News Headline: Kent State starts Heisman campaign for Dri Archer (Haynes) |
News Date: 08/01/2013
Outlet Full Name: CBSSports.com
News OCR Text: In yet another sign of how things are changing in the MAC conference, there are now two Heisman campaigns being run within the conference. That's right, Kent State's Dri Archer joins Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch as MAC players whose schools are making a Heisman push for their stars.
“When you think about the Heisman and the best college football player, it should be someone who is exciting,” said Kent State coach Paul Haynes in a release. “When you look at how electric he is and the plays that he made, he's a natural fit. He's one of those players where every time he touches the ball he has a chance to make a big play, and I think people are really going to legitimately look at him as a Heisman candidate. Dri is all about doing what's best for the team, but when it comes to catching the attention of fans and media, we want to put him front and center.”
Archer's campaign will include a "Dri4Heisman" website, a Twitter account and a Facebook page. The campaign will also have a digital comic strip called "The Archer."
Archer certainly put up the kind of numbers last season that deserved attention. The diminutive back was the very definition of versatile, as he rushed for 1,429 yards, had 561 receiving yards, covered 591 yards on kick returns, and even threw a 24-yard touchdown. Add it all up and Archer finished the 2012 season with 2,577 all-purpose yards and 24 total touchdowns.
Of course, when it comes to actually winning the Heisman, odds are stacked against Archer being in the MAC. Not only will he need to put up video game numbers, but the Golden Flashes would likely have to go undefeated as well, and even then he probably wouldn't win. Though it may help him get to New York.
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News Headline: (VIDEO) Plain Dealer is one of 12 newspapers nationwide that's changed or cut how it delivers news (Wasbotten) |
News Date: 07/31/2013
Outlet Full Name: WEWS-TV - Online
Contact Name: Kristin Volk
News OCR Text: KENT, Ohio - Cleveland's Plain Dealer newspaper is one of a dozen major newspapers nationwide that's changed or cut how it delivers news. That's according to NewspaperDeathWatch.com , a website that tracks the decline of newspaper and industry changes.
“This is all a major change, but it's a trend that's going on around the country,” said Thor Wasbotten, director and professor for Kent State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Besides the Plain Dealer, NewspaperDeathWatch.com reports the Detroit News/Free Press, the Portland Oregonian, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer are among the dozen that have changed how frequently it delivers news. Or they've adopted an online-only coverage model or a hybrid print/online model.
“We've always been as journalists kind of the watchdog for communities,” Wasbotten said. “We've reported on community news, community issues and brought communities together.”
There are another dozen major papers that have shut down across the country in the last five years, according to the website. They include the Cincinnati Post, Tucson Citizen and the Baltimore Examiner.
“I don't think journalism is going to die out completely,” said Rebecca Reis, a journalism student at Kent State University.
Reis said news about the Plain Dealer cuts doesn't make her think twice about her career choice. It didn't phase her classmate Christina Bucciere either.
“There are a lot of stories out there that we need to hear and need to be told,” said Bucciere, a junior who's also majoring in journalism.
Wasbotten said it's too soon to tell whether Plain Dealer readers will notice a void in news coverage and in-depth reporting.
But the changing horizon of the journalism industry is exciting to both Bucciere and Reis.
“News is something we'll always need so that's not going to go away,” Bucciere said.
“I enjoy that sense of importance when I'm writing stories, talking to people, and getting information,” Reis said.
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News Headline: Stellar 'Fiddler on the Roof' at Porthouse Theatre hits all the right notes (Roth) |
News Date: 08/01/2013
Outlet Full Name: Record-Courier
News OCR Text: It seems appropriate that George Roth would view "Fiddler on the Roof," a musical about traditions, would view the show as a family tradition.
Roth, who plays Tevye in Porthouse Theatre's production of the classic musical, said that his first taste of theater came when he was in a production of "Fiddler," along with his father and brother, in 1971. This is Roth's fourth time in the musical, and the third time he is playing Tevye, the milkman with five daughters. In this production, Roth, a Solon resident, is joined by his daughter Olivia, who plays Shprintze, one of Tevye's daughters.
"It's a part you never get tired of playing," Roth said.
Porthouse opened "Fiddler on the Roof," its final show of its 2013 season, July 25. The story takes place in Anatevka, a small, provincial Russian village where Tevye struggles to balance his traditions, especially with his daughters, with the changes in an encroaching outside world. Porthouse Theatre puts together one of its best shows ever with "Fiddler." Director Eric van Baars, a Cuyahoga Falls resident, assembles a powerhouse cast, complemented by fantastic costumes and innovative set design.
"Tevye is a father and a husband," Roth said of his character. "He's struggling with his decisions. I know that I struggled with my decision to become an actor -- would I be able to support my family. He lives with a lot of regrets, but also a lot of love. He does the best he can, you see him struggle. I think he is a good man. He's a man who is still in the 19th century. The story takes place in the turn of the 20th century. His children are in the 20th century."
Roth said he and his daughter have been able to work in several shows together, despite the challenges of finding theaters that will cast both Equity and non-Equity actors.
"It's a special experience," said Olivia. "There aren't a lot of shows that would hire someone who wasn't Equity."
George Roth said that working at Porthouse "was a special experience."
"It's like working with family," he said. "That is important, since this show is about family."
Lissy Gulick, who plays Yente, the town matchmaker, also is a veteran to "Fiddler," and the role. This is her third time reprising the role of the lovable busybody.
"It's a spunky, likable character," Gulick said of Yente. "It's a small but juicy part. I like to inhabit this world. I've done roles whose characters I would not like to meet in real life. But I would love to sit down to tea with Yente. For all her flaws, she's a likable character. She has a heart of gold."
Gulick said that she loved the musical.
"The writing is so good," she said. "It's Yiddish Shakespeare."
Logan Schmucher, who plays the Fiddler, called his experience with working in the musical "amazing."
"Everyone here is so talented," said Schmucher, a Kent resident. "Eric van Baars has such a great vision. The amount of detail he has in his brain is amazing."
Caitlyn Hamm of Northfield Center, who plays Shaindel, the mother of Motel the tailor, said that being in "Fiddler" was "incredible."
"It is such an honor, such an empowering and fulfilling moment," Hamm said. "The cast, everyone is family. We are family, that makes the whole show amazing."
Ticket and show information
"Fiddler on the Roof" will run Aug. 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, at 8 p.m. and Aug. 4, 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. There is an additional 2 p.m. matinee Aug. 10. Porthouse Theatre is on the grounds of Blossom Music Center at 1145 W. Steels Corners Road.
In addition, the traditional Green Show will be performed on the lawn before each production of "Fiddler." The Green show cast is made up of student members of the Porthouse Theatre Academy, made up of soon-to-be college students entering the Kent State musical theatre program.
Single tickets are $32 through $38 for adults, $26 through $35 for seniors and $17 through $21 for students. For details, call 330-672-3884 or visit www.porthousetheatre.com.
Porthouse Theatre features free parking and allows patrons to bring in picnics (including alcohol) to its grounds. A covered picnic pavilion is available for reservation at $2 per person or free for subscribers and is based on availability. There also is a concession stand of light snacks and beverages. Picnic tables also are available.
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