please, if you’re a Browns Backer, don’t put this article down. Keep reading and allow me to explain. I never fully comprehended why fans of rival teams root against each other when their own team is not in the playoffs. Take, for instance, this season. The Browns are not in the playoffs and once again are in the rebuilding stage, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are gearing up to play the New York Jets in the AFC championship game. Rivalries thrive on hatred, yes. But sometimes, that hatred blinds logical reasoning. For one weekend, I’m asking all of the Cleveland Browns’ fans to put your stubborn loyalties aside. If you cringe at the word “Pittsburgh,” even when it is not used in the same context as football, pay attention. You all should be rooting for the Steelers, because it makes your team and division look that much better than the rest of the NFL. The mighty AFC North boasts both the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, whom Pittsburgh beat Jan. 15. Sure, the Browns are not a top-tier team, though I’d be willing to bet that if they played in, say, the NFC West (Seattle won this division with a 7-9 record), they would be a playoff contender. Let’s face it, the more the Steelers win (and Baltimore, for that matter), the less pity people will have for the

Michael Moses

Browns. Hell, that’s four games a season that Cleveland needs to play a top-caliber team! Browns fans are sure to remember week 10 of this year, when the Jets came into town and walked away with an overtime victory. This game was all but in the bag for the Browns, yet they blew it in the end. On the flip side, Cleveland lost a combined 69-19 in two games this season versus the Steelers. Wouldn’t it be easier to root for a team like the Steelers to beat the Jets (who stole a victory from your team, in your house)? Once again, it would make the AFC North look that much tougher. As a Steelers fan, I can say that when the Browns are not playing my team, I root for them. I want them to do well so that the rivalry remains a rivalry. I want the Browns to climb to the top of our division so Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh means something again. As a Cleveland fan, I would honestly do the same. I’d want Pittsburgh to win, so that when the Browns beat them, it would mean that much more. I’m sure that new Browns head coach, Pat Shurmur, is rooting for the Steelers so beating the defending AFC champions next season could be added to his first year resume. Finally, we all know a certain number 17 on the Jets. The guy did a back flip at the end of last weekend’s game in New England. Who does that? How classless of an act. I’d say to act like you’ve been there before, but of course, he hasn’t.

Kent State gymnastics prepares for postseason with weekend events Wolstein Center meet offers the Flashes a dry run for Nationals Tyler Goddard Daily Kent Stater


Junior forward Justin Greene tries a jump shot during a game against Akron on Jan. 8. Byron Mulkey, who averages 13.8 points per game, lead the Bulls with 17 points. But Sherman and the Flashes are hoping they can use their newfound confidence to overcome players like Mulkey and

earn another road victory. “We said we’re going to road warriors before the start of (the Ohio) game, so we’re just trying to bring that back and get a win,” Sherman said. Rachel Jones is a sports reporter.

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The next meet for the Kent State gymnastics team will be a “home” quad meet, but it will not be at the location the team is used to performing at. This weekend’s meet will be held at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland as the team hosts Brigham Young, George Washington and Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Head coach Brice Biggin said the meet was originally scheduled to be on campus, but with Kent State hosting the National Championships in April at the Wolstein Center, they felt they needed a “dry run” to see how everything will go. “We are just running it through the Wolstein Center so their people can get an idea of what will happen,” Biggin said. “They are bringing in the national scorers and it gives us a great opportunity to see the venue, be able to compete there and if there are any logistical problems, we can fix them.” Biggin also stated that the team will treat this meet just like any other, and all the girls will compete in their usual events barring any injury setbacks. He is expecting to use the strongest lineup because all the teams have good pro-

grams and it will be tough. For two Kent State seniors, it will be a homecoming. Christine Abou-Mitri and Christina Lenny are natives of Broadview Heights, which is a close suburb of Cleveland. Both girls said they are excited to have family and friends see them compete, especially since some haven’t had an opportunity to ever see a college meet before. Lenny said the venue is also a positive in terms of the team preparing for a run at going to nationals. “We can get mentally prepared with the setting and the lighting and what the equipment will be like so it’s like an extra bonus for us,” Lenny said. The Golden Flashes (2-0) will look to keep its undefeated streak alive. Biggin said AbouMitri and Lenny have a great opportunity to perform well since this meet and nationals will be in their backyard. “Freshman Marie Case has also come on the scene strong by winning her first all-around last week against Maryland and coming in second overall behind teammate Christina Lenny in her second meet,” Biggin said. Both Abou-Mitri and Lenny hope the fans will make the trip to support them so it truly feels like a home meet. “Its a big meet with four teams so we want our fans there with us to watch us dominate,” Abou-Mitri said. The Flashes will host the quad meet Friday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.

Jan. 19, 2011 Daily Kent Stater  

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