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Faith-Related Vandalism Hits Close to Home

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ATHENS, Ohio-  Across the country, people of faith have become fearful following a spike in anti-Semitic and other anti-religion behavior. Toppled headstones in Jewish cemeteries, bomb threats at Jewish community centers, Swastikas painted on cars and even vandalism at an Athens Catholic church are just a few of the most recent incidents. Hitting Home While students often feel that Athens… Read More

Dinner With 12 Strangers

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This week, I went to the Alumni Association sponsored event, “Dinner with 12 Strangers” to find out how the dinner began and what it’s really like to eat dinner with 12 people I’ve never met before. I was in a small dining room at the Ohio University Inn, making conversation with people I’ve never met… Read More

Interim President ‘Unwilling’ to Drop Baker Center Protest Charges

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In an email to the university community, OU’s interim president said he would not attempt to drop charges or remove university sanctions on 70 students arrested during a protest at Baker University Center. Interim President David Descutner wrote on Wednesday of the importance of students and participants accepting “the responsibility as citizens to stand up for those… Read More

Lawmaker’s Plan Would Revamp Ohio’s Congressional Map-Making

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A new legislative proposal calls for Ohio’s congressional districts to be drawn with bipartisan input similar to what Ohio voters approved for state legislative boundaries in 2015. State Sen. Frank LaRose, an Akron-area Republican, introduced the resolution Wednesday that he says will make the congressional redistricting process more balanced and transparent…. Read More

West Virginia House Set to Vote on Water Pollution Limits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s House is set to vote on legislation that would allow larger pollution discharges into the state’s waterways. The proposal would authorize the Department of Environmental Protection to calculate water pollution limits for cancer-causing chemicals using an average-flow figure – called the “harmonic mean” – rather than the state’s current… Read More

Universities Must Reform to Stay Relevant and Affordable Says Notable Economist

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Dr. Richard Vedder, Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, DC, notes that the costs of higher education have increased markedly in recent years while the value of a college degree may be diminishing. To counteract these trends, he says that colleges and universities must implement reforms and modernize. But, the… Read More