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Star House Drive (Deadline March 8th)

An open letter to my students,
This is an opportunity for you to make a difference in the life of someone who has not been as fortunate as you. Some of you have dealt with homelessness in your lifetime, but most have not. I received the following email and wanted to be certain that all of you received it. This isn’t about extra credit or even about our classes, this is about a real need in your community. Please consider bringing in something (even just a tube of toothpaste or some hair care products if that’s all you can pick up) . See below for dropoff location in Campbell Hall. If you are interested in Star House, visit their site and/or view the short video at the end of this post.
Dear Students,
As you may know, our very own Natasha Slesnick is the Director of the Star House, which provides a safe place for homeless youth ages 14-24. Here, youth are provided with basic needs and social resources such as education, employment, healthcase, and housing services in the local community. More importantly, the Star House provides these youth with hope, care, and support during their time of need.
As part of an effort to forge an ongoing service commitment to the Star House, the GSO would like to invite you to bring the items listed below to 135 Campbell Hall THIS WEEK. We will wrap up the donation drive on Friday, March 8th and will deliver the items shortly thereafter.
Donation Ideas:
student clothing,food,bus passes,socks,underwear,toiletries,coats,back packs,sleeping bags, movie tickets ,MP3 players, etc

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Speaker: Tara McKenzie Allison, Attorney at Law (March 5, 2013 @ 12:45 pm)

taraTara McKenzie Allison will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Room 167) on March 5, 2013 from 12:45-2:00 pm.  Tara is local attorney with a new practice. She graciously offers her time to my students each time I teach Human Sexuality. Active in the local LGBT community, Tara is a tireless activist supporting equal rights for all people.

This is an extra credit opportunity for students enrolled in my other classes this semester who are not also currently enrolled in my 5440 this semester. If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously… YES, you may come.

If you are not currently enrolled in my HDFS 5440 class and you’d like to attend, Be prepared to sit on the floor or to stand! It’s a full house.

More about Tara (from her firm’s website):

Tara M. Allison

In 1987, Tara received her undergraduate degree in Marine Engineering, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Following graduation, she served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged, Tara worked as a nuclear engineer for over a decade. She is a licensed Professional Engineer.

In 1999, she partially completed a MBA degree, at the College of William and Mary, before relocating to Columbus.

In 2005, Tara graduated from Capital University Law School, cum laude, passed the Ohio Bar Exam, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar. Following graduation from law school, she has served as General Counsel / Contracts Manager for a mid-sized, construction-industry company, in Lexington, KY. In 2008, she relocated back to Columbus, in order to start her own law practice. She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic/family law, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgender law, contract law, construction law, and civil litigation.

Tara is an active public speaker on LGBT-related issues; she has spoken numerous times at The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Law School, Capital University Law School, Dennison University, Ohio Northern University, Transylvania University, Columbus Alternative High School, the King Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, and the LGBT Subcommittee of the Columbus Bar Association. She has been a presenter at the TransOhio Annual Transgender and Ally Symposium (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011). She has also spoken on LGBT issues at the 2010 Ohio Diversity and Leadership Conference, the 2011 Equality Ohio CAUSE Conference at Columbus State Community College, before the Columbus Community Relations Commission, and the Columbus Police Academy.

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Speaker: Arinda StormWeaver, Sensualist and Fetish Model (March 19, 2013 @ 12:45 pm)

Arinda StormWeaver will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Campbell Hall, Room 0167) on March 19, 2013, from 12:45-2:00 pm.

This is an extra credit opportunity for students enrolled in my other classes this semester who are not also enrolled in 5440 this semester. If you are not currently enrolled in my HDFS 5440 class and you’d like to attend, be prepared to sit on the floor, the windowsill, or to stand!

Arinda had been a lifestyle Mistress for about ten years when she found that she had breast cancer. At 45, after both breasts were removed, she  started taking pictures of her hands and fingernails. A very simple question changed her life.  “Did you know there is a fetish for long fingernails?”
Arinda’s work involves several fetish arenas, including long fingernails, long toenails, long hair, smoking and foot fetishism. Her work as a sensualist has taken her overseas and she was featured in the art book Claws for Alarm by Tolu Solanke. Arinda StormWeaver maintains a no-nudity policy on her part and she discovered that the nail fetish community made it very easy for her to become well-known without taking her clothes off.
Ms Arinda with Students during her Autumn2012 visit (Students have been blurred purposely to protect their anonymity)

Ms Arinda with a few students during her Autumn2012 visit (Students have been blurred purposely to protect their privacy). Photograph by Mr. Malaprop.

The following links are provided to give interested individuals access to Ms. Arinda’s work. Inclusion of them here is not an endorsement by the instructor or the university the instructor works for. Note: Adult content may be found at these sites. Please decided for yourself if you wish to proceed and if you are under the age of consent, speak with a parent or guardian before clicking below. Thank You.

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Career Services in February

career services feb 2013

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No Class today (2400 and 5440)

I regret that I must cancel class today. I will email all students about this matter, but wanted to let you know here as well.

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Welcome to the Spring 2013 Semester

tard the catIt’s hard to believe that the new semester starts on Monday. Wow.

If you are a student who is enrolled in one of my Spring13 classes? Hello! I’ll be seeing you very soon.

If you are wait-listed for one of my classes, I recommend that you come on day one. That way, you won’t miss any information and you will demonstrate your real desire to be IN the class. Available chairs limit our class sizes, but I do try to help students get in when possible.

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions… just to get us all on the same track:

  • What should I call the teacher?  Most students call me Anita. If the idea of calling me “Anita” wigs you out, you can call me something else… within reason, of course.
  • Do students need a book? Yes, you do (except HDFS 5440 students who find all their readings on Carmen… lucky stiffs).
  • But, which books do I need? Get thee to the bookstore… they’ll tell you… or go online to find the list.
  • What is Anita’s attendance policy? Glad you asked… I expect you to come to class. I expect you to come to every class. If you don’t come to class, you don’t get attendance points. Crazy, eh?
  • But… but… nobody actually attends every class! Well, actually, some people do attend every single class, but if you can’t… do some extra credit.
  • I heard that you have weird guest speakers in your Human Sexuality Class. Is that true? If by weird, you mean phenomenal, unusual, and/or candid, then yes… I invite these sorts of folks to speak to my class. You’ll survive the experience and you may even grow from it, but I guarantee you will develop an appreciation for the diversity of human experience as a result of their visits.
  • What do we do for day one of class? Come to class. If you have any paperwork for me (add forms, ODS forms, etc) please bring them with you. You do not need to read anything for our first class or our second class.  You will need to complete an online anonymous survey in Carmen though, and I’ll tell you all about it in our first class meeting.

That covers the basics. I look forward to meeting you all and hope you are enjoying a fun (and safe?) weekend.


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