Articles by David Dupont

Pianist Sarah Cahill spotlights women composers at BGSU recital

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Pianist Sarah Cahill admits to having mixed feelings about her project “The Future is Female.” The series of recitals is devoted to the work of female composers from the 17th century into the present. “It doesn’t seem right to lump everyone  together by gender because the majority of women composers just want to be thought of as composers,” she said in a recent telephone interview. “I’ve always been ambivalent  about all women concerts. Now I’m doing it myself mainly because there’s so much music that deserves to be heard.” Cahill will present a concert in her “The Future is Female” series Monday, March 25 at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall on the Bowling Green State University campus.  The recital is part of the Music at the Forefront series. Her repertoire for “The Future is Female” includes works by 56 composers dating by to Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s Keyboard Suite in D minor from 1707 to Theresa Wong’s “She Dances Naked Under Palm Trees,” inspired by the song “Images” by Nina Simone, which she is performing for the first time. Of those pieces in that repertoire, Cahill commissioned 10 of them. The Wong piece is the latest in a line of compositions written with her in mind dating back to 1977 when John Adams composed “China Gates” for Cahill who was 17. “I remember when that was a new piece no one would play it because it was such a strange piece, so minimalist,” she said. Cahill would perform the composition in competitions and “it was really frowned upon.” Now it has been well accepted by pianists and is frequently played. Commissioning new works is central to her vision as an artist. Cahill said back when she was 17 she had an identity crisis. Not unusual, she said, for a teenager. While her fellow conservatory students were locked away in the practice rooms totally consumed with being the best pianists they could be, she wanted to write and read poetry. That led to writing music criticism for alternative newspapers. “I started playing contemporary music because I liked having more of the focus on the music itself rather than me as the pianist,” Cahill…


Brian Sokol to join BGSU entrepreneurship center as associate director

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The College of Business at Bowling Green State University has selected Vermilion entrepreneur and BGSU alumnus Brian Sokol as the new associate director of the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Sokol, a patented inventor or co-inventor on multiple high-profile consumer products and an executive whose operational cornerstone is innovation, will work closely with current director of the Center, Kirk D. Kern. Sokol ’82, ’84 has been an active participant with the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership for many years, serving on its advisory board and participating as a Falcon Investor on “The Hatch,” in which student entrepreneurs present their business ideas to alumni investors, since its inception. In 2011, Sokol was inducted into the distinguished Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame. He also has been a guest lecturer of entrepreneurship at BGSU. “We are excited that a highly successful, distinguished entrepreneur of Brian’s caliber has joined the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership to help us continue to launch new businesses and drive economic vitality in this region,” Kern said. “We look forward to having Brian’s innovative insight and energy.” After receiving his marketing degree and later MBA from BGSU, Sokol embarked on a series of ascending sales and marketing roles in public and privately held corporations. He implemented marketing commercialization plans globally as vice president of marketing for Loctite Corp. By the age of 35, Sokol was president of the automotive appearance products company Blue Coral, which was later sold to Quaker State Oil Company after achieving significant growth. As president of Quaker State Consumer Products Group, and later Pennzoil, Sokol led the acquisitions and mergers of several well-known companies and reconstructed the entire supply chain. Some of the new technologies invented under his leadership included RainX windshield wiper blades and Tire Wet tire dressing. After Shell purchased Pennzoil, Sokol pivoted into serial entrepreneurism, raising capital, bringing new ideas to market and commercializing inventions. His continuous stream of commercialized new inventions included everything from towel warmers to patented pillows that treat “technology neck” to a patented FDA Phase II drug compound that prevents airborne infectious disease. The Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial…


Kazuki Takizawa’s glass breaks the silence surrounding mental illness

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Kazuki Takizawa urges the visitor to break the art gallery taboo against touching the art. “Pull it,” he urges. “A little more.”  The visitor gently tugs at the edge the large oval frame that has about six dozen glass bowls suspended from it. The frame starts to swing. The glass bowls jangle against each other, ringing out through the River House Gallery. That sound is as central the work fittingly titled “Breaking the Silence II” as the sweep of the frame or the translucent colors of the bowls.  The frame is shaped like a tree branch and looks like it was executed with a brush stroke. In calligraphy, a complete circle signifies unity, Takizawa said. “This is an incomplete circle that needs audience participation to start the dialogue and break the silence,” the artist said. The silence he wants to break is the silence surrounding suicide and mental illness. “Stopper Driven” by Kazuki Takizawa Takizawa suffers from bipolar disease. But it was when his younger brother slumped into a suicidal depression that he became more forthright about addressing these issues. His family flew to be with his brother in Tokyo. This marshaling of family love was “empowering,” he said. But “it was painful, super painful. The death was so close. That’s when I really started learning about suicide, and how we can go about preventing that.” He continued: “This is around the time when I started making pieces around suicide prevention and speaking about being bipolar and started telling people that my work is about mental illness.” That’s the central theme of his exhibit of glass work, “Infinite Spectrum,” now on display at River House Arts, 425 Jefferson Toledo. Takizawa’s education in suicide prevention included volunteering as a lifeline counselor on the National Suicide Prevention hotline. “I got a chance to be on the other side of the line with people who are in a critical state,” he said. More people die from suicide than homicide, he said. And the problem gets worse every year. Takizawa tackled his own issues of depression when he was a student at the University of Hawaii Manoa where he studied glassblowing. A shy child, art had been his…


Art Walk, set for April 27 in BG, seeks exhibitors

From BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL Bowling Green Arts Council, in partnership with Downtown Bowling Green, is proud to announce Art Walk 2019, an art show in which businesses though out historic downtown Bowling Green will host artists’ displays and performances. Art Walk will occur on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year, the Art Walk will feature an exhibition of one piece by each individual artist at the Wood County District Public Library in addition to the displays at businesses, so visitors will have a chance to start out with a tempting preview. Artists living within 50 miles of Bowling Green are eligible to participate and may display works in any size or medium as space and amenities of the chosen venue allow. Artists are encouraged to find a venue, but help will be provided if needed by contacting BowlingGreenArtsCouncil@gmail.com The entry fee for individual artists is $20. Non-profit organizations can pay one entry fee of $20 for any number of affiliated artists if profit from any sales exclusively benefits the organization and not the individual artists. No commission or fee on sales is taken. Brochures with all artist locations will be distributed throughout the area. Entry procedures – online, by mail, or in person – are available on the BG Arts Council Website  www.bgartscouncil.com or from the Downtown BG office in the Four Corners Center, 130 S Main St, Bowling Green The deadline for registration and payment is April 1st. All paid Art Walk participants (excluding non-profits) will be eligible to receive one of six monetary awards: three Juror’s Awards and three People’s Choice Awards.  The awards sponsors are Jeff and Inge Klopping, Alice and John Calderonello, the BGSU School of Art, Dick and Nadine Edwards, and Bowling Green Arts Council. Awards will be announced at the After Art Walk Party, 3:30-4:30pm at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N Main St, Bowling Green. Art Walk is sponsored by Downtown Bowling Green and the BG Arts Council.


Water district urges residents to find & fix household leaks

From NORTHWESTERN WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT Nearly 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks. That’s why The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) is participating in Fix a Leak Week, March 18 through March 24, 2019, and we encourage you to join us. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) WaterSense® program, Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity to improve the water efficiency of your home by finding and fixing leaks. In the average home, household leaks waste more than 10,000 gallons of water each year. That’s the amount of water needed to wash 270 loads of laundry! Here’s how to identify leaks around your home: Monitor your water use on your phone or laptop with AquaHawk.  You can also sign up to receive notifications on your phone or email for high use!  Best part, it’s FREE!Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.Winter months are the prime time to check water use and see if you may have a leak. If a family of four exceeds 12,000 gallons per month in the winter, you probably have leaks! Here’s how you can address leaks found at home: Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. Also check for toilets with silent leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring into the tank and seeing if it appears in the bowl before you flush. Don’t forget to check irrigation systems and spigots too.Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow in your bathroom faucet, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator.Replace the fixture if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models. As a WaterSense partner concerned with preserving our nation’s water supply, The District can help you learn more.   We encourage all District customers to sign up for leak alerts and high usage notifications with AquaHawk.  These alerts are FREE and could help you avoid high water bills due to leaks.   Get Involved Mark your…


Brad Felver explores the intersection of grief & violence in awarding-winning ‘Dog of Detroit’

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Death and grief dog the characters in Brad Felver’s collection of short stories. The finely crafted stories are populated with bruises, blood, broken bones, and broken hearts The book itself, “The Dogs of Detroit,” has found success the author wouldn’t have dreamed of, including winning the Drue Heinz award, a prestigious honor judged anonymously by a panel of literary luminaries. The prize, Felver said, is not one he’d ever dreamed of winning. The book was named one of the best of 2018 by Library Journal, and individual stories have picked up O. Henry and Pushcart prizes. Felver is an instructor in Bowling Green State University’s Creative Writing program. He came to BGSU in 2009 as a student in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.  He wanted to study with Wendell Mayo, whose own short story collection “In Lithuanian Wood” impressed him. After earning his degree in 2011 he joined the faculty.  “Queen Elizabeth,” the opening story of the collection, which is published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, is rooted in familiar territory. Part is set in rural southwestern Ohio, where as a youngster he spent time on his grandparents’ farm. The tree that lends its name to the story is based on an ancient oak he remembers from that time. The story also takes the characters to Boston where Felver lived before moving back to Ohio. He believes in firmly rooting his stories in place, often places he misses, though he may not have realized it until he moved away. “Boston,” he said, “still feels like home.” “Queen Elizabeth” takes what at first seems like an ideal romance and watches it devolve under the pressures of life and death. Felver sometimes thinks about revisiting those characters, and seeing where they may have ended up. Or maybe they are just lost to him as so often happens in life. Felver, 37, grew up in the Dayton area loving books. He credits a mother who read to him. He got his bachelor’s degree in English Education from Miami University. After that he taught high school English for six years. As much as he loved the students, he said, he realized public education wasn’t…


Suspect arrested for alleged assault with beer bottle

On March 14 , at approximately 1:49 a.m., the Bowling Green Police Division responded to Campus Quarter’s bar regarding a fight.  While responding to the scene officers were advised that the victim had been struck with a beer bottle.  Officers arrived and began their investigation.  Officers located the victim and were able to identify a possible suspect.  The victim had a cut above his right eye, however he refused medical attention.  The suspect, Armando Ortega was arrested for assault and was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center.


License plate left at scene leads to arrest of driver after hit-skip accident

On March 13, at approximately 6:18 p.m.,  the Bowling Green Police Division responded to the area of South College and Napoleon roads for a hit-skip accident.  The vehicle that left the scene was described as a silver vehicle. Officers arrived on scene and discovered that one of the suspect’s vehicle plates was left at the scene during the crash.  Officers were able to locate the suspect vehicle and speak with the driver, Jeremy Bravo.  While speaking with Bravo, officers discovered that he had been consuming alcohol.  Bravo was taken into custody and brought to the police division.  During the investigation officers also discovered drug paraphernalia inside Bravo’s vehicle.  Bravo was arrested for failure to yield right of way from a stop sign, for not stopping after an accident to exchange information, operating a vehicle under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Wood County Justice Center.


House Democrats unveil Ohio Promise

From OHIO HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today joined Democratic lawmakers to unveil the Ohio Promise, a blueprint to renew the Buckeye State’s promise of better jobs and brighter futures. “For many, Ohio’s promise of good-paying jobs and the opportunity to get ahead has faded,” said Leader Sykes. “Democrats are committed to restoring Ohio’s promise of better jobs and brighter futures by working together to expand opportunity and create an economy that works for everyone.” The Democratic blueprint to restore the Ohio Promise includes a five-point compact to build opportunity for working people, to strengthen families and the communities they live in, and to hold government accountable to taxpayers.* “The promise of Ohio is our promise to you,” said Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington). “It’s an framework for the future that puts families first, giving them the tools they need to get ahead. We do it by lowering taxes, making education attainable and promoting job growth by making it easier for Ohioans to start and grow a business.” The announcement comes amid declining quality of life metrics in Ohio, which currently ranks 44th in unemployment and 41st in population growth. Working Ohioans continue to fall behind, seeing $147 less in wages than the average American at the end of each week. In addition, Ohio has fallen from fifth to 23rd in education and ranks among the worst for both infant mortality and overdose deaths. “Years of broken promises have rigged the system against everyday Ohioans. They are working harder, but seeing less at the end of the day. They can’t get ahead,” said Rep. Phil Robinson (D-Solon). “To restore Ohio’s promise, we need to keep our promises and work together to make sure that if you work hard you can get ahead in Ohio. It’s about creating good jobs and an economy that works for everyone—not just those at the top.” The plan includes a number of bipartisan priorities, including plans to protect healthcare and Medicaid expansion, invest in education, expand public transit and improve children’s services, in addition to reforming the state’s tax system and reducing the price of prescription drugs. “We are committed to working together to deliver real results for taxpayers,” said Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire). “Better lives and brighter futures…


Tickets on sale for ‘High School Musical’ at BGHS

FROM SARAH CASERTA/BGHS Bowling Green High School will perform Disney’s High School Musical April 11, 12, 13 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale for online credit card purchase from March 10 until April 3.  April 8-11 from 3-6 p.m., the PAC box office will be open for patrons to purchase tickets with check or cash, only. The director is JoBeth Gonzalez, the choreographer is Tim Barker, the vocal director is Beth Vaughn, the orchestral director is Jeremy Sison, the technical director is Ryan Albrecht, and the producer is Sarah Caserta. The story centers around the high school jock, Troy Bolton, played by senior Ethan Brown, and his love interest, Gabriella Montez, played by sophomore, Terra Sloane. They spark a relationship that involves a love of music and decide to audition together for the school musical, but they are thwarted some of their friends and by the school’s current leading lady, Sharpay, played by senior Sarah Kelly, and Sharpay’s brother Ryan, played by senior Hudson Pendleton. Troy and Gabriella and their well-meaning friends try to bridge the cliques and spread their wings into new adventures. The musical is full of catchy songs and fun dances that explore the issues of friendship, first loves, and acceptance. ‘High School Musical’ cast (image provided) Additional cast members include Kelli Amburgey, Jaycob Bagrowski, Kalista Beair, Kathy Bui, Lauren Clifford, Nicole Contreras, Leela Cromwell, Maddy Depinet, Kaitlyn Dorman, Isaac Douglas, Mitchell Drumm, James Eddington, Fran Flores, Matthew Fyfe, Lauren Goberman, Sophia Hachtel, Isa Herrera, Nate Horn, Sarah Kelly, Kelsey Kerr, Ellie Knape, Hailey Kozey, Thomas Long, Brianna Marovich, Emma and Kenzey Matney, Alexandra Meade, Hailey Meeker, Cole Nemeth, Allison Nonnemaker, Manita Ojha, Katie Parlow, Hudson Pendleton, Charlotte Perez, Cody Ray, Erik and Kikki Schempf, Faith Stewart, Olivia Strang, Ella Strum, Abby Utz, Megan Ward, Anne Weaver, Jeremiah Williams and Ashley Ziegler. Stage managers are Amanda Schall and Katie Mangan. Crew members include Chris Blausey, Matthew Brand, Garrett English, Tyler Farrell, Tommy Fyffe, Oliver Gilbert, Kat Griffith, Lindsay King, Zander King, Darrin Kirchner, Brandon Knell, Luke Kobylski, Erik Lohr, Katie Mangan, Caitlin McDonald, Hailey Meeker, Deja Roosevelt, Amanda Schall, Dylan Thomason, Bella Truman, Jenna Urban,…


Talk & data key to BGSU’s award-winning approach to keeping students

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Bowling Green State University’s Division of Student Affairs has earned recognition coast to coast. A couple weeks ago Thomas Gibson, vice president for student affairs and vice provost, was in Boston receiving a national award from NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. “BGSU was selected as a one of 2019’s most promising places to work in student affairs,” Gibson said. This week Gibson is in Los Angeles to receive aa gold award for its Falcon Success and Retention Curriculum. That program, FSRC, has already earned praise right here in Bowling Green for keeping more students at BGSU after they’ve enrolled. That’s key for students. It’s also important for BGSU’s finances since how much money it gets from the state depends on how many students it retains and eventually graduates. Gibson traced the effort back to 2014, two years before he came to campus.  Before that time, he said, resident assistants were “heavily focused” on social and engagement programs . These were activities to encourage students get out of their rooms and meet each other. They were light-hearted — game nights, trivia games, and the like. These were intended to build community. But the university was having a problem retaining students.  University administrators understood they needed a new model, Gibson said. This involved combining the social engagement with “individual, intentional conversations with residents.” Resident assistants would make a point of speaking to students one on one about the challenges they were facing as well as the successes they had. These “date-rich” conversations yielded  a lot of information about students who may be having problems, students who may be considering not returning for the next semester, as well as students who are having a great experience. Those conversations, Gibson explained, were framed by  questions developed by student affairs professionals. They center on five areas:  SafetyStudent engagement, how involved they were in campus activities whether clubs, Greek life, research or community serviceInclusivity, how much they felt at home at BGSU;Personal growthAcademic success.  These are all central to keeping students at BGSU. Studies show, Gibson said, that those students who are engaged in campus activities are more likely to stay. BGSU also needs to know whether students…


BGSU Forensics keeps up its winning ways

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The BGSU Falcon Forensics and Debate Team both hosted and won the National Championships held by the Novice National Forensic Association March 8-10. This national tournament featured competition among the best first-year novice competitors in the nation, attracting colleges and universities from as far as Florida and Washington. The Falcons placed 16 student presentations in final rounds, earning five individual National Champion titles in multiple events. The team also won its second National Title in Reader’s Theatre, a group performance event. Other BGSU Team honors include Open Division National Champions, Debate National Championships and Division I Forensics Individual Events National Champions. As a team, BGSU now ranks first in Debate and Forensics Public Speaking Events, with wins in both the Division I and Open classifications. This year’s win marks BGSU’s 15th National Championship Title since 2001, with other wins including the National Comprehensive Championships, Pi Kappa Delta National Convention, the North American Forensics Society and 10 straight title wins with the Collegiate Forensic Association. Two BGSU team members placed in multiple events in final rounds, emerging as the top and second place speakers overall in the nation, National Pentathalon Champion Sophia Stockham and second place Pentathalon Champion Sophia Walcher. Pentathalon recognizes the top overall student speakers/debaters at the National Tournament. Here is the breakdown of other results: INDIVIDUAL EVENT NATIONAL CHAMPIONS Impromptu Speaking National Champion (Sophia Walcher)Impromptu Sales Speaking National Champion (Sophia Stockham)Dramatic Interpretation National Champion (Mikey Ragusa)Poetry Interpretation National Champion (Sophia Stockham)Reader’s Theatre National Champions (Sophia Walcher, Emily Rice, Mikey Ragusa, Julianna Welker) NATIONAL FINALISTS 2nd Place Extemporaneous Speaking (Sophia Stockham)2nd Place Impromptu Speaking (Sophia Stockham)2nd Place Prose Interpretation (Sophia Walcher)2nd Place Slam Poetry Interpretation (Sophia Stockham)3rd Place Public Narrative Speaking (Sophia Walcher)4th Place Poetry Interpretation (Sophia Walcher)4th Place Persuasive Speaking (Sophia Stockham)National Semifinalist in International Public Debate (Sophia Stockham)National Quarterfinalist in International Public Debate (Allison Sturley)National Octofinalist in International Public Debate (Jesse Lenzo)National Octofinalist in International Public Debate (Rachel Murphy) Falcon Forensics and Debate is a co-curricular competitive team sponsored through the School of Media and Communication.


Increased chance of severe weather today

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency  director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: Strong to severe thunderstorms are likely this afternoon and evening.  The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has increased the risk category from “Slight” to “Enhanced.”  Lower and upper atmospheric conditions this afternoon and evening will be conducive to severe weather development.  Forecast models indicate a line or area of thunderstorms will move into NW Ohio around/after 4:00 p.m. and be into the Wood County area between 5:00 and 6:00pm this evening.  There is a strong potential that the SPC will issue a Tornado WATCH for our area within the next couple of hours.  This is our first chance of severe weather for the season, so please have a plan and monitor conditions closely this afternoon and evening.  Have a means to monitor local media, weather radios, or phone apps to receive the latest weather information and possible warnings. Stay weather aware today!


What’s happening in your community (updated March 18)

NEWLY POSTED: ‘High School Musical’ cast leads drama workshop, March 23 On Saturday, March 23, the Wood County District Public Library Children’s Place will host a drama workshop led by the Bowling Green High School Drama Club. The workshop will run from 10-11:30 a.m., and teach skills used by the Drama Club actors in their upcoming production of “High School Musical.” Participants will learn “High School Musical” related theatre warm-ups, create improv scenes that explore cliques and break their stereotypes, and learn the choreography for the show’s main dance, “We’re All in This Together.” Children ages 8 and up are invited to participate. Please call the Children’s Place desk at 419-352-8253 with any questions. NEWLY POSTED: Family Rigamig session, March 24  Families are invited to play and build with the library’s Rigamajig, a giant building set, in the programming room of the Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library on Sunday, March 24, from 2-3 p.m.  The library staff will provide stories and books for creative ideas. For more information, contact the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253. NEWLY POSTED: Toledo Museum hosts a day Van Gogh films, March 30 The Toledo Museum of Art will host a cinematic celebration of the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Little Theater. Come celebrate the birthday of 19th-century painter Vincent van Gogh whose vivid life continues to fascinate filmmakers from around the world. This immersive marathon in the Little Theater will feature the 2018 film “At Eternity’s Gate” starring Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe; “Crows,” a short homage from the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa; Kirk Douglas in “Lust for Life, the 1956 biopic directed by Vincente Minelli.  Tickets are $10, $7 for members, and $5 for students and military. The schedule for the Vincent Van Gogh Celebration and Movie Marathon is: 10 a.m., Lust for Life (1956, 2 hours 2 minutes, not rated) 12:15 p.m., Lunch Break (Food and beverages purchased in the Museum Café are permitted in the Little Theater) 1:15 p.m., Crows from Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990, 10 minutes, PG) 1:30 p.m., Vincent and Theo (1990, 2 hours 18 minutes, PG-13) 4 p.m., Dinner Break (Museum Café hours extended) 5 p.m., Loving Vincent (2017, 1 hour 35 minutes, PG-13) 7 p.m., At Eternity’s Gate (2018, 1 hour…


BGSU’s Browne Popular Culture Library celebrates 50 years of living in the past

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Behind the closed doors on the fourth floor of Jerome Library, the treasures are stored. Treasures that most people, aside from the hoarders and most obsessive of collectors, would throw out. For archivist Stephen Ammidown, that’s the beauty of the Browne Popular Culture Library. Most of what it collects would be destined for the landfill, except someone saved it, and then they, or their survivors, donated it to Bowling Green State University. Archivist Stephen Ammidown discusses a recent acquisition of gossip and movie magazines. Those folks include a family who recently traveled all the way from Saskatchewan with a van full of movie and gossip magazines. Those now sit on a table in the library in the process of being sorted. Some donations are small — an MTV Remote Control game. “I want you to have this,” the donor said.  One Star Trek fan delivered dozens of boxes filled with all things Star Trek, including a Vulcan harp, that was made by a fan of the show. Ammidown said Star Trek is an interesting case  because the studio lost interest in it in the period between the original TV series and the movies, and didn’t license official products. So Star Trek lovers ran amok creating memorabilia on their own, including that harp. The instrument is not only unplayable but unrepairable, yet valuable nonetheless as a relic of the show and its devotees. The Browne Popular Culture Library celebrated its 50th birthday with a  cake decorated with Batman , Tuesday afternoon (March 12). (Batman’s 80th birthday will be celebrated at the Batman in Popular Culture conference on campus, April 12 and 13.) “Seems like a 100 years,” quipped Bill Schurk, who was the first head  librarian of the Popular Culture Library. He remembered as an undergraduate in the 1960s being allowed to display some of his collections of “cool stuff” at McFall, where the university library was then located. That was a privilege reserved for faculty and library staff. “I was this library when I was 5 years old,” Schurk said Tuesday.  “I collected all of this then.” After earning his masters in library science he returned to BGSU to head a new audio center….