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March 25, 2019

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Hardin County, poor and rural = drug abuse

ONU faculty members and county official author paper examining impact of drug problem in the county

Ohio Northern University faculty members Keith Durkin and Tristin Kilgallon, along with county court official Wade Melton, have authored a paper that examines the impact of the drug problem on Hardin County.

The paper, “The perfect storm: The prevalence of co-occurring mental disorders in a sample of heroin users participating in a rural family drug court,” is scheduled for publication in the International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Durkin is an ONU professor of sociology, Kilgallon is an ONU assistant professor of criminal justice, and Melton is director of programs for the Hardin County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division.

They know all about Belgium

A team of Ohio Northern students, including three Ada High School grads, won a position paper award for a project they developed for representing the delegation of Belgium at the recent American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago. Local students included Blaine Dearth, Mara Guyton, and Sarah Hasan.

Globetrotters at ONU in January

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Ohio Northern Sports Center on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 as part of their 2019 Fan Powered World Tour. Tickets are $17-$197.


Prior to every performance, fans can purchase a ticket to Magic Pass, the Globetrotters' pregame event. Magic Pass gives fans access to the stars of the team, an opportunity to learn tricks, shoot hoops and take pictures on the court. After each game, fans can participate in a free autograph session.

Symphony, Wind Orchestra to perform

The Ohio Northern Symphony and ONU Wind Orchestra will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Freed Center. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students and children.

The ONU Symphony will present "Tragedy and Triumph," featuring Brahms' Tragic Overture, Verdi's Triumphal March from Aida, Ken Davies' Strings Ablaze and Forsyth's Viola Concerto in G minor.

The ONU Wind Orchestra pays homage to the ceremonial kindling of light during the holidays and the winter solstice through a beautiful and musically illuminating program titled “Season of Light.” 

Nearly 40 years in the making

ONU's Kappa Phi pre-Christmas sing-a-long

Story and photos by Monty Siekerman
Kappa Phi has held a sing-a-thon prior to Christmas for nearly 40 years, and this year the money raised will go to the American Society for Suicide Prevention.

Greek organizations, chapel groups, solos, and duets began singing on Friday evening  in McIntosh Center. The sing-a-thon continued until 3 p.m. on Saturday, except for time out for breakfast. In all, 25 groups participated. 

Emily Fergus of Bellefontaine served as event chair this year. Kappa Phi is a Christian women’s sorority. 

PaintINN offers an option

The Inn will offer a two-night option for their monthly PaintINN in December. Paint a polar bear or porch sitter. Either is available on Dec. 10 and 11. The PaintINN will begin at 6 p.m. and includes art supplies, instruction, food, and beverage. Cost is $38 plus tax and gratuity. Call 419-772-2500 to reserve a place.