The (Youngstown) Vindicator, May 4
What's the most obvious question each of the three finalists for the presidency of Youngstown State University should be asked when they're on campus this week?
This is it: "Will you publicly pledge to serve out your first contract, however long it may be, and not pull a Randy Dunn on the university?"
Dr. Dunn, who began his tenure as president of YSU last July with lots of fanfare and eager anticipation, left at the end of March to take over the presidency of Southern Illinois University....
Dunn violated the public trust by leaving YSU before serving even a year, which is why the three finalists on campus this week, Dr. Mary Cullinan, Dr. Gary L. Miller and James P. Tressel, should be asked about their professional goals.
Is Youngstown State the last stop on their higher education journey, or is the position a steppingstone to a dream job?...
There is a way for the trustees to make sure the tenure of the new president will not be as short-lived as that of Dunn's: The contract they negotiate should not include an escape clause....
Topping the list of issues is the continuing decline in enrollment, which stood at 12,823 this spring semester, compared with 15,194 in the fall of 2010. The downward trend is expected to continue, thus exacerbating YSU's fiscal problems....
Cullinan, Miller and Tressel should be prepared to talk about higher education funding in the context of declining state support and demands by the governor and General Assembly for universities and colleges to clearly define their missions - and to do more with less.
Steubenville Herald-Star, May 3
Orange barrels are starting to pop up around the area as the summer road construction season begins....
Driving in a construction zone can be dangerous, with narrow lanes of travel, reduced speeds and anxious drivers staying way too close to other vehicles.
Every year there are accidents in construction zones that make a traffic headache more like a traffic nightmare.
The Ohio Department of Transportation reported work zone crashes are on the decline. There were 6,389 crashes in work zones in 2004. The number has dropped to 4,616 crashes in 2013. Injury wrecks during the same period dropped from 1,522 to 1,143....
Traffic is slowed in a construction zone for a reason. Construction vehicles are pulling onto and off the highway. There are workers and heavy equipment operating sometimes just feet from the open lanes of travel.
Drivers have to be alert when traveling through a work zone. That means allowing enough distance between vehicles so a sudden stop can be made without a wreck.
Pay close attention to the instructions of flaggers and construction zone signs that warn or advise a motorist of what to expect in the work zone.
Remember, speeding violations can be very costly in a construction zone.
Everyone complains about the condition of area roads and bridges and work is under way to make repairs.
But patience and safe driving go hand in hand with summer road construction season.