WBEZ | John Green http://www.wbez.org/tags/john-green Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en High school runner disqualified for headband with religious writing http://www.wbez.org/news/high-school-runner-disqualified-headband-religious-writing-113764 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/homepage-1161b629a7d61c25c593d547cdbb686748a818d2-s800-c85.png" alt="" /><p><div id="res455800181" previewtitle="The website of the West Forsyth High School track program with the words, &quot;fear the fro,&quot; to show support for senior runner John Green, who was disqualified for wearing a headband during the state championship meet."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="The website of the West Forsyth High School track program with the words, &quot;fear the fro,&quot; to show support for senior runner John Green, who was disqualified for wearing a headband during the state championship meet." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/11/12/homepage-1161b629a7d61c25c593d547cdbb686748a818d2-s800-c85.png" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="The website of the West Forsyth High School track program with the words, &quot;fear the fro,&quot; to show support for senior runner John Green, who was disqualified for wearing a headband during the state championship meet. (Sreenshot by NPR)" /></div><div><div><p>A high school runner was disqualified after finishing third in the Georgia cross country AAAAA class state championship race for wearing a headband with writing on it.</p></div></div></div><p>John Green, a senior at West Forsyth High School, ran the race wearing a white headband with a Bible verse written on it. After the race, he was disqualified for a uniform violation.</p><p>Although the school appealed the disqualification, the<a href="https://www.ghsa.net" target="_blank"> Georgia High School Association</a> has said the decision will stand.</p><p>Now a discussion is taking place about the fairness of the rule and its enforcement, unnecessary bureaucracy, and even religious freedom.</p><p>Congressman Doug Collins, R-Ga., tweeted:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-cards="hidden" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Over a headband with a Bible verse on it? <a href="https://t.co/rreB4GxPgP">https://t.co/rreB4GxPgP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/religiousfreedom?src=hash">#religiousfreedom</a></p>&mdash; Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) <a href="https://twitter.com/RepDougCollins/status/664527035566596097">November 11, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forsythnews.com/section/118/article/28676/">Forsyth County News</a>&nbsp;reported that &quot;according to West head coach Clayton Tillery and others involved in the West program, two GHSA officials cleared Green&#39;s headband before the race. Then, a third man who was not in an official uniform or credentialed made a comment about the headband at the starting line and walked away.&quot;</p><p>The GHSA released a statement&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/47404814-story">disputing the series of events</a>&nbsp;and saying the decision to disqualify Green was a matter of uniform code only.</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;First, let&#39;s be completely clear that this disqualification had nothing&nbsp;to do with what was written on the athlete&#39;s headband. The fact that it was of a religious nature did not enter into the decision whatsoever.&quot;</em></p><p><em>&quot;Also, despite published reports to the contrary, the athlete and his coach were informed before&nbsp;the start of the race that the headband in question was illegal and could not be worn&nbsp;during the race.&quot;</em></p><p><em>&quot;After being informed that the headband was illegal, the athlete removed the headband and the meet referee assumed he would run the race without it. However, at some point after that, the coach and the athlete made the decision to ignore the warning and the headband was put back on. Since the athlete then ran the race with apparel that had already been ruled illegal, there was no choice but to issue a disqualification.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>It also included a quote from the referee who disqualified him:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;I was called to the start line by the clerk concerning the headband. It was a white headband with large black letters written on it. The coach said he could turn it inside-out and make it legal. He did so, and the writing was still very visible. The rule said the item had to be unadorned except for a logo,&nbsp;and this clearly was not the case. </em></p><p><em>I told the coach and the athlete that he could not wear the headband during the competition. The athlete took it off &mdash; neither the coach nor athlete were happy &mdash; and I left. When I got back to the finish area, I noticed the athlete had a white headband on. So, when I saw him come down the finish hill, I went inside the finish corral to watch him finish, and he had the same headband on. I told the timer to DQ him, I paged the coach, and told the coach of the disqualification.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Green and his coaches reportedly felt that Green&#39;s long hair could pose a safety risk if it wasn&#39;t secured with the headband, especially as the course was soggy. Forsyth County Schools responded to the denial of their appeal with the following statement:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;Forsyth County Schools received GHSA&#39;s statement on our appeal and we are disappointed with their decision. We stand behind our coach and runner. Forsyth County Schools has no reason to believe that they are not being truthful in regards to the events surrounding this disqualification, Clayton Tillery is a successful veteran coach with high moral and ethical standards. Additionally, John Green has had a phenomenal career at West Forsyth High School over the past four years and we appreciate his family&#39;s long term support of our cross country program.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Despite the disqualification, Green was named to the Atlanta Track Club&#39;s 2015 All-Metro High School Cross Country Team.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/11/12/455766673/high-school-runner-disqualified-after-3rd-place-finish-for-headband-with-writing?ft=nprml&amp;f=455766673" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/high-school-runner-disqualified-headband-religious-writing-113764 List: Bestelling books of 2012 from the Book Cellar that happened to be written by Zulkey.com interviewees http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/list-bestelling-books-2012-book-cellar-happened-be-written-zulkeycom <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/3549872467_98c3cce32b.jpg" style="height: 460px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Gillian Flynn at the Book Cellar. Flickr/Amy Guth" /><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780307595652">The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2011/04/the_deb_perelman_interview.php">Deb Perelman</a><br />&nbsp;</div><p><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780525478812">The Fault In Our Stars</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/diary_archive_082903.html">John Green</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780307588364">Gone Girl</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2012/08/the_gillian_f.php">Gillian Flynn</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780142402511">Looking For Alaska</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/diary_archive_082903.html">John Green</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780307477477">Visit From the Goon Squad</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/diary_archive_092906.html">Jennifer Egan</a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.bookcellarinc.com/book/9780451236685">If You Were Here</a> by <a href="http://www.zulkey.com/2012/01/the_jen_lancaster_interview.php">Jen Lancaster</a><br /><br />You are welcome, authors and Book Cellar! I&rsquo;m happy to be solely responsible for your success.</p></p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-01/list-bestelling-books-2012-book-cellar-happened-be-written-zulkeycom Video: Novelist John Green talks 'The Fault in Our Stars' http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2012-01-09/video-novelist-john-green-talks-fault-our-stars-95403 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-10/john green book flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>John Green was the first guest on the very first <em>Interview Show —&nbsp;</em>four years ago, in February 2008. He'd already published his first, award-winning novel, <em>Looking for Alaska</em>. And since then, it’s been a joy to watch him accomplish more of what he set out to do: write smart, thoughtful young adult novels about love, death, friendship, loneliness — without any vampires.</p><p>In the process, John has helped thousands of teenagers fall in love with books. And he’s also done something I don’t know he set out to do, and that’s inspire a whole community (called "Nerdfighters") who now share a lot more — including their own jargon — than John's novels.&nbsp;</p><p>But the release of a new John Green novel is still the main event. (The day his new book, <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em>, went up on Amazon for pre-order, it shot to number one.) With <em>The Fault in Our Stars</em> out Jan. 10, John visited the show again (on Jan. 6) to talk the book, passing through the red-light district in Amsterdam on the way to the library, and a whole lot more.</p><p>(Note: There may be some audio NSFW. Just listen with headphones!)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NsslMZ81jls" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 09 Jan 2012 23:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2012-01-09/video-novelist-john-green-talks-fault-our-stars-95403 #44a Seven kinda important things you may not know http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/44a-seven-kinda-important-things-you-may-not-know <p><p>1. &nbsp;Many of you suggested this. &nbsp;And I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out: <strong>Mission Amy K.R. is going to a once-a-week format.</strong> &nbsp;I'll continue introducing big new shiny missions here each Monday, but I'm going to chill on the smaller, tangential posts throughout the week. &nbsp;Occasionally-- like now, today--I will pop in with a new post, but by and large we're going with the alliteration-friendly <i>&quot;Mission Mondays.&quot; </i></p><p>2. &nbsp; This Sunday night! &nbsp;A special happening! &nbsp;Live in Chicago! &nbsp;<strong>It's The Beckoning of Lovely: 10/10/10 at 10:10 pm.</strong>&nbsp; Join us at The Bean sculpture in Millennium Park. This is an all-ages thing (and it's only about 20 minutes long). &nbsp; Here is the 2-minute video invite with key info. If you're even thinking of coming, please watch this first and then rsvp in the comment section <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/amykr/2010/09/43-101010-beckons-an-invitation-to-you-from-the-beckoning-of-lovely/38017">here.</a></p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;&nbsp; <object height="292" width="485" classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/kCuSxTjdBxw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed height="292" width="485" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/kCuSxTjdBxw?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p><p>3.&nbsp;&nbsp; And you know who will be joining me there Sunday? <img alt="" class="mceWPmore mceItemNoResize" title="More..." src="http://blogs.vocalo.org/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif" /> <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/amykr/2010/09/41c-john-greens-tootsie-pop-flavored-positive-prank/37159">Tootsie Pop Positive Prankster</a> <b>John Green!</b> Even though John is, as most of you know, a major rock star &nbsp;with multiple titles (award-winning author, Vlog Brothers co-creator, Nerdfighter) I'm going with his T.P.P.P. title just to keep it real.</p> <p>4. &nbsp; Mission Amy K.R. contains no artificial sweeteners, no gluten, and no MSG!</p> <p>5. &nbsp; You can subscribe to Mission Amy K.R. (meaning it will magically appear in your inbox each week) simply by clicking on that link in the right-hand sidebar... see where it says &quot;Email Updates&quot;? &nbsp;Okay, now just click on our purple link and you're home free.</p> <p>6. &nbsp; Your<a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.vocalo.org/amykr/2010/10/mission-44-join-me-in-something-new-called-grafeeti/38650"> GraFEETi messages</a> are fantastic. &nbsp;I mean, ridiculously fantastic. I'll be back with a video sometime next week. &nbsp;Hope to do you all proud.</p> <p>7. &nbsp; Most of all, and don't ever forget this:</p> <p>(click <a href="http://bigassmessage.com/1611b">here</a> for message)</p> <p>See you on Monday (or Sunday night at the Bean!)</p> <p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 06 Oct 2010 05:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/amy-krouse-rosenthal/44a-seven-kinda-important-things-you-may-not-know