Friday, Feb. 13
As Founders Day approaches at Ohio University, the Columbus Dispatch noted the University's unique approach to commemorating this anniversary by taking advantage of the arts. "Art lives," Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of College of Fine Arts, told Dispatch reporter Michael Grossberg. "Employing the arts as the centerpiece of the celebration helps us mirror our humanity and the achievements of Ohio University." The story touches on "Free Man of Color," enjoying rave reviews in Chicago; "Turning Two Hundred," which premieres next week; and the Bicentennial Park, featuring work by Maya Lin.
On "Turning Two Hundred": "The instruction that the president, Robert Glidden, gave the composer was that the piece needed to be accessible to the average concertgoer but also capable of sustaining a life independent of the bicentennial," Tymas-Jones said.
On "Free Man of Color": "Smith's play is extraordinary," said director Andrea J. Dymond. "Often, universities commission plays that might be more like pageants, but this is an intriguing and insightful piece of theater based in fact and full of many ideas. People will come away realizing that there's so much that we don't know about Ohio or American history."
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Thursday, Feb. 12
Using his unique "folknography" research methods, Ohio University-Southern professor Dr. David Lucas and 15 of his students will travel to Richmond, W.Va., in March to study students' perceptions of math and math education in Appalachia. "There has been a lot of research done about how math teachers, educators and other higher-ups feel about math education," Lucas told Michael Caldwell of the Ironton Tribune. "Very little, if any, has been done to ask the people how they feel about math education."
Folknography, a qualitative research method, records groups' attitudes and perceptions. "This research method gives a voice to the people," Lucas said. "We want to know what the folk think about the research topic. In this case, we want the folk to tell us their attitudes toward math." As for the benefits for the students, who will voluntarily miss their spring break? "For undergraduates to be asked to do this type of research is pretty trend-setting," he said. "It is pretty exciting. The students understand this is real research. This isn't an exercise, a game or mock research. This is the real McCoy."
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Wednesday, Feb. 11
Keeping tabs on the critical praise for Ohio University playwright Charles Smith's "Free Man of Color" can prove difficult, considering the volume. So an Ohio in Focus article has compiled all of the reviews to date in one handy resource, "The Reviews Are In." Check it out today!
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Tuesday, Feb. 10
"What?!?" "What was that?" "Did we just see ...?" Those of us watching the halftime performance by Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl were left asking these questions when, as Timberlake put it, a "wardrobe malfunction" resulted in his exposing Jackson's right breast. Students at Ohio University-Zanesville joined in the discussion as well, reported the Zanesville Times-Recorder. "It reinforces what we've talked about on some levels and it challenges things on others," Rick Shriver, coordinator of Ohio University-Zanesville's electronic media program, told Times-Recorder reporter Patricia Rengifo. "We talk about indecency and obscenity and how it is defined. Most people misunderstand the First Amendment and free speech."
On our standards of decency: "Our media are some of the most conservative in the world," Shriver said. "In Western Europe they are much more relaxed about things like this. With an event like the Super Bowl what is decent? Because the audience is so big it is hard to define. What is decent in one area might not be decent somewhere else. Most of us around here would agree it was indecent."
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Monday, Feb. 9
Calling Ohio University playwright Charles Smith's "Free Man of Color" a "... highly charged meditation on race, freedom and responsibility," Barbara Vitello of the Chicago Daily Herald gave the play three stars. "Fleming is exceptional as Templeton, bringing dignity and humor to the role of a man grateful for the educational opportunity offered him and confident it is entirely deserved," Vitello wrote. "Delaney infuses the brittle, resentful Jane with a pathos that comes from the realization that her subjugation will never end. Houston brings a gruff paternalism to Wilson whose misguided convictions threaten to export the especially vicious cycle of civilization he claims to abhor."
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Friday, Feb. 6
Financial awards and sponsored programs went up at Ohio University-Chillicothe in 2003. The campus received $265,195 in financial awards last year, reported the Ohio University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in the Chillicothe Gazette. That number is up from $141,735 in 2002. This amount doesn't include monies coming from tuition and other revenue sources. Ohio University's vice president of regional higher education, Charles Bird, attributes the rise in part to increased enrollment at Ohio University-Chillicothe. "The Chillicothe campus is really doing quite well," Bird told reporter Claire Cahoon. "Because the Chillicothe campus has been growing substantially for the past 15 years, that's helped its income."
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Thursday, Feb. 5
Though built on love and commitment, weddings are also big business. In fact, it represents a $50 billion industry. "This is big business," Katherine Jellison, an associate professor of history at Ohio University, told the Baltimore Sun. Jellison is writing a book about the commercialization of American weddings. The trend of expensive, fairy tale weddings exploded after World War II, culminating with the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1981, Jellison told reporter Jamie Smith Hopkins.
"It's advertising whose impact is still being felt now, 23 years later, even though that (marriage) is long gone and one of the participants has died," Jellison said. Jellison reports, however, that there is a down side to the idealized wedding: Raging consumer debt. "Probably too many people who really can't afford to invest in this type of celebration have been encouraged to do so, and have become convinced that it's the only way to have a wedding -- and it's been to their financial detriment," Jellison said.
Wednesday, Feb. 4
Ohio University journalism professor Michael Real's expertise with the Super Bowl came in handy this past week, as the Raleigh News & Observer sought his opinions about the game. "The Super Bowl is now kind of our major unspecified, secular holiday," Real told News & Observer reporter Ned Barnett. "It has no political origin, no religious origin. It just sort of came out of this country." Real also drew a comparison between the game and how many executives see themselves. "It's very much reflective of the American corporate structure," Real said. "Corporations love the Super Bowl. They can afford it, and they spend lavishly on it."
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Tuesday, Feb. 3
Called the "the best guy in America at what he does," Ohio University alumnus Stephen Leeper has been selected to spearhead Cincinnati's urban revival. Leeper has been named president and chief executive officer of the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp, or 3CDC, reported the Cincinnati Enquirer. In his most recent position with the city of Pittsburgh, Leeper oversaw the city's stadiums, convention center and riverfront development. "When we decided to one-up you guys (Cincinnati)," Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy told the Enquirer, "we gave (Leeper) a billion dollars to build new ballparks and a convention center and told him to build it on budget and on time. He accomplished that over five years." With 3CDC, Leeper is charged with overseeing projects in Over-the-Rhine, the riverfront and Fountain Square, among others.
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Monday, Feb. 2
Compiled by Joseph Hughes, a writer with University Communications and Marketing