Not In Our Town renews commitment against hatred

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   It wasn’t that long ago when Bowling Green was faced with a decision – quietly ignore racist acts in the city, or face them head-on and declare those acts unwelcome in this community. The community chose the latter. They formed a Not In Our Town movement dedicated to fighting hatred and discrimination. They confronted racial graffiti that had been written on sidewalks, racist tweets that were made about university students, and a local man with ties to known hate groups who was arrested. Rather than bury their heads to the ugly acts, city and university leaders came together to face the hatred and show it would not be tolerated in Bowling Green. The effort took off, engaging more than 12 community organizations and collecting nearly 50,000 pledges from students and community members who understand that hate hurts the entire city and campus. “Out of something bad, came something good,” said BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey. On Thursday, those people came together again – this time to celebrate their success and recommit to their cause. This gathering was much different than the early meetings of the fledgling organization. Those were days of doubt and skepticism that community and campus leaders were serious about taking on blatant and covert racist. Now, nearly four years later, the celebration was festive, with cheers, cookies and congratulations. The event included statements read from students who helped start the movement – who are now out moving other communities to do the right thing. One graduate wrote that Not In Our Town changed her life. “I continue to fight for inclusion and diversity to this day,” she wrote. Amanda Dortch, president of the Undergraduate Student Government, said when she and other students graduate, they will take what they have learned with them. “To stand up against hate, against injustice,” she said. “That is what we learned here in Bowling Green. To make the world a better place.” But despite the successes, Bowling Green Not In Our Town members are…

BGSU cast delivers heavenly performance of “Evelyn in Purgatory”

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Nothing is as it seems in the “rubber room.” That’s a room, one of many actually in the New York Public School’s reassignment centers. If you are a teacher who runs afoul of authority, you are sent here while your case works its way through the twisted bowels of the city and union bureaucracy. That can take months. And during that time teachers sit, for work days on end, supervised by a proctor who reports if they are late or absent, left to their own devices, though still subject to the whims of the bureaucracy. That’s the purgatory that Evelyn Reid (Laura Hohman)  arrives in when a student, known to be a liar, reports that she saw the teacher making out with a track star. Evelyn joins the other disaffected denizens of the room. How this bright, young and ambitious teacher changes the dynamic of the room unfolds in “Evelyn in Purgatory.” The Topher Payne play, directed by Cynthia Stroud, opened Thursday  in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre in Bowling Green State University’s Wolfe Center for the Arts. The show continues with performances: Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday, at 2 p.m.; Oct. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m.; and Oct. 29 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at: The script mixes sharp humor and close character observations with drama that darkens along the way. There’s an undertow of unease, not unlike a “Twilight Zone” episode. All this is presented on minimal stage and realized with vivid acting that brings characters, who could lapse into stereotype, to life. Stroud makes sure the audience senses, but never personally experiences the ennui in the room. The room is a soul sucking place. The inmates spend a lot of time in close quarters yet closed off from each other. Evelyn’s arrival changes that. Her energy and eagerness, seem a bit naïve, yet insinuates itself in this place where there is a hierarchy of who sits where. At the top are the caustic English…

Peace March rescheduled for Nov 17

Due to expected inclement weather, the NIOT Peace March scheduled for tomorrow, October 20, has been canceled. It will take place November 17. The reaffirmation celebration at Falcon’s Nest will still take place tomorrow. Due to the inclement weather predicted for tomorrow, the Not In Our Town Peace March has been rescheduled for Thurs., Nov. 17. (1 of 2) — BGSU (@bgsu) October 19, 2016

BGSU Arts Calendar through Nov. 2

Oct. 19-22 – The 37th annual New Music Festival, a celebration of contemporary arts through concerts, panel discussions, art exhibitions, seminars, master classes and papers, will feature special guests composer Dai Fujikura and Spektral Quartet among more than 30 guest composers and performers. Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the BGSU College of Musical Arts, the festival has hosted nearly 400 guest composers and musicians since 1980. Events will take place in the Moore Musical Arts Center and the Clazel Theatre, 127 N. Main St. in downtown Bowling Green. Most events are free. (Schedule and story at: Oct. 19 – “The Deathworks of May Elizabeth Kramer,” a mixed media installation by The Poyais Group, opens at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibit, a collaboration with the New Music Festival, is a recreation by the Poyais Group of outsider artist Kranmer’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. The exhibit will be on view through Nov. 21. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Tuesday–Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free Oct. 20 – The International Film Series continues with the 2004 Brazilian film “El Abrazo Partido (Lost Embrace),” directed by Daniel Burman. The film is a comedic portrait of a Buenos Aires neighborhood that was once home to the European Jewish immigrants. The story focuses on a young man who abandons his architecture studies and tries to move to Europe. He is tortured by the question of why his father left the family to fight for Israel in 1973. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater located in Hanna Hall. Free Oct. 20 – Creative writing M.F.A. students…

Gish Theater celebrates its history with its future in question

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News Sunday’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Lillian and Dorothy Gish Film Theatre on campus took place under a shadow. The theater in Hanna Hall faces relocation as Bowling Green State University makes plans to convert the 95-year-old building into a new home for the College of Business Administration. That would mean the removal of the theater, its affiliated gallery and the Wolfe video collection and viewing room from Hanna Hall. University officials have promised to find a new home for the facility on campus. Wolfe, who is the founder and curator of the theater, said that he’s been told the theater would move into the theater space now in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. But that would not have room for the collections of memorabilia and the video collection, he said. “The theater space in the student union can in no way rival the aesthetics of this space and will not have the gallery documenting the history of American film,” Wolfe said. He said he saw no contradiction in the theater remaining after Hanna Hall becomes the home for the College of Business, given the film industry is so large. Lillian Gish herself has visited the venue four times, first in 1976 when it was first named for her and her sister, and the last time in 1982 when the lobby and gallery space was dedicated, Wolfe said. At that time, Academy Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint also attended, the first time she’d returned to campus since her graduation in 1947. James Frazer, Gish’s manager, who was the special guest for the occasion, said she was proud of the theater at BGSU. He traveled around the world with her as she promoted her view of American film, and that vision lives on in the theater. “This gives the right impression to the world.” “Lillian Gish’s spirit resides in Hanna Hall,” Wolfe said. University spokesman Dave Kielmeyer said that the student union is an option for the new location of the theater, but plans…

All clear after Eppler North evacuated

Eppler North on the Bowling Green State University campus was evacuated at about 10:30 a.m. this morning (Oct. 18) because of smoke in the building. The problem was caused when a belt on an air handler overheated, according to Dave Kielmeyer, BGSU spokesman. People returned to the building within 30 minutes.

Film scholar Cynthia Baron digs deep into the art of movie acting in new book

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Mention American acting styles in conversation and most people will assume you are talking about Method acting. But film historian Dr. Cynthia Baron,  will be quick to point out that the Method made famous by Lee Strasberg and his most famous pupil, Marilyn Monroe, held sway for only a few years and was soon abandoned by most actors. What came before and has endured is Modern acting, which was developed by a number of dedicated teachers and theater companies and reached fruition in the 1930s and ‘40s. Baron’s latest book, “Modern Acting: The Lost Chapter of American Film and Theatre,” introduces us to the form of acting we know today, setting the record straight and giving credit to all those “unsung heroes” who worked mostly behind the scenes to create a style suited to the changing face of drama. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, “Modern Acting” is part of its Palgrave Studies in Screen Industries and Performance series. In tracing the genesis of what came to be known as Modern acting, Baron found that a number of factors played into the need for a new approach. With the shift to modern life, the style of drama began to change at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. There was much discussion about what kinds of plays were needed for society and for the different nations. Playwrights such as Ibsen, Chekhov and O’Neill came to prominence, and theater spaces and stagecraft adapted to better present the more interior, intimate works. And movies came onto the scene in a big way, especially with the decline of Broadway in the mid-1930s and the migration West of out-of-work actors seeking jobs in radio and film. “With the expansion of Hollywood in the 1930s and ’40s, film became the key performing art of the United States,” Baron said. In response, a different style of acting emerged that was appropriate for the new contexts. “This style fit seamlessly into the new vision of drama and staging,”…

“A More Beautiful Question” author to speak at BGSU, Oct. 26

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING& COMMUNICATIONS As part of Bowling Green State University’s Common Read, author Warren Berger will speak at the University Oct. 26. Berger, a journalist and innovation expert, will talk about one of the most powerful forces for igniting change in business and in daily lives – questioning. Questioning can help people identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas and pursue fresh opportunities. Berger’s presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union; doors open at 7 p.m. Berger will answer questions and sign books following his presentation, which is free and open to the public. Berger’s book, “A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas,” expands on the University’s Common Experience theme of “In the Spirit of Innovation.” He believes that questioning leads to innovation, can help people be more successful in their careers and can spark change in business and personal lives. To reach this conclusion, Berger has studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, education leaders, creative thinkers and red-hot startups to analyze how they ask game-changing questions, solve problems and create new possibilities. In his book, he shows that the most creative, successful people tend to be expert questioners, raising questions no one else is asking – and finding the answers everyone else is seeking. Berger currently writes for Fast Company and Harvard Business Review; he was a longtime contributor at Wired magazine and The New York Times.

BGSU, UT presenting women’s leadership conference focusing on promotion

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University and The University of Toledo will co-present the Women in Leadership conference, Creating and Pursuing Pathways for Promotion,Friday, Oct. 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn at Levis Commons. BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey and University of Toledo President Sharon L. Gaber will begin the sold-out conference by sharing opportunities and obstacles faced throughout their career journeys. Christine Brennan, USA Today writer and author of several books, will serve as moderator. Bonnie Marcus, certified executive coach, speaker, writer and self-promotion expert, will serve as keynote presenter. Marcus is an award-winning entrepreneur and Forbes and Business Insider contributing writer. As president of Women’s Success Coaching, she assists professional women to successfully position and promote themselves to advance their careers. Breakout sessions include Identifying Pathways to Promotion and Creating and Supporting Pathways to Promotion. Breakout session speakers include Brennan; Andrew Faas, speaker and author; and Sam Horn, the Intrigue Expert and author. A panel of female business leaders from the region will share how they forged paths within their organizations and how their organizations created and supported pathways for women. Panel members include Dana Ullom-Vucelich, chief human resources and ethics officer, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services; Sheri Caldwell, human resource director, The Grain Group, The Andersons; Meg Ressner, principal, Meg Ressner and Associates, LLC; and Paula Russell, vice president of human resources, Composite Solutions Business, Owens Corning. Christine Seiler, BGSU College of Business faculty member, will moderate this panel. A live stream option is available for this conference. More information is available at

Nuisance parties on the upswing on East Side

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   In his suit and tie, Gordon Burns looked like he wanted to be anywhere else on Thursday evening. But instead, as part of his deal with the city prosecutor, he sat in the center of neighbors he had offended. He apologized to the group – people at least twice his age – for his loud party. Burns, a BGSU student, said he wasn’t aware he was causing distress to his neighbors. “From here on out, I’ll be more aware of my neighbors,” he said to the group that listened quietly. Burns, who rents a home on South Summit Street, avoided paying a $100 nuisance party fine by working six hours of community services and agreeing to stand up in front of the East Side Neighborhood Association and confess his crime. Rose Hess, head of the East Side group, told Burns that his neighbors would hold him to his statement. “Gordon, we are your neighbors,” Hess said in a motherly tone. “We look forward to a better rest of the year.” Then she gave the student another opportunity to prove his new-found self. She suggested that Burns join others in the Common Good organization and pick up litter in the neighborhood on some Saturdays. If the police blotter is any indication, the East Side neighbors may be hearing a lot of student apologies this school year. So far this year, from mid-August to Oct. 2, there have been 16 nuisance party complaints filed on the East Side of the city. That compares to 11 and 12 for the previous two years during the same time period. One resident in the area of Clough and South Summit streets said the students seemed “unusually rowdy” this year. Bowling Green Police Chief Tony Hetrick concurred. “I would agree with that. We’re out there enforcing it, trying to keep peace in the neighborhoods.” “I would encourage you to call if you have problems with your neighbors,” Hetrick told the residents. A resident of Manville said the problem…

East Side residents meet with BGSU neighbors

By JAN LARSON McLAUGHLIN BG Independent News   East Side residents met this week with their neighbor that brings the best perks and biggest problems for them – Bowling Green State University. The neighborhood association heard from Steve Krakoff, vice president of capital planning, and Bob Waddle, assistant vice president of capital planning for the university. The two explained the big push on campus to renovate solid structures, tear down obsolete buildings, and build new ones. For East Side residents, that means almost constant construction at their neighbor’s. But Rose Hess said the neighbors are willing to tolerate that disturbance. “Nobody has even complained of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly,” she said. Meanwhile, the dividing line between campus and the East Side neighborhood – East Wooster Street – is also a focus for the city and the university. The East Wooster corridor is divided into three sections – Main to Thurstin and Manville streets, the section in front of the university, and Mercer to Dunbridge roads. “This is where the city and the university come together to improve our future,” Krakoff said. “Our futures are very much tied together.” The university recently purchased two more properties on East Wooster Street, just east of South College Street. BGSU officials have no specific plans yet for those properties, Waddle said. “It was an opportunity to get those houses,” he said to East Side neighbors. “Hopefully in a lot of ways it will be an improvement.” “We will continue to buy properties along Wooster Street where we think it makes sense,” Krakoff  said. East Siders have already seen improvements with the new Greek housing and the new Kuhlin Center which resulted in a major facelift for South Hall, all along East Wooster Street. Krakoff cautioned that the construction will be ongoing as BGSU tries to stop campus sprawl and focus on the center of the campus. “The campus needs to get smaller, it just does,” he said. Harshman residence hall, along East Wooster Street, will be coming down before long, Krakoff said….

Police officials address issues of force, race & more during “Real Cops” panel

By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The police in Bowling Green, either city or campus, don’t have to resort to using physical force very often. Bowling Green Police Chief Tony Hetrick said that in 90,000 interactions, officers on the BG force have used force 52 times, and BGSU Police Chief Monica Moll said her department’s experience was similar. Rodney Fleming, the managing attorney at Student Legal Services, said that if citizens looked at the statistics, they’d see how little physical force is used. Capt. Mike Campbell, who will be interim chief when Moll leaves BGSU at the end of the month, said that in looking at police conflicts that have been in the news, he sees faulty tactics in how the incidents were approached. More emphasis should be put on de-escalating a situation, and better communication, he said. They were part of the “It’s Just Us: Real Talk with Real Cops,” held Friday at Bowling Green State University, and sponsored by Not In Our Town. No matter how little force is used, all incidents are reported and looked at. “Even if it was a legal use of force,” Moll said, “maybe we could have used less.” Hetrick said each instance is looked at by more than one supervisor, including himself. “Nothing is going to be swept under the rug.” And, if citizens feel they have been unfairly treated, each department has a formal complaint process. If someone doesn’t trust the police to follow through, they can complain to other entities, Fleming said – city officials, his office, or Not In Our Town. Hetrick said those complaints will be taken seriously. “As police chief I want to know that’s going on.” The interactions between police and citizens are often tinged with distrust. Moll talked about the importance of following officers’ instructions. Citizens may know they are not a threat but the officer doesn’t. “There’s a lot of anxiety on both sides,” she said. “What I’m seeing is you have folks who have traditionally adversarial relationships with police and are going to be automatically…

Peace march, Not In Our Town celebration set for Oct. 20

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS The city of Bowling Green and Bowling Green State University will hold a Peace March Oct. 20 as part of a Reaffirmation Celebration of Not In Our Town (NIOT), a campaign to stop hate and build safe, inclusive environments. Everyone is welcome to participate in the march, which will begin at noon at the corner of Main and Wooster streets. The march will continue east on Wooster to Thurstin then north to the Bowen-Thompson Student Union parking lot, concluding at the front entrance of the Union. A celebratory event will follow later in the afternoon at 4 in the Falcon’s Nest, where BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey will speak about the campus impact of NIOT and Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards will speak about its community impact. Gary Sanders and Leslie Dunn, co-chairs of NIOT on campus, will speak about regional impact, and a student government representative will speak about the world impact. Pledge cards will be available at the event so that attendees can take the NIOT pledge, which says that a person will provide a safe and inclusive environment for friends and neighbors; commit to end hate and intolerance; not tolerate acts of discrimination; lead and live through example; and take a stand against hateful actions. Attendees can also sign banners in support of the initiative. The city of Bowling Green and BGSU formally launched the NOIT initiative in April 2013 to affirm their commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion and to embrace and celebrate diversity.

BGSU officials investigating racist graffiti

University officials are investigating an incident in which a racial slur was painted on the spirit rock near Kreischer Quad on the Boling Green State University campus sometime on Oct. 12. According to a statement from BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey, university staff quickly removed the offensive graffiti, but some members of the university community did see it. “BGSU embraces a culture of diversity and inclusion,” Mazey said in the statement. “All across campus we work hard to uphold the core values of the University including ‘respect for one another.’ This type of hate speech will not be tolerated at BGSU.” The Office of the Dean of Students with support from university police are looking into the incident, and any student found to be involved will be subject to discipline through the university’s Code of Student Conduct. Anyone was has any information about this incident, or is aware of any acts of discrimination or racism are urged to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 419-372-2843. Also, a Bias Incident Report can be completed and submitted online. “We will not allow this incident to divide our community,” Mazey stated. She concluded by encouraging members of the university community to participate in the reaffirmation celebration of the Not In Our Town initiative on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. in the Falcon’s Nest.

BGSU graduate Julia Arroyo receives sociology fellowship

BGSU alumna Julia Arroyo ’14 is one of five individuals selected for the American Sociological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program. The national program recognizes and supports exceptional minority Ph.D. candidates. Arroyo, who is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of Florida, worked as a research assistant at the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at BGSU. Arroyo’s research interests include race and ethnicity, child welfare systems and families, children and youth. Her work promotes positive outcomes among racial-ethnic minority youth and youth in zero-parent households, which includes living with grandparents or foster parents, and creates space for their experiences in theories of their well-being. Her dissertation examines the changing prevalence and characteristics of zero-parent households in the United States. Applying qualitative and quantitative methods, it links the formation of these households, and the destinies of those within them, to broader social, economic and political circumstances. Arroyo’s co-authored works address historical change in women’s age at first birth and marriage, and child welfare caseworkers’ attitudes toward nonresident fathers. Among works that are forthcoming are an interdisciplinary brief on preventing children’s use of racial-ethnic stereotypes and a review of “Spheres of Influence” by Massey and Brodmann (2014). Her in-progress works problematize the role of caseworkers’ attitudes in father-engagement outcomes, critique measurements of family environments and characterize young adult pathways out of non-parental households. Her awards include the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research summer program’s Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship (2014); UF Sociology, Criminology and Law’s Gorman Award for Innovative Methods (2014), and the UF Connor Dissertation Award (2016). Learn more about the Minority Fellowship Program.