New music from BGSU trio to help spread awareness of The Cocoon & its work

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News A few years ago Natalie Magaña needed the help of the Cocoon, which is “committed to ending domestic violence and empowering those affected by it.” Now Magaña, who is a graduate student in flute performance at Bowling Green State University, wants to return the favor. Composer Chace Williams (image provided) The Emanate Trio will perform a benefit concert, “Letter in the Window,” Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at St. John XXIII on Route 25 in Perrysburg. Other members of the trio are Emily Morin, piano, and Madaly Navis, violin. The trio will perform  a composition, “Domestic Violence,” composed by fellow graduate student Chace Williams specifically for the concert. They will also perform their own arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango’ as well as music by Nino Rota, Mel Bonis, and Bohuslav Martinu Magaña said she and Navis play in the liturgical band at the church. They talked about forming a chamber group that could do benefit concerts for local causes. In January with Morin they formed Emanate Trio, and they started brainstorming about causes they may assist. About that time she saw a story in BG Independent News about The Cocoon wanting to find new ways to promote their services. “I experienced things in my personal life,” she said. “I reached out to them a couple years ago. When I read they were looking for new ways to raise awareness of their services it was little personal to me and close to home, I thought this would be awesome.” So Magaña approached the Cocoon with the idea.  Cocoon staff will be on hand to meet with people during the reception following the concert.  Magaña also reached out to her friend Chace Williams, a first year graduate student in composition, to write a piece for the concert. She first heard his music before he came to BGSU, and she was drawn to his music even then.  For inspiration Williams turned to a poem by Eavan Boland, “Domestic Violence.” Williams said he was struck by a butcher shop’s sign that Boland quotes: “please to meet you meat to please you.” Williams said “that line inspired the whole form of the piece.” He said he walked away from the composition at one point, and that line stuck with him. “It was super powerful.” He drew on the poem’s four stanzas to develop the material for the piece. Williams, who studies with Elainie Lillios, usually writes electronic music. This is the first time in a while he’s composing a piece for acoustic instruments. He found the prospect exciting. Rather than focus on melodies and harmonies he concentrated on the sound of the instruments, often pushed to their extremes.  All the techniques he employs are “not native to classical music.” He calls on Magaña to blow into the end of her flute to create a whistling sound. He has Navis pushing down with her bow onto the violin strings to get a scratching sound. Morin will elicit a variety of sounds playing inside the piano, including rolling a ball over the strings. And the piece makes strategic use of a fan to create the sound of the wind. No one will leave the concert at the end singing his piece, Williams said. “I knew the setting,” he said. “I  didn’t hold back at all for the audience. It will be challenging. I came to the conclusion that I would write a meditation on this subject.” Williams said that his schedule doesn’t allow for him to volunteer on a regular basis. Still “we need to support those who give people that safe…

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Dinner dialogue to serve up food for thought on opioid crisis

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS On April 28, members from the Bowling Green community and Bowling Green State University will engage in important discussions about how they can work together to address the opioid crisis in the community.  Free and open to the public, this dinner dialogue will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Family Life Center at St. Mark’s Church, 316 S. College Dr.  The opioid crisis is a pervasive problem that disproportionately affects people in Ohio. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 3,613 people in Ohio died of opioid-related overdoses in 2016, making Ohio one of the top five states for opioid-related overdose deaths. This crisis is impacting individuals who are coping with addiction as well as their families, loved ones and the surrounding community.  Recognizing the need to address the opioid crisis, there have been multiple events at BGSU such as the 2018 Opioid Teach-In and in the Bowling Green community like the Opioid Addiction Community Program at First United Methodist Church and the Opioid Forum and Panel Discussion. The Dinner Dialogue on April 28 aims to build on the positive momentum of these events by bringing community and University members together to share ideas, brainstorm solutions and build stronger networks of care. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner from South Side Six will be provided. Opening remarks will be delivered at 5:30 p.m. by Sen. Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green), Wood County Commissioner Dr. Ted Bowlus, BGSU President Rodney Rogers and BG Council Member Bruce Jeffers. Guests will have opportunities to participate in several rounds of small group discussions where they will share their experiences and expertise, ask questions and identify potential collaborative strategies to address this issue in the community.  The event and dinner are free, but seats are limited. People interested in attending should register at 

Needle Hall the setting for ‘Desire for the Intangible’ digital video art exhibit

Submitted by ADVANCED DIGITAL VIDEO ART The Bowling Green State University Advanced Digital Video Art 2019 will present a two-day exhibit “Desire for the Intangible” in Needle Hall in City Park, 520 Conneaut Ave., April 25 and 26. A public reception will be held Thursday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments provided. A public critique with guest critic Cameron Granger will be held Friday,  April 26, 5-7 p.m.“Desire for the Intangible” features the work of the Advanced Digital Video Art class at Bowling Green State University. This is an open invitation to explore the metaphysical. Through various media including video installations, photography, video, animatics, and illustrations, the artists have conceptualized their desire to connect with the ethereal. Is it possible to embody harmonious existence with nature, trauma, art, spirituality,capitalism, technology, alienation, and communication?In housing the exhibition at the historic Needle Hall, the artists challenge goers’ expectations by bringing them into a beautiful recreation hall. Celebrating this gallery’s gathering potential, many of the artworks will tread against the natural surroundings as digital pieces, forging a coalescence with electronics and earth within the subliminal space. A moment with each work will reveal an inclination for self-reflection: a conversation with the present image and one’s past and future.

Sexual assault reported on campus

A female Bowling Green State University student reported that she was sexually assaulted in Founders Hall on April 10, 2019, according to campus police. The suspect is a male who is known to the student. In issuing the alert on the incident, BGSU police stated that: “The University shares this information so that members of the community can take appropriate precautions. Campus notifications are made in compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Certain details in this alert are omitted to to protect the privacy of the reporting party.”

Ziggython 2019 total tops $250,000

Ziggython, Bowling Green State University’s version of Dance Marathon, raised $255,198.28 for Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo over the past year. That total was announced after participants completed 24 hours of dancing in the Perry Field House from Saturday through Sunday. The organization also said that over the past 24 years, Dance Marathon at BGSU has raised more than $5 million.

Batman finds love at BGSU Popular Culture conference

By DAVID DUPONT  BG Independent News In his 80 years as a super hero, Batman has captured the hearts of fans. Not just a fling, fans’ love of the Caped Crusader is a long standing affair. The arrival of about 300 scholars and Caped Crusader devotees at Bowling Green State University this weekend for the Batman in Popular Culture conference is testament to that. Tim Young, who hosts the podcast “To the Batpoles” with his brother, came from Tokyo to attend. Like others at the conference, he had his personal Batman story. Young, who teaches English, and his brother Paul, who teaches film studies at Dartmouth College, are devotees of the 1960s TV series. They watched it in reruns as kids in the 1970s. They played Batman. They collected Batman action figures. They created a Batmobile from a cardboard refrigerator crate. “It changed our lives,” Young said. That obsession helped shape their adult preoccupations. Their podcast, which they call “a research project into Batman ’66,” delves deeply into the arcana of the childhood favorite. They study scripts from the initial treatment to the final script and how it appeared to viewers across the nation. At BGSU he was surrounded by folks who shared his passion. Matthew Donahue, one of the Popular Culture faculty members who organized the conference, said the event drew presenters and attendees from around the globe, including Germany, India, and England, as well as from across the United States. The 85 presenters were there to discuss “all things Batman, everything you can imagine,” Donahue said. That included Batman in religion, politics, and philosophy, including a panel on “Batman and Structural Supervillains: Patriarchy, Capitalism, Surveillance and Imperialism in Batman’s World.” The character’s longevity has a lot to do with his appeal, Donahue said. “There’s a Batman for everybody because there’s been so many iterations of Batman over the decades.” The Caped Crusader is “a super hero anybody can be.” He is Bruce Wayne and doesn’t have super powers. Instead he uses his brain, brawn and expertise with technology to fight crime.  “So in that regard Batman relates to folks.”  Charles Coletta, also an instructor in Popular Culture, said when he and Donahue started talking about the conference he wasn’t sure there would be enough interest to draw people to BGSU. “Apparently there is,” he said.  “It shows you how rich the character is,” he said. Given all the iterations of the super hero,“there’s a Batman for everybody,” he said. “People look at it as kids stuff, but people take it seriously. People just love this character.” That may be true, but Batman himself has been unlucky in love. That was the theme of Friday’s keynote address “Holy Bat Heartbreak: The Long Dark Knight of the Soul” by Jenny Swartz-Levine, dean of Lake Erie College in Pennsylvania. Bruce Wayne, she said, has had “a complicated love life since 1939” when his first love interest, Julie Madison, appears. “The wealthiest man in Gotham is also the loneliest due to fractured relationships and perpetual heartbreak. … Bruce keeps finding love only to be betrayed by it.” That pattern continues in the latest storylines. Swartz-Levine warned those who hadn’t read the new issue “The Wedding” that she was going to spoil the ending of Batman’s affair with Catwoman. Time and again, his love of Gotham proves stronger than his romantic love. The women come in many types, Swartz-Levine said. They are social workers, socialites, and sociopaths.  They include Silver  St. Cloud, who in one story line also carries on with Elmer Fudd, who is depicted as a hitman who wants to go…

The Hatch provides opportunities for BGSU student entrepreneurs

By ABBY SHIFLEY BG Independent Correspondent At BGSU’s “Shark Tank”-like event called The Hatch, alumni were busy investing money in student entrepreneurs. Out of eight entrepreneurs, referred to as “hatchlings,” six received funding for their products. This year, the event was put on live TV for the first time with WBGU-TV. (See album of Hatch photos.) The investors were all successful BGSU alumni, including Nico Cottone CEO of SurfTech Inc.; George Heath, the retired group president at Sherwin-Williams; Earle Malm of HighMark Funds; falcon flames Matthew Yourkivitch and Michelle Drerup; and Mark West of Shared Clarity. “Tonight [the hatchlings] will get a chance to, in four minutes, try to overwhelm us with their business idea and the potential of it,” Malm, who is also the lead investor, said. “It’s sort of like ‘Shark Tank,’ but it’s not. “We’ve all been successful. We’ve all developed our own businesses. We all are putting in our own money. We don’t have any pull or capital that the university’s giving us — this is real-time money that we put in that we’ve earned, and that’s the same. Where it’s different is that the ‘Shark Tank,’ most ideas have already earned revenue and they’re operating businesses. We’re predominately looking at ideas.” Investor Mark West, on camera, makes an offer to student entrepreneur Jacob Clark. For the first time, The Hatch was broadcast live. The evening started out on a low note, because the first entrepreneur did not receive funding for her idea. Ramsha Rashid, senior management major, had an idea called Toybox — a website where parents could either donate old children’s toys or purchase bundles of used toys. Rashid’s main goals were to declutter people’s home and be environmentally friendly by sustaining a “circle of play.” However, investors found her idea too broad and thought she needed to review the market further. “It’s a great idea. My question is, are you familiar with Toygaroo?” Yourkivitch asked. Toygaroo was a very similar idea to Rashid’s and appeared on “Shark Tank.” “It was a great idea, it got a $250,000 investment from Mark Cuban, and it was bankrupt a year later,” Yourkivitch said. This comparison made many of the investors drop out. The next presentation was Spit-Pac, a double-sided backpack invented by junior management major Phillip Forest. Forest had visual aids to go along with his presentation, having one of his friends model the backpack for the investors. “This pack design can be applied to many other fields besides camping, such as travel ware, military, school bags and more,” Forest said. Investors had a few questions about the product, such as its cost and what the competition is like. However, they ultimately came to the conclusion that the product was extremely unique and the market for it was large. Forest walked away with $10,000 in exchange for 10 percent of the company, with his initial offer being $10,000 for 5 percent. Laura Dworning, senior dietetics major, presenting to the judges on a wristband for children with diabetes called Sevas. (Abby Shifley photo) Laura Dworning, senior dietetics major, presented the judges with a wristband for children with diabetes. The company’s name was Sevas (“saves” spelled backward), and the band uses a color-coded system to warn children if their blood sugar is low. “I have personally conducted interviews with parents whose children have type 1 diabetes and one response, I quote, ‘100 percent yes, I want my child to have this device,’” Dworning said. “Based on the other initial responses, I am certain there is a need for my product. “Back in March of 2018, Medtronic released their…