BITE-SIZED NEWS: 2/22/13

LOCAL

Cleveland’s medical mart gets new tenants and a new name

In an effort to better represent the facility’s intended function, a convention center being built in downtown Cleveland that was formerly known as the Medical Mart will now be called the Global Center for Health Innovation. Several large companies have already reserved space in the building, such as the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, as well as several national corporations. Scheduled to open this fall, each floor of the complex will have its own department. The center will host events relating to the medical field such as continuing education classes and emerging technology conventions. It is predicted that the complex will bring over 1,000 executives, investors and entrepreneurs to Cleveland.

Source: Cleveland.com

 

NATIONAL

Top U.S. General John Allen to retire instead of taking NATO job

U.S. General John Allen, who had been nominated as the next head of NATO in Europe, has received President Obama’s permission to retire rather than take the job. He made the decision based on a desire to attend to family health problems. His successor will oversee the majority of the removal of troops from Afghanistan. Earlier this year, General Allen was accused of having inappropriate email contact with a woman in Florida, but the allegations were dismissed. General David Petraeus, former director of the CIA, was accused of similar misconduct and asked to resign around the same time. President Obama characterized General Allen as “one of America’s finest military leaders” and thanked him for his dedicated service.

Source: BBC

 

INTERNATIONAL

U.S. identifies prolific cyber espionage group in China

The U.S. cyber security firm Mandiant has identified a hacker group in China as “one of the most prolific cyber espionage groups” in the world. The group is said to have stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from a number of companies. The offices of the hackers are believed to be located in a nondescript building in Shanghai. Mandiant has published a report stating that they believe the Chinese government is aware of at least some of the hacking operations that have taken place since 2004, when the company began tracking them. The Chinese government has denied knowledge of these attacks and claimed to be another victim of cyber hacking.

Source: BBC

Corrections: 2/22/13

In the Feb. 15 issue of the Voice, several monetary figures were misrepresented in the article “President Cornwell among highest paid in Ohio.” The article states that Cornwell’s take home pay in the 2009-10 financial year was $469,523 and the 2010-11 financial year was $633,430. These two figures actually represented his total compensation, which is reported before taxes and includes benefits and other allocations. The president does not and has never received bonuses. The article goes on to state a $10 million net profit for the College in 2009-10, and a reported $4.6 million deficit in 2010-11. These numbers include the College’s endowment and reflect the status of the stock market. The College is a non-profit institution. The article states that “only one private school in Ohio has a lower average salary for faculty members.” This figure is inaccurate and will be addressed in a follow-up article, to be published next week. The numbers printed regarding the breakdown of Cornwell’s salary amenities were misattributed. In 2010-11, his benefits included $4,122 in country club expenses, $6,505 in housekeeping and $432 for cable. The Voice will be publishing a corrections article in next week’s issue to address these numbers in greater detail, along with further finanical questions our staff will discuss with the administrators. The Voice regrets these errors. 

Students travel to Washington D.C. to protest

The “Forward to Climate” rally was the largest environmental protest in American history

 

Maddi O’Neill

Staff Writer

Last Sunday, more than 35,000 environmental activists went to Washington, D.C. to participate in what became the largest environmental protest in America’s history. Sixteen College of Wooster students were in attendance, having driven ten hours to make their voices heard in the “Forward on Climate” rally. The Wooster students made this whirlwind trip in just over a day. They left at 10 p.m. Saturday night and arrived back in Wooster in time for classes on Monday morning.

The participating students are primarily members of the Greenhouse Club, an environmental activist group on campus. Taylor Knoop ’16, newly-elected treasurer of the Greenhouse Club, helped organize the trip after hearing about the rally at a “Do the Math” seminar in Cleveland. The “Forward on Climate” rally strove to prevent the construction of the controversial Keystone Pipeline. The members of the Greenhouse Club were excited by the idea.  Kelsey Schreck ’15, vice president of the Greenhouse Club, said that stopping the Keystone Pipeline “is a way to show that the American people won’t stand for environmental degradation anymore.”

Knoop worked with the Ohio Sierra Club to get students to D.C. by setting up a phone bank on campus. Students could make calls to Sierra Club members and convince them to attend the rally.

In exchange, the Ohio Sierra Club then helped to sponsor any student who participated in the phone bank by providing a scholarship covering the bus fee to D.C.

Upon arriving in D.C., the Wooster students went to a pre-rally gathering to make signs. At the rally itself, Knoop thought that the crowds vastly exceeded the Wooster contingent’s expectations.

The original goal was between 8,000 and 10,000 participants, “but at the rally the group just kept growing [to about 35,000 people]. I was totally blown away,” she said. The students started their rally experience by listening to several speakers, and then marched about two miles to surround the White House, chanting phrases like “This is what democracy looks like,” and “Hey Obama, we don’t want no climate drama.”

After years of governmental stalling on climate change, this rally was a chance for many who are concerned about the environment to tell their legislators how they feel.

“We are so lucky to live in this country, to have these rights available to us,” Knoop said. “I just turned 18 last May and being able to take part in our government’s legal system through voting and now through this protest has been really amazing.”

Caroline Kaman ’16 agreed, saying, “You felt like you were a part of a big movement. There was a lot of energy.”

These students, who were willing to sacrifice a weekend to the cause of improving environmental legislation, clearly feel strongly about changes that need to be made to protect the environment.

Cullen Dolson ’16, explaining why he chose to make the trip, said, “I grew up backpacking and hiking in Virginia and I would do anything to make sure that the beauty that I grew up with is there for generations to come.”

The enthusiasm of these students was reflected in the huge crowds that showed up to demand action by the government.

Dana Stamos ’16 said, “we were able to connect with people across the country who felt passionately about this issue.”

Knoop added that she was deeply moved by the number of people at the rally. “It was my first time at a rally and the energy was just amazing…It was amazing to see the range of people and it really speaks to the importance of attention to climate change,” she said.

 

Wooster to host TEDx talk in Gault Recital Hall

Sarah Carracher

Staff Writer

The College will host its first Tedx talk, “Ideas Worth Spreading,” on March 2 in Gault Recital Hall. Through TEDTalks videos and live presentations from Wooster and other communities, the event’s organizers hope to integrating new ideas into the College and local communities.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, was founded as a nonprofit conference to unite thinkers from three areas of thought. While only two large-scale TED conferences take place each year, in Long Beach, Calif. and in Edinburgh, Scotland, TEDx events are designed and planned specifically for and by local communities. The goal of a TEDx event is to “foster learning, inspiration and wonder — and to provoke conversations that matter.”

The Wooster TEDx event was organized by Christina Haupt ’14, independent of, but fostered by, TED. The event, which will be emceed by President Grant Cornwell, is centered on the concept of integrity. “TEDx [events] are independently organized events, which are meant to highlight local talents and minds,” Haupt says. She made this idea a reality, inviting multiple members of the Wooster community to speak.

The program will highlight eight speakers: Peter Abramo Director for Entrepreneurship at the College, will discuss liberal arts education and how to better prepare students for life after college; Paul Cebul of Reach Trade in Wooster, who works with farmers to source specialty grade, direct and fair trade coffee; Donald Frederico, a litigation lawyer in Boston and an alumnus and trustee to the College; Jonny Goldstein (as a virtual synthesizer) will speak about shapes in an attempt to prove that anyone can draw; Shelley Judge, professor of geology at the College, will present about sports; Matthew Mariola, visiting environmental studies professor at the College, will discuss sustainable farming; Chris Rogers, a Tufts professor, will conduct engineering-based experiments with Legos; and Thomas Van Cleef, another College alum, who has founded multiple companies focused on solar energy. Two TEDTalks videos from previous conferences will also be shown.

Emphasizing the importance of the talk being planned and organized by the community as opposed to TED, Haupt says, “Integrating the community is something the College really places a lot of value on, and this event is certainly a platform that lends itself well to building bridges and fostering new ideas. I never realized that we could be incorporating the community in such a huge way.”

After the event, guests are invited to discuss further at First Amendment, a restaurant located at 150 W. Liberty St. A father and daughter who frequently bond over their political disputes opened the restaurant to create an environment in which locals can “gather and share heated discussions about topics that [have] a big impact on the community.”

Haupt chose this location because of this distinct connection that the concept of sharing ideas and applying them to one’s community shares with TEDx. The restaurant has even partnered with Reach Trade as a coffee provider.

The talk will also have two networking breaks, allowing students to connect with the event’s speakers. Those interested in attending should fill out a survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S5PKJXG to receive a ticket. This is time-sensitive because only 100 people can attend the event, due to TED rules.

For those students who cannot get a ticket or won’t be able to attend, the event will be streamed live in the Lowry pit. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided in Scheide and available to students who do not attend the event.

Campus Dining Study to look at three employment options

Outsourcing is only one possible recourse in the College’s effort to make the dining department as efficient as possible

 

Ian Benson

News Editor

 

In the article about outsourcing in last week’s Voice, the words “plan” and “proposal” were improperly used. They were meant to describe the option of outsourcing, but instead they made it sound as if a plan was already proposed to move to a contracted company, which is not the case.

Instead a discussion is occurring on how to move forward in order to make Dining Services as efficient as possible. This discussion is a part of an ongoing review of dining services’ practices, with outsourcing being one of the potential options. The final goal of the process is to establish the best dining service and to meet the needs of the College, and not to simply determine whether or not the school switches to an external service.

The review of dining services is using The National Association of College and University Food Services Professional Practices manual to properly evaluate the program. It is being carried out by the Financial Advisory Committee. In addition, focus groups, surveys and strength, weakness, opportunity and threat analyses are going into the assessment. A Facebook group called “Campus Dining Study Forum” currently allows students to discuss the issue.

At the end of the assessment, one of three current options will be chosen and implemented going forward with dining services. Outsourcing is one of these potential choices, and it continues to be one that many students are opposed to.

Another option is that dining services could remain operated by the College. In this scenario, practices would be improved as a result of going through the self-assessment, but the current staff and operation would continue to be run by the College.

The third option is a combination of the two, with part of the staff outsourced and the rest kept in house. There are two potential approaches to this option. In the first, the contracted company would be utilized to employ the management team only. The management would then be on the company’s payroll. The staff would still be on the College’s payroll, but would be supervised by the contracted management team. In the second approach, the contracted company would be utilized to employ the staff only. They would be on the company’s payroll, but supervised by a College employed management team.

“It’s my hope at the end of this, when we publish the report, we choose to stick with our current services and they beat any outsourced company,” Vice President for Finance and Business/Treasurer Laurie Stickelmaier said, echoing the opinions of many students. “We don’t want to outsource. What we want is the best possible dining service.”

The assessment will run through the summer, with a decision coming no earlier than fall semester 2013.

 

Environmental Tip of the Week: 2/22/13

This isn’t really a tip — it’s more of an announcement everyone should know about. Beginning March 1, the College will no longer burn coal. This is one change that will go unseen on campus, but makes a big difference in how we maintain our operation. By switching from coal to natural gas, the College will reduce emissions by 375 tons of sulfur dioxide and 7600 tons of carbon dioxide each year. The change means we will stop emitting small amounts of lead and mercury and stop producing fly ash. The College will be saving almost $20,000 a year on emission fees from the EPA. Stop by Lowry Center on March 1 from  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn more!

– SB Loder, Sustainability Coordinator