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Architecture and Environmental Design; Office of the University Architect; Renovation at KSU (3)
Athletics (6)
Athletics; Town-Gown (1)
Journalism and Mass Communications (1)
Students (1)
WKSU (1)


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Architecture and Environmental Design; Office of the University Architect; Renovation at KSU (3)
KSU taps finalists for new building (Steidl) 11/20/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Kent State Names Finalists in Architecture College Design Competition (Steidl, Bruder) 11/19/2012 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

Top 4 firms all have U.S. offices Four finalists have been named in the competition to create a new College of Architecture and Design at Kent State University. The university released the names of four architecture firms who will be paid a stipend to design models of the new building,...

BRIEF: Toledo firm a finalist for Kent State building 11/20/2012 Toledo Blade Text Email

Nov. 20--KENT, Ohio -- The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo is among the four finalists to design the new building for Kent State University's college of architecture and environmental design. The Collaborative's entry was prepared in association with Miller Hull...


Athletics (6)
KSU's Hazell a Maxwell semifinalist 11/20/2012 Plain Dealer Text Email

KSU football: Dri Archer, Nate Terhune relive big plays that helped to keep Flashes on track in win over Bowling Green (Hazell 11/20/2012 Akron Beacon Journal, The Text Attachment Email

Among the powers 11/20/2012 Akron Beacon Journal, The Text Attachment Email

Kent State football player arrested for assault (Hazell) 11/20/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Kent State football prepares for first Mid-American Conference title game since 1972 (Hazell) 11/20/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email

Noon headlines, Nov.19, 2012 11/20/2012 WKSU-FM Text Attachment Email


Athletics; Town-Gown (1)
Annual Brunch Bunch Millonig 'fun-raiser' Thursday 11/20/2012 Record-Courier Text Attachment Email


Journalism and Mass Communications (1)
Vampire class popular at Kent State (Dawidziak) 11/20/2012 WKYC-TV Text Attachment Email


Students (1)
UPDATE: Missing Kent State Student Found 11/19/2012 Kent Patch Text Attachment Email

Police say student reports she is OK The Kent State student reported missing last week has been found. A Kent State University student reported missing last week by her family was...


WKSU (1)
Matt Watroba returning to The Ark for traditional post-Thanksgiving concert (Watroba) 11/20/2012 AnnArbor.com Text Attachment Email

...in 2010, Watroba moved from Michigan to Ohio to take a job as a program host at FolkAlley.com , a folk-music internet-radio site produced by WKSU-FM at Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio. The Ann Arbor / Detroit area continues to pull at Watroba, though-he travels back "home" to Michigan a couple...


News Headline: KSU taps finalists for new building (Steidl) | Attachment Email

News Date: 11/20/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: 4 COMPETE TO DESIGN ARCHITECTURE COLLEGE

Kent State University announced
Monday the finalists
competition to select an
architecture firm to design
the new building for the College
of Architecture and Environmental
Design.

The four teams selected
for the last stage of the design
competition are:

Bialosky and Partners Architects,
with offices in New
York and Cleveland, in association
with Architecture
Research Office of New York

Richard L. Bowen and Associates
Inc. of Cleveland in
association with Weiss/Manfredi
of New York

The Collaborative Inc. of
Toledo in association with
the Miller Hull Partnership
of Seattle

Westlake Reed Leskosky
with offices in Cleveland and
four other cities

The new building is
planned to sit on the new
section of the KSU Esplanade,
a pedestrian walkway
through campus that is currently
being extended into
downtown Kent.

“This design competition
has been an exciting process,
and the anticipation
only grows as we prepare for
the final steps,” said Douglas
Steidl, dean of the College of
Architecture and Environmental
Design. “We perceive
this as a building that will focus
on the future, be a building
that sets a new standard
for collaboration between
constituencies and reflects
a high level of respect for the
built environment while respecting
the natural systems
of our planet.”

The estimated cost of the
new facility is $40 million.

Kent State received 37
entries in the design competition
from a group of internationally
recognized
architecture firms interested
in working on the
building.

“The list of interested
firms was unprecedented
for a Kent State project,”
Steidl said.

The design goals estab-
lished for the project include:

Facilitating peer-to-peer
learning by consolidating
the College of Architecture
and Environmental Design
in one location.

Recognizing through
architecture that Kent
State is an economic and
design force in Northeast
Ohio.

Facilitating collaboration
between all constituencies
within the college
and within the larger community.

Providing a structure
that demonstrates a commitment
to sustainable
practices, approaches zero
energy/zero carbon dioxide
emissions and demonstrates
that commitment
to the users, the university
community and the public.

Offers spaces for design
and construction research.

Provides future flexibility
of use.

In January 2013, the four
selected teams will present
their design concepts, sustainability
data and a cost
estimate to the selection
committee, followed by an
abbreviated presentation
that will be open to the
public, including College of
Architecture and Environmental
Design students
and faculty. While the sustainability
data is analyzed
and the cost estimate will
be reviewed by independent
sources, the presentation
materials will be further
evaluated by the jury
to determine the winning
design scheme. The winner
of the competition is
expected to be announced
in February 2013.

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News Headline: Kent State Names Finalists in Architecture College Design Competition (Steidl, Bruder) | Attachment Email

News Date: 11/19/2012
Outlet Full Name: Kent Patch
Contact Name: Matt Fredmonsky
News OCR Text: Top 4 firms all have U.S. offices

Four finalists have been named in the competition to create a new College of Architecture and Design at Kent State University.

The university released the names of four architecture firms who will be paid a stipend to design models of the new building, which will be built along Kent State's Esplanade extension to downtown.

The four finalists selected for the last phase of the competition are:

Bialosky + Partners Architects, with offices in New York and Cleveland, in association with Architecture Research Office of New York

Richard L. Bowen + Associates Inc. of Cleveland in association with Weiss/Manfredi of New York

The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, in association with the Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle

Westlake Reed Leskosky with offices in Cleveland and four other cities

Kent residents may only recognize the name Richard Bowen and Associates, which is the firm designing the new Kent courthouse for Portage County.

Though Westlake, Reed and Leskosky have designed several new buildings and renovations for Kent State, including the Math and Computer Science Building, the renovation of Franklin Hall for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative offices on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.

The Collaborative Inc. also has designed projects for Kent State, according to the firm's client list.

The winning firm will be announced in February 2013.

Douglas Steidl, dean of the university's architecture college, said the building will serve as a physical and metaphorical link between the university and city.

"This design competition has been an exciting process, and the anticipation only grows as we prepare for the final steps," he said. “We perceive this as a building that will focus on the future, be a building that sets a new standard for collaboration between constituencies and reflects a high level of respect for the built environment while respecting the natural systems of our planet."

The $40 million architecture building is part of $170 million in renovations planned for the Kent campus.

The four finalists were narrowed from eight semi-finalists, who were identified in October.

In total, 37 architecture firms with offices from around the world applied to design the new building.

According to the university, the design goals established for the project include:

Facilitating peer-to-peer learning by consolidating the College of Architecture and Environmental Design in one location.

Recognizing through architecture that Kent State is an economic and design force in Northeast Ohio.

Facilitating collaboration between all constituencies within the college and within the larger community.

Providing a structure that demonstrates a commitment to sustainable practices, approaches zero energy/zero carbon dioxide emissions and demonstrates that commitment to the users, the university community and the public.

Offers spaces for design and construction research.

Provides future flexibility of use.

In January, the four finalists will present their design concepts, sustainability data and a cost estimate to the selection committee, followed by an abbreviated presentation that will be open to the public.

“This project, in conjunction with the recently completed improvements to campus and the planned renovations and additions to many other academic facilities, will continue the remarkable transformation of the campus reflecting the caliber of our institution and the commitment of our president, administration and Board of Trustees to excellence for our students and faculty,” said Michael Bruder, director of design and construction at Kent State's Office of the University Architect.

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News Headline: BRIEF: Toledo firm a finalist for Kent State building | Email

News Date: 11/20/2012
Outlet Full Name: Toledo Blade
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Nov. 20--KENT, Ohio -- The Collaborative Inc. of Toledo is among the four finalists to design the new building for Kent State University's college of architecture and environmental design.

The Collaborative's entry was prepared in association with Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle.

In January, the finalists will present their design concepts, sustainability data, and cost estimates to a selection committee. The winner is expected to be announced in February.

The estimated cost of the new facility is $40 million.

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News Headline: KSU's Hazell a Maxwell semifinalist | Email

News Date: 11/20/2012
Outlet Full Name: Plain Dealer
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: From The Plain Dealer, Nov. 20, 2012:

Kent State's Darrell Hazell is one of the 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year Award. In his second season as a head coach, Hazell has led the Golden Flashes to a program-record 10 wins. KSU is in line for its first bowl appearance since 1972. Also among the semifinalists are Ohio State's Urban Meyer and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly.

Also, Kent State junior running back Dri Archer was named Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week and freshman punter Anthony Melchiori (Aurora) was named MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week. Archer ran for a career-high 241 yards on 17 carries in a win over Bowling Green.

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News Headline: KSU football: Dri Archer, Nate Terhune relive big plays that helped to keep Flashes on track in win over Bowling Green (Hazell | Attachment Email

News Date: 11/20/2012
Outlet Full Name: Akron Beacon Journal, The
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: KENT: Kent State coach Darrell Hazell finally took the reins off running back Dri Archer and also dusted off a trick play featuring defensive lineman Nate Terhune, and each move paid big dividends in the Golden Flashes' 31-24 victory over host Bowling Green on Saturday.

For a majority of the season, Hazell has been careful with the kind of load he's placed on Archer, taking pains to not overuse the 5-foot-8, 175-pound junior. But before Saturday's game, Hazell pulled Archer aside to let him know he might carry the load against the Falcons.

Archer was happy to take advantage of the increased playing time, turning 17 carries into a career-best 241 yards to help the Flashes clinch their first Mid-American Conference division title. It was an effort that included a 79-yard second-quarter touchdown and a 74-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that received plenty of national attention.

“I told him, ‘I don't care how many times you have to carry it, you just have to go today,' ” said Hazell, who was named one of 16 semifinalists for National Coach of the Year. “ ‘You have to be great and we need your best in the fourth quarter.' ”

Archer did, showcasing his sprinter speed on the second touchdown that quickly made its way around the Internet and was replayed on several sports shows.

Even ESPN picked up the clip, and Archer earned his second helmet sticker of the season from KSU alumnus Lou Holtz for his efforts in the historic win. Kent State (10-1, 7-0) increased its program-best winning streak to nine games and moved up from No. 25 to No. 23 in this week's AP poll.

On the second touchdown run, Archer raced down the left sideline and appeared to be stopped by a gang of Falcon tacklers. But he ducked the tackles near midfield, reversed his field, picked up key blocks from receiver Eric Adeyemi and quarterback Spencer Keith and split two more BG defenders to give the Flashes a 24-17 lead.

“They were bringing a blitz on the right side and Spencer had a great check on a zone read,” said Archer, who was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Player of the Week on Monday.

“The linebacker stepped up in the hole and I just gave him a quick move and broke outside. Then I saw Eric Adeyemi blocking the corner on the outside, so I ran to his side.

‘‘Then someone jumped on my back, but he just flipped over my back and I realized I was still up. So I just cut across the field, saw Spencer and he was my lead blocker to the end zone.”

Even as he's relived the play in his head several times since it actually happened, the humble Archer admits thinking: “Wow, that really happened? I mean, it catches me off guard sometimes, the things I do.”

On the Flashes' second possession of the game, Terhune rumbled 31 yards on a fake punt. It was a trick play the Flashes had worked on since spring practice, but hadn't used in the first 10 games of the season.

“I played offensive tackle in high school, so that was the first time I carried the ball in my football career,” Terhune said. “I hadn't gotten to run with the ball in a long time, so it was pretty exciting. I felt like Dri — for like five seconds.”

Said Hazell: “The element of surprise in football is as big as anything. Do they expect us to snap the ball to [Terhune]? Absolutely not. But we had been working that play since Day Three in camp. Then you go 11 games into the season before you use it, then it works exactly as you draw it up.”

Kent State hadn't used the play before simply because the perfect situation hadn't presented itself.

“You want to call it back in your territory so they're not in safe punt,” Hazell said. “But you also want to call it when you're eight-plus — eight to 15 yards — because you don't know how far he can run with it. … we got a little chuckle out of it yesterday watching it on film as a team because Nate did not look like Dri.”

The Flashes hope to wrap up a perfect league record with a win over visiting Ohio at 11 a.m. on Senior Day on Friday. Regardless of the outcome, KSU is set to meet Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship game at Detroit's Ford Field on Nov. 30.

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News Headline: Among the powers | Attachment Email

News Date: 11/20/2012
Outlet Full Name: Akron Beacon Journal, The
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: In applauding his Kent State football team, Coach Darrell Hazell points to the effort, maturity and attention to detail of the players. Those traits are just what Don James would like to see. James was the last coach to lead Kent to such football heights, way back in the year of the OPEC oil embargo and the Triple Crown of Secretariat.

What Hazell and his club have done is outpace the legendary James gang, the victory over Bowling Green on Saturday the 10th of the season, delivering a Mid-American Conference East Division title and a spot in the MAC championship game at the end of the month. This week finds the Golden Flashes ranked in all three major ratings, including 23rd in the Bowl Championship Series poll.

Making the season such a delight isn't merely the improbable, though with 14 wins in the past 16 games dating to last year, expectations are changing. The pleasure has been the resilience of the players and the coaches.

Take the past three weeks: down to the University of Akron, wobbly after taking a big lead at Miami of Ohio, down in the third quarter against Bowling Green. In each game, Kent has gathered and asserted its superior play, usually led by a rugged offensive line opening the way for the superb running duo of Dri Archer and Trayion Durham, all aided by an opportunistic defense.

Now comes Ohio University on Friday, then the league championship, plus a likely bowl game, room, in other words, to add to the victory total, and to relish the spirit of this group.

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News Headline: Kent State football player arrested for assault (Hazell) | Attachment Email

News Date: 11/20/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Kent State University freshman linebacker Denzell L. Burton was arrested early Sunday morning on misdemeanor charges of assault and obstructing official business.

The incident stemmed from an alleged fight at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house at 222 University Drive.

Head football coach Darrell Hazell issued a brief statement to the Daily Kent Stater regarding Burton's status with the team.

"Denzell Burton has been suspended indefinitely for violating team policy," Hazell said.

Burton, 19, who lives in Korb Hall and is a graduate of Glenville High School in Cleveland, was arrested at 1:44 a.m. Sunday near the Wendy's restaurant on East Main Street. He was charged with one count of assault, a first-degree misdemeanor, and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor.

According to Kent police, Burton was stopped in the Wendy's parking lot after fleeing the scene of the alleged assault on foot.

The complaint was reported by Kent State students Michael Malek, Eric Malek, Kevin Ackerman and Bryant Ausperk.

A witness, who asked to not be named, said football players and fraternity brothers started pushing each other in the basement of the Lambda Chi house at 222 University Drive until the altercation spilled to the backyard.

"The football boys started pushing and punching Eric (Malek)," the witness said. "Then he was down in the fetal position and was covering his head. Then they started kicking him."

Kent police Lt. Jim Prusha said he was called to the Lambda Chi house in the spring to break up a skirmish between football players and fraternity brothers -- no charges were filed.

"When we charge somebody, or when we do a police report, we don't ask 'are you a football player," Prusha said. "In that case I only knew they were football players because they told me, and they were huge, athletic-looking guys."

Burton, who has not appeared in a game for the Flashes this season, was the only football player arrested, and no other players were named as witnesses or victims in the police report.

Burton will be arraigned at 8:15 a.m. today (Tuesday) in Portage County Municipal Court in Kent.

Three of the four complainants declined an interview with the Daily Kent Stater, and the fourth could not be reached

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News Headline: Kent State football prepares for first Mid-American Conference title game since 1972 (Hazell) | Attachment Email

News Date: 11/20/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: So what was Kent State's reward for winning its biggest football game in 40 years on Saturday?

For capturing the program's first Mid-American Conference title of any kind since 1972?

For earning their school-record 10th victory of the season by increasing their record winning streak to nine games with a thrilling 31-24 triumph at Bowling Green?

A 6:15 a.m. Monday morning practice.

Talk about crashing back to reality.

“At 6:15 the horn went off, and we went for an hour,” said Flashes coach Darrell Hazell. “I thought we got a lot done in that quick hour.”

Was Hazell trying to send some sort of message to keep his team focused on its last regular season game on Friday against Ohio, and not looking forward to the Nov. 30 MAC Championship Game against Northern Illinois?

If so, he wouldn't admit it.

“This is a huge class day for us, where our class schedule goes form 7:45 a.m. to 9 tonight,” he explained. “It was hard to get the majority of our players in practice throughout the course of the day, so I thought we needed to get out there and run around.

“It's not something I'd ordinarily do. We're in a short-week situation, and with Thanksgiving. This was like our Tuesday practice and tomorrow will be our Wednesday practice, then we'll back off (on Thursday).”

Sophomore tailback Trayion Durham, who left in the third quarter of Saturday's game against the Falcons with a hip injury, practiced some on Monday morning, according to Hazell.

“He's got a little bit of a hip-pointer,” said Hazell. “I think he should be ready on Friday.”

Is Hazell considering resting banged-up players like Durham on Friday, since the MAC East Division title has already been clinched?

“We're gonna do everything we can to win this football game,” said Hazell.

ARCHER RELIVES SENSATIONAL RUN

Kent State junior speedster Dri Archer, who was named MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career-high 241 yards in Saturday's win at Bowling Green, was asked to recall his spine-tingling 74-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that has been replayed hundreds of time on highlight shows nationwide.

“They were bringing a blitz on the right side, and Spencer (senior quarterback Spencer Keith) made a great check,” said Archer. “I hit a zone read, the linebacker stepped up in the hole and I just gave him a quick move and broke outside. I saw (senior wide receiver) Eric Adeyemi blocking on the outside, blocking the corner. I ran to his side and someone jumped on my back, and he just flipped over my back. I realized I was still up and just cut across the field, and I saw Spencer — he was my lead blocker into the end zone.”

What was it like for Archer himself to watch the run on replay?

“I'm thinking like, ‘Wow, did that really happen?' It catches me off-guard sometimes some of the things I do,” he smiled.

Archer, who has now rushed for 1,284 yards and averages a whopping 10.3 yards per rush, now has four touchdown runs of 60 yards or more this season. Of his 169 touches, 36 plays have gone for 20 yards or more and 64 have covered 10 yards or more. Last year Kent State only had 21 plays of 20 or more yards the entire season, including only four in the first half of the year.

Archer readily admits that he never saw this much success coming.

“I've been very surprised,” he said. “I didn't think any of this stuff was possible.”

MELCHIORI HONORED

Kent State freshman Anthony Melchiori was also honored by the MAC as East Division Special Teams Player of the Week.

The former Aurora High School star pinned three punts inside the 20-yard line against the Falcons. None of his six punts resulted in a Bowling Green scoring drive. He had a 56-yard punt in the first quarter and, for the eighth time in 11 games, opponents did not finish with positive punt return yards against him.

Behind Melchiori's right leg, the Golden Flashes rank sixth in the nation in net punting at 40.8 yards per kick. He ranks third in the MAC with a 42.6-yard average.

HAZELL A COACH OF YEAR CANDIDATE

Hazell is one of 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year Award.

Other semifinalists include MAC Championship Game opponent Dave Doeren of Northern Illinois, along with Sonny Dykes of Louisiana Tech, Brian Kelly of Notre Dame, Chip Kelly of Oregon State, Mike MacIntyre of San Jose State, Urban Meyer of Ohio State, Jim Mora of UCLA, Will Muschamp of Florida, Bill O'Brien of Penn State, Mark Richt of Georgia, Mike Riley of Oregon State, David Shaw of Stanford, Bill Snyder of Kansas State, Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M and Dabo Swinney of Clemson.

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News Headline: Noon headlines, Nov.19, 2012 | Attachment Email

News Date: 11/20/2012
Outlet Full Name: WKSU-FM
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Kent's in the top 25 in both major polls

Kent football is ranked No. 23 in this week's AP Poll and 25 in the USA Today coaches' poll. And the Mid America Conference now has two teams in the top 25 in both polls and six that are bowl eligible. The other top 25 team is Northern Illinois University, and it will play Kent for the MAC championship on Nov. 30 in Detroit.

The Flashes play Ohio University this weekend.

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News Headline: Annual Brunch Bunch Millonig 'fun-raiser' Thursday | Attachment Email

News Date: 11/20/2012
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: Members of the Brunch
Bunch committee are gearing
up for Portage County's
charity “fun-raiser” celebrating
its 44th year. The
Brunch Bunch will gather
from 8 a.m. to noon Thanksgiving
Day at the American
Legion Hall, 1945 Mogadore
Road in Kent for the annual
auction.

“Thanks to the incredible
support and generosity from
our community, we have
many terrific items up for
auction, and we are excited
to share that Mike Tontimonia
is part of our team again
this year as lead auctioneer,”
said Michelle Hartman,
event chairwoman. Some
auction items include a
KSU men's basketball clubhouse
chair autographed by
the team players; a ride for
two in the Goodyear blimp;
tickets to the football MAC
Championship game; specialty
gift baskets; a KSU
men's college world series
clubhouse chair signed by
coach Scott Stricklin; dinner
packages; and an original
Crankshaft drawing by
Tom Batiuk.

Members of the Kent
State University basketball
team and coach Rob
Senderoff will serve as guest
auctioneers, as well as Herb
Page, men's golf coach.
Guest auctioneers will take
the stage at 10 a.m.

Admission to the event is
$3 for endless coffee, cider
and doughnuts. Charities
to benefit from the auction
include Kent Social Services
hot meals, The Center of
Hope food cupboard, Coleman
Professional Services
Adult Day Food Program,
and The Lord's Pantry
emergency food cupboard

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News Headline: Vampire class popular at Kent State (Dawidziak) | Attachment Email

News Date: 11/20/2012
Outlet Full Name: WKYC-TV
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: KENT -- An always popular class for undergraduates at Kent State University, the Vampires in TV and Movies course draws students who are fascinated with the pop-culture monster.

Mark Dawidziak has taught the course each semester since 2009, within the Journalism and Mass Communication school.

"Metaphorically, we use vampires to examine ourselves. As a species, as a race. They are the perfect metaphor, because they look like us," Dawidziak said.

His class meets one night a week, for just under three hours.

He brings props: Everything from capes to canes to action figures.

He also brings plenty of DVDs: Each lecture ends with a viewing of a vampire film or TV show.

The chairs and desks are always full, but don't expect to find a crowd of Twilight fans in the room.

The students come from all majors at KSU, and have interests in vampire lore as varied as the interpretations of the creature itself.

"I have fashion students, theater, English, nutrition, journalism," Dawidziak said.

Students agree Dawidziak's enthusiasm for the subject make the lessons memorable.

"I think the class is a blast," said Ben Chronister, a senior at KSU.

Ben hopes to be a high school teacher one day, and says he's learned a lot from Dawidziak's methods.

"I want to be able to incorporate those elements into my own class when I'm teaching," Chronister said.

It's as much a study in history and media as pop culture.

Dawidziak, who is the TV critic for The Plain Dealer, has authored several books on vampires and the horror genre.

While big franchises like Twilight and True Blood have helped feed the interest in vampires, the fanged creatures have been popular for centuries.

"That's always been the case. They've never not been hot," Dawidziak said.

Dawidziak expects they'll be popular for centuries more.

"You can't kill them. We will always have a use for vampires," he said.

Please click on link for video:
http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/269920/3/Vampire-class-popular-at-Kent-State

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News Headline: UPDATE: Missing Kent State Student Found | Attachment Email

News Date: 11/19/2012
Outlet Full Name: Kent Patch
Contact Name: Matt Fredmonsky
News OCR Text: Police say student reports she is OK

The Kent State student reported missing last week has been found.

A Kent State University student reported missing last week by her family was found and is OK, according to Kent Police.

The family of Heather Flynn, 24, filed a missing persons report after not hearing from her for three days last week.

Kent Police Lt. James Prusha said during the search officers tried calling Flynn's friends, family and tracing her cellular phone activity.

"Finally … she found out we were looking for her and she called from Pennsylvania and said she was fine," he said.

Prusha said officers confirmed Flynn's identity on the call and corroborated her status with her father.

Fliers started to circulate around campus last week asking people to look for Flynn, who KentWired reported was last seen Tuesday at the Kent State Library.

Prusha said officers were on the verge of getting a subpoena for her credit card information to track recent purchases when she called police Saturday. She also had been entered into a nationwide missing persons database.

"When we get a report of somebody missing like that, we really take it seriously ... Because you never know," he said.

Editor's note: this story was updated with information from Kent Police Lt. James Prusha at 11:45 a.m.

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News Headline: Matt Watroba returning to The Ark for traditional post-Thanksgiving concert (Watroba) | Attachment Email

News Date: 11/20/2012
Outlet Full Name: AnnArbor.com
Contact Name:
News OCR Text: AnnArbor.com

Matt Watroba

This has been a milestone year for folk singer Matt Watroba. Earlier in 2012, he celebrated his 25th anniversary as a performer.

For nearly all of those years, Watroba was based in the Ann Arbor / Detroit area, where he was even better known as the host of the "Folks Like Us" folk-music show on WDET-FM, Detroit's public radio station. (He also hosted that show on WEMU-FM for a little over a year in the mid-2000s.)

But in 2010, Watroba moved from Michigan to Ohio to take a job as a program host at FolkAlley.com , a folk-music internet-radio site produced by WKSU-FM at Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio.

The Ann Arbor / Detroit area continues to pull at Watroba, though-he travels back "home" to Michigan a couple of times a month, either to do live shows or to visit with his extended family.

And he's continued to do his annual day-after-Thanksgiving show at The Ark, which he will reprise on Friday. Last year, in fact, he celebrated another milestone: His 2011 Thanksgiving-weekend show was his 20th.

Over the years, he's presented that show "in every conceivable way," says Watroba with a laugh. "One year I had the YMCA Deep River Choir," he notes, and other years, he was accompanied by various local-music pals like Robert Jones, Neil Woodward, David Mosher, Gary Weisenburg and Katie Geddes.

"But last year, I decided to experiment, and just perform all by myself, except for having Katie sing with me on a few songs," says Watroba. "And I found that it was the best one I had ever done. I went out there with no plan-I just trusted my many years of performing experience, and my knowledge of The Ark, and I never had more fun than I did at that one."

PREVIEW

Matt Watroba

Who: Longtime Ann Arbor / Detroit-area folk singer and radio host who moved to Ohio two years ago to be a host on FolkAlley.com.

What: This will be Watroba's 21st annual day-after-Thanksgiving show at The Ark. He's flying solo, except for a few vocal collaborations with local singer Katie Geddes.

Where: The Ark, 316 S. Main St.

When: Friday, 8 p.m.

How much: $15. Tickets available from The Ark box office (with no service charge); Michigan Union Ticket Office, 530 S. State St.; Herb David Guitar Studio, 302 E. Liberty St.; or online from MUTO .

So, Watroba is again flying solo on Friday, except for a few tunes when he'll again invite Geddes to accompany him on vocals.

"Last year, I just let the spirit of the room, and the audience, lead me. I ended up singing a couple of songs I'd never performed at a show before-I'd just done them at home, or sitting around a campfire.

"It's a blast playing and singing with other people, but when I'm up there by myself, I really have to focus more, and react more to the audience," says Watroba. "It allows for those spontaneous moments that you don't have when you've rehearsed with a band. You really have to trust yourself, and I can't imagine feeling more confident in any other room than The Ark. I felt like I was tapping into the good will that I had built up with The Ark audience over the years."

Recently, Watroba has been incorporating storytelling into his shows more, so on Friday, he says he'll talk about folk-music greats like Woody Guthrie, Townes Van Zant, Guy Clark and Utah Phillips-all of whom were big influences on Watroba - and will also perform some of their songs. He'll also do several of his own tunes, some dating back to his first record. (His latest album, "Shine Right Through the Dark," was released in '10.)

Watroba was a schoolteacher for many years before he quit to devote himself full-time to music. In addition to evening performances at folk clubs and other venues, he also presented a daytime educational program with bluesman Jones-mostly in schools, but not exclusively-that explored the histories and eventual intersection of folk music derived from the British Isles, and the blues, which of course evolved from West African music.

But after the recession hit in '08, bookings for that daytime program plummeted. Then, in '09, Watroba saw the posting for the Folk Alley job. "When I looked at it, it seemed like the job description was written for me," says Watroba.

Taking that job meant he could no longer devote himself to performing music full-time. But, being a radio host is also "performing," notes Watroba.

"Yeah, when you're hosting a radio show, it's just a different type of performing," he says. "And when I'm hosting the show, the neat thing is that I have everyone's repertoire to work with, not just mine."

He's on FolkAlley.com twice a day: A pre-taped show streams from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m., and then he does a live show from 2-4 p.m. His FolkAlley.com show is a bit different from his old "Folks Like Us" show in that FolkAlley.com skews more toward contemporary folk music, while Watroba has always been more drawn to the traditional-folk style.

"That's been a great education for me-I've learned about artists I wasn't familiar with before. And, I am mostly a �song guy'-I like well-written, well-crafted songs, so the style isn't as important to me as the song. We have a database of 22,000 songs that we work from, but I'm also free to add anything else that I want to. But if someone were to listen to my show regularly, they would probably indeed conclude that I'm more drawn to the traditional side of things."

Watroba still gets out and does about four live-music gigs a month, and he's also organized a "monthly sing" in Kent, in which 10 to 20 local singers get together and sing for 90 minutes-and includes "folk songs, Beatles songs and show tunes," says Watroba. He's also launched a folk-concert series at a Unitarian church in Kent. "I've booked some of my old Michigan folk-music pals, like Josh White Jr. and Bill Staines, so that's been my way of getting some of my old friends to come down and see me," he says with a laugh.

So, was it hard for Watroba to leave Michigan?

"Oh, absolutely," he replies without missing a beat. "I miss it every day, and I know I'll move back there someday."

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