Compiled by Joseph Hughes
Here's a sampling of recent Ohio University mentions in the media:
The Cape Cod Times, looking back at the best regional theater of 2002, cited two productions and two actors from the Ohio University Players at the Monomoy Theatre in Chatham, Mass. The story lauded the production of "As You Like It" as "nearly perfect in its presentation of this light-hearted look at love.
"Energy and emotion leaped from the stage via bright costumes, lyrical music, a captivating set. The audience seemed enthralled by what it was seeing."
Bryn Boice, who played Rosalind in "As You Like It," was tabbed as one of 14 best individual performances by the Times.
The Players' production of "Our Town" "captured the eloquence and universal truths of Thornton Wilder's classic." Nora Chester, Stage Manager for "Our Town," also drew praise in the article.
For over 40 years, the Ohio University Players have entertained audiences in Chatham and Cape Cod, producing eight shows each summer. Each year, the Monomoy Theatre houses a group of graduate and undergraduate thespians comprising the Players. One of the nation's few remaining university-run seasonal theaters, the Monomoy allows students to gain professional experience by acting, directing, set design, technical work and box office management.
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Ohio basketball player Delvar Barrett has much more than coursework and basketball on his mind. He shares an Athens apartment with his mother Vivian, a diabetic who is also nearly blind. Delvar also must care for his daughter, Kierra, who lives with her mother in Detroit. Wayne Drehs, an ESPN.com reporter, followed Barrett last year, profiling him before a national audience.
"Here's a kid who gets it," said Bobcat coach Tim O'Shea. "Here's somebody who's had a difficult, challenging life, but has found this incredible amount of courage and perseverance to try and better not only his life, but that of his mom and his daughter as well. It's inspiring."
So inspiring, that Delvar's story was the top link featured on ESPN's Web site when published. Helping Vivian, however, is less chore than duty for the doting Delvar.
"That woman has a heart of gold," said Delvar of his mother. "My entire life, she did everything she could to raise me and my two sisters. So I'd do anything for her."
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Barrett's teammate, senior Brandon Hunter, felt the glow of the spotlight both before and after Ohio's battle with nationally ranked Kentucky Jan. 4. Hunter, who many have tabbed as an NBA-caliber player, scored 18 points and hauled down 16 rebounds versus the Wildcats.
The Cincinnati Enquirer profiled Hunter before the Kentucky game. After the contest, the Lexington Herald-Leader lauded the Cincinnati native for his tough play. For his efforts against Kentucky and in Ohio's win over St. Bonaventure, Hunter was named MAC East Division Player of the Week Jan. 6.
"I think he's the strongest guy I've had to guard since I've been here," said Kentucky's Chuck Hayes, considered the Wildcats' most physical inside presence. "I'd take him over (Alabama's Erwin) Dudley and Udonis (Haslem of Florida). He's a beast."
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In a quite interesting travelogue, Kevin McNamara of The Providence Journal-Bulletin followed Barrett, Hunter, O'Shea and the rest of the Bobcat basketball team for five days in early December. McNamara was privy to group meals, practices, film sessions, games and free time as Ohio journeyed to Rhode Island to play Providence and Brown.
Freshman Jeff Halbert, thrilled to be on the road in a "big city," told McNamara he's benefiting from being away from home. "The camaraderie is really nice," Halbert said. "It's like your own little family being on the road. You're together all the time, going to practice, eating together, going to the big mall, playing cards down here in the lobby. It's fun."
Hunter, who was once in Halbert's shoes, agreed. "You learn a lot about your teammates and really get closer," he said. "I've been roommates with Jaivon Harris for four years on the road and we live together in a townhouse at school. We're tight. It's good to get away. It's like vacation. I like seeing new places."
New places like Hawaii, Arizona and Florida. Hunter has had the privilege to travel to each sunny destination for Bobcat games. "College has really taken me all over the country, the world," he told McNamara. "We went to Europe last summer. We go to Boston (in December) this year. I've never been to Boston."
McNamara, throughout the story, uses humorous anecdotes to give readers an appreciation of life on the road with a Division I college basketball team. Ohio, which lost to Providence before beating Brown to end the trip, hopes to turn a rigorous early schedule into postseason success.
"No matter what happens against Providence or Brown, if we stay the course we'll be fine," O'Shea said. "We'll have bumps in the road with this schedule. Each game is only three percent of your season and you need to avoid getting too high or too low. We need to get through it all and be good in March."
Brian McCarthy, an Ohio University associate professor of environmental and plant biology, wants to be Superman. Or Batman. Or the Green Lantern. McCarthy, in a humorous Columbus Dispatch article, joined other researchers in fantasizing about their ideal Christmas present. McCarthy's--Special powers.
"I would ask Santa to give me the ability to shrink or expand myself to any given size to study ecological phenomena," McCarthy told reporter John Futty.
"I have a history of studying tree canopies using ropes and climbing gear," said McCarthy, who also wished to be shrunk to one millimeter in size to examine fungi, seeds and roots. "It's a difficult endeavor. There are times when I've thought that if I had 60-foot legs, it would be a whole lot easier."
The Ohio News Network TV and WCPN, an NPR affiliate in Cleveland, interviewed Andrew Kreutzer, coordinator of the Ohio University Sports Administration and Facility Management Program about the incentives for corporations to sponsor major sporting events, such as college football bowl games.
"It's an opportunity to increase visibility to tie your product to the image of an event," Kreutzer said. "For marketing directors, it's all about differentiating yourself from your competitors and enhancing your image in the minds of consumers."
Douglas Adie, professor of economics, discussed with Ohio News Network radio the ramifications of economic stimulus plans put forward by President Bush and the Democrats. Adie has studied both the President's plan and the Democrats' proposal and he told ONN how each package could affect Americans both in the near future and further down the road.
Joseph Hughes is a graduate student writer with University Communications and Marketing.