Archive for September, 2013

MU In the News this Week

Due to the perfect storm of a slow economy, fewer high school graduates and reduced state appropriations, MU is once again making plans for reductions.

Jeff Bosworth’s Convocation address, “Hunting for Hope in Modern America,” was published in the October 2013 issue of Vital Speeches of the Day, along with the addresses of other noted speakers such as Barack Obama.  You can also watch Jeff’s address.

The Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program had a good showing at the StepOutdoors Tryathlon at Hills Creek State Park Saturday, Sept. 21,. For the first time, MU  had a student team: Kate Smith ran 3miles, Bobby Bridges paddled 1.7 miles, and Glenn Wolfe peddled 8 miles.  Jimmy (bike) and Lilace Guignard (kayak), both ORL instructors, along with Chris Cummings (runner) took first place in the Co-Ed team 18 years and older. Many ORL students volunteered  to make sure the event went smoothly.  

The Library held a series of events for Banned Book Week, one of which was a Mock Protest which drew hundreds of students and faculty.  Many students expressed shock to look at the list of banned books and realize that many of them had been banned at one time.   The best quote of the day was from President Fran Hendricks who said, “I spent 33 years in the uniform of the United States Air Force defending the freedoms this nation was built on, namely the Constitution, so I’m opposed to censorship.” 

 

 

 

 

Scott Dimarco and I are interviewed on the podcast Brain Burps About Books about last year’s banning of  One Woman’s Vengeance, by the MU Library, along with  the reaction and the lessons.

A Party in Pink Zumbathon will be held at Kelchner Fitness Center on October 12th .  It begins at 8a.m. with a pre Zumbathon party with vendors and a t-shirt cutting demo.  The dancing will 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  All money raised goes to the Susan G. Koman foundation for breast cancer.  Entry is a suggested donation of $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and kids. 

Over Easy

Over Easy is performing at the Deane Center on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The acoustic trio does familiar songs done in a unique way — everything from show tunes and classical to the Beatles and classic rock.  It’s sponsored in part by the Wren’s Nest Restaurant. Tickes are $15. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information call (570) 439-3588 or email c_hanson@frontier.com .

And Terry Day heads off campus for this week’s “Terry’s Take.

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1890s Next Weekend

 

Plans are being finalized for the Fabulous 1890s Weekend next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28.  The entertainment is, as always, outstanding and varied.  See the events schedule for details.  Parade begins at Saturday 11 a.m. and there is still room for more units.  Contact Christie Martin at cjmartin@mansfield.edu

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First photo of MU First Couple — President Fran Hendricks and First Lady Connie just before the First Night Football game ceremonies on the new VanN0rman field. 

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Stop by and meet or say hi to Fran and Connie, and Mayor Tom Wierbowski who will be in the Museum tent Saturday during  1890s for an informal meet and greet immediately following the parade.

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There will be a Town Attic Sale Saturday, Sept.  28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Clean out your garages and attics and put your treasures up for sale on your lawn Saturday.  Your junk is someone else’s treasure!

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Bruce Dart

Bruce Dart was named 2012-2013 Photographer of the Year by the Northeast PA Professional Photographers for the fourth time.  He now holds the record for the organization’s Photographer of the Year.

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The Mansfield Free Public Library will hold its annual book sale Saturday, Sept. 28 beginning at 9 a.m.  Thousands of books, records, DVD’s and video cassettes.

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An interview with John Ulrich, English, entitled “Why Zombies Rule,”  will be published by Pearson Education, Inc. as part of its “Argument Today” series.

 

 

 

Lights, Lunch and More Celebrations

Anybody with a TV, radio, phone or computer knows that MU is playing its first night home game since it made history on Sept. 28, 1892 when it initiated the world’s first night game.  The story is running across the country with an Associated Press print and video story which has been picked up by everyone from NPR to Sports Illustrated and dozens of traditional and social media outlets. It’s good to have the lights on again.

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Check out our new Fabulous 1890s Website, along with a complete list of events and a detailed account of the 1897 murder of Effie Copley in the field behind the Day Care Center.  The 1890′s Weekend will be dedicated to the memory of Effie and highlighted by a trolley tour hosted by Effie descendant Brian Barden, and the Hamilton-Gibson play, “The Trial of Walter Goodwin,” Effie’s estranged husband who was found guilty of shooting her.  More details next week.

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Scott DiMarco and the Mountie

In “The New Reality is Disrupted,” an article about Stefan Pollack’s book Disrupted, Library Director Scott DiMarco, shares his thoughts about how the “iGen’ generation” is changing the way we shop, share information and make or break companies and corporations.

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Sodexo GM Drew Robinson has created a discounted meal plans for faculty and staff.  Block Meal plans include a 12% and  15% discount.  He’s doing this because Jonathan Rothermel, philosophy/political science would like to get faculty and staff together to have lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays to get to know each other and have informal discussions.  Drew will reserve tables for faculty/staff.  You don’t need to buy the block if you would rather just stop by for lunch whenever you can.

This used to happen years ago and it was pretty nice.  Plan to have lunch with others some Monday or Wednesday and restart the tradition.  Call Dining at X4326 for discount program details.

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While the 9/11 anniversary is past, the memories shouldn’t be forgotten.  A few months ago I interviewed Mal Fuller, who was an air traffic control watch supervisor at Pittsburgh International Airport and participated in the shutdown of the nation’s airspace after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Fuller talks about Flight 93, the crash outside of Shanksville, PA, and his day as an air traffic watch supervisor.

He now travels the country to keep alive the memory of the Heroes of Flight 93 and to raise funds to benefit the Flight 93 National Memorial.

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  Final word:  Terry’s Take.

Terry Day, MU PR

 

 

 

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Lights, Books, Music & Deserts — Life at MU

The 1892 Mansfield Team

We played the World’s first night football game in Smythe Park on Sept. 28, 1892.  On Sept. 14, 2013, we will play our first night home game since that historic first game 121 years ago.  That’s right, after more than a century of letting others work out the bugs of electricity, we’ve made the jump and bought some lights.  It’s going to be a huge event, beginning in the early afternoon and running into the night.  Alumnus Chester Bailey, 101 years-old, will flip the switch.  Our team will play Princeton.  Our marching band will put on a spectacular show and night game mastermind Steve McCloskey will provide fireworks.  There’s more, much more.  Don’t miss it.

Here’s the schedule.  And here’s a 360 degree panorama view of the New Van Norman Stadium. This is history in the making.

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David Stinebeck,interim associate provost has an article “Chickamauga and George Thomas” published in the July issue of The Blue & Gray Messenger the newsletter of The National Civil War Museum.  He was also a featured speaker  at The National Civil War Museum in August.  Stinebeck and his wife, Scannell Gill, are authors of  A Civil General, a novel about George Henry Thomas, the most successful general in the Civil War.  Stinebeck, whose great-grandfather fought under Thomas, talks about the book and Thomas’ career in this episode of Conversations.

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Scott DiMarco, director of libraries, is quoted in “Noah Webster’s Dictionary Helped Define America” in Investor’s.com

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See them eat scorpions! Clean dishes with dried yucca!  Bicycle through summer infernos!  MU students  Anthony Mancuso, Scot Greevy, and Rolf Dengler teamed up to bike through the Great Basin, Mojave and Sonoran Deserts this summer.  And this is the video they made of their journey.  Congratulations on the trip and making it back safe, guys.

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    Nick Ippoliti ’97 and ’01, has released his new album, “Pillow: American Made,” his best album so far.  Here’s my recent review of it.  Check it out and find him on Facebook.

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Professor Emeritus Jay Gertzman’s latest book, Samuel Roth: Infamous  Modernist, is the definitive biography of the publisher, pornographer, pirate who brought Ulysses and Lady Chatterley’s Lover to America.  It’s a very readable, scholarly work on a brilliant, troubled man who spent years in prison and ultimately changed censorship laws in the U.S.  Here’s a Huffington Post interview with Gertzman about the book.

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  For those who haven’t heard, English professor Kristin Sanner passed away in August. She was much beloved by the many students she taught and helped outside of class.  She will be missed.

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Everyone should watch this news report on how the photo you take with your mobile device can enable strangers to track you to your exact location and learn a lot of other things about you.  And learn how to stop it.

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  If you’re a college student, this report on the top rated Ramen brands will open the doors to variety in cheap, quick eating.  If you’re like me who occasionally partakes of the guilty pleasure, it’s pretty interesting.

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