AHS play on weekend

The Aurora High School Players will present "The Girls of the Garden Club" on Nov. 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

The play centers around garden club members Rhoda Greenleaf and Lillybelle. The play features a flower show with the world's only talking flower and lots of laughs.

Tickets at the door are $7 for adults, $6.00 for senior citizens and $5.00 for students.

See photos on Pages 1, 13.

Food drive under way

Aurora High Student Council is hosting its annual canned food drive. Items should be dropped off in the class advisers' rooms: Kasie Burroughs for freshmen, Heidi McKenzie for sophomores, Michele Dirda for juniors and Gayle Lewis for seniors. The canned goods will go to the local food pantry. The class collecting the most canned goods will receive 50 points.

VCA seeks nominees

for board of trustees

The board of trustees at Valley Christian Academy is seeking nominations for new members. Term is three school years, with an option to extend on a yearly basis.

Nominations are now being taken for the 2014-17 term. Nominations should be emailed to Dr. Paul Bizjak, board vice president, or VCA Administrator Dale Moncrief with the nominee's name and reason for the nomination.

An information sheet about the board and what is expected can be found on the school's website at www.valleychristian.com.

The ski club will begin its season Jan. 10, 2014 and will visit Brandywine Ski Resort on Fridays. Information is available under the "student life" tab on the website or from Liese Piazza at llpiazza@gmail.com or Jennifer Holdren at jkh1102@windstream.net.

Some coming events at VCA include: Nov. 20-21 -- Christmas boutique; Nov. 21-26 -- book fair; Nov. 21 -- student council meeting; Nov. 21-22 -- parent-teacher conferences; Nov. 25-26 -- drama practice; Nov. 26 -- Thanksgiving parties; Nov. 27-29 -- Thanksgiving break.

Pride winners are told

Aurora High School students Grace Aldredge and John Kubek were last week's PRIDE Card drawing winners.

Activities at Harmon

A Stress Busters group is forming at Harmon School for students who are stressed and frequently have trouble falling asleep. Signups are possible outside of the guidance offices, and students can slip their forms under either guidance door. Meetings during lunch / recess will start this week.

Harmon students of the week are: sixth grade -- Krista Guerini, Luke Phillips, Ashley Ruehr and Jerome Scott; seventh grade -- Sanjana Duvvuri, Rachel Ryabogin, Zach Thomas and Julia Toth; and eighth grade -- Avery McMaster and James Robinson.

Boutique coming up

The Silver Bells Holiday Boutique to benefit Kenston High School's after-prom will be Dec. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Timmons Elementary School, 9595 E. Washington St., Bainbridge.

Admission is free, and more than 70 professional artists will be on hand. Also, there will be catered food, holiday cookies, children's elf hide-a-way, junior artists, raffle baskets and chances to win four tickets to "Wicked" plus dinner at Lolita's and an inflatable party package.

For details, email silverbellsholidaysboutique@gmail.com or call 440-886-4233.

WJ exams to be given

Entrance exams for current eighth-graders are planned Nov. 23 and Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at Walsh Jesuit High School on Wyoga Lake Road in Cuyahoga Falls.

Parent information sessions also will take place during testing. Visit www.walshjesuit.org to register. For details, contact Rob Eubank at 330-929-4205 ext. 103 or eubankr@walshjesuit.org.

Spaghetti dinner set

Maplewood Career Center on Route 88 in Ravenna will have its annual public career night and spaghetti dinner Nov. 21 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $3.50 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Under 6 youths are free. All labs will be open to tour from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. For details, call 330-296-2892.

Report cites hazing by a Kent State fraternity

"Circumstantial evidence" of violent hazing practices, including alleged paddling and caning, partly validated a three-year suspension of the Gamma Tau chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity's status as a student organization at Kent State University, according to an investigation conducted by the university.

"The Kappas have not adhered to their own standards nor the university's guidelines pertaining to recruiting new members," wrote an investigation subcommittee on Sept. 20. "Over the last several years, the Kappas have been investigated, sanctioned and given numerous opportunities to seek out resources that could improve their standing as an organization."

The investigation was carried out by Scott Crawford, Kent Student Center administration assistant director; Cesquinn Curtis, undergraduate studies special assistant; and Todd Kamenash, director of student conduct.

The fraternity, established at KSU in May 1949 as the first African-American group on campus, was given a three-year suspension in October based on allegations of hazing and a history of violations with the university.

The suspension is effective through May 30, 2016, and precludes the group from functioning as a student organization in any way on or off campus until then. The group does not have a house on or off campus.

-- Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier

Hiram freezes tuition

for second year in row

For the second consecutive year, Hiram College officials will not increase tuition for students entering the institution next fall. Students entering Hiram for the 2014-15 academic year will pay the same tuition as students who entered in 2012.

The decision to freeze tuition at 2011-12 levels for entering students is coupled with Hiram's Tuition Guarantee, which ensures that once students are enrolled at Hiram, their tuition costs will not increase during their four years at the institution.

"Hiram College has had a long history of helping families meet the needs associated with earning a college degree," said Hiram President Tom Chema.

According to the College Board, a non-profit organization focused on increasing access to higher education, the average tuition increase for private colleges and universities for the 2013-14 academic year was 3 percent.

Hiram College was the first institution in Ohio to implement a Tuition Guarantee.

Broome to be dean of

KSU's nursing school

Barbara Broome has been named Kent State University's new dean of its College of Nursing. She currently is associate dean, professor and chair of the Community-Mental Health Department at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing.

"As an administrator in one of the nation's five largest nursing programs at the University of South Alabama, Barbara well understands the needs of Kent State's nursing program, which is the second largest in Ohio," said Todd Diacon, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Broome, who received both her bachelor of science in nursing and master of science in nursing from Kent State, will begin serving as dean on March 17, 2014. She succeeds Susan Stocker, who has served as interim dean since Aug. 1.

Stocker held the interim position while she maintained her duties as dean of Kent State University at Ashtabula and a search for a permanent dean was conducted. She will return to her position as dean of Kent State Ashtabula.

Creative minds eyed

A kickoff meeting for Aurora High School students interested in participating in this year's Destination ImagiNation will be Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in the high school band room.

It involves activities such as making a bridge that can hold up a ball with paper and tape and creating a catchy slogan in less than 5 minutes and changing it to center around a box of macaroni.

Participants will learn to think on their feet, work as a team and be creative.

Lego team is awarded

Harmon School's Bakers of Pi team won a professionalism award at a recent First Lego League cometition. Members are Katie Rosengarten, Catherine John, Ella Case, Midey Carpenter and Grant Cromeens.