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Student Health Advisory Committee looks to ban tobacco, e-cigarettes on campus by Kierra Carr carrk01@uwosh.edu

The Student Health Advisory Committee has collected more than 200 signatures, with more coming in, to pass a bill which would make the UW Oshkosh campus tobacco-free. Amy Hodel, a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee said if you grow up in a home where tobacco use isn’t normal, and you go to a school where tobacco-use isn’t the norm, you are much less likely to become addicted to tobacco products. “Our primary goal of this initiative is to help people to not start smoking and prevent tobacco use initiation,” Hodel said. Aaron Wojciechowski, a lead-

ing member of the Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative, said he strongly believes this is the right step for UWO even though there have been some opponents who say this is marginalizing smokers or attacking someone’s right to smoke. “The bottom line is that this proposal is to better the environment and health of UW Oshkosh, for the students,” Wojciechowski said. UWO senior Tyler Hahn said he thinks this policy is a fullfledged ban and is not only unnecessary, due to its absolute inability to be enforced, but also infringes on personal liberties. “I, myself, am not a smoker, and I know plenty of other non-smokers who are not for such action,” Hahn said. “They

would rather see better designated smoking area, and more resources to quit than a moral ban which achieves nothing and costs us money.” Hodel said the policy could help students fight their tobacco addiction. “This policy is to help motivate students to quit and support those who are trying to quit/ cut back or maintain a tobacco-free lifestyle,” Hodel said. UWO junior Taylor G ilmet said if this campus becomes tobacco-free, the University will experience a drop in enrollment because it discourages smokers from wanting to apply to UWO. “It’s a stupid idea and if people are worried about secondhand smoke then don’t walk by me when I’m smoking,” G ilmet said.

Wojciechowski said students ing on campus can be affected. deserve to walk around campus “I don’t think that the policy without smoke being blown in is a bad idea,” Pickett said. “I their face, or without having to think that the policy will make step on cigarette butts on the side- the campus and the individuals walk and grass. on this campus “I stress the It’s a stupid idea and if people healthier.” main purpose Hodel said are worried about secondhand she believes the of the initiative which is to smoke then don’t walk by me student body create a clean- when I’m smoking. now has the er, safer and opportunity to — Taylor Gilmet take a stand in healthier environment for the regards to the UWO student values of health UW Oshkosh campus and of all people its students,” for our learning Wojciechowski said. community through the use of the UW Oshkosh junior Jasmine referendum. Pickett said people are old enough “We went around campus to be able to smoke if they would and asked students the question: like to. However, the health of the Do you support a Tobacco-Free individuals around people smok- Campus at UW Oshkosh and

want the opportunity for students to vote via referendum?” Hodel said. Hodel said she publicized the Student Health Advisory Committee’s primary goals through the use of social media and written works to ensure the student body has ample amount of information about the tobacco-free policy. “Aaron Wojciechowski and I, along with other members of the Student Health Advisory Committee, have sent our various emails to clubs and organizations,” Hodel said. Hodel said the Student Health Advisory Committee is very dedicated to making this a student-run decision-making process and voting will take place on March 14 and 15.

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A man dressed in a pizza costume, representing Papa Murphy’s, belly flops into Lake Winnebago. The Polar Plunge is an annual event that invites participants to jump into ice cold water to benefit the Special Olympics of Wisconsin.

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UWO discusses Black Thursday legacy by Collin Goeman goemac32@uwosh.edu A presentation on the legacy of Black Thursday was held Wednesday to talk about the history of the “Oshkosh 94 ” and how the event impacted UWO’s future. “[Black Thursday is] one of the more trying and difficult times in the modern history of this University,” history professor Stephen K ercher said. “But it left us with a legacy that is complicated, and one that we need to be very mindful of.” On N ov. 21, 1968, 94 African-American UWO students gathered in the president’s office at Dempsey Hall with a list of written demands concerning equality on campus. In his presentation K ercher said the students’ demands included new courses about African-American history and literature, as well as fair

treatment on campus. After their demands were denied by former UWO President Roger G uiles, students participated in a brief act of vandalism, tearing apart the office These students, known as “The Oshkosh 94 ”, were expelled following the incident, and were not allowed to pursue higher education in the UW System until years later. K ercher said the event was life changing for these students, especially because only a few of them returned to college to finish their degrees. “The fact that African-American students came back to this University and helped inspire future generations of students tells us something about the legacy of Oshkosh and of Black Thursday,” K ercher said. Student Ronisha Howard said students should be aware of Black hursday due to historical signifi-

cance to UWO. “It’s important for us to know the events that happened, not just African-American students, but any student attending UW Oshkosh,” Howard said. “It’s vital to understand the history of Oshkosh and what exactly happened during the past so we can understand what not to do in the future.” Two members of the original Oshkosh 94 protesters, Wanetta Hazelwood and Sheila K nox, attended the discussion and answered student questions afterwards. Hazelwood said they were afraid to come bac to sh osh at first due to what they went through. “It was such a bad experience and it still stays with me in the back of my mind,” Hazelwood said. “It was hard at first to come bac to sh osh K nox said she has fought against discrimination all her life, and continues to speak out in any way she can.

“We speak out, not in a formal way, but in our actions, in our words, and in whatever we do in the jobs that we take,” K nox said “We speak out against discrimination and unfairness every day of our lives.” K ercher said discussing Black Thursday is a key part of Black History Month on campus. “I think there is a small, hopeful and encouraging side to the story,” K ercher said. “That we’re doing this, and that we are using the legacy of this event to inform ourselves about what happened in the past, and to make us more clear minded about how we see things today.” K nox said progress has been made since Black Thursday, but more can be done. “Listen, talk, communicate, show compassion and respect for one another,” K nox said. “That would have prevented the events.”

nemeca14@uwosh.edu With the UW System’s recent response to Thomas Sonnleitner’s countersuit, former Chancellor Richard Wells’ lawyer, Raymond Dall’Osto, said Tuesday he will be filing ells’ response around the end of March. Dall’Osto said Wells received an extension to file due to travel he ystem’s response, filed riday, stated former Chancellor Wells and former V ice Chancellor Thomas Sonnleitner never formally met with the full UW System Board of Regents. “[The UW System denies] that Chancellor Wells and Mr. Sonnleitner made a presentation to the Board of Regents on or about October 8, 2010,” the response stated. “[The UW System admits] that nine members of the Board attended a joint meeting of the Business and Finance Committee and the Capital Planning and Budget Committee.” The response said four parties agreed to enter a $3.8 million agreement to help fund the anaerobic biodigester on Witzel Avenue, but that the University and the UW System were not included in those parties. The UW system denied that Wells or Sonnleitner disclosed any University funds besides the $1.2 million in student fees which were being used to pay for the Oshkosh Sports Complex, according to the response. According to the response, Wells and Sonnleitner told the UW System Board of Regents group that the $1.2 million was included in a $10 million total, and instead added it to the total $11.2 million they did to pay for the Oshkosh Sports Complex. “[The UW System denies] that the projects included any commitment by the University to pay or guarantee payment of any project costs beyond the stated commitment of student fees,” the response stated. The response stated the UW System denied Sonnleitner’s actions which were within the scope of his employment and that he signed letters in good faith. In Sonnleitner’s response, he claimed he as entitled to indemnification, hich means he wouldn’t be liable for any losses the University would suffer because he was doing his job. The UW System’s response denied this. According to court documents, the University Foundation has acknowledged that Sonnleitner has named it as a third-party defendant, but has not filed any statements regarding the suit.

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Blackhawk, Reeve to get updates by Alex Nemec nemeca14@uwosh.edu The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh plans to replace the Mi Taza Coffeehouse in Reeve Memorial nion ith an official tarbuc s store. UWO also has plans to redo the seating areas of Blackhawk Commons, including three new themed areas to sit and updated tables and chairs for patrons. Director of Reeve Memorial Union Randy Hedge said the Blackhawk seating project, yet to be completed, might cost around $300,000. “We are waiting for updated quotes, and are negotiating on a few changes to the original quote at this point,” Hedge said. Hedge said the Starbucks price could be decided soon. “The Starbucks build-out [which includes cabinetry, equipment, merchandising, etc.] would run $205,000,” Hedge said. “The general contractor cost will be substantial, and we should know that in a month or two.” Assistant Director for Dining Operations Marty Strand said a better-looking, more nicely furnished lac ha is going to benefit students since it has been 15 years since opening. “That’s pretty old,” Strand said. “Usually restaurants try to renovate every three to five years and that’s typical. So we’re way behind the curve.” Strand said he is surprised the furniture has held up as long as it has. “When you’re feeding a thousand students a day, those chairs are filled three times a day, times ho -

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One of the updates that would be made is an official starbucks in Reeve Memorial Union. ever many days that was, they’ve ten the engineer in place to drive the been used and used well,” Strand train.” Polk said he doesn’t think the said. “And they’ve held up really well, but they’re showing signs of seating in Blackhawk is comfortwear and eventually they’ll be val- able. ueless.” he chairs and tables are fine, UWO sophomore Landon Polk but the booths are kind of hard to said he does not get in and out of,” mind the layout The train is on the tracks, Polk said. of Blackhawk it’s all fueled up and ready to Strand said the reright now, but it go. It’s just that we haven’t University can be frustrating gotten the engineer in place to placed some of the sneeze guards and at times. drive the train. tray rails that are “When it gets kind of busy it — Marty Strand worn, which is the can be kind of Director for Dining Operations same principle he used for the renohard to find sinvation. gle seating,” Polk “If you start to said. “Otherwise everything is spread out pretty well. look really tired, worn and beat-up I don’t have any complaints about pretty soon you become a detraction instead of an attraction,” Strand that.” Strand said more important proj- said. Strand said the updates to Blackects have pushed back the Blackhawk renovation, leaving the start hawk could show touring students what the campus can provide for date a bit muddy. “The train is on the tracks; it’s all dining services. “When parents bring their pofueled up and ready to go,” Strand said. “It’s just that we haven’t got- tential students through, they see

what we really offer our students,” Strand said. “On top of the fact that our current students deserve a nice place to eat.” Strand said the theme names for the dining areas chosen were: Like Home, Art is Life and Spirit. Strand said area layout was chosen by asking students what concerned them about Blackhawk. “All of them said ‘one thing is when we are meeting someone here, we don’t know where to meet them and your food’s cold sometimes by the time you find your friends ’ Strand said. Strand said one of the reasons for putting an official tarbuc s in Reeve is to catch the eyes of people and future students on campus. “If you go to a campus and you don’t see any of those things and you go to our campus, that can be the deciding factor,” Strand said. “I’ve got Whitewater and I’ve got Oshkosh and I’d choose either one, but there’s a Starbucks at Oshkosh, boom. I guess that could be the tipping point.”

Tarmann said the app will fea- Tarmann said. ture multiple assets for users, in“If I wanted to right now report cluding Friend Walk and a way to a tip, I could snap a picture of it have a two-way text conversation and text it to the police,” Tarmann with a dispatcher. said. “And we can send someone “Friend Walk is a feature where out there so we can ticket them or another friend can locate you on a get them moved.” map and walk with you from start UWO sophomore Alexis Palmto finish,” Tarmann said. “There er said she thinks the app will is also a two-way help students conversation with I wanted a way to more ef- around campus, the dispatcher, fectively communicate with especially ones and you can have our community. who are out late a constant converat night. sation with them — Christopher Tarmann “I believe stuwhile they send UPD Captian dents can beneover an officer to fit, especially if your location.” you’re walking The app will from a party late also feature a moat night, and let’s bile blue light, acsay you’re not cording to Tarmann. next to a blue light but you al“Unlike pressing the blue light ready have the blue light on the outside and guessing where you phone, somebody can find you,” are going to end up next, by Palmer said. pressing the mobile blue light UWO sophomore Alex Woon your phone, then we have the jciechowski said the app will be ability to track you and see where more beneficial for younger stuyou are heading,” Tarmann said. dents or others in the Oshkosh The University Police has community. taken control of UWO parking. “I think the blue light is helpParking on campus has had some ful, especially for the dispatcher inefficiencies, but this app will and the person in need of help,” make parking more efficient, Wojciechowski said. “Having the

communication between a dispatcher and a person is convenient.” UWO freshman Rachel Steele said the app is a college essential. “I think it will be a necessity to students to use around campus especially with some events that have been going around at different colleges,” Steele said. Steele said the push notifications and safety alerts are a good idea. “Safety alert is a good idea because if something does happen around campus, I would get a notification sent to me right away because I don’t always check my email,” Steele said. Tarmann said the difficulty of this app is marketing towards the students. “If you don’t know too much about it or know it exists or think that it isn’t going to have enough functionality to use it, then you’re not going to use it,” Tarmann said. Tarmann said UPD plans on developing the app over the summer and hope to release it in the fall of 2017 for incoming freshman and the rest of campus students.

Police app aims to inform UWO campus by Aaron Tomski tomska69@uwosh.edu

UW Oshkosh and University Police Department are creating a new app that will improve Oshkosh’s community safety for the fall semester of 2017. University Police Department Capt. Christopher Tarmann said he has been working on this app for the last two and a half years. “I wanted a way to more effectively communicate with our community,” Tarmann said. Tarmann said UPD wants to connect with students and meet them where they are. “I think it is really important to think in advance,” Tarmann said. “There are all kinds of apps out there. But what are ways that we can improve those? How do we get to where our community is at?” Tarmann said at least 99 percent of UWO students have an app-capable phone. “So, I just thought, how do we open up our communications levels differently,” Tarmann said “How do we get to that level so that we can communicate better with our community?”

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We are in a slow-down when it comes to the number of college-bound students in Wisconsin. There is simply a shortage of young people who want to go to college, and it’s going to stay that way for several more years. UW Oshkosh isn’t waiting out the lull. Titans Are taking action. We have made some very strategic investments in enrollment management over the past two years, and, based on a current snapshot in time, they are paying off. We are firing on all cylinders. Our total new-student applications for fall 2017 are up 16 percent over last year, as compared to a more moderate four percent increase across all UW campuses. Applications from out-of-state students—a key population that we have plenty of capacity for—are up seven percent, with Illinois-based student applications up almost 10 percent. Why should that matter to current students? More inbound students mean more revenue to support the growth and creation of new academic programs and transformative experiences. Why does it matter to our broader community? Wisconsin is hungry for talent. The more we can inspire in-state and outof-state students to take a closer look at UWO, the greater the chance we have to keep them here after they cross the Commencement stage. Within three years of Commencement, more than 90 percent of UWO graduates who hail from Wisconsin have stayed in Wisconsin. They work, volunteer, pursue further education, raise families and reinvest in our state’s economy and culture. Where there is room to grow is in outof-state talent: 38 percent of graduates from other states plant roots here within three years of Commencement. We are going to double our efforts to improve those numbers. At UWO, we are using a new and strategic piece of technology called a customer relations management system to help. You may have also seen the new “Titans Are” advertising campaign, which has been successfully inspiring students in- and out-ofstate to explore and attend UWO. UWO is a “hot” school, now taking a larger percentage of the applications submitted for UW campuses than we have in many years. We have many to thank for this success. I particularly want to thank our Admissions team and Jill Endries, who is preparing for retirement, for helping lead Admissions through this seismic shift in how we recruit students. Jill is a passionate Titan. We all play a role in this success story. Every day, we stride closer toward our strategic plan goal of achieving greater financial strength through stable and predictable enrollment. Titans are determined to get there. So far, our combined efforts are delivering results.

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A presenter at the fair tells students about the oportunites and benefits of studying aboard in Chile at the Universidad Bernardo O’Higgins. The study abroad fair was held February 22 in Reeve Memorial Union.

Students discover global opportunities by Ti Windisch windit83@uwosh.edu Prospective travelers visited the tudy Abroad air on Wednesday to learn about opportunities to earn college credit while taking classes in countries outside of the United States. tudy A ay Coordinator elsey cDaniels said the tudy Abroad air is meant to be a learning experience for the students who attend. he tudy Abroad air is a great resource for students who aren’t sure which program is right for them,” McDaniels said. “It’s an open-house setting so they can visit different tables to learn more about each program. They also can talk to students who’ve participated on the trips and faculty who

lead the trips.” UWO junior N ate Jensen said he studied abroad previously when he attended Mankato, and he is looking to do so again this semester because of his experiences the first time. Jensen said he learned about his host country in the classroom, but the best part of the trip for him was what he learned while traveling. studied in Australia, Jensen said. “So what I got was, I learned so much more about the world and everyone else’s culture as well as the culture in Australia That’s what I got out of it the most, the outside-of-theclassroom [experience].” ensen said Americans don’t travel outside the U.S. much, but he thinks they should to get the most au-

thentic experience. “You got to go somewhere outside of here Americans and Canadians go,” Jensen said. “You don’t really get that culture aspect when it’s a big tourist zone.” McDaniels said students who study abroad can learn skills that translate to future careers and job interviews. “They gain independence, become more flexible, increase their communication skills, and are comfortable with the unknown,” McDaniels said All of these are skills that employers look for in potential employees. If students study abroad for a full semester, they really get to immerse themselves in their host country’s culture and view life from a different point of view.” Jensen said he thinks the

tudy Abroad air as a useful tool for finding a study abroad trip that was for him. “You can easily find a program in there,” Jensen said. “Just walk around, talk to a bunch of people, get a bunch of references of people you can go to.” UWO freshman Brandon Lee said he likely won’t study abroad because of the cost, although the Study Abroad air did pi ue his interest somewhat. “It’s a little bit more interesting than it was at the beginning of the semester,” Lee said. McDaniels said cost is a typical concern for students, and, although the figures can be daunting, the Office of International Education FAIR,

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by Laura Dickinson dickil83@uwosh.edu Some UW Oshkosh students received an email from Interim V ice Chancellor Brandon Miller about a data exposure due to a glitch related to G mail and were recommended to change their passwords. UWO Chief Information fficer Anne il ovich said the glitch in the system happened by a G oogle mailmerge add-on product, which was able to send a spreadsheet of data instead of pulling data for a personalized message. “We have used this product for some time without incident, and we have not been able to replicate the glitch,” Milkovich said. “We will discontinue use of that add-on product until G oogle confirms it has corrected the glitch.” Milkovich said there was no information released in the glitch that would be able to cause identity theft. As a precaution, e advised the impacted students to change their passwords to protect their accounts, which should be done on a regular basis anyway,” Milkovich said. This data exposure comes after a phishing scam of D2L over winter break. Milkovich said some of these phishing scams and other technology issues are not always preventable. “The IT department manages prevention where possible and responds to incidents out of our control,” Milkovich said. “We also work to increase people awareness and ability to self-protect.” unior Austin rusen said he is concerned about the University’s recent data exposure and phishing scam.

“I received an email saying to change my password for financial aid and that ind of concerned me, rusen said “I went in and immediately changed everything.” rusen said although this glitch did affect him personally, he still trusts the University with informational technology security safety. “It doesn’t really scare me,” rusen said t as nice that they let everyone know that this happened though.” UWO junior Dani Parker said she trusts the University with informational technology security as well. “I still have a decent amount of trust,” Parker said. his is the first am hearing that this happened. I would just like the University to let students know when things like this happen, even if it doesn’t happen to them directly.” Milkovich said the University could have not taken any precautions with the unforeseen glitch. “With technology having occasional vulnerabilities, we always advise students, faculty and staff to change their passwords regularly, at least every semester, and to not use the same password for school accounts as they might use elsewhere,” Milkovich said. Moving forward, Milkovich said UWO will offer training and hopes to start policies that will help data exposures like this from happening again. “We are implementing university-wide information security training to help with that,” Milkovich said. “It will be required for employees and optional for students. We will also be implementing a policy to require regular password resets, decreasing the incident ris s significantly.”


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Courtesy of UPD Police are seeking Thomas Barfell, Jacob Panske and Aaron Daily in connection to several crimes around campus. Police say Barfell and Panske were involved in the thefts in the parking ramp and lot #30. Daily was involved in a theft that happened near campus.

ON THE LOOKOUT University Police Department is seeking three males involved in various theft crimes on campus

by Laura Dickinson dickil83@uwosh.edu UW Oshkosh sent out multiple Titan Alerts due to numerous occurrences of theft on and off campus within the last few days. The University Police Department released Titan Alerts to the UWO community about thefts in South Scott Hall, theft in the parking ramp, theft in parking lot # 30 and a strong-armed robbery around Jackson Street and West Irving Avenue. UPD Capt. Christopher Tarmann said although it feels like there is an increase in Titan Alerts being sent to students, the police department is trying to be as open as possible. “We want to be as transparent as possible to have students make better decisions and to feel safer about their surroundings,” Tarmann said. “While there may or may not be

an increase in actual crimes, we’re not sure. We just want students to know what’s going on here.” Following the Titan Alert about burglaries in South Scott Hall Feb. 15, police were able to make an arrest. UWO freshman Robby Heaney lives in South Scott Hall and said the thefts were a wake-up call to make sure this doesn’t happen to him. “I usually don’t lock my room when I go to visit friends down the hall or go to the bathroom,” Heaney said. Heaney said he thinks the police handled the situation quickly and was glad to have received a Titan Alert. “Once they sent the email out about the burglaries I was more conscious about locking my door, and I know a lot of people on my floor didn’t lock their rooms either,” Heaney said. “Having the

email made me sure to not be the next person who was robbed.” UWO freshman Jake Romenesko said he thinks the Titan Alerts have helped notify people of crimes taking place on campus, but they don’t take away from the fact they are still happening. “I think the alerts are fine,” Romenesko said. “I don’t know what more the police can do with the University’s budget and all, but an increase in security never hurts.” Tarmann said while the police were able to make an arrest, it is still an open investigation and information involving the arrest of the thief could not be released at this time. According to a statement sent out to students, the suspects related to the theft in the parking ramp and parking lot # 30 were quickly discovered due to video footage. Thomas Barfell and Jacob Pan-

Class creates mental health campaign by Courtney Theisen theisc12@uwosh.edu A University of Wisconsin Oshkosh journalism public relations campaign class developed a campaign called Campaign to Change Direction to educate people about mental health and wellness. According to the Campaign to Change Direction, one in five people have a diagnosable mental health condition. The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, non-profit leaders and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture in America about mental health and wellness. To help spread this important message, public relations students are participating in the N ational Bateman Competition with the Public Relations Student Society

of America to develop an awareness campaign for the Campaign to Change Direction. “I love the Campaign’s message… ,” UWO Carissa Brzezinski said. “It’s important for people to take care of themselves.” The Campaign encourages everyone to pay attention to their emotional well-being since it’s just as important as our physical well-being. Sometimes our mental health is great, but other times it suffers. Help is available if we know the Five Signs. According to the Campaign to Change Direction, The Five Signs of emotional suffering are simple and observable signs that everyone can see and learn. The signs include: personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care and hopelessness. Learning the Five Signs is important because it allows people to recognize the signs of mental health

issues for themselves and for their loved ones. The Signs are indicators of emotional suffering in general, not specific signs of a given disorder or condition. If you recognize that someone in your life is suffering, reach out, show compassion and offer help. The Campaign’s class has partnered with the Counseling Center on campus, the Women’s Center, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and local schools and businesses to bring awareness of mental health on campus. The Counseling Center’s services include those that are personal, academic or even questions about what to major in. To stay up to date on the campaign, follow @ uwoshkoshknowsthesigns on Facebook and @ uwosh5signs on Instagram.

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UWO freshman Eryn Schlotfeldt said she has not studied abroad previously, although she would like to. “I’ve always wanted to get out of the United States,” Schlotfeldt said. “And to just see different cultures and broaden my perspective.” Schlotfeldt said the Study Abroad Fair helped her identify the different kinds of programs available for students. “They do a really good job of explaining semester-long programs vs interim programs vs summer programs, [and] just the wide variety of the different places you can go,” Schlotfeldt said.

“They’re just very helpful.” McDaniels said her main piece of advice to students considering a study abroad opportunity is to ask questions about the options available. “If you’re not sure if a program is right for you, or how to get started, come see us in Dempsey 202,” McDaniels said. “We have several advisers on hand to help you through the process. We want to make your journey to study abroad as stress-free as possible. Also, if you don’t find a program through UW Oshkosh that works for you, we’re happy to help you find a different program that best meets your academic goals.”

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offers programs to help with the cost. “We have several exchange programs where students can pay UW Oshkosh tuition to attend other schools,” McDaniels said. “Some of our semester programs actually cost less than a semester at Oshkosh, even including airfare.” McDaniels cited one program in particular, a USA Summer Camp Program in Japan, that involves students working for two months as camp counselors in Japan for about $700.

ske were the suspects identified in the video footage, and are not students at UWO or associated with the UWO community. In a different incident, university police arrested two males and two females involved in a robbery of two males that took place around Jackson Street and West Irving Avenue, according to the Titan Alert. UPD is still looking to arrest Aaron Daily who they believe to be involved with the incident according to the Titan Alerts sent to the UWO community. Tarmann said the police department has been lucky that they have been able to figure out immediately who is involved in these crimes with the help of students. “We have been able to find things quickly,” Tarmann said. “This helps us be proactive towards future thefts and allows us to be more visible and have more patrols out and around campus.”

Crime Stopper Police are looking for any information about any of crimes happening around campus. Please contact the UW Oshkosh Police Department at (920) 424-1212 or the Oshkosh Police Department at (920) 236-5700.


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Freezin’ For A Reason at Polar Plunge ple, merchandise pricing, stuff by Moira Danielson like that,” Salmeri said. “Yesterdaniem16@uwosh.edu day I worked with the souvenirs Menominee Park hosted the and handed out raf e tic ets Chris Petnarski, an intern for 2017 Polar Plunge fundraiser Saturday, giving UW Osh- Special Olympics, said the internkosh students an opportunity to ship offers him a new experience. “Working here gives me connect with the community. The event is sponsored through a behind-the-scenes look at the Special Olympics organiza- what’s going on,” Petnarski tion which helps provide year- said. “Last year they made over round sports training and com- $400,000, and they’re trying petition for adults and children to raise even more this year.” UWO student K atie Brywith intellectual disabilities. Money raised at Po- an took the plunge with her lar Plunge goes to fund- Buffalo Wild Wings co-working the training and events. ers. She said having the comN icci Sprangers, host of the Os- munity here is important. “It’s a big thing to help hkosh Polar Plunge, said she liked seeing the community coming out out the community,” Bryto show their support for the event. an said. “You just have to “Seeing people from all dif- get out there and volunteer.” Sprangers said the goal for all ferent groups is great,” Sprangers said. “There are people from Special Olympics events is to alall different communities here ways beat last year’s total earnings. “We try to add new elements,” which is wonderful to see.” UWO students also did their part Sprangers said. “This year we to help the cause, by both planning added the 5k race and the secthe event and taking the plunge. ond tent for entertainment.” So far the Special Olympics UWO student Monica Salmeri, an intern for the Special Olympics have reached 75 percent of their organization, said she got to work $1 million goal for this year’s on helping plan the Plunge itself. fundraising. You can also donate “I helped with emailing peo- to the cause on their website.

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TOP LEFT: Two friends react to the freezing cold water as they jump into the lake during Saturday’s Plunge event. TOP RIGHT: Dressed in an inflatable dinosaur costume, Oshkosh local takes a selfie while jumping into the water. BOTTOM CENTER: A group of friends brace themselves as they hit the water. One jumper attemps a backflip. BOTTOM LEFT: A young girl prepares to cross the finish line at the Freezin’ For A Reason 5k Polar Plunge event.

Café hosts local performers by Lauren Freund freunl37@uwosh.edu

For freshman Sara McArthur, Open Mic N ight at N ew Moon Café allows her to become more confident ith performing songs in public. cArthur first started performing at Open Mic N ight in March of last year and she has performed almost every week since then. McArthur started out her three-song set with an original song called “Smoke,” then continued with covers of “Barren Sea” by Charley and the Cynics, and “I’ll follow you into the dark” by Death Cab for Cutie. In addition to McArthur there were some adults, as well as other students, who performed a mix of both original and cover songs with a range of genres. Even though she has played open mic nights at other places like Annie’s Fountain City Café , McArthur prefers N ew Moon Café because it’s the first one she ever ent to, leading her to be more dedicated to coming every week. McArthur recommends

any new and practicing musicians go to N ew Moon Café to perform at Open Mic N ight. here are definitely a group of regulars that come here,” McArthur said, “but if it’s your first time, the people here are really supportive and encouraging… Even if you’re shy or nervous, people will still come up to you after and be like ‘hey, good job’ and encourage you to come back and do it more.” McArthur also enjoys the positive environment, where people are always encouraging you, hether it’s your first time or you’re one of the regulars. McArthur said she remembers going to N ew Moon Café and watching the performers when she was younger. She said seeing them on stage made her think she wanted to perform someday. Although she plays guitar the most, she can also play some keyboard and a little bass. G uitar is what she focuses on most and she uses it to continue to grow as a musician and performer. “I’ve been playing guitar for about seven years,” McArthur said, “I started playing the violin in the fourth grade and I ended up switching to guitar

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Sara McArthur performs at Open Mic Night Tuesday. because my dad played guitar and I would sit down in lessons with him and was like, ‘I want to do this instead’ and I haven’t really looked back since.” She is constantly looking for ways to improve her skills, whether through fellow musician’s advice or continued practice. Check out McArthur and other community members perform at N ew Moon Café ’s Open Mic N ight every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.


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February 23, 2017

Kind is the new cute by Hailey Lawrence lawreh56@uwosh.edu Hailey Lawrence is a sophomore journalism and international studies major. Her views do not necessarily represent those of the Advance-Titan.

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Titan Alerts need to get sent out to UWO campus sooner by the Advance-Titan Staff atitan@uwosh.edu If a dangerous incident takes place in the UW Oshkosh area, Titan Alerts are an easy way to keep people informed about the situation. Severe weather warnings, campus emergencies and safety concerns such as robberies or assaults can reach the attention of students, faculty and staff through email or text. This system alerts the campus of the incident and give details about the situation. It can also ensure the UWO community the campus police either have the situation under control or are working to ensure they get to the bottom of the issue in order to maintain a safe atmosphere within the community. The Titan Alerts system is productive because it keeps the UWO community both aware and safe, but there needs to be a way to make the alerts more effective so the campus can be informed sooner. However, when incidents that lead to Titan Alerts take place, oftentimes the alerts are not sent out as quickly as some students think they should be. This semester a few Titan Alerts have centered around situations such as robberies and armed attacks, but for the most part the alerts did not get sent out until hours or even days after the incidents had occurred. A recent incident, which involved a 30-year-old intoxicated Oshkosh man with a handgun transpired in the early hours of Sunday, Feb.

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11 at 12:39 a.m.; a Titan Alert Captain Chris Tarmann said was not sent out to students the UWO community beneand faculty until many hours fits from itan Alerts in a variety of ways. later at 10:52 a.m. “We believe our commuSimilarly, a Titan Alert was delivered at 12:14 p.m. on nity members will watch for Monday, Feb. 20 regarding an and share helpful informaarmed robbery near the UWO tion, which will ultimately campus where two males help us solve those situations were robbed and assaulted, quickly,” Tarmann said. “We leading to the arrest of two believe that an informed adult males and two juvenile community is a safer commufemales. The robbery was nity.” It is important for Titan reported the night before the Titan Alert was sent, on Sun- Alerts to be sent out in a timely manner, especially day, Feb. 19 at 9:07 p.m. Other times, Titan Alerts when the alerts center around do not inform the public of emergencies. With the rate of how long events for several days. A Titan Alert sent out on it currently takes students Monday, Feb. 20 described to receive Titan Alerts, it is unlikely we two on-camwould hear pus thefts about an acfrom vehicles Students can’t take tual emerin UWO park- necessary precautions to on ing lots. The protect themselves if they gency campus, such thefts were get the information too as a school reported three shooting or a days earlier on late. bombing, unFriday, Feb. — Bella Lombardi til hours after 17. UWO sophomore it had finished When burStudents deglaries began to take place in South Scott serve to know what is hapHall, a Titan Alert was only pening on campus, especially sent out on Feb. 15, after an when it involves their safety. UWO sophomore Bella investigation was already active. The day after the alert, Lombardi said the speed of an arrest was made. An up- Titan Alerts is a problem that date to the Titan Alert said the should be changed, especialUniversity Police was able to ly if the included information make an arrest because of the is already gathered. “If there’s a danger or a cooperation and assistance of threat and you don’t know the UWO community. If a Titan Alert had been is- about it, then you won’t be sued sooner and the campus able to prepare yourself,” community had the neces- Lombardi said. “Students sary information to assist in can’t take necessary precauthe investigation, the arrest tions to protect themselves if might have been made earli- they get the information too er, leading to the occurrence late.” The amount of time necesof fewer burglaries. UWO Police Department sary for gathering the right

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information for Titan Alerts can be lengthy. When these alerts come late, they often serve as follow-up information rather than alerting the campus about what is currently happening. The information Titan Alerts provide to the UWO community plays a significant role in campus safety. However, since the alerts usually take a while to get sent out, by the time the information reaches students, the situation is already resolved and the information is virtually useless in helping students stay aware of what is going on around them or helping them stay safe. The University should still take the time to get necessary information and fact check, but should not wait too long after acquiring the information to get an alert out. Tarmann said the content individual Titan Alerts center around is what dictates whether or not an alert is issued. “We make the decision to send these alerts based on the information we have in the moment,” Tarmann said. “If there’s a serious incident that poses a significant threat to our community, but the police respond and apprehend the suspect right away, then an emergency notification may not be sent but we may follow-up with a timely warning.” It is understandable that it takes time for information to be gathered and facts to be checked, but it is still important to keep the campus community aware much sooner in order to maintain safety for all students, faculty and staff.

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Trends go in and out of style fairly quickly. One minute galaxy leggings were the biggest craze and now it seems like you cannot go down the street without seeing at least one girl wearing a choker around her neck. Having a toned body is the new skinny body. White Chuck Taylors and Adidas Superstars are making a comeback. I could go on forever about trends that are always coming and going, but that gets repetitive. We talk about fashion trends and beauty trends but we often overlook trends that are really worth catching onto. You will always have those classic looks that will never go out of style, a lot like red lipstick, but the ultimate classic look is how you treat others. K ind is the new cute. This commentary came to me when I was scrolling through Facebook and an old video showed up captioned “I wish more girls were like this.” The video wasn’t that extravagant. It was a girl going through the drive-thru at Taco Bell and she complimented the cashier and the cashier was abbergasted that someone complimented her. Most of us are taught from a young age that we have to treat others how we want to be treated. Being nice is not that hard. Telling a girl her shoes look cute is not the hardest thing to do. Saying “thank you” to the guy who makes you coffee in the

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morning is not hard, either. It is not hard to compliment someone. Being nice is almost rejected by some. Surprisingly, I see this way too often. I see too many girls ridicule other girls just to make themselves feel superior or better about themselves. Recently, I’ve seen teenage girls on Twitter subtweet other girls and insult them in every way possible. It is truly disgusting. Calling a girl a derogatory term will not make you look cute, smart or better than anyone. It just shows how nasty of a personality you have. Insulting people is a trend that isn’t appealing whatsoever, and yet, unfortunately it is a trend that has caught on. Especially with the spread of social media, this kind of nastiness is spread all over. It takes more effort to hate than it does to be kind. I’ll tell you what will show that you are a great person: say thank you. Tell a girl who wears lipstick on a Monday morning it looks nice on her. Enhance your life so other people can reect your attitude cannot think of any examples of how insulting someone will make you look better. Maya Angelou once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” I try to live by that saying every day, from the moment I wake up and grab my morning coffee to going out of my way to make sure I do something to brighten someone else’s. It can be the littlest thing but it will make the biggest difference. That is a trend worth following. Try to go that extra mile to change someone’s day. Put extra change in the parking meter so the next person won’t have to pay that much. Smile at passersby. Hold the door open for someone. Treat others how you want to be treated. In a world that likes to show the bad more than the good, make an effort to be the change you want to see. It all is about perspective. K indness will never go out of style.

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Morgan Van Lanen - Sports Editor Michael Johrendt - Assistant Sports Editor

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Above: Sophomore guard No. 1 Kyle Beyak controls the ball against UW-La Crosse on Feb. 8. The Titans lost 60-70. Below: Senior No. 5 Taylor Jansen goes up for a shot against the Eagles as teammate No. 0 Charlie Noone watches on.

Basketball gets first-round bye by Nate Proell proeln91@uwosh.edu The UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team clinched the second seed and a first-round bye in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship tournament after finishing the regular season with a 73-55 victory over the UW-Stout Blue Devils on Saturday, Feb. 18. Titans head coach Pat Juckem said the team has done what was necessary to earn their current position. “It’s a long season; this is the good stuff,” Juckem said. “They’ve put themselves in a good position, earning the first-round bye. We’re taking advantage of it in terms of our practices.” With the victory, the Titans went undefeated on the road in conference play to bring their WIAC record to 9-5, giving them their second consecutive second-place finish in the WIAC in the past two years. Titans junior guard Charlie N oone said being able to go undefeated on the road has given the team a good feeling. “Being able to go on the road and get wins gives you a lot of confidence,” N oone said. “G oing on the road and having a lot of success on the road gives you confidence that you can, if you have to go on the road eventually, we can do it.” Earning two second-place finishes in two consecutive years happened for the first time in 1998 and 1999, an accomplishment Juckem said he believes should not go unnoticed. “It’s been a gradual process,” Juckem said. “We’ve talked about building it brick by brick. I’ve got a tremendous coaching staff with me. They bring a lot to the table. We’ve made a considered effort to really recruit and develop the right kind of guys. Each year we’ve made a significant stride.” Against the Blue Devils on Saturday, N oone led the way with his secondhighest point total of the season, scoring 23 points after going 7-9 in 3-pointer shooting and 8-11 overall. N oone’s performance earned him WIAC Basketball Player of the Week. In a game that consisted of six lead changes, the Titans got things started with a N oone 3-pointer from the tip off. Stout was quick to answer with a layup that was countered by a jump shot from Titans’ senior forward Max Schebel, bringing the score to 5-2 with not even a minute off the clock at 19:39. After three missed shots from Stout, Schebel put another two points on the board with a layup. However, it was answered by a layup from Blue Devils guard John K eefe, but a layup from Taylor Jansen put the Titans back up 9-4 at 17:4 1 in the first half. Despite taking the early lead, the Titans fell silent for nearly six minutes. In that time, the Blue Devils went on an 8-0 run to take the lead, 9-11. N oone was quick to respond to the lead change and hit his second 3-pointer of the night to retake the lead, 12-11, with 11:33 remaining in the first half. A 3-pointer from Stout’s Brett Ashenmacher gave the Blue Devils the lead again at 12-14 , but a layup from

center Jack Flynn tied the game up. A layup and a 3-pointer from both teams moved the score up to 19-all with 8:15 remaining in the first half. A layup from the Blue Devils was countered by four points from sophomore guard Ben Boots which gave the Titans a two point lead, with the score sitting at 23-21. N oone’s third 3-pointer of the night extended the lead to 26-21 but was answered by a Stout layup. A three from Jansen and a layup from N oone put the Titans up 31-23 with 4 :10 remaining in the first. A 3-point shot from Titans’ freshman forward Adam Fravert extended the Titans’ lead to 34 -23. However, Stout answered with a eight-point run that was only countered by a three from N oone to end the half with a Titans’ lead of 37-31. A Schebel dunk started off the second half for the Titans, but was answered with a Stout layup. N oone made two 3-pointers to counter a jump shot from K eefe which brought the score to 4 5-35 with 15:07 remaining in the game. By the 9:53 mark, the Titans had a comfortable 60-4 3 lead before both teams fell silent for nearly two minutes. A Stout layup was answered by a K yle Beyak 3-pointer to break the drought, bringing the score to 63-4 5. With 3:21 left, N oone made his last 3-pointer of the night before the Titans tacked on another six points. While the Blue Devils were able to match, it was not nearly enough, with the game ending with a final score of 73-55. With the first-round bye in the WIAC Championship, the Titans will face the

remaining highest-seeded team after the first round of games on Tuesday, Feb. 21. N oone said the bye has been good for the team and has given them time to work on themselves and bond before the game on Thursday. “Everything from now on is just us trying to get better,” N oone said. “The bye kinda provides us with an opportunity to focus on us for a couple days before we start preparing for who we’re gonna play.” Fifth-seeded UW-La Crosse will face fourth-seeded UW-Eau Claire and sixth-seeded UW-Stout will take on the third-seeded UW-Whitewater. Despite not knowing who their opponent will be on Thursday, Juckem said the team has to continue to improve and needs to be ready. “We talk about not maintaining,” Juckem said. “We have to get better, and we’re going to have to be better this week than we were last week.” With a three-game winning streak going into the WIAC Championship, UWO senior guard Taylor Jansen said the team is feeling confident. “G oing into our WIAC tournament right now, it feels like we’re hot,” Jansen said. “It feels like we’re playing the good basketball that we need to play right now.” With UW-River Falls being the first seed and also having a bye, the Titans will face UW-Whitewater on Thursday, Feb. 23th at 7 p.m. at home. River Falls will play UW-La Crosse. The team will compete for a chance to play for the WIAC Championship and an automatic N CAA qualification. The Titans won the WIAC championship last season.

Volleyball plays in Midwest Ten by Jordan Fremstad fresmsj17@uwosh.edu The UW Oshkosh men’s club volleyball team swept all five matches to once again secure the Midwest Ten regular season championship and the tournament championship on Feb. 18 in Dekalb, IL. The Titans avenged their 2016 season when they took second place in the Midwest Ten ( regular season and tournament) , halting a 13-year run of winning at least the regular season or the conference championship. UWO knocked out Ball State University ( 25-14 , 25-5) ( quarterfinal 25-14 , 25-16) , N o. 25 N orthern Illinois ( 25-19, 25-15) , Illinois State University ( 25-17, 25-23) , and N o. 13 Marquette University ( 27-25, 25-16) . Senior captain Travis Hudson shined in the sweep of the N orthern Illinois Huskies, delivering 16 assists, four kills and three digs, while sophomore Tony D’Acquisto had four kills and senior Joe K uchler helped with six digs. In a win over the Ball State Cardinals, the Titans had a hitting percentage of .571 to go along with 23 kills on 34 attempts. Seven of those kills came from D’Acquisto, along with two blocks. K uchler added seven digs, senior Sammy Pederson pitched in five kills and freshman N ick Davies provided two blocks. Hudson said the team’s offensive strength helps it win games. “Our team is very spread out when it comes to offensive threats,” Hudson said. “Some teams only have one or maybe a couple players able to do damage on the offensive side, but our team is solid in every position, which provides me with endless options of people to set and pick up assists from.” UWO came up with another victory in another quarterfinal match against Ball State, led by senior Peter N ordel, who had eight kills and five blocks. Pedersen was up to the challenge as well, supplying five service aces and four kills. Davies also chipped in, tallying 11 assists and five kills. The semifinal match against Illinois State University proved to be the toughest of the day. The Titans surpassed the Redbirds and reached the conference championship match for a staggering 13th time in the last 14 seasons. The valiant effort was led by senior captain Michael Wamboldt’s six digs along with Pedersen and Brandon Schmidt’s combined six service aces. Balanced offense helped the Titans knock off the 13th-ranked team in Marquette, where six players found themselves with at least three kills. UWO sophomore Devin Hudson had six kills and two blocks. Travis Hudson contributed 15 assists, four digs and three blocks in

an impressive performance. Sophomore Jake Martin had a team-leading seven digs and Pedersen gave five more kills and two service aces to put the Titans back on top of the Midwest Ten. Wamboldt said his team always finds ways to bounce back when the lights are bright. “This team never ceases to amaze me,” Wamboldt said. “Our team is full of new faces this season and it’s great that we are able to find the same result. I think our team has grown older from last year. Due to all the new faces on D-I, the veterans have done a great job bringing them in and guiding them through what it means to be a D-I player at Oshkosh.” Travis said a season ago the team hit a roadblock and didn’t perform as well as this program is accustomed to playing. However, he talked about how the team has put that in the rear-view mirror and is coming together at a prime time of season. “Last year we hit a rough patch during that tournament,” Travis said. “We as a team didn’t play well, and it just so happened to occur during Midwest Ten. This time around we were and are on the upward rise after having a slow start to the season. Our team is finally set and starting our push to be at top performance when nationals come around. Luckily for us, our low point didn’t involve picking up three losses like it did last year.” UWO head coach Brian Schaefer said he was thrilled with how his team responded when a play was needed. “The Midwest Ten Championship is back at Oshkosh,” Schaefer said. “The guys had a few ups and downs on the day, but when clutch plays were needed they once again came though.” Schaefer talked about the variety of people who helped make this championship a reality. “The best thing about our wins is that many people contributed,” Schaefer said. “Our defense and passing was very good and to hold Illinois State University and a very good serving Marquette University without a service ace is pretty impressive.” The Titans have had plenty of success in years past and despite being a team with many new faces, Travis said that doesn’t cost this team any extra motivation. “Last year was the first time in my career where we did not win the regular season or playoff championship for Midwest Ten,” Travis said. “This year we have a lot of new guys on the team, only myself and three others could say we have won Midwest Ten before. That alone is motivation to get back on top of the conference and reclaim the title.”

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Morgan Van Lanen - Sports Editor Mike Johrendt - Assistant Sports Editor

February 23, 2017

Track and field teams place second by Calvin Skalet skalec11@uwosh.edu

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John Puffer clears a hurdle during the Titan Challenge.

Both the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh men’s and women’s track and field teams placed second at the Titan Challenge held at K olf Sports Center on Saturday. The men’s team scored 14 6 points while the women scored 112.5. Freshman Cara V olz recorded a pair of top-12 national performances for the Oshkosh women, including a first-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.96 seconds. V olz also finished third in the triple jump with a skip of 37-6 3/ 4 . V olz is now ranked 11th in the N CAA for the 60-meter hurdles and 12th in triple jump. Interim head coach Mary Theisen said V olz’s confidence has played a big role in her success this season. “The best thing about Cara is that she’s a freshman, but she is confident,” Theisen said. “Confidence speaks volumes, and if you’re confident, it doesn’t matter if you’re a freshman or a senior. She has a very bright future.” UW Oshkosh also had three other individual winners, including junior Emily Reichenberger, who took home first place in 60-meter dash with a time of 7.77 seconds. Senior Erica Munyen took home first in the mile with a time of 5:07.21, and junior K risten Linzmeier won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14 :03. Freshman Ashton K eene finished in second place in the 5,000-meter run with a time of

19:22:00. The UWO women performed strong in field events. Senior Elizabeth Abhold, who competed in the 20-pound weight throw, scored a distance of 54 -3 1/ 4 . Junior Alyssa Ryan also contributed in the pole vault, placing second with a height of 12-3 1/ 2. Ryan’s score in the pole vault is the 11th best in the nation this season. Sophomore Lauren Wrensch received second place in the long jump with a leap of 17-6 1/ 2. Theisen said although her team took second in Saturday’s meet there is still room for improvement in the following weeks. “Consistency in our season is very important,” Theisen said. “Although with the way we peak our athletes, there are times in the training that they have an off week. We just need them to keep their chins up when things aren’t going perfect and trust the process.” The men’s team had a strong showing in the pole vault, with four participants placing in the event. Junior Devan G ertschen won with a height of 15-5 3/ 4 , senior Matt McMullen and freshman Joe V ils shared third place with a height of 14 -6 while junior Mitchell Hasey finished eighth with a jump of 14 -0. Junior high jumper Dakota G riffith, who recorded a personal record of 1.92 in Saturday’s meet, said he is satisfied where he is at this point in the season. “I think overall as a team, we took a great step forward,”

G riffith said. “For me personally, I had a lifetime personal record and I couldn’t be happier with it coming the week before conference. Our high jump crew is all performing well and we are going to come into the conference meet and compete the best we can and get some spots on the podium.” Oshkosh finished at the top in both the 800- and 3,000meter runs placing in second, third and fourth place in both events. In the 800-meter run, junior Joe Z ack finished second with a time of 1:54 .50. Senior Derrick Rufer received third place with a time of 1:56.4 0, and Junior Mitch Pauers placed fourth with a time of 1:56.95. Freshman Skyler Yunk finished second for the men in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:58.34 . Junior Trevor Damkota scored third for the Titans with a time of 9:02.4 4 and sophomore Bennett K rueger placed fourth in the event with a time of 9:05.4 1. The UWO men had three other individual winners as sophomore Christian Lopez took first place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.92 seconds. Sophomore Morgan Malm also captured the 60-meter hurdles in 8.37 seconds, and sophomore Justin Skinkis took first in the mile run with a time of 4 :17.62. In relay events, the men scored first place in the 1,600meter run as Malm, junior G arrison G riest, sophomore Ryan Powers and senior Danny Trimmer received a time of 3:18:20. The performance is

the second-fastest time in the N CAA Division III this season. In the long jump, both senior Hunter Effa and sophomore Carson Weber won the event and recorded measurements of 22-0 3/ 4 . Junior Bryce Mancheski also contributed placing sixth in the event with a leap of 21-6 1/ 4 . Some other notable performances include Weber, who also placed second in the high jump with a leap of 6-5 1/ 2, and sophomore Bailey Q uinn listed fifth in the 35-pound weight throw with a distance of 54 -4 3/ 4 . Q uinn said he owes his success this season to his coaches and fellow teammates. “There is always this push from one another to throw farther and be stronger,” Q uinn said. “I owe a lot of my success to my coach who has taught me everything and helped me be the best I can be.” With close to three months left in the season, Q uinn said he’s excited to transition from indoor competition, to outdoor competition. “Even with having so much of the season left, I am excited to see how our indoor season transitions into our outdoor season,” Q uinn said. “There have been many huge successes everywhere on the track and in the field, I also think that the team is setting up nicely for our upcoming championship season.” UW Oshkosh will continue competition at the WIAC Indoor Track & Field Championship on Friday and Saturday in Menomonie.


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Morgan Van Lanen - Sports Editor Mike Johrendt - Assistant Sports Editor

February 23 , 2017

2016-17 Season At a glance Overall Record: 23-2

2016-17 Season Leaders Points:

Conference Record: 13-1 Home W/L: 10-0

2015-16: 23-6, Second Round

• Taylor Schmidt- 280

2014-15: 23-7, Second Round

Rebounds: • Alex Richard- 151

Total Point Differential: +424 Per Game: +16.96

Recent Regular Season History

2013-14: 26-4, Third Round

Assists: • Morgan Kokta- 52

2012-13: 20-6, no playoffs

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The four Titan players, with their families, being honored on Senior Night (from left): forward Madeline Staples, guard Morgan Kokta, forward Alex Richard and guard Taylor Schmidt.

UWO women conclude season with Senior Night victory by Michael Johrendt johrem64@uwosh.edu The UW Oshkosh women’s basketball team continued its strong season by winning at home against UW-Stout for Senior N ight, 71-53. This win secured a 23-2 record this year, including a nine-game conference winning streak to end the season. This marked the second consecutive year the women were victorious on Senior N ight, something head coach Brad Fischer said speaks to the dedication of the team to finish what they start. “You want to finish it the right way for them, especially with the careers that they have had,” Fischer said. “So it is a good way for us to celebrate and we were excited. We really wanted to finish the regular season off the right way and make sure we did not fall into a lull because we had already clinched everything.” Out of the gates, the Titans used an offensive onslaught to jump out to a 17-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Senior forward Eliza Campbell contributed seven of her gamehigh 13 points in the first quarter on a perfect three-of-three shooting performance from the field. Defensively, UWO held the Blue Devils to a meager five points in the first quarter on only two made baskets. UW-Stout only shot 12.5 percent on 16 shots, while Oshkosh translated their 10 made shots into 22 points on 18 shots. Sophomore forward Isabella Samuels chipped in six points on a perfect shooting performance in the first, making all three shots just as Campbell did. Samuels contributed eight points in the game on 16 minutes off the bench. The second quarter led to more of the same for the

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Titans, despite scoring four fewer points. Fourteen of the 16 players on Oshkosh’s roster earned minutes in the second period, with senior guard Taylor Schmidt leading the offensive barrage with seven points. Schmidt, junior guard Emma Melotik and senior guard Morgan K okta combined for 12 of Oshkosh’s 18 second quarter points. The three guards continued the perfect shooting of the squad by going five-of-five from the field, including two shots from behind the arc. The Titans again outshot the Blue Devils, with Oshkosh shooting 35 percent more efficiently than Stout and making three shots from beyond the arc, compared to none for their opponents. UWO’s bench continued its consistent ways, contributing six points in this quarter alone. In four second-quarter minutes, junior guard Jaimee Pitt knocked down a three for her only points of the quarter. Sophomore guard Chloe Pustina chipped in two points on a field goal and junior forward Taylor Dagon connected on a shot from the charity stripe to help the cause. G oing into halftime, the Titans held a 4 0-17 lead over UW-Stout. Schmidt poured in all of her nine points in the first half and Campbell contributed seven of her team-leading 13 points in the first half of the game. Assistant coach K elly McN iff said being able to carry over momentum is something the team has focused on throughout the season, and something they pride themselves on. “I think it was huge,” McN iff said. “It was momentum for us going into the playoffs. It is sending out four very decorated players out on the right note. We lost on Senior N ight a few years ago and it was not a

good feeling at all. Momentum alone is very important.” Coming out of the break, UWO remained consistent in the scoring department, again putting 18 points on the board in the third quarter. The Titans’ bench carried the team in the third, with only two points coming from a starter. Freshman guard K ylie Moe contributed nine of her 12 points in the quarter on threeof-three shooting. The 3-point shot was falling for Moe, as she knocked down three from behind the line in this quarter. Senior forward Madeline Staples scored seven points on three field goals and one made free throw in the third quarter, helping Moe pace the bench production in the quarter. She also contributed one rebound and one steal in six minutes in the quarter. G oing into the fourth quarter, UWO held a 58-34 lead, paving the way for the bench to finish the game due to the large lead the team held. Everyone on the team earned minutes in this quarter for UWO. The fourth quarter was the Titans’ lowest scoring quarter of the contest, as the team only got five shots to go for 13 total points. Off the bench, Samuels and sophomore forward Melanie Schneider contributed two points each, both playing three minutes and going onefor-two from the field. For the starters, Campbell had four points on two-of-five shooting and three rebounds, including one on the offensive end of the floor. Senior forward Alex Richard was the only other starter in the scoring column in the fourth quarter, knocking down one shot from the field and making all three attempted free throws on her way to five points in the quarter. The game against UW-Stout concluded Fischer’s fifth regular season as head coach, and it marked the fifth consecutive

year the Titans won at least 20 games in a season. Richard said this mark should not go unnoticed, and that it speaks volumes about the program’s integrity. “It just shows everyone that we are a good program and that we are not just a fluke every year,” Richard said. “We are good and we will keep bringing out good teams.” Looking ahead to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoff tournament, UWO must wait until Wednesday to find out who their opponent will be for the semi-final game it will be hosting this week Friday. The team earned a bye by winning the WIAC regular season title this year and were given the top seed in the tournament. Fischer said being able to play the conference playoffs at home affords the team an advantage to play where they have been very successful. “Any time that you can not have to travel is important, [as] in the history of our tournament the last couple years, it says that the one-seed does not win it,” Fischer said. “We need to buck a trend there a little bit, [and] I think that has happened because teams win it and relax a little bit. We need to make sure that we keep our edge and make sure that this is the second season for us, this is a new year. Hopefully we have the right mindset, but making teams get on a bus and come over here and having to go through traveling to play at our place is a big advantage.” Oshkosh hosts UW-River Falls, the lowest of the remaining seeds after the two firstround games of the WIAC tournament. The game will be Friday at 7 p.m. and if UWO wins, they will again host the championship contest on Sunday afternoon, with the winner earning an automatic bid into the N CAA Division III tournament.

Thursday

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Saturday

Men’s Basketball vs UW-Whitewater 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs UW-River Falls 3:30 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field at WIAC Indoor Championship 9:00 a.m.

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