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PUCO debates two options for 740 area code exhaustion relief

A new area code will be introduced into Ohio in response to the 740’s projected exhaustion in 2015. The fate of the 740 area code was predicted by the North American Numbering Plan Administration, the organization that oversees all area code relief planning, and was reported to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. PUCO, in response, is responsible for coming up with a program to solve the problem. Right now, PUCO is choosing between two different strategies, either an overlay or a split plan, to introduce a new area code into southeast Ohio where the current area code services. The...

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Bennett kicks off International Education Week

Highlighting the crucial importance of intercultural competency in education, a distinguished speaker captivating a packed Baker Ballroom Tuesday evening as Ohio University’s first official celebration of International Education Week began. Janet Bennett, the executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute, a Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit with the mission of “fostering an awareness of appreciation of cultural difference” both internationally and domestically, addressed the reception of undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty, about how to educate each other on being competent when abroad or while interacting across cultures. Bennett’s speech, which drew in much from her Peace Corps experience as...

Incumbent city council members win reelection, keep Democratic hold

Incumbent city council members gathered at Jackie O’s with friends and family Tuesday evening to wait for, and later celebrate, their reelection in the Athens County General Election. Steve Patterson accumulated the highest number of votes at 988, while Christine Knisely and Jennifer Cochran won their seats with 980 and 925 respectively. Independent candidate and newcomer, Troy Gregorino, lost with 328 votes.  “You campaign hard through the primary as well as through the general election, and you campaign right up to the very end. So, you are always anxious as you are waiting for the results coming in,” Patterson said....

Success of deputy presence in schools unsure

It has been over a week since Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly announced his plan to have deputies randomly appear in Athens County schools. In light of criticisms from an Ohio University professor, The New Political decided to check on the program’s progress. Lisa Harrison, an OU middle childhood education professor, voiced several concerns in an email to The New Political, stating that the solution may be too simplistic, labeling it “a bandage approach to larger systemic issues.” “The issue of police presence in schools is not completely simplistic to me,” she said. “Instead of providing supports like mental health...

F*ckrapeculture criticizes administration responses with rally at courthouse

See the video coverage of this story here. Leaders of f*ckrapeculture criticized administrators during a rally held on the steps of the courthouse Friday afternoon. Co-Founder Allie Erwin stood in front of a crowd of more than 60 students with a megaphone in hand and laid out the requests to administrative officials and their responses. While speaking to Dean of Students Jenny Hall-Jones, Vice President of Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi and President Roderick McDavis in a meeting last Monday, Co-Founder Claire Chadwick and Erwin laid out three policies they wanted enacted. They asked for sexual harassment training for student workers....

Kelly to increase deputy presence in schools

Athens County police officers are commencing with a newly announced plan to establish a presence in Athens County elementary, middle and high schools. Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly explained that he has been pushing for resource officers to be placed in these schools, but the lack of funding prevents it. “We’ve been trying to have school resource officers in each one of the schools, primarily in Nelsonville, but it hasn’t worked out,” Kelly said. “An alternative program to having a special resource officer at each school would be to have deputies go in.” Kelly added that small areas such as...

High poverty levels in Athens affects residents and economy

A pot of boiling water gurgles over a stove and a pan of olive oil, rosemary, and black pepper simmers beside it. In the kitchen, volunteers chatter over what the night has in store when the door opens and the moms, dads, brothers and sisters without homes of their own trickle in. The volunteers are preparing the Wednesday meal at the Timothy House, and all are welcome. Athens County has one of the highest poverty rates in the area at more than twice the state average of 14.2 percent. Additionally, almost 18 percent of all Athens County residents live at...

STARS campaign against racist Halloween costumes sees its third year of progress

Halloween weekend—a sea of ketchup bottles, Miley Cyrus look-a-likes and Breaking Bad super fans drunkenly parading down Court Street—also plays a role in the normally-subtle racism that occurs on a college campus becoming completely blatant in the form of ethnic and racial stereotype costumes. It’s an occurrence that an Ohio University student organization is combating one Halloween at a time. Students Teaching About Racism in Society, an organization founded in 1988 to address the culture of “isms” in modern society, like racism, sexism and heteroecism, has completed its third Halloween “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” campaign to teach students...

Students cry out for Student Senate behavioral changes

Ohio University Student Senate heard pleas from multiple sources to recognize its mistakes and become the well-esteemed body that students want. Emily Harper, a fifth year senior, Joel Newby, the president of Graduate Student Senate and Tyler Daniels, senator-at-large, all made their case to address the behavior of senators and executives alike. Daniels has drafted a leadership philosophies pledge that he urges all of the senators to sign and wants to implement this into the senate’s general rules. This pledge has 10 points that are aimed to change the behaviors of all senators. “It’s a pledge of sorts about how...

CSLS: During Halloween in Athens, students are not invincible

In some ways, Halloween in Athens is a lot like being in Vegas. Both have a lot of costumes and glitter, and both have a lot of losers. This year, make sure that your costume doesn’t change into jail bird orange at the stroke of midnight by remembering a few basic precautions. Halloween in Athens has evolved from a rowdy, “unlawful” seizure of Court Street by thousands of celebrants to a sanctioned “street party” offering bandstands, food vendors, and tee-shirts.  As long as you don’t make a fool of yourself, engage in violence or violate the law blatantly by urinating...