Compiled by Joseph Hughes
Here's a sampling of recent Ohio University mentions in the media:
Photographer and Ohio University alumnus Landon Nordeman and his work were featured in a recent Sunday New York Times feature. His images of the Staten Island Ferry, which he began taking for his master's project at the University, appeared in the Times and are also on display at the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences through Jan. 11. Nordeman was especially moved by the ferry Oct. 15, when a ferryboat crashed and killed 10 passengers. "It is such an interesting place to look at life and it never crossed my mind that in this environment there could be death," Nordeman told Times reporter Michael Molyneux. "People react to the ferry in so many different ways all at once," he said. "They are all on board for a specific purpose. Some love it. Some hate it."
Nordeman is fond of quoting Staten Island writer A.D. Coleman about the ferry: "No matter where one is in the cycle of the hours, there's room and time enough here for love, hate, romance, mystery -- a floating metaphor."
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Lakewood, Ohio, high school senior Scott Snider is taking his college search seriously, reported the Christian Science Monitor. So seriously, in fact, that Snider's family join their son some evenings searching prospective colleges' Web sites, for as long as two or three hours. Snider -- who began his search in eighth grade -- has applied to five schools: Ohio University, Miami University, American University, the University of Virginia and Duke University. "The websites are definitely important to me because, you know, if they're disorganized, or the links don't work, or you can't find what you're searching for, it's a real turnoff," Snider said.
Experts, said Monitor reporter Mark Clayton, report that the typical high school student spends eight seconds on a prospective college's Web site. If the connection isn't instant, the student moves on. "I wouldn't say the website was the biggest factor for me in where I applied," Snider said, "but it was pretty important. I think my grandchildren are going to find it a lot more important."
Ohio University marketing professor Larry Rogers and his wife Tammie know that the Australian outback is far closer than a 20-plus hour plane ride or a trip to a nearby steakhouse. The Rogers' family farm in Fairfield County, reported the Akron Beacon Journal, has doubled as the International Kangaroo Society since 2000. Larry and Tammie say that the IKS is the only American sanctuary and rehab center for macropods, which include kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies. The pair cares for 13 animals, thanks in part to donations and a board of volunteers. They also hope their experience will help teach others how to care for their macropods. "It's nothing anymore for us to get a call from a vet at 2 a.m.," Tammie Rogers said, "and we've taken animals from as far away as Nebraska. I guess we do it because they need us so much. Everybody needs to be needed."
Despite noise from road construction halting the animals' mating, Tammie Rogers is quite the proud parent. "Otherwise, they're pretty perfect," she told Beacon Journal reporter Kymberli Hagelberg. "Kangaroos live 15 to 20 years and they don't go to college. Also, we know we can't discipline anyone. We didn't want to go visit real children in prison."
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A writer from dialogue, "the art, architecture, and design journal of the Heartland," recently paid a visit to the Ohio University Art Gallery to review the exhibition "Chongqing Chilis." Co-curated by the University's Dr. Kuiyi Shen and Feng Bin, associate professor of painting at China's Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing Chilis consists of 45 paintings and prints -- "many strongly colored in primary hues" -- by many of China's finest modern artists. The idea for the exhibition came during the summer of 2001, when Shen visited China with a group of University students. An exchange of exhibitions was suggested. In 2002, the University produced a show of graphic arts by graduate students and faculty members; Chongqing Chilis is the Chinese offering. "I'm delighted I made the trip to Athens," said the writer, who gave many positive reviews of the show's works. "As promised, this show is as hot as Chongqing chilis."
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Joseph Hughes is a writer with University Communications and Marketing.