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Toledo to host Northern Illinois in MAC West showdown Nov. 2

November is here and that means MACtion, and MACtion means Toledo and Northern Illinois once again will do battle in a critical Mid-American Conference West Division matchup.

The Rockets (7-1, 4-0 MAC) host the Huskies (6-2, 4-0 MAC) Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Glass Bowl. The game will be carried on ESPNU.

The winner will claim sole possession of first place in the West Division and will be able to control its own destiny in the MAC title race over the final three games.

Toledo, winners of four straight contests, is coming off a 58-17 thrashing of Ball State Oct. 26. The Rockets rolled up 602 yards of total offense thanks to six plays of at least 60 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Diontae Johnson scored three touchdowns, and senior quarterback Logan Woodside threw for 267 yards and three scores. Led by junior defensive end Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (three tackles for loss), Toledo’s defense held Ball State to 309 yards of total offense.

Northern Illinois has won four straight MAC games to keep pace with the Rockets. Last week the Huskies had to go to overtime before knocking off Eastern Michigan, 30-27. NIU has the No. 1 defense in the MAC, allowing an average of 18.0 points and 307.1 yards per game. Freshman Marcus Childers has been effective since taking over as the starting quarterback. He has thrown for nine touchdowns against just one interception in his last four games.

Tickets can be purchased at the UT Athletic Ticket Office, online at utrockets.com or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653). Tickets are half-off for UT employees and retirees, and UT students are admitted free to home games with ID.

Note parking recommendations for game day Nov. 2

All students, faculty and staff are reminded that parking on Main Campus will be affected this Thursday, Nov. 2, when the UT Rockets play Northern Illinois University. Kickoff is at 6 p.m., with gates opening at 4:30 p.m.

As a result, Lots 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 will be closed all day Nov. 2; vehicles parked in Lot 9 will be towed.

Additionally, Lots 3 and 4 will close at noon Thursday, and Lots 18 and 28 will close at 3 p.m.

Further, Stadium Drive and East Rocket Drive (between the Dorr Street entrance and Douglas Road entrance) will close at 4 p.m. to accommodate game traffic.

To assist UT drivers on game day, Parking Services encourages faculty, staff and students who routinely park in the above lots to arrive on campus early Thursday to ensure they have adequate time to find parking.

In addition to multiple lots that will remain open on the north end of campus, recommended lots on the south side of campus include 18, 19, 20, 25 and 27. The gravel lot behind Lot 19 also will be open during the day.

Additionally, students may want to use shuttle services that day. UT bus routes may be found at http://transit.utoledo.edu.

Fire and Ice Anti-Domestic Violence Charity Ball to raise money for local shelter

To raise awareness about domestic violence, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will host the Fire and Ice Anti-Domestic Violence Charity Ball.

The event will take place Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union Ingman Room.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Ask Rocky’s in the Thompson Student Union for $7 or for $10 at the door.

All proceeds will be donated to the Bethany House, a long-term shelter for domestic violence victims and their children in northwest Ohio. The Bethany House provides emotional and financial support and gives survivors the time and resources to rebuild their lives.

“This event is important to us because this is something that occurs in our communities that people are afraid to talk about or feel like they have no one to go to,” said Dominique Jenkins, president of Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Beta Lambda Chapter. “There are a large percentage of students at The University of Toledo who have been victims of domestic violence and it still affects them to this day.”

The ball will include keynote speeches from Kevin Powell, author and activist, and Danielle Haynes, UT sexual assault and domestic violence survivor campus advocate. Both will talk about domestic violence by sharing personal stories and telling students how to spot the signs of domestic violence, as well as how to get help.

“We would like to encourage people to talk about it and not be ashamed or afraid to tell people what they went through in order to stop someone else from going through the same thing,” Jenkins said.

For more information, contact Jenkins at dominique.jenkins@utoledo.edu.

Poet to read, sign book that explores domestic anxieties

The ultimate deadline — that’s what spurred Erin Adair-Hodges to get tapping on the keyboard.

“I’d kept intending to write poetry again only to realize one day in my late 30s that ‘one day’ had probably already passed and that my chance to create is finite,” she said. “This is true for all of us, it’s part of the mortal bargain, but knowing this intellectually and knowing this with your whole soul is pretty different.

“I kept waiting for someone to tell me it was OK to take myself and my work seriously, but it was understanding that no one would do so which actually allowed me to make the commitment to poetry.”

Making that promise led to her debut, “Let’s All Die Happy,” which was released last week. The 112-page book is part of the Pitt Poetry Series published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

The title is the first line of the poem, “Everybody in the Car We Are Leaving Without You.”

“Titling a book is a fairly soul-crushing process,” Adair-Hodges said. “It has provoked strong reactions — love or hate … But, ultimately, I think it’s an honest presentation of the tone and concerns of the collection.” 

Through witty, spot-on observations infused with cerebral pop culture references, the UT visiting assistant professor of creative writing shares her perspective on being a woman. Titles of poems include “American Idyll,” “Ode to My Dishwasher,” “Self-Portrait as Banshee,” “The Mammogram” and “I Would Have Listened to Rush.”

“Many of us, especially women, are taught that adherence to certain conventions will provide us with meaning and fulfillment — the idea that if we do what we’re supposed to, believe what we’re told, we will be happy. I believed this for a long time until the evidence of my life could no longer support that,” Adair-Hodges said.

Adair-Hodges

“Breaking from what we’ve been inculcated with frees us to find the truest versions of ourselves, but it can also leave us without the security that these kinds of institutions provide. It can be scary, this figuring out of what’s next and why. This has been part of my own personal, intellectual, emotional and spiritual path, one that I’m still on and using art to sort out.”

After receiving a master of fine arts degree from the University of Arizona, Adair-Hodges shelved poetry — for eight years. She was the arts editor of a weekly paper for a while, taught writing, and started a family. After her son was born, the allure of words beckoned.

“At the newspaper, I wrote hundreds of pieces — criticism, profiles, reviews and more — all of which sharpened my attention to language and precision,” she said. “Teaching writing required I be able to articulate and provide evidence for my instruction and insight. All of this provided me with the tools to express the vision of my work I’d been carrying around inside me for years.”

The native of New Mexico recently had her work featured on “PBS NewsHour” and took home the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for “Let’s All Die Happy.”

“I think now as much as ever, we need to heed women’s stories. The work may resonate with some while challenging the imagination or empathy of others, but I believe it has value if for no other reason than it’s an honest expression of my experience in the world.”

That candor comes with comedy.

“As a poet, I use humor to engage, to get closer to the matter,” Adair-Hodges said. “Humor, to me, is a way to honesty, a path that must necessarily cut through some darkness.”

She will read from and sign “Let’s All Die Happy” Thursday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. in Libbey Hall. Books will be available at the free, public event sponsored by the UT Department of English Language and Literature. Purchases also can be made at online book retailers and the author’s website, erinmolly.com.

“I think we’re all drawn to poetic expression, the translation of our experiences into art, into something that connects to others,” Adair-Hodges said. “Poetry is only as hard to understand as life is, so I think if you’re inclined to work through some of life’s mysteries and truths, you’ll find value in poetry — often, it’s just a matter of finding the work that speaks to you.”

Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals to hold oral arguments Nov. 1 on UT’s Main Campus

UT students and the public will have a chance to hear appellate arguments when the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals convenes Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the McQuade Courtroom, located in Health and Human Services Building Room 1419.

Oral arguments at the free, public session hosted by the Paralegal Studies Program will begin at 9 a.m.

Presiding over oral arguments will be a panel of three judges from the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals: Arlene Singer, a 1976, UT law alumna; Thomas J. Osowick, a 1981 UT law alumnus; and James Jensen.

Arguments set for the session include appeals from a murder conviction and personal injury decision.

“This will be a great chance for UT paralegal students to observe judges and lawyers in a real court session,” said John J. Schlageter III, senior lecturer and director of the Paralegal Studies Program. “The court’s willingness to hold arguments on campus is appreciated as it provides an unparalleled experience and instruction for our students, as well as area high school students.”

Approximately 100 students from Maumee and Whitmer high schools will be in Health and Human Services Building Room 1711 to watch a live stream of oral arguments from the courtroom.

After adjourning, the court will host a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The court’s docket is available here.

Fans encouraged to arrive early for 6 p.m. kickoff in critical MAC West game Nov. 2

The University of Toledo Athletic Department announced parking lot information on campus for Thursday’s football game vs. Northern Illinois. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. Gates open at 4:30.

With classes in session that evening, fans are advised to arrive on campus well before kickoff. Fans also should be aware that due to construction, traffic on West Bancroft Street near campus is one-lane in both directions, so using alternate routes to parking areas via Secor, Dorr and Douglas roads is advised.

Some parking lots will be restricted in preparation for the game. The following parking areas near the Glass Bowl will be closed to general public, employee and student parking throughout the day and are available by parking pass only on game day: Lots 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10. Additionally, Lots 3 and 4 will close at noon Thursday, and Lots 18 and 28 will close at 3 p.m.

New this year, parking fees will not be collected in general admission parking areas. General admission parking can be found in areas 1, 2, 12, 13, 19, 20, 25 and 26, as well as the East and West Parking Ramps. Fans are encouraged to arrive by 5 p.m. in order to secure the best possible parking spaces.

Access to the ticket office at Savage Arena will be permitted from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Please access the ticket office via parking area 4 off of Douglas Road.

The box office at the Glass Bowl will open at 2 p.m.

The ticket office is also open Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For tickets, call 419.530.GOLD (4653) or order online at utrockets.com.

UT researcher makes discovery about massive stars as part of international team of astronomers

For the first time, astronomers have mapped the surface of a massive hot star, proving a decades-long theory that hot spots on the star’s surface affect the behavior of stellar winds. A University of Toledo astronomer was a member of the international research team that made the groundbreaking discovery.

“We’re now better able to understand how massive stars send out material into space through their winds,” said Dr. Noel Richardson, postdoctoral research associate in the UT Department of Physics and Astronomy, who was a member of the research team. “This research gives us a better understanding of how stars lose material, which then forms new stars and planets.”

This artistic rendering depicts Zeta Puppis, a massive star that astronomers studied to learn how hot spots affect stellar winds. Dr. Noel Richardson, UT postdoctoral research associate, was a member of the international team that made the groundbreaking discovery.

The team’s research appears in a paper recently published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, one of the world’s leading astronomy journals.

For decades, astronomers have theorized that there were hot spots on the surface of massive stars that affected stellar winds, but they didn’t know how those spots behaved or how they impacted the winds.

To test that theory, the research team chose as its test subject a supergiant called Zeta Puppis, a massive star 60 times larger than the sun and seven times hotter at the surface. Massive stars are rare and usually travel in pairs. But Zeta Puppis flies solo — and it flies fast. The star hurtles through space at 37 miles per second, 60 times faster than a speeding bullet.

Using a network of nanosatellites from the “BRIght Target Explorer” (BRITE) space mission, researchers monitored the surface brightness of Zeta Puppis every 100 minutes for six months in 2014. They simultaneously monitored the behavior of its stellar winds over time from several ground-based observatories.

After correlating the two sets of data, the team found that Zeta Puppis rotates at tremendous speed — once every 1.78 days. In comparison, our sun, which is 60 times smaller, takes almost a month to rotate once.

Richardson

Astronomers in the past had never had enough data to verify their claims about hot spots and their effects on stellar winds. The new data allowed them to map the surface of Zeta Puppis. It proved what the astronomers suspected: The structures on the star’s surface were indeed there, and these hot spots did affect the star’s winds.

Astronomers have mapped the surfaces of cooler stars, Richardson said, but this is the first time they’ve mapped a hot star. They learned that a brighter, hotter spot creates huge spiral structures in stellar winds that scatter more material into space.

A team of more than 40 astronomers participated in the research. The group included six amateur astronomers in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil, who spent three to four hours every night for six months peering into their telescopes and collecting data.

Open enrollment extended to Nov. 9

The open enrollment period has been extended to Thursday, Nov. 9. Benefit-eligible employees should use the open enrollment tool through the myUT portal to review coverage options and either elect benefits or waive coverage by this date.

Benefit elections will be effective Jan. 1.

If you have a Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account, you must re-elect annually, per Internal Revenue Service regulations. If you do not re-elect, contributions to your accounts will stop Dec. 31.

You also can ensure your spouse maintains coverage by using the open enrollment tool. If your spouse works outside the University and is covered through UT’s Gold, Silver or Bronze health-care plans, you must submit a spousal coverage affidavit. If you cover a child age 19 to 26, you must complete an adult child certification form in the open enrollment tool.

Please take time to examine the plan overview, which details deductible and general plan information. Complete benefit information is at utoledo.edu/depts/hr/benefits/open-enrollment.

Employees are encouraged to contact Human Resources and Talent Development representatives if they need assistance with the open enrollment process. Call 419.530.1470 to make an appointment, drop in to Human Resources Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or attend an informational session:

• Thursday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Four Seasons Bistro’s Pinnacle Lounge at UT Medical Center on Health Science Campus.

• Friday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 1068 on Main Campus.

Human Resources is located in Academic Services Building Room 1000 on Scott Park Campus.

Alumna to give lecture Nov. 1 on Islam in France

“Islam in France Secular Society” will be discussed Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2420.

Mariah Pasternak, who graduated summa cum laude this year with a bachelor of arts degree in French, will deliver the lecture hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature.

Her lecture will cover information from surveys she conducted in Pau and Lyon, France. These surveys asked people for their opinions about secularism in France and about their perceptions of Islam. She also will give some background about secularism in France, as well as cover some information about Islam.

“This topic is crucial today because as Western societies become more and more multicultural and terrorism becomes more frequent, there is a need to evaluate opinions people in the West have about Islam and its integration in society,” Pasternak said.

She came up with this topic due to her contact with Muslim students on the UT campus, as well as her interest in French politics.

“I felt concerned about some of the comments from the French far right and wanted to investigate how much impact those ideas had on people,” Pasternak said.

She began her research on this topic during her freshman year as an undergraduate for an honors project. Afterward, she decided to expand upon her research and create a survey project.

“Students should attend this talk because the college-age generation will eventually lead the way in deciding how to work with multiculturalism, immigrants and the Muslim community to find solutions during times of societal tension and terrorism,” Pasternak said. “As a part of this future effort, today’s students will have to consider the balance between religion and state separation and religious expression.”

For questions or more information, contact Dr. Gaby Semaan, director of Middle East studies and assistant professor of Arabic, at gaby.semaan@utoledo.edu.

UPDATED: Drinking water advisory impacts northeast corner of Main Campus

Several buildings in the northeast corner of Main Campus are under a boil water drinking advisory following a planned waterline valve replacement along Bancroft Street Thursday by the city of Toledo.

The impacted buildings are Driscoll Alumni Center, McMaster Hall, Ritter Planetarium, Savage & Associates Business Complex, Stranahan Hall, Heath and Human Services, and Snyder Memorial. Signs are posted at the entrances of all the buildings impacted.

The drinking fountains are closed while the buildings are under a boil water drinking advisory. Restroom facilities can be used.

The drinking water advisory is expected to be lifted Monday, Oct. 30.

The boil advisory was lifted Monday, Oct. 30.

This story was updated at 12:20 p.m.