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Ohio University issued a re-sponse to a negligence com-plaint led by the father of astudent who died last year.In the Ohio Court of ClaimsFriday, OU issued a responseto the lawsuit led by JosephRobinson, father of AndreaRobinson, who died of bacte-rial meningitiswhile attending OU in 2010.Joseph Rob-inson claimsthat his daugh-ter went toHudson HealthCenter and wastold to drink water, take Tylenol and a nap.Andrea Robinson died frombacterial men-ingitis Feb. 17in a Colum-bus hospital,according tocourt docu-ments.Since 2009,Andrea Rob-inson has been one of eightstudents infected with bacterialmeningitis. All eight cases haveinvolved the Type B meningitisstrand for which there is no vac-cination.Joseph Robinson is suing OUfor negligence, wrongful deathand loss of consortium. He isasking the court for $25,000in damages, according to thecomplaint.OU denies every claim con-tained in the complaint and isasking the court to dismiss it.The university denies thatAndrea Robinson’s death wascaused by a direct result of herliving on campus at OU or thatOU was responsible for protect-ing Andrea Robinson from bac-terial meningitis, according tocourt documents.OU is claiming that JosephRobinson failed to state a claimupon which relief could begranted, that Andrea Robinson’snegligence was the sole causeof her injuries and death, andthat OU did not have controlover the acts that led to JosephRobinson’s alleged damages,according to court documents.The university is asking forall costs to be paid by JosephRobinson, according to courtdocuments.The court has yet to issue aresponse.
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Ohio University will pay alittle more than $150,000 toone of its engineering pro-fessors as part of a settle-ment, according to courtdocuments.The U.S. District Court,Southern District of Ohio,ruled Monday that the uni-versity has 14 days to pay the$150,739 settlement to OUprofessor Jay Gunasekera.The amount includes alldamages, costs and attorney fees.In return, Gunasekera willdrop his current case againstOU, which would have al-lowed a jury to decide theamount of damages the pro-fessor would have receivedas a result of the loss of hisGraduate Faculty Status.John Marshall, Gunas-ekera’s attorney, said he is“very happy” with the out-come of the case, but addedthat the defamation action ispending.OU’s General CounselJohn Biancamano was notavailable for comment.Last month, OU was or-dered to pay $111,815 in at-torney fees and about $6,425in costs and expenses toMarshall and Morrow law firm.In August 2006, Gunas-ekera sued Russ College of Engineering Dean DennisIrwin and former ExecutiveVice President and ProvostKathy Krendl saying he wasdenied the opportunity for aname-clearing hearing. Gu-nasekera was stripped of hisGraduate Faculty Status afterit was found that several of his former advisees had pla-giarized on their theses.The court ultimately ruledthat OU offer Gunasekeraa public name-clearing hearing.
OU pays settlement toengineering professor
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Editor’s Note: This is part three of a five part series about Vernon R. Alden Li-brary.
With a steady stream of items owing in and outof Alden Library, its col-lection quickly increasedfrom 500,000 books when itopened in February 1969 tomore than 1.4million volumesin 1985.Currently,Alden’s collec-tion consists of about 5.3 mil-lion items, in-cluding almost2.96 millionbooks, accord-ing to a 2008–09 statisticaloverview. The number of books had increased to about2.98 million by June 2010,said Jan Maxwell, assistantdean of collections and ac-cess.“The other items are atbest a good estimate,” Max-well said. “There are so many little bits and pieces, most of us  all of us  don’t havethe staff to go back and countevery single piece. There area lot of people who think weshould just stop counting.”The number of books inthe library continues to in-crease steadily, but it doesnot necessarily translate to aheavier load for the 50 milesof shelving in the library,Maxwell said.“One of the things I willpoint out is that the 2.9 mil-lion are not all physical print about 700,000 are elec-tronic collections,” Maxwellsaid.Acquiring new books is acareful system  academicdepartments have library representatives who makesuggestions about whichbooks to buy, and Alden’ssubject librarians also study what is being published tokeep the collection ahead of the curve, she said.Many private parties alsodonate to the li-brary, but thosedonations canbe sold to netprot. The li-brary doesn’tkeep track of how many books are do-nated, Maxwellsaid.“Any time we accept a do-nation of books we reservethe right to dispose of themas we please,” Maxwell said.“Some donations … just don’tt our curriculum here or justaren’t research materials.”Many of the books sold atAlden’s quarterly sales weredonations to the library. Thesales net the library tens of thousands of dollars eachyear, said Scott Seaman, deanof the Ohio Universities Li-braries.“Often, the books are du-plicates of what we already have, or they are acces-sible through OhioLINK, sothere is no need for them,” hesaid.Books donated to the li-brary are checked to see if they are appropriate for thecollections. If books aren’t
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Quarterly sales net Alden‘tens of thousands’ in profit
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During his rst State of theState address yesterday, Gov.John Kasich addressed thebroader problems of highereducation in Ohio but re-mained silent about the spe-cics of his funding plan forstate colleges and universities.Kasich plans to release hisbiennial budget proposal onMarch 15, and Ohio Univer-sity is expecting a 10 percent or $27 million  reductionin state support. OU, however,does not know what it can ex-pect in the details of Kasich’sbudget plan and will not havea denite funding reductiontarget until then.“We are putting a budgettogether that will transformour state,” he said during hisspeech. “You ain’t seen noth-ing yet.”The state must ll an $8 bil-lion hole in next year’s budgetcaused by the absence of one-time federal stimulus money,
Kasich’s speech silent onhigher education funding
, PAGE 3
Meningitis victim
University denies responsibility for meningitis death
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COLUMBUS  Amid pro-la-bor protests yesterday, Gov. JohnKasich said in his rst State of theState address that big changesare ahead for Ohio and that law-makers should not be scaredoff by the conict that will arisefrom shaking things up.Touting the advantages of the state’s many cities, the new Republican governor said he iswilling to risk criticism in orderto stop Ohio from hemorrhag-ing any more residents and jobsto other states. Seeing Ohio losetwo congressional seats becauseof population loss was a punish-ing blow, the former congress-man said.“It’s like taking a shotgun andblowing a piece of your body out,” he said.The speech, delivered fromnotes and without a teleprompt-er, was light on details  whichKasich said will be released nextTuesday when he unveils his pro-posed state spending blueprintfor the next two years.Athens County RepublicanParty Chairman Pete Couladissaid he agrees with Kasich’s planto balance Ohio’s budget.“There are resources in Ohio,and we need to send a positivemessage to keep businesses inOhio and to encourage busi-nesses to relocate here,” Coula-dis said.Couladis also said he agreeswith Kasich’s plan to makechanges in the public sector,specically Medicaid, state pris-ons and the education system.He said the public sector budgetneeds to be balanced and thestate should not always rely onhigher taxes to x the decit.Rep. Debbie Phillips (D-92nd),who represents Athens, said shewas skeptical of the plan Kasich
When (graduates)leave, we lose theirmoney. ... We losethe jobs; we losethe entrepreneurialspirit.”
‘Big changes’ on horizon
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Protesters ll the rotunda at the Ohio Statehouse following Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State address yesterday inColumbus, Ohio.
, PAGE 3
Well Athens, this will be the last story I have for you.This bucket list item has been 10weeks in the making, and as you finishthis column, No. 86 will be completed.You see, by writing these columns aboutmy bucket list, I am actually completing an item.It might have been ironic if I hadn’taccepted this position solely for the pur-pose of scratching this item off my bucketlist. I’ve never seen myself as a writer. My grammar ain’t that good  just ask my editor. But as the bucket list demands, it’sthe experience that matters.So what exactly has the experiencebeen? Well first, I’ll state the obviousin that by completing No. 86, I accom-plished something I wasn’t sure I wouldever do in my life.During my youth, words were some-thing I read constantly, not something that I articulated. My right-sided brainnever showed any attempt at thinking outside the box.As I grew older, there were several au-thors I began to follow in my readings.Growing up reading my father’s
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and my own library collections,I always thought of authors as thesemythological writing deities who wereborn to write and had been born with theskill to do so.The inspiration to pick up a pen I’llmention in a moment, but I must firstsay I’m grateful to have the opportunity to write these columns. It truly has beenan exciting experience.What has the experience entailed?Well, I’ve made new friends, such asBethany Scott, who now has a bucket listand recently completed No. 11 and alsohelped me in the process of achieving No. 75 “See Sydney.”But beyond that, it’s the respect fromindividuals older than myself that’s truly made this a worthwhile experience.Being only 19 years old and having a road map for what I want to accom-plish during my life seems to show thatalthough I may be young, I am a manand I’m going to enjoy this life I’ve beengiven.The greatest gift from this experienceis the well-placed compliments I’ve re-ceived from one of my closest mentorsby the name of Paley.The proudest part I can take from thisexperience is the legacy I can leave in thelife of anyone, who, because of this col-umn, has gone out and made a bucketlist. Knowing that I have even minimally changed someone’s life positively is awonderful feeling.As I close, I must take the time tothank a few people. First, my past men-tor Betty Miller, you truly gave me a voiceto which I’ve been able to write faithfully.To the loving support I’ve receivedfrom my family. I know as much as I fightit, my mother will still end up putting these articles in my baby book.Also, I want to thank all my colleaguesin Ohio Army ROTC; your support andinput has proven to me over and overagain that I am part of the greatest ROTCin the country.And lastly, thank you, Athens. With-out you, this would never have been pos-sible.So for the last time, I sign off. You stay classy, Athens.
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Prostitution ban won’t prevent practice
Nevada has been abuzz since Sen.Harry Reid called for a statewide prosti-tution ban during an address to the Ne-vada state legislature.Nevada is the only U.S. state to allow legal prostitution (in heavily-regulatedbrothels located in rural areas of the state heavily-populated counties such asWashoe and Clark prohibit prostitution).Interestingly, Reid referred to Nevadaas “the last place where prostitution isstill legal,” but I believe he has it back-ward.With any luck, the U.S. will evolveinto a more sex-positive society in the fu-ture, and prostitution will be legalized inmore states than just Nevada.No matter the question, outlawing prostitution is not the answer.Outlawing prostitution will not solveNevada’s economic problems. Outlawing prostitution will not make Nevada seemmore progressive or innovative.Outlawing prostitution will not makeNevada a more feminist state.First of all, let me emphasize thatprostitution is not an inherently amoralprofession.It is necessary, respectable and can beempowering for some women. It is ulti-mately a business arrangement. No oneis being deceived, and entering into thisarrangement does not make anyone abad person or morally corrupt.Men request a service, whether it issex, companionship or something elsethey cannot find elsewhere, and thewomen provide the service. It is simply business.There is nothing inherently degrading about sex work. There is nothing wrong with making an honest living.Prostitution is not easy. You have todo what you have to do in order to sur-vive.Perhaps prostitution is not for you.That is fine. But that is no reason youshouldn’t be able to coexist with it.Problems people typically associatewith prostitution  human trafficking,child prostitution, and the spread of HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases are horrible. And they do happen.But if the industry were better regu-lated in a legal manner, these problemscould be better monitored and addressedby the government, making life safer forboth prostitutes and non-prostitutes.However, not all prostitutes view themselves as victims, though they arefrequently treated that way.Prostitutes are people with minds of their own. Not all of these women are in-capable of making their own decisions.Prostitutes should be supported rath-er than victimized.Although Sen. Reid was speaking outagainst prostitution from an economicstandpoint, banning prostitution in thestate of Nevada would do more harmthan good.Banning legal prostitution would notput an end to the practice, and it wouldbe terribly naive to think it would, espe-cially since the sex industry is so well es-tablished in Nevada.As long as people enjoy sex, there willbe people who buy and sell sex.Outlawing prostitution would justsend more women out onto the streets towork with increased likelihood of danger,violence or legal trouble.That is not the direction in which Iwould like to see Nevada go.
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If you’ve been reading this page during the past few days,you’re probably wondering what rebalancing the General Fee en-tails. Well, so have we.During its meeting last week, Student Senate unanimously op-posed rebalancing in a resolution. Then, in a letter Friday, Faculty Senate Chair Joe McLaughlin expressed disappoint in the studentsenators’ action.But senate’s resolution is meaningless without knowing specif-ics about how the rebalancing would be done. Rather than explorerebalancing as an option to help fill Ohio University’s budget gapnext year, Student Senate rejected it without any idea of what itwould entail.There has been no projected breakdown of how much wouldbe cut and which General Fee units would face cuts. Without thatinformation, no one can make an informed decision for or againstrebalancing.The Division of Student Affairs, Intercollegiate Athletics, theGraduate College and the Marching 110 are the four units fundedby the General Fee. Student Senate’s decision should be contin-gent on how the units would be rebalanced.Next year, OU is facing a projected $32.6 million gap in itsbudget. According to McLaughlin’s letter, the academic collegeswill face cuts of 10 percent to 14 percent, while academic supportunits will face 8 percent to 9 percent cuts. General Fee units willface no cuts.If a small cut to the Marching 110 means it cannot attend a few away games, then that would be a lot more reasonable than cut-ting School of Music instructors and classes. But such a cut wouldhave to be fair proportionally.Each General Fee unit would have to receive a proportionatecut. Student Affairs, the Graduate College and the Marching 110cannot all receive large cuts while Athletics escapes unscathed.“(Student Senate’s) primary responsibility is to protect the stu-dent experience,” Senator Emeritus Chauncey Jackson said. Yes,the General Fee units are important to the “student experience,”but they should not be immune to reasonable cuts.We understand that education is not entirely based in theclassroom. The General Fee units add to a quality education. Butwhen that quality education is being threatened by substantialcuts, the supplemental units should also be liable. Otherwise,those units will have nothing to supplement.
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Ohio University’s Game Re-search and Immersive DesignLab (GRID) is unknown to most,except for its 325 registered us-ers.The lab, originally an arcadelocated on Court Street, eventu-ally moved to Scott Quad afterreceiving grants for funding.Founded in 2005 by JohnBowditch, the lab has suppliedboth jobs and workspace forstudents  particularly for stu-dents in the Scripps College of Communication.Bowditch, a 2004 graduate of video production, received hismaster’s degree one year laterin multimedia from OU and hasbeen working on the lab since.Now associate director of theGRID Lab, Bowditch originally started it as a graduate projectand began to expand after re-ceiving grants.The lab receives the ma-jority of funding through themain project it works on  theImmersive Video IntelligenceNetwork, which is supportedby TechGROWTH Ohio and theUrban Area Security Initiative inColumbus.Bowditch said Scripps Col-lege Dean Greg Shepherd is themain reason the lab got funding in the rst place.“(Shepherd) helped whenwe had down times,” Bowditchsaid.Along with working on theirmain project, last year, Bowditchand other lab employees fo-cused on mobile componentssuch as iPhone and iPad appli-cations. Among apps made by the lab was Food Master, a freenutritional game for children tolearn how to eat healthy.The labs offer game and mul-timedia resources for studentsin the School of Visual Commu-nication at no extra expense. Us-ers are only required to sign upfor a GRID lab account online.As a result of various success-es and grant money received,the lab is able to employ 30 to 40students at any given time.One such student is seniorKarl Henkel, who has workedat the GRID lab during thepast year and rst joined afterBowditch approached him in aclass.“It not only looks good ona resume, but it’s relevantto your career (as) opposedto working in dining halls,” Hen-kel said.Bowditch agreed, saying thelab has helped students get jobswith top-named companies.“The lab offers an area forpeople to work on independentprojects and use high-end com-puters and software,” Bowditchsaid.In the future, Bowditch hopesto start offering workshops forsoftware certications such asApple and Adobe.The goal is to put OU on themap and have students and fac-ulty rival top research schools inthe nation, he said.“The goal has always been togrow in capabilities and staff re-sources,” Bowditch said.
GRID Lab offers extra resources to students
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A 24-year-old man whotook a plea agreement afterrobbing a man at gunpointwas sentenced to more thantwo years in prison yester-day.Marco Delgado took a pleaagreement with the AthensCounty Prosecutor’s ofceFriday. As part of the agree-ment, Delgado was foundguilty of theft and having aweapon under disability, ac-cording to court documents.Delgado was originally charged with two counts of aggravated robbery after herobbed a man at gunpoint inthe Walmart parking lot, 929E. State St., with John Wallace,26, and Gabriel Hill, 19.He was sentenced to 180days in jail for the theft chargeand two years in prison forthe having a weapon underdisability charge. Two yearsand six months in prison wasthe suggested sentence onthe agreement.The sentences will runconcurrently, and Delgadowill be given credit for the 87days he has already spent inthe Southeastern Ohio Re-gional Jail, according to courtdocuments.Delgado’s two years of pa-role from a 2005 Gallia Coun-ty will run consecutively tothe two-year prison sentence,according to court docu-ments.Delgado was also sen-tenced to an optional threeyears of parole. His sentencecould be reduced for goodbehavior, according to courtdocuments.Wallace was sentencedto four years in prison afterpleading guilty to theft andhaving a weapon under dis-ability as part of an agree-ment Friday.Hill’s case is still pending in the Athens County Court of Common Pleas. His trial is setto begin April 4.
Robber takesplea agreement
Sentenced tomore than twoyears in prison
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Representatives from vari-ous environmental groups saidthat Ohio University adminis-trators committed to closing the Lausche Heating Plant by 2016, but ofcials from OU de-clined comment.“In a nutshell, they agreed… to move forward with someof our demands,” said BadgerJohnson, a senior and memberof the environmental group Be-yond Coal.“They also didn’t really promise anything,” he latersaid. “In that sense, it was frus-trating.”OU said it would hire an in-dependent consultant to helpwith the closure of LauscheHeating Plant but would notcommit to stop using coal,Johnson said.During scal year 2007, OUreceived 31,164 tons of coal,according to the university website.Johnson, Nachy Kanfer andShannon Fisk, an attorney forthe National Resource DefenseCouncil, were among thosewho met with OU administra-tors for two hours Monday.“We came into the meeting hoping that the university wasnally willing to put all of thisbehind it  all of the danger-ous emissions it outputs,” saidKanfer, a representative for theenvironmental organization Si-erra Club.The activists scheduled themeeting to discuss accusationsthat the university’s coal plantviolates the Clean Air Act.OU administrators in atten-dance at the meeting includedVice President for Finance andAdministration Stephen Gold-ing, Associate Vice Presidentfor Facilities Harry Wyatt andAssociate Director of LegalAffairs Nicolette DioGuardi,Johnson said.OU’s primary source of en-ergy is coal because it’s con-siderably cheaper than otheroptions, according to the uni-versity website.However, Kanfer said coal ismuch more costly than otherenergy sources.“Both environmentally andnancially, it would be insaneto continue using coal,” Kanfersaid.While there are no plans for afuture meeting, OU also prom-ised to seek input from stu-dent environmental activistsas it creates a proposal for theplant’s closure during the nextfour to eight months, Johnsonsaid. OU would then presentthe proposal to the Board of Trustees next school year, hesaid.Despite OU’s promises toclose the plant and ask formore student input, Johnsondescribed the administrationas “unusually obstinate” and“uncooperative.”“So we are not having avictory party tonight,” Johnsonsaid.
Activists strive to reduce OU coal emmissions
Matt Hatcher |
The Grid Lab, located in Scott Quad on Morton Hill, serves as a lab for students studying digital media. Students can use the lab to work on 3-D graphics and game designs.
The headline in yesterday’s article, “Heroin deal busted in jail cellconfines,” incorrectly stated that the drug bust was in relation toa drug deal. It also incorrectly stated that the deal was discoveredin the jail cell.
kept by the library, they aresold through Friends of theLibraries of Ohio University,an organization supporting various activities for OU’s li-braries.“We maintain an associa-tion of people interested inthe library and books,” saidBeth VanDerveer, a memberand former president of theorganization. “Through themoney, we actually make asignicant gift to the library depending on what the needis.”During the past 30 years,Friends of the Library hasfundraised more than$300,000 for Alden. Of this, itcan raise as much as $5,000to $6,000 per quarter throughbook sales, Seaman said.The money taken frombook sales is put toward art,furniture, scholarships, andother items and programs, hesaid.
 Kristina Haputmanncontributed to this article.
The graphic for yesterday’s article, “MAC Matchups,” hadboth a 7 and 11 next to Bowling Green. Bowling Greenis the No. 7 seed in the Mid-American Conference Tourna-ment.
and Kasich said during hisaddress that he is “most con-cerned” about those who re-lied on this one-time funding to operate and expand.OU is planning for this de-cline in funding and has alsoprepared for the possible lossof $9.2 million in state money this July, said Becky Watts,chief of staff to OU PresidentRoderick McDavis. FormerGov. Ted Strickland delayedthe payment from June untilJuly to balance the 2011 scalyear budget, and there is noguarantee the payment willcome through. But, OU hasheard recently that it is likely the university will get themoney, Watts said.During his speech, Kasichencouraged “restructuring” asa way for state-funded units tomanage budget cuts.“We’ve been looking at thisfor a long time. We believe …in restructuring, providing abetter product at a lower costto the taxpayer,” Kasich saidduring his speech.OU is pushing a shared ser-vices tactic to combat budgetcuts next year encouraging de-partments to consolidate cer-tain services and share costs.Kasich also discussed someproblems the state is facing inhigher education emphasizing that he would like students tobe better trained for jobs rightout of college and seek thosejobs in Ohio, instead of neigh-boring states, after graduation.“When (graduates) leave,we lose their money. … Welose the jobs; we lose theirentrepreneurial spirit,” Ka-sich said, during the address,pointing out that one third of college graduates leave Ohiowithin three years of gradua-tion.“We can’t keep going back-ward; we can’t keep losing hundreds of thousands injobs,” he said.Last month, OU created aCenter for Entrepreneurshipthat will provide “academic,applied learning and businessdevelopment services acrossthe university and the South-east Ohio region,” according to a university news release.“This helps students devel-op skills to start a business orlead a business so they leave(OU) ready for success,” Wattssaid.put forward in his speech.“The income tax break willonly benet the upper-classand puts the blame on theworking middle-class,” Phillipssaid.Phillips also said that reduc-ing state funds for higher educa-tion will limit the number of stu-dents who can pursue a collegedegree.Kasich said Ohio residentswill get the income tax cut they were expecting two years ago,which was frozen to balance thestate’s last budget. His budgetwill also include agency cuts andprogram consolidations, he said,though he provided few specif-ics. Ohio’s two-year budget now stands at $50.5 billion and thestate faces a historic $8 billionbudget hole.“I’m asking you all to keepan open mind about reformbecause we can’t keep do-ing the same thing in thisstate and avoiding the deci-sions that need to be made that have been put off forpolitical reasons, frankly,” hesaid.
 Associated Press writers Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AnnSanner and Kantele Franko con-tributed to this report.
Jay LaPrete |
Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers the State of the State address yesterday in Columbus,Ohio.
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