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‘Post’ staff prepares for Alumni Weekend This weekend, The Post staff will welcome back Post alumni for The Post Alumni Society’s 12th reunion. The Post Alumni Society spends months planning for the event, and the current Post staff is looking forward to a weekend of meeting new people, discussing journalism and celebrating The Post. This year, the weekend falls in line with fest season coverage and Board of Trustees meetings. Alumni Weekend gives students the chance to learn about how the organization functioned years ago, and it gives us all hope for journalism. We’re an incredibly curious bunch, and students always ask about what life as a journalist is like after leaving Ohio University. It’s always reassuring to hear from thriving alumni who embrace a digital future and have an optimistic look for the industry. Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Stuckey is the keynote speaker. The 2012 Scripps graduate works for the HousELIZABETH BACKO / ton Chronicle and frequently reports on NASA and the environment. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF It’s great to learn about all the notable events that happened when alumni attended OU. We talk about late nights in the newsroom, reporting on breaking stories and what it’s like to be a student journalist overall. At Alumni Weekend, I will give the annual “State of The Post” address. During my presentation, I will talk about what The Post did differently this year, such as integrating a senior editor role in the executive office and expanding our digital side from a single coder into a small staff of people. We reported on lots of different topics, such as new OU President Duane Nellis, the interim “Freedom of Expression” policy, local elections and the university’s budget. We produced a handful of special issues, and we have more on the way. Then 2018-19 Post Editor-in-Chief Lauren Fisher will share her plans with the alumni. She will talk about her plans for improving The Post by connecting with our readers and continuing to expand our digital capacity. The Post staff is excited to welcome the alumni back to campus. Each year, we reminisce, learn and look forward to the next one. Elizabeth Backo is a senior studying journalism and the editor-in-chief of The Post. Want to talk to her? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or send her a tweet @liz_backo.
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Why ‘The Half-Blood Prince’ is the best ‘Harry Potter’ movie First, this column will include spoilers from the sixth Harry Potter movie. Second, if you’ve never seen Harry Potter, why are you reading this? GEORGIA OK, now that I have DAVIS that out of the way, I is a junior am here to deliver the studying biggest hot take when journalism at it comes to the Harry Ohio Potter movies: The HalfUniversity. Blood Prince is the best film in the franchise. I can already hear the collective sighs and grumbles of Potterheads around the world. “Well, what about The Prisoner of Azkaban,” they’re all saying. I get it. I, too, thought the third film was the best — but that was before I read the books and understood the depths of the sixth. Sure, The Prisoner of Azkaban introduced us to two of the coolest character
in the series — Remus Lupin and Sirius Black — but it left out a lot of titular information. The third film showed viewers that Peter Pettigrew was the one who ratted out his best friends, but it failed to recognize the depth of the betrayal. Pettigrew willingly gave up the one secret that led to the Potters’ deaths. Leaving that aspect out of the film relegates it to just one of the best Harry Potter films. Now that I have explained why many people’s favorite is not the best, I’m going to tell all 20 people reading this article why The Half-Blood Prince is the best. The first five films of the franchise feature a confused Harry who is trying to figure out his place in the wizarding world. He doesn’t fully understand why surviving the killing curse as a baby was a big deal or why people cared. It only took defeating Voldemort a few times to realize he was capable of completely wiping out the Dark Lord. He didn’t come to this realization until the end of The Order of the Phoenix, and, in The
Half-Blood Prince, he finally comes into his own and accepts he can defeat Voldemort with the help of his friends. Despite all of that heavy, life-threatening baggage weighing him down, he still finds time to be a teenager. In fact, everyone in the movie shows a more adolescent side to them. There’s teenage romance, parties and the consumption of happiness-inducing potions. The sixth movie is a time for them to live life in a seemingly regular fashion — that is, before the epic conclusion gives way to the emotional end. The Half-Blood Prince provides key information to defeating Voldemort. Harry learns he must destroy Horcruxes, which contain bits and pieces of Voldemort’s soul. It gave the audience a chance to know Voldemort as Tom Riddle and supply a little bit of hope that the Dark Lord could be taken down for good. The film also gives some of the answers without giving away too much. Maybe that is more of a credit to the book, but it was execut-
ed well in the movie. It is suspenseful. The pacing in the film is what sets it apart from the rest of the films. The comedic relief, which is the funniest of all the movies, is weaved throughout the film’s duration. Harry and Dumbledore are working to advance the plot forward the entire movie to the climactic end, but it doesn’t feel like it. The plot in the sixth is most important in all the Harry Potter movies, but it manages to be subtle. The sixth film in the franchise is the most important. It shifts the entire focus of the series to learning about Voldemort and how to completely defeat him. But besides that, the film gave way to the best scene in series: Aragog’s death when Harry talks about the pincers. Classic. Note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. What is your favorite Harry Potter film? Tell Georgia by tweeting her at @georgiadee35.
ODDS AND ENDS
Writing isn’t as romantic as it sounds A great book was written way back in 1918, then expanded on in 1959 and in other editions. The Elements of Style by William Strunk CHUCK GREENLEE and E.B. White is essentially the Swiss army is a junior knife of writing – small studying and bland, but wildly communication useful when you need it. studies The book aside, the foreat Ohio word written by Roger University. Angell, White’s stepson, resounds with all writers: “Writing is hard, even for authors who do it all the time.” There is a pretty big misconception about writing, and that is that it’s this romantic affair between the author and a blank piece of paper or an empty Word document. Media outlets make writing out to be some odd thing in which you go on a date with your words; in reality, it’s 4 / MARCH 22, 2018
a long-term relationship in which you sit at opposite ends of the couch and argue over what to watch on TV. Writing, at its core, is a grueling task that makes the background music on C-SPAN somehow seem entertaining. (Note: This is not a jab at C-SPAN but rather a jab at the less-than-exciting elevator music it plays between senate sessions. But it seems as if C-SPAN can’t play the best of Frank Ocean, so here we are.) To be a writer takes a certain amount of gusto and the ability to accept that your work probably isn’t good enough. And when you take it to an editor, you find out that you did everything wrong, and you want to give it up altogether. “It isn’t good enough; I wish it were better,” Angell writes of watching his stepfather’s struggle with writing. He says his stepfather would sit in his study for hours at a time, and furious clicks of the keyboard would often interrupt the calm pacing that came from behind the closed doors.
But does that sort of technique translate to today? Being your own biggest critic, not having all the words there at once and then hating the final thing you write? Short answer: yes. Long answer: yes, absolutely. That’s at least how this column was written, for whatever that may be worth to you. So between paces, you do your best to figure out what words best complement one another. And in that, you probably get mad about how you aren’t living in a spacious New York City loft with exposed brick walls — because exposed brick is how success as a writer is measured in soap operas, maybe. And when you sit back down after your aggressive pacing, you’ll continue to put words to thought. But it isn’t easy. You might hate your final draft. It may get torn apart by your editor, and you may get discouraged. And that’s OK. Getting torn apart by an editor is usually the first step to having something that you maybe don’t
hate, which is a cool thing. Writing is hard. Words are hard. Grammar is weird. These are all facts. At the end of it all, though, getting the hang of writing is one of most important skills a person can have. The pen is mightier than the sword, as they say. This incessant ramble took two hours to write, and it isn’t anywhere near good enough. Alas. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Did you actually read this nonsense? Let Chuck know by tweeting him @chuck_greenlee. Correction: An article from the March 8 issue with the headline “Sara Legarsky, the woman among men” misstated information about what Legarsky was told when she was hired at Oklahoma State University.
Expanded gender-neutral housing at OU is a step in the right direction In the past few weeks, Ohio University announced it would expand gender-neutral housing to five more residence halls. That expansion to spaces in Boyd, Bromley, Bryan, Pickering and Sowle halls is an important step to providing students with inclusive housing options on campus. The program is in place to allow students to live in with other students regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. It should be the goal of the university to provide students with a living environment that makes them feel safe and welcome. Given the expansion of the program from 17 students in 2011 to 29 students this year — not including students who
individually contacted Housing and Residence Life for gender-neutral housing assignments — the demand and need for gender-neutral housing is there. The program began in 2011, and Smith House has been the designated location for gender-neutral housing since then, but with the growth of the program, it is also important for the university to consider other spaces as well. Students should have the ability to live in a space where they feel comfortable, regardless of their gender identity. The residence halls are where students do everything from studying and sleeping to making their closest friends, and nothing should stand in the way of that. The re-
sources that students need — be it to find gender-neutral housing or choices such as quiet study or substance-free living options — could be more publicly available. It appears one has to be actively looking for such things to find them. Expanding the availability, however, is a positive move. Raising the discussion about gender-neutral housing and increasing the number of spaces can make more people aware of the option who may not have heard about it. It is important for all students, even the students not in interested in the program, to understand the program and how to best be inclusive of everyone on campus. It also shows that university administrators are listening to students’ requests
and concerns and are taking action about it. It is important for administrators to continue to do so to make campus as inclusive and welcoming as possible to all students. Expanding these spaces is a positive step in that direction.
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Man shows fake ID; thief takes game consoles ASHTON NICHOLS STAFF WRITER The day before St. Patrick’s Day, one man visiting Ohio University had a trashy night. An OU Police Department officer saw the man staggering down West Union Street on March 16, where he ran into a garbage can and then into the street. The man was unsteady on his feet and had an odor of alcohol on his body, according to an OUPD report. He had difficulty answering questions and complying with orders. The officer charged him with disorderly conduct by intoxication and released him to a sober driver. UPDATE YOUR REGISTRATION
An OUPD officer saw a vehicle traveling south on University Terrace on March 9. The officer ran the vehicle’s registration, and it was expired, according to an OUPD report.
When the officer stopped the car, the smell of marijuana came from the vehicle, and the student had suspected marijuana in his possession, according to an OUPD report. The officer issued the man a citation for possession of marijuana and gave a warning for the expired vehicle registration. Another student in the vehicle was cited for possession of marijuana paraphernalia. JUST ONE MORE YEAR
An OUPD officer saw a student staggering on Union Street near Jefferson Hall on March 10. The man was reportedly unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol. The student was 20 years old, but he presented the officer with a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license that listed his age as over 21, according to an OUPD report. The officer cited the student for underage drinking and possession of a fake
ID, according to the report. WRONG TURN
An OUPD officer saw a vehicle make an illegal right turn on red from East Union Street to Court Street on March 17. The student had glassy, bloodshot eyes, and a strong smell of alcohol came from his breath and inside the vehicle, according to an OUPD report. The officer arrested the man for operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, marked lanes violation, running a red light and possession of marijuana. Because the officer determined the passenger of the vehicle was unable to care for himself, he arrested him for disorderly conduct by intoxication. THE PICKY THIEF
The Athens County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a burglary on Murphy
Road on March 16. Someone stole three televisions, two PlayStation 4s, a PlayStation 3, a Keurig coffee maker, a microwave, blankets and two checkbooks from the residence, according to a sheriff’s report. The case is under investigation. WHAT A BURN
Sheriff’s deputies were patrolling near Millfield and Redtown on March 18 when they saw a man illegally burning something, according to a sheriff’s office report. Deputies spoke to the homeowner and said the material was illegal and he was burning it during restricted hours. The homeowner said he was unaware of the burning laws and said he wouldn’t burn anything else.
Interim Arts and Sciences dean named; Bridge ticket runs unopposed for senate KAITLYN MCGARVEY FOR THE POST Students have returned for Week 10, refreshed after a well-deserved spring break. Here is some of what’s been going on in and around Athens: JOSEPH SHIELDS TO SERVE AS INTERIM COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES DEAN
Ohio University Vice President for Research and Creative Activity and Graduate College Dean Joseph Shields was appointed interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, according to a university news release. Shields, a professor in the department of physics and astronomy, has worked for OU since 1996. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Kansas and a doctorate in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. Robert Frank, the current dean of the college, announced earlier this month that this semester will be his last as dean. Frank is stepping down for personal reasons, 6 / MARCH 22, 2018
according to a university news release. After a sabbatical, Frank will return to OU in 2019 as a psychology professor, according to a March 6 university news release. David Koonce, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and Graduate College associate dean, will serve as interim vice president for research and creative activity and dean of the graduate college until Shields returns to the position. SEARCH FOR NEXT VICE PRESIDENT FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ADVANCES
OU hosted an open forum for students to voice opinions about the search process for the next vice president for diversity and inclusion. During the forum, all of the seats in Baker 240 were filled. During his October inaugural address, OU President Duane Nellis announced that the position of chief diversity officer would be elevated to a vice presidency. Several students said they would want the person chosen for the position to be a member of a minority group. Xan Spalding, a senior studying music management and
social media relations, however, said she believes that person can be someone who does not look a certain way. “I think everyone’s thoughts and opinions are valued here,” Spalding said. “Not everyone’s opinions and experiences are seen. Not everyone who is queer looks queer. Not everyone who is a person of color looks like a person of color.” Grace Kent, a multicultural ambassador, said she wants the person to understand the experience of international students. Additional comments or questions about the next vice president for diversity and inclusion can be directed to email@example.com BRIDGE TICKET PRESENTS IDEAS UNOPPOSED AT EXECUTIVE DEBATE
The executive candidates on the Bridge Ohio ticket for Ohio University Student Senate were the best candidates in the room for the executive debate Monday night. They were also the only candidates. Bridge Ohio is the only ticket that applied to be on the ballot for this year’s senate
election, making for a one-sided debate in Walter Hall. Matthew Thomas, senate’s executive justice who was the moderator of the debate, said having five debates is required according to senate’s rules and procedures, regardless of the number of tickets running. Maddie Sloat, a junior studying political communication in the Honors Tutorial College, is running for president. She started serving on senate this academic year as an East Green senator. The vice presidential candidate is Hannah Burke, a junior studying political science. Burke is senate’s Women’s Affairs commissioner and also serves on The Post Publishing Board. Lydia Ramlo, a junior studying civil engineering and environmental studies, is the candidate for treasurer and serves as the Environmental Affairs commissioner.
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Some Ohio University professors — like Michael Burton, an associate professor of political science, whose book is pictured here — will sometimes write their own textbooks instead of teaching from ones written by other people. (CARL FONTICELLA / PHOTO EDITOR)
Students have mixed feelings about professors using their own books in class ZOE STITZER FOR THE POST When associate professor of English Jill Ingram was looking for an edition of William Shakespeare’s Love Labour’s Lost to teach in her English 1600 class, she looked to her own research for class material. “I was able to get some really good stage editions on film that I was using for my own research, and so I just thought it would be a real shame not to use that for my class,” Ingram said. “And so I ended up using that edition of Love Labour’s Lost for that class because it just fit the class theme so perfectly.” Ingram, however, is aware of the stigma against professors using their own books. “There is kind of an unstated rule in academia that you probably shouldn’t use your own books because it looks like you 8 / MARCH 22, 2018
are kind of promoting yourself, or promoting more sales of the book — so that’s kind of frowned upon, and so I was hesitant to do it,” Ingram said. “But there was no other really film- or stage-oriented editions of the play that I could find, so that’s why I used my version.” On its website in a statement on reports and publications, the American Association of University Professors addresses the practice of professors using their own textbooks. Several universities, including Virginia Tech, Southern Utah University and Cleveland State University, have regulations that don’t completely bar the practice of professors using their own books in class. The rules vary from university to university, but most either require that the book to be approved by a committee or that the professors make no profit from making it
compulsory for students to buy their book. The neurology department at Case Western University, for instance, gives students the professors’ works for free as a perk of the program. Though professors at Ohio University are not allowed to personally sell their own books, they are permitted to require their own book if it is sold elsewhere, according to the OU faculty handbook. The professors must go to a departmental committee for any royalties acquired. Megan Hancyzk, a freshman studying child and family studies, experienced a professor using his own book in class for the first time in Psychology 1010. Hancyzk supports professors using their own books in class. “Sometimes, in textbooks, they use fancy words that don’t really register I guess, and this is in his own words,” Hancyzk
said. “It’s how he talks in class, and so it helps me understand a lot better.” The cost of the textbook might be a factor in whether students are in favor of their professors using their own books. Though Hancyzk said that psychology textbook was less expensive than the rest she had to buy, Emily Brumfield, a junior studying nursing, could not say the same about the book she had to buy for her Communications 1010 class. “It was a pretty small book, and, even though it was handwritten by him, it was pretty expensive,” Brumfield said. “It was overpriced, in my opinion. It was absolutely unnecessary.”
How some of Athens' businesses have survived over the years Businesses in Athens are often opening new doors and closing others. 10 West Clothing Company, 10 W. Union St., recently combined with Uptown Dog T-Shirts, 9 W. Union St., a business that has been open for 30 years in Athens. Mary Cheadle, the owner of both businesses, said Uptown Dog was one of few businesses to make it 30 years in Athens. “We’ve seen a ton of people come and go,” Cheadle said. “Obviously, places like Cornwell’s are older than us, and there’s a few that are older.” Cornwell Jewelers initially opened in Athens in 1832, Mark Bryan, floor manager of Cornwell Jewelers, 77 N. Court St., said. It then closed for 10 to 15 years because of a gold rush in Ohio and reopened in 1869. Housing HotLink, 8 N. Court St., is a company in Athens that owns the buildings of many commercial properties. Manager Sandy James said turnover on property is common, but she often sees more businesses arriving than leaving. “Our biggest turnover is things like the political offices, which are only there every four years,” James said. Both Thunder Bunny Tattoo, 26 W. Stimson Ave., and Whit’s Frozen Custard, 49 S. Court St., have been in Athens for more than five years. GoodFella’s Pizza, 6 W. Union St., has been in Athens for more than 23 years. James said turnover often depends on the type of business. She said newer businesses often do not last because they are not shopped at enough and lose customers to larger stores or online shopping. “One of the things that people are always saying is ‘shop local,’ ” James said. “If more people shop at these new upstarts, then they will survive and continue. … If a business can last two years, it gets it past that bubble of all of the expenses it took to get started. If it can hit seven years, they’re going to last long term.” With a large trend in online retail shopping, Cheadle said the challenge is to attract customers to shop in store more than online. “That’s why I’ve always felt like if you’re going to be a retail store in uptown Athens, then you do have to be semi-unique in order to create an experience that they want, not just buying a garment,” Cheadle said. The Other Place, 43 S. Court St., has been open for about 20 years. Manager April Knox said she has also seen slower business in the past year due to online shopping.
One of the things that people are always saying is ‘shop local.’ If more people shop at these new upstarts, then they will survive and continue.
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- Sandy James, manager at Housing HotLink
“Our biggest competition is online shopping,” Knox said. “We have definitely upped our social media as much as possible.” Jessica Kopelwitz started Fluff Bakery, 8 N. Court St., in 2010. She said while she has been competing with other coffee and bakery shops in Athens, she has continuously tried to make Fluff stand out. “We’re such a different business than all of the other bakeries and coffee shops,” Kopelwitz said. “We focus on really unique comfort food and drinks.” Kopelwitz said being in Athens is surprising to her because people often assume that being on Court Street guarantees business, but, in reality, it does not. “No. 1 is the economy, and the economy affects business in general, especially retail,” Kopelwitz said. “You have to understand when you’re going to have the big times and when you’re going to have lean times and be able to plan for that and do not go out of business.” The key components to surviving in Athens are listening to customers, growing with the town, choosing the right employees and being consistent, Kopelwitz said. “It’s an interesting challenge, and I don’t think people understand until you’re in the middle of it,” Kopelwitz said. “Even if it’s the major critique or you fail at something, you have to listen and take something from that and do better. Whether you always agree with it or not, you have to do it, and I think that has helped us survive.”
The sign for Uptown Dog T-Shirts, which recently combined with 10 West Clothing Company across the street, hangs above the store. (MIJANA MAZUR / FILE)
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New city-appointed poet laureate wants Athens to be known for its poetry JULIA EVERTSY FOR THE POST
Kari Gunter-Seymour wasn’t always a poet. But when her son, a combat veteran, was serving in Iraq, she began writing as a form of therapy to keep herself from thinking of what could happen to him. “It was just a horrible time. The violence there was so profound; the death rate was so high,” Gunter-Seymour said, holding back tears. “Every single moment, I wondered if my son was alive.” She said her son is fine, and she continues to share her poetry throughout Ohio. A poet from Amesville, Gunter-Seymour was selected to be the poet laureate for the City of Athens in February, according to a previous Post report. Since then, she has been working with poets locally and around Ohio to support the “thriving poetry community” in Athens. Gunter-Seymour is the second poet laureate in Athens. The city received four applications for the position and interviewed two candidates, Carol Patterson, chair for the Athens Municipal Arts Commission, said. A committee of three recognized local poets and a member of the commission selected Gunter-Seymour. Poet laureates receive a $2,000 yearly stipend, Patterson said. “Kari’s proposal includes a broad
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spectrum of social media, public readings, poet gatherings and a ‘create space’ book to remain with the city,” Patterson said in an email. Gunter-Seymour said she worked for Ohio University for more than 20 years as a graphic designer for the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine before being promoted to director of creative services for University Advancement Communication and Marketing. She is also an instructor for the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. “I love teaching it, and I love the students,” Gunter-Seymour said. “They’re very inspiring.” Despite her success, Gunter-Seymour struggles to talk about it. She said in Appalachia, there are so many people living with little that she doesn’t want to brag about her success. Gunter-Seymour said she wants Athens to be known for its poetry along with its fine arts and musical talent. On Tuesdays at 9 p.m., Donkey Coffee hosts Designated Space, an open stage that allows poets in Athens to share their poetry with people in Athens. Gunter-Seymour has started organizing an additional open mic night at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane, on Thursday nights to provide another venue for poets in Athens to share their work. “Each time I set up these events, there will be an Athens-based poet who will open the evening for us, and then we’ll have an outstanding poet from throughout Ohio, and then we’ll have an open mic,” she said. Gunter-Seymour plans to work on a book called Expressively Athens featuring poets around Athens from kindergarteners to adults. Some of the art displayed on utility boxes around Athens will be in the book. Although some have questioned the need for the position, Gunter-Seymour said it has value. “It’s an artist’s duty to record history. We’re the visual and spoken word recorders of history,” she said. “We’re so lucky that our city has seen the value of having someone do that very thing, that can make an impact on
Kari Gunter-Seymour poses for a portrait at the Dairy Barn Arts Center. (MEAGAN HALL / PHOTO EDITOR)
what’s happening in the community and surrounding areas based on what’s happening with the art.” Gunter-Seymour also founded the Women in Appalachia project, which encourages women to address discrimination with their art. “We travel through different art galleries and venues with our work,” she said. “So we’re sort of activists in a very non-confrontational way saying ‘Hey, look. We are not what you think we are. Look what we’re capable of.’ ” The Athens Municipal Arts Commission has scheduled an inaugural poetry
reading to introduce Gunter-Seymour to the public on April 26 at ARTS/West from 7-9 p.m. She will share a poem called “Just When You Thought You Knew Her.” City Planner Paul Logue said he’s excited to see what she will bring to the poet laureate position. “She is an incredibly talented artist and we are fortunate to have her and so many other artists in Athens,” Logue said in an email. @JULAPHANT JE827416@OHIO.EDU
Gender-neutral housing will be expanded to five more residence halls, including Boyd Hall, seen here, for the 2018-19 academic year. (KEVIN PAN / SLOT EDITOR)
Gender-neutral housing will expand to new locations in five residence halls SHELBY CAMPBELL FOR THE POST
Housing and Residence Life will add 27 living spaces to its gender-neutral housing room selection options for the 2018-19 academic year. The new locations will be spread across the greens in Boyd, Bromley, Bryan, Pickering and Sowle halls. Those are pilot locations to see how well they accommodate students’ needs, Johnna Matulja, associate director for Marketing and Business Operations for Housing and Residence Life, said. Housing and Residence Life worked closely with the LGBTQA Affairs Commission in Student Senate to address the needs of students interested in gender-neutral housing. “Student Senate is not only (supporting) Housing in their decision to go forward with
the expansion, but also pushing for Housing to continue to have an open and positive attitude towards adapting and expanding even further in the future,” Briahna Shaniuk, LGBTQA Affairs Commissioner in Student Senate, said in an email. The gender-neutral housing program began in 2011 with 17 students living in Smith House on South Green. It has since expanded to 29 students in the seven years since its creation, not including students who reached out individually for gender-neutral housing assignments. The program is expanding based on feedback from Student Senate representatives and an increase in requests from students interested in the program. Requests for gender-neutral housing outside of Smith House have also increased, Matulja said. Surveys showed students were becoming increasingly unhappy with the location
of gender-neutral housing, Shaniuk said. “What we should really have as a vision as an institution is to have gender-neutral housing on all the greens,” Vice President for Student Affairs Jason Pina said. “We don’t have demand that forces us to give all these new bed spaces because we have so many people who want gender-neutral housing. But I also feel like if we give some diversity to housing types and housing locations, maybe you will have more demand.” Shaniuk said senate will consider adding new living spaces in the future, depending on the results of the pilot program. “That being said, if they don’t work, or if students are looking to gain more out of their living experience, then we will definitely push for further (gender-neutral housing),” Shaniuk said in an email. “We are meant to be the voice of the students in the Ohio University community, and we will
never stop advocating for the needs of all students, whatever they may be.” B Irwin, a resident assistant in Smith House who uses they/them pronouns, said putting gender-neutral housing in non-gender-neutral specific residence halls could leave LGBT students vulnerable to hate crimes. They said Smith House’s private location is ideal for gender-neutral housing compared to more popular residence halls. “Housing is doing a good job with trying to make things inclusive and making residence halls inclusive for everyone,” Irwin said. “(Smith House’s) location can be a problem because it’s the farthest from campus and it’s really hard to get to, but I think the location has its advantages because it’s sheltered.” @BLOODBUZZOHIOAN SC568816@OHIO.EDU THEPOSTATHENS.COM / 11
A LOVE FOR THE LAND
One professor spends six hours every day teaching and reliving his boyhood obsession: food BHARBI HAZARIKA SENIOR WRITER ILLUSTRATIONS BY MARCUS PAVILONIS 12 / MARCH 22, 2018
rt Trese wakes up a little before dawn. The sun is hardly perched in the sky when he buckles his brown shoes and grabs his red flannel shirt. The tailpipe of his black Nissan truck hisses out smoke, as if to signal the time of the day, as he starts his engine. Trese makes his way down the three-mile route from Wonder Hills, about the same time it takes for him to listen to a couple of U2 songs. He drives down the gravel road past Miller’s Chicken and finally arrives at his “sanctuary.” Trese gets asked often, even by his
own wife, why is he always there? He laughs at the question, knowing that he spends nearly 40 hours a week in his 1 1/2 acre hideout. Trese is an associate professor of environmental and plant biology at Ohio University. But instead of being cooped up within gray walls like his profession demands, he can mostly be found at his Eden, the plant biology learning gardens. The idea behind creating the gardens on West State Street was first conceived by James Cavender, professor emeritus of environmental and plant biology, in the 1970s as a way for
students to explore the origins of food. Throughout the years, foliage piled over the student farm, blending it into the plains until Trese picked up the project 12 years ago to supplement his sustainable agriculture class. In 2014, it became a part of Theresa Moran’s food studies theme in the College of Arts and Sciences. Moran, an assistant professor in the college, said her aim to create a comprehensive food studies program prompted the collaboration with Trese and what she considers to be the secret gardens. The gardens remained unknown to many OU students until its collaboration
with the food studies theme. Julie Scott, a junior studying specialized studies in sustainable agriculture and food systems, credits the garden’s elusive personality to its location. “It’s kind of obscure,” Scott said. “It’s a long walk from campus.” The gardens primarily remain as an educational resource. But in recent years, it has started producing food for markets on campus. It is not only used by the university, but Kelsey Bryant, a graduate assistant at the learning gardens, said several businesses in Athens have started to buy niche items, such as fennel, from the gardens. Now, the gardens’ personality and Trese’s reputation have become indistinguishable within the plant biology department. If students can’t find Trese in his Porter Hall office, they know where to look for him. TILLING THE LAND owever, finding the gardens in itself is a feat. In that respect, Trese shares his seemingly hermetic nature with the garden. The facility, which includes a circle garden connected to a high tunnel, hides behind the OU Innovation Center on West State Street. The only visible marker is a poppy-red barn that stands by the gravel road, as if guarding the field. In the first light of day, Trese rummages through the contents of the barn. His quiet disposition prevails until it’s poked with a question or two about food, and the man opens up like a blossom in spring. As a thin, pale and shaggy-brownhaired young boy, Trese grew up hungry. He was born in a large family that had just enough food to get by. Every evening at dinner, after Trese inhaled his food, the growing boy in him had to come to terms that there wasn’t going to be “more dinner.” His neighbors introduced him to farming when he was still in high school. Suddenly, he was living two lives. He used protractors in school and pitchforks in his backyard. “Just like that, a light went off in my head,” Trese said. “I can grow food?” The necessity that food created in his childhood set Trese’s frame of mind when he sifted through careers in college and eventually settled as a professor. Now, his duties as an academic revolves around the learning gardens. “There is just always things to do,” Trese said. “And if there isn’t, I make up something.” Trese teaches most of his classes within the gardens’ bamboo protected boundaries. The facility has expanded its size, which prompted it to be renamed
the Ohio Student Farm. This semester, five students work at the farm alongside Trese, which includes work study interns and Bryant. Usually, they configure a list of crops that will be reared. Trese buys most of the plant seeds online by comparing prices and quality. He said he gives plenty of weightage to the organic-certified seal, but he also makes sure they are reasonably priced. The smallholding is mostly home to vegetables and some small grains, but it additionally grows a variety of perennials, bamboos and berries. Scott, a volunteer at the farm, said Trese is always open to the introduction of new plants and ideas. In his six-hour-a-day routine in the farm, the 63-year-old spends it either shoveling or digging the land, hoping to find a bounty of ideas buried somewhere in the middle of the dirt. He encourages students to think about cultivation in an innovative manner, which has led several of the volunteers to experiment with different plants and seeds. Trese’s history with food — and reverence for it — makes him uniquely capable of heading the gardens, but Scott believes his finest trait is that he “doesn’t pretend to know everything” there is to know about farming. SOWING THE SEEDS uch like Trese, each student has found a reason to be at the farm. As Scott’s fingers sink into the dirt, she feels the presence of her predecessors. Naturally, when she needs extra help in tilling the patch of strawberry field, next to the tunnel, she calls for her foremothers. “Grandma! We are doing this,” she yells, stabbing the stubborn earth with her pitchfork. For Scott, farmwork is sacred. “It’s magical,” Scott said. “I am watching something come from nothing when a tiny seed just blossoms into this huge bounty. I feel like I am part of a whole circle.” Each year, Trese involves his students in farming a spring-summer garden, as well as an extensive fall garden. During June and July, the site is flocked with food studies interns, who are usually recruited from Trese’s sustainable agriculture class. Most crops are sowed in black-ridged reusable containers, which are then left to grow. As soon as the weather warms up, the crops are transplanted to the ground. For the better part of the year, Trese and the students arrive at the gardens early in the morning. As dew settles on the ground, they start unclothing the crops that had been wrapped in a protective covering the previous evening. When the first light drowns the enclo-
Art Trese collects things from a barn for his class at the community garden on March 12. (BHARBI HAZARIKA / SENIOR WRITER)
sure at dawn, wide-brimmed hats, closed shoes and slouched backs appear among the rows of crops like creatures coming out from the woods to forage for food, and the process of weeding, harvesting and mulching begins. REAPING THE HARVEST n the days when they sell the produce, students come in early to reap the crops and wash them in the portable white utility sink that is conveniently stationed in the eastern corner of the garden. The cleansed produce is separated into buckets and cardboard boxes and marked before being loaded onto a truck and shipped to various locations around Athens. Visiting assistant professor Thomas Stevenson in the department of human and consumer services likes to surprise his students with produce from the garden for his hospitality classes. He said the sight of colorful vegetables in mismatched shapes and sizes coax the students in his classes to inquire about the origins of food. Scott said the surplus is often donated to the Timothy House, a resource for those experiencing homelessness in southeast Ohio, or distributed among the interns, students and volunteers. Trese hasn’t felt the pangs of hunger in quite a while, but he still claims to
Where to buy Ohio Student Farm produce · Ohio Student Farm, West State Street Research Site · Atrium Cafe, Grover Center · Jefferson Marketplace
be “obsessed” with growing food. Mirroring his reverence, his students often end up taking home bundles of leftover jalapenos and root vegetables from the gardens and freeze much of the produce to preserve them. Like a ritual, Scott yanks out the take-out boxes from her freezer. As the evening rolls around, she thaws the veggies and prepares a mix of oil and herbs in a cast iron skillet over the stove. In that moment, food becomes spiritual for her. “There is something very special about eating a meal where all the food is mostly grown by you or people that you know,” Scott said. “And it feels like you’re in the thick of it, like you’re plugged into the essence of life itself.”
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Knitters use technology to foster creativity, learn the craft BAYLEE DEMUTH FOR THE POST To Nancy Baur, knitting is just another subculture full of people who want to create fiber art. Baur teaches a knitting class called Socks n’ Stuff at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St., during which she gives hands-on instructions and support needed to complete different projects and learn new skills. So far, class members have knitted things such as towels, hats, cup cozies and socks. With the new technologies of the world, it doesn’t seem possible for the pastime of knitting to still be around today, but knitting is still a growing practice. “The socialization aspect of knitting is still a huge thing,” Baur said. “There’s a whole online universe full of people who knit and share their projects with others.” Ravelry.com is like Facebook for knitters, Baur said. The site functions as an organizational tool for a variety of fiber arts including knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving. “Along with Ravelry, a lot of professional knitters have blogs,” Baur said. “There’s this connection factor with knitting where people from all over can trade different yarns and share the really cool things they’re working on.” Janet Gustafson, an Athens resident, believes technology is actually beneficial to her as a knitter. “The internet is very helpful when I get confused on how to knit something,” Gustafson said. “YouTube has become my best friend in my knitting process.” Gustafson has been knitting since she was in third grade and regularly attends Baur’s knitting classes. “When I was younger, I went to a Catholic school where the nuns would teach us a few things here and there about knitting,” Gustafson said. “I take this class because Nancy teaches me things that the nuns never did.” The skills Gustafson learned from Baur have helped her create projects that she ends up gifting away to others. “Sometimes, I enjoy giving away what I make. It just depends how they turn out,” Gustafson said. “I just knitted a pair of fingerless gloves that I was going to give 14 / MARCH 22, 2018
Linda Bowsman, of Athens, knits a pair of socks at a knitting class at ARTS/West on March 20.. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)
to my daughter-in-law, but I liked them so much I kept them for myself.” Nadine Borovicka, co-instructor of Socks n’ Stuff, learned to knit when she was about 10 years old. Borovicka found that she enjoyed knitting because handmade items are undervalued. “There’s just something about saying ‘I made this’ that makes handmade projects so great,” Borovicka said. Although it’s nice to knit your own socks, Borovicka acknowledges that buying products in a store is 100 percent cheaper than making them. “Just one ball of yarn can cost $26, and
that’s only one pair of socks right there,” Borovicka said. Despite how expensive knitting is, it’s a great way for knitters to show off their skills, Borovicka said. “One of the more popular things to knit are shawls,” Borovicka said. “Some people are able to knit really complicated lace and bead patterns into them.” The knitting culture is plenty strong, and Baur does not see it going away anytime soon.
IF YOU GO WHAT: Socks n’ Stuff WHEN: Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. until May 1 WHERE: ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. ADMISSION: $6/class
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Fans remember the ‘Twilight’ saga 10 years after the first film’s release JESS UMBARGER FOR THE POST The human and vampire love affair movie Twilight is now 10 years old. The movie and cultural phenomenon was released in 2008 and grossed more than $392 million worldwide. The film is based off the 2005 novel of the same name by Stephenie Meyer. Despite some critics trashing the series for its lack of character development and Meyer’s writing style, young adult viewers flocked to theaters to watch the saga. The film starred Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson as the vampire Edward Cullen. Kelly Everett, a junior studying marketing and business analytics, was a fan of the saga. “I went and saw every movie, usually on the premiere nights,” Everett said. Like many teenage readers, Everett read the book when she was in middle
school. She decided she wanted to read Twilight after her mother read it and told her how good it was. Everett did not enjoy the movie as much the book, but she still watched all of the movies when they came out. “The movie, I thought, was good but not that great,” Everett said. “I did not enjoy Bella’s character as much, and it seemed super cheesy.” Though she did read all of the books and went to see all of the movies, Everett was not as interested in the film adaptations. “I wasn’t that into either the movie or book,” Everett said. “(I) just read the book because my friends were and my mom had just finished it.” Twilight will always be one of her favorite books, and she will watch the film from time to time, Everett said, but she is not as interested as she once was. Arienne Martin, a sophomore studying psychology, was somewhat indifferent to the film adaptation.
“I really didn’t hate the movie or love it,” Martin said. “I just thought it something to watch.” Martin also read the book because her peers were reading it. She was curious about the story, and it had just come out when she read it, Martin said. Alyssa Garcia, a junior studying psychology and sociology-criminology, said Twilight was one of her favorite books and movies. “I love the movie, too,” Garcia said. “I watched it at least 18 times, no exaggeration.” It took Garcia only a week or two to finish reading the first book in the saga. She also decided to read Twilight because of how popular it was within her school. But over the years, her opinions on the movie has changed. “The movie sucks because of the acting now that I rewatch it,” Garcia said. Garcia likes how Meyer wrote the books, though many people did not like Meyer’s writing style. A 2006 New York
Times review of Twilight referred to Meyer’s writing as “amateurish.” “Everyone hated Meyer’s writing, but I thought it was good,” Garcia said. Even though there were mixed reviews for the novel, the film adaptation was a hit. The second film adaptation, the Twilight saga’s New Moon broke box office history at the time by having the biggest midnight screening and opening day in history, grossing almost $73 million. The saga’s films continued to break box-office records as new movies were released. Altogether, the film adaptations of the saga grossed more than $3.3 billion worldwide. “(Twilight) definitely had me dreaming of my own werewolf boyfriend,” Martin said.
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ACMS interim director Wendy Blackwood chosen for highly selective internship program ILLUSTRATION BY ABBEY PHILLIPS
BAYLEE DEMUTH FOR THE POST Wendy Blackwood sat at a stoplight and screamed with excitement when she found out she was going to Boulder, Colorado, to intern with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing with nearly 7,000 members around the world. Its internship accepts only nine singers and three collaborative pianists each year. Blackwood, piano master teacher and interim director of the Athens Community Music School, or ACMS, is one of the three pianists selected for the internship’s 27th year. “I actually tried out for NATS last year and didn’t get in, but my colleagues encouraged me to apply one more time,” Blackwood said. “When you apply to things, you just never know. But when I found out that I got in this year, I was super excited.” Blackwood has been playing piano since she was 5 years old. Her grandparents had
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a piano in their home, where Blackwood would practice daily with an instructor; from there, her love for music grew. “I’ve probably been at more voice lessons as a pianist than most singers have been at voice lessons for voice lessons,” Blackwood said. Blackwood will be the third Ohio University-affiliated instructor to be invited to participate in the program. Previous participants from ACMS include Kelly Burns in 2017 and Melissa Brobeck in 2016. Brobeck, an ACMS voice master teacher, has worked very closely with Blackwood. Brobeck knows Blackwood to be an exceptionally kind, supportive and organized pianist and instructor. “My daughter takes lessons from Wendy, so I know firsthand that she is a fun and patient piano teacher,” Brobeck said. “As a pianist, she is prepared, consistent and responsive. I believe she already has everything she needs to be successful in her internship.” Brobeck hopes Blackwood will be able to deepen and further develop her col-
laborative piano work and teaching skills with the program’s piano master teacher, Arlene Shrut, and fellow artists at her internship, which will run June 4-14. Blackwood enjoys accompanying others because collaborating with someone is exciting when music is being made. “NATS, to me, is like music camp for adults,” Blackwood said. “It’s going to be a pretty intense 10 days with coaching from my master teacher as well as focuses on different styles each day.” Andrew Liu, a graduate student studying choral conducting, said it is an honor for Blackwood to be selected to participate in the NATS internship. “Being selected as a NATS intern is definitely something to be applauded,” Liu said. “(NATS) provides interns opportunities to work with many top music educators where they will learn numerous methodologies.” The NATS internship is the biggest internship Blackwood has ever received, and she is excited to travel all the way to Boulder for it.
“I’m just super pumped to get to be immersed in music,” Blackwood said. “I’ll be focusing mainly on classical styles, but there are other sessions I’m not as familiar with that I’ll be introduced to so that will all be very fun.” NATS is an experienced-based internship, which makes it very special because the people selected to participate had to earn their positions, Blackwood said. She is excited to come away from the internship feeling more energized about music and to become a better coach from the master teacher she will be working with. “I’ve been doing this craft for a while, but there’s always more to learn,” Blackwood said. “There’s always something you’ve never thought about or focused on, and I’m excited to find out what that is for me this summer.”
TRACK AND FIELD
Ohio throwers share bond off the field JOEY FLANNERY FOR THE POST Camaraderie between the duo of junior weight thrower Gaza Odunaiya and senior shot putter Jordan Porter has led to high marks, record throws and a high success rate for the Bobcats. The Ohio throwers are a close-knit group. With only about seven of them, the bond they share comes naturally. “Just as throwers, we understand each other, even if we don’t necessarily do the same events, so it’s just nice to have people that understand what you have to put into everyday work,” Odunaiya said. “You don’t necessarily get that with other event groups.” The Bobcat throwers spend a lot of time with each other, led by the leadership of their throws coach, Nick Pero. A lot of the other event groups for the Bobcats train individually and on their own time, but that isn’t the case for the throwers. “The throwers alone, I would say, are much closer (than other event groups),” Porter said. “We’re together all the time — we lift through the mornings together, we come to practice together and, outside of track, we’re all really good friends.” The small throwing contingent for Ohio was at the root of its success in the indoor track and field season this year. In the six meets leading up to the MidAmerican Conference Championships, the Bobcats had at least one thrower place in the top five every meet. To put into perspective just how powerful the impact from the throwers has been this season, at the Thundering Herd Invitational, 27 of Ohio’s 39.5 points came from the throwing circle. At the MAC Championships, four of Ohio’s 13 points came from its throwers. Odunaiya’s climb to the top came steadily, this season. She worked her way up from the beginning of the season all the way to the sixth meet of the season in Columbus, improving her scores in the weight throw each meet. Her performance of a lifetime came on at the Buckeye Tune-Up, when she broke the school record in the weight throw with a 19.07 meter (62.5 feet) launch. “It’s really rewarding, but going forward, I just hope to improve that,” Odunaiya said. “Of course, records are meant to be broken, so just seeing the program do so well, hopefully in the
Ohio throwers Gaza Odunaiya and Jordan Porter pose for a portrait in Walter Fieldhouse. (EMILEE CHINN / FOR THE POST)
future, people will go past that as well.” Now with a school record on her resume, Odunaiya feels much more comfortable with the different style of technique the weight and hammer throws bring. “After my sophomore year is when I really started clicking,” she said. “Now it’s just time to tweak what I’ve learned and perfect it.” Porter’s indoor season, however, went down almost the opposite as Odunaiya’s. Porter qualified for the MAC Championships in Ohio’s first meet of the season at Marshall in December, accomplishing one of her main goals at the start of the season. She embraced the challenge of
staying sharp, though. “Really just working for yourself helps,” Porter said. “Just because you’re already in doesn’t mean you can’t improve, so the harder you work, the better you’re going to throw.” And when it comes to leadership among the throwers, Porter doesn’t believe in just one leader — she feels as though it’s a team effort. “We all work hard; we all do stuff for each other,” she said. “I’d like to say that I’m a pretty good leader, but I don’t look at myself above anyone else. I feel like we are all on this same playing field besides our year.” If Ohio wants to see success this
outdoor season, it will most likely have to rely on its throwers again. Even though the throwing unit for the Bobcats is small in size, their camaraderie will play an important role in how far their success can reach. “We understand each other,” Porter said of the throwers. “So therefore, if she’s having a bad day, you just know what to do for each other because we’re all really great friends inside and outside of the sport.”
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How Eddie Kutt has used the Vulcan change-up to rise to the top of Ohio’s bullpen ANTHONY POISAL FOR THE POST Pitcher Eddie Kutt’s specialty is changing speeds among his four-pitch repertoire. That’s normal among most relievers in baseball. The pitch that Kutt uses to change speeds, however, is anything but common. The freshman right-hander leans on the rare Vulcan change-up to throw batters off-guard, and it’s helped the Westlake, California, native rise to the top of coach Rob Smith’s bullpen arsenal. Kutt has garnered a flashy 1.93 ERA and leads all Ohio relievers with 18 2/3 innings and 15 strikeouts in 2018. “A lot of kids in all types, high school and college baseball, they’re mostly just hunting fastballs,” Kutt, who throws his fastball at slightly less than 90 mph, said. “Having a pitch that you throw 80 percent of the time being an off-speed (pitch), which I have with the change-up, it’s going to help you change speeds a lot more.” The Vulcan change-up, which drops straight down as it approaches home plate, is gripped between the middle and ring fingers and received its name from the Vulcan salute used by Spock in the Star Trek series. The pitch is thrown by only a handful of MLB pitchers and varies from the more common three-fingered change-up and four-fingered circle change-up pitches. But Kutt, who throws the Vulcan change-up at just below 80 mph, still stands out from the small batch of pitchers who have mastered the odd grip. Most pitchers rely on fastballs more than their off-speed or breaking pitches, but Kutt’s Vulcan change-up is his primary weapon of choice when he’s on the mound. Kutt mixes it with a fastball, curveball and cutter to offset the batter’s swing timing. Kutt, who attended Westlake High School of the Marmonte League, used the pitch to adapt to the advanced offensive talent he found at the high school level. “(The Marmonte League) is very competitive, so there’s a bunch of (Division I) guys going there,” he said. “I felt like all those guys, if you don’t change speeds, they’re going to hit everything you have.” Kutt’s frequency of using the Vulcan change-up varies depending on how frequently he’s used in a series. If it’s his first 18 / MARCH 22, 2018
Ohio freshman pitcher Eddie Kutt poses for a portrait in Walter Fieldhouse. (BLAKE NISSEN / PHOTO EDITOR)
time against an opponent, he’ll almost exclusively throw the Vulcan change-up and force batters to adjust from the higher frequency of fastballs they likely saw from Ohio’s previous pitcher. If he’s called to pitch again later in the series, he’ll mix in his other three pitches more frequently to ensure that any batters with a good memory aren’t waiting for the Vulcan change-up. The intricate formula worked especially well in Ohio’s 9-8 win and series sweep against Towson on March 11. In his second appearance of the three-game series, Kutt ramped up the usage of his oth-
er three pitches and threw four scoreless innings to end the game and seal his first collegiate victory. His performance gave Ohio a chance to come back from its 7-0 deficit after two innings. “I love having him in our bullpen,” Smith said. “It’s a great weapon to have. If you get to the middle part of a game and you’re in a position to win that game, it’s nice to have someone you can bring in to throw strikes, miss a bat. He’s got a couple different ways to get you out.” Smith said he expects to continue using Kutt at a similar rate from the bullpen
as Ohio begins Mid-American Conference play. All of the Bobcats’ remaining weekend series are against MAC opponents, and Ohio will begin the important stretch with a three-game series at Bowling Green this weekend. “He’s done a great job adjusting,” Smith said. “He’s been a big bonus to us, and he’s certainly a guy that, come conference play, we’re going to lean on quite a bit.”
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When coaches become players — Ohio’s ‘Fortnite’ craze SOME OHIO PLAYERS GOT THEIR COACHES TO PLAY THE BATTLE ROYALE GAME WITH THEM, AND NOW ALMOST THE ENTIRE TEAM IS HOOKED SPENCER HOLBROOK ASST. SPORTS EDITOR Gerry Salisbury is Ohio’s ace. Salisbury, a fifth-year senior, has climbed the pitching ladder and battled through injuries to become Ohio’s go-to starting pitcher. But pitchers don’t throw every day, and when Salisbury has off days, or any free time in general, he is more than likely sitting in front of a television with a PlayStation 4 controller in his hand, playing Fortnite. Fortnite — the battle royale, Hunger Games-like game that has taken over college dorm rooms all over the country — has also taken over the Ohio baseball program. And it’s not just the players, either. They’ve convinced the coaches to join them. “It’s kind of turned into a whole thing,” Salisbury said. “Coach (Rob) Smith went and bought a PS4 and he joins in on games occasionally.” They don’t just play solo rounds, in which
it’s every player for themselves. Salisbury, along with his teammates and coaches, play on teams together, trying to be the last fourman team alive in games of up to 25 teams. Smith is a good team player: He collects resources and revives people, and if he gets to choose the landing spots at the beginning the game, he chooses Snobby Shores, a more remote area of the map that not many players start from. It’s his best method for surviving and finding weapons without dying. Being a team player that helps out is a good thing as the coach of the Bobcats, but in Fortnite, not so much. Smith can’t escape the facts: He’s not very good. “I’m going to (say) no comment that one,” Salisbury said when asked about Smith’s ability. Pitching coach Ryne Romick is a video game fan but wasn’t sold on the Fortnite craze. It took some convincing, but the pitchers finally had their way, and Romick downloaded the game. It wasn’t a bad decision, but there's no turning back
now — Romick is hooked. Romick’s main goals are simple: Don’t start at overpopulated spots, and get wins. That’s easier said than done, yes. But when the baseball players and their coaches are in a squads match, wins add up. Although they win at Fortnite, they’re all quick to trash talk teammates and coaches about who’s better, even on the same squad. “Gerry Salisbury is a terrible shot,” Romick said. “You kind of have to pick him up a lot. You’ve got to revive him. (Nick) Bredeson’s terrible, and coach Smith — one of the worst players you’ve ever played with.” The video game has become popular among a majority of the team. And though there is no problem with culture in the Ohio baseball team, Fortnite is another way for the players — and coaches — to bond with each other, bringing a team that is close even closer as a group. “There are probably like 70 percent of our guys playing,” Romick said. “It’s pretty fun because most of the team knows what’s
going on and coach Smith will — he’s pretty with it, so he’ll make some funny Fortnite comments every once in a while.” The coaches trust the players to make good decisions all the time, but when they’re playing Fortnite with the players, they know what’s going on. They become all the more relatable to their team. As Ohio inches toward Mid-American Conference play, the goals of this season are obtainable. Baseball is the main priority, but having a game like Fortnite is a stress reliever for the program. It’s become a staple. And though some players and coaches have differing strategies, they can all agree on one thing: Smith is bad. He just wants to survive long enough to enjoy playing. “A solo win for me is to actually be in the game for five minutes,” Smith said. “I’m still learning the game.”
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A handful of expression J
TAYLOR JOHNSTON / DIGITAL PRODUCTION EDITOR essica Hazeltine sits with her iPad in her lap and Apple Pencil in her hand and begins to turn a quote she found online into her hand lettering with intricate digital strokes, allowing the pressure of the pen on the screen to create
digital hand lettering. Some traditional calligraphers think digital calligraphy,
such as using an iPad and Apple Pencil rather than pen and paper, is unfair because it can offer techniques that those who started off traditionally had to work to achieve.
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Deborah Basel, a calligrapher based in Maryland, is more of a traditional calligrapher than a digital one. She does not think it is unfair, however, to have the digital advantage of writing in calligraphy. “There's nothing unfair about that — it's a matter of discernment,” she said. “If someone wants to compete with me with a brush marker and they have a client that loves that look, I don't see anything unfair about it.” Basel said it is up to what the client wants. If people want quality, they will seek quality. “As a calligrapher, I'm going to be a little more critical of someone's skill level than someone off the street who just looks at that or somebody's writing and says 'That's beautiful,’ ” she said. Calligraphy is derived from the Greek word kallos, or “beauty.” The art form dates back to ancient times and has continued to evolve. Within the last few years, with the help of social media, hand lettering has become a trendy new form of calligraphy. It uses the principles of thick downstrokes and light upstrokes written with a pen, rather than using a metal nib with ink. Whether it be traditional calligraphy, hand lettering or pure letterforms, those who are passionate have worked to keep the art alive. Hazeltine agrees that the new digital approach is easier for the average person, but she still has her own opinions when it comes to the traditional method versus the digital method. “I mean, I’m a purist,” she said. “Like I said, I like my pen and I like my paper.” She said when she first started out, she was a little judgmental of those who used their iPads to letter. “I was like, ‘Oh, I don't like that letterer because they always use their iPad, like they're not a real letterer,’ ” Hazeltine said. “So, it just depends. Like if I was paying for something, I would want it to be original on pen, on ink.”
ENCOURAGING A NOVICE
Hazeltine uses a quote from Harry Potter to help her encourage rising letterers and calligraphers. “(Harry Potter) says at one point, ‘Every great wizard started out just like we are now,’ ” she said. “So, I always tell my beginners in my class, I’m like, ‘Everybody started just what you are now. They started as a beginner.’ ” She said you can’t look at other people’s work on social media and compare it to your own because everyone started at the beginning. Basel also urges those new at calligraphy to practice. “I think some people get frustrated when they don't think they're progressing, and if you keep your practice sheets and you date them, you can go back and see how much you have improved,” she said. When Basel was teaching classes at Bertram’s Inkwell, she had a mix of people from the Maryland Institute of Art and regular pen store customers. “The pen store customers would sometimes get frustrated because the art students would get the concept and knock it out, and they would just sit down and immediately their letters would look beautiful,” Basel said. “The other people would be really frustrated, but then they would go home, and they would practice and practice. And then, the next week, they would come back, and their work would be beautiful.” Basel said the people who practiced and were persistent and diligent in their practice were the ones who really progressed in the long run. “I use that as an illustration when people get frustrated in my class because, yes, the art students had an innate ability to mimic, but who really retained the knowledge?” she said. “Who really stuck it out and practiced and were diligent about it? Those people retained it. Anyone can learn it. It's just a matter of practicing to become proficient.”
Here is a glimpse into the lives and stories of people who contribute to keeping the art of calligraphy alive:
AS A BUSINESS AND A LIFESTYLE
Sitting with her legs criss-crossed on the floor of her studio, Jessica Hazeltine works on a project for a friend. Hazeltine recalled how she first started out with calligraphy and how she turned it into a lifestyle. Hazeltine, owner of J. Scribbs Custom Hand Lettering and Calligraphy in Medina, opened her studio in May, and she “never expected it to blow up like it did.” “My full-time job used to be next door at the (hair) salon — I’m a managing nail tech and aesthetician,” she said. “Now, I only work there three days a week. The rest of the time I’m able to be here at my studio. It was life-changing, just that step to decide to do it.” Hazeltine started practicing calligraphy a couple of years ago, and then a friend asked her to go to a class that was being hosted at her shop. Her customers have also kept her busy with different lettering tasks. “Right now, the trends are ... agate place cards, hexagon tiles — I don’t get too many crazy ones,” she said. “Most of the time it’s either wood, canvas, windows, and I do pretty well with my coffee mugs.” Hazeltine, like many others, has found her lettering inspiration through various social media platforms such as Instagram by searching different hashtags, such as #letterarchive_, which allows users to search for a specific letter for inspiration.
WITHIN THE RESIDENCE HALLS
Emma Zgonc has her work posted around her dorm room in Johnson Hall and has even sold to those in her residence hall and friends. Zgonc, a freshman studying sociology, first started calligraphy about three years ago when she copied other people’s lettering that she liked on their Instagram accounts. “I just really like it, so I started making them, and then friends and family suggested that I start selling it, so that just
kind of led into me making my own business,” she said. She has mainly created wooden signs but also likes to paint on suitcases or antique windows. “I’ll go to craft stores and some antique malls,” Zgonc said. “I kind of like just see if I can find some old wood. My great-grandfather, he has a shop and has wood I use.” To create her signs, Zgonc uses paintbrushes with acrylic paint because traditional methods usually don’t work on the types of mediums she prefers. She usually sells her signs for $12 to $15, depending on the size. “Whenever I do calligraphy and I sell it, I always donate some of my proceeds to diabetes because I have Type 1,” Zgonc said.
Terry Mawhorter’s wife, Sonya, was traveling with a friend to various flea markets looking for interesting items when she saw a pencil pouch that a student would have used. She brought it home, and Terry Mawhorter dumped it out on their kitchen table. “There at the very bottom was a vintage Parker pen in a beautiful blue color,” Mawhorter said. “I really didn't know anything about pens other than it was a pretty color and I thought, well we were going out to flea markets and selling things, so I'll take that with me.” Someone came up to him asking how much he was selling the pen for, so he asked for $10, and they bought it. After that, he saw a continued interest in the pens. In 1988, Mawhorter went to his first pen show in New Jersey and then another the following year in Philadelphia. A few years later, as he was living in Columbus, he realized there was a lot of interest in central Ohio and set out to find a location to host a show. Mawhorter has now been organizing the Ohio Pen Show for the past 23 years. Now the show has 160 exhibitors. For those who attend the show, it’s a cross section between modern fountain
Uses a dip pen with a nib and ink Create thick and thin lines using degrees of pressure in one single stroke Downstrokes are thick, and upstrokes are thin
(Harry Potter) says at one point, ‘Every great wizard started out just like we are now.’ So, I always tell my beginners in my class, I’m like everybody started just what you are now. They started as a beginner.
- Jessica Hazeltine, owner of J. Scribbs Custom Hand Lettering and Calligraphy
pens and vintage fountain pens, Mawhorter said. “Some of the collectors are just wanting to collect the pens because they like the way they look. They don't necessarily want to use them,” he said. “But there is also a great deal of people who are attending the show because they are interested in improving their handwriting by using a fountain pen.” There’s been a growing interest at pen shows from those of a younger age and it’s due to them being interested in calligraphy, Mawhorter said. “They are not interested in buying a $2,000 fountain pen; they might buy something under $100 or even $50. But they're into the calligraphy and the handwriting,” he said. “We are happy to see that because you know that's kind of what it is all about. That's what the purpose of the pen is.” The pen show also has workshops
Uses a pen of some kind, such as brush pen or Sharpies, rather than a nib and ink Often referred to as “faux calligraphy” Same principles of thick and thin strokes
for those who are interested in brushing up their calligraphy skills or have never touched a fountain pen before and want to improve their handwriting.
A DIFFERENT APPROACH
Though Don Adleta is more interested in graphic design than calligraphy, letterforms are still a part of his everyday life. Now a professor emeritus of graphic design in the School of Art and Design at OU, Adleta trained as a graphic designer in Basel, Switzerland. He studied the idea of typography and how lettering exercises allow a person to read. “Now, I have some dyslexia and often when I would read books, I would get so tired and my eyes would be so exhausted and fall asleep,” he said. In his study, Adleta found a lot of the typography in books are set too tight and his eyes wouldn’t read the entire word, but so he read the counterforms instead ,which causes eye exhaustion. “We don't know it, we are just so conditioned to it,” he said. “But once I started reading texts that were set comfortably a part, it was like, ‘This is a major revelation.’ ” Though Adleta said OU does not offer any classes that focus on calligraphy, he has a different approach when it comes to teaching letterforms. “I ask the students to make marks and these marks then are analyzed, and then we identify some that are more interesting than others and then we create a page of it,” Adleta said. After those marks are made, students can begin to realize an aesthetic within the marks and create a design, he said.
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Competitors to devour pickles, avoid puking
ANDREW GILLIS SPORTS EDITOR Lori Linnevers has experienced Pickle Fest more than a dozen times as a manager at Bagel Street Deli. She’s seen more than 100 pickles eaten as competitors fall by the wayside, overcome by vinegar and the size of the dill pickles. But one Pickle Fest moment in particular still stands out to her. “If you throw up, you’re disqualified,” Linnevers said. “There was a girl who threw up and then ate it so she wouldn’t be disqualified. That was the weirdest thing I’ve seen.” Bagel Street Deli’s annual Pickle Fest will once again take place at 27 S. Court St. The competition is set to begin Friday at 4 p.m. and will end at roughly 6 p.m. There is an entry fee of $5. Pickle Fest is a competition that incites the weirdest of people’s instincts. Instead of trying to win, people try to not end up with their heads in a bucket. The goal of the competition is simple: Contestants try to eat the most pickles within the allotted time. Pickle Fest’s 2017 winner, Josh Ball — who went by the name “Puma” — ate seven pickles in 10 minutes. “People have different strategies. What works best, I don’t know,” Linnevers said. All pickles must be consumed by the end of each 10-minute heat. Vomiting disqualifies contestants. There are empty buckets available for “relish,” or anything the contestants throw up. Contestants who are able to consume, and keep down, the most pickles will get to donate the event’s proceeds to a charity of their choice (Bagel Street will match the donation), earn a T-shirt and customize their own sandwich for the deli’s regular menu. “I think a lot of people would really be drawn to naming the sandwich, but I think it’s really cool you get to donate to the charity of your choice,” Melanie Koslovic, a junior studying communication sciences disorders, said. “All your pickle-eating hard work goes into something that matters to you.” After 2017’s competition, Bagel Street owner Lenny Meyer said he wouldn’t be 22 / MARCH 22, 2018
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able to consume numerous pickles, but the deli’s workers love the event and call it their favorite day of the year, according to a previous Post report. Bagel Street expects there to be 40 to 50 contestants each year. The contestants use names other than their own, like “College Don,” “Marine Matt” and “Bigger Dill.” There are rules, like any other competition. Pickles cannot be squeezed to make them easier to consume, so as to squeeze the juice out and make it easier to consume. Contestants are given water at the start of the competition to help them keep the pickles down. Other than that, it’s a by-any-meansnecessary approach to eating as many pickles as possible.
“Some people try to eat them as fast as they can, which tends not to work very well,” Linnevers said. “Some people do little bites; some people eat it like a corn cob. There’s all kinds of different techniques.” Linnevers has seen employees end up covered in “relish.” But she still said it’s one of the best days of the year for Bagel Street. Pickle Fest in an Athens staple — even if it’s one of the strangest and most excited events of the year. “For our employees, it’s their favorite day of the year,” Linnevers said. “It really is.”
IF YOU GO WHAT: PICKLE FEST 2018 WHEN: 4 P.M., FRIDAY WHERE: BAGEL STREET DELI, 27 S. COURT ST. ADMISSION: $5
WHAT’S GOING ON? MAE YEN YAP CULTURE EDITOR Friday Bottle Release at 11 a.m. at Jack-
ie O’s Taproom, 25 Campbell St. Jackie O’s will announce the release of its three new bottles: Cellar Cuvee 1, Athens To Athens Grist To Grist and Elle. The former two cost $11.99 per bottle, and the latter costs $10.99. Admission is free. Spring Fling: Appalachian Hell Betties vs Violet Femmes at 4 p.m. in
Ohio University Indoor Tennis Facility. Cheer on the Appalachian Hell Betties when in their first home bout of the season against Dayton’s Violet Femmes. Admission is $10 for tickets purchased online and $12 at the door. The Local Girls at 6 p.m. in The Dairy
Barn Arts Center, 8000 Dairy Lane. The Local Girls will perform as part of the Dairy Barn Winter Music Series. Enjoy a warm evening filled with live music, dancing and local food and drinks. Admission is free. Gudger with Weed Demon and TFU
at 9 p.m. at The Union Bar and Grill, 18 W. Union St. Gudger is returning to The Union for a night filled with heavy riffs and hard rock music. Admission is $5 for ages 18 to 20 and $3 for ages 21 and above.
Saturday March for Our Lives at 10 a.m. at Tem-
pleton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Athens residents and OU students will rally and march for stricter gun control laws in light of the numerous mass shootings across the
nation. Admission is free. ARTS/West Drum Jam at 8 p.m. at
ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. Join ARTS/West as it hosts a night filled with dancing and drumming. Attendees are welcome to bring their own instruments. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 to $10 is recommended. William Shakespeare (Abridged) at 8 p.m. in Baker Center. Experience William Shakespeare’s classic plays with a twist. Lost Flamingo Theatre Company will perform a play that parodies Shakespeare’s stories with only three actors. The event will also take place at 2 p.m. Sunday. Doors open 15 minutes before the show. Admission is $5. The Low Anthem at 8 p.m. in Stuart’s
Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville. The Low Anthem will make its way to Nelsonville as part of the band’s Midwest Tour. Cincinnati artrock band The Ophelias will open the show. Admission is $17 for tickets purchased in advance and $20 at the door. Crooked Spines, Speaking Suns and Gaptooth Grin at 9 p.m. at Casa Nue-
va. Get ready to jam with local band Crooked Spines as its joined by Speaking Suns and Gaptooth Grin. The show begins at 10 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 18 to 20 and $3 for ages 21 and above.
Sunday Record Sale at noon at Stuart’s Op-
era House. Join other record enthusiasts as vinyl records, CDs and more will be on sale at the Stuart’s Opera House Grand Lobby. Come and complete a collection or find a new gem. Admission is free. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Run! 5K to Benefit Rural Action at 2 p.m. at Pep-
si Tailgreat Park behind Bingham House, 97 Richland Ave. The Ohio
Local band Crooked Spines will join Speaking Suns and Gaptooth Grin at Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St., on Saturday at 9 p.m. (MIJANA MAZUR / FILE)
University National Science Teachers Association is sponsoring the event in support of Rural Action’s efforts to promote social economic and environmental justice in southeast Ohio. Admission is $15 for OU students, $25 for general public and $10 for groups of eight members or more. Children can enter free of charge. Punch Drunk Tagalongs at 6 p.m. at
Jackie O’s Taproom. Watch as indie-rock band Punch Drunk Tagalongs debuts in Athens at Jackie O’s. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 is recommended. University Singers at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 64 University Terrace. OU’s School of Music presents The University Singers, a mixed choral ensemble of 40 to 50 singers. Admission is free.
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