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Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor induction ceremony

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The sixteenth annual induction ceremony for the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor will be conducted on Friday, April 24, 2015. The ceremony will take place in the Atrium of the Ohio Statehouse, commencing at 11:30 a.m.

This year’s class includes representatives from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps who served during the World War II, as well as the conflicts in Vietnam and Afghanistan.

These remarkable Ohioans have all gone above and beyond the call of duty and performed heroically in specific combat actions against armed enemies of the United States of America. For their actions, they have received such commendations as the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

The 2015 inductees were born in and / or entered military service from, or currently reside in various towns and cities in Ohio, including Akron, Arcanum, Ashtabula, Batavia, Berlin Center, Bowling Green, Canfield, Carey, Celina, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Conneaut, Dayton, Delta, Dillonvale, Euclid, Findlay, Garfield Heights, Goshen, Greenville, Holland, Ironton, Laura, Litchfield, Marion, Medina, Newark, New Lexington, New Middletown, Pedro, Port Clinton, Portsmith, Reynoldsburg, St. Henry, Springfield, Toledo, Troy, Willoughby, Youngstown, and Zanesville.

The ceremony will bring the total number of Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor inductees to two hundred and eighty-seven, of whom six have received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The induction ceremony will be open to the public. Currently, Timothy C. Gorrell (Director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services) has been invited to speak at the event, which will culminate with the singing of “God Bless The USA” by Brian Michael Smith.

The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor is a 501(c)(19) non- profit organization, established in 2000 to recognize Ohio servicemen and women who were decorated for heroism while in combat situations. Please visit our website (www.ohioheroes.org) for more information regarding The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor, the noble service members who have been inducted into its ranks and opportunities for charitable giving.

CONTACT:
Ted Mosure
President, OMHOF Board of Directors
Cell: 614-560-9158

A banquet for hunger

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by: Autumn Young

At first glance, the room resembled a sort of strange tea party. Tattered table cloths lay on the floor, a circle of folding chairs occupied a corner, a table, already set with glass dishware, was raised above it all. This, however, was not a tea party. This was a way to live another life.

Under normal circumstances we each get to live only the life we’re given, but Wednesday evening Bluffton students were given the chance to experience an entirely different social class when the Bluffton Global Health class, led by Professor Ross Kauffman, hosted a hunger banquet for Bluffton University’s Civic Engagement Day.

Over forty students and faculty arrived at the Kreider room in Marbeck and were handed cards explaining their character and station in life. For the next hour they would not be Bluffton students; instead, they would become sweatshop workers, widows who subsist on meager servings of rice, and plantation workers who don’t even make enough to buy food for the day. A lucky few would become part of the twenty percent—those who make over 6,300 dollars a year—but the other eighty percent of the students in the room would become representatives of the world’s poor.

By the time everyone had settled into their new, temporary roles, those few students sitting at the table had already been served their meal of pasta, salad and breadsticks. The majority of students, however, remained hungry.

Students Alicia Rodriguez and Sarah Klenke facilitated the event, giving a brief explanation of world hunger and prompting the attendees to question their own lives and roles they could play in the problem of hunger and poverty.

“Hunger is about power. Its roots lie in inequality,” Klenke said, emphasizing that poverty, and the hunger that follows it, is not a problem of overpopulation, or a choice. She cited global shifts in weather, land unavailability and unchangeable circumstance as major causes of hunger.

“Look around the room right now and recognize that equality does not exist here,” said Rodriguez, a Junior Dietetics major.

That inequality became even clearer to students as food was served. The “middle income” group, those students making between $1,128 and $6,300 dollars a year, where given plates of rice and beans. The students sitting on the floor, however, were given only small packets of rice along with strict directives to let the men eat first. These students were making less than $1,128 a year.

The banquet idea, according to the students who hosted the event, was inspired by the organization Oxfam, which fights poverty, injustice and hunger around the world. The organization encourages groups to hold “hunger banquets” in order to raise awareness of world hunger, providing tools and resources to do so.
The event ended with a renewed emphasis on Bluffton’s theme for the year: education for life.

“Education is the single greatest weapon against poverty…we want you all to think about what role education plays in hunger,” Klenke said.

And students seemed more than up for the task. “For women especially, getting an education is definitely one key…if you don’t have education you don’t get a good enough job, which means you don’t get paid enough, which means you don’t have enough food, or at least good quality food, which leads to all kinds of problems. You also can’t learn anything if you’re hungry, so it all kind of goes hand in hand,” Sophomore Kim Meyer, an attendee of the event, during a discussion shortly after the dinner.

Myer reiterated an underlying theme of the banquet, which stressed how little choice people have in their lives, just how much where you are born can affect your future, and how hopeless it can be to try to improve your life when caught in a never-ending cycle. Though Bluffton students got a chance to live another life for an evening, for most of the world’s hungry, that dream lies just out of reach.

Foreign baby born in Bluffton

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by: Kristina Ciminillo

Meet Janeth and Nataniela Makene. Nataniela was born at Bluffton Hospital on March 3, 2015.

Janeth is a 1st year Master’s Degree Program student here at BU. She is studying Production and Operations Management.

KC: How did you manage to have a baby and be in a Master’s Program?

JM: I was inspired by a story written by a Kenyan author titled “Is it Possible?” It’s a Masai story which was all about carrying books on one hand and carrying a spear on the other hand.

KC: Tell me a little bit more.

JM: Masai people in both Kenya and Tanzania do not believe in education. Due to change the government encouraged the Masai people to get an education.

KC: What is the spear about?

JM: The Masai are livestock keepers so they use the spear to defend their animals from wild animals and enemies. So for them education is not as important as a spear.

KC: How did the story then encourage you to get an education?

JM: I was inspired by a Masai boy who decided to go to school.

KC: What made him want to do that?

JM: He saw the importance of education and he wanted to be educated while, at the same time, maintaining his culture. Through the story of the Masai boy I came to realize that it is possible for me to have a baby and still continue with my studies.

KC: So, are you from Kenya or Tanzania?

JM: I’m from Tanzania.

KC: What is the population of Tanzania?

JM: It’s 4.4 million.

KC: How many languages and different dialects do you speak?

JM: I don’t speak any of the native languages, I can only hear my mom’s and my dad’s and respond to them. I grew up speaking Swahili which is our national language.

KC: How did you learn English?

JM: I started learning English in third grade. It was difficult.

KC: Do you mind if I ask how old you are?

JM: I am 27.

KC: You mentioned to me before that your husband is possibly going to follow work to Australia.

JM: He went for a fellowship, which was for three months, now he is back home.

KC: What is his name?

JM: Benjamin Makane

KC: Do you live on campus or have a host family?

JM: I live with Ron and Sue Epp, who kindly host me.

KC: Tell me about your culture shock coming to Bluffton and a village.

JM: I didn’t have any culture shock. I live in a village and have been to America before so I knew what to expect.

KC: How did you find Bluffton?

JM: Through friends that I worked with in summer camp in Michigan in 2007.

KC: So you have experienced our cold winters before?

JM: Yes.

KC: What do you miss from home?

JM: I miss the food, most especially ugali, which is like stiff porridge.

KC: How do you communicate with your family and husband?

JM: Skyping, email, and Facebook.

KC: What are your plans in life?

JM: I will go back home and open a business and maybe look for a good job.

KC: Thank you for your time today.

JM: My pleasure.

2014 word of the year “vape”

With competitors such as “bae, budtender, normcore, and slacktivism”, the word “vape” won the 2014 Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year.  Vape is the action of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or other similar devices.

The Oxford Dictionary Word of the Year is chosen each year based on the trending of the word throughout the calendar year. It is also based on the cultural significance and the potential for longevity in the English language.

According to the online Oxford Dictionary the usage of the word “vape” was prevalent through the year, but peaked in April of 2014 when there was controversy around the idea of being able to vape inside of public places.

Past words of the year have included: podcast, unfriend, GIF, and selfie.

When asked about the word of the year professor of English at Bluffton University Jeff Gundy first responded with “what does that mean?” He then proceeded to talk about how this year’s word in relation to past words of the year stating, “it is not as ambiguous as selfie, since I am on Facebook I see more selfies than I see people vaping” and “podcast is still in use…selfie is also still prevalent…it’s hard to tell what is going to happening with the e-cigarette and vaping”.

Even though “vape” has been chosen as word of the year this does not guarantee it a spot in the Oxford dictionary.  Unless the word secures longevity it will not be considered for placement in the dictionary.

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.

Children’s Rights Advocates Share Nobel Peace Prize

On October 10th, 2014 Malala Yousafzi from Pakistan, along with Kailash Satyarthi from India, won the Noble Peace Prize for their advocacy for children’s rights and education. Satyarthi, advocating against child labor and slavery, has saved approximately 80,000 children from slavery through his organization Bachpan Bachao Andolan. Yousafzi, the now 17-year-old young woman, is the youngest Nobel Peace Prize recipient in the history of the award. She has advocated for the rights of women and children throughout her own childhood. At the age of 11 she blogged about the life of oppression she led while living under Taliban control for the BBC under a pseudonym. On October 9th, 2012 Yousafzi was shot in the head on her way home from school. The Taliban later took credit for the shooting. Miraculously, Yousafzi survived and she has continued her advocacy. To watch Malala’s acceptance speech, click here.

British-Iranian Woman Goes on Hunger Strike

By: Venessa Owsley

Editor’s note: This article was written a couple weeks ago but due to editing difficulties and Fall Break was not published in a timely manner.  Information might be outdated but the story was important enough that we decided to post it anyway.

A British-Iranian woman, Ghoncheh Ghavami, age 25, is being held in Evin Prison, Tehran’s most infamous prison. Ghavami has been charged with alleged “propaganda against the regime” following her attempt to attend a men’s volleyball match. To mark her hundredth day of her detainment (fifty of which were spent in solitary confinement) Ghavami went on a hunger strike. Ghavami has not eaten for five days and her health is deteriorating. Originally Ghavami was held in custody on June 20, interrogated for four hours, and then released. She was arrested again only a few days later. There is a petition calling for Ghavami’s release. The petition, set up through Change.org, now has approximately 527,000 signatures. The charge against Ghavami could potentially result in a sentence lasting several years and with her medical stability on the line, Ghavami’s family is appalled by her plight. This anxiety is heightened by the fact that Ghavami has had only minimal contact with her family. Susan Moshtaghian, Ghavami’s mother, told The Guardian “I am restless since I heard about this and I have also gone on hunger strike. I stayed silent for 82 days in the hope that my daughter comes back home safely. Now I am worried about her life and will not stop until she’s free.”

Colombian Cross Cultural Students Help Victims of Cali, Colombia

Last week, Bluffton students who participated in the Colombian cross cultural experience in May held a coffee and hot chocolate sale. The proceeds benefited 42 families who were left homeless by a fire in Charco Azul, a marginalized neighborhood in Cali, Colombia.

Virgelino Cordoba, whom the group met while in Colombia, notified Bluffton associate professor of Education Paul Neufeld Weaver about the great need. Weaver, who served as faculty adviser for the trip, greatly enjoyed the strong Colombian coffee while the group was there, and brought some back. He suggested that the students hold a coffee sale in Centennial from 7:45-11 a.m. each morning the week of September 22.

The Columbian group was comprised of 10 students and three adults. They left for the South American country on May 8, 2014 and returned on May 29. While they were there, the group stayed in Bogota, the largest city in Colombia, and learned a lot about the conflicts of the past and the current non-military struggles facing the Colombian people.

Cordoba, who is an English professor at a school in Cali, allowed the Bluffton group to talk with his students. The school, CAU (Colegio Americas Unidas), is Mennonite-affiliated, and is in the same area as the Charco Azul neighborhood. Cordoba and his wife know people affected by the late-August fire, and started garnering support for the cause in any way they could.

To find out what you can do to continue the support for the victims, contact Paul Neufeld Weaver.