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Some believe the organized nature and traditions of fraternities, and to a lesser degree s
ororities, have institutionalized alcohol abuse. Others point to efforts by the groups to take the emphasis off drinking, claiming that Greeks by no means own the alcohol problem. "Alcohol is a very serious problem for both Greeks and non-Greeks," says Ohio University Director of Judiciaries Richard Carpinelli, noting that drinking is a factor in 79 percent of the cases his office handled in 1996-97 despite the fact that Ohio's legal drinking age is 21. "This problem is something more than just a legal liab
ility. There are lives at stake."
Campus attempts to curb alcohol use among Greeks
During his reign at Ohio University, Bob Wren, BSED '43, EMERT '82, never had a losing season, and the Bobcats racked up a record of 464-160-6 from 1949 to 1972. Wren's winning percentage of .742 is among the best in
NCAA history. He guided Bobcat baseball teams to 11 Mid-American Conference championships and coached 63 playe
rs who signed professional contracts, 12 of whom played in the major leagues. Wren's accomplishments will be honored on April 18 with the dedication of the new $2 million Bob Wren Stadium.
Campus Memories - Legendary coach leaves his mark on Bobcats' new field of dreams
Ralph Izard joined the Ohio University journalism faculty 32 years ago thinking he would stay four or five years and then move on. But a funny thing happened along the way.
Izard and his wife, Janet, soon felt at home in Athens and academic life began to agree with the former newspaper man. Izard enjoyed teaching, working with students, advising the campus newspaper staff, and being part of a journalism tradition on the rise. Fast forward to 1998. Izard, now 59, is in Columbus in early March at an alumni reception in his honor. It's the first time of four such alumni banquets scheduled this spring in recognition of his June 30 retirement, a departure that culminates a 12-yea
r run as director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. The others will take place in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.
End of an Era - Izard's retirement spells a new chapter for journalism school
U.S. Army veteran Dave Garrod's healing process reached a comforting level in January when he awoke back in Vietnam, nearly 30 years after he'd left the war-torn country. Garrod, BA '72, and five other Vietnam veterans joined a production team from Ohio University's Tel
ecommunications Center in a journey to Vietnam to commemorate and document the 30th anniversary of the Tet Offensive, which began on Jan. 31, 1968.
This Vietnam tour one of peace, healing
In his Luo tribal language, "broad shoulders" translates to "gok maduong." Throughout his life, Benson Bonyo's gok maduong have borne the weight of extreme poverty, personal tragedy and an en
vironment that nearly guaranteed failure in his native Kenya. Yet, amid the adversity, Bonyo saw "geno," or hope. Hope triumphed in the seemingly impossible journey of Bonyo a fourth-year student in the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine when he led a 28-member health care and research team from the university on a four-week expedition to Western Kenya in December. The group, named SHARE Kenya for Student Health Assistance Rural Experience provided medical care at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu an
d at a rural clinic in Ahero near Wangaya, the village where Bonyo grew up.
Fulfilling a promise - OU-COM student leads health care team to Kenya, giving hope to a country in need