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Tornado test planned for next week

A test of the tornado warning sirens for main campus, along with other Wood County sirens, will occur at 9:50 a.m. March 25. This is only a test to verify that the tornado warning systems are working properly.

In addition to outdoor tornado sirens on and near the Bowling Green campus, some buildings have internal tornado warning systems that will also be activated at this time; these are the Administration Building, Conklin West, Eppler Complex, Founders, Perry Field House, Harshman, Kohl, Offenhauer Towers, Olscamp Hall, the Psychology Building and the Sebo Athletic Center.
Be sure to listen for the sirens during this test period. If you do not hear them, email the building name and room number where you were during the test to
This is an opportunity to find the tornado shelter locations that are listed on tornado posters in each building. You are encouraged to follow the example of some departments that use the annual test to conduct a tornado drill and seek a tornado shelter. Drills will highlight communication needs or other challenges that need to be addressed to help building occupants respond to an actual tornado warning.
If you have questions regarding this test, contact Environmental Health and Safety at 2-2171. For more information about tornadoes and tornado safety at BGSU, see For shelter locations on the BGSU campus, visit

BGSU alumna, producer to discuss PBS documentary

A BGSU graduate will be back on campus Thursday (March 19) to discuss the production of PBS’ “FRONTLINE” documentary on the 2008 presidential candidates.

Colette Neirouz, who earned her journalism degree from Bowling Green in 2004, will take listeners behind the scenes in “Making ‘The Choice,’” at 6:30 p.m. in 121 West Hall.

Neirouz is a coordinating producer with Boston’s Kirk Documentary Group, producer of FRONTLINE programs for PBS. She has been involved with several of the documentaries, including “Inside the Meltdown,” “Bush’s War,” “The Torture Question” and “Cheney’s Law.” Her work has been recognized with both Emmy and Peabody awards.

Her presentation is sponsored by the Florence and Jesse Currier Foundation in the Department of Journalism.

Sock collection provides help from the bottom up

Warm feet and warm socks can go a long way toward making a person feel more comfortable and secure. The Administrative Staff Council has joined with the Hannah’s Socks charity drive to collect new, adult men’s and women’s socks for needy people in Ohio.

The collection will continue through March. Donations may be dropped off with the following administrative staff members:

• Deborah Rice, 441 Conklin Hall
• Kim Fleshman, 127 Hayes Hall
• Mary Beth Zachary, Jerome Library circulation desk
• Connie Molnar, 49 College Park Building
• Susan Macias, 110 McFall Center
• Steve Overholt, BGSU Bookstore course materials desk
• Denise Kisabeth, WBGU, Tucker Center
• Laura Emch, 222 Administration Building

For more information, call Donna Dick at 2-2355.

Mexican men’s sexual destiny topic of ICS lecture

Dr. Matthew Gutmann of Brown University will address “Changing Men and Masculinities in Mexico: Sex, Birth Control, and AIDS,” as the next speaker in BGSU’s Institute for the Study of Culture and Society Lecture Series.

His talk will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 18) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater, followed by a reception hosted by the romance and classical studies department.

“The fact that I was studying men as fathers had everything and nothing to do with being a new father myself,” says Gutmann, a professor of anthropology. Using ethnographic research carried out in Oaxaca, Mexico, he examines the notion of Mexican men’s sexual destiny, linking men’s reproductive experiences to the international pharmaceutical industry, Mexican health-care privatization, migrant labor patterns, rural poverty and traditional indigenous beliefs. Gutmann takes on the cultural, economic and social dimensions of reproductive health and illness. In his work, issues such as infidelity, infertility and impotence among men take on dramatic and international significance.
Gutmann’s research and teaching interests include special emphasis on gender/sexuality, militarization, ethnicity-race-nationalism, and health in the Americas, especially in Mexico and among Latinos in the United States. His present research concerns militarization and the U.S. and Mexican armed forces, looking at conscription of Latino/as into the U.S. and Mexican armies, and cultural-awareness training among UN peacekeepers. He is the author of several books, including Fixing Men: Sex, Birth Control, and AIDS in Mexico; The Romance of Democracy: Compliant Defiance in Contemporary Mexico, and The Meanings of Macho: Being a Man in Mexico City. With Catherine Lutz, he is currently at work on Breaking Ranks: Iraq Vets Speak Out Against the War.

March 16, 2009