During a time of civil unrest, many cities are starting to evaluate many of the things that are seen as offensive to African American’s. Cincinnati is no different and that is why they are now reconsidering the names of many facilities that were named after Marge Schott, who was once the Cincinnati Reds, owner. Although she is no longer alive, her name is still prominently displayed throughout the city. You can find her name at the Cincinnati Zoo and on the University of Cincinnati baseball stadium. Since the death of George Floyd, many activists are calling for racial equality, justice, and inclusion.

Schott is known for the many racial slurs that she has used in the past, which called for her suspension on multiple occasions. A local high school in Cincinnati has already taken the steps to have her name removed from their facilities. They said that they could not display the name of someone who doesn’t align with their school’s values and diversity. There are other businesses and facilities that are considering doing the same thing. Surprisingly, the Marge & Charles J. Schott Foundation, which is the source of funding for many of the projects that bare her name, is encouraging these types of discussions.

They admit that they cannot make excuses for the things that Mrs. Schott said decades ago, they are calling for others to learn from her mistakes. They said that they appreciate the organizations that have her names displayed and that they fully support their decisions.

Schott owned and operated a successful auto dealership in Cincinnati before the bought controlling interest in the baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds. Schott was not as active as she was in the 70s, as she took a back seat and allowed Pete Rose, a then, player-manager, to take a more visible position in the organization. However, after Rose received a lifetime ban from the MLB due to gambling incidents, she became hands-on with the team.

Employees said she frequently used racial slurs when talking about black players and made derogatory remarks about other ethnicities, which include Japanese and Jews. She said that Hitler was good and then he went too far.

During the 1993 season, she was banned from the team’s daily operations and later received another suspension when she continued making offensive remarks following her return. She was ultimately forced to sell a controlling interest in the team.

After selling control, she became more low key but continued to show her support to community causes. She donated $2 million for a new stadium at the University of Cincinnati and had her name placed on the exterior of the facility. There are currently ongoing discussions about changing the name of the stadium.

A previous student of the University, Jordan Ramey, who also grew up in Cincinnati, started a national petition to have the name of the stadium changed. As of this past Friday, there are currently 8,800 signatures on his petition.

Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, sports enthusiasts are eager to see things get back to normal and this includes sports. As teams prepare for the new season, they are still making their picks for players and the Cincinnati Reds is no different. They have just acquired Joe Boyle in the fifth round of the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft.

Because of the current pandemic, there were some changes made to the draft this year. It was limited to just five rounds, and Boyle was the last pick that the Reds made. He was the 143rd overall draft pick at a value of $382,700. Boyle is a 6-7, 240-pound right-hander who came from the bullpen of the Fighting Irish. In his career, he made 32 appearances and tossed 36 innings. His games up 21 hits in those innings and struggled for control, eventually walking 44 batters. Boyle is large and throws hard. His fastball topped out at 102-miles per hour. In addition to his power, his motion from the stretch explodes in the batter’s face, which is why college players seldom made contact.

It’s with this force and power that Boyle struck out 57 batters, which gave him 14.3 strikeouts per nine innings. He didn’t have any long balls in his career and only gave up two extra-base hits in those 36 innings.

His lack of control gave him a 6.00 earned run average in his career. Despite his walk rate, he is a great prospect because of his size and power. The Cincinnati Reds are known for their love of players with power arms.

Boyle has another season of eligibility and being picked so high is tempting. Knowing the way that the Reds operate their draft, they likely knew that he would sign if selected. Last year, while attending Notre Dame, he pitched in the Cape code league and ranked as the 18th best performer.

Other reports call Boyle “Straight cheese” when mentioning his appearance. Although he struggles with walking almost a single batter per inning, his wing and miss capabilities make him a contender out of the pen.

Another report talks about his great arm strength and says that he has the best velocity out of everyone in the draft. He can sit in the upper 90s. The right-hander doesn’t require much effort to reach those velocities and generally throws an above-average plus slider.

Due to his size, the Reds are hoping that he can pick up on things later down the road. This isn’t too much to expect from someone of his stature. However, he will need to cut his walk rate in half, which the organization is confident that he can do. This can be a win-win for both the Reds and Boyle. Chances are that he appreciates the consideration and will do his best to prove his worth, which is what most draft picks strive to do.

On Tuesday, June 9th, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office responded to a dead body that was discovered in Liberty Township. During an investigation, it was confirmed that a 14-year-old girl and two men tempted her to meat them to the area where they shot and killed her during a robbery attempt.

At a press conference held about the killing, Sheriff Richard Jones was asked whether the women, identified as Riah Milton, was targeted because of being a transgender woman. He said that it was not, he stated that the killers intended to rob her and take are car.

Riah Milton was not initially identified by the name that is now known as, she was identified as her birth name, which her family considers her dead name. This was something that greatly upset the victim’s family, as they said that the now goes by the name Riah and that it was a matter of disrespect for the authorities to identify her by any other name. Her sister said that she was ‘out’ as a transgender woman and wasn’t hiding anything. Therefore, she couldn’t figure out why they would refer to her in this manner.

Riah Milton’s sister, Mary Ann Milton also identifies as transgender and was upset when she heard the officer and media refer to her sister with her birth name or dead name. She felt that they had improperly identified her sister’s gender and she found this to be very upsetting.

A local Sargent, Kim Peters of the Butler County Sheriff’s office indicated that the woman who was murdered was referred to by her parents as their son. This would give clear evidence as to why the media and officials also referred to her with her birth name and identified her as male. The coroner’s office has also listed the victim as male, as this was her gender.

Milton’s birth mother, who was not a part of her daughter’s lives until they were 18, said that she acknowledged that her children were transgender. The mother wanted others to know who her daughter was.

Riah was described as someone who loved being outdoors and enjoyed traveling. She said she was outgoing, helpful, and was the type of person who always put family first. Her mother said that her daughter just wanted others to accept her for who she was.

Eden Estes, a close friend of the victim’s sister has been working to get the victims named changed on various media outlets, as they see it as total disrespect to represent her by her dead name and not the name that she chose later in life.

Many in the Cincinnati area still believe that the crime was a hate crime due to her being transgender. The victim’s sister, Mary Ann Milton, plans on reporting her sister’s killing as a hate crime. However, for now, she is still dealing with the trauma of losing her sister. She admits to being in a state of shock.

Many businesses, now more than ever before, are starting to recognize the value in allowing employees to work remotely. Working remotely is now the new norm due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic. While some businesses would never consider remote work as an option, they have been forced into it. Five industry leaders have found ways to offer their employees sure success as they work remotely.

  • Good Technology: This tends to be at the heart of efficiently working from home. Employees need access to great technology, which should include (1) use of a too that has the capacity for continuous communication (2) setting expectations of the best ways to communicate (email, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMetting or some other none communication platform), whichever you use, set up the expectations of how to effectively use the platform that you choose to communicate.
  • The Right Home Environment – the workspace that you designate at home should enable you to be productive. This is critical if you are working from home since there are more opportunities for distractions. The right workspace will be different for everyone. It might be a bedroom, home office, kitchen table, basement, or even a designated outdoor space with WIFI.
  • Remote meetings – The on-site groups used to be the ones that ran the conversation, remote workers were not often heard or were completely overlooked. Establish meeting etiquette so that everyone is heard. Doing so will make a big difference in the human connection. Make sure you enable video interaction and are courteous. Arrive at the meeting on time, pay attention, and be present.
  • Be responsive: This is especially important within a remote or virtual setting if you can’t see all of the other employees. Employees should keep in mind their availability and everyone’s status should be kept up-to-date.
  • Balancing work and caregivers: Since schools have closed and daycare’s are limiting the number of children they will accept into the school, many parents have to split his and her time between work and caregiving. If you are still working from home then this can be another added stress on top of everything else. If your time is limited or you require a flexible schedule to do your duties as mother or father, this should be discussed upfront and expectations should be managed. Employers should be understanding, as this will help ensure that they honor their commitment to the company.

While some of these things seem foreign to you, they are not to those who have been working remotely prior to COVID-19. These are the things that have proven to work and come directly from those employees who have recognized what works and what doesn’t work for their remote workers. If you don’t currently have a remote working process in place then perhaps this is a good start. You can try it out and if things need to be tweaked then you can surely tweak them as needed. Do what works for you to ensure productivity.