Articles by David Dupont

Art history seminar presents symposium & exhibit on Toledo Renaissance

From BGSU Division of Art History The Division of Art History and students enrolled in Dr. Allie Terry-Fritsch’s ARTH 4350/5350 seminar, “Critical Issues in Early Modern Art History,” will present an exhibition on “The Toledo (Ohio) Renaissance” in theLobby of the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at the Bowling Green State University School of Art between May 8-August, 2019. A symposium on “The Toledo (Ohio) Renaissance” will be held on Wednesday, May 8 between 1:00-3:30 pm to mark the opening of the symposium. While today the slogan “You Will Do Better in Toledo” is promoted ubiquitously on signs and t-shirts throughout the city, in 1913, it was emblazoned on an electrical sign, lit by 7000 ten-watt bulbs and erected on top of the Valentine Theater in downtown Toledo, to proclaim the early- twentieth century city as a place of promise. Students in Dr. Allie Terry-Fritsch’s upper-level undergraduate/graduate seminar examined the ways in which early 20th-century Toledoans further shaped the city’s identity as a site of renewal through patronage of architecture and art inspired by the Renaissance. As part of the requirements for the seminar, each student selected at least one Toledo monument and one Toledo personality or work of art from the Toledo Museum of Art to investigate over the course of the semester. Research responsibilities for each selected topic included gathering primary and secondary sources at archives and libraries, organizing photographic documentation, writing an art-historical catalogue essay, collaborating on an exhibition. and presenting a summary of research at a small symposium. A public symposium, “The Toledo (Ohio) Renaissance,” will be held from 1:00-3:30 p.m. in the School of Art on BGSU’s main campus in Room 1101. Research presentations will highlight the ways in which early 20 th -century Toledoans shaped the city’s identity as a site of renewal through patronage of architecture and art inspired by the Renaissance. Focused examination of select Toledo buildings reveals nuanced strategies of architectural appropriation that situated early 20th-century residents within a fantasy of the golden age, from the luxury department store that framed its wares with the insignia of the prestigious labor guilds of Renaissance Florence to the vaudeville theater that transported the Ca’ d’Oro from Venice to downtown Toledo. The symposium will also feature a Keynote Lecture by the…

Carpet replacement means some disruption at the library

From Wednesday, May 8 through Friday, May 17, the Wood County District Public Library will be replacing worn carpet in the main hallway, both entrances, in front of the Check-Out Desk, and on the stairwell in the atrium. According to Library Director Michael Penrod: “Tis a good problem that our community uses the library so much that the 25-year carpet has been worn away in just 16 years.” As work progresses, the library will be required to close off areas and entrances – and will use outdoor signage to direct visitors where to enter the building or how to reach the second floor. This will include several days of entering the library through an emergency exit in the Children’s Area. Penrod stated in a press release: “We apologize for any inconvenience and ask for your patience as we work to keep the library an inviting place to learn, discover, and explore.”

Literacy for all senses featured at BGSU’s spring kids fest

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Lindsay Ward remembers a picture book giving her a peek at an amazing world where kids got days off from school because it snowed. Ward grew up in San Jose, California, where it never snow. Well, maybe once for seven seconds. But she got to experience the magic of a snow day through her favorite book “Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats. Ward was the featured at Literacy in the Park Saturday at Bowling Green State University’s Field House. Guest author Lindsay Ward “Snowy Day” still inspired Ward when she grew up and became a children’s book author. She created her illustrations out of cut paper, just as Keats did in “Snowy Day.”  That’s what she used for her books about Dexter, the neurotic toy dinosaur. Those books are among the dozen she’s written.  She read the first book in the series “Don’t Forget Dexter” to the assembled audience, and then followed with Dexter’s latest published adventure “It’s Show and Tell Dexter.” The Dexter character was inspired by an abandoned toy dinosaur her husband spied one day in a doctor’s office. Ward said maybe some of those listening to her talk would become writers or illustrators themselves. Young Elijah Snyder told her he drew Manga comics, trying to copy the originals as closely as possible. He offered to come and help Ward do her work. Nora and Aaron Titkemeier an Leo Garcia play with a robotic obstacle course presented by Hull Prairie Middle School in Perrysburg. In response to another question, Ward said, in writing “Don’t Forget Dexter” she drew on her own experience of being lost in a grocery store. The audience was packed with parents with kids in tow. Also on hand two people who have help cultivate Literacy in the Park through their financial donations. Literacy is close to the Conda family’s hearts, said Judith Conda. She worked for 34 years as a special educator including 14 for the Wood County Educational Services Center, where she was a behavioral consultant. Judith and Joe Conda, who is a retired Owens-Illinois executive, have supported Literacy in the Park for 11 years. “We decided that it was something we’d like to help them advance,” Judith Conda said. “We’ve seen…

Scott Regan wonders: Is Democracy Dying?

Our country was founded with the necessary help of a willingness to compromise. Throughout our history statesmen have compromised to the benefit of the nations good. Why have today’s politicians found compromise anathema to their duties as our representatives? Here are four reasons: Gerrymandering By manipulating the voting districts to be dominated by one party or the other, politicians have no need to seek compromise. In fact, a representative caught compromising on issues facing America as a whole will often fail in a reelection bid if it does not please the citizens of his pre programmed district. Money Each year more and more money is funneled into election campaigns by public or secret funds. No political action committee provides money on a promise to compromise. By definition these groups demand support for their particular issues or philosophy. Woe to the candidate who doesn’t toe the line with a view to their “sugar daddy.” Resignation Another practice that is becoming more and more common is the ploy of having an outgoing public servant resign just before their term expires.This allows the party in power to appoint a replacement who can than run a campaign as an unelected incumbent. This provides the candidate with a distinct advantage in the next election and requires aspiring politicians to ingratiate themselves with party, perhaps at the expense of their constituents. Search engines We all know that search engines organize responses based on what the consumer has indicated as a preference. This works well for purchasing shoes or viewing cat videos but constrains the viewer from ever being confronted with opposing social or political views. Without seeing or hearing from alternative viewpoints, the average citizen is less apt to consider compromise or to demand it of their representative. American democracy is on life support. Dr. F. Scott Regan Bowing Green

Faculty get new contract, promotion & tenure at May BGSU trustees meeting

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Bowling Green State University trustees Friday signed off on the third contract between the BGSU-Faculty Association and the administration. The three-year contract calls for 8.5 percent pay increases over the life of the agreement. At the time the agreement was reached, association president David Jackson said, it marked progress in bringing faculty salaries up to the middle of the pack in Ohio public colleges. “Our goal is not to become the highest paid faculty in the state. We’re trying to reach the median.”  The increases will be 3 percent in each of the first two years, and 2.5 percent in the third.  As with the previous three-year agreement, the negotiations went smoothly. In presenting the contract to the trustees, President Rodney Rogers said that it was evidence of a “strong relationship” between the faculty association and the administration. Board Chairman Daniel Keller said that the new agreement was “reasonable and equitable to all parties.” The contract goes into effect on July 1. Among the other terms, some of the cost of health insurance will be shifted to faculty. Negotiating teams pose for portrait after BGSU Board of Trustees meeting. Seated in front, from left, David Jackson, president of the BGSU Faculty Association, Daniel Keller, president of the Board of Trustees, and BGSU President Rodney Rogers. Also at the meeting, trustees approved tenure and promotion actions for 53 faculty.  They were: 23 being promoted to full professor;  15 granted tenure with promotion to associate professor; eight promoted to senior lecturer; and seven promoted to lecturer.  These actions are “momentous” for the faculty, Rogers said, and he urged them to take time to celebrate this milestone in their careers. Also at the meeting, the trustees approved more spending for the renovation of the Technology Building. The board approved spending $6,303,731 for infrastructure needed for the project. This money will come from state capital funds, said Vice President for Finance and Administration  Sheri Stoll. As she has in the past, Stoll noted, this was not the kind of work that attracts students to attend the university. The money will pay for: “tunnel top replacement, heat plant controls, central chilled water manufacturing, centralized emergency power generation, electrical service upgrades, and building security related…

BGSU to celebrate end of academic year with fireworks

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The University Activities Organization at Bowling Green State University will host Falcon Finale Wednesday, May 8, to recognize the end of the 2018-19 academic year. As part of this annual year-end celebration, UAO will launch fireworks from Lot 7 behind the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.  Community members are welcome to join BGSU students and campus community members to view the fireworks display. Spectators should gather on the lawn outside of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union next to the Math Science Building. In preparation for the fireworks event, portions of Thurstin and North College will be closing at 8:45 p.m. May 8. Barricades will be located on Thurstin at Court Street, Thurstin at Pike Street, the intersection of Thurstin and Ridge Street, and North College at East Merry.  BGSU police will also be positioned at the road closures leading up to and during the fireworks display. The fireworks will take place at 9:30 p.m. and roads will open immediately following at 10 p.m. 

Gish name gone from BGSU film theater

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News The Gish name will be removed from the theater in Bowling Green State University’s student union.  The Board of Trustees today (Friday, May 3) acted on the recommendation of President Rodney Rogers. In making the recommendation Rogers was concurring with the findings of a report by a task force set up to studying the name of the film theater, which had until this fall, been located in Hanna Hall. The Black Student Union challenged the name of the theater because Lillian Gish had a starring role in D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film “The Birth of a Nation.” That silent film, set in the time of the Civil War and Reconstruction,  depicts African Americans in demeaning and dehumanizing ways and celebrates the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. Based on the novel, “The Clansman,” the film played a role in the Klan’s revival and spread to the north. It was a blockbuster at the time. The Black Student Union’s campaign to have the name changed, which included two town hall meetings on the issue, was sparked by the showing of the film “13th,” a  documentary film that explores the interrelationship of slavery, the regime of Jim Crow restrictions on blacks, racism, and the prison-industrial complex. Kyle Thompson, vice president of the Black Student Union, talks with President Rodney Rogers “The stereotypes of African Americans in ‘The Birth of a Nation’ are offensive, and the film presents a white supremacist vision,” the task force determined. In advocating for removing the name, the task force cited Lillian Gish’s central role in “Birth of a Nation.” Taken together the displays at the theater, the task force said, “contribute to an intimidating, even hostile, educational environment.” It continued:  “The display, with its oversize images and text, are prominent in a well-used space and evoke the film and its racist legacy.”  Kyron Smith, president of the Black Student Union, said he was pleased with the trustees’ action. “It shows the direction the university is going.” He added he’s looking forward to coming back next semester to see how the change plays out. He said he would have liked more attention paid in Rogers’ presentation to the board to the Black Student Union’s action. It’s important to recognize…

BG school choirs welcome spring with song

Madrigals Cabaret The Bowling Green High School Madrigals will hold their annual Cabaret on Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center. Enjoy an evening of music, laughter and talent with solos, duets, ensembles, bands and even some tap dancing by the members of the Madrigals. There is a reception after both shows in the lobby.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available in the high school office, from any Madrigal member or before each show at the box office.  Spring Pops Concerts High School Choirs – Monday, May 20 7:00 pm PACFeaturing: Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Madrigals and ChoraleConcert is free and open to the public.Middle School Choirs – Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. PAC. Featuring: 6th grade choir, 7th grade choir, 8th grade choirConcert is free and open to the public. Bowling Green High School Women’s Chorus and Chorale receive Superior ratings at State OMEA Event The Bowling Green High School Women’s Chorus and Chorale both competed at the Ohio Music Education Association State Adjudicated Event held at Van Buren High School on Friday, April 26.  Both choirs received the highest rating of a “I” or “Superior.” Bands and choirs are scored by the OMEA rating system. They can receive the scores of I, II, III, IV, or V. A score of I is Superior, II is Excellent, III is Acceptable, IV is Poor, and V is Very Poor.  The choirs had to receive a superior rating at the OMEA district event in March in order to earn the right to compete at the state level.  The Women’s Chorus competed in Class C and is comprised of 35 members in grades 9-12. They have not performed at state since 2009.  The Chorale competed in Class A and is comprised of 50 members in grades 10-12. This is the 6th consecutive year that they have received a superior at the state event.   Both choirs are under the direction of Beth Vaughn. 

The magic of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ shines on BGSU stage

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is Shakespeare’s most staged play. The production of the fantastical comedy at Bowling Green State University shows why. In 525 years, the magic still hasn’t worn off. “Midsummer” still glows, and offers plenty of room for interpretation. Most importantly, it is still funny, in so many ways. “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” opens tonight (Thursday, May 2) at 8 p.m. in the Donnell Theater in the Wolfe Center for the Arts. The Department of Theatre and Film production continues Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Sherry H. White as Helena The comedy unfolds on four levels. In this production directed by Heidi Nees those levels are as clear as those in an iridescent layered cocktails — each ingredient in its space, and yet together they combine for an intoxicating brew. First, we have the frame story of Theseus (Dan Cullen), the king of Athens’ impending nuptials to Hippolyta (Talisa Lilli Lemke).   The Queen of the Amazons is less than thrilled with the marriage, given she is essentially the spoils of war, literally a trophy wife. Bottom (David Loehr) and Quince (Kelly Dunn) Nees extends this plot line by having the characters play out in mime scenes of the royal couple making arrangements for their ceremony with Megan Kome as Philostrate acting as the wedding planner.  We get to see the royal couple grow closer as Hippolyta takes a greater hand in the plans. Their preparations are disrupted by a dispute between Egeus (Harmon Andrews) and his daughter Hermia (Anna Randazzo). Oberon (Coniyah McKinney) and Puck (Anna Parchem) He has arranged for her to marry Demetrius (Zachary Davis), but she’s surrendered her heart to Lysander (Anna Thompson). This bit of reverse gender casting works. Thompson is sparkling as Lysander, and she and Randazzo have true romantic chemistry. White, for her part, plays Hermia less as the virtuous ingenue, and more as a slightly ditzy love interest. From left, Lysander (Anna Thompson), Helena (Sherry J. White), and Hermia (Anna Randazzo). When she and Lysander arrange to run away together, she unleashes a string of analogies to profess how true…

Joel Kuhlman urges vote for Bruce Jeffers for city council

Bruce Jeffers is the best candidate for the Bowling Green City Council At-large race on May 7, 2019. Bruce has been at the center of many important issues during his seven years on city council. He played an essential role in bringing local officials together for the installation of a 165 acre solar field. The solar field has more than 85,000 panels and produces power for the equivalent of nearly 3,000 homes. As a result of the project, BG receives more than 40% of its energy from renewable sources. Bruce has also been working on the plan to upgrade the entryway to Bowling Green from I-75 – a project four years in the making. The renovation will improve the appearance of the entryway and create a safe system of travel for vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians. He was able to help secure city, county, and state funding for the multi-million dollar project. Critical to these projects is the City’s ability to afford them. Both were expertly planned and coordinatedto reduce the financial burden to BG residents. Bruce realizes the importance of developing partnerships and being a reliable and honest broker of ideas. His humble approach has earned him the trust and deference of his colleagues.I urge you to support Bruce Jeffers for City Council At-large. Joel Kuhlman Perrysburg

Library seeks nominations for Gibson Award for staff that go the extra mile

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY vvvAre there staff members at the Wood County District Public Library who always go the extra mile for you and your family when you visit the library? Say “Thank You” to library staff by nominating them for the John M. Gibson Award, a tradition which was begun by the library’s Board of Trustees in 2005 to recognize excellence in customer service. Since then it has been presented annually by the Trustees, who select the recipient from nominations submitted by both library users and WCDPL staff members themselves.  Any WCDPL employee (with the exceptions of the library director and assistant director) may be nominated for the Gibson award. The award was named after the late John M. Gibson in honor of his contributions to the library and his integral role in the library’s 2003 renovation. All nominees will be recognized by the Library Board of Trustees and the Gibson Award will be presented Friday, August 16. Since being established in 2005, the Gibson Award has been presented to 15 library employees: Mandy Hackley (2005), Mary Boone (2006), AJ Heilman and Donna Mertz (2007), Debra Born (2008), Kristin Wetzel (2009), Linda Conrad (2010), Maria Simon (2011), Nancy Weiland (2012), Katherine Lawn (2013), Anne Render (2014), Matt Mehling (2015), Victoria Forgette (2016), Tara Bahnsen (2017), and JJ Hofner (2018). Easy to use nomination forms will be available at the main library in Bowling Green, on the Bookmobile, and at the branch library in Walbridge starting Friday, May 3. Nominations may also be submitted directly from the library’s website, Deadline for all nominations is Friday, June 28. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your favorite WCDPL staff member recognized and honored. For additional information about the John M. Gibson Award, contact WCDPL at 419-352-5104.

ROTC color guard will not participate in Day of Prayer

The Bowling Green State University Air Force ROTC color guard will not be participating in National Day of Prayer ceremonies Thursday at noon on the steps of the Wood County Courthouse. In a message to faculty, William Balzer, vice president for faculty affairs and strategic initiatives, said the commander of the ROTC detachment “has determined that the event runs counter to the Air Force’s established accessibility and inclusion requirements based on race, religion, sex or color.” The county Day of Prayer stirred controversy when the organizer insisted that only Christians would participated, and some Christian denominations, including Mormons, would not be allowed to speak. Balzer said BGSU was not participating, but “the U.S Department of Defense has autonomy in governing the ROTC and its functions, including its color guards.” Faculty had raised questions about the participation of the color guard.

Park district offers opportunities to enjoy & help nature during May

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT EcoLit Book Group Meeting Thursday, May 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Hankison Great Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg For this meeting, please read The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan.Group meets once a month. Register for any or all. Discussion leader: Cheryl Lachowski, Senior Lecturer, BGSU English Dept. and Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist (OCVN). To register, visit, or call 419-353-1897 Join Hands Day Friday, May 3; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Wood County Historical Center 13660 County Home Road, Bowling Green Participate in this National Day of Service. We’ll work as a community on a beneficial project. All tools and materials are provided. Leader: Stewardship staff (20) Register for volunteer opportunities at Open Archery Friday, May 3; 5:00 – 7:30 pm Arrowwood Archery Range 11126 Linwood Road, Bowling Green Come anytime between 5:00 and 7:30 pm to give archery a shot! All archery equipment provided, along with brief beginner-friendly instruction from our certified instructors. Leaders: Craig Spicer and Zeb Albert To register, visit, or call 419-353-1897   RAD Program                                     Saturday, May 4; 8:00 am – 5:00 pm W.W. Knight Nature Preserve: Friends’ Green Room 29530 White Road, Perrysburg Female self-defense lesson. Learn basic self-defense maneuvers, situational awareness, and verbal tactics that can assist before, during, and after an emergency. Leaders: Troy Bateson and Eric Shiffler To register, visit, or call 419-353-1897 Greenhouse Help Tuesday, May 7; 1:00 – 3:00 pm J.C. Reuthinger Memorial Preserve 30730 Oregon Road, Perrysburg Help grow native plants that will go into the parks and preserves. All tools are provided. No experience is needed. Leader: Stewardship staff (12) Please register for volunteer opportunities at Friends’ of the Parks Plant Sale Saturday, May 11; 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Park District Headquarters 18729 Mercer Road, Bowling Green Over 40 varieties of local genotype native plants are available for sale for $4 each. Native plants can create drought and flood resistant areas and pollinator habitat. Spatterwork Nature Prints Saturday, May 11; 1:00 – 4:00 pm Carter Historic Farm 18331 Carter Road, Bowling Green Take a stroll along the woodlot path gathering leaves, then create spatterwork leaf print art to take home.  Clothes and shoes that can get dirty recommended. Leader: Corinne Gordon….

Healing survivors, communities at heart of Me Too’s work, founder Tarana Burke tells BGSU audience

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News Tarana Burke doesn’t want to be a celebrity. She doesn’t want to be the face of the Me Too movement five years from now. Looking out at the audience that packed the ballroom in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, she said she wanted someone young, with fresh energy and better ideas, some “bright unicorn,” to step up and lead.  Maybe that person will be the young aspiring social worker, whom she’d met earlier in the day during her visit to Bowling Green State University. Burke, who launched Me Too in 2006 to combat sexual violence by supporting survivors and building a community of advocates, spoke at BGSU as part of the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories series hosted by the University Libraries.  Tarana Burke greets Toni Gordon, assistant director in the BGSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. Burke took the name of the series to heart. “This is a movement made up of every day people, ordinary people, who can do extraordinary things. I hope I’m proof of that and, if not, I’m trying to be.” But she doesn’t want to toasted and honored. “Don’t celebrate me if you’re not going to stand up for what I believe in,” Burke said. “I have no use for celebrities.” In one 24-hour period back in October, 15 million people used the hashtag #metoo. Those hashtags are people, people raising their hands to be heard. Most still have their hands up, said Burke, who is herself a survivor of sexual violence she suffered as a 6-year-old.  Unlike Black Lives Matter, which was responding to images of people being shot and choked in the street, Me Too survivors are not as visible. “We don’t have that sense of urgency because people can’t see our wounds,” she said. “They don’t realize what it is to be a survivor, to hold this deadness inside of us, looking for a place to put it. We’re literally the walking wounded. “Those millions of people who raised their hands still are counting on us. Hell, they are us. We have to have urgency in this moment because I don’t know how long it will last.” People need to take action. For some that will be working in a rape crisis center,…

Water & sewer district marks silver anniversary with open house including regional water update

From NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT This year The Northwestern Water and Sewer District celebrates 25 years of Operation!  We would like to invite you to join us for fun, food and more at our annual Open House. WHAT: 25 YEARS OF OPERATION: THE DISTRICT OPEN HOUSEWHEN: SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019 1-4 p.m.WHERE: The District, 12560 Middleton Pike, Bowling Green, Ohio 435402COST: FREE **UPDATE ON REGIONAL WATER** There will be a presentation at 2 p.m. featuring the latest on regional water discussions including the latest on the Toledo, Bowling Green, and Michindoh water options.Please RSVP, at publicinfo@nwwsd.orgJoin us for a tour of our main facility as our friendly staff shares how they take care of our water!  See a live demo from our ops challenge team, water tastings, and check out displays from The District and Ohio EPA on how you can help protect our water.  Alongside our fleet, the Historical Construction Equipment Association will showcase their equipment from back in the day! The entire family can enjoy the day having fun while they explore our bounce houses, catch fish in our pond, sit for a caricature portrait, and take part in the kiddie tractor pull from the Power of Yesteryear. If you are hungry, there’s plenty of food.  Join us for a barbeque style lunch, plus Mr. Melon’s smoothie treats are back.  New this year, enjoy some Olde Tyme Kettle Korn and Frank’s Famous French Fries.  Don’t forget the great door prizes.  Hope to see you at The District Open House!