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Homecoming 2010: Munchies on the Mall

Lots of people showed up to Munchies on the Mall tonight to enjoy some great candy and snacks prepared by the organizations participating in Homecoming 2010.  The organizations were told bonus points would be awarded for using candy and pumpkin, so every team went that route.  Table decoration and theme were also judging sections.

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, October 28, 2010

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CAMPUS ALERT: Former Food Service Worker Makes Threats Against Former Co-Workers

The Campus Alert System was activated today to report  that a former food services worker has made threats against former co-workers.

The threat was allegedly made by Ronald Scott Science, who according to sources made pizza at Gilman Dining Hall.

A quick search of the suspect shows 33 items, which lists mostly traffic violations, but does include an assault charge.  This was confirmed by a 2004 notice from the Washington County Sheriff.  Also, he was charged with domestic violence in 2007.

Here is the full release from the College’s Timely Notification report.  You can also listen to the notification, which mentions Science’s name, at this link.

Marietta College Police were notified late this afternoon that a former food service employee has allegedly issued threats against his former co-workers and could be contemplating a return to campus with the intent to do them harm.

The College Police are working with the Marietta City Police to locate the suspect, Ronald Scott Science.

All Marietta College students, faculty and staff are asked to be alert to this threat and report any suspicious or erratic behaviors to campus police immediately.

Please do not attempt to intervene should you witness a dispute between food service employees and, once again, notify campus police immediately.

Please stay tuned to Writing on the Mall for the latest news regarding this case.

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Posted by    Date: Friday, April 9, 2010

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Marietta Gourmet Coffee Shop “Stoked” to Serve More College Students

DSCF1165 A day doesn’t go by without a desire to fulfill thirst. More often than not, students crave particular beverages at the most random times, and sometimes there is a mind battle regarding what the mouth is truly mad after.

There are occasional limitations in variety and availability if the observation remains within immediate reach. However, there is a positive alternative to cure even the driest palate.  Stoked Coffee, located on 302 Pike St. in Marietta, has been serving up delicious drinks, ranging from the obvious to chai tea, real fruit smoothies, milkshakes referred to as a crème, Italian sodas, sweetened and unsweetened teas, and hot chocolate, as well as bagels, cookies, and scones, since November of 2007.

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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UPDATE: Don't Be Alarmed, It Was Only A Norovirus

2010-01-16 11.43.54A day late and a dollar short, but here’s the latest e-mail sent to student, staff, and faculty.

I’ve heard that there is a proposal to POTENTIALLY reimburse students PARTIALLY for missed meals, via declining balance points.  But haven’t heard anything official, so don’t expect anything.  If I do hear anything OFFICIALLY, I will let you all know.

To the Marietta College community:

In the interest of keeping the campus community up to date on the recent outbreak of gastrointestinal illness, the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus has informed the Marietta City Health Department and the College that all of the samples forwarded for testing were found positive for Norovirus, which is a group of viruses that cause the “stomach flu” or gastroenteritis in people. In addition, independent tests conducted on food samples from the College’s Dining Services returned negative results for bacteria.

As a result, the Marietta City Health Department has determined that based upon these test results and extensive interviews that anyone who had similar symptoms with a similar onset most likely contracted Norovirus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the symptoms of Norovirus illness usually include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Sometimes people additionally have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness.

The CDC says people become infected with Noroviruses in several ways, including:

  • eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus (it would first be infected by a person with norovirus);
  • touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus, and then placing their hands in their mouth;
  • having direct contact with another person who is infected and showing symptoms.

The preventative measures taken by Marietta College and Dining Services are the proper steps in the case of a Norovirus outbreak. In particular, the preventative steps taken by the College Physical Plant to disinfect high traffic areas is also an accepted method to help reduce the spread of a Norovirus. The Physical Plant staff began using a “hospital grade” disinfecting product on Saturday, Jan. 23, that is certified to kill the Norovirus and is safe to use in non-food service areas. Physical Plant staff will continue using this product for 30 days on high contact surfaces in restroom areas.

Marietta College’s Dining Services did reopen all satellite operations—Izzy’s, Chlapaty Café and Gilman Express—on Monday, Jan. 25. Gilman Dining Hall returned to its normal hours of operations as well.

The decision to reopen was made jointly by Marietta College, the Marietta City Health Department and Dining Services. As an additional safety measure, Dining Services will extend preventative protocols in place at Gilman Dining Hall this past week to its campus locations. For example, there will not be self-service coffee or muffins at Chlapaty.

All signs point toward a decline in campus illnesses, but the City Health Department and Marietta Memorial Hospital remind us of the very real potential for a second wave. Therefore, College officials want to encourage all students to frequently wash their hands to prevent the spread of any illness transmitted from person-to-person. The information contained in the Fact Sheet on the spread of bacteria distributed to students and employees remains a reliable guide to measures each of us can take to help ensure our own health. We would also call attention to the additional signs on campus reminding everyone to wash your hands.

If you are presenting any symptoms, please contact your Resident Director, or report to the Office of Student Life or the Campus Health Center. If you need emergency assistance we encourage you to go to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

We will update the campus community when additional information is available.’

~ Tom Perry, Director of College Relations

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, January 28, 2010

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ILLNESS UPDATE: Contact Health Department If You Were Affected

The College sent out another press release today informing students of a number to call and extensions to reach to help the Health Department determine the cause of the campus-wide illness.

While official reports state 36 students were treated at the hospital, observation from the WotM news center pegs the number of affected students much higher.

Please contact (740) 373-0611 to speak with someone at the Marietta Health Department. Dial extension 104, 108 or 109 to reach a contact.

Here’s the press release from Tom Perry.

To the Marietta College community:

In an effort to help pinpoint the origins of the ongoing illness on campus, the Marietta City Health Department has asked that we encourage any students or employees who have experienced gastrointestinal illness since Thursday, Jan. 14 to please contact them at (740) 373-0611. Please dial extension 104, 108 or 109 to reach someone.

Every opportunity the City Health Department has to interview anyone who has been ill increases their ability to find a cause for the increase of illnesses on campus.

Please be assured that your medical information is held in the strictest confidence according to HIPAA protocol.

As we shared with you in yesterday’s correspondence, some early test results conducted by the Marietta City Health Department are positive for a bacterium that could be transmitted by food or water. However, a majority of the tests were negative. Therefore, all test samples are being forwarded to the state health department for further testing to determine if it is bacterial or viral.

College officials want to encourage all students to frequently wash their hands to prevent the spread of any illness transmitted from person-to-person. The City Health Department has provided us with and we will be sharing a Fact Sheet on the spread of bacteria with all students and employees today.

Fecal contamination on hands is one way a bacterium spreads, so the guidelines we put out about preventing H1N1 would apply here as they do to so many illnesses. Washing hands often and keeping your hands away from your mouth are the best things you can do to stay well.

The staff at Gilman are continuing to disinfect the dining area, and Physical Plant staff are disinfecting highly frequented common areas to help reduce the spread of illness.

The College continues to cooperate with the City Health Department and Marietta Memorial to help pinpoint the origins of the illness.

As a precautionary measure, Izzy’s, Chlapaty Café and Gilman Express will remain closed indefinitely. Gilman Dining Hall will expand its hours throughout the week to include full meals instead of continental hours until the satellite operations are re-opened. Hours of operation are as follows:

Breakfast: 7-11 a.m., Monday-Friday
Lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday
Dinner: 3-8 p.m., Monday-Friday

In an effort to reduce the spread of illness, Dining Services will hand all food to students at Gilman, and eliminate any self-service stations.

If you are presenting any symptoms, please contact your Resident Director, or report to the Office of Student Life or the Campus Health Center. If you need emergency assistance we encourage you to go to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

We will update the campus community when additional information is available.

~ Tom Perry, Director of College Relations

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Posted by    Date: Monday, January 18, 2010

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CONTINUING COVERAGE: Gastrointestinal Illness Sends 36 to Hospital

According to an e-mail sent to students last night, around 36 students have been treated at Marietta Memorial Hospital for gastrointestinal illness.  However, the total number of those affected is not known, since not all cases are bad enough to send people to the hospital.

Early test results show that the illness is being caused by a bacterium in food or water.

Dr. Rita Kipp left this comment on a previous article, wanting to confirm to students what the definition of food poisoning is.

I am concerned that students understand what “food poisoning” is. Even a Google search will show that the term is an umbrella for a variety of pathogens and GI problems. The most frequent kind of food poisoning is Norwalk-like viruses or Noroviruses. Check out Wikipedia on this term. Once a norovirus or a bacterium is in a community, especially a contained group such as a cruise ship, it spreads person to person, not just directly from food. Noroviruses are pretty contagious. We will know more once we get the lab results whether this is a norovirus. It could well be something else.

Fecal contamination on hands (I hate to bring up a gross subject, but there it is) is one way a Norovirus spreads, so the guidelines we put out about preventing H1N1 would apply here as they do to so many illnesses. Mom was right. Washing hands often and keeping your hands away from your mouth are the best things you can do to stay well. I hope that students understand that this is not just about the food going into their mouths, because watching what you eat is not going to be enough to keep people well if this is a contagious virus or bacterium.

~ Dr. Rita Kipp, Provost and Dean of the College

For now, students should continue to wash hands and follow H1N1 health guidelines, as they are just as effective against the bacterium we’re facing.

If you don’t already have one, consider making a sick kit, with the following supplies.

  • Gatorade or other sports drink (suggestion of 6 bottles)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (suggestion of 2 or 3 microwaveable bowls)
  • Bottled Water (24 pack)
  • Saltine Crackers (1 Box)
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Disinfectant wipes

After personally dealing with the bacterium, I can say that buying some ginger ale and pro-biotic yogurt will also help in the long run.

Here is the last news release from the College.

To the Marietta College community:

This evening, College officials were notified that some early test results conducted by the Marietta City Health Department are positive for a bacterium that could be caused by food or water. As of today, approximately three dozen Marietta students have been treated for gastrointestinal illness at Marietta Memorial Hospital since Thursday.

The College will continue to cooperate with the City Health Department and Marietta Memorial to help pinpoint the origins of the illness. The test samples will be forwarded to the state health department on Monday for further testing.

As a precautionary measure, Izzy’s, Chlapaty Café and Gilman Express will remain closed indefinitely. Gilman Dining Hall will continue normal hours throughout the week. Hours of operation are as follows:

Breakfast: 7-10 a.m., Monday-Friday
Continental Breakfast: 10-11 a.m., Monday-Friday
Lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday
Continental Lunch: 2-3 p.m., Monday-Friday
Continental Dinner: 3-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday
Dinner: 5-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday
Dinner: 5-7 p.m., Friday

In an effort to reduce the spread of illness, Dining Services will hand all food to students at Gilman, and eliminate any self-service stations.
College officials want to encourage all students to frequently wash their hands to prevent the spread of any illness transmitted from person-to-person. The staff at Gilman are continuing to disinfect the dining area, and Physical Plant staff are disinfecting highly frequented common areas to help reduce the spread of illness.

If you are presenting any symptoms, please contact your Resident Director, or report to the Office of Student Life or the Campus Health Center. If you need emergency assistance we encourage you to go to Marietta Memorial Hospital.

We will update the campus community when additional information is available.

~ Tom Perry, Director of College Relations

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Posted by    Date: Monday, January 18, 2010

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"Dine Flu" Sickens More Students, Closes Chlapaty, Izzy's

2010-01-16 11.43.54The “Dine Flu” as Writing on the Mall has decided to call it (Thanks Chuck!) has closed Izzy’s and Chlapaty Cafe.

Sweeping health and safety changes were also made to Gilman today, as silverware was replaced with pre-wrapped packages of plastic forks, knives, and spoons.  All self-serve food locations were closed, and now require a Dining Services employee to serve you food.  Soda fountains have been shut off.  All drinks must be requested from behind the counter, except for milk.  Cereal is served in sealed containers directly from the manufacturer.  They have even gone as far as wrapping all fruit in saran wrap, along with desert items.

2010-01-16 11.44.23The College’s second e-mail was sent out today to alert students to the closings, and the continued investigation by the city and county health authorities into what caused the sickness.  Affected students have been suffering from symptoms similar to stomach flu, but has only been referred to as “gastrointestinal illness” in all reports.

The e-mail, sent around Noon today, was received too late for some student to change their plans and eat before Gilman closed for brunch today.  A student, who asked not to be named, asked, “So what are the people who are crunched for time going to do now that Izzy’s and the Clap are closed.  I would stop [at the Chlapaty Cafe] for breakfast, then Izzy’s for lunch.  Both times between classes.  Not sure what I’m going to do now.”

2010-01-16 11.44.08One point that has been raised is whether students should be compensated for the loss of meals due to the illness outbreak.  Should students receive credits on their account for eating off-campus to avoid potential illness?  Let us know your thoughts by commenting after the article.

Here’s the Second Press Release from Marietta College

To the Marietta College community:

In response to a small number of additional occurrences of gastrointestinal illness on Friday, Marietta College officials have decided to indefinitely close Izzy’s and the Chlapaty Café as a precautionary measure.

Gilman Dining Hall will continue normal hours on Saturday, Jan. 16, and Sunday, Jan. 17. Brunch is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner is from 5-6:30 p.m. each day. In seeking to reduce the spread of illness, Dining Services will hand all food to students at Gilman, and eliminate any self-service stations.

In cooperation with both city and county health organizations, Marietta College is currently investigating the cause of the limited campus occurrence of gastrointestinal illness over the past two days. The College is working with Marietta Memorial Hospital and the Washington County Health Department to help pinpoint the origins of the illness.

College officials want to encourage all students to frequently wash their hands to prevent the spread of any illness transmitted from person-to-person.

If you are presenting any symptoms, please contact your Resident Director.

We will update the campus community when additional information is available.

~ Tom Perry, Director of College Relations

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Posted by    Date: Saturday, January 16, 2010

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BREAKING: Campus E-Mailed Over "Gastrointestinal Illness" Alert

From watching Facebook yesterday and today, I’m surprised I didn’t pick up on this earlier.  But thanks to some readers and an e-mail from the college, we have a vague idea of what is going on.  I’m still trying to gather information as I can, but here’s what I have at the moment.  Stay tuned to Writing on the Mall for more.

In cooperation with both city and county health organizations, Marietta College is currently investigating the cause of yesterday’s limited campus occurrence of gastrointestinal illness.

The Office of Student Life reports that a small number of students were treated and released at Marietta Memorial Hospital last night and in following standard procedures the College contacted Dining Services and area health officials to help pinpoint the origins of the illness.

In seeking to discover the cause of the illness, Dining Services has immediately reviewed its quality assurance protocols in order to determine if the student illness may have been food borne or originated in some other fashion.

Pending the outcome of that inquiry, precautions include encouraging students to frequently wash their hands to prevent the spread of any illness transmitted from person-to-person.

If you are presenting any symptoms, please contact your Resident Director.

We will update the campus community when additional information is available.

~ Tom Perry, Director of College Relations

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Posted by    Date: Friday, January 15, 2010

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Anybody Have A Quarter Million Dollars Laying Around?

The Brewery has been foreclosed upon.  Which means its foreclosure auction time!

The Marietta Brewing Company building and its brewing tanks are on the auction block starting at over $168,000, which is two-thirds the appraised value.  For another $60,000, you can get all the items within the Brewery as well.

For now, we will wait and see what the auction, being held on the 15th, will bring in total.  The vultures, in this case creditors, federal, state, and local tax authorities, will be hoping to get their part of the pie.

Anybody holding out hopes that the College may buy it?

(See original article at The Marietta Times)

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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Recession Watch: The Brewery Closes its Tab

Back taxes and liquor license status confusion have claimed the Marietta Brewing Company as a victim yesterday, according to an article from the Marietta Times.

The Brewery, as it was known in the area, owes nearly $400,000 in back taxes to the federal government, over $30,000 to the state of Ohio, and over $15,000 to a food service company.  Their liquor license was extended back in October, then extended again to allow the sale of liquor and beer until after their tax case had been heard.

According to the article, The Brewery’s liquor license is still good, as the case has not been heard yet.

The Brewery is for sale, but for now, a popular local nightlife location has been closed.  Readers, tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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