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Lecture to address link between video game violence and aggression


NEWARK — Do violent videogames cause aggression? Learn how current research, new ideas and perspectives answer this highly debated yet simple question. Join Patrick Ewell, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at Kenyon College, as he addresses this controversial subject during a free public lecture “Here Comes a New Challenger: Rethinking the Relationship between Violent Videogames and Aggression.”

Ewell’s talk will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at The Ohio State University at Newark’s John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, Room 126, 1219 University Drive, Newark. The presentation is the first of the 2017-2018 Ohio State Newark Psychology Speakers Series. Attendees can also learn about opportunities offered through the Ohio State Newark Psychology academic area. Refreshments will be served. Learn more at Newark.osu.edu.

Ewell is a media psychologist whose primary research includes all aspects of video gaming. His current research interests include: the role of expertise and performance on aggression, the composition of and role narratives play in videogames and the psychological effects of augmented and virtual reality gaming. He is also interested in various forms of self-presentation and social anxiety in the context of computer-mediated communication and social networking. Ewell received his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in 2015.

The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.


City joins fight against state plan to collect municipal income tax


By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — City Council members voted Monday night to join a coalition of municipalities fighting what they call a power grab by the State of Ohio. Council suspended the required three readings and passed the legislation as an emergency.

A provision in Gov. John Kasich's budget bill allows businesses operating in more than one municipality to file one income tax return to the state rather than each municipality in which it operates. The state will collect the tax owed, and then, for a fee, send it to the municipality.

Municipalities oppose the bill on the grounds that it's unconstitutional and violates the home rule authority of local governments to administer and enforce their own municipal income tax. A second reason for opposing the provision is that it violates the single-subject legislation provision.

The current collection fee is ½ percent. City Auditor Terry Scott said that if the law was in effect in 2016, the city would have paid a $7,000 fee to the state. “If they were to reach further and assume taking the entire tax system over,” he said, “it could cost us more than $55,000 just in the fee. You are always at a risk determining how soon they will want to increase that fee.”

Scott said that on a broader level, the ½ percent collection fee on the $600 million collected statewide is “$3 million the state gets for the state treasurer to do nothing.”

“Not only is the state taking over collection, but it's putting handcuffs on you if you don't go with the plan. You'll have no authority to tax anybody in your jurisdiction,” he told council.

Councilman Sam Barone said the state is “picking the low-hanging fruit” as a way to skim off revenue from municipalities.

City Treasurer Anton “Bud” Krutsch said the city will receive its tax money whenever the state decides to pay. “There's nothing that says the state has to remit that to us in a timely manner,” he said. Currently the city receives the money daily and has instant access to its use.

He also said the city will have “no visibility on tax returns,” which means the city loses the ability to forecast any revenues. “We will never know if a corporation has a loss, a $250,000 rollover...we won't know,” he said.

Another problem is that businesses have to opt into filing one return to the state vs multiple returns to the municipalities. “We have to do it, but businesses can opt in to do it,” said Krutsch. That means two separate tax codes must be maintained.

By joining the coalition, the city will pay $4,000 as its share of legal fees. “It does cost money to litigate, so I think the request for some funding to join this suit is warranted,” said Barone, adding that in the overall scheme of things, the $4,000 is a pittance compared to the potential revenue the city will lose.

Councilwoman Nancy Vail said council must be wary of the next step the state may take: “collecting all taxes and only giving us a portion back.”

Councilman John Booth also supports joining the lawsuit. “In the past few years we've seen the state reach in and take away local government funds,” he said. “These are our funds voted on by residents here.”

The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2018. City Law Director Rob Broeren said that the lawsuit will be filed before then and will seek an injunction to keep the law from going into effect.


United Way encourages 5-2-1-0 lifestyle

MOUNT VERNON  - Get Healthy Knox and United Way of Knox County is promoting the 5-2-1-0 lifestyle. Click this :60 video to learn how 5-2-1-0 can impact your health.

Representative Carfagna visits MVHS government class


By Clare Mazzei, MVHS Junior

MOUNT VERNON - Mount Vernon High School's AP government class received a visit from their state representative Rick Carfagna last Thursday. As the students have been studying the federal system of the United States Government, Rep. Carfagna was able to supply them with answers to many of their questions about government on the state level. The students had a questions prepared for the representatives that led to an engaging conversation between Carfagna and his future constituents.

Rep. Carfagna described to the class that as a state representative his job on a day-to-day basis lacks consistency; Carfagna is constantly traveling throughout his district in addition to meeting with the General Assembly. With only one assistant, Carfagna directly answers to his constituents, and does his best to understand the people and the issues from the communities from which he represents. He explained to the class that having formerly served as the chairman of the Genoa Township Board of Trustees helped him secure the votes of that area during his campaign. Carfagna acknowledged that one of his biggest challenges he faced while campaigning was making a name for himself in Knox County that had no ties to him, and since has worked hard to develop a strong relationships with these communities.


As a diverse group of young people whose opinions cover the entirety of the political spectrum, the students appreciated that even as a proud Republican Carfagna expressed a bipartisan attitude towards many issues. Carfagna’s conversation with the students made it clear that he has a great deal of respect for people from both parties. The students were impressed and a bit surprised that Carfagna knew so much about their community and problems within it. Carfagna discussed topics including the job loss the community has experienced with Siemens and the vacancy of Rian Hall. Carfagna’s knowledge of his district exemplified how passionate he is about his job. Furthermore Carfagna spoke about how taking his position meant taking a pay cut, by stating this, the class was able to truly understand Carfagna’s dedication to his career, and lead to an interesting class discussion about the salaries of government employees.

Meeting with Carfagna allowed the students to better grasp how the government works on a state level. Several students of the class have expressed interest in political careers, and a career as a state representative could very well be the occupation of one the students.

Moreover, towards the conclusion of the conversation with Rick Carfagna, the teacher of the AP government, course Jeff Gottke asked Carfagna if he was considering running for Pat Tiberi’s position as congressman since Tiberi had recently announced he will not be running for reelection. At the time Carfagna was not able to give a conclusive answer. In a later discussion, the students had mixed feelings about potentially losing the man who represents their community so well to a higher office. As political minded young individuals the students are sure to follow the career of Carfagna and were greatly impacted by their time with him.


MVHS Key Club makes donations to United Way, Red Cross

MOUNT VERNON - MVHS Key Club recently held a bake sale and sold concessions at a square dance at Ariel Foundation Park.  $546 was raised and donated to United Way of Knox County. The funds will be used to support the Imagination Library, which provides books for Knox County children ages birth through age 5.

Key Club's most recent fundraiser, Moo Poo Bingo, raised funds for American Red Cross hurricane relief. A check for $1,654  was presented to the Red Cross Executive Director Rod Cook on Monday.

Key Club is a student-led, high school organization whose members strive to make the world a better place through service. 

MVHS Key club check to Red Cross

Rod Cook, American Red Cross, accepts donation from Mount Vernon High School Key Club. Club President Senior Luke Trese presented Cook with a check for $1654. - Photo credit Christine Keaton


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