Alumni news and photos
Jan - Jun 2004

Jun 24, 2004: Kayaking has Rhoads rolling on the river

Brewster RhoadsCINCINNATI -- "Brewster Rhoads kayaks along the Ohio River near downtown Cincinnati about 300 days a year. The Mount Washington man is chairman of the Ohio River Way Paddlefest, an extravaganza held July 9-10 at Four Seasons Marina on Kellogg Avenue. Rhoads owns a houseboat along the river, and though he doesn't live there full time, he said it's a great home base for his exercise routine. 'Instead of putting on running shoes to exercise, I put on a life jacket and spray skirt and jump in the river,' he said," Cincinnati Enquirer.

Brewster Rhoads was our Cincinnati Program Director in the early 1980's.

Jun 10, 2004: Democratic Party Progressive Caucus forms in Greensboro

BOONE, NC -- "Facilitator Pete MacDowell explained why the Progressive Democrats are nicknamed the 'green dogs.' MacDowell said, 'We're tired of voting for yellow dogs in the Democratic Party. One reason we’re green is because we're grassroots.' The term 'yellow dog Democrat,' which denotes a staunch party loyalist, arose during the 1928 elections when an Alabama senator -- a Democrat -- declined to support the Democratic nominee for president and instead supported Republican Herbert Hoover who won the office. The senator’s unpopular decision gave rise to the expression, 'I'd vote for a yellow dog [over a Republican] if he ran on the Democratic ticket,' and a new term was born," Kathleen McFadden, Mountain Times.

Pete MacDowell was our Legislative Director in Columbus in the late 1980's.

May 22, 2004: Candidates ought to listen to advocates for children at

Good works

Mark RealCOLUMBUS -- "As head of a 3-year-old advocacy group, Mark Real has his work cut out for him. After all, the constituents he represents do not vote. But public officials and candidates are wise to listen to proposals brought to the table by Real, president and chief executive of For decades, he has lobbied in behalf of children, making a name for himself as an intelligent, respected and forthright advocate who backs his requests and proposals with sound research. Republicans and Democrats alike count on the validity of information he presents. Now, KidsOhio, created by Real and Abigail Wexner to provide a political voice for children, is urging candidates to focus on a few well-honed points, such as balancing the federal budget to protect cost-effective children’s programs, improving dental care for youngsters and increasing access to higher education," editorial, Columbus Dispatch. Access fee; no link.

Mark Real was our first Cleveland Program Director.

Bill CallahanMay 12, 2004: Plug in Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- "Computers Assisting People and Digital Vision are the two main nonprofit organizations working to narrow the 'digital divide' in Cleveland. They teamed up May 12th at the Midtown Innovation Center at 4415 Euclid Avenue to celebrate the progress they've made, honor some outstanding contributions to Cleveland's community technology movement, raise a few bucks to support their work, and have a great party. . . .Before moving on into the warm night, the Digital Vision board presented Bill Callahan with an award for his vision," photos, Magnum Computer.

Among Digital Vision's projects is a Household IT Users Survey: "How big is Cleveland's 'digital divide' anyway? How many households own computers? How many of our neighbors have never used the Internet? Do people know about the computer center around the corner? Are some neighborhoods more 'wired' than others? Does anyone out there care if City Hall goes on line? The fact is, nobody knows the answers to these questions... because no one has asked. But Digital Vision is about to change that."

Bill Callahan led our utility campaigns in the 1980's.

May 6, 2004: University of Georgia's Grady College names first Carter Professor

John GreenmanATHENS, GA -- "A newspaper executive with deep roots in journalism has been named the Carolyn McKenzie and Don E. Carter Professor for Excellence in Journalism at the University of Georgia. . . John Greenman joined the Ledger-Enquirer as publisher in 1995. Previously he was an editor and circulation executive at the Akron Beacon Journal, also a Knight Ridder newspaper. While assistant managing editor in Akron, he helped direct and edit coverage of the attempted takeover of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987. . . Greenman and his wife, Alice Budge, an emeritus professor of English at Youngstown State University in Ohio, will live in both Columbus and Athens. They have two grown children, Michael, a social worker, and David, a developer of affordable housing," release, University of Georgia.

COLUMBUS, GA -- Ledger-Enquirer publisher to retire in August, join University of Georgia faculty, Ledger-Enquirer.

John Greenman was our first Youngstown Program Director.

May 4, 2004: Democrats toss Ross as party chairman; Isenberg selected as her replacement

Paula Ross

TOLEDO -- "A renegade group of Lucas County Democrats ousted party Chairman Paula Ross last night, replacing her with Sandy Isenberg and ending the reign of a faction of the party that had controlled the top leadership post for decades," Fritz Wenzel, Toledo Blade.

TOLEDO -- Democrats' 'A-team' out after 30 years; Isenberg, Ross meet to discuss transition, Fritz Wenzel, Toledo Blade.

Paula Ross was our Toledo Program Director.
April 22, 2004: Foodshed being touted by two Clintonville organizations

Garden projectCOLUMBUS -- "The Greater Columbus Foodshed Project is working to help increase central Ohio residents' ability to feed themselves from food that is grown on local farms and in local gardens, said Noreen Warnock, a project coordinator of the foodshed project of Simply Living, an organization operates from the Clintonville Community Market. The foodshed, which has 85 organizations and individuals associated with it, also helps develop marketplaces where those goods can be sold, said Warnock, also a founding member of More Than Gardening. . . Another issue is food security -- the ability to support local farmers and raise produce individually, not relying on macro-farming systems thousands of miles away. She said the average food item travels 1,500 miles to get here," Gary Seman, Jr., ThisWeek.

Noreen Warnock was the 1997 Metzenbaum Award Winner, Board member, Columbus Program Director, and Environmental Campaigns Director.
Book coverApril 1, 2004: University of California Press releases The $800 Million Dollar Pill: The Truth behind the Cost of New Drugs by Merrill Goozner

Merril GooznerBERKELEY, CA -- "Why do your prescription drugs cost so much? The real answers may surprise you. In a lively and straightforward narrative, veteran journalist Merrill Goozner goes behind the headlines and pharmaceutical industry spin to uncover the politics and the practices that drive up drug costs. His diagnosis and prescriptions make a valuable contribution to the growing national debate over safe, quality and affordable health care for all Americans," Clarence Page, syndicated columnist, Chicago Tribune.

See also GoozNews.

Merrill Goozner was our first Cincinnati Program Director.
Feb 8, 2004: No easy life: Despite better living conditions, work still tough for immigrants

In Guatemala, Laura Yeomans meets with her teacher from 2001, Carlos Lima.
Laura Yeomans, Carlos Lima
NEW PHILADELPHIA -- "'I think it is very difficult to be an immigrant here,' said Laura Yeomans, a pastoral associate at St. Joseph's Catholic Church at Dover. 'We have seen factories that do recruitment. In fact, I believe that's how the Guatemalan immigrant community in the area came to be,'" Robert Szorady, New Philadelphia Times Reporter.

XELA, GUATEMALA -- Photo gallery: Laura Yeomans and Richard Renner's trip to Guatemala, April 12 - 28, 2004.

Laura Yeomans was our Research Director, Newsletter Editor, and Consumer Watch columnist.

Alumni news and photos from 2003

Including news about Rich Swirsky, James Thindwa, Roxanne Qualls, and Jane Forrest Redfern.