Articles by David Dupont

Art fest’s Chalk Walk competition goes on despite rainout

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Two weeks after the Black Swamp Arts Festival’s Chalk Walk competition was washed out by rain, four teams from Bowling Green High School were at work bringing their designs to life. Working on the sidewalk leading to the school the chalk-dusted students created out-of-this-world art. This year’s theme was Outer Space and the Solar System. After the competition had to be canceled, Tom and Lorena Perez, who coordinated the event for the festival, and guest artist Chris Fry decided that instead of judging the works based on the designs submitted by the 15 teams, they would give the students a chance to draw those designs at their schools. Most of the other teams have either scheduled or completed their work. They are teams from Otsego, Sylvania Northview, Eastwood, Holgate, Wayne Trace, Anthony Wayne, Genoa, and Lake. The basic rules remain the same — teams of five or fewer, no teacher involvement in the actual creation of the drawing, and a four-hour time frame to draw the image. Teams are required to submit time and date stamped photos documenting the beginning and end of the process, as well as other photos showing the work in progress. Teams have until Sunday at 6 p.m. to submit their work.  Winners will be notified at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The BG students were disappointed that they weren’t able to create their work as originally planned. “I definitely prefer to do it at the festival,” Anne Weaver said. She loves “the ambiance with all the music and people walking by. “Still this is fun,” she added. “We were bummed we didn’t get to talk to the chalk artist,” said Sophi Hachtel. On Saturday morning each team had it own soundtrack. Etta Gallaway said she was glad the school organized the event so all the teams could work together. Kate Bozzo said she and her teammates have been participating in the event for the past three years since art teacher Lloyd Triggs suggested they give it a try. They always have fun creating art with their friends. “We’re all the secret sauce,” said Uzochi Nwauwa. “We all bring stuff to the table for the perfect recipe.” Sophie Pineau said that the chalk medium can be difficult. She highly recommends wearing gloves.  “When you don’t…


Time capsule mystery solved

Chris Gajewicz, of the BG Parks and Recreation Department, has ferreted out the information on the mysterious time capsule found in City Park. He reports Facebook: “I have the answer. It was buried for the 150th anniversary of the founding of BG in 1983 with Lyle Fletcher officiating.” We knew long-time Bowling Green history expert Lyle Fletcher had to be involved.


Poet Rita Dove brings ‘another way of singing’ to BGSU

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Rita Dove, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former Poet Laureate, almost stopped writing poetry. Her home had been struck by lightning and was destroyed, she told her audience at Bowling Green State University Thursday night.  Rebuilding so consumed her that when someone asked what was next for her as a poet, she questioned whether she’d ever write again. “I’m done. I just need to get my life in order.” That was in 1998. She’d already served as the youngest and first black Poet Laureate of the United States and won the Pulitzer Prize for “Thomas and Beulah,” a collection of poems inspired by her grandparents.  Then a neighbor asked Dove and her husband, Fred Viebahn, to go out to a local dinner dance as a way of cheering them up. They were fascinated by the dancing, and wanted to join. They ended up taking ballroom dancing lessons, and now do it competitively. The dancing inspired poems. In “Foxtrot Fridays,” she writes, of how dancing keeps problems at bay with: “Just the sweep of Paradise  / and the space of a song  / to count all the wonders in it.” Dove was on campus as the keynote speaker for the Edwin H. Simmons Creative Minds Series. During the day she spent time meeting and conversing with students. At 11 a.m. she was seated on the stage of the Donnell Theatre surrounded by creative writing students. This was an “inhuman” hour for her, Dove said. She usually writes from midnight to 6 a.m. Does she write every day? That was the first question posed. Dove said while she doesn’t necessarily sit down at her desk and write daily, she’s always “writing,” adding “I always have that attitude.” Even while traveling she has with her “a notebook or three or nine” and her phone is handy to take notes. The poet did advise the two dozen or so students that they should write every day.  This practice is akin to athletes training or musicians doing their scales. “When inspiration strikes, you’re ready.” The disadvantage, she said, is “you write a lot of junk.” But there’s a lesson in that as well. “It inures you to having to be perfect the first time.” Dove spoke of how her own poems take shape. She…


Area libraries hosting voter registration Sept. 25

The Wood County District Public Library (WCDPL) will be joined by other county libraries in partnering with the League of Women Voters of Bowling Green (LWVBG) to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 25. In addition to WCDPL, participating libraries include: Pemberville Library (419-287-4012), North Baltimore Library (419-257-3621), and Weston Library (419-669-3415) and its Grand Rapids branch (419-832-5231). Business hours vary;  call for the specific LWVBG-assisted voter registration hours unique to each of these libraries. In Bowling Green, stop by the library (251 N. Main St., BG) any time  from 9 am until 8:30 pm. Volunteers from the LWVBG will be at WCDPL all day to register voters and to answer questions about the process of registering to vote in Ohio.


Friday forecast now has storms gone by kickoff

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: A couple of items have slightly changed in the forecast models for Friday since yesterday’s email.  Timing of the thunderstorms now indicate a 3-6 p.m. time frame for moving through NW Ohio.  Forecast models are still fairly consistent that severe weather and lightning producing storms will be well east of Wood County by Friday night football kick-off times.  Also, changed in the last 2 hours is the SPC’s update that shows the “Slight” risk category has been shifted slightly west to include Wood County in the next highest risk category.  With a “Slight” risk, there is a chance of an isolated tornado as well as damaging straight-line winds as primary threats.  Winds outside of thunderstorms throughout the day on Friday will be very breezy/gusty.  Some non-thunderstorm wind gusts could be 35-40 mph at times.  Once the storms have passed, there will be a notable drop in temperature through Friday evening.  Please monitor weather conditions closely Friday afternoon until this strong cold front has passed through the area. For our local schools… As stated, Friday night football games should be threat-free from severe weather and lightning; however, with the thunderstorms arriving later in the afternoon, there will be a chance of stronger weather around class dismissal times.  Although forecast models are leaning towards a line of thunderstorms moving through Wood County in the 4:30-5:30pm time frame, conditions will be favorable for scattered/isolated thunderstorms ahead of this line that could also become strong or severe, so please monitor weather conditions closely as dismissal times arrive on Friday. Much cooler weather but mostly sunny skies for the weekend!


Mike Stern headlines Orchard Guitar Festival at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will become a slate of top guitarists to teach and perform at the 2018 Orchard Guitar Festival in the Moore Musical Arts Center Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29. To a generation of contemporary jazz guitar aficionados, Mike Stern is regarded as one of the true guitar greats of his generation. A player of remarkable facility whose searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity, Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 17 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards. His latest, “Trip,” is his first since recovering from a serious accident in the summer of 2016 that left him with two broken arms and nerve damage in his right hand that prevented him from even holding a pick. But Stern is back on top of his game, playing with typical authority and prodigious chops on this all-star outing, which features such longstanding colleagues as trumpeters Randy Brecker and Wallace Roney, saxophonists Bob Franceschini and Bill Evans (a bandmate of Mike’s in Miles Davis’ ‘comeback band’ of 1981), bassists Victor Wooten and Tom Kennedy and drummers Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Lenny White. Continue reading Mike’s bio here. Adam Schlenker is an educator, performer, composer and arranger of American Roots Acoustic Music from southern West Virginia and is currently based in Columbus Ohio. Along with performing, recording and touring, Adam founded 5th Fret Productions in 2009 combining online, video based lessons with one on one instruction. Thanks to the Skype technology, Adam’s private student base stretches across the US, throughout Europe and Australia. Allowing him to lend a hand to anyone in the world who’s wishing to work on their flat pick guitar and mandolin skills. Adam has been featured in Flat Picking Guitar Magazine and is also an instructor at several acoustic guitar camps including the Nashville Flat Pick Camps and the Stenback International Acoustic Guitar Camp in Denmark. Read more about Schlenker here. Jack Petersen is a jazz guitarist, pianist, composer, arranger, music publisher, music clinician, and renowned pioneer in jazz education who revolutionized guitar education. Retired BGSU professor of jazz guitar, Chris Buzzelli, studied with Petersen at the University of…


BGSU to host all-day opioid teach-in, Sept. 25

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATION Bowling Green State University will host “Change the Story: Opioid Teach-In” on Sept. 25 to raise awareness about the opioid crisis, make connections to existing resources, research and data, and to apply BGSU expertise to help individuals gain practical skills to help the community. The event is open to community members interested in or affected by the opioid crisis. Sessions will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in various rooms in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. “Because of our knowledgeable faculty and staff, across disciplines, Bowling Green State University is uniquely positioned to examine the opioid crisis facing the region and the country,” said Dr. Melissa Burek, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “We hope to increase awareness of this epidemic as well as explore solutions for positive change.” Topics of the teach-in include: National context of crisis Family experiences Neurology of addiction Recovery Treatment Urban, suburban and rural justice responses Prevention Policies and approaches to changing the story The opioid crisis affects nearly every community and the country at large. It is projected that opioid use may result in the deaths of more than 500,000 people over the next 10 years at the present trajectory. In Ohio, opioid overdoses and deaths are among the highest in the nation. By hosting the opioid teach-in, the University takes a leadership role in education and solutions for this epidemic. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in any session of interest. Sessions will vary from informational videos, discussion panels, training seminars and story sessions to presentations by individuals who have experienced addiction as well as families affected by the opioid crisis. BGSU also has created “Change the Story: An Original Film,” offering important techniques to lead safe and informative discussions for positive change in the way the community views the opioid crisis. BGSU has brought together knowledgeable faculty and leading community members to share their expertise. Sessions will be led or facilitated by representatives from local health and safety organizations, including the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services board, Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the Zepf Center, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Northwest Community Correctional Center. Burek added that, in addition, BGSU students have been a valuable part of the planning process. In keeping with BGSU’s role…


Hold the tuna — ocean explorer Sylvia Earle offers recipe for saving the sea

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Sylvia Earle wants to take tuna off the menu. The same with swordfish and orange roughy. The appetite for fish is depleting the fish population, and that disrupts the ecosystem of the ocean, and that’s a threat to the human population. Large scale commercial fishing is one of many attack on the oceans. “We’ve become so skilled at extracting wild life from oceans, streams and lakes that we’re seeing an unprecedented decline in population,” the marine biologist and explorer said. Earle was at Bowling Green State University Tuesday to give a talk based on her book “The World Is Blue.”  When she was a child, she said, people couldn’t see Earth from outer space. Now children grow up knowing the photo of the blue planet. Yet humans are just coming round to understanding the importance of protecting those vast blue stretches. “No ocean,” Earle said,” no us. No blue, no green. We need water.” Those oceans, whether saltwater or the vast freshwater bodies such as Lake Superior, rely on intricate systems. Just like a computer, removing one small part means it doesn’t work so well. “The attitude has been the ocean is too big to fail,” Earle said. But “never before has the change happened so rapidly or as comprehensively.” Except, she added, 65 million years ago when a comet hit Earth. Those changes have brought increased prosperity for humans, but not so much for wildlife, except cockroaches and rats. That period has also been a great age for exploration. Only in the last several decades could people venture beyond where light penetrates, into the dark depths of the ocean. Earle was on the forefront as the first woman aquanaut. She had to convince officials that a woman could handle the job. Now she’s one of the most prominent explorers. In 1986 when she went on her first mission she was the only woman among 79 men. Recent photos she projected as part of her talk included a larger number of women. The vastness of the ocean leaves much to explore. The average depth is two and a half miles, the deepest parts are seven miles deep.  An enthusiast for marine exploration she urged her listeners “to take the plunge” if they have the opportunity. The over fishing of large…


Colliding fronts may bring severe weather on Friday

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory: A strong cold front will move across Northern Ohio on Friday bringing showers and thunderstorms.  Because of the strength of the cold front and the warm/moist air that will be in place over Northern Ohio, thunderstorms may become severe.  The Storm Prediction Center has NW Ohio in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather while area east and south of Wood County will be in the “Slight” risk category.  Damaging straight line winds and hail will be the primary threats along with heavy downpours of rain.  Timing of thunderstorm develop on Friday as of today incidates thunderstorms will likely develop and begin to strengthen over NW Ohio in the early-mid afternoon before moving east/south as more mature/stronger thunderstorms.  Much cooler air will move into the area Friday night and into the weekend as Fall officially begins at 9:54 p.m. Saturday night. As many on this email list are school officials with football games on Friday night, the timing at this point indicates thunderstorms will likely be out of the area by kick-off times.  Some lingering showers may still be in the area; however, the lightning and severe weather threat should be well east and south of Wood County by football time.  EMA will monitor forecasted conditions and provide an update Friday morning especially if timing changes and may impact football games Friday night.  


Wendell Mayo to read from new story collection

From GATHERING VOLUMES Gathering Volumes, 196 E. Boundary, Perrysburg,  will  welcome Bowling Green State University professor, Ohio State alumni, and author Wendell Mayo to the store in support of his latest short story collection, Survival House, Saturday Oct. 6 2-4 p.m.. About the Book: Survival House is Wendell Mayo’s fifth short-story collection. It is in part autobiographically informed by his father’s work on nuclear power for deep space travel at NASA’s Lewis Research Center (now named the John Glenn Space Center) in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1960s and 1970s, the height of the space and nuclear arms races. Often humorous, always resonant, the ten stories in Survival House not only look back to the collective mind of doom in the atomic age of the 1950s and 1960s, but also address its legacy in our time—the emergence of new nuclear powers, polarizing politics, and the ever-tightening grip of corporations. In contemporary stories, such as “Doom Town,” a small-town festival annually celebrates the survival of the human race by conducting riotous air raids. In “The Trans-Siberian Railway Comes to Whitehouse,” a bar owner desperately clings to a new all-things-Russian theme to save himself from financial ruin. Other stories, set in the 1960s, recast the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy assassination, and Space Race in personal histories of the human heart that remind us what it takes to endure—both then, and now. About the Author: Wendell Mayo completed a BS in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University and worked as an environmental and energy engineer for thirteen years before turning to writing fiction in 1988. Since then, he has authored five full-length story collections, two reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, and another in The LA Times. His debut collection, Centaur of the North, was winner of the Premio Aztlán and the sole finalist in the AWP Award Series in Short Fiction, selected by Lorrie Moore. In addition to Survival House, his other story collections are The Cucumber King of Kedainiai; B. Horror and Other Stories; and a novel-in-stories, In Lithuanian Wood, which appeared in Lithuanian translation as Vilko Valanda [Engl: Hour of the Wolf] with Mintis Press in Vilnius. Over one-hundred of his short stories have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies, including Yale Review, Harvard Review, Manoa, Missouri Review, Boulevard, New Letters, Threepenny Review,…


BG Philharmonia opens 100th anniversary season

From BGSU COLLEGE OF MUSICAL ARTS   The Bowling Green Philharmonia opens its celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding this weekend. The celebration continues throughout the year with special guests and events. Here’s what’s scheduled: Saturday, September 22, 8 p.m., Kobacker Hall The BG Philharmonia in concert with guest artist Mingwei Zhao, cello In conjunction with the Annual High School Honors String Festival. String festival students will join on selected works. Program includes: Elgar Enigma Variations, and Elgar Cello Concerto Saturday, October 20, 8 p.m., Kobacker Hall The BG Philharmonia in concert at the 39th Annual New Music Festival Program includes: On Wings of Light and Newly Drawn Sky by Aaron Kernis, John Corigliano’s Campane di Ravello and the premiere of Martin Kennedy’s Theme and Variations for trombone in a new version for orchestra, Brittany Lasch, trombone soloist Sunday, December 2, 3 p.m., Kobacker Hall The BG Philharmonia in concert with guest artist Zachary DePue, violin Program includes: Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1 and StravinskyPetrouchka Friday, February 1, 11 a.m., Cleveland Convention Center Grand Ballroom The BG Philharmonia in concert at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference Cleveland, Ohio Program includes: Stravinsky Petrouchka Saturday, February 16, 8 p.m., Kobacker Hall The BG Philharmonia in concert 51st Annual Concerto Competition Sunday, March 10, 3 p.m., Kobacker Hall BG Chamber Orchestra in concert Featuring Nermis Mieses, oboe, and Julie Buzzelli, harp Friday, April 5, 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 7, 3 p.m., Kobacker Hall BG Opera Theater and Camerata Campo di Bocce presents Handel’s Semele Wednesday, April 24, 6 p.m., Kobacker Hall Annual Middle School Honors String Festival Sunday, May 5, 3 p.m., Kobacker Hall The BG Philharmonia presents its 100th Anniversary Concert with an Alumni Gathering Program includes: Beethoven Symphony No. 9, featuring BGSU choirs and soloists


What’s happening in your community (updated Sept. 21)

NEWLY POSTED: Farmers market devoted to Apple Harvest Day, Sept. 26 With only three outdoor markets remaining, Downtown Bowling Green has decided to host an Apple Harvest Day at the Downtown BG Market, Sept. 26, from 4-7 p.m. with all vendors and attendees able to splurge in all things apple. The Wayne United Methodist Church will be holding its annual Apple Dumpling fundraiser as well as the Boy Scouts BG Pack #485 will be at market selling popcorn tins. The Wood County Historical Center & Museum will present, marketing their upcoming events, “Friday Night Folklore Trick or Treat” and “War of Worlds.”   NEWLY POSTED: Tree No Leaves plays LP release show, Sept. 22 Tree No Leaves will perform a album release show for “Prophet Holographic” Saturday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St. in downtown Bowling Green. “Prophet Holographie” is a vinyl 12-inch released by Grounds for Thought Records. The concert will feature an analog liquid light show by Synesthetic Oil Spill. NEWLY POSTED: Dally siblings to perform at Naslada, Sept. 27 Naslada Bistro, 182 S. Main St., in downtown Bowling Green will present Mark and Suzy with Balloon Messenger- The Sibling Project,  Thursday Set. 27, at 6 p.m.  The show features Bowling Green siblings Suzy Dally Schumacher and Mark Dally. There’s no cover charge but a reservation is required. Call 419-373-6050 any time between 5-9 p.m. A $20 deposit (which will be credited back to guest’s tab) per person is required and can be paid over the phone. Because the restaurant will be prepping food ahead of time, deposit is not refundable regardless of the reason.   NEWLY POSTED: Be My Neighbor Day, Oct. 6 WGTE will host Be My Neighbor Day  October 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Walbridge Park in Toledo.Be My Neighbor Day is a chance to teach the importance of being a caring neighbor. At the event, children can meet Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat, make crafts and more! Packs of diapers, baby wipes and diaper cream for local families in need will be collected. Joyce Davis Puppets will present a puppet show at 11 a.m. and noon. Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat will be available from 10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.   NEWLY POSTED: Ribbon cutting celebrates Tea Thyme opening,…


BG bicyclists tells fellow riders ‘safety is your responsibility’

To add to a previous op-ed about bicycle usage and driver responses there are some areas of town I will not ride a bicycle through. Those would be downtown,Fairview Ave.,Pearl Street and basically anywhere on Main Street or East Wooster. The previous poster mentioned people going left of center to pass a bicycle disregarding traffic coming in the oncoming lane this happens repeatedly on Fairview and is quite dangerous for cyclists. I’ve been driving my truck down Pearl Street and have vehicles pass me so showing courtesy for cyclists would be quite the stretch.The sharrows and signs just give cyclists a false sense of security that they are in the right to traverse these areas with confidence and that all drivers will yield for them which doesn’t happen. I realize the city is doing all they can to provide a safe environment for bicycles but they can not regulate driver courtesy via signage and sharrows. The conclusion to this is the cyclists themselves, with the total weight of bicycle and rider being at best a few hundred pounds and your adversary is around 3,000 pounds it’s a battle that will result in serious injury or death. I see cyclists all the time riding without mirrors or lights ignoring traffic laws. Oh they may signal a turn but blow through stop signs cut through parking lots, whip across crossings on sidewalks when they use them. My point is not all  vehicle misconduct can be placed on the personality of drivers when cyclists ignore laws that drivers are constrained by leading to some of the lack of courtesy for cyclists. The old saying two wrongs don’t make a right applies but it is what it is, so cyclists ride with your safety in mind because in a battle with a vehicle you’ll lose every time there is such a thing as dead right. Do not depend on your safety being legislated as always in every endeavor your safety is ‘your’ responsibility not the sharrows and signs or the cities. BG cyclist. Gary Dessert Bowling Green


STEM in Park takes flight by combining with air show

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATION For the first time, STEM in the Park and the Wood County Air Fair will combine their events to make one large, multi-site event on Sept. 29 in Bowling Green. STEM in the Park, a free family day of hands-on fun at Bowling Green State University, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Perry Field House, with free parking available. Meanwhile, all aspects of flight will be explored at the Wood County Regional Airport, with shuttle service available to transport families to both locations. The Wood County Air Fair will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. STEM in the Park will feature interactive displays and activities created by community partners, local businesses and area universities to engage children of all ages in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – fields. More than 175 unique, hands-on STEM activity stations will be offered. The new Flight Zone, located at the Wood County Air Fair, will feature: C47, 825 and TBM Avenger aircraft displays Helicopter rides by Intrepid Helicopters (for a fee) Hot air balloon rides (weather permitting) Free airplane rides with the EAA Young Eagle Flight Program (ages 8-17) FAA Aviation Pilot and Aircraft Maintenance seminars (hosted by the Bowling Green Flight Center) Many hands-on activities “We like to have the event stay current with fresh ideas and themes,” said Event Coordinator Jenna Pollock. “My son has been into flying drones lately and this is what sparked our new Flight Zone idea. Plus, we love to partner with other community organizations and the Wood County Air Fair is a great fit.” Other activity zones back by popular demand for the ninth annual event are the Robotics Zone, Food Science Zone, Digital Media Zone, Science of Sports Zone and the H20 Zone, which explores the science behind all of water’s amazing uses. A Roots to STEM Pre-K-2 Zone is also back this year, featuring activities that cater specifically to younger children. The STEM stage will once again feature super-sized demonstrations from the Imagination Station and the Toledo Zoo. Activity station hosts include BGSU’s Marine Lab and Herpetarium, SSOE, Verizon, Challenger Learning Center of Lake Erie West, Nature’s Nursery, and more than 80 other institutions and organizations. STEM in the Park is the brainchild of…


Deeply moving ‘Considering Matthew Shepard’ leaves BGSU audience at a loss for applause

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News “Considering Matthew Shepard” ended in silence. A packed Kobacker Hall went quiet as the C-triad softly hummed by the members of the vocal ensemble Conspirare and the 100 singers filling the mezzanine faded out. At first it seemed the usual pause at the end of a concert. But the silence extended in length, and somehow increased in depth. The conductor-composer Craig Hella Johnson stood in front of the stage head bowed. Silence. Then his head rose and his gestured to the performers on stage. The audience erupted. The applause rapturous, as loud as the previous moments were soft. On their feet, the audience called the ensemble out for three curtain calls. The applause did not so much break the silence as let loose the emotions it contained. The listeners and performers had for the past 100 minutes lived the story of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man beaten and left for dead in October 1998 outside of Laramie, Wyoming. When he died several days later he became an icon for those who opposed hate crimes and longed for greater tolerance.  The oratorio was performed Monday by Conspirare at Bowling Green State University. When, a few minutes after the performance ended, about 150 members of the audience assembled in Bryan Recital Hall, members of the panel who were there to discuss the work and the meaning of Matthew Shepard, said it was hard to speak about the experience. Katie Stygles, assistant director for Diversity Education and LGBTQ+ Programs at Bowling Green State University, said she was still processing the experience. “I still have tears flowing over. It’s just so beautiful.” She sees the students she serves in Matthew Shepard. Susana Pena, director, School of Cultural and Critical Studies, said that when the news of Shepard’s death came, the nation had reached a point where it was open to hearing this tragic story, and acting on it. Olivia Behm, a graduate student, said she grew up in the world shaped by Shepard’s death. “Considering Matthew Shepard,” she said, was more than research into the facts, but allowed her to be emotionally absorbed in the story. The oratorio had plenty of facts, drawn from court documents and news reports. It included Shepard’s own words from journals and childhood jottings. It also had…