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Part 2: The struggles with heroin: The heroin epidemic from a counselor’s perspective

Kate Siefert

February 17, 2017


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“He talked about it as if he was talking about the love of his life. He even had a sparkle in his eye.”Lori Au, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor at the Ashland County Council Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Center, reminisces on one of her experiences speaking with a heroin addict. According to ...

How to do your taxes

Renee Borcas

February 17, 2017


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Filing taxes can appear complicated and confusing on the surface, but if the time is taken to sit down and understand how the forms and finances work, it can save time and even money.Many students across campus are sorting through their tax information from 2016, and there are many different ways to go abou...

Chapel services hope to build community

Bex Hunter

February 15, 2017


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On Wednesday Dr. Craig Hovey, AU Religion professor and Director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, gave a message entitled “Strange, Good Tidings” for the weekly chapel service at 3 pm in Lower Chapel.The service started with a call to worship given by the Executive Director of Christian Ministry, Jason Barnhart. Students then got involved by leading a worship song and scripture readings. The speaker was introduced and Dr. Hovey delivered his message and then one last song was played to end the service for the day.Both before and after the service faculty, staff, administrators, and students all gathered together talking about a variety of things from the message given to their everyday lives. The midweek chapel service is a great way to build community on campus however, it just started last semester.AU’s provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang was the person who came up with the idea to have a Wednesday afternoon chapel service.“As the new provost, I have to look into all five pillars and see what I can do,” Dr. Chang said. “Academic excellence is pillar one, I have to think about it. Number two, is Christian identity. So I actually studied a little bit about church background and one thing I was actually considering was whether we have a chapel service here or not in the middle of the week.”When Dr. Chang found out there was no midweek chapel service, he got to work with Barnhart on creating one."One thing we found was lacking was in the daily rhythm where everybody’s here, faculty, staff, administration, and students, we didn’t have any kind of sacred time for them,” Barnhart said. "This is kind of a way to start a rhythm midweek afternoons where students faculty, and staff, could come together and have that common time.”One of the biggest purposes of the Wednesday chapel services is to allow everyone to attend.“We provide these kind of services for students in the evening and so on, but the employees here do not have gathering time during the weekdays, they just work,” Dr. Chang said. “I wanted to have our staff and faculty relax a little bit in the middle of the week and think about who we are and chapel was one of the ways that we could do it.”The provost believes that the chapel service is not only a good way to build relationships on campus, but it extends out into the Ashland community as a whole.“I was thinking that this is a way to engage local communities as well, because we are very good internally, but if you see the Ashland community, and I visited a lot of churches in town since I started, some of the smaller churches desperately need our help,” Dr. Chang said. “By having this chapel service and inviting the pastors of those churches in town to come here and give a sermon, is one way we can get connected together.”Wednesday chapel services are just one of the many services AU offers. The Well is every Thursday at 8 pm, Newman Nights are Monday’s at 6:30 pm and Mass is every Sunday at 9 pm. If you prefer your own time, the chapel opens at 7 am and stays open all day.“The overarching goal with all of our ministries is I want people to know that our faith is one of hospitality,” Barnhart said. “I want people to feel cared for, I want them to feel welcomed, I want them to feel loved."

Sustainability at Ashland University

Cait Davis

February 7, 2017


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Back in October, the Center for Civic Life held a Community Conversation on the topic: How Can We Help AU to Become More Environmentally Friendly? During the conversation, it was brought to attention that the people of Ashland University need more education on recycling.Most information about recycling c...

Club Spotlight: What is Anime Club?

Vince Lester

February 3, 2017


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Anime Club is an emerging club here at Ashland University where members with members reaching up to 49 people.Racheal Yocum, administrative assistant for the Center of Academic Support, said that Anime Club started around 2007. Yocum, former president of Anime Club, became the adviser of the club in May of 2016.When the club started, they had around five members. They would frequently meet in what is now known as the commuter lounge because at that time most members were commuters. Once the club became a little larger they would meet in the lobby of “the Senior House” which is now home to the fraternity of Kappa Sigma, said Yocum. Currently Anime Club is held in the student center because of its growing membership.“It’s becoming more popular and a little more mainstream,” Yocum said. “Especially because they show more on Cartoon Network and a lot more video games have that art style.”Anime is Japanese animation often referred to just as “animation” by some of the viewers. While most Anime is predominantly Japanese there are some Anime that were made in the United States such as The Boondocks, Avatar: The Last Airbender, or as some people might remember Samurai Jack that aired on Cartoon Network.The current president, Zac Kopp, is someone who is a self-proclaimed “addict” of anime. To him, Anime Club is unique club because he can share his niche interest with a group of people who share that same interest. Kopp, who is now a senior with plans on graduating this semester, became president of Anime Club in spring of 2014 and has been their president since.  When he first became president back in 2014, Anime Club had only nine members. Over the years that number has steadily climbed. As president, Kopp expanded their executive board. The former executive board consisted of a president, vice president, and secretary. Kopp has since added a historian. The historian’s job is to take pictures of events and to scrapbook them. The historian even keeps in touch with alumni members of Anime Club. “Being president of Anime Club has been on one of my favorite experiences on this campus,” Kopp said. “It was really cool to me coming to college and seeing an actual dedicated organization for my weird but fun interest.” Along with meeting once a week, Anime Club has multiple philanthropy events held on campus. Some of the charitable events that Anime Club has done include a Bake Sale, Easter Basket Raffle, and a Cosplay Café. Kopp likes to change up the organization from each event. They have donated to St. Jude’s, Alzheimer’s Association and the Ashland County Humane Society. “I love it, it’s good to know that your group is benefiting a good cause,” Kopp said.One popular event that Anime Club attends is Ohayocon. Ohayocon is a three-day anime convention held in Columbus, Ohio and people from all over the country attend this event. At the convention there are multiple panels consisting of voice actors or local artists. The convention is a place where up and coming artists can sell merchandise just get their name out in the public. If members of Anime Club wish to attend Ohayocon, it would be the only cost of being a member of Anime Club which is around $130 Kopp said. “It’s a big community event for everyone to get together who are interested in these things,” Yocum said. Anime Club meets every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium in the Hawkins Student Center. In a typical meeting, the club gives updates from the executive board and then has a raffle with a chance to win anime memorabilia, which Kopp introduced. The meetings will then proceed with watching multiple anime in one night and last until around 11 p.m. If you are interested in joining anime club, you can attend a meeting or email Racheal Yocum at [email protected]“It’s good to see this kind of art form grow in popularity,” Yocum said. “There is a very tight group-like family feeling to the club.”

Getting fit beyond the Ashland campus

Getting fit beyond the Ashland campus

Noah Cloonan

February 3, 2017


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The Rec Center at Ashland University is a convenient place to go to get in a quick workout, but there are many other places throughout Ashland where students can go to get a more specific workout in.Studio Rise is a yoga studio located just off campus at 709 Claremont Ave. It is a professional yoga studio that offers ov...

Learning more about Ashland’s administrative departments

Janel Molnar and Karen Hagans

February 3, 2017


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Career Services and The Rec CenterWhat do career services and rec services have in common? You have to utilize these services to get results! On behalf of the offices’ of Career Services and Recreational Services, we want to share the following ways you can utilize our servicesRead your emails from ...

Up ‘Til Dawn event raising money for St. Jude Hospital

Bex Hunter

February 3, 2017


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On Feb. 4, Ashland University’s St. Jude Chapter will hold it’s annual Up ‘Til Dawn fundraiser event. The event raises money and awareness for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Up ‘Til Dawn takes place from 12-6 a.m. on Feb. 4 in the Recreation Center and check-in starts at 11 p.m. on Feb. 3. Participants stay up all night doing activities, dancing, and playing games in order to pass the time for six hours. The only requirement to participate in the event is to raise $100 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the St. Jude Up ‘Til Dawn website.In order to get reach the $100 requirement, participants have been fundraising and preparing for the event for a couple of weeks now. On Jan. 25 St. Jude executive board held an email sending party in the Eagle’s Landing to help people raise money. There was pizza and board members there to help people sign up and learn ways to fundraise the money by themselves or with their friends. “We wanted to give our participants a chance to fundraise their $100 to participate in the event,” said Gaby Northeim, co-director of the St. Jude executive board at AU.All of the money raised will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help children fighting with life-threatening diseases. “Children with cancer are fighting 24/7,” Northeim said. “We stay up all night since they stay up all night fighting for their lives.”

AU students take part in 2017 Women’s March

AU students take part in 2017 Women’s March

Emily Wilkinson

February 3, 2017


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“I want people to recognize that not everyone is free in a country where we boast diversity and freedom,” Ashland University senior Melanie Ward said. On Jan. 21, an estimated four million people from around the world participated in a worldwide march in support of immigration reform, healthcare...

Part 1: The struggles with heroin: Behind Jodi’s glasses – The mother of an addict

Part 1: The struggles with heroin: Behind Jodi’s glasses – The mother of an addict

Kate Siefert

January 25, 2017


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It is 11 p.m. on a Saturday and the back alleyway behind Main St. in Ashland comes to life.College students accumulate, creating a crowd outside of the door, some hesitating to enter as they compare their fake IDs, while others make their way through to greet the bouncer. Upon entering, the smell of ...

Embracing my disability: living with autism

Hannah Predojev

January 20, 2017


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Hopping from side to side, side to side, in a carefree motion, 4-year-old Cynthia Karamol is in her own little world. All while the VCR is going crazy. Every fourth hop, she bounces into the air. “Mom! Mom! She’s doing it again!” her sister, Alex Karamol, groans. While hopping from side to side, ...

Kelley’s Vinyl: One of Ashland’s hidden treasures

Derek Wood

January 20, 2017


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“My mom always had music in the house when we were growing up. Whether it was music from the 1940’s or from her own band’s, music was a big part of my life growing up.”Jack Kelley’s record store in Ashland, Ohio is full, from wall to wall, with vinyl records.The smell of incense floods the air, s...