Articles by David Dupont

Housing crunch at BGSU changes plans for some juniors & seniors

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Juniors and seniors planning on living on campus next fall may have to make other arrangements. And some students with campus housing will be living across the tracks in an apartment complex in the 500 block of North Enterprise. The university is leasing the complex for five years from Greenbriar Properties. Because of the planned closing of Harshman Quadrangle, the university cannot guarantee on-campus housing to juniors and seniors, though it will be able to accommodate first year students and sophomores. “We won’t have enough beds,” said Sarah Waters, director of Residence Life. The closing of the last two buildings in the Harshman Quadrangle and the leasing of the Greenbriar complex will give BGSU beds for about 6,100 students, that’s about 400 less than this academic year. And no new dorm construction is in the wings. The university will take another look at its housing master plan next year with new construction maybe in 2020. Waters said about 600 juniors and seniors wish to live on campus. About 100 of those are residence hall advisors, and they will have rooms. “We want upper class leadership in the residence halls,” Waters said. About another 130 are in fraternities and sororities, and they can live in the Greek Village. The housing crunch comes as BGSU has started enrolling larger classes, and is striving to retain more of those students. That’s good news, she said. Older students won’t be completely shut out, however. Waters said the university knows that some students need to live on campus beyond their sophomore year. It may because of scholarships they receive or because of a disability. Students can apply for housing, and the university will try to accommodate them. She encouraged students to reach out to the Residence Life office. “We encourage students to fill out the application so that we can make decisions regarding their housing by early December. “ “BGSU recognizes that these changes to on-campus housing are a significant difference from how on-campus housing was offered in the past,” she said. Parents on the BGSU Parents Private Facebook Group had a number of issues with the university’s decision. Several said they had been told during campus tours and orientation that students have the option of staying on campus for the full four years. Parents were also concerned about the lack of notice they received forcing sudden changes in plans. They are concerned off-campus housing will fill up before their offspring can find friends to live with and then a place to live in. Some of the comments were from the parents of first-year students who said they may not have come to BGSU if they knew on-campus housing would not be available for all four years. Now they feel pressured to find off-campus housing and are concerned the increase…

Sit in planned for noon today on campus

A sit in at Bowling Green State University will be held today (Thursday Nov. 10) from noon to 3 p.n. at the Union Oval just outside the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The notice states: “Our goal is to show folks love wins and acts of violence will not be tolerated at BGSU. We aim to visibly take up space, and  I hope faculty and graduate students will lead in showing undergraduate students they’re not alone at BGSU.”

Immigrants take oath of citizenship in wake of bitter election

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The day after the son of an immigrant was elected president, 10 people took their oaths of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony at Bowling Green State University. It was the second year that Federal Judge James R. Kneff convened his court on campus to hold the naturalization session. Kneff said the timing of the ceremony was fitting. “This ceremony is a day to take a deep breath after an election cycle with a fair amount of acrimony – that probably doesn’t do it justice. Part of what happens after each election is … we have a period of healing and figuring out we agree about more than we disagree.” Those becoming citizens Wednesday and their counties of origin were: Iffat Almas, Pakistan; Adnan Hani Assaf, Lebanon; Barbara Gilchrist, Germany; Mohammad Sameh Kayed, Jordan; Hiba Kishli, Lebanon; Morgan Vincent Lee, People’s Republic of China; Deborah Carol Lynn and Robert Peter Schankula, Canada; and No Thi Tran, Vietnam. Kneff said that they were “exhibit A of why immigration, when done right, is important. We’re a nation of immigrants and I’m so proud to call you all my fellow citizens today.” A few months ago, Juan Pablo Bes, a BGSU math professor from Argentina, took the oath of citizenship. Those months though seemed longer because of the election. “It was a major experience.” He talked about how immigrants helped shape the country. Some like Alexander Graham Bell, from Scotland like President-Elect Donald Trump’s mother made notable contributions. Bell invented the telephone and founded the company that became AT&T. Immigrants founded other “iconic companies” including Procter and Gamble, DuPont, and Google, Bes said. “No less important is the impact of millions of ordinary Americans who through their work every day and their cultural diversity contribute to this society.” Bes said he and others becoming U.S. citizens feel an internal conflict.  He said they may feel that they are renouncing their culture, their place of birth, their language. But “what we are renouncing is allegiance to a foreign state. We’re renouncing allegiance to other governments.” He continued:  “The United States is so great that it allows us to keep our roots, keep our identity, keep our language.” He advised the new citizens “to embed yourself in American society.  Hold onto your roots, your culture and your language for the benefit of your children and grandchildren and make them define through your citizenship what it means to be an American as previous generations of immigrants have done.”  

BGSU Arts Events through Nov. 23

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Through Nov. 21—“The Deathworks of May Elizabeth Kramner,” a mixed media installation by The Poyais Group, continues through Nov. 21 in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibit purports to be a re-creation by the Poyais Group of outsider artist Kramner’s (1867-1977) private lifework, a tent version of the town where she lived, with each tent representing someone who had died. Discovered by a team of anthropologists after her death but then lost in a fire, the installation was remade by the Poyais Group (Jesse Ball, Thordis Bjornsdottir, Olivia Robinson and Jesse Stiles) based on notes by one of the original anthropologists. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Through Nov. 22—“Criminal Justice?” an exhibit by activist artists Carol Jacobson and Andrea Bowers, investigates the attitudes and biases embedded in the U.S. criminal justice system. Jacobson is an award-winning social documentary artist whose works in video and photography address issues of women’s criminalization and censorship. Bowers’ video “#sweetjane” and drawings explore the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio, rape case and the citizens whose activism resulted in two rape convictions. The drawings reproduce the text messages sent among the teenage witnesses to the assault on an underage young woman. “Criminal Justice?” is on view in the Willard Wankelman Gallery at the Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Nov. 9—The Faculty Artist Series continues with guitarist Ariel Kasler. Kasler has performed at venues and events as diverse as the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Grand Theater in London, Ontario, the Clore Center for Music and Dance in Israel, New Music from Bowling Green, the NASA regional conference in Urbana-Champaign, the Victorian College of Arts in Australia and Rutman’s Violins in Boston. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 10—The Visiting Writer Series features award-winning author Claire Vaye Watkins. She is the author of “Gold Fame Citrus” and “Battleborn,” which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Nov. 10—BGSU’s Wind Symphony and Middle School Honor Band will perform at 7 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Nov. 11—EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art features BGSU doctoral candidates in contemporary music performing in response to works of art. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Toledo…

Students come out to vote without much enthusiasm for their choices

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Voters casting their first votes for president were excited to go to the polls, even if they weren’t excited by their choices. Mallori Henderson, waiting to vote this afternoon, said “honestly wish there would be some other candidates for my first election.” She said she was ending up voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson. Neither Cori Hager nor Alexis McKinley were excited about their choices, but they still believed it was important to vote. “You have to express your opinion,” McKinley said. “This is the one thing we get to voice our opinion on,” Hager said. Tyanna Ebgerson said she felt all the candidates had their faults, “one more so than the other.” She said she was going to vote for Hillary Clinton. She felt the support for Clinton has been quieter on campus. Donald Trump supporter “are everywhere.” And then, she said, “some people aren’t going to vote because they think their one vote doesn’t make a difference.” Kayla Coats and John Haumwesser, of the Young Government Leaders, both said they were pleased with their choices, though neither would say how they voted. Their group was one of those sponsoring an election watch party in the student union theater.  The theater was packed. Both were pleased with the level of interest shown in the event. Coats said the election “is very liberating.” “It’s great to see what direction our country wants to go,” she said. Regardless of the outcome, she said, “America will continue to move on.” Kyle Lamb, man of the Campus Republicans, said he expected the race to be close. While he reluctantly supporting Trump, that vote was cast mostly, he said, because he disliked Clinton more. He felt a lot of people were voting more against someone. Either way the election went “I’m not going to be cheering.” As a country, he said, “we’ve got to unite.” The nation is too polarizes. “One of the biggest challenges facing the next president is to reunite the country,” he said. Tshawn Sander said he as well was voting without enthusiasm in his case for Clinton. He was originally a Martin O’Malley supporter, then backed Bernie Sanders. If Trump wins “it may be the most depressing day of my life.” In any event he was pessimistic about the country becoming unified.

Faculty Senate acts on degrees in aviation, software engineering

 By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The Bowling Green State University Faculty Senate last week took action on degrees in aviation and software engineering. Now students who study aviation at BGSU get a Bachelor’s of Science in Technology degree. That doesn’t reflect what they’ve spent four years studying, said Carl Braun, the liaison for the aviation program. When BGSU graduates apply for aviation jobs, they face questions about exactly what that degree means. “This helps the industry recognize Bowling Green as having an aviation program,” Braun said. For students, he said, “they finally get to have a reflection of their four years of hard work.” The new degree, Braun said, is simply a name change which he expects will go in place next fall. And despite requests by some alumni, it will not be retroactive. The senate also approved a new degree a Bachelor’s Science in Software Engineering. Robert Dyer, a professor of computer science, said there’s a growing need, about 17 percent a year, for software engineers. “We see a lot of demand in industry,” he said. “They want software engineers. … Software drives everything we do.” This will be only the second such program in the state, and one of the few in the region. Jake Lee, professor of computer science, said the course will require 40 credit hours with another nine electives. The curriculum was developed, he said, with an eye toward achieving accreditation by the Association of Computing Machinery. Both resolutions passed unanimously. At the meeting, Provost Rodney Rogers said BGSU was looking into adopting a 15-week semester. This comes as the University of Toledo and Owens Community College move to that calendar. The three institutions closely collaborate some programs. Having a 15-week semester would allow the university to offer a brief winter session in January during which students could take a course.    

Keith Guion is a master of family entertainment

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Keith Guion wryly admits to being a bad influence on his three children. Guion is a theater devotee, as a director and writer, especially children’s theater. And all three of his children have followed his footsteps, and the Horizon Youth theatre and other troupes have been the beneficiaries. His daughter, Cassie Greenlee of Bowling Green, remembers when she was in fourth grade and had been offered the part of Annie in “Annie Warbucks.” She was concerned about taking the part, so she discussed it with her father and mother, Wendy Guion. They didn’t push her, rather discussed the pros and cons. She took the part. “That was the beginning of the end,” she said while waiting for a preview of her father’s current show, “The Fabulous Fables of Aesop.” Horizon Youth Theatre will stage the show Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Otsego High School. Tickets are $5 and available at the door and at Guion wrote the “Fabulous Aesop” script a number of years ago while working in the Ashland area. That’s where his children, including two sons Matthew and Jeffrey Guion, grew up and picked up the love of all aspects of theater. “I never really encouraged them to get involved,” their father said, “they just sort of did.” That included acting, all the theater crafts and writing. The play references 21 of the more than 600 fables attributed to Aesop, the storytelling slave from ancient Greece. Eight of them are acted out, while the rest are mentioned in passing. “The fables are about universal themes we all recognize,” he said. The behavior of the characters whether animal, human or even plant, are recognizable. “And most of the lessons are still pertinent today.” This amounts to a double dose of Aesop for the Horizon troupe. The older members staged “The Great Cross Country Race,” based on “The Tortoise and The Hare” in October. That was directed by Greenlee, and featured the human characters talking in “gibberish,” which was penned by Guion. Now the younger troupe members, those in grades second through sixth, will try their talents on these ancient tales. He selected the tale, including less known ones such as “The Oak and the Reed,” using the story theater form. “We are essentially a company of players who get together to tell these stories,” he said. Actors talk directly to the audience. Each member of the cast of 12 gets a chance to be a narrator and a main character. Guion started working with Horizon a few years ago when he and his wife moved back to Bowling Green. Guion grew up here, and graduated in 1971 from Bowling Green High School where he studied theater with Karen Landrus. In high school he got his…

Military Times: BGSU tops in Ohio for veterans

By BOB CUNNINGHAM BGSU Office of Marketing & Communications Bowling Green State University was named the top “Best for Vets 2017” university in Ohio by the Military Times. Military Times ranked BGSU 46th out of 130 four-year institutions in the nation, besting all other Ohio schools and remaining one of the top academic choices in the country for veterans and active-duty military personnel. “We are extremely proud to be considered among the best universities in the nation in making sure that student veterans have the necessary tools to succeed in academic life,” BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said. “These rankings recognize Bowling Green State University’s dedication to helping current and former U.S. military personnel inside and outside of the classroom.” To be considered for “Best for Vets,” colleges had to fill out a survey of about 150 questions. Military Times evaluated schools’ responses plus other data collected by three federal agencies. Most colleges that filled out the survey didn’t make the 130-school cut, the publication said. BGSU also is among 42 schools in the new Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) program, a peer-support system that connects new student veterans with on-campus student veterans to help adjust to university life. PAVE is a collaboration between the University of Michigan Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry and Student Veterans of America. “Best for Vets,” which regularly recognizes BGSU, evaluated schools in five categories: university culture, academic outcomes/quality, student support, academic policies and cost and financial aid. “The University has long been committed to making a college education a reality for veteran students,” said Barbara Henry, assistant vice president for nontraditional and military student services. “We are here to help make the transition from life in the military to life on a college campus as seamless and stress-free as possible.”

Mikel Kuehn takes listeners on walk through his musical landscape on new CD

  By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Mikel Kuehn likes to take hikes. Oak Openings is a favorite location. He favors the wilder, natural environment to a more manicured landscape – “the messiness of nature… the entanglement of vines.” “To me, it’s really beautiful,” the composer said. That carries through in his compositions. They have a deceptive tangle of sounds, lines that stretch into the musical undergrowth reaching up, seeking light. As in nature, what may seem a disorder of trees, vines, leaves and their shadows, has an underlying order. In his compositions, Kuehn said, he wants listeners to go on a walk with him and appreciate the unruly beauty of nature. Kuehn, now on the cusp of turning 50, has just released his first CD devoted to his compositions. “Object Shadow” was released by New Focus Recordings in October. The recording features seven compositions, most written between 2004 and 2014. The outlier is the composition that closes the recording, “Between the Lynes,” which dates to 1994. This is the earliest piece in which he explores the textures and techniques evident in the later work. “It’s one of the first I’m happy with,” he said. “The pieces are all virtuosic,” Kuehn, who has taught at Bowling Green State University since 1998, said.  The performers are “all perfect.” The CD opening and closes with performances by Ensemble Dal Niente, a Chicago-based new music group. The opening “Undercurrents” features the entire 14-piece ensemble. The title piece, albeit in French not English, “Objet/Ombre,” features a 12-saxophone ensemble from BGSU with electronics that shadow their sounds. Another leading new music group Flexible Music appears on “Color Fields.” Three solo pieces for cello and electronics, guitar and marimba round out the program. Kuehn said he was able to record the CD thanks to a Guggenheim Foundation grant and an award from the Ohio Arts Council. Without that money, he said, “I never would have been able to do it.” Recording a piece for as many musicians as “Undercurrents” is especially costly, he said. “Undercurrents” was recorded by Dan Nichols in Chicago using 40 microphones. That provided a striking level of detail. When Kuehn traveled to Mount Vernon, just outside New York City, to work with engineer Ryan Streber, he had an array of sonic options. He and Streber, himself a Juilliard-educated composer, worked to realize the truest image of the piece. The mixing amounted to another step in the composition process. Streber was also give the CD as a whole a consistent sonic signature, though it was recorded in several different studios, including by Mark Bunce at BGSU. He was also careful about the order the pieces were presented, just as an artist would be about arranging a show. This, though, Kuehn realizes “people don’t listen in the same way,” seldom taking the time to…

Standing Rock pipeline protest one battle in struggle to save the environment, BG gathering told

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News More than 60 people gathered on the green space in solidarity with the protesters, many Native Americans, trying to stop a pipeline at Standing Rock, North Dakota. Megan Sutherland, who organized the gathering, said that the event was meant to show solidarity with the non-violent protests in North Dakota and with “an impassioned hope that together we can change our world for the better.” The speakers at the gathering, though, said the conflict in North Dakota has resonance globally and locally. “These people are not victims,” said Bowling Green State University Professor Neocles Leontis, “”these people are fighting for all of us … fighting for our future, fighting for our children’s future.” Rev. Mary Jane Saunders, from the First Presbyterian Church, noted how faith leaders have crossed sectarian lines to join together to protest the pipeline that traverses lands sacred to the Lakota. Standing Rock has resonance in history and legend, and impacts into the future. Chris Frye, who teaches at Bowling Green State University, connected the protests in North Dakota to the opposition of indigenous people from northern Canada to South America to large scale mining, lumbering and drilling projects that damage the environment. That is further connected, he said, to the water problems in Lake Erie, Flint, Michigan, Lima and other places closer to Bowling Green. Barbara Mann, a member of the Bear Clan of the Ohio Seneca and a professor at the University of Toledo, recounted Native American legends that prophesied the coming of Europeans and the devastating effects on native people as they moved westward. Europeans wrote down these legends, she said, but what they didn’t write down was how it would culminate in environmental disaster. Madeline Bengela, a student from the University of Toledo, gave a brief history of the Standing Rock protests. She noted that originally the plan called for the pipeline to cross the Missouri River upstream from Bismarck, but the white residents  there protested, and the pipeline was moved upstream of the Lakota Reservation at Standing Rock. The Lakota residents protested that the pipeline violated their treaty rights and crossed sacred land. Many Native Americans and others rallied to their cause. They’ve been confronted by security and law enforcement using rubber bullets, pepper spray, concussion grenades and sound cannons. Meanwhile, she said, the pipeline draws closer to the Missouri each day. Macklin Becenti, a Navajo now living in Bowling Green, said he knew the value of water. He grew up with his grandparents. They didn’t have running water, so he had to fetch it every day. In the 1970s Navajo protested the uranium and coal mining and oil drilling on their lands, he said. The government facilitated the projects that displaced natives and caused serious long-term health problems. The Navajo, he said, are continuing to fight to…

Local woman joins effort to stop pipeline at Standing Rock

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News As soon as Elena Enriquez heard about the Standing Rock in North Dakota protests from her friend Megan Sutherland back home in Bowling Green, she knew she had to join the gathering. So for two weeks, she spent time working in the medical tent of the Rosebud camp, one of three camps of people from around the country assembled to help the Lakota Nation keep a pipeline from cutting through sacred land and threatening their primary source of water. She said concern about the rights of Native Americans “has been a big part of my life for my entire life.” The concerns of Native Americans are not never considered. “It’s like they want to continue the genocide.” She has previously worked on other reservations on helping with growing food. Enriquez was also active in protesting the Keystone Pipeline. “This is just a continuation,” she said “My heart told me I need to be there,” Enriquez said. There were about 2,000 people in three camps when she arrived. At the Rosebud Camp, which had mostly families and elders, she met Daphne Singing Tree, a healer she knew from Eugene, Oregon. She’d done an internship in herbal medicine with Singing Tree.  The tent provided mostly wellness services, dealing with upper respiratory problems, and herbal first aid.  The camp had a separate tent staffed by doctors from all over the country to provide first aid to those injured in confrontations with security and law enforcement. After a few weeks there Enriquez returned to Bowling Green for a stay. While here she and Sutherland gathered more $700 worth of supplies, which Enriquez delivered to the camp. She is now in northern California working in organic farming. Back in Bowling Green Sutherland has organized a gathering in solidarity with those at Standing Rock. It will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at the green space at the corner of Church and West Wooster streets in downtown Bowling Green. Enriquez said that she has hope that the pipeline can be stopped.  “It’s becoming such a worldwide issue,” she said. The cause is attracting more than activists, she said. Even those who were not aware of native issues are getting involved. She’s hopeful the Obama Administration will intervene. Beyond that “whoever becomes president will have to do something about it,” she said. But neither major party candidate has addressed the issue. Enriquez hopes the Standing Rock protest will serve as a catalyst to address the many issues – drug abuse, poor education, alcoholism, and sexual violence – that plague native communities. “It’s astounding how much this movement is coming together,” she said “It’s just beginning. This is something I’ve been waiting for a long time.”

Artistic animals make debut in Four Corners exhibit

The exhibit “Artists 4 Animals 4open Friday evening (Nov.4) in the gallery space at Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St. The show features the work of 22 artists, from kindergartners through senior citizens. Juror Jane Vanden Eynden, a fine art photographer and teacher, selected the top winners in each age category. These images have been reproduced on note cards that are be available at venues in town. Sales of the cards will benefit the Wood County Humane Society and the Bowling Green Arts Council. Winning the top prizes were: Jens Svendsem, “Black Cat,” Best Domestic Animal Erica England, “Fox Box,” Best Wild Animal Stella Loera, “My Cat Coco,” first place, K-4th Grade Alex Lundquest, “Snail Ball,” first place, 5th-8th Grade Amanda Kaufman, “Glancing Sanger,” first place, adult. The exhibit will run through Dec. 9.      

Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster will be guest soloist with BGSU orchestra

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The Bowling Green State University Philharmonia will welcome violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, for a return guest appearance Nov. 14. The program will feature two well-known pieces by Tchaikovsky, his Symphony No. 5 and Violin Concerto. The 8 p.m. performance will take place in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. A pre-concert talk on the music of Tchaikovsky will be held at 7:15 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall. Bendix-Balgley was appointed the Berlin Philharmonic’s concertmaster in 2014. He gave his first performance with the Bowling Green Philharmonia in 2015. Currently on a North American tour with the Berlin orchestra, he is making a side trip to Bowling Green to perform at BGSU. “We are absolutely thrilled to have Noah visiting Bowling Green to perform with the University’s orchestra, the BG Philharmonia. As one of America’s great violinists, having reached the pinnacle position of concertmaster of the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic, he is an exceptional representative of the best our country has to offer in the classical music scene,” said Philharmonia conductor Dr. Emily Freeman-Brown, Professor of Creative Arts Excellence and BGSU director of orchestral activities. The opportunity for BGSU students to work with Bendix-Balgley is of great value, said Dr. William Mathis, interim dean of the College of Musical Arts. “Music students in the CMA have multiple opportunities to work with professional musicians throughout their degrees, but to have someone of Mr. Bendix-Balgley’s stature is a special treat to be sure,” Mathis said. “The impact of rehearsing, interacting and performing with a world-class artist is significant, motivating and inspiring — our students will never forget this experience. I daresay that the audience will never forget this concert, either.” Bendix-Balgley has built an international reputation as a violinist, appearing as a soloist with leading orchestras and in festivals winning top prizes in competitions in Europe and the United States. From 2011-15, he was concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. His debut recital in Pittsburgh, in which he performed his own cadenzas to the Beethoven Violin Concerto, was named “Best Classical Concert of 2012” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He also performed his own version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the Pittsburgh Pirates on opening day in 2013 in front of 39,000 fans. As a chamber musician, he has toured North America with the Miro String Quartet and, from 2008-11, was first violinist with the Munich-based Athlos Quartet, which won a special prize at the 2009 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Competition, in Berlin, and performed throughout Europe. An eclectic musician, Bendix-Balgley has a special interest in klezmer music and has played with klezmer groups and taught klezmer violin at workshops throughout Europe. Last June he premiered his own Klezmer Violin Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Born in Asheville, N.C., he began playing violin at…

WBGU part of emergency alert system

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS WBGU-TV is collaborating with Ohio’s 12 public television stations in developing and introducing a secure, alternative delivery system to provide the public with emergency information. OEAS Public AlertNet is a new statewide, multilingual, technology backbone that uses television signals to deliver critical emergency alerts and messaging to other broadcasters and public safety officials, who in turn deliver them to the public. OEAS will automatically provide the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) alerts and messaging in both English and Spanish. Ohio’s public stations are partnering with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the state’s Broadcast Educational Media Commission to make this new technology the strongest and safest way to get the emergency information to the people who deliver it to the public. “Existing emergency systems have sometimes failed during crisis periods such as Hurricane Sandy, but OEAS relies on broadcast signals immune to the hacking and information congestion that commercial Internet services can experience when the need is greatest,” according to Dave Ford, Communications Branch Chief, Ohio EMA. A single digital data stream with all digital emergency messaging for the state of Ohio will be sent from the EMA headquarters in Columbus and distributed to the 12 public television stations for broadcast in support of the legacy Emergency Alerting System (EAS). OEAS has been built with the flexibility to accept new messaging formats as they are developed. Funding for OEAS was made possible through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through the collaboration of Ohio public television stations in partnership with the Ohio EMA and the Broadcast Educational Media Commission. Participants in the project also include the Ohio Association of Broadcasters and the State Emergency Communications Committee, representing both the local commercial and educational radio and TV stations that are the heart of EAS in Ohio. With support from FEMA and the FCC, this innovative emergency alert service has received national attention from a variety of other states. This service is at the core of public broadcasting and speaks to WBGU-TV’s mission to serve our communities and help keep the public safe today and into the future. For additional information on the emergency alert service, please contact Dave Carwile, administrator for Ohio Educational Television Stations at 614-292-9567 or

‘Gondoliers’ provides a comic & tuneful respite from dirty politics

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Maybe “The Gondoliers” is just what we need about now. With a political campaign rolling like a torrent of sludge to a messy conclusion, a frothy piece of social satire from another time is a welcomed diversion. The venerable team of Gilbert and Sullivan reminds us that being a doofus is just part of the human condition. Doesn’t matter if you’re royalty or gondolier, you are at heart a fool. But in the world of Gilbert and Sullivan even fools can spin off a tangle of intricate rhyme that precisely delineates the absurd world they inhabit. “The Gondoliers or the King of Barataria” was the team’s last hit back in the last decade of the 19th century. And Bowling Green State University Opera Theatre whips up a production that is true to the absurdist spirit of the original. The show is on stage tonight (Nov. 4) at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. on Kobacker Hall on campus. Advance tickets are $15 and $5 for students and children. All tickets the day of the performance are $20. Tickets can be purchased from the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171 or at The tale is a subversive fancy, so convoluted and contrived that when the character Luiz (Aaron Hill) repeats the story to Princess Casilda (Alissa Plenzler) she’s just as incredulous as the audience, though not nearly as amused. Casilda is the daughter of down-and-out royalty who married her off as a baby to a prince. When the prince’s family became Methodists “of the most bigoted and persecuting type,” the baby prince is whisked away by the Grand Inquisitor (Brett Pond) to Venice where he was placed with the family of a gondolier who had a son the same age. The father drank so much he forgot which boy was which, so now no one knows, except that stock figure in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, the nurse. The entire play takes place waiting for the nurse’s arrival in the scene to settle the matter. The prince’s father has died in a revolt, so now the prince, whichever gondolier he is, is the king of Barataria. Those gondeliers Marco (Mark Tenorio) and Guiseppe (Luke Serrano) are the heartthrobs of a gaggle of farm girls, who refuse to select beaus until the handsome gondoliers decide whom to wed. The lucky girls are Gianetta (Hannah Stroth) and Tessa (Amanda Williams). But that makes prince a bigamist. The plot revels in its own complications. No plot turn is without a detour. The cast seems to enjoy navigating through all these ridiculous turns. Serrano and Tenorio bounce off each other nicely, at times acting as one, yet with contrasting voices. Tenorio’s voice seems perfectly matched to the ardent aria“take a pair of sparkling eyes.” Casila’s parents the Duke of Plaza-Toro (Ben…