T&C - Spring 2012, Week 12
New INST Dyad requirements are causing less class time flexibility and the new sex column talks about sexual transmitted diseases.
& tan cardinal CRIMINAL CHARGES otterbein university wednesday, april 18, 2012 vol. 93, issue 27 www.otterbein360.com DISCIPLINARY ACTION Crime or punishment? An in-depth look at how campus crimes are handled by Otterbein and other universities around the nation 2 Dyads double scheduling difficulty 5 pick your path: Giving your partner the FYI on your STD 8 Otterbein Police determine whether a charge is criminal or judicial, and each route has different implications. Food waste piles up on campus 8 illustration by mike cirelli news Tan & Cardinal & wednesday, april 18, 2012 photo by blythe malone 2 t&c editorial staff Mike Cirelli Lindsay Paulsen Katie Taggart Dennison Sleeper Editor-in-Chief News Editor Assistant News Editor Opinion Editor Laina Thompson Arts & Entertainment Editor Ally Nagle Sports Editor Chelsea Coleman Copy Editor Josh Park Copy Editor Kristen Davis Photography Editor Blythe Malone Photography Editor Anna Schiffbauer Business Manager Steven Collins Assistant Business Manager Lindsey Hobbs Web Editor assistant editors Josh Adkins Monica Begazo Leah Driscoll Danielle Lanning contributing staff Morgan Hendrickson Katie McClain Evan Matsumoto Rob Szabo Exploring an alternative justice system OPD determines whether a charge is criminal or judicial, and each has different implications BY LINDSEY HOBBS Web Editor Otterbein’s security department may have trained to become a fully certiﬁed police contact us 614-823-1159 department, but just like before TCeditor@otterbein360.com its transition, most campus crime Tan & Cardinal is referred to a campus judicial Otterbein University council. Westerville, OH 43081 The Otterbein Police Departadvertising ment has the choice of handing For advertising information, contact Anna Schiffbauer at out criminal citations for crimes 614-823-1159 or by email at on campus, or letting a campus firstname.lastname@example.org administrator review the case. According to campus crime policies The views expressed on this page statistics, disciplinary referrals outnumber criminal charges as do not necessarily reﬂect the views of the faculty and administration of far back as 2007, which is the Otterbein University. oldest data in the report. Opinions expressed in signed Otterbein’s Annual Campus columns are those of the writer and Crime and Fire Safety Report for not of the newspaper staff. Positions the 2010-2011 year said that in in unsigned editorials represent a 2010, Westerville police crimiconsensus of the editorial staff. The ﬁrst copy of the Tan & nally charged 12 students with Cardinal is free to the public. Each on-campus liquor law violations additional copy is $0.50, and payment can be made at the ofﬁce at 33 versus the 32 that were referred Collegeview, Westerville, OH 43081. for disciplinary action. This gap increases even more in the years Offenders will be prosecuted. prior, with 11 criminal charges in The T&C staff would love to hear from you. Write a letter to the 2009 versus 78 referred to discieditor and tell us what you’re thinkplinary hearings and 98 disciplining. Letters to the editor are letters ary hearings versus ﬁve criminal responding to a writer or an article actions in 2008. published in the Tan & Cardinal. “Take, for example, a student Please keep your letter to 300 that is underage and is caught words or less. It is at the discretion of the Tan & Cardinal staff as to with an alcohol violation. That is whether or not the letter will be a criminal violation, it’s a mispublished. Letters attacking an indidemeanor. The ofﬁcer has the vidual will not be accepted. Letters discretion not to write them a must include the author’s ﬁrst and last name, signature, phone number, criminal citation, but can write them a judicial citation so they address and afﬁliation to Otterbein University. do not have to have a criminal record,” Larry Banaszak, chief of Otterbein police, said. Otterbein isn’t alone in wrestling with how to deal with campus crime. Nationwide, campus judicial systems hear cases about alcohol, but depending on how much evidence is presented against a student, more serious offenses such as thefts, ﬁghts and sexual assaults. It is these types of cases, especially sexual assaults, that have fallen under national scrutiny. So, how does our campus judicial system affect students? Well, it means that your charges will not be listed on a public criminal record, and it also means that you are subject to a lower standard of evidence than if you were to be charged through the criminal justice system. Who decides? Otterbein Police have discretion when it comes to charging a student’s alleged crime through the criminal system, through a campus disciplinary hearing or both. This process is by no means black and white. Some actions are just against Otterbein’s Code of Conduct, which every student must agree to upon accepting entry to this school, but some, like felonies, are both against Ohio law and violations of Otterbein’s Code of Conduct. Just as the annual report states, more often than not, a li- quor violation on campus results in a disciplinary referral. Comparatively, Capital University didn’t criminally charge a single student in 2009 for liquor law violations, according to its annual report, but instead referred 90 students for campus disciplinary action. The previous year only ﬁve were charged criminally versus 113 disciplinary referrals. What is a disciplinary referral? It means that students appear before Julie Saker, director of student conduct and wellness for Otterbein. Vice President of Student Affairs Bob Gatti calls Saker a “facilitator” of administrative hearings. “What happens is (OPD does) a report, and that’s turned into Julie Saker ... and she determines whether that is a violation of the code and should be pursued or not,” he said. As mentioned above, Saker uses two tests to decide whether something should be handled criminally or administratively: beyond a reasonable doubt for criminal offenses and preponderance of evidence for disciplinary violations, which is a lower burden of proof. “Since we’re educational rather than legal, our burden of proof is preponderance of evidence or ‘more likely than not,’ rather than beyond a reasonable doubt,” she said. In other words, “It’s easier to be found in violation of the student conduct code than be found guilty of a criminal charge.” Students have the right to decide whether they want a simple hearing in front of Saker or in the most minor cases a hall director. However, if a student chooses an administrative hearing, he or she waives rights such as the right to review the evidence, the right to confront his or her accuser and the right to a trial by his or her peers. Saker said sometimes students elect to appear in front of her even if they know she will ﬁnd them in violation because they simply don’t want to deal with the process any longer and have a hearing by the campus Judicial Council, which is a group of faculty and students who are elected by the University Senate. “But I say to students, if you’re not in violation and there’s something inaccurate and you think the situation is not represented correctly in the report, then going to Judicial Council is a good thing to do, but sometimes they just don’t want to do that, which in that case I think there is more responsibility they’re willing to admit,” Saker said. If charges are for repeat offenses, or for more serious crimes like assault, or if the student wishes to dispute the news charges being ﬁled against him or her, he or she can opt out of the administrative hearing and have his or her case examined by Judicial Council. Students have 48 hours to appeal any decision by the Judicial Council. If that happens, the case then goes to the Appeals Council, a similarly elected body that examines not if the student is guilty or not, but if the evidence matches the Judicial Council’s decision and whether or not the student’s rights were violated. This can all be found in Otterbein’s Campus Handbook. These guidelines were decided by the American Association of University Professors, and Otterbein signed on to follow them in 1965. It outlines rules such as students have the right to review evidence and have an adviser present with them during the hearing, as well as that the burden of proof should rest upon the ofﬁcials in charge. It’s not just about alcohol According to Saker, offenses surrounding drugs are almost always charged criminally, but allegations like theft, an oncampus ﬁght and even sexual assault can be examined through campus disciplinary action rather than through the criminal justice system if the proof does not ﬁt “beyond a reasonable doubt.” “If it is a sexual assault, the victim in the situation has the right to choose … to ﬁle charges on campus, off campus or not ﬁle charges at all,” Saker said. However, she said even if the victim chooses not to ﬁle charges, Otterbein may still ﬁle charges against the alleged perpetrator if there is “signiﬁcant reason to believe there is concern.” “Just because it’s such a serious thing and we feel like we want to address it, so there is not anyone else hurt on campus,” Saker said. This process allows for some scrutiny of reported campus crimes, and it also ensures that & 1. 2. POLICE REPORT 4/7 no one will be able to associate a student’s name with offenses that are disciplined by the school, because they are not public record. “If you’re charged judicially, your name’s protected under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) because that’s an administrative hearing and that is an educational record,” Gatti said. “Only when it becomes a criminal offense is that subject to public records.” Amy Golian, the assistant chief for the education section of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s ofﬁce, said, “The federal law was put into place back in the ’70s ... to protect students, and there has been a debate far and wide between journalists and institutions as to if that is happening now.” This can be a relief for onetime underage drinking violators, but nonpublic judicial records for more serious offenses have made their way into the news in several states recently. National scrutiny This year at Ohio Wesleyan University, a lawsuit by a former fraternity pledge instructor against four of his past pledges unearthed serious allegations of hazing and sexual assault within the fraternity. The instructor is suing the four students who testiﬁed against him in 2010 in front of a university disciplinary panel. The instructor says the students harmed his character and reputation with their claims that he hazed them to the point of humiliation and sexual misconduct. At the time, the students did not want to ﬁle reports with the Delaware, Ohio, police. The university disciplinary panel did not ﬁnd enough evidence against the instructor to ﬁt their standard of proof. The details of the case were cloaked as an educational record until two years later when The Columbus Dispatch reported on the lawsuit. Even more seriously, a female student at the University of Notre Dame committed suicide nine days after telling campus police she had been sexually attacked by a football player. While that player remained on the ﬁeld, the investigation of the case was assigned within the campus police department, and local authorities were never notiﬁed. An ofﬁcial statement by the university said they had been reviewing the facts before making a decision about how to proceed. Little other information was available because the Notre Dame Police said as a private institution’s police force, they are not subject to state open records laws. To keep it in context, Otterbein Police say the same thing about Ohio public records laws. However, at the opposite end of the spectrum, Paciﬁc Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., notiﬁed a student last week that a hearing was going to be held to decide whether or not the school was going to prosecute her for theft. Is this their burden of proof ? It is against the school’s policies for students to leave their cafeteria with food. She was quoted in a campus newspaper article saying she sometimes leaves with apples and Goldﬁsh crackers. An Otterbein student would never face this sort of situation, according to Saker. Otterbein students are allowed to take food from the Cardinal’s Nest if they are in the process of eating it. Also, if the school becomes aware of a violation through a third party it would have to be one that could harm community members for an investigation to ensue. Who does it benefit? This may leave students at the mercy of standards that would be different if they were to commit similar crimes outside of college, but campus ofﬁcials look at the process as a way to protect individuals from arrest records that could tarnish future reputations. According to the Otterbein University Police Daily Crime Log, the following has been reported from April 7-15. 4/9 “I think from a student development perspective, I like the fact that our Police Department has discretion to ﬁle an administrative hearing versus a criminal charge every time. Could you imagine how many underage consumptions we’d be arresting students for if we didn’t have discretion?” Gatti said. Banaszak agreed with Gatti, saying that the alternative option of judicial review has a positive impact both on campus police and the customers they serve. Only in extreme cases would a college president have to review charges brought upon Grafﬁti was reported in a bathroom stall at Engle Hall. 4/15 Underage consumption of alcohol was reported in the Campus Center east parking lot at 3:55 a.m. inFormation compileD by katie taGGart 3 a student that are not criminal charges. The T&C contacted President Kathy Krendl, and her administrative assistant, Lisa Lee, said in an email that Krendl had no comment. Golian said she could not give an opinion either way about who the judicial review process beneﬁts, but did say that if a school does not comply with the federal laws of FERPA, for example, it could lose federal funding. “Who it’s good for, we can have a healthy debate, but I’ll tell you if institutions don’t comply, then everybody loses.” t&c &How It Works You are caught engaging in illegal activities. OPD determines whether you are charged criminally or referred to campus judicial Criminal Judicial Julie Saker reviews case First-time/minor offense Repeat/serious offense Judicial Council hearing You can appeal the decision You choose Hearing with Julie Saker Hearing with Judicial Council You waive some rights You can appeal the decision Graphic by blythe malone anD mike cirelli 1 4 Engle Hall Someone was reported trespassing in Engle Hall at 6:25 p.m. 4/9 Students were reported throwing fruit near a sewer pipe by the Campus Center. 3. 4. www.otterbein360.com Campus Center 2 3 east parking lot Graphic by kristen sapp vol. 93, issue 27 news 4 Otterbein celebrates expansion in women’s studies wednesday, april 18, 2012 Tan & Cardinal The university embraces history as one of the ﬁrst coeducational colleges in the country by expanding the program BY DANIELLE LANNING Staff Writer The new women’s, gender and sexuality studies program is helping embrace Otterbein’s history as being one of the ﬁrst coeducational schools. English professor and Director of WGSS Tammy Birk has been a force in making the program a reality. The program, formerly called “women’s studies,” has been renamed “women’s, gender and sexuality studies.” It is now more complex with an expanded mission that makes it interdisciplinary, allowing students to consider different perspectives with an open mind. “The program is now giving people a chance to do more than minor in it,” Birk said. Kathy Krendl, Otterbein’s ﬁrst female president, said, “I think that the whole idea of ﬁnding ways to engage our students, and issues of the day, are very important and I see this as one area in which we are doing that.” Last year, Krendl taught a women’s leadership class as a First Year Seminar course, which led to Otterbein’s involvement in a mentoring program. According to Krendl, this mentoring program known as the Women’s Leadership Network, began with meetings in the Columbus and central Ohio region to determine what different kinds of resources exist. The program focused on opportunities for students seeking development of their leadership and networking skills. In the fall, Otterbein hosted the Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) Conference with about 150 women from central Ohio who were all from different professions. According to Krendl, this helped create ways of connecting the Five Cardinal Experiences with the Women’s Leadership Network. The main goals of the network are to allow women to take advantage of resources and programs. Some examples include internships, networking and opportunities to attend professional meetings. “One of the reasons I’m at Otterbein is because of its special history related to women,” Krendl said. “There’s a very long history here at Otterbein about the strength of women and the inclusiveness of women in our educational system. “As the ﬁrst woman president, I think it was important for me to build on that history and embrace that history and ﬁgure out what that means in the 21st century,” Krendl said. Alex Shaffer, a triple major in literary studies, creative writing and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, was inspired by Krendl’s women’s leadership class to add WGSS. Shaffer is on staff and the publicity chair for Kate which is a new feminist magazine on campus. She will be giving a presentation at the launch party. “From that class, I discovered that I was passionate about women and leadership,” Shaffer said. Shaffer is a part of the Otterbein Women’s Leadership Network, which allows her to mentor eighth grade girls and talk to them about common problems girls sometimes encounter in high school. Shaffer said the goal of being a mentor is trying to give good advice. “I think it’s an important step for this institution to realize that this has been the path that we started walking down when we ﬁrst opened our doors, and I think it’s an important path to continue to walk on in terms of what it is today,” Krendl said. t&c & WGGS Launch Party Monday, April 23 4-5:30 p.m. Roush Hall Honor society numbers grow More freshmen invited to join ALD/PES than previous years BY CHELSEA COLEMAN Copy Editor New and improved crust! Otterbein’s freshman honor society offered a higher than usual number of invitations to join after switching from percentage-based to GPA-based qualiﬁcations. Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) and Phi Eta Sigma (PES) are two national honor societies for ﬁrst-year college students that are either ranked in the top 20 percent of their class or have a 3.5 GPA. Traditionally, one began as a society for men and the other for women, but today they operate as a joint chapter on many university campuses, including Otterbein. Last year, 186 students were invited into the society and 142 students decided to accept. This year, that number has risen to 265 invitations and 168 accepting. This increase can be attributed to Otterbein’s decision to follow in the path of other ALD/PES chapters that require a 3.5 GPA instead of attempting to determine the students within the top 20 percent, according to Lois Szudy, the faculty advisor to the society. “Other chapters have decided to just use the 3.5 or higher GPA and not try to determine the top 20 percent. We decided this year to follow this procedure,” she said. The Otterbein chapter of ALD/PES follows strict guidelines from their national council regarding how they operate. The switch from top 20 percent to 3.5 GPA is acknowledged and accepted by the national committee, according to Casey Buckler, junior psychology major and co-president of ALD/PES. “ If ALD/PES is looking to gain more membership through more studdents being qualiﬁed, changing the membership requirements is a good idea. ” Jacqlyn Schott junior, English and women’s, gender and sexuality studies Another explanation for the increase can be seen in Otterbein’s recent transition from the quarter system to semesters. “Instead of basing the GPA on the fall and winter terms, we based the GPA on just the fall semester,” Szudy said. Junior Jacqlyn Schott, a double major in English and women’s gender and sexuality studies, and current member of ALD/PES, said, “I am in favor of the new requirements. Actually, if ALD/PES is looking to gain more membership through more students being qualiﬁed, changing the membership requirements is a very good idea.” While the numbers of students invited grows every year, not every student accepts the invitation, even though there are beneﬁts to joining the society, such as scholarship opportunities and a study abroad program. Buckler said the main reason that some students who are invited to join ALD/PES decline is because they’re involved elsewhere and feel they don’t have time. She said that students have the option to be as involved as they want. The events are not mandatory and are planned with service and fun in mind. “We are one of the schools that do get awards for having a high number of initiates accept compared to the size of the class,” Buckler said. t&c news Dyads limit course flexibility vol. 93, issue 27 New INST requirement causes scheduling conﬂicts for students BY KATIE MCCLAIN Staff Writer A new Integrative Studies requirement known as “dyads” are complicating the scheduling process for some students and worrying others that the new requirement might delay graduation. A dyad consists of two linked courses from different disciplines that share a central issue, question or theme, according to an informational packet distributed by the Center for Student Success. Otterbein requires that both dyad courses be completed in the same academic year, which has presented scheduling complications for students by limiting ﬂexibility. In order to take a dyad, students must have fulﬁlled their First Year Seminar and all 2000-level INST course requirements. Current juniors are required to sign up for a dyad that they will take their senior year. Sophomores also have the option to take it their junior year. Sarah Fatherly, chair of Integrative Studies, encourages students to step out of their box and choose a course that interests them on a basic level. Most dyad courses range in the 3000-4000 level classes, but none require prerequisites. “These courses are welcoming to a general student audience,” Fatherly said. Some dyads correspond well with certain majors, such as “Understanding Sustainability” for environmental science majors, but others encourage a broader audience. Dyads offer topics that cover a broad range of study. The choices include anything from “Social Change” to “The Search for Meaning in Culture and Human Life.” There are currently 11 dyad options for the 2012-2013 academic year and one dyad option for the summer. Dyads are offered in all four terms: fall, J-term, spring and summer. Planning major requirements and then adding a dyad at the end is suggested to ensure the dyad works around students’ schedules. Special considerations can be made for students with strict or overloaded schedules, such as nursing or education majors, as well as students studying abroad. It is suggested that these students should meet with their advisers or someone in the Center for Student Success to discuss their options. “ I was trying to see if there were any two offered at the same time (in the same semester) and didn’t see any. ” Chelsie Fuller junior, literary studies Students expressed concerns about scheduling after the course selection guide was released last week. Some are worried that dyads won’t ﬁt into their schedule and could potentially delay graduating on time. Sophomore organizational communication major Emily Edwards is planning on taking her dyads next year and is concerned that she’ll be forced to take at least one of them over the threeweek J-term. “I’m not sure if I like that limiting of a schedule,” she said. Junior Chelsie Fuller, a literary studies major, had similar concerns about ﬁtting everything in before graduation. “I was trying to see if there were any two offered at the same time (in the same semester) and didn’t see any,” Fuller said. Samantha Francis, a junior organizational communications and public relations major, is considered a “transition” student under the new INST system. Francis had taken half of a dyad for her minor and obtained special permission to take the second half in the same academic year, in accordance with the dyad policy. She later learned that the particular dyad was removed from the list of options. Francis met with Kate Lehman, director of the Center for Student Success, as well as Fatherly to ﬁnd a solution. It was decided that due to the lack of room in her schedule, Francis must now complete an Integrative Studies essay connecting the two classes, despite completion of the once university-approved dyad. After these steps are taken, the two classes Francis completed will count toward her dyad. Faculty and staff involved are aware of such concerns and are offering ways to help sort out schedules. Transition students, or students who have taken classes under the old INST system and who will be taking dyads, should take careful consideration in planning their schedules. On Wednesday, April 17, peer mentors who work for the Center for Student Success, will be stationed in residence hall lounges across campus from 8-10 p.m. to answer questions and help students create their schedules. Individual appointments can also be made by ﬁlling out an online form at www.otterbein.edu/ studentsuccess/appt.asp. “There are many different pathways for (INST). There are select populations of transition students that have been identiﬁed and are working out the newness and the kinks,” Fatherly said. She said Otterbein is one of the ﬁrst colleges to use this program and is being looked at as a model for other universities. The INST program was re-examined and restructured with the transition to semesters. Dyads require eight classes compared to 10 under the old program during the quarters system, and there is much more diversity in options. Members of the Integrative Studies Advisory Committee, consisting of faculty representatives from each area requirement as well as student representatives, will travel to Capital University with Fatherly in the coming weeks to discuss how the program could work there. t&c & www.otterbein360.com 5 WHAT’S THE BUZZ? News worth texting friends about Otterbein Day of Silence Obama’s fuel plan Otterbein will be observing the Day of Silence April 19. Those participating take a vow of silence in order to protest against prejudice, violence and injustice toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The Obama administration plans to reinforce supervision on oil markets and increase the penalties on market manipulation. This $52 million plan is to help increase America’s usage of alternative energy sources while diminishing the dependency on fossil fuels. Courtright Memorial Library turns 40 years old The Courtright Memorial Library will be 40 years old April 26. The library is holding a “Birthday Banner Bash” Thursday from 4-6 p.m. During this time, the anniversary banner will be revealed. Drive-in movie screening Zimmerman judge may step down Jessica Recksiedler, judge in the Trayvon Martin case, may have to step down because of a possible conﬂict of interest. George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, brought up that Recksiedler’s husband works with Attorney Mark Nejame, the attorney that the Zimmerman family ﬁrst asked to represent Zimmerman. If Recksiedler does step down, the bail hearing for Zimmerman could be pushed back. There will be a drive-in movie screening Thursday, May 3, at 8 p.m. on the facade of the Art and Communication Building at 33 t&c Collegeview Road. inFormation From Ft.com, krWGneWs22.com anD otterbein.eDu. inFormation compileD by katie taGGart anD linDsay paulsen. 6 & Weekly dose of entertainment “There’s nothing to do. I just want to go home this weekend.” That’s something I hear from people on campus quite a lot, and to STEVEN be honCOLLINS est, as a commuter who has lived in central Ohio for the majority of his life, I must say that I’m offended. Especially because I come from a small town, Circleville. Fed up with the complaints, I decided to take a whole day just to see the sights, entertain myself and have a good day locally, even if I was by myself. I set my alarm for 11 a.m. and went to sleep knowing that there would be plenty of things I could do, even on the ﬂy. arts & entertainment Senior scours Columbus for neat hangouts and delicious, cheap eats wednesday, april 18, 2012 Tan & Cardinal T&C offers a guide for those who complain there is nothing to do around Westerville . Magic Mountian . Movie Tavern Movie Tavern 3773 Ridge Mill Drive Hilliard, Ohio 43206 Magic Mountain 8350 Lyra Drive Columbus, Ohio 43240 The Movie Tavern is a small chain of movie theater and restaurant hybrids. They give you wait service at your seat and the food is on par with a sports bar, featuring pizza, burgers, milkshakes, alcoholic beverages and other ﬁnger foods. I chose to watch “21 Jump Street,” which was hilarious. For the food, ticket and tip, it was around $30, which is about average for a decent dinner and movie these days. Being inside all day had me thinking that it would be best to enjoy the beautiful day outside. I decided to play a couple rounds of mini-golf at Magic Mountain. photo by blythe malone For $17, I bought a pick-three pass where you Dry: Westerville was a dry town until January 2006. can play three games of Westerville Westerville Public Library mini-golf, laser tag, goPublic Library 126 S. State St. carts or any choice of the Westerville, Ohio 43081 three. I enjoyed a round of mini-golf and played a I decided to check round of laser tag; I had out the Anti-Saloon the high score and our League Museum at team won. the Westerville Public Library. Located just a few blocks south of campus, the Westerville Public Library has some nifty displays in their local history section. I enjoyed reading old pamphlets advocating The Thurman for the Anti-SaThe Thurman Café loon movement. 183 Thurman Ave Cafe Columbus, Ohio 43206 . STEVEN COLLINS IS A SENIOR For about $12 including a tip, I got a drink and a pretty great three-quarter pound cheeseburger with a big pickle and chips. One of my favorite things about The Thurman is the atmosphere, especially with all of the dollar bills patrons have signed adorning the walls. . ill us tr at io n by kr ist en sa pp JOURNALISM MAJOR AND THE ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGER FOR THE t&c. Fore!: photo by stephanie parker Magic Mountain offers mini golf, go-carts, laser tag and ticket and arcade games. moo: photo by steVen collins The cafe is known for its giant burgers. arts & entertainment vol. 93, issue 27 www.otterbein360.com 7 Want to hear the best in music and sports? Tune in to WOBN 97.5 FM your college radio station. there’s an app For that: photo by blythe malone Smartphones can download many apps, some useful and others time-killing. The good, the bad and the apps Smartphones can help you succeed, but they can also suck time BY LAINA THOMPSON Arts & Entertainment Editor The amount of smartphone applications these days can be overwhelming. According Apple Inc., there are more than 500,000 for the iPhone and 424,000 for the Android. Among this lovely selection of applications, there are some that are helpful for college students and others that seem to get in the way of getting assignments or commitments done. BY MORGAN HENDRICKSON Staff Writer Bad apps Storm8 account games These are role-playing games that have a large variety of storylines, including being a vampire or a mobster. You connect with others across the world by building up clans and armies to make yourself stronger. You do quests to go up in levels and get money or blood, depending on the game. You then buy equipment with money or the blood. Draw Something In this app, you draw a picture on your phone that you select from a word bank. The harder the word is to draw, the more coins you earn. The easier Good apps Bank account apps Money is always a major concern for college students. Many bank accounts have apps that allow students to check their balances, track purchases and transfer funds. Some even allow you to deposit checks. Pandora Whether you need music to work out, party or keep you words are worth less. You try to draw the best so that it is easiest for your opponent to guess your artistic work. It is actually very entertaining trying to draw stick ﬁgures and try to guess what the other person has drawn. Hanging with Friends Similar to hangman, you have letters and eight tiles total to make a word ranging from four to eight letters. You get points for each word that you make and get coins. When you get a certain amount of coins, you can then customize your character. You and your opponent hang from balloons over hot lava. Each time you or your opponent does not guess the word, you lose a balloon. The longer the word, the fewer tries you get, and the shorter the word, the more motivated, Pandora is a great application to have. It can also expose you to some new music. Due Instead of remembering due dates for your papers or writing them in a planner, Due lets you store them in your phone. Due allows users to quickly input events without registering for an account. Due also utilizes audio reminders to reduce the risk of missing appointments. guesses you acquire. This game is very addicting because you also get missions that ask you to do things such as beat three opponents by making an eight-letter word three times. My Town/Tiny Village/ Tiny Tower These are applications that not only take up your time, but can also ﬁnd a way to burn a whole in your pocket. The really cool items that make your town or village superb cost a lot of bucks or crystals. Some days you get fed up of doing so many things to acquire these bucks or crystals so you spend money to get them. They can cost you from $1-100 depending on which package you buy. t&c Make sure you don’t miss Girl Talk Tuesdays at 8 and the Cardinal Sports Wrap Mondays at 9! For a photo gallery from yesterday’s baseball double-header versus Marietta, visit otterbein360.com. “Playing your guitar or singing outside Battelle is like pumping iron outside the gym. And?” Cardinal Complaints. Every Friday. Send to webeditor@ 8 opinion Between Affection, protection and infection the sheets Sleeper explores what to do if you have an STD and how to bring it up to others wednesday, april 18, 2012 Tan & Cardinal & College can be a lot of fun, and in all the excitement we’re bound to make a few mistakes. Maybe you get a tattoo you regret or miss a few too many classes. Maybe you’re charged with a felony or two because DENNISON you break into SLEEPER Wendy’s at 4 a.m. because you could have sworn they were still open. Or maybe on spring break you go out dancing with a woman who doesn’t speak English, and ﬁnd yourself in the back of a ﬁshing boat with some sort of super-resistant strand of genital warts. And this is how we transition into a talk about STDs in college. A federal study backed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2008 found that up to 1 in 4 teenagers could have an STD. Websites that reference this statistic, such as Nursingschools. net, claim that this number could be even higher, as it only includes those who know they have an STD. There’s really nothing I can add about prevention that we haven’t heard before, so this article is focused on how to tell someone you have an STD if you have one. So yes, spring break was a blast. Unfortunately, new sunglasses and a sun tan aren’t the only things you brought back. Most sexually transmitted diseases are manageable with medication and treatment, so the ﬁrst step is to tell a doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment can decrease symptoms and reduce chances of unknowingly spreading the disease. In Ohio you can be sued for giving somebody an STD (primarily HIV) if the plaintiff can prove you had sufﬁcient knowledge of your disease and enough harm has been caused, and Legalzoom.com provides examples of such cases. You can get sued for pretty much anything, actually, but this is an example of how giving somebody a disease for possibly the rest of their life can really make someone mad. You have to tell your partner that you have an STD, but there aren’t a lot of good small-talk opportunities to bring up the subject. Saying it too early will make you seem a little odd, like you’re a bit over-excited to announce the fact you have small insects living around your pubic region. And saying it too late, like, after you ﬁnish having sex, you’re liable to get slapped and ruin a good relationship (or be sued). If you wind up back in your signiﬁcant other’s apartment/ dorm/shanty underneath the bridge, and you realize that the night is about to end up steamier than a bowl of microwaved veggies in July, now is the time to have a private conversation. Let your partner know that you have a certain disease but you get regular treatment for it, you know all the facts about it (which you should) and you know how to be safe. Certain diseases can be regulated with medication and you’ll have to use condoms consistently. If you have developed enough trust already, this conversation should be simple enough. You can’t guarantee a positive reaction by being honest, but it’s better than infecting a partner because you’re too selﬁsh to alert them. After all, that might be how you got here in the ﬁrst place. t&c DENNISON SLEEPER IS A SOPHOMORE JOURNALISM MAJOR AND THE OPINION EDITOR FOR THE t&c. Junior raises awareness about student food waste Student teams up with Bon Appétit to expose Otterbein’s wasted food and its negative impact on ecosystems Walking through campus, you’ll notice that the grounds are kept extremely clean. However, tomorrow a big, wretched, ecosystem-killing pile of trash will invade the front of the Campus Center. The trash you leave ROBERT behind today SZABO from both the Cardinal’s Nest and the OtterDen will be bagged up and set aside for students and faculty to marvel over as part of an event put on by Bon Appétit. Though this will only include 24 hours’ worth of trash, expect the pile to be substantial. Food waste is becoming a rather large ordeal here on campus. Many students don’t realize the consequences of their actions. When tossing a simple item away, you may not realize that it may eventually contaminate the soil and make it useless for future generations, or the bag that is carrying it may end up in the ocean, killing animals by the thousands. We are environmental terrorists. Kristen Giesting, a junior environmental science and biology double major, is the president of Plan-It-Earth, Otterbein’s student-run environmental awareness organization. She said that food waste doesn’t decompose because it lacks the necessary oxygen. “It’s upsetting to see so much food being wasted in the Campus Center because so much fossil fuel energy was put into producing it,” Giesting said. “In my mind, throwing away food is directly contributing to climate change” Terry McGhee, the new general manager for Bon Appétit, said that this event will allow him to observe the students’ participation and gain a better understanding of where they stand on food waste. He also said that they will be working with Plan-itEarth in the future. This is not the ﬁrst time Bon Appétit has taken steps to improve its sustainability. For example, it always try to source locally, it does not use the disposable kind of plastic trays that other schools use and they put on events such as this one. Tomorrow is also Low Carbon Diet Day, and an employee who knows about sustainability will be available to answer any questions. Garbage usually ends up in landﬁlls, which effects wildlife WasteD potential: Unfinished food circles through the conveyor belt at the Campus Center. and destroys local ecosystems. Garbage buried in the ground can contaminate the soil around it with toxins, preventing life from growing in it and often preventing humans from using that space for residences because of the health risks. It eventually releases the greenhouse gas methane, which is detrimental to our atmosphere. Remember that water also employs a huge role in food waste. According to the United States Geological Survey, it takes over 400 gallons of water to produce a single egg. Depending on how it was produced, a single hamburger may take between 4,000-18,000 gallons. So by throwing away that egg or hamburger, you are wasting tons of water. Here are some tips I suggest everyone try to abide by. They are simple, yet highly effective: • Choose to ﬁnish what is on your plate in lieu of going up again for other food items. • Only get what you really photo by kristen DaVis want, despite how persuasive the chefs may be. • Offer your leftovers to someone else you are enjoying your meal with. • If you ﬁnd yourself with an item that can be brought back to the dorm, put it into a napkin and bag it. • Think. Don’t get something you know you won’t eat. t&c ROBERT SZABO IS A JUNIOR BIOCHEMISTRY MAJOR AND A STAFF WRITER FOR THE t&c. LGBTQ AWARENESS WEEK Why Words Matter SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Monday, April 16 - Kickoff - 5:00 p.m., Campus Center Tuesday, April 17 - Genderqueer Panel - 4:30-6:00 p.m., Roush 213 Wednesday, April 18 - Take Back the Night - 7:00 p.m., CC Lounge Thursday, April 19 - Day of Silence - All day | Speak-Out - 4:30-6:00 p.m., Towers Lawn On April 19, we’re inviting people to do something simple but powerful: Be silent. And then speak out… The importance of this day is to show your support in whatever way works best for you and your particular situation. The Day of Silence is not about seriously obstructing your professional or academic responsibilities. It’s about promoting a culture of respect through a shared, symbolic silence. There are many productive and constructive ways to participate. You can be as silent as possible in the halls, the campus center, the residence halls, moving from class to class, etc. or just take a moment of silence or stay silent for a particular interval in the day (the morning, a lunch hour, etc.). Al * ly (n): A person who proactively counters sexual and gender prejudice. Allies often play integral roles in social justice movements that promote LGBTQ equality and civil rights. The following members of the Otterbein community have said that they would like to be named as LGBTQ allies: Abigail Santorine Adele B. Weiss Alyssa Mazey Amy Featherstone Amy Gadd Amy Johnson Andy Riggs Anthony DeStefanis Anna Schiffbauer Ashley Strausser Bill Stoddard Bob Gatti Chris Wood Christina Kirk Conni Birri Deanna Heermann Dee Knoblauch Delkis Gonzalez Denise Hatter-Fisher, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology Diane Ross Donna Rhodeback Dr. Allan Cooper Dr. John Chovan, Ph.D., DNP, RN, CNP, CNS Dr. Marlene Deringer Dr. Rob Braun Elizabeth Freebairn Elizabeth Licking Ellie Detrich Erin Ulrich Gretchen Cochran Haley Amicon Hannah Biggs Heidi Tracy Helen Cosner Jacob Brown Jacqlyn Schott Jan Dunphy Jefferson Blackburn-Smith Jennifer Bechtold Jim Bowling Jody Clemens John T. Tansey Joshua Daniel Joyah Spangler Kate Lehman Katelyn Hanzel Kathleen Agnes Quigley Kathy Krendl Kara Anderson Khamali Bartlett Kristina Fedeczko Larry Banaszak Leah Driscoll Leea Ayers Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens Lisa Patterson Phillips Mackenzie Boyer Margaret Koehler Maria S. Calderone, DVM Mary Stalter-Gulling Matthew R. D’Oyly Michelle Riegler Molly Ward Rev. Monty Bradley Patricia Frick, English Dept. Patti Wilson Paul Eisenstein Regina Kengla Ryan Brechbill Sarah Fatherly Sarah James Sean Smith Shannon Lakanen Susan R. Fagan Suzanne Ashworth Tammy Birk Tracy Benner Vian Yohn Victoria Frisch Wende’ Nichols Wendy Sherman Heckler sports Tan & Cardinal wednesday, april 18, 2012 photo by blythe malone 10 Game time: George “Skip” Ford prepares the game sites, has everything all set by game time and also makes sure the team jerseys are ready to go on game days. The man behind the scenes for athletic teams Alumnus and university employee Skip Ford shares experiences from a seasoned member of Otterbein’s family BY EVAN MATSUMOTO Staff Writer The weight room is visible from behind the desk in the small ofﬁce on the outskirts of the Rike Center. With the door open, the sound of weights rattling as they hit the ﬂoor ﬂood the room, crashing against an array of outdated OAC and Big Ten helmets like a linebacker driving through a running back, giving them a taste of their lives before they were retired to the walls of the ofﬁce. The helmets belong to George “Skip” Ford, who has been Otterbein’s facility supervisor and equipment administrator for the past 32 years. Skip, a shorter man with a bald head and big smile, graduated from Otterbein in 1980 with a degree in business, but his job started before he had a diploma in his hand. “I was Coach (Dick) Reynolds’ basketball manager and trainer … and I also helped out the football program. That was before they had (federal) work- study, so I did it for free because I wanted to be a part of it,” Skip said. But that was then. After spending some time working in retail and then at his parents’ hardware store in Carrollton, Ohio, Reynolds hired Skip full time at Otterbein, but not before he had a son, Brent Ford, who also attends Otterbein. “(My dad) graduated from Otterbein and he loves everything about Otterbein,” Brent Ford said. “He worked with Coach Reynolds as a student … he even learned how to tape ankles at that time.” For Skip, the work starts early in the morning, around 7 a.m., even on Saturdays. Early spring is tough because he has to ﬁght cold temperatures and frost in the mornings. While some are sleeping on what is considered their day off, Skip is up lining ﬁelds, setting up equipment and making sure everything is ready for game day. During the game, however, there is no stress. In fact, the whole job is relatively stress-free, Skip said. “Just being around all these great, young athletes and the athletic department — we have a good time … It’s just a treat to come to work, it really is,” Skip said. The loyalty that Reynolds showed not only his teams but also his support staff led to a friendship with Skip. “(Reynolds) does everything he can to try to help me out and make my job easier,” Skip said. The stories behind Skip’s helmets go back as far as his graduation. A maize-and-blue helmet from the University of Michigan rests on a bookcase in the corner of the room. Skip points to a sepia-toned picture of a friend, Bob Bland, who has worked as Michigan’s equipment manager for 25 years. Skip traded helmets with Bland, which was the way he acquired all of the lids that line the walls. Aside from the job, his son described Skip as a lighthearted, fun person to be around and a guy who likes to crack jokes and make everyone around laugh. “You get emails from him ﬁve times a day with all these funny things, and he loves cracking jokes,” Brent Ford said. “He has a speciﬁc laugh. It’s hard to duplicate, but it’s so loud and it’s so & identiﬁable that you know Skip is around. He loves to laugh.” Whether he is in his ofﬁce surrounded by helmets, listening to the weights clanking on the racks or laughing in the Clements Center, Skip’s involvement at Otterbein never ends. t&c What’s your flavor? Name: George “Skip” Ford Hometown: born and raised in Carrollton, Ohio, but now lives in Westerville Family: wife Louise and son Brent Favorite sports team: Cleveland Browns Best Otterbein Memory: Seeing the Rike Center overﬂowing with over 3,500 screaming fans during the 2002 NCAA Regional Final basketball game against DePauw University. Cards won to become the eventual National Champs. Favorite musician: Neil Young and Stevie Ray Vaughan Restaurant of choice: City Barbeque If you’re interested in being next week’s ﬂavor, please contact us at email@example.com. sports vol. 93, issue 27 www.otterbein360.com & 11 ON THE FIELD, OFF THE FIELD Name: Alissa Harle Position: defense Year: freshman High school: Olentangy High School Major: public relations Favorite vacation spot: Outer Banks, N.C. Favorite musician: Jason Aldean battinG stance: photo by kristen DaVis Sophomore Maggie McMahan leads the pitching staff with batter’s struck out with 47. Softball still stands strong Women’s softball record an impressive season with 20-10 record BY MORGAN HENDRICKSON Staff Writer With 20 wins and nine losses, the women’s softball team season has been an exciting one. The Lady Cards are undefeated at home with an eight-win sweep and have won ﬁve games on the road with seven losses. On neutral ground, they have a striking record with seven wins and three losses. In the conference, they have seven wins with ﬁve losses. After Head Coach Christine Steines took a leave of absence for personal reasons, Graduate Assistant Liz Allum took her place for this season. Steines will return for the 2013 softball season. Despite their coach’s leave of absence, the Lady Cards show no sign of defeat, as they are tied for second in the OAC standings. “I think the team has answered any questions about how they’re handling the situation by the way they’re playing,” Allum said. Allum expects the team to keep doing what it is doing now. She said she is not surprised with how successful the team has been. “They’re incredibly hard working and (a) talented group of young women, so I expected nothing less,” she said. “They’re driven, and I am so proud of the way they continue to simply keep enjoying every day and every game.” Freshman Jordan Abbruzzese and senior Casey Clarridge echo Allum’s feelings. Abbruzzese said at ﬁrst they were worried about “ As long as we stick to our style of play and come out each game determined to win, I think we will definitely achieve our goals. Casey Clarridge senior, outﬁelder ” what was going to happen with their coach gone and ultimately did not know what to expect. Casey said that the team has been more consistent with its play this season and focusing on sweeping double-headers. “We have all been working hard to continue the high expectations and success that Coach Steines has always held us to,” Clarridge said. Abbruzzese said that the team as a whole is very proud of Allum. The Lady Cards have done substantially better than their 2011 season. Last season around this time they had 12 wins with eight losses. The team has big plans for the rest of the season, but are planning on taking it one game at a time. “As long as we stick to our style of play and come out each game determined to win, I think we’ll deﬁnitely achieve our goals (of going to the OAC tournament and NCAAs),” Clarridge said. t&c Best lacrosse memory so far at Otterbein: the spring break trip the team took to Chicago hustle: Freshman Alissa Harle has started in all 13 games for the Lady Cards this season. inFormation compileD by ally naGle anD photo by kristen sapp T:10” ©2012 OhioHealth T:11.5” YOU’VE FOUND THE BEST DOCTORS. LET US FIND YOUR PARKING SPACE. OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus offers healthcare like you’ve never experienced before. Serious medicine with serious amenities. Like free valet, free Wi-Fi, even free childcare. 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