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What? Productions find creative ways to help during pandemic

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Creatives from all ends of the events industry spectrum were swept clean off of their feet at the beginning of March. There was very little time to adapt following the cancellation of thousands of live events across the world.

Those in the music industry, though, seemed to have a creative edge over the rest of business owners who were figuring out how to deal with social distancing.

The team of doers over at What? Productions–an events production company made up of Columbus artists, musicians, and other creatives–wasted no time in lending a helping hand with live music temporarily on hold. With a utility of useful skill sets and a network of innovative creators, the team at What? has been working hard to provide frontline professionals with the necessary equipment to stay safe while at work.

A GoFundMe fundraiser was organized by What? co-owner and co-founder Ryan McKee with a goal to raise $7,200 to produce 1,200 face shields. The safety equipment would then be donated to frontline medical professionals who are working in non-major networks such as nursing homes or private practices.

“We are lucky to have free time now to give to projects or organizations and try and make a difference,” McKee said. “We’re doing everything we can to directly and positively impact the community.”

One of the key players in making the whole operation possible is local maker Ben Satterfield. Having previously worked on projects for What? festivals and events, Satterfield is a chief example of a Columbus resident using their talent and skills to help those who are putting themselves in dangerous situations.

Using the Columbus Idea Foundry as a studio, What? team members have been milling the mold for the face shields using materials from various online distributors. A laser cutter is then used to create the mask’s transparent protection. The masks are then cleaned, assembled, and packaged at the production company’s recently acquired 4,000-foot gallery space before being distributed.

The procedure by which the face shields are made is referred to as injection molding, a process almost 25 times faster than 3D printing. Through this exercise, the face shield mold is ready to be used again after roughly five to six minutes.

In addition to helping out frontline workers, What? has been able to provide two designers, a photographer, and a videographer with work on this project. The company hopes to work with four more artists over the donation period.

As of right now, the fundraiser has brought in over $2,500 or around 435 face shields. What? Productions has also started to make hand pump stations, which are being sold to Columbus-area businesses at a discounted price.

“We hope that when or if people can spare a couple of dollars or a couple of hundred dollars they think of us and our mission, and if not us, someone else doing something good for their community,” McKee said.

To donate to What? Production’s GoFundMe, follow the link located here.


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Organize Your Life: Bullet Journaling

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After three months of isolation, and the general productivity lull it created, I began searching for a way to bring some structure back into my life. After a week of stumbling through various self-help forums, I came across the world of Bullet Journaling.  Originally developed by Ryder Carroll, a NYC Product Designer.

Bullet Journaling works by allowing the rapid listing of thoughts, tasks, and events. In its simplest form, it allows you to organize the quick, fleeting ideas we have and go back through, organizing them at the end of the day. As the name suggests, Bullet Journaling relies on bullet points as the main method of organizing information. Each point acts as a reference to a thought. However, unlike other task management methods, one of the biggest aspects of Bullet Journaling is reflecting on what was written over the course of the day, and transferring what's essential to the next day. It’s this aspect of reflection that has proven to be so effective for me.

As a journalist I often find myself juggling multiple stories at different stages of progress. Bullet Journaling has allowed me to prioritize each of these stories and their deadlines. Where I once had pages of random scribbles, I now have a system to easily find and reflect upon all the information I’m constantly intaking.

How to make your own Bullet Journal:

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Former OSU Linebacker partners with local CBD Company

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Former Ohio State University All-American linebacker, and NFL Fox analyst, Chris Spielman has announced a partnership with CBD Health Collection. Speilman was first introduced to the company while looking for solutions to his “nagging pain”, the result of injuries sustained throughout his football career. CBD Health Collection was founded in 2017 by Rick Bauer in conjunction with his son and daughter who run production and marketing respectively.

In conjunction with the new partnership, CBD Health Collection will be launching a Spielman branded line of CBD products targeted at former athletes and weekend warriors experiencing residual pain from sports. The new products will initially be available online as the company finalizes their retail distribution plans. 

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It’s no longer necessary to do squats outside of your gym, for now

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Gym rats rejoice! Those who’ve been missing the arduousness of wiping down salty equipment after each use or hoping that they come across some top-secret CIA information on the lockerroom floor are in luck.

Since the closing of all non-essential business on March 24, gyms have been void of protein shakes and Affliction t-shirts. Following a court order on Tuesday, workout facilities are now allowed to open their doors earlier than the previous May 26 ruling. Those who were adamant about getting leg day in while also exercising their first amendment rights will no longer have to do so outside of gym complexes.

Lake County Common Pleas Judge Eugene Lucci ruled on Tuesday that state and county health officials, including Ohio Director of Public Health Dr. Amy Acton and the Lake County General Health District, won’t be able to take any action against fitness facilities violating the original reopening date. This comes following a complaint filed by The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law on behalf of 35 Ohio gyms, including Columbus’ Ohio Strength.

The general public would be harmed if an injunction was not granted. There would be a diminishment of public morale and a feeling that one unelected individual could exercise such unfettered power to force everyone to obey," Lucci wrote in the injunction

"The public would be left with feelings that their government is not accountable to them. Prolonged lockdowns have deleterious effects upon the public psyche."

When Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced several opening days this past Thursday, guidelines that gyms would have to follow to remain open were also outlined. Gyms, fitness centers, and dance studios must keep employees and clients six feet apart, which also includes equipment. Upon entering these facilities, everyone will be asked to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer. 

Fitness facilities will not be asked to close if they follow these guidelines.

This doesn’t mark the end of the lawsuit, though. Restrictions placed on fitness centers are being temporality lifted while the case makes its way through the court system. A successful lawsuit, however, could mean that gyms could sue the state for lost income.

“The ruling by Judge Eugene Lucci of the Lake County Court of Common Pleas explains that private property rights are fundamental rights in Ohio, and that the Ohio Department of Health has both violated those rights and exceeded its own authority,” according to a statement from Cincinnati-based Finney Law Firm.

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