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Year in Review: Top Stories of 2010

I was reminded that it is time to take a look back when Marietta College posted their own Top 10 Stories list, so here they are…the 10 stories that received the most traffic on Writing on the Mall in 2010.

10 – Looking Back At Campus Flooding

This was the only story submitted by Tom Perry’s writing classes to make it to the Top 10.  Stacy Frederick did a great retrospective piece on the 2004 and 2005 floods.  The Ohio River went over its banks twice that year, flooding Marietta and the College in the process.  Frederick’s article had some great interviews with alumni and College officials, and shows the improvements made to the College’s flooding preparedness plans.

You can read that article here.

9 – Student Speak Out Coverage

Our Student Speak Out coverage was so popular this Fall that it actually crashed the site, which I was impressed by.  If you want to take a look back, here is the Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 live blog pages.  We will actually have our Top Questions from the Fall Student Speak Out here this week.

8 – Student Senate Posters Get Defaced

Maybe when I originally ran this story, it was a bit “Fox News”-ish.  But apparently readers wanted to hear about Student Senate candidate posters getting defaced.  The original story ran here.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, December 28, 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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Recap from Student Speak Out

A lot of topics got covered at Student Speak Out this year…probably mostly due to the fact that 90 more students were here this year.  Here’s the gist of some of the things that got covered.  Look for more recaps throughout the rest of the week.

Food Services

Questions about food services at Marietta College always come up a lot.  Walter Miller, Director of Food Services at Marietta College, was on hand to address concerns.  Several students complained about Izzy’s…ranging from how dirty it can be at times, to them closing early because they’ve run out of food.  Walter said he would look into the issues and meet with the Izzy’s staff to address them.  Also, Walter encouraged students to submit ideas for food at locations.  This stemmed from a question regarding the fact that we now have three sandwich shops on campus.  As always, everybody complains, but never directs their concerns about the food services.  So if you want something changed, put something in the box in Gilman.

Honors Program

A lot of questions regarding scheduling of classes for the Honors Program.  Kipp addressed the issue, saying that they are looking to make class selections more orderly and predictable, while allowing for additions and substitutions.  There has been a high turnover in leadership for the Honors Program, but apparently that situation has been fixed and the College is looking to make positive changes.

Housing

According to Bruce, off-campus options will not be expanded for students any time soon.  The college is working on moving upperclassmen out of freshmen housing, but it is a slow process.  Housing will still be tight next semester.  But the bottom line is that the College is not looking to lose any income from housing, so if you’re on campus, you’re stuck.

Tennis

A few students asked about adding coaches to aid the Tennis program in its development.  Athletic Director Larry Hiser said that the money is not there to hire any new staff at this point, but said that there is a plan he is working on to help the situation.  Another student asked about lighting the tennis facility so they could be used in the evening.  Hiser said he would look into the cost of adding lights to some, but not all of the courts.  However, there is no guarantee of lighting the courts anytime soon.

Fine Arts

It would appear that the Fine Arts Department is dealing with some funding cuts.  Several students came to speak about how the College was treating what looked to be more of a choir problem than instrumental or theater problem.  They have no permanent performance space.  The choir tour has faced a lot of cost cutting, links to the Fine Arts Department website have been taken off the Marietta College website, and they only have one brochure for potential students to read.  They do bring a valid point though.  8% of the student body, including many campus leaders, are involved with Fine Arts in some way.  But the funding is just not there.  Not just for their department, but for every department.  Funds could be re-allocated, according to administrators, to help fund the trip, but adding a performance space on the side of Hermann will take years to raise funds for and then build.  While a valiant effort, it will take current student’s motivation as alumni to make it happen.

Modern Languages

A few students asked if the Modern Languages department could be expanded with more faculty and staff.  Kipp said that several staff were added, but adding more faculty to teach languages cannot happen at this time.  For more faculty to be hired, more students would need to attend Marietta College.

Study Abroad and Trip Subsidies

Nope, the college is not planning on subsidizing trips abroad for some students with other students money.  International travel is expensive, but not as expensive as one would think.  The College will work with you to help raise money for trips, through grants and scholarships, but will not directly subsidize trips.

Health Center

This one was brought up by a Writing on the Mall reader.  Lon Vickers, VP of Student Activities, responded by saying that he is not happy with the current set-up and is investigating ways to fix it.  Options involve charging students more to add hours, and/or moving the health center back on campus.  At the moment, though, hours cannot be expanded.  Even with H1N1 “Swine” Flu bearing down on campus.

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009

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Declining Balance Deals This Week Only

It’s almost like Chartwell’s cares about us.  They may reduce the amount of soup you can get at Izzy’s, Chlapaty, or Gilman Express, but they would still love for you to buy more declining balance points!

This week’s deal allows students to get 30 declining balance points for the cost of 25 points, or about $25.  Here are their other deals this week:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: Chlapaty Cafe, 1/2 off all Creamice drinks. Declining Balance Points or Cash.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29: Izzy’s, buy one bottle of Aquafina water, get one free. Cash or Declining Balance Points.
  • Friday, Oct. 30: Lunch in Gilman only $5 for Faculty and Staff. Please present your ID.

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Posted by    Date: Monday, October 26, 2009

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The Best and Worst of Gilman

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Michael Cute is a guest writer for Writing on the Mall.  He is involved with the Media Writing Two class at Marietta College, which has been submitting articles to us.  His article is the first of many that you will see hit the site.  If you would like to see more like this, just let us know at patrick_h at writingonthemall dot net.

Its 5 o’clock on a Sunday and most of Marietta College campus shuffles into Gilman to grab some dinner.

The plates at Gilman always seem to fly off the shelves. It’s been a long tradition for students to complain about the food in the dining hall. The students may complain about the food but there rarely is an empty table available and plates always seem to disappear.

What has Gilman done right? What are the top Gilman meals according to Marietta College students? A survey was taken by Marietta College students to see what their favorite meals were.

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009

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AP: Students Culinary Tastes on the Rise

DSCF0997The Associated Press did a great article discussing how campus dining has evolved in recent years as tastes change and grow.

Mostly, that students want more options and are cooking in their rooms more often.  In the article, it mentions Ohio Wesleyan University, who uses Chartwells for food services like Marietta.  Ohio Wesleyan’s food options include take-away heat-and-eat meals and a convenience store that students can buy ingredients for their own meals from. Read more…

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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Meal Plan Prices Movin' On Up

DSCF0991While meal plan prices are movin’ on up, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ve finally gotten a piece of that pie.

If you noticed on your statements for the Fall semester, the price of a traditional meal plan has gone up nearly $80, from $1,760 to $1,823.  Very miniscule compared to the overall price increase that the students saw for the full price of attending Marietta.  But this is a reasonable price increase due to inflation and the fact that there is now a fourth eatery on campus.  More staffing and greater food choices are worth the $80 a semester.

The increase also affects Unlimited and Super 3 plans, which are actually the best values on campus if you use them all (according to the math done below).  While the Unlimited plan is very restrictive (only available to use at Gilman Dining Hall, but 300 declining balance points to use at Izzy’s, Gilman Express, or Chlapaty Cafe), it is the best value on campus (if you ate there 3 times a day all week).  The Super 3 is a great idea for those that have odd schedules, since you can eat at any time throughout the day at any location, and is the second cheapest per meal plan on campus.  Both plans are $1,920, up from $1,845.

For those of you interested, here are all the numbers broken down:

Meal Plan Price Comparison

Which meal plan did you choose?  Do you use all your meals every week?  Tell us in the comments.

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Posted by    Date: Monday, July 13, 2009

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Live Blog: Student Senate Townhall Meeting

6:35 PM – WotM – That’s it!  Voting takes place Wednesday and Thursday at Lunch and Dinner.  Make sure you vote!

6:32 PM – WotM – Any good at creating/working with budget?  Josh – Working with McDonough EXCEL leaders to plan budget for EXCEL leaders.  Jameson – Does not have much experience, FFA experience helped him learn how to make payments to pay off a tractor that they had purchased; stay under budget by at least 10% as a back-up plan if funding is cut.  Charlie – Treasurer for Alpha Xi, so good with budgets, but doesn’t see how its pertinent to VP since there is also a treasurer;  good at finding cheap prices on venues/food/etc.

6:28 PM – WotM – Question time!  Ideas for Senior Week?  Charlie – Last week of college career, would like to see all events be as memorable as possible.  Jameson – International Music Night, karaoke in different languages, also stereotypical photos.  Sombrero Berger?  Live bands.  Josh – Brainstorm most popular ideas with committee, have a survey of what they want for Senior Week, have a wide variety events.  Foam party would create a more party-like atmosphere.

6:25 PM – Charlie Philpott – Energy and enthusiasm is her big thing.  Hopes it will rub off on other people, like it has in her other organizations that she’s in.  Was disappointed in attendance to last All-Campus meeting.  Feels there is a lack of energy about Marietta College.  Would like to see that change.  Nobody knows what’s going on in Student Senate, would like to see that change.  Feels she can plan/execute a fun-filled Senior Week as a Sophomore.  Is really excited about an opportunity to make MC better.

6:25 PM – WotM – Charlie Philpott takes the stage

6:23 PM – Josh Maxwell – Already began talks with current Senior Week committee to get on the same page with them if he is elected.  Experience with his fraternity and Robert’s Rules of Order.  Improve image of Student Senate.  Very disheartening.  Keep morale of senators and officers up.  More representation from non-Greeks.  Remove the stereotype that we are a Greek-only organization.

6:23 PM – WotM – Josh Maxwell is now on the stage.

6:20 PM – Jameson Kelley – Has a good working relationship with most of the candidates.  No internal struggle problems no matter who you elect.

6:18 PM – Jameson Kelley – Round of applause for other VP candidates.  They’ll have a better speech than me.  Working on Senior Week committee for S.S.  Wants to see communication channels stay open between current and future S.S. officers.  Wants to see Robert’s Rules of Order implemented in S.S.  Takes maybe 10 minutes to learn the basics.  Make sure the Parliamentarian knows the rules also so they can enforce them.

6:18 PM – WotM – Jameson Kelley is the first Vice President candidate to speak.

6:16 PM – Chandler Wittel – Discussing S.S. experience.  Would like to see all four appropriation dates for next year selected ASAP.  Would like to work with exec board, have two all-campus meetings.  One at beginning of the semester, one at the end of the semester.

6:16 PM – WotM – Treasurer candidate Chandler Wittel now speaking.

6:09 – WotM – How would you break the international student barrier and get them more involved in American Life?  Kyle – Biggest issue is that the international students come to classes so much earlier than most students.  Expand DEL program to rest of campus, pair up American students with International students.  Megan – Agrees that they come to campus so much earlier, that hurts integrating them into the American lifestyle.  Need to go through orientation with rest of incoming students to mix things up and get them talking with other freshmen.  Courtney – Agrees with Megan.  Thinks students without planned roommates should automatically have the option to live with international students, no opt-out option.  Fraternities/Sororities/other organizations should get international students more involved.

6:05 – WotM – Improving diversity on campus?  Courtney – Minority recruiter in Admissions.  Kyle – Agrees on recruiter, increase awareness, start talking with international students more.  Megan – Trying to break the barrier and integrate international students more in American life.

6:03 – WotM – Biggest weaknesses?  Megan – Gets extremely nervous when running for a position.  Courtney – Being perceived as aggressive when working on projects.  Kyle – Rolling over and allowing others opinions to proceed over his instead of going with his own idea.

6:01 – WotM – Questions from the audience…What would you do about advertising of candidates/events being vandalized?  Kyle – Turn the other cheek and move on/put up more.  Megan – Put white out across her signs that were vandalized.  Be the better person and move on.  Courtney – Agrees with other candidates, put up new posters.

6:00 PM – Courtney Malone – Wants to use Robert’s Rules of order to help make meetings more efficient.  She is saddened that her posters have been ripped down and/or smeared with chocolate.  Feels that her being elected is the last step to true diversity.

5:56 PM – Courtney Malone – Minority Affairs representative on Student Senate, helped her constituency by listening to what they wanted to see happen, and then did what she could to make it happen.  Started with incoming freshmen.  Promoted diversity during freshman orientation.  Also led creation of African American History classes.  Most students do not know who their representatives are.  Wants students to be informed of who their reps are, beat stereotype that all S.S. does is distribute money.  Wants senators to get to know each other, their representatives, and the campus.  Will also lead S.S. to support other organizations events.

5:55 PM – WotM – Courtney Malone is now coming to the stage

5:51 PM – Megan Moore – Wants to take Student Senate officers to conferences to discuss campus problems and improve with national support.  She feels that she can implement this in the past year.  She’d also like to change meal plans.  Wants more options, like not losing meals if a time slot is missed.  Things like this require more involvement from students.  Would also like to hit on safety on campus.  She went on a walk-through of campus at night with CPS to see which parts of campus need lighting.  Also promoting self-defense classes better to help better defend students.  Ripping doors open on campus is ridiculous.  if students can do it, than people that are not students can as well.

5:48 PM – Megan Moore – Going over past Student Senate experience, was last Student Senate Secretary.  Feels next Senate will be better prepared to hit the ground running.  Now discussing Sorority and Up Til Dawn/Relay for Life involvement.  She wants to get more people involved in Student Senate.  50 people showing up events like tonight or for other events to voice their opinion is not enough.  Student Senate is the voice of the students.

5:48 PM – WotM – Megan Moore now coming on stage

5:48 - Kyle Thauvette - “I’ll do my best to accomplish what I have promised tonight.”

5:45 PM – Kyle Thauvette – Food service is one of his projects.  He’d like to see meal plans changed.  Possibly extending breakfast and lunch time periods.  Getting rid of time periods completely is not feasible.  Having option to use either breakfast or lunch or lunch and dinner at certain times.  Recycling is his other point.  He feels that MC is close to being a “Green” campus.  Greeks currently do not have easy recycling opportunities.  Would like to see a recycling trailer set up between McDonough and Admissions house.  Likes internship program to promote recycling on campus.

5:43 PM - Kyle Thauvette – “Plans might not seem as grand, we have a long way to go on those.  Need to focus on Student senate.  1st, making it more efficient, 2nd making Student Senate more active on campus, 3rd more athletes participating in Student Senate.  It’s not just a Greek thing.  Athletes are a point of view we currently do not have represented.

5:42 PM – WotM – Jeff Kimble is starting things off explaining the procedure for the night.  Presidents first, then VP’s, and Treasurer.

5:40 PM – WotM – Lot of Greeks running for offices…Chandler Wittel of Lambda Chi Alpha is running for Treasurer unopposed.  I think that’s all the Greeks.

5:35 PM – WotM – Brothers of Delta Tau Delta are now arriving to support current Student Senate President Jeff Kimble, Presidential Candidate Kyle Thauvette, and Vice President Candidates Josh Maxwell and Jameson Kelley.  We will start in five minutes.

5:32 PM – WotM – People are starting to show up now…whole bunch of Alpha Xi’s here to support Presidential Candidate Megan Moore and Vice President Candidate Charlie Philpott.

5:29 PM – WotM – All of the candidates are here…just waiting for people to show up.  Format will be a townhall meeting, so the candidates will have a spiel, then answer questions.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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Chlapaty Cafe, Still Un-pronounceable, Very Tasty

While I continue to fight with the school’s network and attempt to up-load photos of the Double-L  to the Flikr stream, here’s an update on Chlapaty Cafe.

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Posted by    Date: Friday, January 16, 2009

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