Articles by David Dupont

BG revelers raise their glasses and voices in memory of Robert Burns

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News   All we needed Friday night was Robert Burns processing into Naslada Bistro with the haggis. After all, we had bagpipes, and plenty of tartan, including Bulgarian chef Boyko Mitov clad in a tam o’ shanter, sash and kilt of Royal Stewart. And he wasn’t the only one baring his manly gams. Later there would be poetry and song, and traditional Scottish dishes, and of course, many rounds of whisky. The occasion was a celebration of the birth of Robert Burns, and if the bard of Scotland and bawdy bon vivant was absent is body – being dead some 220 years is a good enough excuse– he was certainly there in spirit. This is the second annual Burns Night held at the downtown restaurant. Or, as host Elliot MacFarlane said, the second and a half. Another Burns night was held Thursday. Demand for the first in 2016 prompted Mitov and MacFarlane to present it two nights this year. Burn Night Dinners are a tradition dating back to shortly after the poet’s death. Now on the face of it, a night devoted to the poetry and song of a long dead personage, with interlude grandly titled “The Immortal Memory” may sound a bit staid. The event was nothing of the sort. Haunch to haunch with the poetry and sentimental ballads were bawdy jokes. A Burns Night Dinner, MacFarlane said, was a time for flatulence and rude talk about the English. After uttering his first “fuckin’” while telling a story, he advised the several dozen gathered that the word was Scottish for “jolly.” The dinner was a jolly time. In the old days, he said, the dinners could last for eight hours, and boys with wheelbarrows would be on hand to push the revelers home afterward. The Bowling Green event ended with everyone raising their voices in a chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.” The frivolity began well before the first round of whisky, and only heightened with each succeeding shot. “We need something in winter in Bowling Green besides hockey, so we have Robert Burns,” MacFarlane declared. Not that there’s anything wrong with hockey. He did after all grow up in Bowling Green. All this was in keeping with Burns, a failed “ploughboy” and tax collector who found success as a wandering poet, who was welcomed in salons and taprooms. When he died at 37, 10,000 mourners attended his funeral. Still he was impoverished, leaving behind a wife and plentiful offspring, both by her and his many mistresses. His work, though, has a deep and abiding impact on people. MacFarlane said that when Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for fighting against apartheid he took comfort in two books, “The Diary of Anne Frank” and a volume of poetry by “Robert Burns.” Abraham Lincoln loved Burns, committing poems to memory. He would recite the verse as he traveled from court to court as a circuit riding lawyer in Illinois. When he was assassinated, he was carrying a collection of Burns’ poetry in his pocket. Burns was a supporter of the American Revolution, helping to raise money to buy a cannon for the colonials. So Burns would have been pleased to see those now living in America having a good time in his name. They feasted on a dinner…

Water & sewer board approves projects

From NORTHWESTERN WATER & SEWER DISTRICT The Northwestern Water and Sewer District is moving forward on several new projects passed by the Board of Trustees on January 26, 2017.  This list includes: Perrysburg Township: Starbright Subdivision Waterline Replacement  The board approved an estimated $900,000 project to replace the waterline in the Starbright subdivision and surrounding areas.  The project will be advertised for bid within eight weeks.  Work is expected to begin this spring.  This project will impact residential roadways and properties within the subdivision and on Oregon Road near State Route 795.  Detailed information will be announced this spring. Rossford: Lorraine Place Sanitary Sewer Replacement The board approved an estimated $128,755 project to upgrade the sanitary sewer lines on Lorraine Place.  The project will be advertised for bid this February.  The district expects no major interference with property or roadways due to the nature of construction. Detailed District Board of Trustees Minutes at: Other District Updates: Residents of Millbury will be receiving a letter over the next few weeks regarding an upcoming sanitary sewer and pump station capital improvement project. The prime contractor, Visu-Sewer, will begin work on this $1 million project in March.  Most work will occur in the roadway, but there may be instances where backyard access is needed.  More information will be announced prior to the start of the project.

Kesha and The Creepies electrify crowd in Bowling Green

By  ANNIE GALLO Special to BG Independent News Kesha is back at it again with her band “The Creepies” as she kicked off her first concert of 2017 Friday night at Bowling Green University’s Stroh Center. Kesha and the Creepies took the stage as a part of the Bands4Change charity concert. By choice of the artist, all proceeds went to the National Eating Disorder Association, Humane Society International and RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network).   Though she has been struggling with a legal battle for the past two years, that did not stop her from performing a kickass show and providing support to those struggling with accepting the new president.  In between performing rock renditions of older songs, Kesha talked about how she will fight for human rights even if our new president doesn’t. “I’m with you, I’m standing beside you, I’m standing behind you, and we will not ever give up,” Kesha said.   After speaking those words her band started to play “Your Love Is My Drug.” She belted out all the lyrics enthusiastically as her boyfriend Brad Ashenfelter danced around her with a gay pride flag. From singing old songs like “Tik Tok” to newer songs like “Timber” Kesha gave it her all on stage and showed fans a different side of her. The most heartbreaking, but captivating moment of the concert was when Kesha sang a cover of the song “You Don’t Own Me” by Leslie Gore. With every word that came out of her mouth you could feel her vulnerability and the pain she has been going through. She told the crowd Friday she has 72 newly recorded songs she cannot wait to release and she said she is fighting every day to give her fans new music. “I know I was put on Earth to do this with you guys and I will not let that get f*****g taken away from me,” she said. After attending a Kesha and The Creepies concert it is clear to see that Kesha has not only the talent, but the attitude and positivity to inspire many people. Whether music fans like pop or rock, Kesha’s talent is undeniable after witnessing her sing these songs in such a bold new way. Kesha and The Creepies’ renditions have enough of everything to ensure everyone has a rock and roll, glitter-filled, and empowering experience.  

Greek accordion virtuoso Panagiotis Andreoglou in residence at BGSU

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Early in her 2014 stay in Thessaloniki, Greece, as a Fulbright Scholar at the Municipal Conservatory at Thermi, Dr. Elainie Lillios, a music composition faculty member specializing in electroacoustic music, attended a concert featuring accordion music. One Greek performer was playing Luciano Berio’s “Sequenza XIII” for accordion, and Lillios found herself “transfixed by the young accordion player. He was amazing.” That was the start of her acquaintance with Panagiotis Andreoglou. Not only is he an accomplished and riveting musician who has given the world premieres of many solo and chamber music works in concerts throughout Europe, but he also shares Lillios’s interest in contemporary and electroacoustic music. The friendship begun in Greece has now resulted in Andreoglou coming to Bowling Green State University as a Fulbright Scholar for the spring semester. “The goal of the Fulbright Program is to meet people and exchange ideas,” he said. “I think with this we are achieving that.” He is working with faculty and students in the College of Musical Arts’ highly regarded program in contemporary music. It is turning out to be a comfortable and productive fit, both personally and professionally. “I feel this is the proper place for my interest,” he said. In addition to the interaction with faculty and students, he finds that the facilities are excellent. “The electroacoustic studios are very fine. I’m very happy to be here,” he said. Area audiences will get to experience his exciting performance on Feb. 7, when he gives a free Guest Artist Series concert at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. The program will feature his playing of solo works for accordion and electronics. That will be the first of three presentations planned during his stay. His second public appearance will be a talk on Feb. 10 at a seminar for composition students, where he will share information about the accordion and present its possibilities. Andreoglou plays the classical, or concert, accordion, a larger version than the style used to play folk music. With buttons on each side and the ability to produce polyphonic textures, it is well-suited for contemporary music. He is eager to share knowledge about his instrument and encourage composers to write for it. Historically speaking, “it’s a new instrument,” he said, “and collaborations with composers toward the expansion of its repertoire is a vital activity for us accordionists.” On March 2, in a further cultural exchange, he will premiere a piece for accordion and ensemble by a composer friend from Thessaloniki, Dimitris Maronidis, who is composing it especially for the BGSU performance. Dr. Christopher Dietz, a musical composition faculty member, will conduct the New Music Ensemble performance. In the meantime, Andreoglou is attending Lillios’s Music Technology class. Following the round of performances and his talk, he will pursue research on works composed for instruments in combination with electronics. In May, he will participate in the New Music Gathering at BGSU, a smaller version of the annual New Music Festival, which will bring musicians and composers to campus from around the country. He is not fazed by the intense work schedule. “I came to be busy,” he said good-naturedly. Although this is his first time in the United States, he has lived and studied abroad before, in Denmark…

Women march on to make sure their voices are heard in Washington

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Millions marched last Saturday across the nation last Saturday, their signs and hand-knit pink headwear sending a message that women will not be silent. Now back home from marching in Washington D.C., Ann Arbor or Toledo, local participants and their supporters are ready to take the next step. Thursday Kathy Pereira de Almeida set up shop at Grounds for Thought in downtown Bowling Green armed with 1,000 postcards and the addresses of U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). The organizers of the Women’s March have called for people unhappy with direction the Trump Administration is moving the government to take 10 actions in the first 100 days of his administration. This is the first. She doesn’t know what the next will be. She’ll be at Grounds all day Friday as late as she needs to be to get as many postcards mailed as possible. Pereira de Almeida said she’s has not been an activist in the past, but “we can’t remain silent anymore.” She’s contacted all three congressional representatives at least twice. “It’s little steps that will have bigger impacts,” she said. “I’m doing it because I’m thinking about my daughters’ future.” Pereira de Almeida’s daughters joined her marching in Ann Arbor, wearing the pink “pussy hats” that have become the iconic symbol of the movement. “They are a nice way of letting our thoughts get out that we’re not happy with the language our new president is using.” On returning after the march she heard from other women who had participated. They wanted to keep the energy going and form a local group. Pereira de Almeida volunteered, and they set up a secret Facebook group – the intent is to keep the trolls at bay – and within a day had 700 members, and now has 1,000. “There’s a voice out there that wants to be heard and wants to hold our new administration accountable,” she said. On the cards, the senders are letting their elected representatives know just what their concerns are. For Pereira de Almeida her chief concern is preserving the Affordable Care Act. As a cancer survivor, she has a pre-existing condition, so without the protections afforded by the ACA, she faces the threat of not being able to get health insurance. Her family did go through a year of not having insurance after they spent a year abroad tending to her father-in-law who was dying. When they returned home, no insurance company, for no amount of money, would cover them. At another point one of her daughters was kicked off the family’s insurance plan because of a medical condition. Later under the ACA, they were able to keep their daughters on the family plan until they were 26. That “helped them get their careers started.” ACA “is too costly,” she said. “It needs to be fixed” not totally disbanded. Her oncologist told her, he fears a return to the days when he’d have to be on the telephone “begging” insurance companies to allow a patient to have surgery. Meghan Wilson has been part of Indivisible District 5 going to offices of representatives to plead their case. This week they traveled to Findlay to talk to Portman’s staff. Her…

As FCC auction nears end, future of WBGU-TV hangs in balance

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The fate of WBGU-TV may be known by early spring. After more than a year, the Federal Communications Commission’s incentive auction of spectrum is drawing to a close. The auction, which began last March, is nearing the end of its four-stage of bidding. This is expected to be the final stage. After that in about a month there will be another auction to determine what stations land where. Only after that is completed will we know where stations, including WBGU-TV, will land. In summer, 2015, officials at Bowling Green State University, which holds the WBGU’s license, announced they were considering participating in the process that is designed to reallocate broadcast spectrum for use by wireless companies. After a couple months of public forums, where the comments were overwhelmingly in favor of maintaining the station, the administration said it favored participating in the auction while still keeping the station on the air. That commitment to maintain WBGU was backed by the university’s trustees. That could mean the public TV station moving to the less desirable VHF part of the spectrum, or partnering with another station to share its spectrum. Charles Meisch, Jr., a senior advisor to the Incentive Auction Task Force, said doing that has required the FCC to come up with a unique auction format. The process started with each station being given an initial bid price. That was $188.4 million for WBGU. That would be a price if the station gave up its license, which the university has said it would not do. The price would be lower depending on where in the VHF spectrum the station ended up. And those are opening bids go down as the auction progresses. Industry media have reported that there was less demand for the broadcast spectrum than anticipated. Once the auction was underway, station representatives were not allowed to comment at all on the procedure, a stance recently reaffirmed by Dave Kielmeyer, chief marketing and communications officer, who as part of his position oversees WBGU. Meisch said he could not comment activity for a specific station, but could talk about the process in general. Each stage of the auction has involved two rounds. In one, the reverse auction, the FCC tried to find the lowest price at which stations would relinquish spectrum. In the forward auction it determines what carriers are interested in buying the spectrum acquired in the reverse auction. Once the FCC determines that there is no more spectrum to be had in the top 40 markets, it moves onto the next stage. In the final stage the forward auction will continue until there is no spectrum demand in every single market, no matter how small. It’s matter of finding balance between what broadcasters are willing to sell and what wireless carriers are willing to buy. “It’s working exactly the way we expected,” Meisch said.  “It’s doing what it’s supposed to do, whittling down the cost until we have equilibrium.” The system was designed to go through multiple stages. In the end, he said, the auction process needs to raise enough money to pay for itself. That includes any cost incurred by broadcast stations related to moving to a new channel. Any money raised beyond that, he said, will go toward federal deficit reduction….

BGSU Dance Program showcases local choreography in concert, Jan. 27 & 28

From COLLEEN MURPHY Staff and students of the BGSU Dance Program proudly present the Winter Dance Concert this Friday, Jan. 27,  and Saturday, Jan. 28, . The concert features choreography by Dance Program faculty Kristi Faulkner, Colleen Murphy, Tammy Starr, and Tracy Wilson, as well as undergraduate Dance major Courtney Alston. Dance majors and minors have been rehearsing for the performance since the fall semester. The concert highlights versatility in the BGSU Dance Program, with ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap dances on display. In addition, a special work features Dance Program faculty Tammy Starr and Tracy Wilson, and BGSU Dance Program alumnae Samantha Stearns and Alexa Rittichier. The Winter Dance Concert is produced with generous support from the BGSU Department of Theatre & Film.  The concert will be held at 8pm in the Wolfe Center for The Arts Donnell Theatre. Tickets are $10 at the door. Contact Colleen Murphy for additional information.    

BGSU arts events through Feb. 8

From BGSU MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Jan. 25 – The Faculty Artist Series presents pianist Robert Satterlee. He has appeared on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, San Francisco’s Old First Concert Series and the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minn., among others. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 26 – The Creative Writing Program’s Reading Series features graduate students Sam Adams and Dan Gualtieri. They will present their work at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. Free Jan. 26 – BGSU’s Jazz Lab Band I will perform with guest artist and saxophonist, Loren Stillman. Stillman has received praise in such publications as The New York Times, Downbeat magazine, Jazziz, Jazz Times, and on National Public Radio,marking him as an innovative voice of modern jazz. His original recordings have received critical acclaim from The New York Times and four star recognition in BBC Jazz Review, Jazz Man magazine and Downbeat. The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased from the BGSU Arts Box Office at 419-372-8171 or visit Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets the day of the performance are $10. Jan. 27 – Students in the BGSU dance program will present a concert at 8 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre of the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 at the door. Jan. 27 – The College of Musical Arts Guest Artist Series features “Schubert, Songfulness and the Body,” a lecture/recital by pianist Arved Ashby, a professor of music at Ohio State University. Ashby focuses on 20th- and 21st-century art music within broader contexts of cultural history, critical theory, post-Marxist aesthetics, and media and communications. He is the editor of “Listening to Modernism: Intention, Meaning, and the Compositional Avant-garde” (Rochester, 2004) and author of “Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction.” In 1996, Ashby received the prestigious Alfred Einstein Award from the American Musicological Society. The lecture recital will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free Jan. 27 – The Toledo Museum of Art and BGSU’s College of Musical Arts presents EAR | EYE Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art. The performance and discussion series explores the relationship between contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art. The event will feature BGSU doctoral candidates and begin at 7 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St, Toledo. Free Jan. 28 – Students in the BGSU dance program will present a concert at 8 p.m. in the Donnell Theatre of the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 at the door. Jan. 30 – Students from the BGSU piano studio will present a recital at 7 p.m. at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St., Bowling Green. Free Jan. 31 – Tuesdays at the Gish begins with the 2010 film “Night Catches Us,” directed by Tanya Hamilton. Set in 1976, this award-winning film developed at Sundance centers on Marcus (Anthony Mackie), a Black Panther member who returns to the neighborhood he left after tumultuous events a decade before. His father has died and the family home has…

Wood County Hospital has its heart set on marking Heart Month in February with variety of activities

From WOOD COUNTY HOSPITAL The Wood County Wellness department offers classes and meetings monthly on a variety of relevant topics that are important to the community. “Our goal is to provide the highest quality preventive care, tools and resources that inspire employees, community, organizations, and businesses to develop skills to make positive lifestyle choices with the goal of improving overall health and well-being.,” according to Teri Laurer, Director of Wellness and Occupational Medicine, Wood County Hospital. February is American Heart Month and a great time to increase awareness of the dangers of heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women over the age of 25. It kills one of every three women and one in every four males and claims approximately 600,000 lives annually. Fortunately, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.* On Feb. 3, National Wear Red Day, at 9 a.m. and again at 10 a.m., Daylnn Badenhop, PhD, FACSM in cardiovascular medicine, will be speaking in the Wood County Hospital Meeting rooms about the importance of prevention, signs and symptoms as well as sharing facts and statistics and differences in heart disease in the genders. The community is invited to the presentation and there will be also be information tables, free health screenings, chair massages, refreshments and door prizes available from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. “Look Good Feel Better,” a free program designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation will meet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, in the Maurer Cancer Center at 950 W Wooster Street in Bowling Green. Topics of discussion will include skin care, makeup application, tips on wig selection and care, ways to prevent or help dry skin and discolored nails, and how to use scarves, turbans and hats. This is an American Cancer Society event.  The program is free but registration is required.  Please call 419-354-8887 or email The Positively Pink Women’s Health Series meets monthly and covers a range of topics important to women in the community. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting rooms at the Wood County Hospital. The topic for February will be “Emergency Preparedness” with speaker Bradley J. Gilbert, O.C.E.M, Wood County EMA Director.  Severe weather awareness and emergency preparedness are important topics for personal safety and are often overlooked when life gets busy. Bradley will discuss common threats in Wood County as well as how to be prepared for the potential emergencies caused by these threats. Sources: – Heart Disease Facts American Heart Association – 2015 Heart Disease and Stroke Update, compiled by AHA, CDC, NIH and other governmental sources

Community Center to trim Friday night hours

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News It’ll be Friday night lights out a littler earlier at the Bowling Green Community Center starting Feb. 3. At Tuesday’s Parks and Recreation Board meeting, Director Kristin Otley announced the center will close at 7 p.m., instead of 9 p.m. A census of usage found an average of eight people using the facility from 7 to 8 p.m. and two using it from 8 to 9 p.m. Few people use the facility at that time, but the lights still have to be on and three staff members have to be on duty. It costs the center $91 an hour to stay open. The change will save the department about $8,100 annually. This will mean the center is open 91.5 hours from January through the day after Memorial Day, and 87.5 hours a week during the summer. Tim Stubbs, facilities coordinator, said the change “has been on the backburner for years,” and the administration finally decided “pull the trigger.” Some people question the reduction given the department just passed a levy, but Otley said “we still need to be good stewards of those tax dollars.” Mayor Dick Edwards asked if the department was looking at ways to increase usage. He noted that income is down even though the center always gets “glowing reports” from the public. Otley said that competition has increased as other fitness centers have entered the market, and “Bowling Green is the same size it was.” Ivan Kovacevic, the recreation coordinator, said a drop off in attendance is evident whenever a new center opens.   Stubbs said sometimes other facilities offer reduced rates to start. Once the rates return to normal, some people leave. “In my experience we’ll pick some of these people back up,” he said. Otley also said that the Silver Sneakers program, which encourages older people to exercise, is a good deal for the participants, but it can cost the recreation center revenue. If a senior citizen buys a pass to the Community Center, the center gets the money no matter how many times the member visits. With Silver Sneakers, the center only gets the $2.50 reimbursement whenever the senior swipes their card. If the senior visits eight times a month, that’s fine, but if they only come twice a month, that’s lost income. Otley said the department is looking at increased programming to attract seniors to the facility. Stubbs said that with the first phase of the improvements at Wintergarden completed, planning is underway on the second phase. The initial building plans didn’t have what the department was looking for so new plans are being drawn up. Otley handed out the schedule of fees for the aquatic center with the intent of having a discussion about fees in February. City Council would have to approve any changes in the fees in March for them to take effect this summer. Kovacevic reported that Aquatic Center usage was up over 20 percent in 2016 with 46,291 people using the pool. Increases were seen both in those with season passes and in those paying daily fees.

BG high students get in the act as directors in this weekend’s showcase

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Claire Wells-Jensen is trying to block a quartet of actors on the stage of the Bowling Green Performing Arts Center. The arrangement of actors just doesn’t seem to be coming together quite like she and co-director Lily Krueger envisioned. “This is the most stressful thing I’ve ever done,” she says. Maybe as frustrating as a mom trying to hustle a teenage daughter off to school. Maybe as frustrating as herding cats… on the internet. Wells-Jensen and Krueger are directing “The Internet is Distract – Oh Look A Kitten!” That’s one of four one-act plays on the bill Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bowling Green Performing Arts Center. The school’s Improv Troupe will also perform. Tickets are $8 and $6 for students and senior citizens. Seniors with a Bobcat Pass get in free. Jo Beth Gonzalez, the advisor for the Drama Club, said the program of one-act plays gives students a chance assume the director’s role. “Kids think directing is easy until they do it. They learn so much,” she said. Certainly that was the case for Krueger and Wells-Jensen. “It was not what I expected,” Krueger said.  “We’ve been in one acts directed by students, and you think you know what they’re going through, but it completely different.” The responsibility for the play from selection to staging falls on their shoulders. Wells-Jensen and Krueger realized their young cast needed a little more help concentrating so they did four focus exercises before each rehearsal. The other plays on the bill are: “Windmills and Millstones” by Louise Wade, directed by Meagan Worthy, a thought-provoking play about characters whose playwright has abandoned them. “Action News: Now With 10% More Action” by Jonathan Rand, directed by Rachel Amburgey, a comedy that spoofs local TV news. “Life as a Techie or Something Like It” by Christopher Fleitas, directed by Natalie Avery and Jessica Wilson, a comedy in which a student must decide which faction to belong to – the theatre techies or the actors – of a hilariously bad high school musical. Gonzalez said students must make a proposal explaining why they want to direct and what script they’ve chosen. She said she can give them some guidance as far as scripts, and they see some at the annual state thespian conference. But they often go online to find plays. “They’re sleuths,” the drama teacher said. “This is just a play that really spoke to us,” Wells-Jensen said. “It’s very relatable.” In Ian McWethy’s comedy, a teenager is trying to complete her paper on “The Great Gatsby” while wrestling with all the distractions of the internet. “We have definitely done papers in the last minutes before school,” Krueger said. Gonzalez then reviews the plays for appropriateness. Sometimes students select material that they best wait until college to deal with. Other than that, she said, takes a supporting role. She’s around for consultation, but she does watch the plays until a week before production. “I’m going to be your third eye,” she tells them, because when she directs “I need a third eye.” With four different casts and crews, the one-acts draw in a large number of students, some of whom are new to the Drama Club, Gonzalez said. Some have experience with the Horizon Youth…

North Baltimore motorcyclist dies in Saturday crash

A North Baltimore man has been identified as the fatality in a Saturday afternoon accident on East Wooster Street in front of the Meijer store. Donald W. Backus, Jr., 33, of North Baltimore, died when he was ejected from the Suzuki motorcycle he was operating shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday. According to Bowling Green police, Backus was driving at a high rate of speed and had passed a number of vehicles when he struck the rear of another vehicle. He was ejected and was struck by an oncoming car. He died at the scene.

Section of East Court closed Jan. 25

The Bowling Green Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division will close East Court Street, from North Summit to North Enterprise, on Wednesday,  Jan. 25 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The closure is required as part of sewer repair work along East Court Street. Questions about this work may be directed to the Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection Division at 419-354-6277.

Ice arena gets new name as part of golden anniversary celebration

  From BGSU Bowling Green State University will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the ice arena with a weekend full of activities. That includes: The ceremony officially changing the Ice Arena’s name to the Slater Family Ice Arena. Appearances by some of BGSU’s greatest hockey players and Olympian Scott Hamilton ’94 (Hon.) Mike “Doc” Emrick ’76 doing the play-by-play for the BGSU Hockey game. A free figure skating show featuring Hamilton and two-time U.S. national champion Alissa Czisny ’09. EVENTS Friday, Feb. 10 BGHS/Bobcat Hockey vs. Findlay, 7 p.m. Skate with the Bobcats, 8:30 – 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 Pre-game Party and Coaches Chalk Talk, 3:30 – 5 p.m. BGSU vs. Mercyhurst, 5:05 p.m. Ice Arena 50th Anniversary Celebration (emceed by “Doc” Emrick), 7:30 – 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 Figure Skating Show, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Community Open Skate, 3:30 – 5:20 p.m. To register:

BGSU enrollment on a roll

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Bowling Green State University continues to see increases in enrollment. The university reported today (Jan. 23) that total headcount 15 days after classes started is 16,507, up 2.9 percent from the same time last year. That growth comes because of strong undergraduate enrollment on the Bowling Green campus. This spring there are 13,539 students taking courses through the Bowling Green campus. That’s up 3.1 percent from 13,127 in spring, 2016. Those numbers include secondary school students taking courses through the College Credit Plus program. Growth in that program has been strong, said Cecilia Castellano, vice provost for strategic enrollment planning. She said enrollment on both Bowling Green and Firelands campus was up 27 percent. The program allows students to take college courses that are presented in their home schools as well as to take courses on campuses that are not offered there. Castellano said growth was strong for both. College Credit Plus is also creating growth on the graduate level, said Graduate School Dean Peggy Booth. In order to teach the college-level courses, secondary school teachers must have a master’s degree and at least 18-credits in the subject they are teaching. That accounts for much of the growth in BGSU’s E Campus, she said. The Graduate College has put together programs for these teachers in biology, English, Spanish and history. Programs in art and math are in the works. She said they are also encouraging students who earn the needed 18 credits, to continue on to earn a subject master’s degree. The E Campus on the graduate level has grown dramatically from 134 students last year when it was new to 297 this spring, a 121.6 percent increase. The students are “primarily working professionals,” Castellano said. The E Campus offers eight-week sessions. Some of that growth is because students taking the more traditional 15-week distance learning programs are moving to the E Campus. Distance learning has 209 graduate students, down from 304 a year ago. Booth said that some graduate students are now moving to the E Campus. Some programs are moving to the E Campus, she said, while others are offering an online option. All new online programs will be offered through the E Campus, they said. Graduate enrollment is down to 2,140 from 2,201, 2.8 percent. Some of that is students moving to the E Campus, Booth said. That trend is evident as well on the undergraduate level where 154 students are enrolled in the E Campus, up from 21, while distance learning has declined to 168 students from 249. The Graduate College, Booth said, is looking for a boost with two new master’s degree programs, a Master of Social Work with a specialty in gerontology and a Master of Forensic Science. Castellano said both on the undergraduate and graduate level, the university is looking for programs such as these that meet needs in society. Also, 91.3 percent of the fall, 2016 freshman class has returned for the spring semester. This persistence rate is about what it was a year ago, Castellano said. Enrollment at Firelands declined from last year to 1,976 from 2,232, 11.5 percent. Castellano said enrollment at satellite campuses tends to go down as the economy improves and people take jobs instead of college courses.