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Are they Rock Stars or Professors?

ATHENS, Ohio (March 10, 2004) -- To prepare for final exams, three professors are taking the stage to perform for the Ohio University community. Professors Stephen Tootle, Bob Stewart and Bob Kinsley will be joined by their bands to perform in UPC's "Secret Lives of?" concert this Saturday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in the Forum Theater. The theater is located in the Radio-Television Building, and the tickets are free.

undefinedBy day, Stephen Tootle is a professor in the Department of History. By night, he is a member of Cosigner, a band formed in 1997. Having played in two bands in college, Tootle wanted to keep his interest in music alive. The band has released two seven-inch singles and one full-length CD on the Visalian record label.

Bob Kinsley is a professor in the English Department. Besides being in the band Eight AM, he is the author of two collections of poetry: "Field Stones" and "Endangered Species," both from Orchises Press. His poetry has also appeared in numerous magazines.

Walking through the hallways of the Scripps School of Journalism, Bob Stewart is in his educational mindset. On stage, Stewart is a different person. A full-time professor of journalism at Ohio University, he approaches song writing and performing with The Bob Stewart Band as serious hobbies.

Stewart has been playing guitar since he was nine, and writing songs since he was 14. He bought the guitar he plays, a Yamaha FG300, when he was 15. Currently, he lives with his wife, Penny Shelton, in Athens.

undefined"Are they professors pretending to be rock stars, or rock stars pretending to be professors?" asked Maggie Brown, UPC concerts co-chair. "It is great that these professors and their bands will put on a show for Ohio University. Think of it as a reward for the students' hard work this quarter!"

Cosigner will take the stage at 8 p.m., followed by Eight AM at 9 p.m., and The Bob Stewart Band at 10 p.m. Tickets are free and will be available at the door.

University Program Council regularly presents films, special events, lectures, concerts and comedians on Ohio University's campus. The group, an arm of the Office of Student Activities, is always looking for more members and input on its programs. Please call (740) 593-4060 with questions or comments or if you are interested in becoming involved.

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Media Contacts: UPC Public Relations Director Lee Freedman (740) 593-4171, (740) 707-3723 or freedman@ohio.edu; or UPC Concerts Co-Chair Maggie Brown, (740) 593-4070, (440) 570-8923 or mb193500@ohio.edu

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