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We didn’t say, ‘Let’s tell students not to go.’ Students have a choice. We left it up to the deans.”
KENT SMITH VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS
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Local DJs prime for B.o.B. concert
AMANDA LUCCI Asst. Culture Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org ——— Almost two months after Ohio University’s Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith tweeted that rapper B.o.B would perform at The Convo, the lineup has been finalized. With two weeks until the curtain opens, the show’s organizers have selected the DJs behind the Dave Rave dance parties to join Grammy nominee B.o.B. and “Like a G6” emcees Far East Movement at the year’s biggest concert. “We were just looking for someone that could provide some music during the downtime (between acts),” said Brian Heilmeier, the graduate assistant for campus programming, who invited the DJs to play at the event. “I’d talked to a few people and asked who they recommended, and (Dave Rave) kept coming up.” Comprising local DJs and OU alumni Dave “Time Traveler” Alexander and Brandon “B-Funk” Thompson, Dave Rave is best known for its techno dance parties at The Union and The Red Brick Sports Pub. The Convo concert will be the biggest venue the DJs have played yet, Alexander said. The May 20 show will also be the first concert in the athletics facility since Jason Mraz and Michelle Branch performed there in 2003. “I went to the Sugar Ray concert when it was in The Convo (in May 1999),” he said. “It’s the biggest venue in the area, and it’s a really exciting opportunity for us.” Alexander and Thompson will also bring along longtime friend and DJ Aaron “AROC” Thomas to spin a few songs in the arena. Thomas, who performs at The Pigskin during the week and Broney’s Alumni Grill on the weekends, has been playing Top40 tunes at local events for more than 10 years. “I’m gonna start off the first 20 or 30 minutes, and then Dave and Brandon are going to kick in with the Dave Rave music and give it a lot of flavor,” Thomas said. “Just the stuff I spin at the bar: all up-tempo, really high-energy music, just to get the people into it.” Dave Rave is also hosting
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Deans warn students about fest media consequences via emails
REBECCA MCKINSEY Staff Writer | email@example.com ——— As Athens’ most notorious fest approaches, several Ohio University deans decided to pass on a clear recommendation to students: Don’t attend the fests. After receiving a form letter from Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith, at least five deans sent variations of the letter to their students, some encouraging students to be safe and responsible at the fests, and others outright telling students they shouldn’t go. This year, the topic of fest safety also came up in several meetings between Smith and some of the deans. Smith ended up offering a form letter to any of the deans who wanted to give their students additional advice. The letters stated that almost 300 OU students had been disciplined by University Judiciaries and about 40 had been suspended or left OU after illegal behavior at the fests last year. These numbers have also been publicized on the City of Athens Facebook and Twitter pages. The idea to outright encourage students not to attend did not come up at the meeting, Smith said. “I’m not sure where that piece came from,” he said. “We didn’t say, ‘Let’s tell students not to SEE EMAIL PAGE 3
Infamous fest morphs from humble roots
CALLIE DRIEHORST Staff Writer | firstname.lastname@example.org ——— Thousands of partygoers will congregate on Palmer Street tomorrow in celebration of spring’s largest street fest, a beer-drenched block party that has grown substantially since students created the event 20 years ago. Athens City Councilman Kent Butler, D1st Ward, was a student when the university stopped supporting the spring fests. “These events were held on campus, and there would be beer trucks present. So a big beer truck would show up and it would have taps on the side,” he said. “The Front Room used to have alcohol on tap, sporting events served alcohol — but that all changed.” Butler said the university sponsored various spring events, often booking big name bands. “The university offered a party called Spring Fest,” he said. “East Green, South Green and West Green each hosted their own Green Weekend, which was a fest of their own.” Butler said the university-sponsored events still existed when he was a freshman in 1988, but they no longer served alcohol. “You had to be grandfathered in when the federal government changed the drinking age,” he said. “Because the majority of on-campus students were now underage, they stopped serving alcohol at university events.” Jerry Ski, owner and operator of Ski’s Teases, has lived in Athens for 42 years and said he remembers the universitysponsored spring events. “Things being as they are, the students said, ‘We’re still having our party,’” he said. “There was no longer an event that encompassed a student body celebration, and that’s what the students wanted.” Butler lived on Palmer in 1991, the year of the inaugural Palmerfest. “It was a countermovement. The university wasn’t hosting the event anymore,” he said. “So residents of Mill and Palmer got together and said, ‘Well, why don’t we host our own Palmerfest in the backyard of the houses on Palmer?’” Other streets followed the actions of Palmer Street residents in 1991, Ski said. “All the other street fests seem to have gotten in line after Palmerfest took root,” he said. “Everybody has a street fest now. Even lonely little Fern Avenue with four houses wants Fern Fest.” The first Palmerfest, however, was very different from what it is now, Butler said. “It was really pretty chill. Most houses that got together only had a keg or two,’ he said. “It wasn’t very loud, and the numbers weren’t impressive.” Butler said the makeup of Palmer Street was different, creating an atmosphere conducive for a backyard party. “At the time, all those backyards were open and connected,” he said. “This was before landlords added on to their buildings, adding parking and such.” Despite efforts, the student spring fests don’t seem to be fading with time, Ski said. “It’s just like Halloween,” he said. “The university will pray for rain, and the police will pray for rain, but the students brave it no matter the weather. They’ll have their party no matter what.”
Drainpipe problem closes South Shafer Street
TRISTAN NAVERA Asst. Campus Editor | email@example.com ——— A sinkhole that recently formed near The Convo was caused by a leaking drainpipe, leaving South Shafer Street now closed for at least a week. The 36-inch storm drain, located 15 feet beneath parking lot 127, has failed, creating the growing sinkhole. South Shafer Street between Hospital Drive and Richland Avenue is closed today and will remain so for “emergency repairs,” according to a news release from Athens Engineering and Public Works. The sewer, which drains all of the water from Ohio University’s West Green buildings, runs through the parking lot, under South Shafer Street and beneath Pepsi Tail-Great Park before emptying into the Hocking River, said Andy Stone, director of the department. “Portions (of the pipe) are failing, and sinkholes are forming,” Stone said. Contractors are investigating the drain and details are not yet known, said Katie Quaranta, a university spokeswoman. Construction crews have been digging up a portion of the parking lot to reach the pipe. “There aren’t cost estimates right now because they’re investigating the drain right now,” Quaranta said. However, Stone said it would
Do (leaks) happen frequently to drainage pipes? Yeah. Does it happen to this large or deep of a line? No.”
ANDY STONE DIRECTOR OF ATHENS ENGINEERING AND PUBLIC WORKS
Dustin Lennert | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Construction workers dig out the sinkhole in parking lot 127 near The Convo yesterday. The sinkhole was caused by the collapse of a weak underground pipe that runs through the parking lot and South Shafer Street to the Hocking River.
likely be costly. “For a line this deep … there’s much more cost, a much higher degree of care for workers,” Stone said. Neither he nor Quaranta could give any figure as to how much a project like this could cost. Quaranta did say the money would come from OU’s emergency maintenance reserve fund. Stone also said such a major
pipe failure is an uncommon occurrence. “Do (leaks) happen frequently to drainage pipes? Yeah. Does it happen to this large or deep of a line? No,” Stone said. Quaranta said no other problems or leaks are known on the pipe, but OU has had problems with the drain durSEE SINKHOLE PAGE 3
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Students must keep in mind repercussions during fests
This weekend is the most infamous fest in Athens: Palmerfest. So it is understandable that this past week has seen marches, meetings, messages and campaigns to educate students about partying safely. Ohio University’s “Be smart. Be civil. Be safe.” campaign is very pragmatic. Rather than discourage students from attending fests, OU is taking the rational route of caution. The campaign’s posters read, “What happens in Athens, stays on (insert website here),” which is an intelligent warning to students. Employers, nowadays, are searching the Internet for anything that would reflect poor judgment on their prospective employees’ parts. There is nothing There is nothing wrong with wrong with having having fun, but students need to respect their fellow students and fun, but students Athens residents. We agree with need to respect their OU’s message to be smart, civil and safe, and students should fellow students and abide by the motto for the rest of Athens residents. fest season. Both the Athens and OU poWe agree with lice departments also deserve OU’s message to recognition for the Pizza with the be smart, civil and Police event Wednesday. They picked the right time and place safe, and students to encourage students to take should abide by the care this weekend should they partake in Palmerfest. motto for the rest of But we do have some recomthe fest season. mendations for the police: closing the street and bringing in officers on horseback to patrol if necessary. Palmer Street needs to be closed from the start to ensure students’ safety. If the street is open, cars will try to drive through the crowd of students and someone could get hurt. Should things get out of hand, officers on horseback are the best way to clear the street quickly and safely. The longer it takes to clear the street, the more likely someone will get hurt. The only qualms we have with recent messages about the fests are aimed at emails from several deans. A form letter was sent to the students of several OU colleges. Some discouraged students completely from attending any fests; others slightly modified the wording to advise students to be careful but also have fun. The latter email sent the right message by understanding that students will go to the fests. A simple caution, not an admonition, is the best way for OU to ensure students behave safely and smartly.
Survivor program offers women help
The Ohio University Survivor Advocacy Program, which is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, wants to take the opportunity to let the campus community know about the services we provide to victims and survivors of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The recently established Survivor Advocacy Program, which is part of the OU Women’s Center, is dedicated to providing confidential, survivor-empowered support through advocacy, education and resources, and is staffed by an independently licensed professional and a team of peer advocates. Our team of advocates has participated in 40 hours of training that has prepared them to offer non-judgmental, victim-centered support and accompany survivors and victims through the response and recovery process. An advocate is a person who is in your corner 100 percent, someone who believes you and knows what happened to you is not your fault. Services are currently available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on an on-call basis Thursday nights and during weekends. We will be able to provide 24/7 services beginning this fall. If you call our hotline at 740-597SAFE (7233) or stop by our office at McKee House, what you can expect is empathy, non-judgment and support. We will provide in person or telephone crisis intervention, consultation, exploration of options and available services, personal support during medical, legal and judicial processes, referrals and other assistance. Whether the assault happened last night, last year or 10 years ago, the Survivor Advocacy Program is here for you. As part of our mission to educate students, faculty and staff and to decrease interpersonal violence on our campus, the Survivor Advocacy Program is finalizing plans to provide mandatory prevention education on sexual violence to all incoming students beginning in the fall of 2012. Additionally, our team of peer advocates will work with existing peer educators in informing the campus community on these issues starting this fall. We are thankful for the campus and community support the Survivor Advocacy Program has received, and believe that the campus community is coming together to create and maintain a safe and survivor-empowered campus. Lindsey Daniels is the program coordinator for Ohio University’s Survivor Advocacy Program. Dr. Susanne B. Dietzel is the director of the Women’s Center and project director for Violence Against Women.
Grad students need raise in stipends
I am writing with regard to the story “Proposed stipend cuts raise concerns” that appeared in Tuesday’s Post. The wording of this story may give rise to some misunderstandings about the increase in graduate stipends for which Graduate Student Senate has been advocating. The prospective “raise” does not presently appear in the university’s budget scenarios because it is still being considered by the Budget Planning Council (BPC). However, this increase, should it be approved by BPC and the Board of Trustees, could potentially offset some of the cuts in graduate funding that appear in the aforementioned reduction plans. On April 18, GSS passed a resolution unanimously requesting the inclusion of graduate assistants in the 1.66 percent raise pool that BPC is considering for faculty and staff. Last year, GSS was able to obtain precisely such an increase for graduate assistants and, given the rising cost of living and the relatively low amount of compensation received by the average masters and doctoral students ($8,247 and $11,358 a year, respectively, in 2009), we feel that an increase in graduate funding is thoroughly justified. Since the passage of the resolution, subsequent discussions of BPC have affirmed that a raise in graduate stipend funding is a serious consideration for the coming academic year. With this in mind, I have high hopes that, for the second consecutive year, GSS will be able to provide some relief to the graduate community through the continued advancement of graduate stipends as an institutional priority. We believe that increased funding for graduate students on assistantships is one of the foremost concerns of the graduate community and continued investment in affordability of graduate education is an issue for which GSS has successfully advocated in the past, and for which we will continue to advocate in the future. Tracy Kelly is the president of the Graduate Student Senate.
Marietta trip resurrects wheat spirits
(Pictures can be viewed at ouvictorylap. tumblr.com.) I was pedal-pooped after this ride, my furthest by a long-shot. I followed state Route 550 all the way to the Marietta Brewing Company, but the route might as well brandish the mark of the beast: Route 666. Once I hit the infamous Sharpsburg hill, it was all downhill from there, er, uphill, well, actually, up and down numerous hills. Damn it, you know what I'm trying to say. It was a tough ride. While riding to Marietta, I came across two establishments definitely worth mentioning. When I stopped at the BP station in Sharpsburg to clarify my directions, I was not expecting to find that it doubles as both the porn hub and head shop for the area. It must be the only BP of its kind in Southeast Ohio. Go see for yourself if you don't believe me. After my stop at the BP, it was all a blur of pickup trucks and cemeteries for a while until I was pleasantly surprised about 10 miles outside Marietta. Bombed out and depleted, I haggardly pulled off at a small building that was literary, I mean, literally overflowing with books. All I could see in the way of a sign was black, all-caps “BOOKS” painted vertically on the side of the shop. I perused the aisles heaped with books and selected works by
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Somerset Maugham and John Fowles — authors, whom, in my humble opinion, wrote two of the finest “coming of age” novels ever: The Razor’s Edge and The Magus, respectively. Both are ideal reads for victory lappers precariously perched at the edge of their futures, unsure what they ultimately want to do with their lives, if anything at all, just like Larry Darrell (may he find peace). I eventually made it to the Marietta Brewing Company, where I conducted my, ahem, research. The Marietta Brewing Company is a great place to grab a sammy and a beer, no doubt. However, my server seemed quite perturbed by my presence, probably because of my pedaling-peasant appearance. An undeniable fact upon the face of it: I looked like hell in my greasedout-garb and my face strewn with remnants of various winged insects — flies, gnats, bees and butterflies. But redemption was in their beer. In fact, they had Paw Paw Wheat, which I thought to be extinct since Casa Nueva stopped serving it almost a year ago. Thank God for that beer; even an atheist queries
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his convictions after tasting the ambrosia intertwined within that noble nectar. Coincidentally, I was sitting next to two Ohio University physics professors — or Dr. Unk and Dr. Ink, if you’ll humor me. And, yes, they both had thick accents from one of those Eastern European countries. I noticed they were having a serious love connection with their bier, so I interrupted their bantering about particle accelerators, or whatever genius people discuss, and asked their thoughts on the brewery. Dr. Unk replied, “It’s a special place,” and other stuff I didn’t really catch. Then they went back to their discourse on paradigm shattering theorems, similar to the variety heard uptown every weekend between philosophy majors and anyone attractive who will listen. To close out the night, I went to the historic Lafayette Hotel and watched a few comedians. I had a great time. It was quite liberating to be a stranger in a strange city. A very special thanks to Mary Miracle for putting me up for the night, thus saving me from the wet and wild wilderness for one more victory lap. Your name says it all. I’m still ridin’ solo dolo, so if anyone wants to ride, email me. Brian Bors is a senior studying social work and a columnist for The Post. If you want to ride with Brian, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011
Financial aid cuts take toll Palmer Place complex owner with increased applicants must pay city more than $130K
KRISTINA HAUPTMANN For The Post | email@example.com ——— As state and federal politicians consider passing bills to cut financial aid, the number of applications for federal student aid has increased this year at Ohio University. The Ohio College Opportunity and Pell grants, which award money to needy students, could both face cuts next fiscal year. The Ohio College Opportunity Grant was cut from $1,008 to $888 per student last year, and Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal would cut funding for the grant by $35 million to $41 million next fiscal year, according to state budget documents. The future of the grant will be decided once the governor finalizes the budget June 30, according to the Ohio Board of Regents’ website. This school year, 3,315 OU students received these grants. About 29,800 OU students have applied for some form of aid this year, only a slight increase from the same time last year, when about 29,500 applied. The number of applicants has increased by more than 10 percent in each of the last three years. “It really doesn’t surprise me with the economy the way it is,” said Sondra Williams, director of student financial aid. The Pell Grant, the largest federal grant program, also faces potential cuts. Although a U.S. House bill in March sought to cut the $5,550 maximum Pell amount by $845 next year, current projections suggest that will not happen, Williams said. However, cuts to the maximum award amount are likely for the 2012-13 school year, she added. U.S. President Barack Obama’s budget proposal includes eliminating summer Pell Grant coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Such a change would save about $7 billion during the next 10 years, the office estimated. Currently, students can receive up to two Pell Grants in a year — one during the school year and one during the summer, Williams said. Money saved by cutting yearround Pell Grants would go toward maintaining the maximum award, according to the Congressional Budget Office. However, the federal government is expected to cut $66.4 billion in Pell funding from 2012 to 2021, according to a U.S. House bill. So far this year, OU has awarded about $47 million in Pell Grants to about 12,900 students on all campuses, Williams said. Last year, OU gave out more than $300 million in financial aid for all campuses, she said. This includes loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs on the federal, state, university
NUMBER OF OU STUDENTS WHO APPLIED FOR FAFSA AS OF APRIL 29:
2011: 29,809 2010: 29,532 2009: 27,768 2008: 23,959 2007: 21,529
AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL AID DISBURSED TO ALL OU CAMPUSES (IN MILLIONS):
2010-2011: TBD 2009-2010: $300.15 2008-2009: $259.89 2007-2008: $225.71 2006-2007: $213.16
Source: Sondra Williams, director of student financial aid
MARIKA LEE Asst. City Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org ——— A local apartment complex owner will have to pay the city more than $130,000 after the court ruled he had to pay the city’s mandated water and sewer permit fees. Athens County Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael Ward ruled Wednesday that the Palmer Place apartment complex, 95 Kurtz St., owner Leslie Cornwell must pay the city $134,400 for water and sewer permit fees. Palmer Place was completed in fall 2008. At the time there were 64 apartments with 255 residents. Nick Carr, then
the Athens director of Water and Sewer, sent a bill for $179,212.50 to Cornwell for tap-water permit fees in the apartments shortly after they were completed. Cornwell filed the lawsuit against the city Oct. 24, 2008, to contest the fees, and Carr reduced the amount to $134,400 because four of the taps on the property were previously installed by commercial properties that used to be there. Cornwell filed the lawsuit because he thought the fees were unreasonable and the city failed to inform him of how it arrived at the fees, according to court documents. The case was heard at a
court proceeding Nov. 22, 2010. Cornwell claimed he should have been billed based on usage of the water, not by the set $1,000 fee per Ohio Environmental Protection Agency-regulated housing unit plus installation costs. He also claimed that Athens’ permit fees were much higher than similar cities, according to court documents. The court dismissed Cornwell’s claims and found the city properly followed city and EPA guidelines when billing the landlord. Cornwell’s complaint was dismissed, and he must pay the full amount of the bill to the city. Cornwell can appeal.
Small leak requires gas line repair
RYAN CLARK Staff Writer | email@example.com ——— A gas line repair and a reported natural gas leak kept firefighters busy yesterday, though neither posed immediate danger to passers-by. From 12 to 3 p.m. yesterday, Athens city officials shut down half of South Shafer Street where it intersects West Union Street so Columbia Gas of Ohio could repair a broken gas line, according to a City of Athens news release. Columbia Gas recently identified repairs were needed on a gas line in front of 97 S. Shafer St., and the company paid for the repairs, said Andy Stone, director of Engineering and Public Works. “It’s a small situation,” Stone said. “Nothing serious.” The gas company could not be reached for comment. Although the repairs to the line were common, they were not normal for lines located in the street, Stone said. At about 1:15 p.m. yesterday, firefighters responded to a reported natural gas odor behind Bentley Hall on West Mulberry Street. Firefighters on scene said they had detected natural gas in the area but that there was no immediate danger. Columbia Gas was called to the scene to identify the source of the odor at about 1:30 p.m. “The leak is very small and not hazardous,” said Stanley Houck, repair manager for the gas company. A repair crew arrived on scene and closed the street to open a 3-foot-by-3-foot hole in the street, Houck said. The repairs were minor, but Houck said he could not say how often such leaks occur.
and private levels. During the 2008-09 school year, OU disbursed about $260 million in aid, and the year before, the total was about $226 million. Numbers for this year cannot yet be calculated, Williams said. Although distribution has increased as more students are applying for and qualifying for financial aid, tuition increases and cuts to grant programs have and will continue to take a toll on OU students, Williams said. “Our money isn’t going quite as far.”
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go.’ Students have a choice. We left it up to the deans.” This week, similar emails were sent from the offices of Ben Ogles, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Renée Middleton, the dean of the Patton College of Education and Human Services; Hugh Sherman, dean of the College of Business; Greg Shepherd, dean of the Scripps College of Communication; and David
Descutner, dean of the University College. The deans of the Fine Arts, Health Sciences and Professions, Honors Tutorial, and Engineering and Technology colleges were not available to comment on whether they also had sent emails. Although the wording of most of the letters varies, Ogles and Descutner sent identical letters warning students, “Avoid the upcoming fests. Participation
in the fests is extremely risky and potentially harmful to your future as a graduate of our program.” Shepherd’s letter encouraged students to “consider avoiding the upcoming fests,” and the letters from Sherman and Middleton encouraged students to be careful if they did choose to attend the fests. Middleton, who received the form letter from Descutner, said she wanted to express her own beliefs in the letter to her stu-
dents and not the beliefs of the Office of Student Affairs. “I don’t believe that’s my place (to tell students not to attend),” Middleton said. “I think we have students who are adults, and they have to make those decisions for themselves.” Smith and Middleton both said they no longer had copies of the form letter Smith had sent to deans. Most of the letters sent referenced the “Be smart. Be civil. Be
safe.” campaign administrators and city officials have created. The campaign, whose posters state, “What happens in Athens stays on (insert website here),” reminds students of the lasting imprint their actions can leave online and references the number of students who have been disciplined or left the university as a result of fest behavior. Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi normally sends out information to students about fest
safety; his messages this year also referenced the “Be smart. Be civil. Be safe.” campaign. “There are real and negative consequences through social media outlets,” Lombardi said. “It’s not just a made-up thing. I’ve had students sitting in my office in tears because when you Google their names now, (information about negative behavior) is the first thing that comes up, and they just don’t know how to rid themselves from that.”
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IF YOU GO
WHAT: B.o.B. and Far East Movement WHEN: 7:30 p.m. May 20 WHERE: The Convo ADMISSION: $25 said Andrew Holzaepfel, associate director of OU’s Campus Involvement Center and booking agent for the Performing Arts Series. The concert is also sponsored by the University Program Council, the Black Student Cultural Programming Board, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Student Activities Commission.
multiple dance parties and DJ showcases this quarter, in addition to playing the DJ tent at 8Fest May 21. “It’s been a pretty big year for us, a lot of hard work, and it’s culminating with playing in The Convo,” Alexander said. “We’ll see how Dave Rave works in front of a big crowd.” Dave Rave — which is officially the last act to be added to the bill — will collect about $300 for The Convo gig, Heilmeier said. There is still a considerable amount of $25 tickets available,
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The breakout box to yesterday’s story, “Incumbent president faces 1st challenger in 2 years,” did not include hOUr party’s Matthew Sowards, who is running as senator of the College of Arts and Sciences.
ing the past five years. When a major leak springs in a line, it can wash the surrounding earth away, forming such a sinkhole, he said. Stone said emergency vehicles will be rerouted from state Route 682 to West Union Street, while university traffic will go through West Green Drive, according to an OU news release. Both OU and Athens advised traffic away from the area for the duration of the repairs. All of the repairs should be completed by May 27, weather permitting, according to the OU release.
Yesterday’s story, “ABC Players to perform ‘The Pajama Game,’” incorrectly attributed a statement to Joseph Maxwell, the play’s male lead, suggesting he hopes the audience sings along with the cast. Maxwell did not say the statement.
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Electro-folk band to add international vitality to Nelsonville Music Festival
ADAM WAGNER Culture Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org ——— Bomba Estéreo’s name translates “Bomb the Stereo” in English, and the group of Colombians has set out to make a mark on the world music scene. The collaborative group will bring its mixture of cumbia, or traditional Colombian folk music, and traditional electronica to the Nelsonville Music Festival next Friday, giving Southeastern Ohio a chance to hear what MTV called “The Best New Band in the World.” Julian Salazar, the band’s lead guitarist, said the band’s fame came surprisingly quickly, even to them. “It just came to us in some kind of way in the last three months of 2009. Someone from the UK wanted to sponsor six or eight dates there,” he said. “… It was pretty fast, the way we just get to (tour internationally).” Bomba Estéreo has developed a reputation as a band that can play either a massive festival or an intimate club, as it is capable of reconciling its electronic and folk elements with each other to satisfy the specific audience. Salazar identified the sheer size of the audience at festivals as one of its prime advantages. “I think the main thing is so many get to see you perform. … I think it’s kind of cool. The good thing is so many people get to see you,” he said. One aspect of international audiences that has surprised the band is their passion for music, even if they do not necessarily have a grasp on the language the lyrics are written in. From Seattle to New Orleans, audiences have embraced Bomba Estéreo’s brand of electro-folk. “Sometimes it surprises you, the way you’ve got an audience that sometimes sings along with you in a foreign country even if they don’t speak Spanish or they don’t know what they are singing at all,” Salazar said. Salazar added that touring in a country where his native language is not preeminent can hinder verbal communication at times, preventing the band from conveying a specific message. For the most part, though, the band’s understanding of English allows it to discuss general topics with its fans. “I can talk with the audience, and I can talk with them about how we feel about their city, and you don’t feel like there’s a communication breakdown as much,” Salazar said. Bomba Estéreo is hoping that its music helps bridge cultural divides and, maybe, encourages someone somewhere else in the world to bomb his or her own stereo.
Music ‘hippie-family’ to perform at Donkey
BRIAN BOUND For The Post | email@example.com ——— With piano, mandolin, guitar, bass, horns, drums and vocals, the five-piece Womack Brothers Family Band understands its instruments. A selfdefined “hippie-family,” the band brings an atmosphere of comfort and familiarity to the stage. The Womack Brothers Family Band will be playing tonight at Donkey Coffee and Espresso, 17 ½ W. Washington St., for the second time this year. Despite the band’s name, only two members are actually related in the form of brother-sister duo Noah and Haley Heyman. The band brings a variety of instruments to the stage to accommodate its folk and Americana styles. “(Noah is) one of my best friends,” Haley Heyman said. “It’s a blessing to express myself with someone I’m so close to. Sometimes it gets a little sticky between us, buts it’s all good.” The band has spent a majority of the year on the road on the Drenched Earth Tour. The tour, which has reached Michigan, Florida and Maine, runs through summer and will reach a plethora of cities in Ohio. “We haven’t hit the actual real parts of the Midwest,” said Tony Schaffer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist for the band. “But we went from Michigan, down to Florida, back up to Maine,
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BRIAN BOUND For The Post | firstname.lastname@example.org ——— A female-dominated lineup will take the stage at Donkey Coffee and Espresso tomorrow night. Option 22, a world-beat band from West Virginia, will headline the show led by percussionist/ vocalist Lori McKinney. Scrimshaw and the Mariner will also be performing, composing a female vocalist trio oriented toward three-part harmonies. Singer-songwriter Caitlin Krauss will also appear. Option 22 is a diverse group of musicians, with instruments ranging from banjos and guitars to didgeridoos and hand drums. Last year, Option 22 was welcomed at Donkey Coffee during Spring Quarter and received a standing ovation. The band stands for something more than just the music it produces, though. “We’re very interested in world music and bringing an eclectic mix of songs from around the
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and it was fantastic. We didn’t starve to death, so we must have done something right.” With a recent mention in Cleveland Magazine, the Womack Brothers Family Band has made a name for itself throughout Ohio. Native to Norwalk, Ohio, the band is proud of the folk and Americana music that is becoming prevalent in the Midwest. “I feel like it’s a great change,” Schaffer said. “I feel like the Midwest has needed to stand up and make a name for itself as far as music goes. The Americana music that’s coming out is great, and the Midwest deserves to leave its stamp on the history of music.” The band looks forward to playing in Athens, a city that the band always has on its agenda. “Athens is an oasis right here in Ohio,” Schaffer said. “It’s got a great scene with the culture and art, and a lot of people embrace it — not only music, but poetry, film and art. People really embrace it, and Athens is a great town for that.” The show also will feature Kelly Latimore, a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist residing in Athens.
world,” McKinney said. “We’re interested in spreading a message of unity and using instruments from around the world to help spread that.” The band also is responsible for the Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival in Pipestem, W. Va. Members of Option 22 not only perform music but also participate in theater, performing and visual arts. The band’s Choose the Music was also nominated for Homegrown Music Network’s 2010 album of the year. Each musician in Option 22 composes his or her own pieces for each song. The wide range of instruments is necessary to fit the band’s differ-
PROVIDED ent interests. Folk, Americana, reggae and spoken word are just a few of the band’s genres of choice. “It’s a very organic feel,” said McKinney. “We just flow; we’re not trying to emulate any sort of style or fit into any sort of category. We’re just trying to play what we feel.” Scrimshaw and the Mariner, a Columbus-based band, have recently gained attention in their local music scene. A YouTube video of the trio performing Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” has also had some success on the Internet.
ROSIE HANEY For The Post | email@example.com ——— Palmerfest has been one of the flagship parties in the Athens spring fest season for 20 years. With thousands flocking to the front lawns that line the street to imbibe kegs of booze, it has also earned the reputation of being one of the most notorious. Curt Sova, however, saw more opportunities in the annual reverie than excessive drinking. He picked up his camera last spring and started filming. “I was in a documentary class at the time, and so (my group) and I decided to film Palmerfest since it was coming up,” Sova said. Sova, who produced the film, said the final product strayed from the original idea. The group originally intended to make two documentaries, one featuring the student perspective and another taking the side of police and administrators.
Sova said he scrapped the idea once he saw the footage. “Based on the footage, it was kind of hard to sympathize with students,” Sova said. “It wouldn’t have come out looking objective at all.” So Sova combined the footage into one video, roughly 20 minutes long. Three interviews were featured including a student unjustly arrested; Kent Smith, vice president for Student Affairs; and Lt. Randy Gray, head of the Athens Police Department’s mounted patrol unit. “I’m glad they combined the two,” said Daniel Ahrens, a sophomore studying video production. Ahrens was one of more than 50 people in attendance at last night’s screening of the documentary in Bentley Hall. “I’m glad they showed both sides and went into some of the legal aspects too,” Ahrens said. The video will also be available online on the event’s Facebook page.
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Bobcats shuffle defensive roster, shoot to end season strong
OLIVIA ARBOGAST Staff Writer | firstname.lastname@example.org ——— As the Bobcats go into their final four games of the season, they have made some defensive changes in hopes of a strong finish. It starts with a new catcher. Alex Basquez, normally a third baseman, took the position after Jordan Paden broke her finger in the game against Central Michigan April 22. “She only came in as a kid
that was recruited as a third baseman,” coach Jodi Hermanek said. “As the last end of our season, being brought into one of our captain spots on our field, she has taken it as a champ and done a great job for us.” In addition to Basquez, Melissa Bonner has been added back to the roster after a monthlong absence due to a concussion. Bonner pitched seven innings this past weekend in the Bobcats’ doubleheader against Buffalo, striking out five.
“She is finally in a good spot where we expected to see her,” Hermanek said. “I feel like she is finally getting the consistency of games and reps, and so she threw great last weekend.” Bonner said she is ready for this weekend and is focusing on remaining calm because that is when she is in the most control of her game. “I am working on just staying positive and just staying with the goals that I have been working on this week with just at-
tacking my zone … confident in the box, on the mound because that is what I am most successful,” Bonner said. Hermanek said the team will need to come together, changes and all, to beat Bowling Green (3-14, 9-31 Mid-American Conference), which sits at the bottom of the MAC East standings. “Bowling Green is a hitting team – I mean they are going to take their hacks,” Hermanek said. “They have come off of two good wins against Ball State,
who is top in their division, so we need to earn the wins this weekend.” After facing Bowling Green, Ohio will travel to Toledo (3-13, 8-35 MAC), which sits at the bottom of the MAC West and most recently lost to Miami last weekend. “These last four games that we have, we have to come out and earn the win, just like we have been working on all season,” Hermanek said. “We played some really tough soft-
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Ohio preps for series against unpredictable Buffalo
ROB OGDEN Staff Writer | email@example.com ——— Coach Joe Carbone routinely describes baseball as a game of ups and downs, and no MidAmerican Conference team has been more polarizing in that respect this season than Buffalo. Despite only one win in MAC play, Buffalo leads the league with 34 home runs — six more than Ohio, which is second in that category. The Bulls are also second in slugging percentage and third in batting average. “We respect their ability to hit the ball,” Carbone said. “BufAlex Goodlett | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER falo is a tough place to play and Ohio outfielder Adam Gecewich slides past a Youngstown State catcher Wednesday at always has been for us. We know Bob Wren Stadium. Ohio won against Youngstown State 5-4 after 12 innings of play. The that we’re not in great shape right Bobcats play at Buffalo today. now, and we’ve got to go out and play well in order to beat them.” But as good as their hitting has been, the Bulls’ pitching has been that much worse. Coming into the series, Buffalo’s team ERA is an astronomical 7.34 — 1.51 points higher than the next worst team. In fact, only twice all season has Buffalo held a MAC opponent to under five runs, and nine times has an opponent scored more than 10 runs against the Bulls. In a series against New Mexico State to start the season, Buffalo allowed 77 runs throughout the four games. Despite the Bulls’ defensive struggles, Carbone said his team still must show discipline at the plate, something with which the Bobcats have struggled all season. “We still have to be patient and make sure they’re throwing strikes,” he said. “What they’ve done in the past doesn’t necessitate what they’ll do this weekend. We’ll have our hands full because there is no area of the game where we have played great this year.” With the MAC Tournament only three weeks away, these games become even more important in the race to secure one of the spots in the eight-team field. At 5-13, Ohio sits in 10th place, 3.5 games back of Ball State for eighth. With the tournament nearing, Carbone said this weekend’s series is one the Bobcats must win if they wish to stay alive in the race. “We’ve got to win more than we lose the rest of the way. Hopefully we’ll win a lot more than we lose,” he said. “We know where
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MIKE BRIENZA For The Post | firstname.lastname@example.org — —— When Athletes in Action directorMarkHeflinapproached Bill Hauschild with the idea of a 5K, Hauschild shook off his proposition for something a littlebitbigger. Instead,Hauschild,aretired something a little different,’” Hauschildsaid.“Andafterthat, itjuststartedsnowballingfrom there.” The triathlon begins at 7:30 a.m. and is split into three parts: a 500-meter serpentine swim in the Ohio University AquaticCenter,a25Kbikeride thatwillendbyPedenStadium andthena5KrunontheHockhocking/Adena Bikeway. The athletes will cross the finish lineinfrontofPedenStadium. Theeventwasmodeledafter the Miami University Student Foundation Triathlon that the organizationhasputonforthe pastsixyears.Inthefirstyear, theeventhad250participants and has since grown to 650 competitors,Hauschildsaid. Coach Neil Macmillan and the field hockey team are taking advantage of the opportunity to partake in the race. Several members on the team work with Athletes in Action andareexcitedfortheevent. Macmillan has participated inseveralracesbeforebutnever a full triathlon. He said he hastriedhisbesttotrainhimself and his players for what liesahead. “There’s so much opportunityinthiscountrytodothese races, and it’s a great test of your personal fitness,” Macmillansaid.“You’recompeting against yourself and not worryingaboutanyoneelse.You’re justtryingtogetthroughit.” Although the field hockey teamistheonlyOhioAthletics program that will participate, severalotherteamswillbevolunteeringandhelpingwiththe event.Theswimminganddiving, men’s and women’s basketball,women’sgolf,andfootball teams are all contributing tomaketheeventasuccess. Participantshavecomefrom Ohio,Kentucky,Indiana,Maryland,Massachusetts,NewYork, TexasandWestVirginia. Competitors can choose to completethewholeracethemselves or divide into groups of three. Each individual would then complete one leg of the three-partrace. AthletesinActionandother OU programs will receive all netproceedsandbenefitsfrom thetriathlon. The rarity of such a race in southeast Ohio motivated the universitytoprovidethefacilities and campus for the race, Hauschild said. He added that hehopesforthetriathlonisfor it to become an annual event with even more students and facultyinvolved. “Our community and our university supports our athletes really well,” Hauschild said.“Ithinkit’sagreatopportunity to give back for all they havedoneforus.”
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