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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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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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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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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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Gilman Note

All campus food services will not be open for dinner tonight.  Instead, the campus is sponsoring an all-campus BBQ for all students in the Kremer Amphitheater from 5 PM to 8 PM.  Enjoy food and fun outside of the Legacy Library as you reconnect with old friends and prep for the first day of classes.

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Posted by    Date: Sunday, August 23, 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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Welcome Back Update!

Welcome back to Marietta College, everybody. Should be a fun Spring semester from the sounds of things so far.

Just have a few quick updates…

For those of you looking for your breakfast fix at Gilman Express, nevermore. Or at least for now.

Signs posted at Gilman Express noted a new opening time of 10:30 AM. Students were encouraged to go to Chlapaty Cafe (asked more students, nobody is sure how to pronounce it still…great). So it looks like your breakfast options are Chlapaty Cafe or Gilman.   Chlapaty Cafe is using the Meal Exchange program, so users of the meal plan can go there for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.Also, word to the wise…Chlapaty Cafe is supposedly Declining Balance only. If true, might be an early blow to students looking to enjoy the Cafe but are on 19 meal a week plans (which only include $35 in Declining Balance. I will try to check it out later today.

Maybe Chartwells is trying to encourage students to pay the extra $85 for the Unlimited Gilman plan, which allows students to visit Gilman as many times as they ever care to during a semester, and gives them $300 in Declining Balance Points for all other locations.

Havn’t confirmed it yet, but from the sounds of it, Gilman Express will only be open from 10:30 AM to 1 PM. But we’ll see once Chartwell’s updates its times.

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Posted by    Date: Monday, January 12, 2009

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Chlapaty Cafe…Still Un-pronounceable…Menu, Hours Now Known

Ask and you shall receive.  The general menu items for the Chlapaty Cafe were announced today on the school’s newsfeed, about a week ahead of schedule.  It looks like the menu is combination of Izzy’s and Gilman Express, featuring salads, panninis, and sandwiches.  The bigger news, though, is taht the cafe WILL NOT be open 24 hours a day, even on weekends.  However, most days, the Cafe will be open to midnight.  Vending machines will be available near the cafe for all non-operating hour food needs.  No word on what will be in the vending machines.  Keep reading for the exact menu items and hours.

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, January 8, 2009

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Legacy Library Week Kicks Off Spring Semester

Finally…details.  Very helpful details.

The new library will kick off the new year with a week of events to help show off all of its new features and facilities.  Events are going to include another Book Brigade, library tours, a training day, an introduction to Chlapaty Café (Really?  Really?  How do you even pronounce that?), and a game night to show off the new multipurpose space.

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2009

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