The BG News looks at noteworthy events from 2011-12 school year


President Mary Ellen Mazey


Students return to campus

Students moved into residence halls from Aug. 18 through Aug. 21. This year’s students were the first to move into Centennial Hall and Falcon Heights, two of six new buildings to open on campus this semester.


Student falls from fourth floor window

Freshman Samuel Hamilton fell from his fourth floor window at Centennial Hall on Sept. 8. Hamilton survived the fall and was transported to Wood County Hospital.

Stroh Center rap YouTube video goes viral

A YouTube video created by the University to commemorate the opening of its Stroh Center gained popularity on the Internet. The rap, featuring sophomore Mikey “Rosco” Blair and senior Rachel Willingham, as well as the arena’s major donors, now has nearly 175,000 hits.


Pinkberry debuts after delayed opening

Pinkberry, a frozen yogurt store at the new Carillon Place dining center, opened Oct. 3 after its debut was delayed in order to install a custom sneeze guard.

Occupy movement comes to Bowling Green

Inspired by similar movements around the country, Occupy Toledo protestors Gilbert Bentley and Taylor Scribner organize an Occupy BG movement in the city Oct. 22.


Student wins city council seat

Senior Daniel Gordon is elected as the 1st Ward seat for city council, making the 2011 election the first time in about 20 years a student won a seat.


Mazey inaugurated as University president

Mary Ellen Mazey was officially inaugurated as the 11th University president Dec. 2 at a ceremony in the Stroh Center. The inauguration capped a week of events celebrating Mazey’s presidency.

Wolfe Center officially opens

The Wolfe Center for the Arts officially opened to the public Dec. 9. The event included a two-hour open house, musical performances and speeches.

Student commits suicide on campus

Sophomore Joseph Monroe, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, was found dead in his fraternity house Dec. 13. Several hundred students gathered outside the house that night in remembrance at a candlelight vigil.


Harlem Globetrotters thrill 3,000 in Stroh Center

The Harlem Globetrotters visited the Stroh Center on Jan. 27 and entertained a near-sellout crowd.


Chick-fil-A creates controversy on campus

Dining Services considers replacing the Wendy’s in the Union with Chick-fil-A, creating controversy among students because of the company’s alleged “anti-gay” values. Undergraduate Student Government and Graduate Student Senate voted against the proposal Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, respectively, and Dining Services removed Chick-fil-A from a student survey of possible campus food options.


Three students killed in I-75 car crash

Five members of Alpha Xi Delta sorority were involved in a car crash on Interstate 75 on March 2. Sophomore Christina Goyett and juniors Sarah Hammond and Rebekah Blakkolb died as a result of the crash. Freshman Angelica Mormile and sophomore Kayla Somoles were injured and have since been released from the hospital.

Miller leaves for Indiana University

Women’s basketball head coach Curt Miller announced his resignation March 28. Miller led the team for 11 years, posting eight consecutive Mid-American Conference division titles and an overall record of 258-92.


New Buffalo Wild Wings debuts

Buffalo Wild Wings opened April 16 at its new location across from the Stroh Center on Wooster Street. Many students lined up prior to its 8 a.m. opening, hoping to be one of the first 100 customers to receive “free wings for a year.”

Dance Marathon breaks record

The University’s 17th annual Dance Marathon collected more than $225,000 for Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo, surpassing this past year’s record-breaking total of $217,000.


Commencement to take place this weekend

The University will celebrate its 273rd graduation in three ceremonies in the Stroh Center on May 4 and 5. More than 2,000 diplomas will be awarded.


Information compiled by Managing Editor Alissa Widman from past reports in The BG News.