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ADVANCE-TITAN Official Newspaper of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh • February 18, 2016 • Bridging the campus and community since 1893

Vol. 121, No. 14

OSA seeks candidates for next semester by Jessica Johnson


UW Oshkosh students brave through snow to go to classes. Students bundle up for the cold winter conditions.

Snow, ice causes student concerns by Matt Silva The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has a reputation among its students for being an institution that rarely closes due to snow, ice or extreme cold. This has the potential of making a student’s journey to class dangerous and unnerving. UWO Vice Chancellor Jamie Ceman said the University won’t take any responsibility if a student falls and injures him or herself badly. “The judgment about whether to travel to campus rests with the individual,” Ceman said. “If students and employees feel it is unsafe, they are advised not to attempt the trip.” Division Business Analyst Manager in Administrative Services Jamie Schwister said the only people the University covers, if an ice or snow related incident happens, are the employees. “UW Oshkosh as state agency has liability insurance that only covers employ-

ees if they are negligent in performing their duties,” Schwister said. “ A liability claim can only arise if an injury/ damage was caused as result of an employee’s negligence. In inclement weather, the only reason a liability claim would be accepted or valid is if the university’s employees responsible for clearing snow are not performing their duties to their capacity.” UWO junior Nathan Bjorkman said the process of getting to class in extreme winter weather can be grueling. “I have to think about what to wear, especially footwear, because there are some slippery areas on campus and I can’t afford to be late or get hurt,” Bjorkman said. “We could use some more salt. Oshkosh will rarely close so I have to do what’s necessary to make it to class.” Ceman said a student will have to contact the professors directly to inform them about any inconvenience they may run into.

SNOW, PAGE A2 UW Oshkosh students who wish to run for student body president, vice president and senator for the Oshkosh Student Association have until eb. 2 to fill out and return the Statement of Candidacy Paperwork to the OSA office. According to OSA Administrative Assistant Rae Ann Wetzel, the paperwork must be turned in by 3 :00 p.m. to be eligible for the positions. In order to qualify for the president or vice president positions, an applicant must have at least 24 academic credits and maintain a 2.50 G PA. In addition, the vice president must attend UWO for two consecutive semesters, according to the OSA constitution. The elections themselves will be held March 8 and 9 on TitanLink from 8 :00 a.m. to 8 :00 p.m. “We are a student government, so each of these positions at their core represents 14,000 students at the state and federal level,” OSA President Jordan Schettle said. Schettle said the University, including the Chancellor, administrative faculty and other leadership individuals look to OSA when they have questions for the student body, want their opinion or want them to keep their ears open on different issues. “We have the legal ability and state statute to give that opinion on behalf of students,” Schettle said. According to Schettle, some of their main responsibilities include appointing students to all university committees, attending conferences on behalf of UWO and putting forth resolutions for the central legislation for both the Senate and Assembly parties to vote on. “From there on out, it is just really whatever that individual wants to make of it,” Schettle said. OSA Vice President G raham Sparks said a benefit of being involved in OSA it s getting people prepared for real life experiences. “One thing’s for sure, that we’ve seen with student government, is it gives the ability for students to get comfortable with the idea of and the experience of having established people in the room sitting around a table and having a discussion and being able to articulate your thoughts,” Sparks said. According to Schettle, an advantage of these


UWO officials look to improve Titan Alert system by Jason Neumeyer The UW Oshkosh Titan Alert text system is set up to send notifications on safety and weather emergencies to anyone who signs up. On Feb. 6 a Titan Alert was sent over two hours after the incident occurred. UWO University Police Chief K urt Leibold and Lieutenant Christopher Tarmann said it is important to first understand what exactly the Titan Alert system is and how it operates. According to Tarmann, the Titan Alert system is an efficient way to put information into the hands of students, especially through texting. It is a mass notification system that helps to put information into your hands as students very quickly,” Tarmann said. “It is a mechanism to get the word out. There are multiple avenues of that, first being texting.” Tarmann said there is a potential negative feature to this part of the system; in order for students to receive these texts messages with important information, they must “optin” to the Titan Alert texting system. “The downfall to [texting] though, and I think some students don’t realize this, is that

it is actually an opt-in system for texting,” Tarmann said. “That means that you don’t get a text message unless you sign up to say, “I want those.’” According to Tarmann there are avenues where the information is shared which is not on an “opt-in” basis. “The rest of it [Titan Alert system] is opt-out,” Tarmann said. “So email, and if you follow the UWO Facebook page, or [the Campus Police] Facebook page, it goes to those avenues as well.” Freshman Angie Vickman signed up for these text alerts and believes that life on campus is safe, but precautions are sometimes necessary. “For the most part I think campus is safe,” Vickman said. “I make sure not to venture too far off campus by myself, and just knowing about the blue emergency lights everywhere makes me feel safer.” Vickman said that a situation where an alert is sent out late might create unnecessary concern in some situatuons, but overall she feels like the system is a great way to get information to the students in a quick and easy manner. “The text message we received on [Feb. 6] , two and a half hours later, I’m sure those people who the police were looking for were no longer in

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the area, so you may be cre- is the situation [and] here is ating controversy where there the potential risk. Do we have doesn’t need to be,” Vickman leads which will close this issaid. “However, it does create sue quickly or not?’ and then more knowledge about what is we determine if we need to going on and the more people send something out,” Tarare aware of it, the safer cam- mann said. pus will be.” Tarmann said the deciTarmann said the decision sion-making process for sendto send out alerts out is deter- ing out Titan Alerts takes time mined by examining the po- because they need to ensure tential risk to the students liv- that the information they are ing both on and near campus. receiving is accurate before “The decision around send- sending out a message. ing out a “We know Titan Alert that oftenIf for some reason [the UP] times when is based on the risk to are dealing with the incident and information the campus can’t get anything out, they call us, is coming p o p u l a - tell us what is going on and we get to us that it tion,” Tar- the message out. is not one mann says. hundred — Jamie Ceman p e r c e n t “It is not Vice Chancellor accurate,” necessarily something Ta r m a n n that could said. “That be potentially happening on is when we have the discuscampus. It could be happening sion [about sending out a Tinear campus or where we feel tan Alert]. We would rather err like students frequent. It is on the side of caution and get based on the facts of whatev- the information out as quick er is going on in the realm of as we can.” the area where we think there UWO junior Ben Shortess, could be a risk to campus.” who has lived near campus According to Tarmann, for the last three years, said communication and discus- that getting quicker response sion between the campus po- times for the Titan Alerts is lice officers determines what an important part of ensuring the threat is and whether or that the students are informed not it will be handled in a of the situation when it is happening. timely manner. “We always discuss, ‘here “Obviously they can’t send

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out information right away that’s not completely accurate, but they could send out some information just as a warning just so people know what is going on,” Shortess said. Shortess said an initial warning should be followed by another alert which gives students more in-depth details about the incident and what to look for going forward. A few hours after that first email is sent out, they should send another update which actually has details that individuals need to know,” Shortess said. This way the first alert lets students know to avoid the area and when they have more information they can release more specific details about what is happening in the second alert.” According to Shortess, if the students knew that all of the initial Titan Alerts were going to be followed up with another more detailed one, the students would actually read them both. “If it was made clear that students were going to receive two alerts, people would know that if there is more information, a second alert is coming,” Shortess said. With expediency and the quick availability of information being at the forefront of the advantages for this Titan Alert system, Leibold said

why the Titan Alert on Feb. 6 was sent out hours after the incident took place. “This issue of that timeframe was not about issues with the Titan Alert; that [issue] was with communications between [Oshkosh Police Department] and us,” Leibold said. “That’s where the delay came in.” Leibold said that the Oshkosh Police and the University Police have different priorities and missions, which can sometimes lead to a need for more information sharing between the two departments. “We look at things differently,” Leibold said. “University police’s main concern will always be campus safety. Our number one concern and priority will always be our students, faculty, and visitors here. The Oshkosh Police Department has a different mission and they don’t always see things as urgent as we do. I’m not knocking them, it is just a different perspective.” Leibold also went on to say that there have been talks between the University Police and the Oshkosh Police to make these communications quicker, which would allow the UP to get accurate information to students. “We have already talked


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Oshkosh Dragonboat Race and Festival ends after 10 years by Alison Herrmann

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The Oshkosh Dragonboat Race and Festival has been canceled after 10 years. The festivities were canceled due to financial struggles.





“The responsibility lies with the student to work with their professors regarding absences if they feel their safety is at risk,” Ceman said. Schwister said the University works hard to keep a safe and clean campus for its students and faculty. “Our facilities department tries its utmost to clean up snow during and after a snowstorm, but with a campus our size, they might get to some areas later than the others,” Schwister said. Mack said UWO typically has around 12 employees working on the sidewalks and parking lots, including three to seven students who help with snow removal after every storm. Currently, the grounds department is down four employees, which interferes with snow and ice removal from some areas of campus. “This year, because of the amount of a couple snowfalls and the fact that my department is currently down four positions due to two retirements and two other openings, we called on facilities management to help out,” Mack said. Mack said depending on the predicted amount of snowfall, the staff will start snow and ice removal anywhere from midnight to 4 a.m. She said for unpredicted snowfalls, the staff is contacted at night to talk about the next step. “I use weather underground and the National Weather Service to start things out,” Mack said. “If snow is predicted and is going to be substantial then I look to the University Police for their updates on when it will start and the predicted amounts.” According to Mack there are certain areas that have priority to be cleared of snow. “Sidewalks and a designated handicap route are top priority,” Mack said. “The lowest priority areas are the lots where students park long term. With that being said we typically have everything plowed by at least 9 a.m.” Mack said the grounds department receives help from the custodial staff during snowstorms. “Entrances to all buildings are taken care of by custodial staff and we are very appreciative of all the support they provide,” Mack said.


with them about how we can do better to share information so we can get these alerts out faster,” Leibold said. “The problem is Titan Alerts don’t happen very often, and we realize that we have to tighten things up so we can have a smoother process in the future.” Tarmann agreed with Leibold, saying the time between University Police receiving the message and it being relayed to the students was very quick during this last incident. “In the timeliness of when the information was received, the message to the campus was very quick, but it didn’t look that way on the back side,” Tarmann said. Tarmann said in the event of a high risk situation, the alerts will be sent out extremely quickly. “In the moment where there is a high risk situation, not that this wasn’t a high risk situation, but for any ongoing high risk situations, you are going to get [Titan Alert] quick because everyone in the city is going to know the urgency of the circumstance,” Tarmann said. Vice Chancellor of Integrated Marketing Communications Jamie Ceman also discussed the Titan Alert system and the response time between incident and student notification. “We work really closely with the University Police, but they are really the first

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line of communication if there is anything going on that they feel an alert needs to go out on campus,” Ceman said. “They need to be as responsive as possible, as quickly as possible, so they have the access to immediately send it out and make the call.” Ceman also said if the Campus Police are dealing with an incident requiring their immediate attention, the University can also send out the alerts. “If for some reason they are dealing with the incident and can’t get anything out, they call us, tell us what is going on and we get the message out,” Ceman said. Ceman went on to talk about some of the difficulties with the text messages and its current “opt-in” status as part of the Titan Alert system. “I think that we’ll always be limited when it comes to text messaging and character count when we send those out,” Ceman said. “The only thing which is optional is this text message, which we talk about whether or not we go optout [in the future].” Ceman pointed out Titan Alert’s many positive aspects as well, including its ability to reach out to many different media outlets simultaneously. “What is actually really nice about the Titan Alert system itself is that when you are actually in the system you are sending all of those messages at the same time,” Ceman said. “So you are creating a text message, a Facebook post, a Twitter

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post and an email all at the same time, all within the same system. So with one click then everything goes out at once. So the hope is that with all four of those channels going out at the same instant, you’re going to get it in one of those ways.” In response to the lag in the Titan Alert last Saturday, Ceman said there is always information to be gained, especially if the investigation is not closed. “Part of it involves the question of ‘do you have any additional information?’” Ceman said. “While maybe there is no longer an urgent danger, there is always the information aspect of it. Having sat in some of the conversations when those investigations are going on, there is a lot more going on than people really understand, so they [University Police] need to decide in the moment why they need to get that communication out.” Ceman and the UP encouraged students to sign up for the Titan Alert text messages and always take the appropriate precautions that are outlined in them. “Text messaging is the most instant way that you [students] are going to get any information from us,” Ceman said. “If there is any immediate danger to a student, faculty, or staff that is going to be the best way to get that information. We do our best to get it across as many channels as we can, as quickly as we can, but the text message is going to be the most effective way.”


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positions is being able to take student ideas that weren’t originally a tangible product or idea and turn them into true services students can use. “The benefit is that it is not high school, and this is real world, this is something you can actually take and run with and you can truly open doors for students or opportunities for students to truly succeed as well,” Schettle said. “You can leave your impact on this community.” Sparks said representing the student body has been an honor and a blessing. “It’s really humbling and I am just honored to really serve because this is an opportunity that not everybody gets to have, so I try to make the most of it,” Sparks said. According to Schettle, the candidate should be an effective leader, but more importantly they should have the ability to actively respond and be engaged at all times. “It’s the ability to truly make sure each individual that has a concern, their voices are being heard, and that no one’s voice is diminished on campus,” Schettle said. Schettle said it is important for students to think about who they want to elect and go out and vote because whoever gets elected can affect what’s going on around campus. “Maybe it won’t affect people drastically, but the most important change that can happen is at local government and what can be more local than your own student government?” Schettle said. “This is where change can truly occur.”

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The Oshkosh Community YMCA announced the Oshkosh Community Dragonboat Race and Festival will not continue next year in a press release on Feb. 10. The Oshkosh Community Dragonboat Race and Festival has been a part of the Oshkosh community for the past 10 years. The race and festival worked alongside UW Oshkosh to raise money for financial need-based scholarships. According to the press release, the race and festival is being canceled due to financial struggle. “In recent years, however, the cost of the event exceeded the outcomes, organizers said, which led to the decision to cancel the event,” the press release stated. UWO Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said he and the University are thankful for everyone who has had a part in the festivities over the years. “For years, we have welcomed teams of 25 paddlers

to our 250-meter stretch of the Fox River, and these teams have vigorously raced and competed for multiple awards and titles,” Leavitt said. “We have entertained children, families and race spectators with a festival-like atmosphere in the Leach Amphitheater, and we sincerely appreciate all those who have attended the event in the past 10 years.” YMCA CEO Tom Blaze said in the press release that it was not an easy decision to conclude the event. “It was a tough decision to bid farewell to the Dragonboat Race and Festival with the conclusion of the 2015 race and festival, and we hope the community continues to remember the excitement and uniqueness of this race and festival,” Blaze said. Blaze said the success of the event would not have been possible without the help and support of the community. “We would like to extend a ‘thank you’ to our committed sponsors and community volunteers – you truly helped make this race and festival possible,” Blaze said.

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OPINION Civic engagement must start locally Advance-Titan

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by the Advance-Titan staff

Voting is everything in America. It’s the foundation of our democracy and, for most people, the pinnacle of civic involvement. Presidential election years are unique because they have a way of igniting supporters from both ends of the political spectrum, especially young voters. Midterm elections— or elections held around halfway through the executive term— are just as, if not more, important than presidential ones. The 2014 midterm elections saw the lowest voter turnout from 18 - to 29-yearolds in 40 years. According to a report from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, just under 20 percent of registered voters cast ballots. The drop can be assigned to a number of factors. Chief among those is students’ frustration with American politics as a whole. Still, the growing attitude of apathy towards voting among millennials is troubling, especially since millennials are projected to replace baby boomers as the largest voting generation by 2020, according to The Atlantic. That shift will come with the power to shape the scope of American politics for most of the foreseeable future, and even more importantly, the responsibility of being properly informed. Of course it’s not realistic to expect every person of voting age to be passionate about politics all the time, but stu-

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dents need to understand that their vote does matter and not just on the national scale. The student government at UW Oshkosh, the Oshkosh Student Association, holds elections for representatives who, according to the OSA website, “work collectively toward ensuring a prosperous collegiate experience for each student by representing,

safeguarding and promoting the student’s interests and rights throughout the pursuit of knowledge.” Only 23 2 students voted in the 2015 OSA elections, which is less than two percent of the University’s entire student body. The OSA elections commissioner attributed the low numbers to lack of student knowledge about the

elections and lack of choices for candidates. OSA manages the distribution of about $ 9 million worth of segregated fees and its senate is in charge of approving all new student organizations so there’s no denying the importance of the executive and legislative positions on campus. There needs to be an effort

carry most other places provided that they don’t have a rule against it. We don’t see a major issue with allowing students to carry them on campus.” Those like Sen. LeMahieu do not believe that having college campuses as concealed carry areas would make much of a difference, since typically only upperclassmen and staff are 21 or older. There would not be an over ow of guns. “I feel it’s important to give law-abiding citizens the opportunity to protect themselves,” Sen. LeMahieu said. “A 21-year-old is allowed to carry in every other area of their lives, what is the difference on a college campus where there is a huge soft target?” Allowing students to concealed carry on campus would eliminate the notion that college campuses are soft target, where the majority of students are not carrying a weapon around illegally and are basically sitting ducks for attackers. “This bill would eliminate people on campus as easy targets,” Rep. K remer said. “The bad guys wouldn’t know who is armed and who isn’t.” Those like Rep. K remer believe that there are already students on college campuses who are illegally carrying around a weapon from class to class. Allowing students to legally carry concealed weapons around campus would at

least ensure that some students, with good intentions in regards to safety, would be able to protect themselves and possibly others in the event of an attack of some sort. “I’m hearing arguments from people saying, ‘I don’t want someone sitting next to me with a gun,’” Rep. K remer said. “That could be happening right now. You don’t know who could be sitting next to you with a gun and it’s probably not someone who is legally carrying.” One major argument he has heard from people who oppose concealed carry on UW campuses is that college students drink and party too much and if they are carrying a concealed weapon while they are intoxicated they could begin using that weapon without a justifiable reason. In a response to those critics Sen. LeMahieu said he believes that those who take the legal steps toward getting a concealed carry permit know the responsibility that comes with it and would not do something like drink and carry and put other peoples lives in danger. “A 21-year-old who is going through the training is going to be a fairly serious person… it’s a great responsibility to do that and a vast majority of people who do that take it very seriously,” Sen. LeMahieu said. Those like Olson believe that there is simply not

enough security on campus to ensure that every building is secure 100 percent of the time and allowing students to concealed carry would allow them to put their safety into their own hands. “The Arts and Communications Center is not anywhere near the police station,” Olson said. “There is not really someone who can come in a reasonable amount of time to combat the situation before it is too late.” Rep. K remer said many opposing the bill believe this could lead to mass shootouts if permit holders were to combat a shooter; however, Rep. K remer stated the number one priority of a concealed carry holder is to protect themselves and possibly those near them if it is safe to do so. It is not the job of the permit holder to chase after the criminal. “There are two reasons I wanted to bring this bill up: one is for prevention, the other is for personal protection,” Rep. K remer said. People with bad intentions can get a gun with no problem and they know that college campuses are soft spots where they can easily attack. Allowing permit -holding students to legally carry a concealed weapon around campus would at least ensure there would be some armed students with good intentions to protect themselves, and possibly others, in the event of an attack.

Concealed carry offers student an opportunity to protect themselves by Nathan Proell

A 2015 CNN poll asked if people carrying guns in public places make those places safer. 3 5 percent of responders believed allowing gun owners to carry their weapons would result in higer levels of safety. More than 200 college campuses in the United States allow students to carry concealed weapons around campus, and many are trying to make that number even greater. In fact, some Wisconsin lawmakers believe that students in the University of Wisconsin System who receive a concealed carry permit should be allowed to carry on campus. Those lawmakers are trying to make that a reality. Senate Bill 3 6 3 , which was introduced by Rep. Jesse K remer and Sen. Devin LeMahieu, would allow UW students who receive concealed carry permits to carry anywhere on campus. Currently the bill is sitting in committee. However, the bill is expected to come back into discussion and perhaps be put into law. “Our club is very supportive of this,” Shannon Olson President of the UW Oshkosh College Republicans said. “You have to be 21 to get a concealed carry license so anyone off campus can already have that. You can

to better publicize exactly what OSA does, how it affects students and what members of the campus community can do to get involved. In turn, students need to be more adamant in their efforts to inform themselves about governmental happenings, both national and local. Americans are privileged because our political system

was set up with a system of checks and balances so that it doesn’t run through one person. But that means if students want “a political revolution is coming” or “make America great again” to be more than campaign slogans, they have to actually vote. A change in the way students approach elections can start right here, at UWO.

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“Clybourne Park” tackles social issues by Kellie Wambold

Amidst last-minute casting changes, the UW Oshkosh theatre department is tackling difficult topics like racism, gentrification and gender with the play “Clybourne Park.” Written by Bruce Norris, “Clybourne Park” premiered on Broadway in 2012 as a response to the 1959 play “Raisin in the Sun,” written by Lorraine Hansberry. “Raisin in the Sun” focuses on a black family moving into a white neighborhood in Chicago. “Clybourne Park” switches the perspective and focuses on the white family selling their house in Act I, and then jumps to 2009 when the roles have switched as the black family tries to sell the same house to a white family. “It’s the playwright asking ‘What if we went to the house and found out about those people?’” director Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft said. “It’s about understanding other people’s perspectives on the world.” With less than two weeks until opening night, the casting for the show was shuffled around. UWO student Bryan Carter and School of Nursing Dean’s Office employee Morgan Stewart, replaced two of the original cast members in the show and received a script with only a week to memorize it. “[The cast] really took me in and made me feel welcomed and never cease to give me pointers,” Carter said.

Another challenge for the cast of “Clybourne Park,” is the double-casting, so actors play two different characters in Act I and Act II. “The playwright was sending messages by what actor in Act I played what character in Act II to really heighten the audience’s awareness of what has changed and what hasn’t changed in relation to all these hot topic issues that are still a part of our American fabric,” Purse-Wiedenhoeft said. Carter said he had to get working fast when he got the script due to the play’s intricate casting system. “I really just hit the ground running knowing the basic synopsis of events and put myself in the shoes of my characters,” Carter said. “Connecting with who my characters are, gaining chemistry with the cast and remembering those lines have definitely been challenges I have had in embracing this role.” Actress Andrea Ewald said the double-casting has made the process feel like preparing for two different shows. “Playing two characters is quite a challenge when working in the same time frame as you do with only one character,” Ewald said. The final challenge for the cast is balancing the play’s content with its humor. “The interesting thing with this play is that it has so many topics that are issue driven and that can be very upsetting or could offend someone, but it’s still comedy,” Purse-Wiedenhoeft said. “Actor G arret Johnson said


The UW Oshkosh theatre department rehearsed for the upcoming performance of “Clybourne Park,” a play about societal issues. when the audience comes to the show they can expect side-splitting laughs, but the show also offers them something to chew on and something to talk about. Carter said the play does well at confronting issues that most people are afraid to approach in everyday conversation. “It indirectly asks the questions that are hot topic issues in our society that not everyone can directly relate to,” Carter said. “They have never become irrelevant topics in our society.”

Purse-Wiedenhoeft said some of the humor in the show could easily be taken the wrong way. “But that’s part of why they’re included in the play, not to offend the audience, but to make us realize that a lot of the things that we might find funny or that we poke fun at can be very offensive to someone else for some reason,” Purse Wiedenhoeft said. Ewald said “Clybourne Park” is important to see because it deals with issues that are still part of Ameri-


Indie-pop group Auralai performs every Wednesday evening at Manila, a restaurant in downtown Oshkosh on Algoma Blvd.

Auralai performs for Manila

by Marcella Brown The local band Auralai performed an acoustic show at Manila, a restaurant in downtown Oshkosh, Feb. 3 . Stephanie Tschech, cellist and vocalist, and Nate Lehner, guitarist and bassist, created and formed Auralai. The performance consisted of some of Auralai’s original indie-pop songs as well as covers of popular songs, such as “K iss Me” by Sixpense None The Richer. “Auralai had its first incarnation as a three-piece band with percussion, a guitarist and banjo player, and myself about three years ago,” Tschech said. “And then that band broke up [when] we started recording the album.” “I went solo for a long time before I met Nate, who started recording my first

album and I thought, ‘Oh you’re talented. You should put some stuff on this album,’ and then I decided he should just join the band,” Tschech said. Tschech said she has played the cello for 15 years, ever since she saw the instrument in the fourth grade and fell in love with it. “Classical music is really beautiful, but it gets really boring when you play it for 15 years,” Tschech said. “I didn’t want to give up the instrument because I liked it. I had to think, what do other people do with instruments?” According to Tschech, Auralai usually performs over the summer. She said there are typically about three to seven performances a week. “Support your community, and the money you put into

it will always come back and benefit you in some way; whether it’s music or art or anything like that,” Tschech said. Lehner, a 2001 UWO alumnus, said it is very important for students to get involved with local entities, whether they are building their practice or starting a business. “It’s the same way with music,” Lehner said. “It has to start somewhere locally; it doesn’t just happen.” Lehner said going to college and aspiring to be something great is universal across majors. UWO student Jay Spanbauer, a friend of the band members and a fellow musician, said Tschech is gifted with a unique voice and songwriting skills. “I’ve had the pleasure to

know Stephanie and play music with her,” Spanbauer said. “I’m always excited to watch her perform or listen to new songs she’s creating.” Rachele Weisensel, a manager at Manila, enjoys having local talents like Auralai perform at the restaurant. “The music definitely livens up the atmosphere,” Weisensel said. “Friends and family love to support the local talent [and] it makes it a fun atmosphere.” According to Weisensel, Manila usually sees local talent perform about three to five times per week. Along with supporting local talent, Manila gives a 10 percent discount to college students with valid identification every Tuesday. They perform every Wednesday evening at Manila at 6 p.m.

can society. “The audience should expect to possibly be a little offended, laugh and have something to think and talk about after the show is over,” Ewald said. Ewald said “Clybourne Park” brings up the issues it does because some people think these issues have gone away. “Racism and gentrification are present day issues, not just issues from the past,” Ewald said. Purse-Wiedenhoeft said the play highlights what

America has achieved in recent years but is a reminder that it’s not perfect yet. “The big idea is that the way we treat each other and the way relationships function in our country have evolved and changed and improved but we still have a ways to go,” Purse-Wiedenhoeft said. “Clybourne Park” runs from Feb. 18 -21 at 7 :3 0 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Fredric March Theatre.

by Tyler Cox

U.S. Census Bureau’s last poll in 2014, women make of 50.8 percent of the population. Sommer Hodson, the interim director of the Women’s Center, said pursuing a goal where voices are heard is worth it so that our society could benefit from ideas that might otherwise be unheard of. “I think [Elect Her] should resonate with UWO students, because people who go to a college are looking to gain skills that they can use in everyday life, and [skills] that employers are looking for,” Farrow said. “This training is for teaching you things like how to build a constituency, and not only politics in general, but it is also leadership training and empowerment training.” Brooke Berrens, the student liaison for the Women’s Center, said this workshop helps women to be able to stand up, and the workshops that the Women’s Center organizes help women outside the realm of politics. “The workshop creates more confidence and helps you to know how to speak for yourself,” Berens said. “It’s for teaching women how to step up.” According to Berens, it’s not just about standing up for yourself during your day; it’s about making sure that you are treated fairly in the workplace. It teaches women what to know when looking for a job. “You can use those skills for the rest of your life no matter what you’re doing,” Berens said.

Elect Her empowers students

UW Oshkosh women were encouraged to lead society and build leadership skills in Reeve Memorial Union Theater last Saturday. In Reeve Room 3 07 , The Women’s Center, Women’s Advocacy Council, The Sisterhood, Reeve Memorial Union and the Oshkosh Student Association joined together to create a workshop called Elect Her. Its main focus was to encourage women on campus to take an interest in political careers or leadership roles in their own life. Program Assistant for the Women’s Center Eliza Farrow said women and minorities need to be encouraged to take on a bigger role in politics. “I think it’s really important to encourage students, particularly women and minorities, who are interested in this kind of thing,” Farrow said. According to Farrow, if women’s voices are not represented in politics, their voice will not be heard. “It is super important that we get places like [the federal government] to represent what our society looks like, and how the breakdown of our society is,” Farrow said. Farrow said women’s voices aren’t as frequently heard, which results in underrepresentation. Currently, only 19.4 percent of the United States Congress is made up of women, and according to the





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Officers responded to North Scott Hall for a report of a male and female involved in a physical altercation in the hallway near the security station. An 18 -year-old female UW Oshkosh student was cited for Disorderly Conduct-Dating Violence and Underage Drinking (first offense) and warned for Assaultive Behavior-Dating Violence after it was determined that the female was physically pushing and yelling at a 19-year-old male UW Oshkosh student.


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Volleyball players visit Honduras ication, clean water, soap, shampoo and other things to kids and residents in local Several UW Oshkosh communities. students volunteered in El Burgess said visiting the Progreso, Honduras during local communities was eye winter break through the Al- opening for the group. ternative Break program, in“That’s where some of cluding two Titans volleyball those moments came in beplayers. cause you see the level of A few months after win- poverty in the communities ning the Wisconsin Intercol- and to recognize the privlegiate Athletic Conference ilege we have in the U.S. regular season title, junior compared to some of the exNerissa Vogt and freshman periences of the Honduran Carly Lemke left the country children,” Burgess said. with the group on Jan. 22 and According to Vogt, the spent a week in Honduras be- residents’ lifestyles and atfore returning home. titudes were unique in com“I’ve always wanted to parison to the United States. volunteer in another country, “I think it’s just very difso I signed up and gave it a ferent,” Vogt said. “Their shot,” Lemke said. “When I lifestyle is different, and was picked, I was really ex- what they need to be happy cited and decided this would is much less than a typical be the right trip for me, and it American needs to be hapdefinitely was. I loved every py.” minute of it.” Vogt said she recognized The volunteers included how happy and proud the nine UWO students and As- people in the community sistant Director for Student were. Involvement Missy Burgess. “The people that we The group worked with worked with were genuineOrganization for Youth Em- ly happy,” Vogt said. “They powerment, which is a youth- were so happy with what led organization based in El they had. They were happy Progreso. OYE’s mission is with their health, with their to educate, family and empower they just exand enWhen I was picked, I was ude sunshine gage dis- really excited and decided this off of them advantaged would be the right trip for me, and were aly o u t h and it definitely was. I loved ev- ways laughto break ery minute of it ing.” the cycle The UWO of pov— Carly Lemke students carerty and UWO women’s volleyball player ried around become an office agents of water cooler change because even in their the residents homes, did not drink schools and communities, the tap water, and Vogt said according to its website. she was fascinated by how “There’s a huge dropout people in the area obtain rate in Honduras after the their water in the local comninth grade, so OYE works munities. to keep students in high “The way they get water school and into a university,” is wild,” Vogt said. “These Burgess said. giant, almost like fire trucks, The group spent the major- would bring a hose through a ity of its time working at a house into the backyard and nutrition center. fill a tank. They did that from “If children go to the hos- house to house every couple pital if they’re malnourished, days. It was crazy.” the hospital gets them out of The students also painted that danger zone,” Burgess a colorful mural on the front said. “They are then trans- walls. ferred to a nutrition center “There was really only to recover, and most children one small sign that would stay there for six to nine- indicate it was a nutrition months. Some stay longer center,” Burgess said. “The than that.” walls hadn’t been painted in The group provided about a few years, and now it has a 500 pounds of donated fun mural and dancing vegeitems, according to Burgess. tables on them.” The students handed out viBurgess said one of the tamins, anti-parasite med- best experiences of the week by Erik Buchinger

was spending time at the park with the kids. “We got to take the kids to the park, which was a whole new thing for them because the nutrition center doesn’t have a vehicle,” Burgess said. “They don’t really get out much, so that was super fun.” According to Vogt, leaving was the most difficult part of the experience. “We were only with them for a week, and we didn’t speak the same language as them, yet we all cried when we had to leave,” Vogt said. “It was wild because of how welcoming and friendly they are. They were just so open to anything new.” Prior to the trip, students had to go through an interview process to be selected to volunteer at one of the four Alternative Spring Break opportunities. When the nine students were selected to travel to Honduras, the group met a few times to discuss the trip. “Before we go, we generally have five or six pre-trip meetings,” Burgess said. “We do a lot of education to focus on the culture of the country we’re going, safety issues, as well as the specific topic. For Honduras, it was education and privilege.” The other three Alternative Spring Break options, which are held in March, will go to G uatemala, New York and St. ouis. This marked the first time the Alternative Spring Break program was held during the winter months. According to Burgess, offering it during winter break provides more students opportunities to volunteer. “Students would say they already have plans for spring break, so we decided to give them another option in January,” Burgess said. Burgess also said this gives athletes a chance to get out of the country if they do not have time for a study-abroad program. “For people like Nerissa and Carly that are student-athletes, it may be more challenging to studyabroad,” Burgess said, “This sort of gives them that taste.” Lemke said she wanted to volunteer in a different country to observe things she would not be able to in the U.S. “Volunteering opens your eyes to a lot of things that you may not be aware of, especially volunteering


Carly Lemke (left) and Nerissa Vogt (right) volunteered in Honduras over winter break. abroad,” Lemke said. “I saw things that I wouldn’t really be able to see in the United States all that much. In Honduras, I saw people living in shacks, kids not having shoes on their feet and going hun-

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gry.” Lemke said students should get involved to get a better sense of other cultures and be grateful for what they have. “I think people should take

this opportunity so they can be more thankful for what they have and give to others that are less fortunate so they can lead better, healthier lives,” Lemke said.




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Track and Field compete in Stevens Point by Sean Maloney


ABOVE: Senior gymnast Krystal Walker strikes a pose in her AA routine on Feb. 13 against UW-Whitewater in Oshkosh. BELOW: A Titan gymnast gears up for a trick off the bounce board against UW-Whitewater.

Gymnastics falls to Whitewater

by Brady Van Deurzen The UW Oshkosh women’s gymnastics team fell at home 190.6 0-18 7 .20 against their conference rival UW-Whitewater on Saturday, Feb. 13 . The Titans returned home after a long road trip that involved three road meets consisting of trips to Winona State University ( Minn.) , The U.S Air Force Academy ( Colo.) and a Quadrangular at UW-Whitewater. Head coach Lauren K arnitz said the return home was needed, however the road trip didn’t take as much of a toll on her gymnasts as she thought it would have. “I think they did as well as could have been expected.” K arnitz said. “They actually did better than I expected because we just had a meet on Tuesday and I thought that maybe they would be a little rundown, but in reality they looked like they were ready to go.” Although the loss was the same result as UWO’s last matchup with Whitewater, K arnitz said every aspect of her gymnast’s performance was near perfection. I was definitely very happy with the way they performed” K arnitz said. “I thought our scores on oor were a little low

for what we did, I think we did an amazing job on beam, I thought that the vault was phenomenal, and we put in some upgrades for the bars so we are still working out the kinks at that.” The home meet for the Titans was record-breaking, with five gymnasts setting personal records and the total team score being the highest of the season. Senior Emily Ryan participated in both the uneven bars and the vault on Saturday and said she thought her team was making some big improvements. “Each event got better and better, which made the meet that much more exciting for us.” Ryan said. “The energy never stopped. We still have some things to fix and make better, but I think this team is starting to look like a national team, and there is no better feeling than that.” Ryan was the only Titan gymnast to set two personal records against the Warhawks with a score of 9.400 on the uneven bars as well as a 9.450 on the vault. Sophomore K asandra Stamopoulos said she thought their overall success in the meet wouldn’t come from a change of preparation, but that it would come from an increase of energy. “We didn’t prepare any differently,” Stamopoulos said. “We just had an added

fire lit in all of us. Stamopoulos said in a rivalry meet like Oshkosh versus Whitewater the stakes are always much higher and the events are much more intense. “We had a very successful week of practice leading up to this meet because we knew what needed to be done and we made sure that happened,” Stamopoulos said. The Titans gymnasts will go on the road Feb. 19 to take on UW-Stout.

The UW Oshkosh men’s track and field team finished in first, while the women’s team finished in third on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Stevens Point. The men’s team scored 18 8 points over the course of 15 events to beat UW-Whitewater and UW-Stevens Point, while the women scored 96 to finish in third behind UWLa Crosse and UW-Stevens Point. Devan G ertschen, who was named the UW Oshkosh Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the period of Feb. 8 -14, led the way for the men’s team. G ertschen defeated all 11 other competitors in the pole vault and helped earn a team title for the men. G ertschen said focusing on his jumps is what led to his success over the weekend. “I stayed patient while I was up there, letting my hips rise and not reaching for the cross bar,” G ertschen said. “The best thing I did for myself was not worrying how high the bar was, and focusing on making every vault as perfect as possible.” Head coach Ben Dorsey, who took over as both the men’s and women’s head coach for the first time this year, said he and the other coaches thought G ertschen’s performance is continuing to improve. “He had an awesome week of practice,” Dorsey said. “He had been on the precipice of something big the last couple of weeks.” G ertschen also said the team as a whole has been impressive as of late and will be important as conference and national meets are rapidly approaching. “Every event group has

had success and that is going to be huge going into conference and eventually Nationals,” G ertschen said. “As we get close to those meets, more and more of my teammates are starting to find their groove.” Even after setting a personal best and winning on Saturday, G ertschen said he thinks there is still room for improvement heading into their next meet this upcoming Saturday. “During the end of the competition, I let myself get a little too mellow after I set a new [personal record],” G ertschen said. “As a result, I wasn’t bringing enough speed on the runway or being aggressive enough at takeoff.” The women’s team finished third at Stevens Point and senior Taylor Sherry, who finished first in the 6 0 meter hurdles, said the team was able to accomplish the goal of getting some of the other girls on the team eligible for upcoming meets. “We were able to buckle down and get some more girls qualified for conference,” Sherry said. “[We] hope to get even more this Saturday.” G ertschen said with conference and national meets coming up, the team will need to stay loose and bring the intensity. “One of the best things we can do as a whole is keep ourselves fresh,” G ertschen said. “We have to bring our own energy… no matter where we are, we have to own the field house.” This Saturday, a select number of the men’s and women’s track members will be heading to Stevens Point for the Eastbay Pointer Invitational, while the remaining athletes will stay in Oshkosh for the UW Oshkosh Titan Challenge.

Men’s tennis drops two matches at Lake Forest

by Anthony Michalovitz The UW Oshkosh men’s tennis team dropped its third and fourth straight match against Lake Forest College ( Ill.) and Wabash College ( Ind.) on Saturday, Feb. 13 . The Titans fell 7 -2 to Lake Forest in its final match in Illinois. Sophomore Jordan Andersen was the lone victor in a singles match that went to a tie-breaker 5-7 , 6 -0 and 1-0 against Joe Bove in the sixth match.

UWO’s other point came at No. 3 doubles when sophomore Logan Z astrow and freshman William O’Connell won 8 -6 over Dragan Trivanovic and Jordan Stoler. O’Connell said he enjoys competing in doubles at meets. “Doubles definitely is a strength to our team,” O’Connell said. “It brings out the best in each of us and shows each other that we will fight to the last point for our teammates out on the court.” Junior Adam Martin was defeated in a long fourth set by Trivanovic 2-6 , 6 -4 and

1-0. Lake Forest was victorious in No. 1 and No. 2 doubles as Dan Pivonka and Ellis LoraArceo defeated freshman Ryan K uzmanovic and sophomore Vincent G orski 8 -5. Trevor Allen and K arl Fehn topped junior Adam Martin and freshman Adam Hawley 8 -4. UWO opened its double header on Saturday as they fell to Wabash 7 -1. Martin and Hawley won the single point for the Titans with an 8 -6 victory in No. 2 doubles. Wabash took the other two

doubles matches, but G orski and K uzmanovic had one contest tied 5-5. G orski said they dropped a few key points that shifted the momentum in Wabash’s favor during the first match. “We have had strong showings in singles as well,” G orski said. “A couple crucial points and wins in tie-breakers could have really swayed the score of the overall match.” There were two tiebreakers in both sophomore David Leffler’s and Z astrow’s singles competitions. Leffler lost 2-6 , 6 -2 and 1-0 against Mazin Hakim in the sixth flight, and

Z astrow came up short 6 -0, 5-7 and 1-0, against Nicholas Pollock in the fifth. A No. 4 match between K uzmanovic and K irill Ivashchenko went unfinished after scoring 4-6 and 4-1. Lewison said that shows great effort by the players. “The guys are constantly improving, which will help them down the road,” Lewison said. “A lot of matches near the bottom of the singles lineup have come down to a few points, so the overall team score hasn’t reflected how competitive the individual matches have been.”

Devan Gertschen Track and Field

Junior team captain Austin Laumb said one of their goals for the season is to leave an everlasting effect on the UW Oshkosh athletic program. “I strongly think this team is one of the closest teams there is on this campus,” Laumb said. “Our final goal is to go out with no regrets and cherish every moment we have knowing that soon it will come to an end.” UW Oshkosh’s next meet is another doubleheader at G rinnell College ( Iowa) along with Central College ( Iowa) on Saturday, Feb. 20.

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Men eye up conference run by Morgan Van Lanen


The women’s baseketball team won its 11th conference game of the year on Feb. 17 in a 60-57 win over Whitewater.

UWO wins 20th game of season

balanced scoring is going into by Michael Johrendt each game with a good mentality. The 13 th-ranked UW Osh“Anybody can go off on any kosh women’s basketball team night to help guide the team won two conference wins on to a win,” Neustifter said. “ I Feb. 13 and 17 improving its think our trust in everyone on record to 20-4 overall and 11-2 the oor to perform their role in conference. is strong.” Wednesday’s game pitted Starters senior Marissa the Titans against UW-White- Selner and sophomore Eliza water, which came down to the Campbell scored a combined last possession for Oshkosh as 13 points and Selner had a they won 6 0-57 . game high 12 rebounds. The Titans Take Down CanThe Titans continued their cer game was not fully decided defensive efforts in the game until the fourth quarter, as both by forcing 13 turnovers and teams traded leads and deficits not allowing a basket in the fialong the way. nal 26 seconds. Junior forward Alex RichNeustifter said the best type ard led Oshkosh with 13 of offense is defense. points, with six rebounds “Our goal is to focus on one and one assist. Junior guard possession at a time,” NeusTaylor Schmidt scored ten tifter said. “And getting a stop points and knocked down two on the defense of end gives us three-pointers and four assists. another opportunity to score Senior guard Ashley Neus- points on the offensive end.” tifter said the key to having The Titans replicated its

score in consecutive games with a 57 -44 victory over the UW-La Crosse Eagles on Saturday. The game against La Crosse was Senior Night for Neustifter and Selner. Neustifter scored seven points, brought down two rebounds and had three steals. Selner contributed five points, five rebounds, one assist and a steal. Campbell said the team’s defensive effort really set the tone all game. “Our defense effort was great against La Crosse,” Campbell said. “It makes us want to keep pushing to do better on the defensive side for upcoming games.” UWO forced 24 turnovers, including 17 forced by steals. For the 18 th time this season, the Titans held their opponent to scoring under 6 0 points. Coach Brad Fischer said the

defensive effort of the team was set early and was important for the rest of the game. “We did a good job just making them work for their stuff,” Fischer said, “and we knew that if we could make them play in the half court, [since] they do a good job in transition, that we had a good idea of what they were [going] to try to do.” The Titans were able to hold the Eagles to single digit scoring totals in the first and third quarters, which helped give UWO an early lead in order to win the game. Fischer said their defensive effort all started with forcing a Crosse to play five-on-five. “We really concentrated on making sure that we got back, made them play halfcourt offense, and then just do a good job of talking [by] communicating screens,” Fischer said.

After winning four straight games, the UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team fell to UW Whitewater 6 1-7 0 on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at Whitewater. Senior guard Alex Olson led the Titans with 11 points. He shot four of nine from the field and had six rebounds. A lay up by Olson with 11:48 remaining gave the Titans the lead 12-11. A three-pointer by freshman guard Brett Wittchow pulled the Titans within seven before half, making the score 25-3 2. The Tians were within three with 13 :25 left of the game, however, that is the closest they got to taking the lead before giving up seven more points in just under six minutes. With 16 seconds remaining, a field goal from freshman guard Ben Boots made the score 6 1-6 6 . However, a missed three-pointer by Boots and a foul by Olson in the final seconds wrapped up the game. Junior forward AJ Mueller led the Titans with 13 points and seven rebounds as the men beat UW-La Crosse 6 2-6 0 on Saturday, Feb. 13 on the road. Head coach Pat Juckem said Saturday’s game was an important one because winning kept his team in the race to win the conference championship. “Our guys are so excited,” Juckem said. “They realize that it is mid-February, and the goal is to play meaningful games in February. It means that you’re in the hunt; you’re in the running. And we are. And then the goal is to take that and hopefully play into March, which means you’re playing in the post-season,

you’re playing in the NCAA.” Noone created a 11-9 lead with 2 2 remaining in the first half. With two minutes to go until halftime, Mueller made a lay up to put UWO back on top 24-22, a lead that the men would hold until 3 :19 left in the second period. UW Oshkosh entered the second half ahead 28 -23 . With just over five minutes to go, the Eagles hit a three-pointer to come within two points. UWLC tied the score at 51 with 3 :55 to go. There were eight lead changes in the final of the game. The first came when the agles hit a three-pointer, giving them their first lead since the first half. With just 28 seconds remaining, junior forward Max Schebel made a scoop shot that gave the Titans a 6 2-6 0 lead to win the game. Mueller said, the loud environment and what was on the line in Saturday’s game helped his team get the win. “Our team has always been a close group of guys, so in tight games like that, we come together and play for one another,” Mueller said. 3 8 of the Titans’ 6 2 points came from reserves in Saturday’s game, including six from Wittchow. Wittchow said having a deep bench is one of the reasons his team has been successful this season. Our depth is definitely a strong suit on our team,” Wittchow said. “We’ve got guys that can go off on any given night, and that makes us a pretty hard team to match up with.” UWO plays its final game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 20 against UW-River Falls at the K olf Center at 7: 00 p.m.

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