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Slug: Education is key to nuclear expansion in U.S.

Short Head: Prof. Rich Denning on Nuclear Expansion, Fukushima accident

Long Head: Professor Rich Denning discusses accident in Fukushima, Nuclear Expansion in U.S.

Ohio State students, administration, scientists and engineers were ready, with coffee in hand, to explode with knowledge.

The chairs were full and the others stood along the wall of a small classroom. Located in the basement of Scott Laboratory, Tuesday where Professor Rich Denning, chair of the nuclear program at OSU, prepared a presentation, to discuss the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan and the potential nuclear future of the U.S.

On March 11th, a 9.0 scale earthquake and 46-foot high tsunami crashed into Japan’s coast. This caused a number of nuclear failures, including an explosion, at a plant near the city of Fukushima.

“The Japanese had a design basis assumption for the maximum earthquake and tsunami the plant could handle,” Denning said. “The magnitude of the earthquake was higher than their design basis and the tsunami was appreciably higher.”

The accident at Fukushima was rated as a major accident or a seven on the international nuclear events scale, the same as the accident at Chernobyl in 1986.

Though the impact of Fukushima may have more societal affects, than that of Chernobyl Denning said there won’t be significant human health risks from this, in the future.

Denning said, the workers at Fukushima will be monitored and only exposed to 25 rem of radiation, which in turn could cause a 1.5 percent increased chance of cancer over their lifetime.

“It’s (25 rem) is five times the amount of rem that the public is allowed to be exposed to in a year,” Denning said. “Forty percent of people get cancer related to other causes in their lifetime, this is a low number compared to that but it still could be significant for some.”

Denning an expert on nuclear safety and assessments describes research and education as the key to the future of nuclear expansion and safety in the U.S.

“He was pretty informative,” Garret Quist, a third-year in mechanical engineering said. “There’s nothing I really disagreed with at all, I think it (the PowerPoint) was well within what people already know.”

With Fukushima, Denning expects more studies to be conducted with results similar to the Paul Scherrer Institute’s statistics demonstrating that the safest way to create energy is by going nuclear.

“If I had a nuclear plant in my back yard it wouldn’t be pretty but it would be fine. If it was a coal plant, it would be a disaster, have you ever seen one of those things?” Mike Lisa, professor of physics at OSU said. “I would like if students would think about that in a rational way, because the rest of America, won’t, and I would hope someone getting a college education can.

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Three Ohio State juniors got to tour the New York Stock Exchange trading floor and bring home $5,000 each in scholarships.

They competed in the YOUniversity Deal Challenge funded by Duff & Phelps, a financial advisory and investment banking firm.

Chris DiYanni and Zachary Messenger, both third_ years in finance and real estate, and John Weiler, a third-year in economics, beat out more than 30 teams from 16 colleges around the country.

“The most memorable part for me was probably at dinner when they said who the second place team was, so I knew we were first,” Weiler said.

DiYanni said after applying for the scholarship, they had a month to put together a power point presentation “solving a business problem involving the telecommunication industry”.

On March 28th the three were selected to compete in the final round, which included an all expenses paid trip to New York City April 13th-15th.

Brigham Young University’s team won last year, which was the first year of the competition.

“In 2011, we expanded the program to test a boarder set of skills, including mergers and acquisitions advisory, transaction opinions, dispute consulting and valuation advisory,” Julie Pinsonneault, a senior associate in marketing for Duff & Phelps, said.

Messenger noted that touring the NYSE was one of the highlights of the trip for him.

Weiler agreed saying: “Being on that trading floor is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile. My brother does banking in New York and it’s been something that I’ve wanted to go into as well, so this was a great chance to take an inside look at the NYSE and see the financial district in Manhattan”.

“It was an incredible experience; I met a lot of great people there,” Messenger said.

One of the requirements for teams to compete was having a faculty advisor to assist them. Sergey Chernenko was OSU’s advisor.

“He helped us out all along the way with polishing up our presentation, giving us pointers and throwing questions at us,” Weiler said.

Chernenko was not immediately available for comment.

The three will receive the scholarship money in the fall.

Messenger summed up his experience saying, “It opened up more doors for the future.”

Journalism Internship in Cleveland

Cleveland Magazine is looking for editorial interns for fall 2011. The
deadline for applying is July 15. (We have already chosen our summer

The internships are unpaid. (We reimburse for parking or a bus pass.) The
internships range from 16 to 32 hours a week.

Duties include fact-checking, researching, writing and some clerical work
for Cleveland Magazine, its sister publication Inside Business, and other
publications. Our interns are highly valued and are integrated into the
editorial team. They are entrusted with serious responsibilities and given
plenty of opportunity for professional development.

We¹re looking for bright student journalists or recent grads with experience
at their college newspapers or magazines. The ideal candidates also have a
flair for magazine-style feature writing and knowledge of Cleveland.
Multimedia experience is helpful. Candidates must live or go to college in
the Cleveland area (Akron, Kent, and Oberlin included). Minority candidates
are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send a cover letter explaining what you could bring to the job, a
resume, references, the date you would be able to start, and 4-5 published
samples of your work to or: Erick Trickey;
Senior Editor; Cleveland Magazine; 1422 Euclid Avenue Suite 730; Cleveland,
Ohio 44115.

We are looking for one intern to be our social media intern. That intern
will take on writing and fact-checking duties like the other interns, but
also spend part of their time coming up with innovative ways to use social
media to attract attention to our print content, further engage our readers
and attract new audiences. If you¹re interested, explain in your cover
letter what experience you have using social media to promote your own
journalism or the work of others. Also send links to examples.

Cleveland Magazine takes on editorial department interns three times a year:
for fall and winter/spring semesters and for summer.


You be the editor!

Justin Townes Earle is an imposing figure, standing 6 feet 6 inches, heavily tattooed, with a stare that seems to look straight through you.

He’s also a walking anomaly, like a character out of a novel.

All Southern charm and smiles, but with a perpetual dark streak always visible somewhere in his demeanor, pain brought on by years of addiction and substance abuse.

Despite his notoriously troubled past, he’s quick to disarm you with his thick South Nashville accent and old-world manner.

The son of outlaw Americana legend Steve Earle, he’s known for his unique guitar-picking, thick-like-molasses vocals and his modern take on traditional storytelling through song.

Earle is also known for his vintage-style tailored suits and bowties.

So well known in fact, that GQ named him one of the 25 most stylish men in the world in 2010, alongside the likes of Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt.

The sharply dressed Earle is currently touring in promotion of his latest album “Harlem River Blues,” and will be in Columbus as a special-guest opener for The Decemberists on Saturday at The Lifestyle Communities’ Pavilion.

“Harlem River Blues” was released in September of 2010 to critical acclaim, debuting at No. 47 on the Billboard 200. The album showcases the cornerstones of Americana music, with heavy doses of blues, folk, country and gospel.

The title track is a blues romp with an uplifting sound, despite its contradictory tale of a troubled man jumping into the Harlem River to drown. Earle explained that the inspiration came from reading Jim Carroll’s “The Basketball Diaries” as a teenager.

“There’s a significant portion of the book where he’s talking about his friends jumping off of cliffs into the Harlem River, and for some reason that image always stuck with me throughout the years,” Earle said.

The song also features a gothic-sounding choral background, the idea for which he came up with while writing the album.

“I got this idea for this record to kind of use different forms of gospel, kind of trace gospel from the country churches where it began all the way up to the Apollo Theatre,” he said.

Earle has spent many of his recent years calling New York City home, and as a result the city is well represented in his music.

“Workin’ for the MTA” is a modern adaptation of a Woody Guthrie-style train song, set in the dark subway tunnels of New York City.

Earle said he struggled with writing the song because of the lack of romanticism in the gritty subway setting. His solution was giving the story a dark twist by making it a first-person narrative of a cold, depressed, over-worked subway operator.

This kind of methodical approach to songwriting is common for Earle, who describes himself as a very conscious writer.

“His song “They Killed John Henry,” he was trying to write about his grandfather, but he didn’t want to specifically talk about his grandfather, so he drew a parallel to a folk hero, which I thought was pretty cool,” said David Chirdon, a fourth-year in history.

Earle tends to have a specific sound in mind when writing, and will construct the different pieces of a song in his head as it progresses, he said.

“It kind of helps me with the words, you know, if there’s going to be an organ or some horns on it, you can kind of play with your phrasing a little bit and things like that,” Earle said.

He’s also extremely particular about his influences and how they’re represented in his music.

During the making of “Harlem River Blues,” Earle said his two biggest influences were The Staple Singers and The Carter Family, pioneers of gospel/soul and country music respectively.

He said he found a connection between the two in that they both sang church music, giving a chuckle as he explained that the way they celebrated their religion through music is where their difference in skin color was apparent – The Staple Singers were a black family, The Carter Family white.

“The white version was a lot more monotone, still beautiful, but a lot more monotone,” Earle said. “It didn’t have as much dynamic as the black version, but it was all getting to the same point.”

That point of celebrating spiritual life in music is one Earle has always taken part in. It’s his personal life in which he has endured his greatest troubles.

He has battled drug and alcohol addictions for nearly two-thirds of his 29 years. His voice is quick to turn earnest and slightly sullen when he addresses this part of his life.

“There’s been an issue since I was 10 years old,” Earle said. “It’s something that I’ve fought with my whole life, my drug addiction is kind of continuing always.”

In the early 2000s, he spent 2 years as a homeless drug addict after getting kicked out of his father’s band due to his addiction.

Eventually he cleaned up and began a solo career, releasing his “Yuma” EP in 2007, though he’s struggled with addiction on and off since.

“For me, it’s nothing earth-shattering because I’ve been dealing with it for a long time,” he said.

Earle began a tour last September to support then-newly released “Harlem River Blues.” It included a scheduled headlining stop in Columbus, but he never made it.

He was arrested after a Sept. 16 show in Indianapolis early in the tour.

He was charged with battery, public intoxication and resisting law enforcement following an altercation backstage at the venue in which he was accused of doing $200 in damage and assaulting the venue’s owner.

Shortly thereafter, Earle cancelled the rest of his dates and entered rehab.

“I just got to drinking too much, I don’t operate well when I drink a lot because then I start doing a lot of cocaine,” Earle said. “Staying away from bottles of alcohol is very, very important for me.”

He has been back on the road doing shows again for roughly 4 months now, and said he’s been doing fine and the tour is going great.

His appearance with The Decemberists on Saturday will be part of a string of dates he’s doing with the group that will last into the beginning of May.

“It’s awesome for us, it means people will get down here early and they’ll stay for the whole show,” said Marissa Luther, marketing manager for PromoWest Productions. “He’s a perfect opener for The Decemberists.”

Earle has also recently come up with a unique new way to connect with fans around the world while he’s on the road.

He’s currently accepting tattoo design entries online for a competition in which

he’ll choose a winner and get their design permanently placed on his body.

He has received many entries, but said he thinks it will be a while before he chooses one, so those interested will have plenty of time to submit their work.

In looking toward the future, Earle said he thinks his next album will draw heavily from the sounds of artists that came out of Memphis in the 1960s, such as The Staple Singers and Otis Redding.

He tried this soulful, horn-infused R&B sound for the first time on the aching “Slippin’ and Slidin’” off of “Harlem River Blues,” and found the results too compelling to ignore.

“I think it’s where I feel the most comfortable operating,” Earle said. “I think I found a good voice for myself on this last record.”

More on features

Fight, Fight, Fight (Everyone skim through this one)


NYTimes profile on Mark Titus


Pulitzer Prize winning article, Girl in the Window, by the St. Pete Times’ Lane DeGregory. This is a long story, but worth every minute.

Columbus Dispatch profile on the Columbus Table Tennis Club

AP profile on Tempest Storm an 80-year-old stripper.

What makes a good feature?

Good story. Compelling characters. Full use of senses. Strong scene setting. Narrative arc. Good quotes. Deep reporting. Memorable.

2 good ones from Lantern last quarter: