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t’s the midway point of the semester. Midterms are gearing up, and classes are in full swing. Here at The Post, we’re still working to put out new and interesting content every day online and every week in our tabloid. This week marks issue seven, which means we are halfway done producing tabloids for this semester. We do not put out an edition on Thanksgiving, but don’t worry — we’re still online each day. It’s crazy how quick the seven weeks have come and gone. We’ve produced two special editions, one of which was last week’s Homecoming tabloid. Both of those special issues were accompanied by landing pages online created by our web team. They also have specially ELIZABETH BACKO / coded a few stories each week so stay on the look for more. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Our multimedia team has produced a handful of videos. If you missed any, check out our YouTube page to catch up. Our blogs staff has produced more than 100 blogs on various topics. That includes everything from common phrases you’re likely to hear in Athens to a breakdown of President Donald Trump’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, policy. It doesn’t end there. We still have a lot to accomplish and a lot of room to learn and grow. We have another special edition in the works that will be published near the end of the semester. Keep your eyes peeled for a survey being pushed out on Twitter and Facebook. My personal goal is to be interacting with readers more. I want to have conversations what The Post is doing well and what The Post can improve on. While this is a learning experience, we also have an obligation to serve our readers. It’s important to me that all voices are accurately represented in The Post, and if we’re ever missing something, reach out and let us know. Also, I want to ensure that readers are able to get our content with ease — whether that’s in the paper, online or on social media. If a paper is ever missing from its regular spot or if you’re experiencing problems with our website, reach out and we will work to solve the problem. Help us learn and grow! Feedback is always appreciated. Elizabeth Backo is a senior studying journalism and the editor-in-chief of The Post. Want to talk to her? Email her at or send her a tweet @liz_backo.

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Honey for the Heart puppets to fly again during Halloween

It is something that everyone in Athens and beyond can point to and say, ‘When I say I love Athens, here’s an example of what I’m talking about.’ ”

- Patty Mitchell, CEO of Creative Abundance Group

Jessie Fae, a volunteer from West Virginia, cuts fabric to make puppets for Honey for the Heart inside Baker Center on Oct. 10. (HANNAH RUHOFF / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

ALEXIS EICHELBERGER STAFF WRITER For the past several years, Creative Abundance Group has brought a creative communal event to Athens through its puppet-making workshops. The hundreds of larger-than-life creations, made by Athens residents and students of all academic disciplines at the workshop, then march down the street during the earliest hours of the Halloween Block Party each October. This year, the puppets will follow the theme “Things with Wings.” “It’s basically the idea of taking flight,” Patty Mitchell, the CEO of Creative Abundance Group, said. “That beautiful feeling of lightness and that joy of freedom.” The Honey for the Heart team chose the theme in part as a way to repurpose parts of last year’s parade, which followed a bird theme. The puppets are made of mostly upcycled materials, so some of the pieces and the knowledge the group learned last year will be reused in this year’s production. Mitchell said the Halloween puppet parade has expanded the special phenomena of Halloween in Athens into something even better. “What I believe Honey for the Heart has done has created visual evidence of our local spirit and the collaboration between our Athens community and (Ohio University) community,” she said. “It is something that everyone in Athens and beyond can point to and say, ‘When I say I love Athens, here’s an example of what I’m talking about.’ ”



The vast power of the electric guitar Since rock ‘n’ rollers first started toppling over amplifiers, the style has kept its devil-may-care attitude of musical exLUKE ecution. Sheet music of FURMAN Beethoven or Tchaikovsky is a senior dwarfs thrashy rock comstudying positions in complexity journalism at Ohio and grandiosity. University. And even though progressive rock would later close that gap, the primary difference between the traditional and modern approaches to music boils down on access to a single utility: electricity. Modern musicians — and by modern, I mean since Les Paul first plugged in — wield far more control than non-professional musicians in the past. For instance, I own a distortion pedal and a tremolo pedal that I hardly use, which would have been unthinkable for some guy with a lute in the 1700s. I use an electronic tuner, as well, to spite that lute guy in secret jealousy. Listening to current indie rock or R&B, it might seem like musicians no longer give as much effort to tasks like creating tone, or they are at least downplayed compared to the past. The signature

classic rock tones of Hendrix, Lennon and Clapton feel like cherished remnants without contemporary analog. But the effort that goes into developing a singular sound has never disappeared. And if you’ve ever looked at a spectrograph of a song, you can easily note how wide of a range the guitar encompasses and the boisterous weight it carries in the mix. Whether playing with the guitar alone like Chuck Berry and Ezra Koenig, or requiring two power boxes to fuel six reverb pedals, the guitar tone of a song often defines how listeners will recall it. And some guitarists take that responsibility with a fairly serious thought-process. A longstanding pastime of mine is watching rig rundown videos on YouTube, where an artist or guitar tech explains the entirety of a guitar or bass player’s setup. The subtle intricacies of the tone of players like Kurt Vile and J. Mascis reflect the amount of reverb, flanger, compression, tremolo and other sound-altering options out there to someone with a big budget. Outside of pedals, though, mixing can play just as crucial of a role in developing a tone. Tight compression leads to a robotic sounds as used by Josh Homme whereas looser, more natural mixing pro-

duces a calmer, more flowing feel much like the music of Florist. Although not as popular as The Rolling Stones or Cream, 21st century bands like Real Estate, Mac Demarco, St. Vincent and Vampire Weekend have pioneered guitar tones distinguishable enough to forever be associated with those acts. However, without this level of care, these tones might have fallen flat or devolved into a muddy swirl of chords. Granted, no two tones come exactly alike but many derive from unoriginal sources. It’s one thing to take influence from Tony Iommi or Jimmy Page, but to simply recreate a developed sound will clump whomever does it into the legions of indistinguishable hard rock bands. And besides, copying is totally boring when compared to creating, which retains a sense of ownership and achievement. Like a novel, a song tells a story and all the parts must support each other for full effect. Guitar tones must match lyrics and atmosphere. It’s hard to imagine the commercial success of the Red Hot Chili Peppers without John Frusciante’s dynamic riffs and monumental solos. And if not for Pat Smear’s frantic strumming, the Germs might not have packed as hard of a

punch. The rhythm section sets the pace but the guitar creates the mood, whether happiness or dejection. Among the most moving guitar tones, Eddie Hazel’s guitar work on Funkadelic’s 10-minute “Maggot Brain” ranks high, if not highest, in my book. Apparently, before Hazel did the solo, bandleader George Clinton told Hazel to play as if he had just been told his mother had died, and it perfectly reflects the results. After all, the song is a reference to the destruction of Mother Earth. In the same way that poets develop a voice, guitarist also convey sentiments, although much more visceral and raw, that require a lot of tinkering before perfection. With either an extra chorus pedal or tweaked equalization, guitar tone evolves from album to album and even song to song. Ultimately, a simple adjustment of a knob might make the difference in bringing someone to tears or not. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. Is it electric? Let Luke know by tweeting him @LukeFurmanLog or emailing him at


Tell your senators to vote no on EPA cuts The Environmental Protection Agency has been under the direction of Scott Pruitt since the Trump administration was sworn in, and he has wasted no time implementing his anti-climate agenda. The EPA is at its lowest funding in almost 40 years, taking up only 0.3 percent of the total federal budget. As if this wasn’t low enough, the current administration with the endorsement of Scott Pruitt is proposing another 30 percent cut. Sometimes, it is hard to talk about environmental issues because it isn’t tangible in the way that civil rights issues are. Some students I have talked to have dubbed it “the invisible problem.” But the fact is these budget cuts do directly affect us, here in our backyard of Athens. 4 / OCT. 12, 2017

One program specifically said to be cut is the Brownfield Clean-Up and Assessment Grant Program. A brownfield is a property that has been turned to wastelands by manufacturing. The EPA works to revitalize these lands and make them once again useful to the community, and we don’t have to look far to see this program paying off with the Stateside Technology Park here in Athens. The park is a 23-acre plot that has officially been approved for commercial use after the removal of 82 tons of chemical soil since manufacturing stopped in 2006. As a result of the EPA’s work, this land has been returned to our city. We need the EPA to continue doing good work like this and cutting any funding puts that work at risk.

I was brought up with an understanding of the importance of caring for our planet but struggled to find a way to apply this to my college life until I found Defend Our Future. Defend is a nonprofit, nonpartisan project of the Environmental Defense Fund that seeks to engage millennials on the issue of climate change. Over the last month, my fellow interns and I have been talking to students about the importance of their involvement in this fight. We are getting an incredible amount of commits a week from students pledging to call their senators and pressure them to vote “no” on the proposed upcoming budget cuts. For all of its problems, America is the richest and most powerful nation on

Earth, and we have a responsibility to do all we can to protect it. And that fight starts here in Ohio. You all have lots of leverage, your voice and your vote, and it all starts with a simple call. Georgia Goodell is a sophomore studying English at Ohio University and an intern for Defend Our Future. Correction: An article from the Oct. 5 issue with the headline “Marching memories” misspelled the names of the first Marching 110 director, Gene Thrailkill, and alumnus Charlie Marty.


Ditch remakes; write new female roles Hollywood has been remaking movies since the birth of cinema. The movie industry is riddled with them, and they taint GEORGIA the industry with unorigDAVIS inal takes on old films. But is a junior in recent years, another studying trend has surfaced involvjournalism at Ohio ing remakes: the remakes University. with women. For years, Hollywood has been slammed for not producing movies with mostly female characters, so hot-shot producers thought it would be a great idea to remake iconic male-dominated movies with women as the protagonists. Though it’s great the bigwigs finally acknowledged the lack of women in lead roles, they are going about fixing the problem the wrong way. The most talked about remake of the past few years was the 2016 version of Ghostbusters, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie

Jones. The film reversed the male roles in the 1984 classic with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson. But critics said the remake did not live up to the original, which is understandable. Remaking Ghostbusters was a bad idea in the first place. Nothing was going to live up to the original, even if men were still in the lead roles. The cast is what made the 1984 version so charming. The producers were naive to think putting an all-female cast at the forefront of this movie would live up to its inspiration. Ghostbusters was just the beginning of the female remake era. In 2018, a remake of the Ocean’s series is set to be released. The movie, Ocean’s Eight, features a star-studded cast comprising Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson and Awkwafina. The Ocean’s series is another franchise known for its amazing cast, and it’s easy to see the producers of Ocean’s Eight are trying to mimic the same level of celeb-

rity status with its cast. But that creates another problem. Instead of giving roles to up-and-coming actresses, all of the female characters are given to the biggest names in the industry. Yes, that group of actresses will surely put on amazing performances, but what happens when those people stop acting? There are not enough roles being given to new female actresses. People grow tired of seeing the same people in every movie — it’s time to switch it up a bit. The most recent female remake to be announced is Lord of the Flies. The adaptation of William Golding’s 1954 novel about a group of prep school boys who are stranded on an island will feature an all-female cast. The book was adapted for the big screen in 1963 and again in 1990, but neither seemed to gain traction in the film industry. The fact the movie’s cast won’t necessarily be compared to the past adaptations is a perk of remaking the film with all women, but it’s still not a good enough

reason to change the original work’s concept. Lord of the Flies works with all men, and there is nothing wrong with that. If a film is better with a male-dominated cast, so be it. It appears the movie industry is looking for problems that aren’t there. Hollywood needs to stop feeling as if it has to meet a female quota for its movies. Remaking iconic movies with a female cast does nothing for women in the industry. It forces women to portray unoriginal roles and puts them in a position to be compared to their male counterparts. The solution is simple: Hire more female writers, have them write original female characters and let those characters stand on their own. People have been saying that for years, but I guess that’s easier said than done. Please note that the views and opinions of the columnists do not reflect those of The Post. What do you think about female remakes? Tell Georgia by tweeting her at @georgiadee35.



OUPD fields Fall Semester’s first rape report; university sends food, supplies to Puerto Rico MADDIE CAPRON NEWS EDITOR This week marked a little less than half way through the semester. Here’s some of the biggest headlines from the week: FIRST RAPE REPORT OF FALL SEMESTER RECEIVED BY OUPD The Ohio University Police Department received its first report of rape for Fall Semester on Monday. Officers responded to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital to collect a sexual assault evidence collection kit at about 10 p.m. The report was the first sex-related crime reported on campus so far this academic year. By this date last year, OUPD had received four rape reports and seven total sex-related crime reports. According to the latest data released in the university’s annual security report, rape reports have been on the rise over the past three years. OUPD received 32

rape reports in 2016 and 20 in 2015. ATHENS PUBLIC TRANSIT RIDERSHIP INCREASES DRASTICALLY Athens City Council received updates on Athens Public Transit from Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Program at council’s meeting Monday. The Athens Public Transit system has seen a significant increase in ridership. “Athens Public Transit has grown significantly,” Athens Mayor Steve Patterson said. “In 2011, yearly ridership was 62,887, and in 2016 yearly ridership was at 325,175.” The increase represents about a 417 percent increase in ridership, and the system broke its monthly ridership record in September with 59,747 riders. F--KRAPECULTURE HOLDS ANNUAL RALLY, MARCH At the sixth annual F--kRapeCulture march, the group made its demands known. They included moving Counseling and Psy-

chological Services to the former president’s house at 29 Park Place and providing more funding to the Survivor Advocacy Program. “We do this protest in order to help raise awareness and combat sexual assault on campus, as it is a huge issue on campus and a lot of the times the administration doesn’t really tell the students that it’s happening and it’s kind of a thing that’s brushed under the rug,” Ruby Cochran, a junior studying business and accounting, said. “We just want more people, such as incoming freshman, to understand and find ways to be more safe on campus.” Cochran said the rally on Homecoming weekend was important for visibility due to the amount of alumni returning to Athens. “It’s nice to show that students are still supporting other Bobcats through survivor advocacy,” Cochran said. “(With parents on campus), it also helps them raise awareness that this could be happening to their children and that it’s important to see that there are people on campus

doing something about it.” OU BOBCAT ONE SENDS FLIGHT TO PUERTO RICO TO PROVIDE DONATIONS OU airplane Bobcat One departed from Gordon K. Bush Airport on Wednesday to deliver 2,000 pounds of donated supplies and bring eight survivors to the U.S. for medical treatment. OU filled the plane with about 1,200 pounds of nonperishable food, plus baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, water containers, medical supplies and battery-powered radios. “(Dr. Tania Basta) contacted the College of Health Sciences and Professions Dean Randy Leite, as well as the deans of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Russ College of Engineering; they, along with the airport, are funding the trip,” an OU news release reads.



Intoxicated student chases delivery driver ELLEN WAGNER FOR THE POST Some Ohio University students will do anything for that late night drunk food. The OU Police Department responded to a call about a student trying to enter a vehicle near The Convo on Saturday at 2 a.m. When the officers arrived, the student was chasing a delivery driver on West Green Drive, according to an OUPD report. The officers saw that he was intoxicated with slurred speech and watery, bloodshot eyes. The report states that he was “unable to answer any question.” It was also found that the student had a fake ID. He was arrested for underage drinking and possessing a fake ID and transferred to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail until he sobered up. That student was one of five whom 6 / OCT. 12, 2017

OUPD officers cited for alcohol-related crimes during Homecoming weekend. OUPD issued 10 citations for possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia, and there were four reports of theft over the weekend. COOKIE THIEF On Oct. 4, the Athens County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about cookies being stolen at Coolville Elementary. A mother dropped her child off at school with cookies she made to show appreciation for the teachers and staff. As she was leaving the school, she saw another parent walk out of the school with the cookies. According to the report, the two parents exchanged comments over Facebook and confronted each other at the school that afternoon. The mother told the principal what happened.

The Athens County School Resource Officer was notified and said he would talk to the principal “in regard to the parents confronting each other on school grounds of the stolen cookies.” MORNING CREW On Thursday at 5 a.m., OUPD received a call about an intoxicated student passed out in a grounds crew maintenance vehicle parked at the athletic pass gate near Shafer Street. When officers arrived, the student was slumped over and unresponsive in the cab of the vehicle. Athens County EMS responded, an officer noted that he smelled like alcohol, had bloodshot, glassy eyes and was very unsteady on his feet. The student was unsure where he was or how he ended up there. He was charged with underage drinking and transported to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

BASEMENT BREAK-IN The sheriff’s office responded to a call about property damage in Nelsonville on Friday. The man said he heard a noise in his basement at about 2 a.m. When the man investigated, he saw someone running out the basement door. The man said he could smell gasoline in his basement. He saw that gasoline had been poured over two motorcycles that he had recently purchased. The case is under investigation. TRASH TIME Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about three bags of trash that were left in the parking lot at Movies 10 in Nelsonville on Sunday. A name of a 70-year-old woman was found on the trash. Deputies spoke with the woman, who said she had no idea how

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OUPD OFFICERS HAVE ISSUED 23 CITATIONS FOR MARIJUANA NEAR OU’S GOLF COURSE ELLEN WAGNER FOR THE POST During the closing shift, student employees in the Ohio University Golf and Tennis Center say they can sit and see glowing as students smoke marijuana in the tree lines. OU’s Golf and Tennis Center is located next to the golf course on campus. Benjamin Justice, a coordinator for Campus Recreation, said that there have only been a couple incidents the center has had to deal with since he was hired in June. “If it does happen during our operating hours and we catch it, we call (the Ohio University Police Department) and they come down and deal with it,” Justice said. Employees at the center have dealt with some issues with marijuana-related items during day shifts, but the reports show most citations were written between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. There have been 24 marijuana-related incidents on the golf course since the start of Fall Semester, according to OUPD’s public radio log. OUPD officers issued 23 citations for marijuana possession and paraphernalia since Aug. 28, the first day of classes. In the 24th report, OUPD collected and destroyed marijuana paraphernalia without issuing a citation. Justice said that he was unaware how many citations officers issue after the Golf and Tennis Center closes. OUPD Chief Andrew Powers said reports of people smoking marijuana are fairly common on the golf course.

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“I think it is probably due to its close proximity to a relatively large residential population,” Powers said in an email. “It is quick and easy to walk to the golf course.” Jenny Hall-Jones, the dean of students, knows that smoking on the golf course is common for students. “People are basically getting cited every day for smoking pot on the golf course,” Jones said. “If you think you’re being sneaky, you’re really not.” If employees see someone on the golf course when they are closing or find something in a golf cart, Justice said they call OUPD and don’t allow the employees to approach the person. The center doesn’t have control of the area beyond the river. After it closes, the golf course is considered university property. He said that OUPD does checks every couple hours on the golf course, but it’s mostly unmonitored. The after-hours smoking at the golf course doesn’t affect operations, Justice said. Everything is taken down at night, so there is nothing out there for people to steal or damage. OUPD doesn’t consider marijuana enforcement a priority, but officers check on areas during routine patrol and when people complain of a marijuana smell, Powers said. Possession of small amounts of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia is considered a minor misdemeanor in Ohio. Arrests have not occurred after marijuana-related incidents on the golf course — officers issue citations to the people they catch, and then they are free to go. “I did my undergrad and grad work here,” Justice said. “It’s always been known if you’re trying to get yourself caught, you’ll go down to the river to do whatever you want to do.”


Enrollment caps make the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine highly selective SARAH M. PENIX FOR THE POST


going above 140 would be extremely difficult down here considering our facilities and considering our faculty size.” Because the college’s mission is to maintain quality, rejecting applications prevents HCOM from expanding beyond what its amenities and faculty can handle. In August 2016, the Board of Trustees approved construction of the Union Street Green. That will move HCOM from Grosvenor Hall to a new building on Union Street. Construction of that facility is expected to begin in 2018 and is slated to cost $65 million overall.


bout 5 percent of students who apply to the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine are accepted each year, making admissions “extraordinarily competitive.” Last year, nearly 5,000 applications were sent in, but between all three campuses, 240 spots were available to accept students. Enrollment numbers are static because the college is only accredited to have so many students. The Athens campus holds the bulk of students, whereas Cleveland and Dublin both instruct 50 students per year. In 2019, the Dublin campus will increase the enrollment cap to 60 students. “Not only have the number of students gone up over the years, but the quality of students has just continued to skyrocket,” Professor and Dean Emeritus John Brose said. Class sizes across the Dublin and Cleveland campuses have increased in the past two years since the Dublin campus opened about three years ago and the Cleveland campus opened about two years ago. But the Athens campus has maintained enrollment of about 140 students for the past four years. “While I was dean, we got together a bunch of people and did a study on how many students that we could train down here and do a wonderful job doing it,” Brose said. “We determined that we could ratchet that up over a period of a couple years to 140 and so we did that, but at the same time we determined that

Not only have the number of students gone up over the years, but the quality of students has just continued to skyrocket. - John Brose, professor and dean emeritus

“I don’t know that having a new building is going to allow more students here … but it’s possible,” Brose said. “One of my

thought processes when I established the Dublin and Cleveland campuses was that I realized the only way we were really going

to expand to a significant degree was to expand outwards, outside of Athens.” The immediate goal, however, is not to bring more medical students to Athens. Instead, HCOM is working to increase the scope of the three campuses through further collaboration with clinical partners. Since opening the Dublin and Cleveland campuses, HCOM has added 36 faculty members, excluding clinical faculty, who instruct third- and fourthyear students through the college’s statewide network of teaching hospitals. “We’ve got an incredibly

robust number of adjunct faculty all throughout our clinical campuses,” Associate Dean John Schriner said. “We have about 4,000 preceptors, which are Group IV faculty around the state, so we’ve got a very robust faculty around the state to deliver our clinical training.” Those instructors play a dual role of being a teacher and a mentor; they individually guide medical students through early clinical contact and training. The Dublin campus is affiliated with OhioHealth, and the Cleveland campus is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic, but the two campuses also work with regional partners. When developing the Cleveland and Dublin campuses, HCOM wanted to make sure that there was “great connectivity” for an array of ventures, Schriner said. Through videoconferencing technology, the college is able to stay connected across three campuses and instantly deliver teaching materials to students. “Through our videoconferencing technology, our students have greater access than ever before to physicians and other health care experts practicing in central and northeast Ohio,” HCOM Spokeswoman Karoline Lane said in an email. “It’s much easier for the excellent physicians from these great health care systems to teach from Dublin and Cleveland, and our students at all campuses benefit from their instruction.”



Study abroad programs let OU students diversify worldviews, enjoy adventures ASHTON NICHOLS FOR THE POST


n the 2016-17 academic year, Ohio University had 1,218 students study abroad. Lorna Jean Edmonds, vice provost for Global Affairs and International Studies, said studying abroad is important for students to gain a global perspective on the world. “I think one of the things that happens is that you start to see how similar we are,” Edmonds said. “I think it starts to open your eyes to embracing diversity in a way that you wouldn’t have envisioned when seeing something outside of your community.” OU offers more than 90 study away programs in more than 40 countries, with most students traveling within the United States. The next most popular location was Italy, followed by the United Kingdom and Spain. Edmonds said she doesn’t expect students to travel all over the world, but she encourages them to go somewhere differ10 / OCT. 12, 2017

ent than what they are comfortable with. “Just a taste of going somewhere that’s really different (from) where you’ve been before or lived gives you an insight and an opportunity to reflect about yourself and its community and culture in ways you wouldn’t have thought about if you had not gone,” Edmonds said. Tracy Kondrit, a junior studying middle-childhood education, went to Kumasi, Ghana, the summer after her freshman year to volunteer for seven weeks. “It was a huge culture shock, and it was the most uncomfortable I’ve ever felt in my life,” Kondrit said. “I grew up in a small town where everybody around looked the same. I was completely out of my comfort zone the entire time, and it was really great, but it was something I was constantly pushed on more so than I’ve ever been.” Kondrit also traveled to Jyvaskyla, Finland, last summer, where she was an exchange student at the University of Jyvaskyla.

“I was able to take a cultural identities class that was focused on education, with education students from about 20 different countries,” Kondrit said. “It was experience that I wouldn’t be able to get here.” Brad Schweikert, a junior studying marketing with a minor in German, studied abroad in Germany and Austria. Schweikert said he learned a lot about both Austrian culture and American culture by being abroad. “It was my best semester so far,” Schweikert said. “Stepping back for four months, you start to learn things you like about your culture, you don’t like about your culture, and you learn how to communicate because you’re talking to people that are different from you.” Schweikert also said he learned a lot about himself on his trip. “Being in a foreign country where people speak a different language and there’s different cultures, you’re trying to learn how to get around and do things and be

on your own,” Schweikert said. “After accomplishing that, I feel like I can travel on my own now. I can try new things. I can meet new people. And I’m much more confident in that sort of way.” Edmonds said the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies presents to students the value studying abroad will have on their educations. She also said the ideas of embracing diversity, inclusion, equity and getting along with other communities are important to her values. “When you graduate, in the state of Ohio, one in five students will have a job that is a global focus,” Edmonds said. “When you begin to think about that, you realize that the world is really small nowadays. ... No matter what career you want to pursue, you need a global education.”


OU student senates examine options for international student legal consultation THREE PEER SCHOOLS OFFER LEGAL COUNSEL TO FOREIGN STUDENTS, AND OU COULD BE NEXT JULIA EVERTSY FOR THE POST At the Sept. 26 Ohio University Graduate Student Senate meeting, the body began a conversation about hiring a legal consultant for international, immigrant and undocumented students through either Student Legal Services or International Student and Faculty Services. Since then, immigration lawyer Ken Robinson has visited campus to inform students about changes to immigration policies since President Donald Trump was elected. Student Senate has also passed a resolution identical to the one GSS discussed. Ellenore Holbrook, Graduate Student Representative for Student Senate and Treasurer for the Board of the Center of Student Legal Services, sponsored the resolution. “Currently, the Board of the Center for Student Legal Services is still addressing the topic and nothing has been solidified,” Holbrook said in an email. “The main issue is that our lawyers cannot legally represent international students when it comes to international or immigration law.” Holbrook also said students can be represented in issues such as landlord disputes, tax problems or criminal procedures; they cannot, however, legally represent them in court. A potential solution Holbrook suggested was developing a database of lawyers who are able to communicate with students over the phone so they do not have to travel to Columbus. “That was why having an international lawyer available on campus for students was discussed and still being pushed for: so students have more direct access to legal advice from an international lawyer,” Holbrook said. Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones said

she was excited about the prospect of hiring a legal consultant for international students. "Maybe not a full-time immigration attorney because I think the stats are telling us we probably won’t need a full time one, but we definitely need to contract with an attorney on behalf of our students so (they) can, at least twice a month, have access to an immigration attorney," Hall-Jones said. On Sept. 28, OU’s Graduate Employee Organization, or GEO, protested outside Baker Center. Members had four central demands directed at OU, which they said does not measure up to peer institutions in terms of fees for international students and health insurance fees. One of these demands was that OU provide legal support for international students. In a report GEO released about university working conditions, the organization outlines three peer universities that offer legal service for international students. Those universities are Iowa State University, Oregon State University and Colorado State University. “All three provide this service through their Student Legal Services, so the service is not directly provided by the university, but by an external group,” Elliot Long, co-president for GEO and a sponsor for GSS’ resolution, said in an email. “This is why we were looking to Student Legal Services to provide this service for our students at Ohio University.” GEO highlighted Colorado State University’s model for providing this service for international students. Colorado State University hired two experienced immigration lawyers, Cristina Steele-Kaplan and Penny Gonzales-Soto, to advise students in the area of immigration law. GEO encouraged either Student Legal Services or ISFS to “contract with local or nearby immigration lawyers to provide services to students once a month.” “There are still many discussions to be had on how to move forward to ensure our international students are well represented in court if they need to address any international law or legal changes,” Holbrook said.

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Pumpkin the cat lives in the Athens County Board of Elections office and has become an iconic figure in Athens. (SETH ARCHER / FILE)

‘The King of Court Street’ Pumpkin the cat has gone from unwanted to perhaps Athens’ best-known feline

Normally, nothing good follows the phrase, “He peed in my bed.” For Pumpkin — the cat best known for his appearances in the Athens County Board of Elections’ window — it meant finding a better home and becoming an Athens icon. In October 2012, the now-celebrity did some damage to his owner’s bed, leading to a fight between that man and his girlfriend. Debbie Quivey, the director of the Board of Elections, and Penny Brooks, deputy director, overheard that argument. “We could only hear the fight,” Quivey said. “It was really funny because we thought he was talking about


a roommate.”

The man said, “I don’t want him no more,” and, “He makes too much of a mess.” Then the two women heard him say, “He peed in my bed.” “We were like, ‘The roommate peed in his bed?’ ” Quivey said. The fight was not about a roommate at all, but a year-old orange cat, then named “Pierre.” To save the cat from a life on the streets, the woman turned to Quivey and Brooks, asking them to take care of the cat. The two did not know how they could take on a kitten and run the Board of Elections at the same time, but they took him in, renamed him Pumpkin and spoiled him. “Our heart just melted,” Brooks said. “We had him hid for a while and thought, ‘OK, we’re gonna be in trouble because we have a cat.’ ” After keeping him hidden for a while, Pumpkin escaped and made his way to the front window. Quivey and Brooks returned to find a crowd of people banging on the front window. “Oh my god,” Quivey remembered saying. “The cat’s in the front window. He’s in the front window, and everybody’s just looking. The cat’s out of the bag!” Since that day, Pumpkin has become part of the daily lives of many Athens residents. “Our intention was to find him a good home,” Quivey said. “We just didn’t realize at that time that the good home was going to be here.” For the past five years, the office of the Board of Elections, 15 S. Court St., has been Pumpkin’s home. He loves to spend time in the front window of the office, but ultimately, the whole office is his domain. He has a “cat tree” in Brooks’ office and the entire floor to himself at night. His litter box occupies a bathroom, and no humans can use the toilet without him being in there with them. “He gets his litter box cleaned, his nose cleaned (and) his bum cleaned,” Quivey said in an email. “He likes to lay on his table in the front window. He always gets company. He goes and visits everyone at their desk. He takes a lot of cat naps. We feed him and clean his litter box before we go home. Pumpkin is treated like the king that he is!” Pumpkin has been treated like royalty by not only the seven women who work in the office, but also by many people in Athens. A guest book the Board of Elections keeps for Pumpkin had more than 1,100 entries by the beginning of October. “He has this book near where he sits that people can write little notes to Pumpkin in, and if you start writing in it when he’s around, he walks over and lays down right on top of the notebook,” Clancy Thomas, a sophomore studying history and a big Pumpkin fan, said in an email. “It’s hilarious and adorable!”

Pumpkin the cat takes a morning snooze in the Athens County Board of Elections office (MIJANA MIZUR / FOR THE POST)

Entries in the guest book include doodles drawn by children and notes from graduating seniors saying goodbye to a cat who was a big part their lives in Athens. “I’ve looked at you through the window for four years,” one entry reads. “My daughter is graduating tomorrow, and I finally got to pet you!!” Other entries simply show love for the cat and tell him he’s the best one around. “Pumpkin, you are the King of Court Street!” another entry reads. People stop in the office to see Pumpkin every day, Quivey said, and for some, he is a routine part of life in Athens. “He has company every day. I mean every day,” Quivey said. “We are amazed at the students who bring their parents in to meet him. And at graduation time, we cannot believe the (number of) students who come in and want a picture with him in their cap and gown because they’re leaving.” Thomas said she goes to the Board of Elections at least once a week “just to say hi” to Pumpkin. She said she misses her cats at home, so having Pumpkin close by is great. “I love his orange fur, his sweet attitude and his dedication to civic involvement,” Thomas said in an email. “He also has a funny-looking face that is unique and so adorable. I’m a huge cat lover in general, and he’s one of the chilliest cats around. He loves to be pet and stopping in to the (Board of Elections) is a great stress reliever because of him!” Thomas is not the only one who thinks

Pumpkin is a great stress reliever. Quivey and Brooks said when they are working long hours during election season, having a cat around the office has been great for their happiness and morale. “We give up a lot of our own family time, and we all get along so well in here,” Quivey said. “The cat comes in and he just brings so much happiness to us. We’re an election family, and he just brings a lot of happiness. He is a stress reliever. You can be stressed and upset and go and talk to him and play with him.” Other boards of elections have tried to get cats or other pets in their offices, but Pumpkin is a one-of-a-kind. In many ways, that individuality has made him famous and landed him appearances in the Ohio Secretary of State’s news page, The Columbus Dispatch and other media outlets, Quivey said. He has social media accounts, including Instagram and Twitter, and even campaign merchandise in the works. While his reach is statewide, people in Athens love Pumpkin just as much, and some are willing to do anything for him. “Our kitty came into an inheritance,” Quivey said. “There was a lady who would come in and she had been left money to take care of her sister’s cat. The sister’s cat passed away, and she wanted to pass the generosity on.” The woman set up an account for Pumpkin at a local veterinarian because the women at the Board of Elections had been paying to take care of Pumpkin themselves.

Quivey and Brooks paid more than $300 in veterinarian bills when they first got the cat in 2012, and Pumpkin has some digestive problems to take care of, Quivey said. “He really thinks he’s something now because he got an inheritance,” Quivey said. “He really thinks he’s hot stuff.” Pumpkin has a mind of his own and comes with a “cattitude,” Quivey said. But one thing he does love is elections. “He is into everything. He watches everything,” Quivey said. “Anytime we have meetings, he’s right there watching everybody and listening to everything that’s said. He has to have his nose in everything in here.” Like most people involved in public service, Quivey said he is not without political opinions. She thinks Pumpkin is a “Democat.” “I’m the Republican here, but I’m convinced he’s a ‘Democat,’ ” she said. “(Cats) pick out one person they like the best. He loves Penny; he tolerates me.” Despite the “cattitude,” people love Pumpkin. Quivey and Brooks, along with the more than 1,100 people who showed their love for the cat, do not know what they would do without him. “We fell in love with him,” Quivey said in an email. “The plan was to find him a home. We found him a good home in our office.”


PRODUCTION OF THE ARTS JACKIE OSBORNE FOR THE POST When Rick Web walks into the party, there is no plan and no setlist. There’s him, the music and the crowd. Surrounded by hundreds of people, he reacts off the energy of the audience and feels his way around the music. Web, a senior studying mechanical engineering, began his career as a DJ at age 13 with nothing but an iPad. Now, he’s one of the most popular DJs in Athens. Web holds thousands of dollars worth of equipment for the ultimate rave experience. Speakers, subwoofers and LED lights cover every inch of his room, stacked in the corner and under his bed as a temporary storing place before the next event. “I have over 20 grand worth of equipment, and (that) is only half of it. I have another four speakers and two subwoofers sitting at home and another lighting rig and two other controllers,” Web said. For a two- to four-hour show, the real work comes before and after. Each subwoofer weighs 85 pounds, every speaker is 63 pounds and Web’s mixer case is 70 pounds. LED lights are another 10 to 20 pounds, and he carries up to six of them with him for each show. On top of it all, he has two bags of cables. Each setup and teardown session takes anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour. The music is the easy part. Though Web separates more than 20,000 songs on his laptop in to playlists like “#MOMS,” “Hip-hop CLEAN” and “Dinner Country,” he never comes to an event ready with a setlist. He relies heavily on the reaction from the audience to tell him what to play. “You have to be able to read an audi14 / OCT. 12, 2017

ence, read a crowd,” Web said. “I always get told I have a really good eye.” Reading a crowd isn’t something that comes exclusive to Web. Many DJs, including Scott Kutil, go into an event with the expectation that they will adjust the music at any moment. “It's all trial by error. I take that information and kind of just wing it throughout the night and find songs,” Kutil, a junior studying music business, said. Kutil worked as a sound technician for Rock the House Entertainment out of Cleveland, where he learned the art of being a DJ. Although he just began mixing this year as a co-founder of Brick Life Entertainment, he’s covered several events around Athens. Contrary to Web, Kutil chooses not to include spectacular lighting in his shows. He would rather the audience focus on his skill as a DJ. “My No. 1 thing is that I don't need any extra flashy (lights) because my No. 1 goal is to woo a crowd with my DJ skills and being able to mix different songs,” Kutil said. “I don't need extra flashy things to get people to be amazed and have a good time.” Lighting and sound preparations also pertain to a completely different aspect of performance: theater. Whereas a DJ can walk in without a plan, the theater industry begins preparing months in advance. Nathan Arnold, a junior studying theater scenic design, started designing a set six weeks ago that won’t be up until mid-November. He must go through the process of hand-drawn designs and 3-D renderings on an application called Vectorworks before the set can even be finalized. He also has to keep in mind his budget and the materials needed.

DJ Rick Web performs at Club Night at The Pigskin Sports Bar and Grill on Sept. 21. (KEVIN PAN / SLOT EDITOR)

Set design is not a solo effort either. “Once the concept for the set design is in place, you bring in the lighting designer, sound designer and the costume designer,” Arnold said. “A lot of their work has to be fit into the set.” When all is said and done, Arnold will have gone through dozens of designs and renderings, corrections made by directors and designers, and a non-stop

months-long process before the show will make its debut. “It takes a lot of work and time,” Arnold said. “It is hard work and at the end of the day, you have to get it done.”


College of Fine Arts’ new dean gets settled in Jennings House



Instead of, ‘Hey, we’re going to take you and make you into a robot that produces widgets,’ we’re going to say, ‘What is your maximum potential? What is your personal potential, and how do we get you there?’

verlooking Glidden and Seigfred halls is Jennings House, and behind a set of rustic white French doors in the office sits Matthew Shaftel, the newly appointed dean of the College of Fine Arts. Shaftel, who graduated with degrees from Harvard and Yale, took the position July 15 and has made it his mission to highlight the talent in the College of Fine Arts. In fact, Shaftel loves mission statements, and one line in Ohio University’s vision was a reason he chose to step onto the bricks. He took a minute to pull out his phone, search for the mission statement and read: “Ohio University holds as its central purpose the intellectual and personal development of its students.” “Instead of, ‘Hey, we’re going to take you and make you into a robot that produces widgets,’ we’re going to say, ‘What is your maximum potential? What is your personal potential, and how do we get you there?’ ” Shaftel said. Shaftel believes “The Ohio University” is doing a good job to find value in its students and in the region. Not only does the university’s duty lie with its students, but also southeast Ohio in general. The work the university does for the Appalachian region was a major selling point for Shaftel. He was approached by Elizabeth Sayrs, who was the interim dean for the College of Fine Arts. At the time, Shaftel was overseeing Westminster Choir College, a branch of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. The choir college was in talks to be sold or closed, so Sayrs, knowing Shaftel’s interest in bettering cities outside of the university, urged him to apply for the position at OU. Though he was skeptical at first, he soon realized the work OU was doing for the Appalachian region. “It’s hard not to see my community engagement. I wear it on my sleeve. That’s my focus,” he said. John Sabraw, a professor of art and the chair of painting and drawing, is one professor going into the region to create art. Sabraw takes students into the surrounding areas to make toxic waste into art. Sabraw said Shaftel’s interest in more engagement with the area is an ideal that aligns with what the School of Art and

- Matthew Shaftel, dean of the College of Fine Arts

The College of Fine Arts new dean, Matthew Shaftel, poses for a portrait. (MIJANA MAZUR / FOR THE POST)

the quality of our facilities (does) not match any of our competitors. It is what it is. It’s the first thing I noticed on campus,” Shaftel said. “What does it take to convince (prospective students) at that point that we are doing the right stuff? That’s kind of the magic. We still convince students we are doing the right stuff, left and right.” Sharon Ball, the administrative specialist for the College of Fine Arts, has worked for the college for 29 years. She said Shaftel brings some much-needed energy to the job and that it’s evident he wants to move the college forward. “It’s a new era. … So it’s time. It’s fine art’s time,” Ball said. “We have a whole new upper administration, so it’s going to be awesome. … Fine Arts has some really great years ahead of it.”


Design has been doing. “Social engagement, social practice and community engagement is a huge aspect of what we are all doing,” Sabraw said. “A lot of us have different projects, so the fact that the dean is behind these and understands that value of them, not only for our students experiences but for the enrichment of the local community. … That’s exactly what we’re about, and we are happy to have that push.” Shaftel said the quality of work the College of Fine Arts is doing is not reflected in its learning facilities. People really have to uncover the work being done at OU because it’s not visible from the outside, he added. His first time entering Seigfred Hall, Shaftel had someone explain to him where the door was because it was hidden behind a dumpster. Upon entering, he made his way down the mysterious hallways to the elevator, which he said seemed as if it was installed when elevators were first invented. He hit floor five and hoped it wouldn’t return to the first as it had done so many times before. But after making his way down some more hallways, he came across the art gallery, where it was evident the College of Fine Arts was doing some amazing work. “We are doing amazing work given that THEPOSTATHENS.COM / 15



lanning a haunted attraction that is open for roughly one month of the year is an all-year project. Corn mazes must be planted and cut months in advance. Conventions must be attended to find the perfect props to scare guests. Permanent structures like log cabins and graveyards are built to take attractions to the next level. Businesspeople and Halloween enthusiasts in the Athens area take their passion for horror and turn it into cash through hard work and creativity. Whether it’s to help earn some extra money or simply because they love the experience, owners and managers of haunted houses turn spooky innovations into seasonal attractions for students and locals. A particularly popular haunt in the Athens area is Wicked Forest, located in Hocking Hills State Park. The attraction opened in 2008 but closed temporarily in 2015 and 2016. This year, Wicked Forest is back, ready to entertain people and tourists in the area with its more than a half-mile of wooded trail filled with roughly 25 actors dressed to scare. Karen Armes, the general manager of Wicked Forest, said the haunt is staffed completely by volunteers. The operation includes actors, security guards, a bus driver and others to man the ticket booth. Despite its popularity, Wicked Forest makes no profit — all 16 / OCT. 12, 2017

proceeds from ticket sales are invested right back into the forest the following year. Armes said preparation for the open season lasts nearly all year. The crew gets one month off after Wicked Forest closes at the end of October, and then it’s back to the drawing board to plan for the next fall. The actors in Wicked Forest are all original creations — none are copied from popular horror movies. The forest also sets itself apart from other Halloween attractions in the area by embracing the sounds of the outdoors rather than playing scary sound effects. “We want (visitors) to be in the woods and know (they’re) in the woods,” Armes said. “We want them to hear the sounds of nature in the Hocking Hills and know they’re outdoors. We want them to experience the Hocking Hills.” The Jackson County Fairgrounds in Wellston hosts the Fright at the Fairgrounds “Haunted Barn” each year to support fairgrounds operations and youth programs. Six years ago, Jamey Sexton pitched the idea to host the haunt as a fundraiser for barn renovations and repairs, scholarships and donations to youth programs involved in the fair. The barn has grown in popularity throughout the years, Sexton said, and it raises about $6,000 during its four nights of operation. The Haunted Barn, Sexton said, is a huge collection of different scary scenes that takes nearly half an hour to walk through. In the past, the barn has featured themed sections


such as a funeral parlor, a car crash, a corn maze and a school bus modeled in the style of a scene in the movie Jeepers Creepers. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end,” Sexton said. “We raise a good bit of money for the fairgrounds, plus it’s a lot of fun. We have a good time.” Mike Murphy opened Field of Screams at his farm in Coolville last year as a way to earn some extra money to pay the mortgage on the 132-acre property he and his siblings inherited. His haunt features a 2.7-mile journey through a corn maze and wooded trail filled with eerie settings like a haunted church and clown village. “It’s a lot of work,” Murphy said. “We’re planning to grow and grow and grow, and take the suggestions of the customers and try to incorporate it in.” Field of Screams is staffed by Murphy’s family and friends, and is what he calls “family-oriented,” attracting visitors of all ages. His attraction has received dozens of five-star reviews on its Facebook page, and Murphy said most people who visit the farm plan to return. “It’s a nice walk and everything,” he said. “You’ll see all kinds of different acts and nothing gory. It’s more of the acts you’ll see in horror movies.”


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VirtualFlight OHIO UNIVERSITY’S USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY HELPS PREPARE AVIATION STUDENTS FOR CAREERS IN THE AIR MADELEINE PECK FOR THE POST Two students sat in a flight simulator as professor Deak Arch tested them with a difficult scenario. The duo ended up crashing its virtual plane into the ground because they lost an engine and failed to go through emergency procedures quickly enough, said Chris Dinishak, a flight instructor. “It’s better to learn on the ground here than for something like that to happen in the real world, and for us to read about it in the crash report,” Dinishak, also a senior studying aviation management and fight, said. “That would really suck.” OU’s aviation program is now able to give students a more realistic simulation of flight from the ground and better prepare them for future careers. The program purchased a full-motion simulator, called a Redbird MCX, three years ago for more than $100,000, Dinishak said. This year, students are finally able to use it in most of the flight courses. The simulator has many screens so the pilot can view in all directions, and it mimics the movements of a real plane — even giving some students motion sickness. The Redbird is mostly used for students to practice flying multi-engine aircrafts, as they are the

A flight instructor demonstrates the GPS system in one of Ohio University’s small planes at Gordon K. Bush Airport on Oct. 6. The FAA updated regulations so all planes have to emit a signal that can be seen by other planes on GPS systems. (HANNAH RUHOFF / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

most expensive to use, Dinishak said. Although the best practice comes from flying a real plane, simulators are also used to expose students to dangerous situations that could occur when flying. Many commercial airlines also use full-motion simulators when training pilots. Beyond the Redbird,

the career resource management course, which is required of all aviation students, has been restructured to incorporate new technology. When those two students crashed their virtual plane, the rest of the students in the course were in another room watching the pair on a projector and

keeping track of the virtual plane on tablets. Arch, the associate professor teaching the course, wanted to improve the class, so he adapted it to resemble the training done by industry airlines. “It’s just really, really awesome. I just love it,” Arch said. “The students really like what we’re do-

ing, so that is just great.” In the past, the course used very low-grade cameras and had no voice technology, Arch said, and students were at a “big disadvantage.” Now, the technology used at OU keeps pace with advancements in the industry and at other flight schools, Mark Atkinson, aviation business admin-

istrator and flight training program manager, said. “The guys going through this program now, when ... they go out looking for their first job, they’ll have the most up-to-date information and will have used the latest technology,” Atkinson said.


Country musician from Logan spreads survivor awareness FAITH GALLOWAY FOR THE POST



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ashville country singer Julia Neville released her new single, “Survivor,” in February to spread an important message. Growing up in Logan, Neville had dreams of becoming a musician one day. After receiving positive feedback from several karaoke competitions, she finally decided to pursue her lifelong dream. Countless musicians are trying to make it in the industry, but Neville’s story is unlike most of them. Combating abuse as a young girl, Neville used her passion for music as an outlet to cope with these conditions. “Survivor,” released as part of her five-song Survivor extended play, is especially significant because it not only gives women who have experienced abuse and rape a voice — it also helps them feel as if they’re not alone, she said. “I want to inspire other women through music by the abuse that I have been through, and that is why I wrote the song ‘Survivor’,” Neville said. “To relate to other women who have been through or are going through the same thing.” Now married with a family of five, Neville is debuting her single and shedding light on a difficult topic. “Women don’t talk about being molested or raped. I know the statistics are 1 in 5 women are raped, and that is nuts to me,” she said. Neville will perform her new single at the first mile marker during the third annual Athens Race for the Cure on Oct. 15. Not only will she sing, but she will also be present to provide support and advice to the other women participating. Kristin Waltz, an advocate for the Survivor Advocacy Program at OU, interacts with survivors of abuse on a daily basis. The program plays an important role in helping people who have been abused or raped cope with the distress, she said. “We assist survivors in making informed decisions by helping them understand their options/choices. We strive to help survivors regain their power and voice by using a survivor-centered approach to advocacy,” Waltz said. “A survivor is the expert in their own situation. We help survivors know their rights, options and choices.” While Waltz works thoroughly to ad18 / OCT. 12, 2017

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Monument Quilt to highlight sexual assault survivors’ voices IF YOU GO WHAT: Monument Quilt Lecture: A Guide to Upsetting Rape Culture WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday WHERE: Schoonover 145 ADMISSION: Free

IF YOU GO WHAT: Monument Quilt: Quilt Showing WHEN: 9 a.m., Friday WHERE: Peden Stadium ADMISSION: Free The National Monument Quilt displayed in a San Francisco football stadium (PROVIDED VIA HANNAH BRANCATO)

MAE YEN YAP CULTURE EDITOR To Abbey Knupp, the Monument Quilt is a reminder that she is not alone. “For me, as a (sexual assault) survivor, … it’s a constant reminder that there are people out there who have gone through situations similar to what I’ve been through,” Knupp, the president of Ambassadors to Survivor Advocacy Program, said. “And regardless of how bad it can get at times, it will get better.” The Monument Quilt will make its way to Peden Stadium as part of Ohio University’s ongoing effort to highlight the voices of survivors of sexual assault while improving responsiveness and prevention efforts on sexual violence. Spearheaded by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, an activist group based in Baltimore, the Monument Quilt is filled with stories and experiences written, stitched and painted by survivors of sexual assault. The quilt aims to publicly display the diverse narratives survivors of sexual assault have faced. The organizers of the quilt have collected more than 1,000 survivors’ stories throughout the past four years, according to its website. Often times, people may think of sexual assault as something foreign if they have not expe-

rienced and do not know others who have experienced it, Knupp, a senior studying journalism and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, said. “(The quilt) humanizes it,” she said. “Seeing the Monument Quilt laid out in Peden will put a voice to (sexual assault) and show that it has happened to a lot of people.” On OU’s Athens campus, 32 rape cases have been reported in the year 2016, an increase from the 20 cases reported in 2015, according to OU’s 2017 Clery Act Annual Security Report. Twenty-six out of the 32 rape cases occurred in residential facilities on campus. The depiction of sexual violence is one that portrays a stranger jumping out from the bushes or a perpetrator whom the survivor has never met before. There are cases like these, M. Geneva Murray, the director of OU’s Women’s Center, said, but the depiction does not reflect reality accurately. “We know that the vast majority of cases where someone has been sexually assaulted (it’s) by someone they know: by an ex-partner, by a partner, by a family member, by a friend,” Murray said. “Representing sexual violence in this stranger danger sort of way can make people feel, when they have known their assailant, that ‘What did I do wrong? What could I have done to stop this?’ ”

To Murray, the presence of the quilt on campus means many things, especially because some of the quilt squares were created by her former students. The event will be exempted from the mandatory reporting, she said. Mandatory reporting requires OU faculty to report suspicions of abuse. Murray will be leading a booth in which survivors of sexual assault can make their own quilt squares. Patty Stokes, an assistant professor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies, said a possible reason for the depiction of a stranger being the perpetrator may be because it allows people to distance themselves from the reality that sexual assault can happen in places and with people they are familiar with. It is also important to recognize there is not a right way to be a survivor, Murray said. It is amazing to hear stories of survivors who fought back immediately and were able to get away from their assailants, she said. “But sometimes people freeze. Sometimes, people are scared and don’t know what to do, because they think if they fight back, they’ll be hurt more. Sometimes, people aren’t in a position to fight back,” Murray said. “It’s really important that we expand this narrative and we think about all the different ways in which peo-

ple have been assaulted — not just by strangers, but by friends, family members, partners (and) ex-partners.” Stokes said when survivors disclose their experiences with her, the survivors recall experiences in which people have doubted them and made them feel ashamed, as if they were imagining something or as if they were to be blame for the sexual assault. “Maybe you know both people who were involved with it (and) you have a hard time believing it, but just to suspend judgment is truly the most helpful thing you can do ... to be a good listener and a good friend,” she said. Despite being part of a national conversation, sexual assault does not get discussed as often as it should, Knupp said. “It is something that is incredibly difficult to talk about. It’s uncomfortable. It’s not a happy subject so talking about it can be extremely difficult,” Knupp said. “(But) I hope that by seeing something as physical, as tangible and as huge as the Monument Quilt is, it’ll start those conversations.”





racking down Mamerto Tindongan in

miliar with his talents call him a healer. Above all, he is a

the rolling landscape of southeast Ohio

friend to many.

is no easy feat. With no phone or daily routine, catching

using his talents to inspire and heal anyone who would

Tindongan can be tricky at best. However,

come to him seeking help. To name a few, Tindongan is a

as soon as you do locate the 59-year-old Philippine native,

devoted practitioner of Kolaimni, the ancient healing art

his warm, embracing welcome makes the challenge worth it.

of light. He is a master woodcarver, a “world-class com-

A good place to start searching for the seemingly illusive

petitor in the ancient art of atlatl or spear throwing.”

man would be his wooded property in Albany. He will like-

His home and studio is always open to visitors and

ly be found outside and barefoot, moving materials for his

those wanting to learn something new. Tindongan said he

next project all while smiling. “He doesn’t want to go around

is often asked by professors how his work is all connected.

and solicit people to follow him. You know, people just come to

“A professor asked me how is this hut, the canoe, the

him,” said D.j. Fuller, owner of Athens Yoga and Seasons Holis-

spears are related to healing, and I told them, this simple

tic Arts in Amesville.

way of life — when you are doing it — it helps you remem-

Tindongan, born and raised in the Philippines in the Ifugao tribe, is a man of many passions. Most people fa-

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Since moving to the U.S. in 1991, Tindongan has been

ber who you are,” Tindongan said. “Simpler lives in the past I think people were happier.”

We were whole, we had everything we needed. We just forgot. We were misled by this capitalistic and materialistic world. -Mamerto Tindongan

He’s affected many lives in the Athens area. Since moving to Albany, Tindongan has healed as many as 20 people a week and takes walk-ins. “What I love about Mamerto is he’s very, very humble,” said Patricia Minor, founder of Soul Purpose. “He’s very sincere and all he really wants to do is share his gifts and his art and his way of life.” Minor’s friendship with Tindongan began six years ago. “I see Mamerto as coming full-circle,” Minor said. "He came here, went to university. He made it in the eyes of intellectuals and the scholastic community. And then I think that he really felt that … like there was still something left undone for him.” After an unfortunate diagnosis of Meniere’s disease, a disease of the inner-ear that causes vertigo, years ago, Tindongan would discover through his illness what it was he was supposed to do in life. “It’s the hardest thing for me,” Tindongan said. “You have to stay still. You don’t move any muscle. Even just moving your eyeball is enough to throw up.” In 2005, he decided his illness would, in fact, be used to his benefit. It would improve his meditation, teach him discipline to avoid certain triggers of vertigo and be a way to connect to his high-self. “Now I actually don’t see it as something bad — I see it as a blessing because it served as a warning, an antenna. … Now when I get (vertigo), I stay still, just sit down and meditate,” Tindongan said. “I learned how to do still meditation because of it, I had no choice.” Turning a bad situation into a positive is on par with all other aspects of his life. When speaking to Tindongan, his stillness washes over everyone he meets. Even his methods for creating wooden works of art, that being either a canoe, an ancient weapon or even an abstract piece. He approaches the wood with its nature in mind. “Even if you have a plan, the characteristic of the wood may actually change,” Tindongan said. “When you use machine, you can just cut straight but when you use simple tools there are times when you can not do what you want to do. … You work more with the wood versus what you want the wood to be.” His skills for hand-carving masterpieces goes back to his deep Ifugao heritage. He first learned the craft of woodcarving when he was just 8 years old. “There was no such thing as going to a classroom. Everything was just a way of life,” Tindongan said. “When you are a child, whatever interests you, you start to observe, to watch your elders.” When he was young, Tindongan grew increasingly enchanted by the transformation of rough wood into something beautiful. “I was fascinated by the way (elders) formed t hings,” he said. “Chopping, and

then later on you see a figure coming out, and it evolved into something pretty.” While Tindongan worked his way through his bachelor's degree in the Philip-

pines and later graduate school in the U.S., woodcarvings were simply a way for some form of income. It became more of a way of life when he met former Ohio University professor David Hostetler in 1994. Renowned for his own woodcarvings and bronze sculptures — Hostetler created the “The American Woman” outside of Alden Library — Hostetler and Tindongan bonded over their similar techniques. “So David saw how I used my tools and said, ‘Oh, I’m going to hire you until I die,’ ” Tindongan said. Tindongan would carve over 400 pieces for Hostetler during their years working together. For Hostetler, Tindongan said he was the young set of muscles that Hostetler no longer had but still needed to execute the sculptures. After Hostetler died in 2005, Tindongan’s passion for woodcarving would shift from being a means of income to a part of a much bigger picture. Woodcarving would be just one way Tindongan would help those on the path toward healing. “My interest went in a full cycle. At first, when I worked for David, it was for survival,” Tindongan said. “But then something happened to me that brought me back to that childhood way of perception or doing things.” For many, this could be interpreted in many different ways. For Tindongan and those his work touches, it’s simple: The goal is to be free of fear. “We were whole, we had everything we needed. We just forgot. We were misled by this capitalistic and materialistic world,” Tindongan said. “So when you let go of that fear of not having enough you go back to your original makeup that’s made of beauty.” The philosophy can be seen in all aspects of Tindongan’s lifestyle. His simplistic home, his possessions, the friendships he’s built and the healing work he now does around Southeastern Ohio. “If I needed a tooth pulled, I would go to the dentist — just like I would go to Mamerto for energy work,” Fuller said. “Whatever he can to help people get closer to their happiness and peace.”

ABOVE: Mamerto Tindongan carries a piece of wood. (MEAGAN HALL / PHOTO EDITOR) LEFT: Mamerto Tindongan watches students from Hocking College’s EcoTourism class paddle the canoe on a pond. The student’s visited to learn more about Tindongan’s way of a minimalist life. (MEAGAN HALL / PHOTO EDITOR)

When welcoming groups, students or anyone for that matter, enter his home to facilitate and teach the art of healing using one of his many techniques, a monetary exchange is not always even necessary. “I don’t want money to deter people from getting the help,” Tindongan said. As simplistic and wholesome Tindongan’s life seems, some sort of income is a necessity, however. So, as he plans to host more and more groups to his home for healing ses-

sions, monetary donations are how he plans to move forward. “He doesn’t really need to put on or create a special environment — he is the environment,” Fuller said. “It’s not like he puts on a suit and tie and goes to work to do it. Mamerto lives it.”


the weekender Breast Cancer Awareness advocates will paint town pink BHARBI HAZARIKA FOR THE POST



outh Green Drive will be checkered pink and black as hundreds of advocates for breast cancer awareness will run the Athens Race for the Cure on Sunday. In celebration of October being breast cancer awareness month, Ohio University’s School of Nursing and the Susan G. Komen organization will host the annual 5K Run/ Walk. It is scheduled to begin Sunday at noon. There will also be a one mile relaxed run named the One Family Fun Walk, which will begin at the same time. Online registration will close the day before the race, but there will also be an onsite registration booth, which will open at 10 a.m. Sunday. For participants who register early, registration costs $25 for adults, $20 for breast cancer survivors and $15 for ages 3-22. The prices will increase by $5 on the day of the race. The tickets will accompany a “Race for the Cure” T-shirt. About 1 in 8 females in the U.S. develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime, according to Breastcancer. org. The Athens Race for the Cure aims to raise awareness about breast cancer and its preventive measures in the locality. Eliza Harper, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, said Southeastern Ohio has one of the highest rates of breast cancer cases due to a lack of awareness regarding the disease. “I cannot stress enough how important early screening is,” Harper said. “The factor that leads to death rates being high for breast cancer is that people are not being screened early enough. It’s treatable and curable if caught early.” The Susan G. Komen Foundation is in charge of distributing the funds, a chunk of which will be used in educational programs regarding breast cancer, Becca Thomas, the director of communications and marketing for the Columbus branch of the foundation, said. A part of the money will also be used to purchase mobile mammogram screening vans that will provide free screenings for all. The mon22 / OCT. 12, 2017

WHAT: Athens Race for the Cure WHEN: 12 p.m., Sunday WHERE: Parking lot of Peden Stadium, 200 Richland Ave. ADMISSION: Early registration: $25 for adults, $20 for breast cancer survivors, $15 for ages 22 and under; prices increase by $5 each on the day of the race

Runners in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure cross the line while holding hands during last year’s race in Athens on Oct. 23. (BLAKE NISSEN / FILE)

ey acquired through the marathon will be specifically granted to support preventive programs in the counties across Southeastern Ohio. Harper instructs the community health and nursing class and she hopes to instill in future nurses a set of holistic medical skills, she said. The class is offered each fall to the senior nursing students and they will get the opportunity to work on projects that benefit the society. “It’s a really different type of nursing,” Ty Tracy, a senior studying nursing, said regarding the class. The community health and nursing class is divided into three groups and each of them are responsible for organizing one of the three events: Athens Race for the Cure, a blood drive and the Purple Gala. The latter in particular aims to kindle conversations and actions to combat the opioid epidemic. Each of those events

address some of the many critical health issues facing southeast Ohio. The different setup of the class allows students the liberty to pick the project they would like to join. Jenna Williamson, a senior studying nursing, said her decision to work on Athens Race for the Cure was influenced by a personal connection. “My mom passed away in February from breast cancer,” Williamson, a student leader for the community health and nursing class, said. “So, the race is a way to memorialize her.” The Susan G. Komen Foundation contributes to the effort by gathering sponsors and dealing with the financial aspects of the project, Madison Knecht, who is also a student leader of the community health and nursing class, said. The organization first joined hands with Harper in hosting the Athens Race for the Cure three years ago. The foundation is

dedicated to researching breast cancer and reducing the number of deaths due to breast cancer by 50 percent within the next 10 years. Several activities will accompany the day of the marathon. The students of the community health and nursing class have also organized an expo with the help of Komen. Knecht said the expo will contain survivor advocacy stalls and several booths selling breast cancer awareness merchandise. It is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Peden Stadium. Komen and the students have also organized performances such as a concert by Julia Neville, a Nashville recording artist and Logan native, for the participants along the route. About 900 people have registered for the marathon as of press time, but Harper is expecting the numbers to rise as the week comes to a close. Cheryl Brimner, the operations coordinator in the school of nursing, is also a cancer survivor and said the marathon is particularly special for breast cancer survivors. “It wrenches my heart,” Brimner said with tears brimming in her eyes. “(Participating in the race) just makes me so thankful to know that I have been through it and I have survived.”


WHAT’S GOING ON? MORRIS WEIN FOR THE POST Friday The Ninth Annual Beer & Cheese Incident at 5 p.m. at Jackie O’s BrewPub,

24 W. Union St. Enjoy special brews of beer and local cheese while playing “human sexuality bingo,” all to benefit Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio. Admission is free, and food and drinks will be available for purchase. Aquabear Record Release Party at 9 p.m. at The Union Bar & Grill, 18 W. Union St. The Union will rock to the sounds of Water Witches, Bloody Show, Adam Remnant and Weedghost on Friday night. Adam Remnant, the first act, will start at 10 p.m. Admission is $5. Woody Pines at 10 p.m. at Casa Nue-

va, 6 W. State St. Nothing beats good food and live music. Woody Pines’ calm, folksy sound is sure to set the perfect atmosphere for a fancy date or a fun night out with friends. Admission is $5 for those 21 and over and $7 for those under 21.

Saturday Alpaca Open House at 12 p.m. at Phoe-

nix Hill Farm, 8266 Rock Riffle Road. Phoenix Hill Farm is offering the public a chance to meet its alpacas. People can go to the farm to learn more about those adorable, fluffy animals. The event is free, but those who attend should still bring their wallets just in case they decide to they want some clothing, yarn or other products made out of alpaca fur from Phoenix

Beau Nishimura, taproom manager at Little Fish Brewing Company, pours a beer for a customer during a fundraiser. The brewery will host Funky Oktoberfest on Saturday at 12 p.m., and a brass band will play from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (PATRICK CONNOLLY / FILE)

Hill’s Alpaca Boutique. The event will also be held Sunday. Funky Oktoberfest at 12 p.m. at Lit-

tle Fish Brewing Company, 8675 Armitage Road. What’s better than live music? Live music and beer. The event is family friendly, though, so even those not old enough to drink are still welcome to go to Little Fish Brewing Company and enjoy a brass band that plays traditional Oktoberfest tunes, as well as polka and New Orleans jazz from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There is no cover charge, but food and drinks will be available for purchase. Fiesta Latina at 9 p.m. at The Union

Bar & Grill, 18 W. Union St. Head to The Union for a night of dancing to Latin music. The DJ will play everything from salsa to reggaeton. Admission is free for those 21 and over and $3 for ages 18-20.


popcorn sold separately.

Summer Series Round 8 at 8 a.m. at

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce at 7

Wildwood Lake Raceway, 2392 Wildwood Lake Road, Little Hocking. Head to Wildwood Lake Raceway for dirt-track all-terrain vehicle and dirtbike racing. Admission is $10, and prices to participate vary by event. Little Fish Yoga at 11 a.m. at Little Fish

Brewing Co., 8675 Armitage Road. Anyone who had little too much fun at Funky Oktoberfest the night before might as well head on back to the Little Fish Brewing Co. for some not-too-early morning yoga to stretch out and de-stress. The Princess Bride at 7 p.m. at the

Athena Grand, 1008 E. State St. Wind down Sunday evening with this beloved classic film. Bring some friends and enjoy the fun-loving ride that is The Princess Bride. Tickets are $12:50;

p.m. at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. People can go and be part of this live radio experience. Hosted by singer-songwriter Larry Groce, this event features performances by seasoned legends and emerging stars alike in genres ranging from folk, blues and country to indie rock, synth pop, alternative and beyond. Admission is $12 for students, $18 for senior citizens and $20 for general admissions. Ohio University Jazz Night at 8 p.m. at Athens Uncorked, 14 Station St. Join Matt James, Sean Parsons, John Horne, Terry Douds, Roger Braun and OU students for an evening of jazz at wine bar Athens Uncorked. Admission is free. THEPOSTATHENS.COM / 23

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