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February 11, 2016

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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Advance-Titan exceeds challenge grant by Alison Herrmann

As part of a dollar-for-dollar challenge grant, the UW Oshkosh Advance-Titan raised more than $54,000, $50,000 of which will be matched by an anonymous donor, the paper announced Wednesday. The paper was forced into deficit spending in the late s due to the loss of its routine advertisements. Even after attempting spending cuts, attempts at increasing of advertisements sales and alternative funding, the A-T fell $74,000 into debt. The A-T worked along with UW Oshkosh Foundation to meet the challenge by the deadline of Feb. 11. B etween the grant and the fundraiser, the A-T now has more than $104,000 to use for debt resolution and the growth of the paper. The anonymous donor said the A-T holds a vital role on campus and for the growth of future journalists. “The Advance-Titan plays an important role in developing young writers for after-gradu-

ation career opportunities, as well as the role student writers provide various constituents: friends, alumni, parents, regarding current and timely issues impacting our University,” the donor said. “It’s important to have a viable student-managed newspaper on campus.” Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said completing the challenge grant gives the A-T a chance to have a sustainable future. “This challenge grant opportunity was a great success and will help secure the Advance-Titan as a financially so nd asset on our campus for the foreseeable future,” Leavitt said. “A student newspaper is critical for our campus and I – along with the many donors who participated in the giving opportunity – certainly want to make sure it’s around for another 100-plus years” A-T faculty adviser Vince Filak worked closely with B arbara B euscher from the UWO Foundation to raise money. Filak said donations for the # WeNeedTheAT fundraiser came from various groups of people. “Everyone from recent grad-

uates to people who almost predated the journalism program itself donated,” Filak said. “We had family members of current staffers and recent graduates step up as well. We had some faculty, staff and administrators here at UWO who also donated to our cause.” Filak said donations also came from many student media outlets, wanting to help the newspaper . “It really was a team effort when it came to donors,” Filak said. Editor-in-chief Katie Knox said the vast number of donations shows the importance of student media. “Completing the challenge grant not only shows how much of an impact the A-T has on the community and the outreach we have, but also means that we can continue to provide a paper for the students of UWO,” Knox said. “It means we can give future journalists a chance to dive into the field. Filak said having the pressure of the debt eliminated will allow the staff to focus on their jobs.

“First and foremost, it means we can get back to covering the news instead of being the news,” Filak said. “Everything that led up to this incredible gift was really hard on the staff members because they felt constantly under siege.” According to Knox, along with a sense of relief, completing the challenge grant allows the A-T to increase revenue of advertisement sales. “This challenge grant has been a huge blessing, between people giving up time, energy and money for us, we’ve also had an increase in interest for ads,” Knox said. “Through ad sales and the yearly Titan G uide, I know we can keep the paper out of the red.” Filak said the surplus money, after paying off the debt, is planned to go to opportunities for the A-T staff, present and future. “One donor noted that he wanted to give so that students could get the experience of going to a college media convention and experiencing the kinds of things that inspired him as a

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student,” Filak said. “There is now money for us to enter contests, so that our staffers can see how they measure up against competition from around the state and across the country.” B euscher said the most rewarding part of working on the # WeNeedTheAT campaign was seeing how much the A-T has affected people in a positive way. “We have an impressive list of over donors and that is a great response from the A-T alumni and friends of the A-T,” B euscher said. “One alum that made a significant gift said that the amount of his gift could never repay what he got from his A-T experience.“ A new business model will be executed as the paper goes forward to prevent the paper from falling back into debt. “Our new model incorporates a few things that will be helpful,” Filak said. “First, the chancellor has pledged support in the form of a subscription to the paper, which will provide us with a standing block of revenue on which we can rely each year. In addition, we are working with

a company that provides us with free distribution racks and will pay us to place them on campus.” Knox and Filak want to extend a “thank you” to everyone who has donated and helped with the fundraiser.. “B arbara B euscher was the most incredible human being and we don’t come close to making this goal without her,” Filak said. “She is a true professional and the reason why we managed to do as well as we did. The administration, from the chancellor all the way down to the chair of our department, was incredibly helpful in terms of making the pieces fit. “I’m extremely happy that we are able to work closely with the University and that we can continue to strengthen that relationship,” Knox said. “It means a great future for student media.”


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UWO students warned about suspicious activity by Jessica Johnson


Clow Social Science Center debuts interactive, new simulation labs for UWO College of Nursing. Read more on A2.

Sonnleitner steps down, takes on new role by Jessica Johnson

UW Oshkosh’s Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services Tom Sonnleitner is stepping down from day-to-day operations after 16 years as of arch . Sonnleitner said he will be joining the ffice of the hancellor to continue working on projects he helped develop, and plans on retiring in “no more than two years.” “Essentially we will see how it goes,” Sonnleitner said. “I think [ working with the Chancellor’s Office will wor well and allow me to focus in a different way. That is kind of the plan at this point, and I think it’s an opportunity to help this university be successful while working towards a smooth transition into retirement.” Sonnleitner said the four main areas he handled as part of his daily responsibilities incl de finance facilities, human resource and information technology. Additionally, sustainability, the Head Start program and parking, among other things, were part of his portfolio. According to Sonnleitner, something he is proud of when thinking about his favorite aspects of the job was developing the sustainability and carbon footprint focus at UWO.

Sonnleitner said he is pleased with the work done within the sustainability focus because he believes it led to a large part of the current engineering technology programs, focused curriculum for environmental students and engaged the foundation in sponsoring the funding. “We are actually selling electricity to the grid,” Sonnleitner said. “We are displacing the fossil fuels here, so that is a real satisfaction.” Chancellor Andrew Leavitt, in a campus announcement, commented on the long and successful career Sonnleitner had at UWO and with the UW System. “The physical expansion and modernization of the University campus has taken place under the vision and direction of Tom,” eavitt said. ince shkosh enhanced facilities by planning, completing and slating for completion appro imately million in construction projects, with some still being completed.” Sonnleitner said communication and the power of sharing knowledge with those around him are some of the biggest lessons he has learned over the years. “It is seeing people progress in their careers which makes me pleased, and hopefully I’ve had a

News Clow Social Science Center opens simulation labs for the start of spring semester. ead more on A .

G et updated on the etcher arson case and find o t what else yo missed over break. ead more on A .

role in mentoring them,” Sonnleitner said. The lesson is that it is our job to mentor our employees, to take our skills and hopefully transfer those and see them become successful.” After 16 years in his current position, and more than 50 years in the business, Sonnleitner said a good piece of advice is to follow the old saying “it takes a village.” “Y ou can’t do this alone,” Sonnleitner said. “It takes working with the cabinet, the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellors, looking at the top leadership of the institution and making sure everybody understands it is not the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services saying something, it is really the campus that is bringing the message.” According to Sonnleitner, as he steps away from his day-to-day responsibilities and begins his new duties, he will focus on three main areas. The three main areas include continuing help with the development of the campus, managing property developments, and maintaining key relationships with companies such as the Viessmann G roup from G ermany, Johnson Controls, and also a budding relationship with the U.S. Navy. In addition to these areas, Son-

nleitner will continue to be the University’s representative on the Foundation B oard as well as on the Executive B oard of G reater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation. Lori Worm, current associate of the vice chancellor of administrative services, has been named the interim vice chancellor of administrative services and will begin her duties starting March 1. Worm said she is very gracious to Sonnleitner’s mentoring over the past 16 years, and has learned a lot from him, including communication and relationship building, which will help ease her transition into this new position. According to Worm she is excited about the service portion of the division and also thinks being more involved in the capital side of the budget planning process will be a great learning opportunity for her as she takes on the new role. According to Leavitt and Sonnleitner, there has not been a specific timeline set to search for a new candidate for the position. “The goal is to hire a vice chancellor of administrative services which will be done as soon as the job description has been thought through and improved,” Sonnleitner said.

A UW Oshkosh Titan Alert was sent out Saturday night in regards to suspicious activity involving 7-8 white males chasing a non-student female down Wisconsin Street. The alert was issued after the female was yelled at and chased down the 700 B lock of Wisconsin St., followed into JT’s Wash N Mart and then pursued down the street until they drove away. The female involved was not injured, and it is still unknown why the incident occurred, or the reasoning behind it. According to the alert, the male subjects were dressed in dark clothing and were driving a dark colored SUV. University Police Chief Kurt Leibold said the police on duty searched the area, looking for the described vehicle b t didn t find anything that matched the description.According to Leibold, the Oshkosh Police Department is handling the case, but the UP is in contact with them and is waiting to hear about any updates regarding the case. Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Petra Roter said the University decided to send out a Titan Alert because the event took place close to campus and in an area where many students live and could be impacted. “We take campus safety and security seriously and want to make sure that the campus community is informed about any safety issues, as well as get helpful reminders and information to make this campus more secure,” Roter said. UWO Junior Joe Sobralski said he was surprised and alarmed to see the Titan Alert on Saturday. “It has been a while since the last Titan Alert so definitely wasn t e pecting it obralski said. Roter said it takes the involvement of the entire community to make sure everyone stays safe. “We generally include safety information, resources and tips in our Titan Alerts and if appropriate, we include a person with knowledge or leads that would assist in the investigation by contacting the appropriate law enforcement agency or do so anonymously through Crime Stoppers,” Roter said. Sobralski said it is concerning to hear about these incidents, especially occurring so close to campus, but he is glad the University lets the students know what is going on. “On one hand it is unfortunate to get these alerts, but at the same time it’s nice to be in the loop and know where these incidents are occurring,” Sobralski said.

Campus Connections UWO held its annual spring Taste of Oshkosh introducing students to clubs and organizations. Read more on A5.

UWO theater students attending the Region III Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival. Read more on A5.

Sports UWO soccer players and coach make plans to transfer. Read more on A7.

The men’s basketball team beat the UW- Stout B lue Devils Feb. 6. Read more on A8.


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ABOVE: New technology in simulation labs lets nursing students watch live demonstrations. BELOW: New mannequins allow the UW Oshkosh College of Nursing to expand its educational practices and enroll more students per semester.

Simulation labs enhance education

by Alison Herrmann New simulation labs for UW Oshkosh’s College of Nursing debuted for the spring 2016 semester, allowing nursing students an expanded hands-on learning opportunity. Clow Social Science Center reopened Feb.1, after being closed for renovations, for the start of the semester. Vice Chancellor Jamie Ceman said the new simulation labs allow UWO to continue an interactive educational setting. “These are state-of-the-art so students can safely practice invasive procedures and also learn the best ways of interacting with and caring for patients,” Ceman said. “The labs are simulated hospital and home care environments. When students work with real patients they will have more confidence and will be better prepared to provide safe and expert care.” UWO College of Nursing Simulation Facilitator Polly Anderson said the new renovations include multiple simulation suites that can accommodate different scenarios the nursing students may practice. “We have four individual simulation suites that are convertible,” Anderson said. “They can be converted into a medical surgical suite, they can be converted into a clinic room or converted into a home-like space, so you can do home health care.” Anderson said along with the four simulation rooms, there are also debriefing rooms that allow students to watch live simulations or re-

view their simulation. “It allows us to determine what areas they did really well and what areas they could potentially improve,” Anderson said. According to Anderson, the windows in Clow that look into the simulation labs are used not only for prospective students, but they are also a learning opportunity for the nursing students. “In health care, privacy is very important, so it was well thought out that the windows were put there to give the students the opportunity to think about, ‘is this a private moment? Should the windows be open or should the windows be closed?’ So it puts that thought into their minds during the actual simulation process as well,” Anderson said. Ceman said the new simulation labs, along with other contributors, allows the University to increase its enrollment of students into the College of Nursing. “We are able to grow and plan for future growth, in part because of these simulation lab spaces and also because of our new undergraduate practice lab and our graduate lab and exam rooms,” Ceman said. “We can accommodate more students and provide them with the latest technology and equipment.” Anderson said the College of Nursing enrolled an additional 24 students for the spring 2016 semester. “We used to enroll 72 students a semester and now this semester, not only because the sim lab itself, but due to the expanded space and the thoughtful process of our leadership team, we

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Arson investigation continues UW Oshkosh University Police is continuing its investigation of the two arson cases from Dec. 2015 in Fletcher Hall, according to UP Lieutenant Tarmann. “We are actively working on this investigation,” Tarmann said. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Petra Roter said the University is making progress as the investigation is active and ongoing. UP and the Oshkosh City Fire Department responded as a chair was set on fire in letcher all on Dec. . This was the second arson case in less than 48 hours at Fletcher Hall. According to Vice Chancellor Jamie Ceman, the University does not have any updates to provide the campus community. “We do not have updates at this time,” Ceman said. Tarmann and Ceman said updates will be sent out to the campus community as they become available. “I should have an update on this investigation soon,” Tarmann said. Roter said updates could become available as early as later this week. According to a press release sent out from the University, no one was hurt as a result of either arson, but the UP is offering a $500 reward to anyone that can point them to a source.

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accepted 96 students with 16 of the students being in a year-round program,” Anderson said. “They will still graduate in the same amount of time, but utilizing interims, it will allow more students to be enrolled in the program.” UWO sophomore Peyton Scherff, who is applying to the College of Nursing in August will start the nursing program spring of 2017 if accepted, said she purposely chose to attend UWO because of the reputation of the

nursing program. “I heard how competitive the program was, as well as its great reputation,” Scherff said. Scherff said the simulations will allow nursing students to correct their technique while being in a comfortable setting. “The simulation lab allows us to practice our skills and techniques in a realistic setting, while still being able to make mistakes and learn in many different scenarios,” Scherff said.


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Former UW Oshkosh football player Dexter Charles was found guilty on Dec. 16 of a homicide-by-death count from the 2014 heroin overdose of 22-year-old DeAnna Lake. Charles was a defensive linemen for the UWO Titans football team. He held the second-most sacks on the team in 2013, totaling 25 tackles. Charles only played 10 games for the Titans. According to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website, Charles was found guilty of possession of THC with an intent to sell on June 1, 2012, just two years prior to the heroin charges. Within those two years, he was also found guilty of theft, resisting arrest and operating while intoxicated. In an Advance-Titan article from March 18, Lake was found on ay loc ed in her bedroom face down in her bed. fficers searched the room and fo nd a p rse on the oor containing a needle, spoon and heroin. According to The sh osh Northwestern the first-degree rec less homicide charge the jury found Charles guilty of carries a 46-year maximum sentence. Charles will be sentenced Feb. 25, 2016.

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UW Oshkosh named Kurt Leibold its new police chief on Dec. and he officially began the position eb. . Leibold worked in Milwaukee as the assistant chief of police and was the longest-serving police official of the five candidates applying for chief. “I have 26 years of experience and I feel like a rookie again with how much I’m learning here,” Leibold said. According to a Dec. 2 article from the Advance-Titan, Leibold said he plans to work with students and University Police to make UP the best in the nation for a school of UWO’s size. “I believe in community policing, which is building relationships,” Leibold said. “It was something LeMire had done, but I’m looking to continue it.” Former UWO Police Chief Joe LeMire worked as the UWO chief since 2011. He was appointed the police chief at UW- Milwaukee this past July. The University said in a statement it is looking forward to Leibold’s collaborative nature and his commitment to diversity. “I am delighted that Kurt is joining our campus community and university police,” Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Petra Roter said. “He brings to the table a wide range of policing and law enforcement experiences and skills. Most impressive is his experience and foundation in community policing.” So far, Leibold has taken time to learn the culture of the department and University, as well as introduce himself around campus. ll be doing one-on-ones with officers in the department to see what’s going on for about a month, absorbing as much information as possible,” Leibold said. “I’m looking forward to working with UWO. It’s a different take on law enforcement where I can hone in all of my skills.”

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February 11, 2016 —

To the “We Need The A-T” Fund Donors:

Words cannot adequately express the sheer gratitude and joy we are feeling at this moment. No matter how many times we could say “thank you,” it would never be enough. When an anonymous donor stepped forward to offer a chance to retire o r debt and p t s on firm financial gro nd we felt a sense of hope. When every other donor we listed below gave whatever he or she could to help us raise $50,000, we felt that this publication mattered.

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Flint crisis sheds light on infrastructure by Advance-Titan Staff The relationship between a government and its people has been and always will be complicated. Especially in the United States where a two-party system splits public opinion on nearly every issue. oliticians and city officials work to foster communities where people have access to quality public education and opportunities for employment. n e change for p blic office citizens expect their representatives to protect them from threats both domestic and international. At the very least they expect their tax dollars to work for them. It is in no way radical to expect that when power lines go down after a storm, they’ll be fi ed. There s tr st there so much so that questions of reliable infrastructure are rarely, if ever, the subject of debate. n April officials in the city of Flint, Mich. decided to switch the city’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The switch was a cost-cutting measure projected to save the city $5 million over a period of two years. Shortly thereafter, residents began complaining about the tap water’s smell, taste and color. Some even raised concerns about bacterial contaminants after noticing the water caused rashes. ity officials claimed the bad smell and taste of the water was not indicative of any other problems and that state tests showed the water met all federal safety

guidelines, according to CB S News. However, a group of researchers from Virginia Tech wo ld later find water from the Flint River to be 19 times more corrosive than water from Lake Huron. E-coli and coliform bacteria were also discovered in the city’s water supply along with toxic levels of lead. In fact, less than six months after the switch was made G eneral Motors announced they would no longer be using local water at their Flint plant because it was corroding brand new car parts. Still, citizens’ complaints were largely ignored until September 2015 when a study conducted by Dr. Mona HannaAttisha of the Hurley Medical Center found that four percent of Flint’s children had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Hanna-Attisha compared the blood tests of Flint children to children in the surrounding areas and noticed a surprising increase between January and September 2015, according to the Detroit Free Press. Michigan G ov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in December 2015 and both the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Attorney in Michigan have launched investigations to find o t who is to blame for the crisis. In the interim, Flint’s residents are left to fig re o t how to deal with the long-term effects of exposure to the toxins. There is no cure for lead poisoning and its effects, which include learning disabilities and impulsivity that may lead to criminality in adulthood, are permanent.

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Organizations like the Flint Water Response team are accepting bottled water donations and protesters are demanding the people responsible be held accountable. Some are calling for G ov. Snyder’s resignation while others think, if investigations find him at fa lt he sho ld be charged with involuntary manslaughter. UW Oshkosh Environmental Studies professor Jim Feldman said there are ways for students to get involved in the relief effort that include things like sending money or support through various online opportunities. “I would imagine that if people have specialized skills like

plumbing there is the capacity to go there on a weekend and help p t in water filters eldman said. The reality is this would have never happened in suburban America. This problem turned into a crisis because these people are poor and disenfranchised. Flint’s government failed its citizens and there’s nothing that can be done to fi that immediately. Early estimates put the cost of replacing Flint’s water distribution infrastructure anywhere from hundreds of millions to $1.5 billion. Wisconsin lawmakers and residents have the opportunity to prevent a similar occurrence

here. They should seize it. Wisconsin has at least 176,000 lead-service lines that take water into homes and businesses, the highest concentration of which can be found in Milwaukee, according to an EPA study. Feldman also said students should be informed about the water quality in Wisconsin. “There are rural and urban communities all over the state that are facing pretty similar sitations eldman said. thin what people need to do is get informed about what’s happening here, too, and see if they can get involved in helping with those inds of iss es as well. Earlier this month a bill was

proposed in the state legislature that would require tap water testing every time a child is lead poisoned. The Lead-Testing bill, introduced by Madison Rep. Chris Taylor and Milwaukee Rep. LaTonya Johnson, also aims to lower the contamination level at which lead testing is required from 15 micrograms per deciliter to 5. “The percentage of kids in Milwaukee that are suffering from lead poisoning is twice what it is in lint eldman said. “Not to minimize what’s happening in Flint but these are things that are happening here too.

were making the laws when those ta es were passed. Female lawmakers across the United States have been writing and introducing legislation to end the tampon tax. California assembly member Cristina G arcia is championing the cause to end the pink tax in California, according to a press release from her office on Jan. 5. “G arcia shares that feminine hygiene products are a basic necessity and should be free instead of ta ed the press release stated. According to G arcia, women have no choice when it comes to buying tampons and napkins because they can’t just ignore it. “B asically we are being ta ed for being women arcia said when announcing the bill. According to Today’s TMJ4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is one of 40 states with a “luxury ta on feminine hygiene products. Democratic lawmaker Rep. Melissa Sargent of Madison introduced a bill that would require public buildings to offer free tampons and napkins in restrooms just like toilet paper and soap already are, according to a Capital Times article. “[ Sargent’s] bill would require restrooms in any building owned, leased or occupied by the state to dispense feminine hygiene products at no cost to those sing the facilities the Capital Times article stated. “That would include public schools, independent charter schools and private schools participating in the state’s

vo cher program. Potentially, this could go beyond Sargent’s focus on public schools and expand to public universities. In order for her bill to be passed, it has to get across a Republican-controlled Legislature that has worked to implement outrageous restrictions on women’s reproductive rights. Students who believe that it is a woman’s right to products only needed because of biology should contact their state representatives. Let them know that women did not ask to pay $18,171 in their lifetimes because of their periods, according to the ffington Post. Women who end up spending almost $20,000 on their period do so because they can. There are also women and girls who cannot afford feminine hygiene products. Women face a pay gap of 79 cents on the dollar, according to a report by the American Association of University Women. According to Assembly member G arcia’s press release, women of color face an even bigger pay gap. Latinas make only 54 cents and African American women only make 63 cents. The pink tax makes purchasing feminine hygiene prod cts more diffic lt for those more affected by economic gender inequality. “Women have no choice but to buy these products, so the economic effect is only felt by women and women of color are particularly hard hit by this ta the press release stated.

According to Listen Money Matters’s pink tax article, women and girls in less developed countries miss school because of their period and having nothing to stop the blood from exiting their bodies. “UNICEF estimates that 10 percent of African girls miss school d ring their period the article stated. Missing part of your education is unacceptable because of something biology handed

you without asking. Students here at UW Oshkosh are lucky enough to have a little extra money to pay for necessities like tampons. Action to change the taxes and availability of feminine hygiene products starts with students educating themselves and others. Call your friends, contact the Women’s Center, talk to a women and gender st dies professor and fig re o t what you can do to help.

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Aunt Flo’s salary paid in blood money

by Jessica Zemlicka

Students should rally against the pink tax on products and services like haircuts but also basic necessities like tampons. We already pay enough for tuition and those menstruating shouldn’t have to pay more for products in pink packaging with owers on it. In 1995, California was the first state to introd ce and pass a bill banning gender pricing. The bill stated women paid an average gender tax of $1,351 annually. According to the bill, women do not only pay extra for similar products as men in drugstores but also for services. “A survey of Haircuts & Laundry Services in California found that women in California pay on the average $5 more for a haircut and $1.71 more to have a shirt la ndered the bill stated. A more recent study in 2010 by Consumer Reports Magazine found women are still paying more for drugstore items. “We discovered that products directed at women— through packaging, description, or name— might cost up to 50 percent more than similar prod cts for men the article stated. Pain relievers are even priced differently based on what the packaging says they are for. The Consumer Reports article stated two pain relievers of the same brand, one being for menstrual pain, have the exact same ingredients but different price points.

“Each ‘express gel’ of Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Complete Menstrual contains 250 milligrams of aspirin, 250 mg of acetaminophen, and mg of caffeine the article stated. “B ut Excedrin Menstrual costs 50 cents more at Walgreens. Findings like this should entice women to read the labels and compare products that seem similar but are marketed toward a specific gender and gender-specific problems. This includes the monthly visit from Aunt Flo. According to the drug facts on Midol Complete, each tablet contains 500 mg of acetaminophen. This is the same amount in each Tylenol Extra Strength tablet. According to, a box a 100 Tylenol Extra Strength costs $8.95. A box of 40 Midol Complete is $6.34. That is a price difference of six cents per pill. B esides the cramps and pain that comes with a female’s favorite week, they also have to deal with ounces of blood falling out of their vagina for days. Women use tampons and napkins to contain the shedding of their uterine lining so they can keep some of their sanity. They’re dealing with one of the most frustrating parts of biology and they’re paying for it, literally. President B arack Obama recently said in a Time interview he does not understand the pink tax. “I have to tell you, I have no idea why states would tax these as l ry items bama said. “I suspect it’s because men

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Students get a Taste of Oshkosh by Michael Semmerling

UW Oshkosh students had an opportunity to meet and connect with all of the student clubs and organizations at Taste of Oshkosh, located in the ballroom of Reeve Memorial Union on Feb. 3. “It seemed like it didn’t have a huge turnout,” Caitlin Cobb, Reeve Union B oard member and Spanish major said. According to Cobb, the weather most likely affected how many students were in attendance at the event. “I didn’t even want to go out in the snow,” Cobb said. Despite the low turnout, tables that offered free items and the pizza were a huge hit among students Cobb said. According to various students who attended the event, Taste of Oshkosh helped them broaden their knowledge about campus involvement opportunities. Several students also said the weather had a negative impact on the event’s turnout, that the below freezing

temperatures, high winds and snowfall may have contributed. Some clubs at the event also said there were a significantly less number of students attending this event compared to Taste of Oshkosh in the fall semester. “It is a good place to go out and network,” Richelle Kasten, vice president of public relations of Reeve Union B oard said. “Y ou can meet a whole bunch of different people.” According to Kasten, Taste of Oshkosh is where students go to get a little bit of everything, much like a buffet. “Y ou can just meet a whole bunch of different people, [ a] bunch of different students, advisors; and that can really get you in [ at] a lot of different places, even if you don’t join those clubs, you can still be in contact with them and ask questions, and [ attain] a general knowledge,” Kasten said. Various students attending Taste of Oshkosh said they were interested in ré sumé building. Kasten at-

tended the event last week and when she was a freshman. Margaret Cobb, Reeve Union B oard member and criminal justice and Spanish double major, said Taste of Oshkosh is a place where students can go to learn more about what campus has to offer in terms of extracurricular activities. “It has brought me into new orgs that would help me to establish networking,” Margaret said. “[ This] is essential for basically anything on campus, so it helps me to get more connected with [ the student body.] ” Kasten said with so much to offer, Taste of Oshkosh provides many ways for students to become involved on campus and develop a professional network for their futures careers after college. “Y ou can just pick and choose what you want to try, and then you don’t have to be committed,” Kasten said. Kasten said just being connected with the students and advisers of different clubs and organizations on campus can provide students with many opportunities throughout their college careers.


UW Oshkosh students rehearsed last semester for the KCACTF in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

UWO nominees perform in the Kennedy Center Theatre Festival by Kellie Wambold UW Oshkosh theatre students further developed their theatre specialities at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival on Jan. 6-10. KCACTF takes place throughout the country in eight different regions. UWO students attended the Region III festival, which also includes students from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and parts of Ohio. B rad Skonecki, a UWO theater major and senior, said the festival seemed to take up all of Milwaukee. “It is basically a Comic-Con for those who love theatre,” Skonecki said. “There wasn’t a time where you would walk the streets of Milwaukee and not meet someone who was attending the festival.” Skonecki, along with several other students, participated in acting workshops at the festival as well as the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship. IRAS is a three-round audition process where more than 200 nominated students from varying region productions perform a monologue and two scenes. Although none of the UWO nominees made it to the second round of auditions, Skonecki said he learned a lot from the feedback of just one round. “It taught me that you can’t [ censor] yourself,” Skonecki said.“Y ou have to take risks and be confident in what you are performing.” Fellow nominee David Kurtz said the one round of auditions made the trip worth it. “I learned how to calm myself in situations where I wasn’t familiar with the setting or the people,” Kurtz said. Freshman theatre major Parker Sweeney said he learned just as much from the process as he did from the audition. “I learned how much work you have to put into your craft, whether it be going to workshops or simply just rehearsing and getting in touch with your piece and the characters,” Sweeney said. After watching different productions that were selected from different colleges from across the region, Skonecki said he learned just as much from other student actors at KCACTF as he did from the professionals. “It is wonderful to watch fellow students perform because it helps you grow as an


actor,” Skonecki said. UWO theatre professor Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft said students had the opportunity to pursue areas of theatre other than acting as well. “There are so many opportunities that it’s a little daunting, but it’s fabulous because students can pretty much pursue any interest they have in theatre,” Purse-Wiedenhoeft said. UWO technical design student Jacob B rowning took advantage of this by participating in Design Storm, a team competition where students designed an entire scene within three days. B rowning said he enjoyed working with students from across the region and seeing new ways to do technical design. “G oing to KCACTF gave me a chance to meet and talk with other students from other schools about their programs, their design process and learn new ways to work through the design process,” B rowning said. Skonecki said another great benefit of KCACTF is talking with professionals that work in all the different areas of theatre. “Y ou can’t forget all the great people you meet and get to bond with, especially in a career that depends on who you know,” Skonecki said. Kurtz said meeting other college theatre students is just as useful as meeting professionals. “We get to meet many oth-

er people in the same line of work and the same age range which is always fun,” Kurtz said. According to Purse-Wiedenhoeft, this is one of the main reasons she enjoys bringing students to KCACTF. “We take students to something like this because then they start to realize there’s a lot of people out there that are like them and are passionate about theatre,” Purse-Wiedenhoft said. B rowning said meeting others from different schools was not the only important connections made. “Not only did I get to meet people from other schools, but I got to grow my friendship with other students from Oshkosh during some of our free time,” B rowning said. Sweeney said he enjoyed bonding with the older students who have taught him a lot during the KCACTF process. “I loved getting to know some of the people just within our own program and truly becoming friends with these folks,” Sweeney said. Aside from making connections, Purse-Weidenhoeft said KCACTF is a great place for students to rediscover and mature in their passion for theatre. “I’ve seen many students come back from the festival and they have a much more focused approach to their studies in theater,” Purse-Wiedenhoft said.





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Above: The 2015 men’s soccer team finished their final season with an 11-4-3 overall record and made an appearance in the NCAA tournament and lost 2-0 vs. St. Olaf (Minn.). Below: Wytse Molenaar served six seasons as the UW Oshkosh men’s soccer head coach as he totaled a 79-27-19 overall record with 3 appearances in the NCAA tournament.

Players and coaches find new homes by Erik Buchinger the minute after, saying, ‘I’m really sorry, but this is my home,’” Simon said. The men’s soccer team, While his soccer program along with the men’s tennis is being cut, Harenda is headteam, is set to be eliminated ing for a program that will following the 2015-16 aca- begin its inaugural season in demic year, which was an- the fall at Northern Michinounced on April 6. gan University, a Division II ince the program s final school. season concluded in No“For me, it’s kind of a cool vember, members of the UW situation going from someOshkosh men’s soccer team thing so special where it needed to make a decision ended and moving into somethat would impact their aca- thing that’s brand new,” Hardemic and athletic futures. enda said. “Y ou have to look at the A former coach of Harenwhole pict re and find o t da’s knew Northern Michiwhat’s important for you,” gan’s coach, which eventualsoon-to-be-former Oshkosh ly led to Harenda receiving a men’s soccer head coach Wy- scholarship to play soccer. tse Molenaar said of the ad“I’m looking forward to vice he gave the players. the whole experience of it The Titans had 30 players being a step up, so it will be on their final roster this sea- tougher competition,” Harenson, including eight seniors. da said. “I think we’ll have a Of the 22 players with eli- good team and have a good gibility remaining five con- year.” firmed they have either transRys said he intends to ferred or plan to transfer from transfer for the fall, but he UWO, including freshmen is still waiting on responses Nic Harenda and Tyler How- from two potential schools. ard, sophomores Jakub Rys Rys is interested in being a and Javier Simon, and junior marine biologist, and he said Kevin Schenk. UC Santa Cruz has one of the Harenda, Rys and Simon top programs in the country. are currently taking classes “I’m really banking on at UWO and will make the Santa Cruz’s admissions,” move for the fall semester to Rys said. continue their collegiate socRys visited Santa Cruz cer careers. over winter break and said he According to Simon, he did came away impressed. not have thoughts of transfer“I loved that school,” Rys ring until the season conclud- said. “I loved every second of ed nearly three months ago. it, and it’s a great school.” At first he was committed to If he does not get admitted staying at Oshkosh because to Santa Cruz, Rys said he of the friends he had made, will likely enroll at Wartburg the classes he enjoyed and College in Waverly, Iowa, he even signed a lease for the 2016-17 school year. Y ou have to look at the “When [ the season] was whole pict re and find o t over, I started rethinking things and went through ev- what’s important for you. erything in my head again,” — Wytse Molenaar Simon said. “I was like, Soon-to-be-former UW ‘Wow, it’s really over.’ Oshkosh men’s soccer head Then, over the next couple coach of months, that was the only thing on my mind.” In the end, Simon decided he would enroll at Loras Col- which was his second choice lege, a Division III school in behind Oshkosh out of high Dubuque, Iowa, which was school. his second college choice out After finishing o t their of high school. The Duhawks final seasons at in were the national runners-up the fall, Howard - who will in 2015 that also featured his play for the University of brother, Jorge Simon. Dubuque - and Schenk have According to Simon, he already enrolled at their new would return to school in Os- schools for the spring semeshkosh if the program were to ter. come back. Schenk said he was in the “If the team was reinstat- process of switching his maed today, I would call Loras

jor from business to education around the same time the University announced its decision b t wanted to finish his soccer career at Oshkosh. “I knew I wanted to play my final season so that s why I waited for the summer to fig re everything o t Schenk said. In the fall, Schenk applied and was accepted into Illinois State University. According to Schenk, when he was fairly certain the men’s soccer program would not come bac he officially made the decision to transfer. Schenk said his choice of Illinois State was strictly for academic reasons, and he will not be playing soccer but will miss the game as well as his friends in Oshkosh. t s definitely weird not being there,” Schenk said. “I miss everyone. I miss all my friends that I made there, but I had a really good time playing soccer and being able to do what I love.” A few Oshkosh players such as freshman Sean McCarthy, who is considering a transfer to Viterbo University or Clarke University, and junior Jacob Hernandez, who said he might pursue a Division I career at UW-Milwaukee, are still undecided whether or not to leave UWO. “I don’t want to look back on my college career wishing that I would have played my last year, but at the same time it s diffic lt given all the circumstances around my particular situation,” Hernandez said. For freshman Casey B rzeski, he said he is too far into his academic program to transfer even with years of eligibility remaining. Titans’ coach Molenaar, who completed his 11th year on the Oshkosh coaching staff, six as a head coach and five as an assistant was announced as the head coach of Albion College in Michigan on Feb. 1. Molenaar said other schools contacted him, but he wanted to make sure he wo ld be a good fit for his new job. According to him, he knew Albion was an ideal landing spot for him. “It’s similar to what I tell recruits,” Molenaar said. “Y ou know when you are somewhere if that s a fit and I had that feeling.”

Molenaar said he is excited to work with his new players beginning on March 1 and for the support of the men’s soccer program, which is in the process of getting a new stadium. “There are some really exciting pieces about the program,” Molenaar said. There s definitely a lot of support from the college, as well as the athletics in general and for sure towards men’s soccer and that program.” While he said he is excited for his new opportunity, Molenaar described the situation as “bittersweet.” “I can’t describe it any other way,” Molenaar said. “I’m

beyond excited to start [ at Albion] , but at the same time, I am also still deeply saddened by how this all materialized.” Molenaar said he is still upset with UWO’s decision to eliminate the men’s soccer program. “The 32 years of history of that program and what it all brings with, to me, it’s not something I can comprehend that the leaders here at the University were willing to toss that aside when solutions were presented to them,” Molenaar said. All five players who transferred or plan to transfer said they would remain at Oshkosh if the men’s soccer

program was not eliminated. Rys said his time with the program was valuable. “It’s a hell of an experience because I got a connection with the guys that I wouldn’t have had otherwise if I wasn’t on the team,” Rys said. “I loved every second of it.” Simon said he appreciated his time at Oshkosh and wants to have a similar experience at his next stop. “The experience was something I will never forget, and I hope I can recreate it at Loras, but I’m holding it to a high standard because my time in Oshkosh was so great,” Simon said.




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Men’s basketball moves into second place tie in conference by Morgan Van Lanen and Erik Buchinger


Kyle Bolger shot 50 percent from the field for five points in win vs. Stout.

Defense and three-point shooting fueled the UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team in a 71-49 victory over UW-Eau Claire in the Kolf Sports Center on Wednesday night. Sophomore Charlie Noone led Oshkosh with 17 points on 5 of 11 shooting, as the Titans moved into a three-way tie for second place in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings. Head coach Pat Juckem said with two weeks remaining and with the conference race being tight, his players are looking forward to playing some very meaningful games. “We want to reach our full potential,” Juckem said. “When it’s all said and done, will we be able to say that we become the best possible team we could be? I think, that if we can look back and say that, then regardless of the results, our heads will be high and we will feel good about what we did this year.” Oshkosh never trailed in the game and jumped out to an early 7-1 lead after Eau Claire missed its first five shots from the oor with three t rnovers. The B lugolds made their first field goal min tes seconds into the game. Eau Claire turned the ball

over 17 times, and Oshkosh too advantage with points off turnovers. Oshkosh extended its lead to do ble digits with a -pointer from freshman B en B oots to give the Titans a - advantage. Consecutive triples from junior Sean Dwyer and Noone gave the Oshkosh its largest lead of the first half - with 8 minutes, 44 seconds left. The Titans lead the conference in three-point shooting and made of attempts from long range against the B lugolds. Freshman B rett Wittchow noc ed down a deep -pointer as time e pired in the first half, and the Titans went into halftime with a - advantage. The Titans made six of their first seven shots to begin the second half, which extended their lead to - . sh osh shot . percent from the oor for the game as the Titans coasted in the second half for their third consecutive win. The Titans overcame a -point second-half deficit to defeat - to t - on eb. in enomonie. “It was an interesting game,” Oshkosh head coach Pat Juckem said. “We did not come out; we didn’t play very well, and our guys would be the first to admit that and to own up that. I give credit to

Stout’s players, they played with great purpose from the opening tip.” UWO’s only lead of the game came when senior Alex Olson made a jumper with less than seconds left. Then, with seven seconds remaining, Stout’s B rett Ahsenmacher missed a -pointer that would have put the B lue Devils on top. B oots got the rebound to secure the win for the Titans. “We just stuck together as a group and kept trust in each other that we would be able to find a way to win oots said. The Titans entered the second half of the game down . started its comebac with 19:10 left by making nine of -pointers. o r of them came from Noone, Olson added three, and junior Kyle B olger and B oots each made one. ith left in the game lson san a -pointer to c t the deficit to points. olger and Wittchow each added a layup that put the score at 4855 with eight minutes remaining. With six minutes to go, Stout went on a seven-point run to p t the l e Devils on top . owever another -pointer by lson with to go created a spark for UWO. The Titans held the B lue Devils to st two points d ring the final four minutes of the game. Juckem said that one of the biggest problems his team faced during the game was

controlling the ball on offense and said there were times when his players were too careless. e had t rnovers Juckem said. “Our passing and catching weren’t great. And those turnovers, we talk that those are ‘turnovers for touchdowns.’ One led to a dunk and that gives a team great energy: they didn’t have to work and generate that offense against our set defense.” to t scored points off the Titans t rnovers and Juckem said turning the ball over has been a problem at times this season. “B y turning it over, we fed their fast-break,” Juckem said. “And that’s something, from time to time this year, that has been an issue with us, but our guys are well aware that we need to address it.” The Titans, now 14-8 and 7-4 in conference, have three more regular season games. Oshkosh plays its next game on the road against UW-La Crosse on Saturday at 5 p.m. B olger said it is especially important to carry the momentum into the remaining games because they are all against conference opponents. “Every conference game is huge, especially at this point in the season,” B olger said. “To come back like that was big for us because it showed us that we can go through adversity in games and still fight o r way back to a victory.”

beam while three other Titans finished in the top five. Third thro gh fifth place were sophomore Kasandra Stamopoulos with . sophomore Amanda c rayer with 9.100 and freshman B ailey Finin with 9.075. Walker said they are starting to hit their stride with fo r finishers in balance beam. “It’s good news,” Walker said. “We can start progressing towards our goal.” Two Titans earned top five finishes in va lt where junior Kimberly Robertson finished third with a score of 9.500 and Walker placed fifth with a score of . . Junior Danielle Turner secured a fourth place

finish in oor e ercise with 9.475 points. Walker scored . points and freshman adison eiter recorded . points for sixth and seventh place respectively. s final top five finisher came in the neven parallel bars as junior Kylie Fischer recorded a score of . . ive Titans placed from sixth to 10th, including Walker who concluded her all-round with a score of 8.750 for seventh. ltiple girls practice the all-around, but Walker is the only one who has performed it in consecutive meets and she said there’s a lot of work that goes into it. “The all-around is very tiring,” Walker said. “It’s intense, but I enjoy every

minute of it and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” As a freshman, LoCascio has been averaging over . points in three events this year and she said Walker and other upperclassmen are fun to work with. “It’s really exciting when I get those scores,” LoCascio said. “I do feel a little pressure to keep getting them, but I feel like that motivates me.” Karnitz said losing by narrow margins to Winona State and Eau Claire has fueled the fire for the team moving forward. “We had four practices within the last couple of days that have been perfect,” Karnitz said. “If we continue to do that we will definitely be in the top three at the Regional Conference Championship.”

Oshkosh gymnastics competes in Minnesota by Austin Walther

The UW Oshkosh women’s gymnastics team competed in its third dual meet of the season as they lost . . on the road to Winona State University inn. eb. . The Titans opened the season with a victory over G ustavus Adolphus College inn. . then competed in a three team meet and a quadrangular as they finished second and third respectively. UWO recently fell to The U.S. Air Force Academy olo. b t the girls met a couple of Olympic gymnasts in Colorado Springs which freshman Dana LoCascio. “I thought it was real-

ly cool,” LoCascio said. “It motivated me because they came and watched the competition so I wanted to show it off.” The Titans had nine days off between meets, and head coach Lauren Karnitz said they have been working on completing their routines quickly and adding in upgrades so the girls can have higher start values. “We’ve been doing more drills,” Karnitz said. “The drills will make each individual piece better.” The match against the Warriors started a string of four consecutive dual meets to close out the season for the Titans, and Karnitz said the energy in the gym is completely different when there’s only

two teams competing. “It gives them an opportunity to feel different kinds of pressure,” Karnitz said. “When it’s quiet they don’t like it and when it’s too loud it can be diffic lt. Even though the Titans did not top any of the categories in innesota senior Krystal Walker won the all-aro nd . to . against ade Donaldson of Winona State. Walker said she feeds off of good performances from her teammates. “Having support from my teammates pushes me to do well,” Walker said. “When we do well as a team I always have a high score.” Walker scored a 9.475 for second place in balance




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Above: Senior Ashley Neustifer dribbles past a Loras College defender in a Dec. 9 victory at the UW Oshkosh Kolf Center. Below: Neustifer, who shot 4 of 5 from the field against UW-Eau Claire on Feb. 10, takes the ball down the court.

Women’s basketball improves to 9-2 in conference by Michael Johrendt The UW Oshkosh women’s basketball team improved their record to 18-4 overall and 9-2 in-conference when they beat UW-Eau Claire 5744 on Wednesday, February 10. Junior guard Taylor Schmidt led the charge with 14 points for the Titans. She also had two rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Senior forward Marissa Selner contributed eight points as she was a perfect four-for-four shooting. Schmidt said the team’s motivation helps when preparing for every game, regardless of the opponent. “I think being motivated is the mentality you need as a team to succeed,” Schmidt said. “When everyone is on board to being motivated, you reach the goals you set at the beginning of the year. It’s the final push and we need to be extra motivated.” Sophomore Eliza Campbell said keying in on motivation is something that is echoed by everyone on the

team. She stated her team needed to start the game with a high-tempo in order to get the win against UWEau Claire. “I think to accomplish our goal of winning conference we need to come into our practices and games with a big winners mentality,” Campbell said. “If we all go in knowing we can take this first place spot, we could be tough to stop.” The women ended their winning streak at eight consecutive games with a 59-52 loss to UW-Stout on Saturday Feb. 6. Campbell led the Titans with a double double, scoring 17 points and chipping in 10 rebounds. Freshman Chloe Pustina added three assists for the Titans, as the team had eight assists in the game that consisted of many lead changes. Junior Alex Richard was second in scoring with 10 points and added two offensive rebounds while converting four free throws. Junior guard Morgan Kokta scored four points in 25 minutes off the bench.

Coming into the game, the Titans were ranked 10th nationally by as they lead the country in three-point percentage by shooting 37.8 percent. Head coach B rad Fischer said the team focuses on certain fundamentals so they can have something to go back to. “We have focused on three or four core values,” Fischer said. “We want to defend, by keeping people out of the lane and contesting shots, take good shots offensively, even though we run multiple [ sets] , and we just try to kind of lay down a couple of those key elements that if we feel like we do a good job of being consistent at that, then we can contend.” UWO was able to win the turnover battle by only giving up the ball 15 times compared to Stout’s 19, and Fischer said that area is another one of their core fundamentals. “We are among the best in the country this year at that [ limiting turnovers] ,” Fischer said. “So we feel like even if we have bad

shooting nights and we do some things poorly, if we can just hold to those couple of things, game to game we will do a good job.”As for the other starters, Selner led the Titans with five offensive rebounds and eight total boards in 24 minutes. Schmidt shot 33.3 percent from the field, scoring three points and battling for two defensive rebounds, along with two assists. Senior Ashley Neustifter tallied five points, three defensive rebounds, two assists, and a team high three steals. Oshkosh fell into a tie for first with UW-River Falls in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as both teams have only lost twice this year in conference play. Schmidt said that the team’s confidence level begins with Coach Fischer. “I think Coach Fischer has built a trust system with his team,” Schmidt said. “We trust him and he trusts us. I think he builds our confidence and knowledge the best he can and that is why his record is so great.”

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Classes canceled during Winter Storm Bucky Winter Storm Bucky hit UW Oshkosh, canceling classes after 3 p.m. on Feb. 2. Students took to the outdoors, starting snowball fights and making snowmen in the campus housing around the University. Above: Suzie Simon is seen forming a snow ball. Left: Winter Storm Bucky left a mess outside Dempsey Hall. Lower Left: A Titan snowman sporting sunglasses in February. Lower: Claire Mayer adding finishing touches on her snowman.

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