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Thursday, October 11, 2018  
Meizel helps young people raise their voice against gun violence | Homecoming 2018

Meizel helps young people raise their voice against gun violence

Last weekend in San Francisco at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the performers included young people singing their original songs about the impact of gun violence and the desperate need for a change.

Their songs and others’ are part of a new album called “Raise Your Voice: The Sound of Student Protest.” The 11 tracks came from students across the United States, performing as soloists or in groups, from hip-hop to rock to spoken word to voice and piano. They are united in their insistence that gun violence has to stop.

The impetus for the album came from Dr. Katherine Meizel, an associate professor of musicology in the College of Musical Arts. With the help of the Little Village Foundation, she found a way to preserve those voices and share the students’ message.

“The project has two goals: to encourage young people to vote and to raise money for gun safety,” Meizel said.

Proceeds from the album will be donated to the nonprofit Everytown for Gun Safety organization, which works to end gun violence, create safer communities and assist victims of gun violence. The album is available for download and streaming on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and Google Play.

“It’s important for young people to feel they can make a difference, and these students are demonstrating that in a really powerful, beautiful way,” Meizel said. “One of the reasons I’m so impressed with this movement is that they don’t imagine they can’t make a difference; it’s absolutely clear to them they can make a difference, and they are doing it. They don’t sit back and say, ‘My voice doesn’t count.’ They are making it count.

“The students have different ideas about what reform should look like, but they all want to be safe in school and they all want to help heal people who have been harmed. They want to tell their representatives to care more about young people than about the gun lobby. Some want to tell policymakers they will soon be able to vote and will be making an impact politically. The want to encourage other young people to use their voices the way they have, and vote.”


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Falcons Forever
BGSU welcomes University family to Homecoming 2018

The University campus celebrates Homecoming 2018 this weekend, with a full range of events. The parade steps off at 5:30 p.m. Friday (Oct. 12), and will follow a different route this year, with rolling street closures as it moves along.

The parade will travel from Mercer Drive at East Wooster Street, down Wooster to Thurstin Avenue, ending in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union lot with the Taste of BG food trucks.

A Saturday morning highlight is the groundbreaking for the new Robert W. and Patricia A. Maurer Center at the former Hanna Hall. Everyone is invited to celebrate the future home of the College of Business, beginning at 10 a.m. on the lawn at the west side of the building.

Falcon Football kicks off against Western Michigan at 3 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 13) in Doyt Perry Stadium. BGSU Firelands, which celebrated student homecoming Oct. 10, will have a tent at Falcon Tailgate Park, which opens at noon.

Visit the Homecoming site for a full schedule of events

Ina Temple, 82, an associate professor emeritus of health, physical education and recreation, died Sept. 21 in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. She taught at BGSU from 1966-92.

Alumnus to illuminate LED technology and applications

Dr. Decai Sun
A BGSU alumnus and chair of Luminus Devices Inc. will discuss LED device fundamentals and applications for medical and horticultural industries at 3:30 Friday (Oct. 12) in 123 Overman Hall.

Decai Sun, who earned a master's degree in physics from BGSU followed by a Ph.D. in engineering physics from University of Virginia, will present "LED Technology for Illumination and Industrial Applications." The 2018 inductee in the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Hall of Fame at BGSU holds more than 50 patents in semiconductor lasers, micro-electromechanical systems and light-emitting diodes, and has published more than 25 journal articles. His California-based company develops and manufactures LED solutions for the global illumination market.

The talk is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation.