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By: Alexis Mitchell
Going to the grocery store and driving a car are two tasks that millions of Americans do every single day. However, to someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), these simple tasks can lead to anxiety and panic.
Louis Belluomini was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 2015. After he came back to Findlay from Iraq, he noticed he was having issues. He was a paramedic before joining the military so he thought it was no big deal and that he could handle his PTSD symptoms.
“I didn’t believe that it was PTSD,” said Belluomini.
As the symptoms worsened, Belluomini tried to mask them by hiding the PTSD symptoms from others and just tried to deal with it on his own. He started having nightmares, sleep walking, and grabbing weapons in his sleep. He even started losing control of his car when driving. After marrying his wife in 2015, then finding out he had a child on the way, Belluomini knew something had to change.
His last shot was contacting K9’s for Warriors to look into getting a service dog.
“There’s a lot of things that service dogs can do that medication can’t,” said Belluomini.
After a long application process, and a plane ride to Florida, Belluomini finally met what he now calls his “medication:” Star.
Just after two days of training with Star, she woke Belluomini up from three nightmares.
“Right then and there we knew it was going to fix things,” said Belluomini.
After bringing Star home, Belluomini scheduled an interview with ProMedica Flower Hospital to continue his career as a paramedic.
“They were so easy going about [Star], made things so easy, and accepted me into the community,” explained Belluomini.
After that interview, Star became the first service dog to an EMT in the entire country. She rides with Belluomini in the ambulance when they get a call. She even has her own spot in between her owner and his partner. According to Belluomini, people rarely ever notice Star is in the ambulance, and if they do it’s usually a positive reaction.
While Star follows Belluomini around at his job, she has her own job too, to protect her owner.
“Her job is to protect me from anything that might be approaching,” said Belluomini.
An example of Star doing her job is in grocery stores. According to Belluomini, big groups of people were a threat when he was stationed in Iraq. When Star and him are in a grocery store and she feels him getting anxious, she physically will walk in another direction and take him to a different part of the store.
When Belluomini is sleeping, Star can detect when he is having nightmares or when he is about to sleep walk. Star senses this is by changes in skin cells; she can smell the different skin cells on Belluomini and then will react. If he is having a nightmare, she paws his face to wake him up, and if she senses he is going to get up, she puts her entire body on him to prevent him from sleep walking.
It is not just all work for this service dog, however. When the vest comes off, it’s time for Star to play and act like any other two-year-old puppy would.
“There’s quite a difference,” said Belluomini, “If I took the vest off her now she would be bouncing off of the walls.”
Star is also the family pet and was even in the delivery room when Belluomini’s son was born. He says they have been close ever since.
“They are two peas in a pod,” said Belluomini.
PTSD is nothing to take lightly, there are so many different symptoms that people might not realize. Anxiety, depression, flash backs, hallucinations, stomach problems, and even morning sickness are all symptoms of PTSD.
According to Belluomini, 22 veterans and military personel kill themselves every day. Belludmini is trying to get rid of the stigma of PTSD, and help lower this number.
“We try to show that this is an option [service dogs],” said Belluomini. “If taking medications doesn’t work, if counseling doesn’t work, then this is an option you can go to.”
In fact Belluomini says if it wasn’t for Star, he doesn’t know if he would still be alive.
“If it wasn’t for K9’s for Warriors and for her [Star], I might be dead at this point,” said Belluomini.
Belluomini said that Star completely changed his life. Not only did he find his substitution for medication, but he also gained a lifelong friend, partner, and family member.
“I’ve been in a lot of bad situations in my life, whether it be as a paramedic, or a military police officer, being in the combat zone, whatever it may be, there’s a lot of bad in this world,” said Belluomini, “This is something good that can come out of that,” he said looking at Star.
By: Mac Williams
Many changes have come to the University of Findlay’s College of Business over the past year. A new College of Business building was unveiled welcoming tremendous support and great reviews from students, faculty, and staff. However, the College of Business has also seen a change that has gone under the radar for most.
According to Dr. Chris Ward of the College of Business, the department has decided to go back to holding classes on Fridays after the resignation of the Former Dean Kevin Renshler.
“One of the biggest reasons that we decided to go back to having Friday classes was so that we could align ourselves with the rest of campus,” said Ward.
Ward explains the College of Business decided against holding Friday classes after the hiring of Interim Dean Kevin Renshler in 2015, because it would provide students with the time and opportunity to pursue experiential learning opportunities.
“I think that students got a great deal from what we tried to do with respect to classes,” said Ward. “I think we were able to allow our students to gain real world experience that you couldn’t obtain in a classroom.”
He says the decision to go back to Friday classes was made by the College of Business administration, but could not elaborate as to which person(s) made the decision. The decision to hold Friday classes has gotten mixed reviews among students in the College of Business. Senior Courtney Van Horn says the change was a bit disappointing.
“I liked that we had the opportunity to pursue internships and other jobs outside of the classroom on Fridays,” said Van Horn. “I can understand why they decided to go back to Friday classes, but for me it is a little disappointing.”
On the other hand, some students feel that it is a necessary change that needed to happen a long time ago. Among these students is Senior Ashley Overmyer who says the change is good for everyone.
“Of course I liked having Fridays off, but I don’t feel that we really needed it,” said Overmyer. “I think the students who are really motivated would find internships on their own anyway, so I don’t think giving everyone the day really helped.”
Ward says it isn’t a help or hurt mentality when it comes to holding classes on Fridays.
“For the first 11 years I was here we had classes on Friday, so I don’t think it is going to change a whole lot for students now that we have gone back to Friday classes,” said Ward.
Whether are a student who likes an extra day off, or one that is highly motivated, if they’re in the College of Business they will be going to class on Fridays.
By: Heidi Paxson
Monday, Feb. 5 marked a new milestone for the American Sign Language community at the University of Findlay. Talking Hands, a six week after-school program was launched in the new College of Business and Student Life Center. The program’s purpose is to teach children pre-K through fifth grade American Sign Language, and to inform them on the basics of Deaf culture. The community heavily reacted to the event, filling up the roster.
Talking Hands is facilitated by the Instructor of American Sign Language Leah Brant and is planned and taught by UF student workers. Brant says that her student workers took charge in creating the lesson plans, as well as a fun atmosphere for the kids.
Brant explains that only one of the workers is an education major. Students majoring in various subjects such as nursing, pre vet, and criminal justice are also passionate about educating children about ASL.
“It’s really cool to see all of their ideas and talents come together. They all have the singular passion of ASL and they want to share it and see the importance of teaching sign and information about the Deaf culture,” said Brant.
Talking Hands is not the only example of ASL involvement at UF. There are four different courses for students to choose from, as well as a Sign Language Club that is involved with the community.
ASL courses at UF focus on the development of basic conversation skills while emphasizing an appreciation and understanding of Deaf culture. These skills extend past the classroom by encouraging students to attend community held events, such as Deaf Coffee at Franklin Park Mall.
“Deaf Coffee showed me how accepting the Deaf community is and taught me a lot about sign language and how the community interacts on a daily basis,” said ASL Student Rachel Heath.
The University’s involvement with Deaf culture extends past teaching students a second language, its purpose is to teach students how to be more understanding and empathetic when working with, or interacting with members of the Deaf community.
“The purpose is to advocate to hearing people that you can learn this language, and can learn about an amazing culture that you are surrounded by that you don’t even know exists,” says Brant.
By Mac Williams
The big game is almost here. On Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots will square off in Super Bowl 52 with a world championship hanging in the balance.
For the University of Findlay, this Super Bowl has extra meaning. According to NBC24.com, the Eagles signed former UF cornerback Harold Jones-Quartey to their practice squad on Jan. 9. The signing means that if an injury occurs during the big game Harold Jones-Quartey may get to play in the Super Bowl.
According to Rob Keys, head football coach at the University of Findlay, it would be a thrill to see Harold out there playing in the Super Bowl.
“You just never know, on any given play someone could go down and then Harold could be in there,” said Keys. “I’m truly fortunate that I was able to coach such a talented young man like Harold and I’m glad that our University is represented in the biggest sporting event in the world.”
According to Pro-football-reference.com, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is no stranger to the big stage as he will be making his eighth start in the Super Bowl and will be seeking his sixth championship, which would be the most in NFL history for a starting quarterback. For the Eagles, they rely on quarterback Nick Foles to try and bring the city of Philadelphia its first championship in franchise history after making the Super Bowl on two other occasions.
Each team will come into the game after boasting impressive wins over tough opponents during the conference championship round. For the Patriots, they defeated the league’s number one defense by beating Jacksonville 24-20. As for the Eagles, they were in control from the start as they pounded the Super Bowl hosting Minnesota Vikings 38-7.
According to sportingnews.com, the game will be played in Minneapolis at the U.S. Bank Stadium, the regular season home of the Vikings. The game will be the first Super Bowl in the state of Minnesota since Super Bowl 26 in 1992.
The Patriots open as the five and a half point favorite to win the Super Bowl making them the largest favorite since 2009 when the Pittsburgh Steelers were seven point favorites to beat the Arizona Cardinals as stated by vegasinsider.com.
For those of you who are more interested in the halftime show, this year’s headliner is Justin Timberlake who will be doing the halftime show for the second time. His first try didn’t go as planned in 2004 when Janet Jackson had an infamous wardrobe malfunction while the two were performing together. 2004 was also the last time that the Eagles were in the Super Bowl and their opponent just happened to be the New England Patriots. The Patriots won that game 24-21.
As the game nears and the anticipation builds, football fans from around the globe will no doubt tune in to see the next chapter of NFL history. If last year’s epic comeback is any indication of what we might see this year, we are all in for a wild ride.