The Biological Sciences Greenhouse at OSU has been fortunate to have multiple bloomings of the Titan Arum, aka, the corpse flower. They have its smaller but also smelly cousin, the Voodoo Lily. From its bruise-colored bloom that resembles a corpse, to its stench of rotting flesh, this tropical flower masks its beauty to attract its pollinators.
C.A.T.C.H. Court Holds 3rd Graduation
First Lady Karen Kasich hosted a graduation ceremony Friday in the garden at the governor’s residence. The graduates were women who’d been charged with solicitation or prostitution. Instead of jail time, they chose to enroll in a program called C.A.T.C.H.
Franklin County Judge Paul Herbert started C.A.T.C.H Court in 2009. Since then there have been dozens of graduates from the two-year program. Herbert describes the women as “awesome.”
“What these women have accomplished is miraculous, it’s amazing and I’m proud of each and every one of them,” Herbert says.
Wendy Miller was the first to receive the CATCH diploma during the ceremony.
“Judge Herbert, God gave you as a gift to see us girls as young women, not as prostitutes or drug addicts. I turned from a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly and I will never, ever forget you,” Miller said.
C.A.T.C.H stands for Changing Actions to Change Habits. The three-phase program offers intensive rehabilitation for substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.