News Headline: Kent golfers back in NCAA Tournament; Case, B-W send athletes to track championships (Page) |
News Date: 05/23/2012
Outlet Full Name: Plain Dealer
News OCR Text: The Kent State men's golf team has locked up its third straight trip to the NCAA Championship Tournament.
The Golden Flashes, ranked 18th in the nation, placed third at the Central Regional on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., finishing with an 8-under 844 (286-276-282) for 54 holes.
The NCAA Tournament will be May 29-June 3 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
“It's another great day for Kent State golf,” KSU coach Herb Page said. “It's hard to get out of these things. All the teams are very good here, but our guys have been playing great all year, so it doesn't surprise me.”
Highlighting Saturday's final round was a 2-under 69 from junior Kevin Miller, who earned his third consecutive top-20 regional finish. His 3-under 210 (73-68-69) for the tournament tied him for 11th place.
Kent State's other three counters Saturday all came in the form of even-par 71s from sophomores Corey Conners, Taylor Pendrith and Kyle Kmiecik (Avon). For the tournament, Conners tied for 13th at 211, Pendrith tied for 19th at even-par 213, as did senior Mackenzie Hughes.
Southern Cal, which will host at Riviera, won the Central Regional with an 11-under 841.
KSU finished tied for 19th at last season's NCAA Tournament.
Headed to NCAAs: Case Western Reserve will send five athletes to the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships starting Thursday in Claremont, Calif.
On the men's side, All-American senior hurdler Matthew Jurcak (Olmsted Falls) will compete in the 110-meter hurdles. Senior Ty Shaffer and sophomore Harry Weintraub have qualified for the 400 hurdles and hammer throw, respectively.
For the women, three-time All-America senior high jumper Erin Hollinger (Chardon) will compete in both the heptathlon and high jump, while senior Amanda Kline is in the field for the discus throw.
For Baldwin-Wallace, three individuals and the 4x100-meter relay have qualified. The individuals, all throwers, are: Mitch Supan (Walsh Jesuit), Zach Marinucci (Brunswick) and Cristina Perrine (Midpark).
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News Headline: Kent State's all-time hits leader Jimmy Rider helps to lead Flashes into MAC Tournament (Stricklin) |
News Date: 05/23/2012
Outlet Full Name: Akron Beacon Journal, The
News OCR Text: KENT: As the son of a baseball coach, Kent State's Jimmy Rider has been around the game most of his life.
Rider's father, Jim, coached his son from the time he was 5 years old and then he coached against him in high school. While Jimmy Rider played for Peters Township, Pa., his dad coached his nearby alma mater.
“My dad was always involved in baseball,” Jimmy Rider said. “We played each other five or six times, and most of the time they came out on top.”
In many ways, the sport is second nature to the Riders. But for Jimmy Rider, now a senior shortstop, he had no plans of being KSU's all time-hits leader when he signed with the Flashes in 2009.
“One of the reasons why I wanted to go to Kent State was to have the chance to play right away,” said Rider, whose 332 hits are also a new Mid-American Conference high. “But being able to start and do as well as I did was an added bonus. What's happened since, the hits record and all, it's not something I ever could have imagined. It was the last thing on my mind.”
In fact, Rider didn't even begin thinking about the possibility of entering KSU's history books until he saw he stood 67 hits shy at the end of last season.
“That's when I realized it was a possibility heading into my senior year,” he said. “As the season progressed, I could feel it getting closer and closer. It was a pretty cool thing when it finally came together [April 28 against visiting Western Michigan].”
With the personal achievements and regular season out of the way, Rider and the rest of the No. 1-seeded Golden Flashes, who tied a school record for wins in a season, now have their sights set on the postseason that begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight against No. 8 Buffalo (18-34) at a new tournament site, All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon.
Kent State (37-17, 24-3 in league) has won the past three MAC Championships and four of the past five. Buffalo is making its postseason debut.
The Bulls finished 13½ games behind the Flashes in the standings and were swept by KSU in a three-game series, but the games were close. The Flashes won the first game by two runs and were victorious by three runs in the second and third.
Few outside KSU's program expected another dominating season from the Flashes, figuring a rebuilding season had to be in store.
“We expect to win every single year,” coach Scott Strickland said. “It's not a surprise to us, even though we had six guys sign professional contracts last year, with four of those guys signing in the top 10 rounds. That's a lot of talent to leave a program in one year, but we just find a way. We reloaded and had some guys step up; we've been able to do that year after year.”
This year, it was Rider and the team's four other seniors — catcher David Lyon, left-handed pitcher David Starn, right-handed pitcher Ryan Mace and outfielder Joe Koch — who have led the Flashes.
“We had a good core of older guys coming back who were dead set on proving this is not going to be a rebuilding year,” Rider said. “But it's not just us. We had a really good group of younger guys coming in too, who've been able to come in and help us out right away.”
Just like the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Rider did as a freshman when he led the Flashes with a .353 batting average.
Three years later, Rider, who is hitting .365 with 85 hits this season, has become the school's hits leader and Starn (8-3, 1.99 ERA and 105 strikeouts) the school's all-time strikeout leader.
“He's just been amazingly consistent,” Strickland said of Starn, who will pitch tonight's opener. “He's been the best guy in our conference. A bad outing for David is giving up three runs, so he gives us a chance to win every time he goes out there.”
Strickland, who considers Lyon “the best defensive catcher in the country,” knows his team has the talent to do what few they could again this season.
“It's up for grabs behind us, so hopefully we can hold on to the No. 1 spot,” he said. “Once we get there, it doesn't matter what your record is, we've proven that before being the No. 1 seed and lost Game One and had to come back and win it. But we've won it three years in a row and four out of the last five and expect to do it again this year. We feel we've got the pitching depth to do it, and the experience in the batting order to do it.”
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News Headline: Pilots complete journey that touched down in all 88 Ohio counties (Murray) |
News Date: 05/23/2012
Outlet Full Name: Plain Dealer
News OCR Text: Two latter-day pioneer pilots conquered challenges ranging from thunderstorms, sky divers and runways converted to farmers' fields to land Tuesday in Dayton on a quest to touch down at an airport in every Ohio county.
Joe Murray and Ron Siwik, who flew nearly identical Piper Cub J3s, took off from Portage County Airport May 13 in hopes of landing in all 88 Ohio counties within eight days. Their total flight would top 1,600 miles.
When they landed Tuesday morning, they were 10 days into their trek and one airport short. Undaunted, though, they touched down in Licking County, the one county missed, as they returned to their home field north of Ravenna. They arrived in Portage County about 5:15 p.m.
Two days into the trip, Murray, a journalism professor at Kent State University, and Siwik, a retired doctor, knew they had to slow their pace for several reasons.
One was weather, which was constantly revising their route. Air Traffic Control diverted them at one point, Murray said in an e-mail. On Monday they had to pick an alternate route to avoid some skydivers in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
"A couple airports went offline for runway repaving," Murray said. "A few private airfields disappeared completely because they were plowed up to plant crops."
But the biggest reason for the extended schedule, they said, was the outpouring of warmth and curiosity by fellow Ohioans.
"We had to stop and shake a lot of hands," Siwik said several days into the flight. "We had no idea there was going to be that kind of interest."
The biggest crowd appeared May 15 – the third day of flying -- at Youngstown Elser Airport in Mahoning County.
"A lot of friends and family were there," Murray said, "and they brought so much food that we ate lunch on the flights for days after we departed."
The project erupted out of bout of cabin fever last November, Murray said in an earlier interview. He conceived the idea, he said, partially to mark the 75th birthday of the first Piper Cub J3, and also as a nod to former Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes, who built airports in many Ohio counties throughout the 1960s.
So having completed the flight, do Murray and Siwik have a lock on a record?
"While we were out flying we didn't see a single airplane racing to beat us to all 88 counties," Murray quipped.
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News Headline: Flying "low and slow" to each of Ohio's 88 counties (Murray) |
News Date: 05/23/2012
Outlet Full Name: WKSU-FM
News OCR Text: A Kent State professor and a retired doctor fly vintage Piper Cub planes from Portage County to Dayton – stopping in every county in the state
Two Northeast Ohio pilots are returning home, 10 days after taking off on a voyage in a pair of vintage aircraft. As WKSU's Amanda Rabinowitz reports, the two men logged more than 1,500 miles...without leaving the state.
88 counties, one week
Kent State journalism professor Joe Murray and retired doctor Ron Siwik have spent the last week flying vintage Piper Cub planes from Portage County to Dayton – stopping in every county in the state along the way. It's a trip that could land them in the record books for the fastest time to land a Piper Cub in all of Ohio's 88 counties.
At a stop last week in rural Stark County, you could tell the journey has been strenuous. The two were slow to climb out of their bright yellow aircraft and quick to find somewhere to sit along the wide grass runway at the Beach City Airport.
Cabin fever and an anniversary
Murray says the idea was hatched out of cabin fever. “This year is the 75th anniversary of the Piper Cub. And I said ‘Boy maybe I should fly this thing down to the Huffman Prairie, where the Wright Brothers first flew airplanes,” he said. “But it was like a seed. And the longer the cabin fever lasted the bigger the idea got.”
They couldn't get permission to land at Huffman Prairie north of Dayton, so they settled for nearby Dayton Wright Brothers Airport. Still, the experience of flying “low and slow” is one that Siwik says is a dream come true.
“I have another airplane that's faster, flies higher. Looking down at the countryside for the last 45 years, I've developed a desire to get a little closer to the terrain and not zip past so fast and really get down and meet the people and touch down on the runways and experience the local flavor.”
Generous folks along the way
Murray says the people he's met on the journey so far have been incredibly generous, offering them everything from gas for the planes to homemade ice cream…and a passerby offered them a lift after they landed at an airport in Findlay after closing time.
“We walked out to the highway and stood there with the thumb out,” Siwik said. “And about the seventh passerby pulled over and said ‘Did you fly in in those Cubs?'”
“He said ‘what are you guys doing?” Murray added. “I said ‘well you know we just landed here, everything's closed we need to get a ride to a hotel' and he said ‘I'll take you.' So we threw all the stuff in his trunk. I don't know his last name but he's our new best friend Daniel. He drove us all the way out to the hotel,… wished us well, said ‘praise the Lord' and drove away.”
One man even tagged along in his own plane for a few legs of the journey. Bob Taylor of Wadsworth learned about the trip online:
“I had to take the day off today just to do this little bit. But I would really like to spend more time and take three or four days and do a trip like this. It would be great.”
A unique find at Beach City
There were just two people waiting on the runway at Beach City to greet the pilots. But Murray was still excited for the stop. He was particularly interested in one plane, an old Douglas DC-3. Those types of planes were built as passenger planes in the 30s and 40s. Murray thinks that Beach City's DC-3, with chipping paint and weeds growing around the tires, may hold a special significance to many of Ohio's county airports.
“Rumor is that Jim Rhodes, Governor Rhodes, used it to fly around Ohio to commission all of the airports. So it's a pretty special airplane. I got just a little bit of that story from a pilot when I was here about a year ago and I want to come back and find out a little more about it.”
Obstacles along the way
The trip hasn't been without obstacles. The trip had to be delayed when one of the planes lost brake pressure. And in Toledo, air traffic controllers weren't used to the lack of modern equipment in the vintage planes.
“I find myself calling back saying we don't have a transponder and, oh by the way, we don't have any electricity in the airplane,” Murray said. “So the radio goes quiet for a couple seconds and then they figure out how to accommodate us.”
Murray plans to use his experience as the basis for a book. He's also raising money at each stop for a scholarship that will help a disadvantaged student attend Kent State.
Murray and Siwik expect to complete their adventure in Dayton this week.
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News Headline: Dan Fuller wins Tusc Celebrity Spelling Bee |
News Date: 05/23/2012
Outlet Full Name: Times-Reporter - Online, The
News OCR Text: Kent State University of Tuscarawas' Dan Fuller's coaches from Eastport Elementary — fourth-graders Marissa Anderegg (left) and Alyssa Hughes — are excited as Fuller spells his final word correct to win Tuesday's second annual Tuscarawas County Celebriy Spelling Bee.
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News Headline: Historical clothing collection a window to past (Druesedow) |
News Date: 05/22/2012
Outlet Full Name: San Antonio Express-News - Online
Contact Name: RACHEL E. SHEELEY
News OCR Text: For three days last week, Jean Druesedow sifted and sorted through gowns, garments and other items in the Wayne County Historical Museum's clothing and textile collection.
"We're looking at as much as we can to get an idea where the riches of the collection are," Druesedow said. "It's really interesting because people in Richmond traveled around."
Druesedow is the director of the Kent State University Museum in Kent, Ohio, which has a large costume collection. She formerly was the director of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Aided in her quest by good weather and volunteers, interns, museum staff members and museum mummy expert Bonnie Sampsell, Druesedow set up shop beneath a tent on the museum grounds last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There, it was easy to examine each item in the daylight, assess its historical value and evaluate its importance to the collection.
"We are having a wonderful time looking at such beautiful things," Druesedow said. "It's kind of been a who's who of Richmond outfits."
Digging into yet another box, she pulled out an intricately embroidered vest that she identified as an Athenian wedding vest. Druesedow went on to explain that in the region around Athens, Greece, the vests are a traditional gift from the groom to the bride. The groom commissions the vest from the community's professional embroiderer. The more wealthy the groom, the more extravagant the embellishments.
From the same box, Druesedow pulled out what she called an ethnographic dress in cream with embroidered accents in pink and blue.
"It's absolutely charming," she said.
The dress was labeled as being Dutch, and Druesedow said it is likely eastern European. However, the museum records offered no more information about it, not even who donated it.
Among the riches of the collection, Druesedow said, are several gowns and dresses once owned by Mrs. McGuire. Which Mrs. McGuire, Druesedow and museum executive director Jim Harlan aren't quite sure. Harlan said the items came to the museum through the estate of Charlie McGuire, whose family operated the Dille & McGuire lawnmower company for many years and whose family donated the money for McGuire Hall at Richmond High School.
Harlan speculated they are the garments of Charlie McGuire's mother, Juliet Nusbaum McGuire, who was married to Whitney McGuire.
Druesedow said the fancy dresses are in "fantastic condition" and date from the 1930s and 1940s. Some were made and purchased in Miami Beach, Fla.
Alberta Conner of Hagerstown, who volunteered, along with her husband, Royce, to help sort through the clothing, said she was amazed at the handiwork on the McGuire dresses and other garments.
"All those beads and lace had to be done by hand," she said.
An older item in the collection shows how handwork and the sewing machine evolved. It is a linen-flax wedding suit documented as having been made for Daniel Bulla, when he married Caroline Clawson on Feb. 3, 1848.
Druesedow said the suit shows a chain stitch common in the earliest sewing machines and a straight stitch that appeared on later machines.
"It's fun to see that stitching. It's like a puzzle," she said.
"We've seen a lot of interesting things," said Royce Conner.
After examining the collection, Druesedow and Harlan plan to discuss how the clothing can be cared for in the future. Druesedow will offer suggestions for exhibitions and displays.
"We have some wonderful things, but I've not had the knowledge to get them out and display them properly," Harlan said. "I know I need help keeping the textile collection together."
Volunteers will be key in the caretaking and updating. The typewritten and handwritten records also need to be computerized, Druesedow said.
When the new building on the museum grounds is complete, a portion will serve as storage for the textile collection, Harlan said. He is seeking money to finish the building.
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News Headline: Document outlines Kent State plans for campus overhaul (Vincent) |
News Date: 05/23/2012
Outlet Full Name: Crain's Cleveland Business
News OCR Text: A clearer picture is emerging of Kent State University's plans to invest $170 million to overhaul its main campus in Kent.
A document posted last week on the Ohio Board of Regents' website indicates the university is looking to build a handful of new facilities and invest millions of dollars in renovating existing space.
Previously, university officials only spoke in general terms about the massive construction initiative that has been in the works for more than two years.
University officials declined to elaborate on the Regents' document, with university spokeswoman Emily Vincent saying in an e-mail that it “was premature to go into specifics about the proposed projects that were outlined” until the school's board of trustees discusses the matter and the capital improvements plan was finalized. Trustees are scheduled to meet June 6.
“As we have shared in the past, all projects will align with Kent State's academic priorities, preserve the value of recent improvements, allow the continuance of university operations and, to the greatest extent possible, use best practices in energy efficiency,” Ms. Vincent said.
However, project descriptions on the Regents' website indicate the university plans to invest:
$64 million toward renovating its chemistry, biology and physics program spaces and building a “multidisciplinary science addition;”
$44.8 million for a new facility for the university's College of Architectural and Environmental Design, which will include classroom, studio, research and office space;
$25 million in renovating and expanding the university's aging facilities for its School of Art;
$10 million for a new facility for Kent State's College of Technology and Engineering, which will include classrooms, research laboratories, faculty offices and lecture space;
$12 million to improve campus accessibility and address deferred maintenance issues;
$5 million to renovate the Olson Center for the College of Undergraduate Studies, which was originally constructed as a kitchen and dining facilities but has been used as office and classroom space since the 1980s;
$8 million to renovate existing academic buildings to provide both permanent and temporary space for classrooms and offices.
The university is expected to go to market June 4 with a $170 million bond issuance to pay for the construction program, according to a recent report from Moody's Investors Service. Moody's assigned an Aa3 rating to the general receipt bonds with a stable outlook. With the current bond offering, the ratings agency said Kent State will have $436 million of rated debt on its books.
Kent State had looked to spend as much as $250 million on construction and had planned to use a student fee to support a hefty bond issuance to pay for the program. However, Kent State's plan stalled when former Regents' chancellor Eric Fingerhut refused to support the proposal.
Mr. Fingerhut's replacement, Jim Petro, ultimately signed off on the plan, but a group of state lawmakers on the State Controlling Board who had the final say objected to the fee hike and never voted on the measure.
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