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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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MC To Start Dorm Construction in March

Students, Faculty, and Staff were e-mailed today to alert them that the new dorm project has officially been announced to the media.  Construction will begin in March.

2010-06-22 15.58.46With the last piece of the puzzle (funding from the Ohio Higher Education Facility Commission) dropping into place, the new dorm project is finally on its way to leaving conceptual drawings.  The new dorm, which has not been named yet, will be built along Putnam and 7th Street, and will form a “cornerstone” of the campus in what is currently a grassy area.

Marietta’s new dorm will follow the trend set by other schools its size in Ohio.  The new living space for over 350 students will feature a mix of living options: specifically, singles, doubles, and apartments like McCoy Hall.  Two singles will share one bathroom, while two doubles will do the same.  But different from McCoy, and original dorm plans from 2008, will be an in-dorm dining option and a health and wellness center.  We have sent an e-mail off to Tom Perry, Director of College Relations, for a better explanation of the health and wellness center.  What we do know for sure is that counseling services will move their offices into the new dorm as part of the center.

Another change with the new dorm design is the exclusion of Greek housing.  The original plan was to take the first floor of each wing of the new dorm, and place Delta Tau Delta and Lambda Chi Alpha chapters in those wings.  It was supposedly a way to get both chapters out of their decaying (and possibly non-code compliant) houses and into new digs.  However, various issues arose, and most Greeks were not for the move.

And if you’re a ‘green freak’ you’ll be happy to hear the new dorm will be built using LEED specifications as guidelines.

Heidelberg University recently started construction on their new dorm, which features many of the features Marietta has placed into theirs.  The major difference is that Heidelberg’s new dorm will be tied into a new Student Center.

DSCF1242With construction beginning this Spring, students may be left wondering where they will be parking.  According to the press release, the Mills and McCoy parking lots will be replaced with a new parking lot where Parsons and Parsons Field are currently located.  Considering that Parsons will still be in operations until the new dorm is built, we could be facing a parking crunch for the next year or two while construction and deconstruction occur.  We have also asked Tom Perry about this, and will publish more once we receive new information.

The new dorm will raise Marietta’s capacity from 1,400 students to 1,500.  MC is hoping to lure students who have moved off-campus back into college dorms, as fewer and fewer homes become available to rent to students thanks to City codes.  Another benefit will be eliminating the need for Parsons Hall, which has been in disrepair for years.  It’s design has also made it susceptible to crime, as we have reported on in the past.  it’s twin, Timlin Hall, was torn down years ago to make room for McCoy Hall.  Timlin was in much worse condition at the time.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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City To Crack Down On Off-Campus Parking

DSCF1139Your days of convenient parking off campus are numbered, as The City of Marietta is planning new legislation to help residents park near their homes.

According to the Marietta Times, residents around the College have been complaining about students, faculty, and staff members taking up parking spots near their home.  After looking for a solution, they are planning to implement a residential parking pass system for areas around campus.  According to that plan, residents would be guaranteed a spot during specific periods of time with that pass, while others could park outside of that time.

Tom Perry, the College’s public relations director, mentions in the article that campus has plenty of parking for all of its pass holders.

But while parking is plentiful, it is typically in places where people do not want to hike.  Examples would be Mills Hall professors that might have to park in the lot near the Physician’s Assistant training facility.

Marietta students can get parking much cheaper than many other schools.  When I was at The University Akron (briefly) it cost around $180 for a parking pass, and there was typically only one parking spot for every three passes (that may be an exaggeration, but it’s what it felt like).  These numbers are different now, mostly because transportation costs and parking passes are covered in student fees for every student.   Here at Marietta, though, you can buy a parking pass, and be guaranteed a spot on campus somewhere, for $45.

Now, your immediate parking concerns should not be worried, as the proposal is nowhere near completion.  Residents are working with the council to modify legislation used in Oxford, OH for  parking spots near Miami of Ohio University, and they are not expected to present the finalized ordinance to all residents in the block until December.

We’ll follow-up this afternoon with more coverage and student reaction, hopefully.

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

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"The Most Mediocre Story Never Told" Is Coming to Marietta

Jay Sefton will bring is one-man show, “The Most Mediocre Story Never Told” to the Hermann Fine Arts Center.  The show is scheduled for Thursday, November 19th, at 8:30 pm and Saturday, November 21st at 7 pm.

The show appears to be free, thanks to Student Activities, The Pedagogy Committee, The First Year Program, and the Departments of Communication and Media Studies and Theatre.

According to the Press Release from our favorite Director of Public Relations, Dr. Dawn Carusi worked with Sefton 15 years ago, and then saw his show and wanted to have it brought here.

The show is an hour and 10 minutes long.  Here’s the trailer to give you a taste of what to expect.  The Press Release follows after the break.

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Posted by    Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2009

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Pioneer Spirit Day Brings Odd Promotional Effort

DSCF1135I have mentioned it before, but received an e-mail from Tom Perry at College Relations today regarding Pioneer Spirit Day:

Your moment…and your T-shirt… are at hand.

Pioneer Spirit Day is Friday, Aug. 28, and your chance to wear the Navy Blue and White to help Marietta College celebrate the kick-off to its 175th anniversary celebration is there for the taking.

What will you do? Will you wear the same old Hollister shirt or hoodie?

No, you won’t do that. Want to know why?

Because you’re a Pioneer through and through and you know this is your opportunity to join with 25,000 alumni around the world to observe a special day in the history of Marietta College.

Wear your Marietta College T-shirt on Friday, Aug. 28.

Need some inspiration? Follow Jason Sadler all day on iwearyourshirt.com and he’ll lead you across the Internet wearing his Marietta T-shirt…to Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and UStream.tv.

Join Jason and wear your Marietta College T-shirt.

You’ll do that because you’re a Pioneer…and you don’t want to be the one person in class wearing a hoodie!

~ Tom Perry, College Relations (Sent to all students via e-mail)

I Wear Your Shirt is a website where an organization pays a guy (according to the site, soon two guys) that will wear whatever shirt you send to him for a day that you purchase.  He then blogs, Twitters, posts videos to UStream and YouTube, and posts images on Flickr of him wearing the shirt of the day.  Usually he themes it around the shirt, like a cook book that bought one day led to him cooking on video using recipes from their cookbook.  So who knows what MC will bring to his day.

At first I thought it was kind of odd, then realized that in today’s world of social media, this guy found a gold mine.  I know I’m curious to see what he may have up his sleeve for Pioneer Pride Day.

But anyways, wear your Pio Pride this Friday, snap a picture, and put it on Facebook or send it to Tom Perry at College Relations

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Posted by    Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2009

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New MC Website Brings New Direction

As in new content that will be updated throughout the year. The new Marietta College website will actually be somewhere that students will want to visit.  The site launched with six feature articles, including the following:

The idea seems to be to incorporate the past, present, and future all into one nice package.  Visual appearance has improved greatly, with large images and prominently featured 175th anniversary logos.  Content is more easily accessed and easily added/updated.

According to a press release from Tom Perry, the Director of College Relations, we should expect anywhere from 4-8 articles a month, which should keep things fresh and interesting.

As a side note, we have been recognized by the college as a local news outlet, which is a huge step for us.  We will continue to provide a look at Marietta College from the student’s perspective.  Writing on the Mall is still a student owned and operated blog…just expanding our readership and promoting our wears.

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Posted by    Date: Thursday, August 13, 2009

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