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Bluffton Public Library – February 2015 Events

Bluffton Public Library announces its February 2015 programs, opportunities, and services. Programs are open to the public, but when noted below, require registration. To register during library hours, call 419-358-5016 or stop by the front desk. After hours, email or leave a comment on Bluffton Public Library’s Facebook. Registering for BPL programs is now easier than ever with our online registration button. Visit our website at and click on the “Register Here” button, which will take you to an online form. Specify the program for which you’d like to register and provide us with contact information.

Join us for our winter sessions of Storytime from January 26th- March 17th. Remember to register via phone, email, online, or at the front desk. We will be exploring stories about how to stay warm and cozy. On February 2nd and 3rd children are welcome to wear their pajamas for Bedtime Tales. For more information grab a Storytime bookmark or check the schedule on our website

Chill Zone continues Tuesdays afternoons (February 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm). Middle and High School students are welcome to hang out at the library for games, movies and crafts every Tuesday.

The Adult Book Discussion is back on the first Wednesday of the month (Feburary 4th) at 12pm. We will be discussing the book Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink, Ph. D. – limited space and copies are available, so advance registration is requested.

Our next installments of Teen Games will be February 4th and February 25th in the lower level of the library. Teens/tweens (11-16) are welcome to join after school from 3:30- 4:30pm for an indoor games session; games may include: balloon stomp, fruit salad, shoe mix etc.

Yoga Fit, a yoga-based exercise class, is offered at Bluffton Public Library on Wednesdays at 6:30pm by BFR Sports & Fitness. For February, sessions are on the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. Please contact BFR to register.

On February 7th and 21st at 10am stop by the library to read a book to a certified therapy dog. Teddy and Tango love hearing stories and just getting a friendly cuddle from children, teens, college students, or whoever. This program supports literacy, the humane treatment of animals, and healthy stress relief practices.

On February 9th and 23rd from 6 to 7:30pm join us for Jammin’ at the Library– an informal time for acoustic musicians to come together “Song Circle” style and share their love of music. This program takes place on the main floor of the library during the winter months.

We’re hosting our first ever Sweet Reads Book and Chocolate Exchange on February 13th! Love books and chocolate? Who doesn’t! Between Feb. 2nd and Feb. 12th, we will collect books (in new or good condition) and new, packaged chocolate. When you donate, pick up your corresponding vouchers, and then, come in on Friday, Feb. 13th between 2:30 and 4:30pm to redeem them for whatever chocolate or book you’d like! If you donate chocolate, you choose some chocolate, and if you donate a book, you choose a book (and if you donate both, you get both!) Must have vouchers to redeem.

On February 18th, Anime Club will meet at 6pm. Join us to view an Anime Movie, and plan the next round of Anime Club activities and fundraisers.

We’re on a D.I.Y. kick! Interested in learning simple suminagashi (marbleizing paper)? On Friday, February 20th at 4pm, we invite adults and responsible teens to learn how to make suminagashi and then try making their own. Registration is required for this event by February 17th.

Registration for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten opened on January 26th, but there is still time to sign-up! Commit to reading your child/children 1000 books before they start kindergarten (for babies, toddlers and preschoolers); BPL will supply a starter pack with reading logs and book lists. The first 100 people to sign up for this challenge will receive a free “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” book tote– and a board book to go with it! BPL thanks the S.H.A.N.N.O.N. Service Club and The Friends of Bluffton Public Library for sponsoring this

Are you struggling with your laptop, or fumbling through your Kindle? You don’t have to do this alone! When it comes to learning more about technology, we all come from different skill levels, backgrounds, and needs. This is why Bluffton Public Library offers FREE one-on-one basic tech tutoring classes every other month. Register for a one-hour session for February today!

It’s still cold, so we’ll keep on serving – Hot Tea Tuesdays will continue in Febuary! From 10am to 2pm, a variety of hot tea and other hot beverages will be available for you to make and sip at the library—or to take to go!

For February, BPL will also have a book display on biographies and will unveil the recyclable reading igloo in the children’s section. BPL also encourages patrons to stop by to view February’s display case, which will exhibit a local craft items made at the Bluffton Senior Citizen’s Center.

Please note that the library will be closed on President’s Day (February 16th).

Public Services Coordinator / Bluffton Public Library
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College athletes: rate your coach

Locker Room Talk® ( is a rating and review website for college coaches which compiles information in an easy-to-search format so that high school athletes undergoing the varsity recruiting process can make educated decisions.

Through a short, anonymous online survey, Locker Room Talk gives college players the unique ability to easily rate and review their coaches.  The website is a positive platform for college student-athletes to express their views so that high school athletes can better evaluate the programs they are considering.

“We need current and recently graduated college athletes to fill out our simple, fast, anonymous online survey to provide information about your experiences with your coach. By sharing your honest opinions, you will be helping high school athletes make the best choices for their futures,” said Oliver Loutsenko, co-founder of Locker Room Talk.

Created by former varsity college athletes as a “force for good,” Locker Room Talk® is an invaluable resource for high school athletes and their families as they prepare to make one of the most important choices of their lives.  It covers both men’s and women’s teams in sports such as football, baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, skiing, swimming and more.

For more information, call 203-556-5839, visit, Facebook, Instagram (@lockerroomtalk) or Twitter (@LRTsports).

Click here to take the quick survey!

Guns near Bluffton Schools

by: Lucas Augustine

On April 20 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris walked into their high school in Columbine, Colorado and shot twelve students and one teacher. Since then, school shootings have become a great concern for many Americans.

In the village of Bluffton, Ohio many of the university students are unaware that there is a gun store not too far from campus. Riley Creek Mercantile is a store that is one mile from the university’s campus, half a mile from the Bluffton high school and on the same street as the Bluffton elementary school.

Mercantile’s inventory has an assortment of firearms, from pistols to rifles and shotguns. The highest caliber ammo that is sold there is a “thirty ot six”. The “thirty ot six,” which is designed for rifles, hits targets up to one thousand yards away.

The price range of the firearms at The Riley Creek Mercantile ranges from $150 to $2000. In order to purchase a shotgun the customer needs to be at least eighteen years of age. While the age requirement to buy a pistol is twenty-two, as long as the person is able to pass a background check, eighteen is an acceptable age.

According to the sales associate at the store, a background check only takes about five minutes to complete. After the background check is complete and the customer is deemed “clean,” the customer is able to buy whatever gun they desire and in this case, walk outside and be standing on the same road as an elementary school, half a mile from a high school and only a mile from a college campus.

Owning a firearm is a right granted to us by the constitution, but should a store be able to sell firearms so close to schools? What about our “Mennonite” school and the Mennonite beliefs of nonviolence? These questions are for you to think about.

The “Haunting of Lincoln” party

by: Ryan Laidlaw

On October 30th, Marbeck Center Board, Theme Housing, and the Residential Life Department held a haunted house party in the former residential hall, Lincoln Hall. Nathaniel Haas was the coordinator for the event; he is who requested the approval of Dr. Julie DeGraw to host the party in Lincoln. “Lincoln is creepy even during the daytime as well as night time and people’s reactions changed when I told them about moving [the party] from Neufeld to Lincoln,” Hass said.

Since the building’s closing in 2011, many students believed that Lincoln was considered to be condemned. ‘The Haunting of Lincoln’ concept was created last year by students in Neufeld when they held an event called ‘The Haunting of Neufeld.’

The usage of Lincoln for the party was approved by the Dean of Students, Dr. DeGraw. Nate affirms, “Julie was really excited and wanted to do it, so she said she would talk to a few people and see if it was possible.”  Nate stated that Julie spoke with members from the Buildings and Grounds Department. Buildings and Grounds workers are in charge of the residential halls and making sure they are fully functional. They went through Lincoln to see where the event could take place and what places were off limits. Hass stated that Buildings and Grounds workers told him that he had to have two exits, including a main entrance. The workers told him that he had to keep the bathrooms locked off due to the bad plumbing. “Hopefully it holds upright, so that next year we can come back and use it a lot more,” said Haas.

According to Ravi Knutson, the Hall Director of Ropp and one of the people who assisted with the event, Lincoln might not be used for the haunting party next year because of the plans that the university has for it. Lincoln will likely be torn down to make space for the new science building, but there are a lot of conflicts about this idea because alumni want to keep it as Lincoln, while the university wants to do other things with it.

Student Senate puts commuter proposal on back burner

by: Brianna Lugibihl


Bluffton University’s Student Senate placed commuter space proposal aside a month after its proposition.
In September, Student Senate President Matthew McCoy proposed designating a specific place for commuter students to keep their belongings in response to various commuters’ requests throughout the year. Senate debated locations and requirements, such as space, centrality to campus, and accessibility. At Monday’s meeting, it was not on the agenda.

Alex Lugibihl, a commuter of three semesters, supports the proposal. Last year, he not only slept in his car during inclement weather, but had his laptop stolen. He says, “If I had a place that was relatively central on campus where I could store things without going to my car, it would cut down on my stress and make me more confident in the security of my belongings.”

When informed that Student Senate had postponed progress, he stated, “Commuters often get treated like second rate students anyway. . . it is kind of unfortunate that we are being shoved aside again.” Lugibihl keeps his belongings in Mosiman when he is unable to go to his car between activities.

Alex Parker, a third year commuter, stashes his belongings in the library on days when he doesn’t have access to his family car. He said, “It would be nice to have a place to stay instead of being left to the elements . . . if you are a commuter student and you are stuck on campus, that’s on you.” He responds to Senates postponement stating, “I have accepted that I am like a second class citizen, so I have stopped complaining.”

Student Senate Treasurer, Charles Miller, says that “this issue of commuter representation has been brought up several times in Senate” and Senior Representative, commuter Jeremy Basinger, speaks on the commuters’ behalf.

Earlier attempts at a commuter lounge in Ramseyer Hall and Centennial Hall have both failed. McCoy guesses that it was overlooked. He says, “The vast majority of students are students that live on campus. Not that the campus doesn’t care about commuters, but there have been issues that have come up that a greater amount of students would benefit from.”

Lugibihl says, “It is already difficult to be involved in campus and it is difficult to see that just because we try to save a little money, we suffer for it.”
Bluffton University currently has seventy-nine full time commuter students versus six hundred sixty-seven residential students.

McCoy says the proposal will be revisited at end of November or beginning of the next semester.

Students may contact Student Senate at the Bluffton University Student Senate Facebook page or by talking to local student senators. Student senator profiles are located on the Senate bulletin board across from the bookstore in Marbeck Center.

Beavers’ winning streak ends


by: Joel Jacobson

The battle for 2nd place in the HCAC football rankings ended in defeat for the Beavers. The Mount Saint Joseph Lions traveled to Salzman Stadium Saturday afternoon to challenge the Beavers for 2nd place in the HCAC.

The Lions struck first with a field goal. The Beavers responded on their next drive with Nick Sheehan tossing a strike over the middle to receiver Micah Roberson who then muscled through three defenders to get to the endzone. On the next drive, the Lions were able to reach the red-zone and punch in a two yard rushing touchdown. On the ensuing kick-off the Beavers fumbled the ball and the Lions would recover the ball 33 yards away from the end-zone. The Beaver defense was about to complete another stop by forcing the Lions into a 3rd and long situation, but Lion’s quarterback Greg Simpson tossed a bomb up to receiver Leonard Riston for a 33 yard touchdown. The next score would come from the Beavers by way of a field goal by freshman Jordan Watkins just before half, leaving the Beavers with 10 and the Lions with 17 going into the 3rd quarter.

After unsuccessful drives from both the Lions and Beavers, MSJ’s Simpson would throw up another bomb to a wide open Ronnell Colbert giving the Lions a two touchdown lead. On the next drive the Beavers would have the ball intercepted again. The very next play the Lions fumbled the ball and the Beavers would get the ball back and capitalize with Sheehan connecting again with Micah Roberson for a touchdown pass. The Beavers then held the Lions to a field goal and the next drive Sheehan hooked up with receiver Donovan Brown for a 40 yard touchdown pass with 14 minutes left in the 4th quarter. This would leave the score at 27-24 with the Beavers just 3 points down from the Lions.

With the game winding down, both defenses began tightening up with neither of them giving up scores for the next 13 minutes in the final quarter. With little time left, the Lions orchestrated a long drive ending with a 12 yard touchdown pass from Simpson to Riston. This would put away the Beavers with the Lions leading by two scores with only 1:27 left in the game.

“When you make big mistakes against a good team they capitalize and (Mount Saint Joseph) is a good team. They did what we’ve been doing to teams these past two weeks by causing turnovers and capitalizing on them.” Said Bluffton Head Coach Denny Dorrel after the loss. “We still have two games left to play our hearts out for these seniors.”

No Shave November breaks forth

by: Alexander Lugibihl

As Halloween festivities are ending and people start looking ahead to Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year, one major movement is often looked over. No shave November, also referred to as Movember. It is a movement that typically involves males, although females are welcome to participate, in the act of not shaving anything for the entire month of November.

In an article by Matt Johnson through VidetteOnline, it’s said this movement’s official beginning can be traced back to 1999 when a group of young men from southern Australia grew out there beards for charity. In 2004 a similar movement occurred with funding for specifically men’s health issues. By 2006 No Shave November was a part of American culture. Currently No Shave November is linked with a major movement to help raise awareness for prostate cancer and other men’s health issues.

At Bluffton University, many men are ready to participate, and all for very different reasons. Many students like Sophomore Theran Carroll have a personal tie to the cause. “Prostate cancer runs in my family, and I want it to be fought better” Carroll stated. There are many others like junior Sam Stucky who stated, “No shave November is my favorite holiday. In fact, I haven’t shaved in twenty years!” Amidst all of these jokes there is also a certain air of masculinity that accompanies this month. As sophomore Daniel Piero said “No Shave November is a time honored tradition among men.”

In a survey conducted by student journalists at Bluffton University, 50 college males and 20 college females were asked if they were participating in No Shave November and why; the results were relatively predictable among males. 76% of males said that they were participating, and those who said no either had well-trimmed facial hair or had trouble growing a satisfactory amount. In turn, only 15% of females interviewed said they would participate. When asked why they felt the way they did many responded that it was something only men do while those who said yes seemed to be enjoying the idea of a month of no shaving.

As this month takes off, there are sure to be many more furry people on campus, however do not let that distract you from the real reason for all of this face fuzz.

Photo of the week

Editor’s note: Bluffton Connection will be posting a “Photo of the Week” periodically throughout the semester.  If you’ve recently taken a picture that you’re proud of and would like it to appear on the site, send it to us at:

This week’s photo was taken by Alex Parker.

Cole Page Uses the Sommer Center weight room.

Cole Page uses the Sommer Center weight room.

Photo of the week

Editor’s note: Bluffton Connection will be posting a “Photo of the Week” periodically throughout the semester.  If you’ve recently taken a picture that you’re proud of and would like it to appear on the site, send it to us at:

This week’s photo was taken by Meg Short.

Josh Burkholder, junior Sports Management/Information Technology major from Warden, Washington takes a break from homework out on the library lawn.

Josh Burkholder, junior Sports Management/Information Technology major from Warden, Washington takes a break from homework out on the library lawn.

Photo of the Week

Editor’s note: Bluffton Connection will be posting a “Photo of the Week” periodically throughout the semester.  If you’ve recently taken a picture that you’re proud of and would like it to appear on the site, send it to us at:

This week’s photo comes from the folks at the PR house.

Lauren Hoffman, a Bluffton University junior from Dunkirk, Ohio, stirs a pot of potato and kale soup destined for distribution Oct. 18 at the Bluffton food pantry. Hoffman is among the food and nutrition majors in a food service class that prepared 50 family servings of soup, using several hundred pounds of potatoes donated by an area farmer.

Lauren Hoffman, a Bluffton University junior from Dunkirk, Ohio, stirs a pot of potato and kale soup destined for distribution.