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ADVANCE-TITAN Official Newspaper of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh • February 25, 2016 • Bridging the campus and community since 1893

Vol. 121, No. 15

State Building Commission approves RecPlex by Matt Silva UW Oshkosh Intramural R ecreation Field Complex is set for construction after receiving approval by the State Building Commission in December. UWO R ecreation Coordinator Tony Dirth said construction will hopefully start by Fall 2016 . “The timeline plan is that we hope to hold a groundbreaking event before the end of this spring semester so that the current students can be a part of it,” Dirth said. “Construction will begin in the fall of this year, with the completion scheduled for fall of 2017 .” According to Dirth, the R ecPlex will be a bifurcated, two pod concept. “The south domed field will be on the site of the former R iver Commons, right next to Gruenhagen on that grassy field, irth said. “The front will face north on Osceola St. The north un-domed field will sit across Osceola Street and take the place of the current grass field ne t to the parking garage.” UWO V ice Chancellor of Students Affairs Petra R oter said the use of the R ecPlex will mostly be for UWO students. “Use priority goes to our students for recreational and intramural activities, then to club sports and athletics,” R oter said. “During nonprime student usage, the community and outside rental come into play to generate the revenue— during breaks, interim, and parts or all of some weekends would be prime rental options.” According to R oter, part of the funding comes from savings from the construction of the Student R ecreation and Wellness Center and an amount of $ 10 will be taken from students segregated fees, which is


part of student tuition. The revenues will also support and increase recreational options and programs for students. “[The R ecPlex is] just another of UWO’s many recruitment and retention tools,” R oter said. “It will serve as a positive and healthy outlet for our students who want to participate in intramurals and sports. It also is another way to partner with the community and bring the community to our campus, as well as generate revenues.” R oter said the lack of space for activities can be a common complaint among UWO students. “R ecPlex was a concept that came from the students who wanted to have more recreational opportunities and to accommodate the growing interest and participation of club sports,” R oter said. “Our campus does not have the kind of spaces to meet our ever increasing campus recreation needs.” UWO junior Nathan Defatte said the Student R ecreation and Wellness Center is large enough and new enough, and it does not need to be increased. “The R ec is great and accomodating enough for a Division III school,” Defatte said. “And I like the open spaces where the R ecPlex will be built upon.” In a document posted by the University, the budget for the R ecPlex is estimated to be $ 6 .4 6 million. “Building the R ecPlex for the small increase in student fees is made possible because of the significant savings that were realized during the construction of the SR WC, and revenue realized from renting the R ecPlex during winter break, spring break and summer when the student population dramatically decreases on campus,” the document stated. Dirth said currently the budget for


RecPlex will be located between the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center and Gruenhagen. the R ecPlex is a bit under $ 5 million. “The total project’s budget is $ 4 .8 million,” Dirth said. “This includes both fields, the support building, lights, etc. Not included in that number is the actual dome, which we have to procure as an equipment purchase during the design process so that the design team can ensure all specifications of our facility will work with the dome manufacturer’s specifications. According to Defatte, the amount of money spent on the R ecPlex could be used elsewhere. “The money could be used to ren-

ovate Albee, which is also an athletic facility,” Defatte said. “It has good space and features but many students don’t know about it or are not that interested in it since it looks old and outdated.” R oter said the R ecPlex will hopefully increase overall availability of recreation equipment to students. “R ight now we have to turn away students and intramural teams, as well as limit club sports and athletics use of our facilities because we just do not have space or weather and/ or daylighting does not cooperate with the use of the limited outdoor space,” R oter said.

Penny War

This week in Veterans Resource Center all week and Thursday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Reeve.

Cherry Berry Fundraiser

Community Game Night

Life-size games, pub trivia and prizes. Thursday, March 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

SVA helps student veterans adapt UW Oshkosh student and Student V eterans of America president Aaron Kloss said he is preparing for an exciting semester for the UWO SV A. According to Kloss, SV A is an organization helping veterans make the transition from active duty to higher education with the goal of assisting veterans in any way possible. “It’s very tricky stuff, balancing it all,” Kloss said. “It’s doable, but planning is absolutely critical.” Kloss said he joined SV A in the spring of 2013 while

pursuing his bachelor’s in Social Work and continuing his National Guard service. He said he was curious about what the organization had to offer and the impact it had on the community, but struggled with being different from his classmates. “The biggest struggle was being older than traditional students and having a family,” Kloss said. According to Kloss, the SV A has partnered with several organizations on-and off-campus, including the UWO Women’s Center and the Boys and Girls Club. “I think SV A is beneficial for not only student veterans, but for the campus and

News The ffice of nternational Education stress safety when studying abroad. R ead more on A2.

Keep an eye out for next week’s issue for an update on the R eeve Union R eevamp.

community as well,” Kloss said. According to a campus-wide email sent on Monday Feb. 22, to further the relationship between student veterans, UWO and the Oshkosh community, the SV A is holding a community game night March 3 in the R eeve Memorial Union Ballroom from 5 :30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The SV A is also holding a Penny War in the V eteran R esource Center in Dempsey Hall this week with additional jars in R eeve Memorial Union on Tuesday and Thursday, the email stated. Kloss said his biggest

Courtesy sizing leads to problems with body image by Alison Herrmann

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accomplishments as SV A president are being approached by other organizations and being an important part of campus. “It’s a great feeling, being a part of something bigger than yourself,” Kloss said.

Approaching a rack of jeans in a typical clothing store, women are automatically separated by tiny plastic signs that differentiate sizes. Some stores have the racks divided by size, while other stores have their clothing divided by sections, like junior’s, women’s and misses. UW Oshkosh psychology student Jenna Meer said separating women into categories by their body shape and size can be damaging to their body image. “It tears my heart apart just thinking about all these girls that feel this way,” Meer said. “It makes you feel insecure and it can prevent you from living your life to the fullest.” One way clothing companies are attempting to make women feel better about their size is with courtesy sizing. The use of courtesy sizing, also known as vanity sizing, has been growing slowly over the past 5 0 years. According to an article by, sizes are different for every store and brand, and some stores make their sizes smaller than the average dimensions for that particular size. “Every brand is different and, despite what the tag might say, no two sizes feel the same between retailers,” stated. “You could be a size eight at this place, a size six at that place and a size 10 somewhere else. It’s exhausting to try

Campus Connections UWO theater department’s “Clyborne Park” generates high turnout. R ead more on A4 .

UWO Senior Mallory R adney said the R ecPlex is going to be a great addition to the campus. “It will be big, it will be new and it will be nice,” R adney said. “It will have state of the art equipment.” R oter said the needs for the facility were expressed by students. “It should be noted that over 8 0 percent of our students here at UWO are involved in some kind of formal or informal recreational activity,” R oter said. “Surveys and evaluations indicate that our students would like to expand the recreational options available to them and increase their opportunities to participate or play.”

V agina monologues focuses on women embracing their sexuality. R ead more on A4 .

and keep track.” Body image is a large issue in America, and courtesy sizing attributes to what women perceive as a healthy body image, according to “Approximately 9 1 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape,” the article stated. “Unfortunately, only 5 percent of women naturally possess the body type often portrayed by Americans in media.” Courtesy sizing can have a major affect on women’s self-esteem. Psychology professor at UWO and advocate for women’s studies Erin Winterrowd said media has a large in uence on the self-esteem of women, especially teenagers and young adults. “I don’t think there is any coincidence that this is targeting younger women,” Winterrowd said. “They are probably the ones most susceptible to it, and they are probably the ones talking the most about their sizes.” Winterrowd said the concept of numbers is immensely important in the United States. She said as a social society, the U.S. likes to attach numbers to different aspects of our lives. “We like numbers,” Winterrowd said. “We like quantifying things in a single number in particular. Other countries,


Sports UWO hockey club ended its season with a 17 -5 -2 record. R ead more on A6 .

Men’s and women’s basketball both clinched the second seed in the WIAC. R ead more on A7 .


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COURTESY SIZING FROM PAGE A1 they will use dimensions for sizing. It also comes out into play in intelligence testing. In other countries they will use multiple numbers, in the U.S., we use one number.” Winterrowd said having a number on an item of clothing, regardless of what the number is, will automatically make a woman feel bad about herself. “I saw a study at one point where it said that when women tried on clothing without sizes, they felt better about their bodies as opposed to when they tried on clothing with sizes, any sizes,” Winterrowd said. “So the issue there is, even if at one store, I’m a 12 and at another store I’m a 10, even the 10 is going to make me feel bad because it’s a number.” Winterrowd said the number system in clothing is unrealistic because of the many different body shapes women have. “This number, what I think is happening, is an [unrealistic] comparison,” Winterrowd said. “Other people have numbers too. If we think about healthy body shapes, we have the Marilyn Monroe or the Kim Kardashian… but healthy body shapes can be the pear, or the broad shoulders; it just depends on the woman.” Winterrowd said courtesy sizing and body image issues are more prominent in younger women because they are who fit the “social cultural ideal body”. “So what happens as a woman gets older, psychologically, they move out of the ideal social cultural age,” Winterrowd said. “So they are already ‘not pretty’ in that sense because they are 30 instead of 20. There are certainly eating disorder issues throughout peoples lives, but eating disorders peak in the early 20s and late teens, and we see very few middle aged women with eating disorders.” Meer said she is an advocate for having a healthy body image and believes that it doesn’t matter what size you are as long as you are in good health. “My opinion on body image is that as long as you are healthy, and your weight isn’t causing any physical harm to you, then the goal should be to accept your body and accept how you are,” Meer said. “I truly believe that every woman is beautiful and the only time that weight is ever an issue is if it causes physical harm.” Meer said stores that courtesy size, or that heavily Photoshop their models, affect where she shops. “Just knowing that they are showing girls for how they really are, I really appreciate that because it is so hard to see all that unrealistic Photoshopping and even for me, it makes

me feel worse about myself,” Meer said. Meer may applaud Aerie for discontinuing retouching their models, but said she believes that American Eagle’s clothing store does fall into the group of stores that practice courtesy sizing. Meer said she, too, has fallen victim to courtesy sizing. “I would personally say that American Eagle is part of the courtesy sizing because I used to be able to go into American Eagle and wear a size four jean, but then I would go to Kohl’s or just a normal department store and have to buy a si e eight to in order to fit my waist line and leg length,” Meer said. “So, every time, I would never go into Kohl’s to buy anything then because I felt better about myself at American Eagle. From a psychological standpoint, it’s very damaging.” Winterrowd said she has an issue with the term “plus-size model.” “The pro of doing that is that you are recognizing that there is an ideal out there that is unattainable and false and that it is in contrary to it,” Winterrowed said. “The con is that you are somehow suggesting that this is not normal. It’s what we call in psychology sub-typing.” Winterrowd said it would be better if clothing companies got rid of the different types of sizes. “What the hell is a size zero? That doesn’t even make sense. What is it? Do we have a size negative two then,” Winterrowd said. Store leader at Dressbarn Jamie Spagnola said Dressbarn is trying to help women get over their body image issues. Dressbarn’s motto is “inspiring women to look and feel beautiful every day.” “I feel our mission statement says a lot about body image,” Spagnola said. “Having every associate knowing that they do make a difference in the way our customer’s see themselves. Sometimes it as simple as offering the styles that fit their body type or a sincere compliment.” Spagnola said a simple compliment is a good way for women to build each other up and break the social normality of body image, rather than competing with each other. “I’ve always had wonderful coworkers who give me compliments on my outfits, which make me feel good,” Spagnola said. Winterrowd said her best advice for women who are struggling with body image issues is to connect with other women in person and step away from media. “The more women, especially younger women, interact with other real women, the better they feel about their bodies,” Winterrowd said. “The more they interact with fake women, women on paper, women on screens, women on radio, the worse they feel about their bodies.”

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by Tyler Cox UW Oshkosh gives students a variety of places to study abroad, all which have the opportunity for safety concerns. The UW Oshkosh Office of International Studies gives safety advice and policies for students to follow during their study abroad trips. Kelsey McDaniels, the study away coordinator for UW Oshkosh, said students who intend to study abroad should pay attention to orientation classes that are geared toward the place they are going. “We have an online orientation for all of our programs that students are required to go through before they study abroad, and as a part of that we have them look at the current Center for Disease Control information,” McDaniels said. “We recommend that they see their doctor before they go abroad, to make sure they’re up-to-date on all their immunizations.” Marissa Sutter, a student who has studied abroad in Italy and Tanzania, said she was told how to stay safe in orientation. “My Tanzania [trip] was a group trip so we were always in a group,” Sutter said. “We were told to pack our stuff safe and to not travel at night. With purses always have side shoulder bags with metal in them so they can’t get cut.” Sutter also said students shouldn’t give away their personal information to ensure their safety. “Don’t give people your address, even taxi drivers, just say you are going to this corner,” Sutter said. McDaniels suggested if a student needs to travel at night, or is lost, they need to be mindful of their surroundings to avoid trouble. “Be aware of signs,” McDaniels said.

“Signs will be in English. The main areas that [students] are going to are tourist areas. Be sure to not stand out too much.” McDaniels gave some tips on the best ways to stay safe while traveling abroad. “You want to stay in well lit areas, and public areas,” McDaniels said. “Always carry a map because our phone may die, or lose Wi-Fi. McDaniels said most crimes that take place are non-violent, such as having an item stolen from you. “Like someone asking you to take a picture for them so you set down your backpack and someone will come and take it,” McDaniels said. McDaniels said the trips the Office of International Education offers are not to places that are overly dangerous. “We don’t plan any trips to countries with travel warnings,” McDaniels said. “We are only sending students [to places] that are safe to travel to.” According to McDaniels, the reason students may run into having stuff stolen is because students are in big cities with more chances for pickpockets to target them. “Here you might leave your purse on the back of a chair, you’re not going to worry about it.” McDaniels said. “If you’re in a big city somewhere else someone could easily come by and take it.” According to McDaniels, if a student becomes injured or falls ill during a study abroad trip, which is a rare occurrence, they are covered by International Health Insurance, which is included in the program fee. “The insurance will help them with medical costs abroad and also includes policies for the student to be flown back home in emergency medical situations,” McDaniels said. McDaniels also said students are to obey the country’s laws and will be

responsible for any fines and ramifications if they broke any laws. “The University would not have any influence over the law authorities in another country,” McDaniels said. “If a student were in legal trouble, they would need to contact the U.S. Embassy. If a student on a program breaks one of the University’s rules, they could be sent home.” Tarrah Boston, a student at UW Oshkosh who studied abroad in Germany and has backpacked through Europe, said to it is best to try to blend in, to avoid trouble. “If you look like you don’t know what you are doing, and look like a tourist, people are going to prey on you,” Boston said. According to Boston, the experience is not as frightening as it sounds. She said students are brought out of their comfort zone and that is what makes the experience scary, but what students gain from the experience is worth the slight discomfort. “When you are going outside of your comfort zone and things are different than how it normally is, it’s kind of scary sometimes,” Boston said. “I would say that my first night in Amsterdam I was terrified.” According to McDaniel there are still programs available for Spring interim and summer if any students are interested.

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Total health is more than a clothing size

by Jessica Zemlicka Jessica Zemlicka is a senior journalism major. Her views do not necessarily represent those of the Advance-Titan.

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Be aware of debt’s effect

by the Advance-Titan Staff

From the time students are old enough to understand what higher education is, they’re told it’s something they have to pursue. It’s almost socially unacceptable not to have a plan for life after high school and it’s even more taboo if that plan doesn’t include continuing education. It’s presented as the only option if students want to eventually achieve some level of success in the career they choose. The problem is, a college education isn’t free and, unless they’re fortunate enough to have some sort of college fund, the onus of paying for it usually falls on the student themselves. nly five states re uire high school students to take a course in personal finance to graduate, according to a study conducted by the Center for Financial Literacy at

Champlain College. Wisconsin is not one of them. This failure to ensure students are financially literate by the end of their secondary education, paired with an increased reliance on student loans to pay for college, means there are high schoolers borrowing money to pay for an education with little to no understanding of what it even means to be in debt. Fifty four percent of UW Oshkosh undergraduates use loans to help pay for schooling, and in 2014 the average student-loan debt of UWO graduates was $ 31,6 01, according to the UW System Informational Memoranda. Add in credit card debt which, as of 2013, was measured to be around $ 3,000 per student nationally. Many UWO students leave campus with a debt tag that e uals the starting salary of their first ob. UWO economics professor

Chad Cotti said student debt is a balancing act. Cotti also said a good rule of thumb is a student’s total debt at graduation should not exceed what they realistically expect their starting salary to be in their first ob after finishing their college education. “College is investment in oneself,” Cotti said. “So, for students like me, who couldn’t afford to fully commit to college without financial aid, I was more than willing to borrow money when I was young, so I could graduate from college and have a significantly higher income and uality of life than I would have had otherwise.” An obvious option for students who want to avoid debt is paying for school out of pocket and in 2013, 8 5 percent of college graduates used personal funds to pay for some or all of their tuition and fees, according to CNN.

But Cotti said students who work too much may end up costing themselves money in the long run. “All too often, students choose to work full-time or nearly full-time so they can graduate with zero or near zero debt,” Cotti said. “However, in doing so they prolong their time in college, which is extremely expensive in terms of foregone wages and it compromises their GPA which will impact their marketability after college.” Making sure to fully understand the details of and all debt they’re undertaking isn t ust essential to every student’s long-term economic success, it’s necessary for post-college survival. Students should be certain they understand their master promissory note, which includes all the information on their loan’s interest rates, grace periods and what happens if they were to go into default.

Students should worry more about being healthy than skinny. Health is not measured in pounds and it cannot be generalized to an entire population. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines healthy as “enoying health and vigor of body, mind, or spirit.” owhere in the definition does it say a girl has to be a size two or a guy has to look like R yan R eynolds. Health is having a strong mind, body and spirit. Too often young people hear they are not good enough because of their weight or how they look on the outside. The outside should not signify happiness. It is what’s going on inside that leads a healthy lifestyle. According to medical researcher Bridget Coila of, being healthy means understanding health indicators like cholesterol and blood pressure and living an active lifestyle. “Engaging in physical exercise for 30 to 6 0 minutes on most days of the week and eating a diet high in lean protein, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, whole grains, vegetables and fruit, while avoiding refined grains, added sugars and saturated fat can help you achieve BMI, cholesterol and blood pressure readings within the ideal ranges,” Colia said. Blogger and Editor-in-Chief of R Joni Edelman’s article “Be-

ing Thin Didn’t Make Me Happy, But Being Fat Does,” e plored her ourney from thin and miserable to fat and loving life. Edelman said when she had a six-pack she was only eating 1,000 calories per day and ran 35 miles a week to maintain her physi ue. She did all that on top of caring for three children and working 12-hour night shifts in the medical field. After losing a child, having marital difficulties and breaking an ankle and a leg, Edelman said she gained weight but finally felt happy. “I see dramatic changes not only in my body, but also in my mind,” Edelman said. “There is a stillness, a oy, and a peace I' ve never had.” According to Edelman, not worrying about constantly working out to be skinny gave her the willingness to let things go and be happier more often. “Happiness does not reuire thinness, delman said. “Fatness does not presume sadness.” Images of women in magazine and the internet are constantly in the eyes of young women. oung women pro ect these unrealistic and photoshopped images upon themselves, according to Just Say S, a nonprofit organization empowering students to pursue their dreams. “These images are airbrushed versions of models who weigh 23 percent less than the average woman,” the organization posted. “Nevertheless, millions of teens believe the lies and resort to unhealthy measures to try to fit themselves into that impossible mold.” College students and anyone in uenced by these images so everyone should realize society and the images it pro ects are false, according to Edelman. “The world wants you to want to be thin,” Edelman said. “There are whole industries built on your insecurity. They are bullshit. The world wants you to believe that thin and beautiful e uals happy. It wants you to believe that you' re only worthy of love, and life, if you are beautiful.”

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Monologues embrace women’s sexuality ing that we all have very similar thoughts,” Barthels said. “Having a conversation about it isn’t necessarily The V agina Monologues, a bad.” Barthels performed the play that celebrates women’s sexuality, took place in the monologue, “I Was There in R eeve Union Theater Feb. the R oom”. “We forget the vagina, all 23 and Feb. 24 . Liz Cannon, the narrator of us,” Barthels said. “What during the play, said some else would explain our lack of the monologues are based of awe, our lack of effort?” Z oe Andraska, UWO transon one woman’s story, while others are multiple stories fer student and performer of centered on the same idea the monologue, “My Short Skirt” has experience perand morphed together. UW Oshkosh students forming in the play at U-W performed 17 monologues. Stevens Point. “My short skirt is not an UW Oshkosh student Brooke Berrens performed a mono- invitation,” Andraska said. logue called “My R evolution “My short skirt and everyBegins in the Body” which thing under it is mine.” Andraska said the play holds the empowering message that women don’t need is made up of interviews of to wait for verification of more than 200 women and conducted by their signifiEve Ensler. cance. My revolution does not She eventual“My revly turned the olution does need approval or permisplay into a not need sion... series monoapproval or — Brooke Berrens logues. permission; UW Oshkosh student “It’s specifit happens ically about because it w o m e n ’s has to hapstruggles,” pen in each Andraska neighborhood, village, city or town, said. “It’s a safe environment at gatherings of tribes, fel- to talk about the things we low students, women at the don’t normally talk about.” The monologue, “My Anmarket [and] on the bus,” gry V agina,” performed by Berrens said. One of the monologue per- Mckenzie V alenta, speaks formers and UWO student of all of the necessary but and communications major, harrowing aspects that come Stephany Barthels. She said with being a woman. “A wad of cotton, cold she wanted to try something new and support the cause, duck lips, and thong underhaving never done this be- wear; it’s the worst! ” V alenta said. fore. Eliza Farrow, universi“I think just hearing other people talk about their va- ty service associate for the ginas makes me feel more Women’s Center, said the comfortable bringing it up in play is all about learning casual conversation, know- how to be comfortable with by Marcella Brown


ABOVE: Devin Matznick performed the “My Vagina was my Village” monologue Tuesday evening out of 17 other monologues. BELOW: Mckenzie Valenta performed “My Angry Vagina” monologue in the UW Oshkosh Reeve Memorial Union threatre. ourselves. “Everyone has a different perspective and everybody’s perspective is valued,” Farrow said. UWO student Que V arnado enjoyed watching this year’s performances. “It gives women the freedom to express whatever they feel about their vagi-

nas,” V arnado said. “You shouldn’t hide something that’s natural.” All proceeds from the event will benefit the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, which serves individuals and families in the Winnebago and Green Lake counties experiencing the effects of domestic abuse.

“Clybourne Park” generates laughter by Kellie Wambold UW Oshkosh’s theatre department confronted heavy social issues while generating enormous laughs during its production of “Clybourne Park.” “Clybourne Park” is a newer play that mixes dark humor with current social issues like racism, gender roles and gentrification. UWO student Aaron Busse said the play was a good vehicle for presenting these types of issues. “It gives people an opportunity to talk about these issues without getting at each other’s throats [and] being angry with each other,” Busse said. UWO student Brianna Allen said the play was refreshing to watch because it brought up what a lot of people are scared to talk about. “No one likes pushing buttons anymore,” Allen said. “We all like getting offended and we all like getting angry, but we don’t like talking about the actual issues and how we can solve those issues.” UWO student Z ach Tazalla said the play helped the audience to speak more openly about the issues it brought up. “In a show like ‘Clybourne Park’ you can say things in a blunt manner to get the point across,” Tazalla said. “From there we can gauge the audience’s reactions and we can judge ourselves and figure out our own beliefs.” Busse, who knew about the heavy themes in the play, said the cast was good at hitting all of the show’s humorous moments.

“I laughed a lot more than I thought I would,” Busse said. “The cast had the audience in stitches.” Tazalla said this was due to the cast’s chemistry and their comedic timing. “All of the [actors] played off of each other really well and have a really nice give-and-take,” Tazalla said. Tazalla said Morgan Stewart, a cast member who joined the show less than a week before opening night, impressed him.

It gives people an opportunity to talk about these issues without getting at each other’s throats...

— Aaron Busse UW Oshkosh student “I could not tell Morgan walked into the show only a week ago,” Tazalla said. “You can’t tell that she’s thinking about what’s coming next.” Stewart did keep her script with her during Act II, referencing it twice before longer speeches, but she made it feel natural and like it was part of the world of the play. Allen said she hopes students walked away from the play more prepared to discuss race and gender issues. “Try and be as honest as you can about race, simply because no one likes to have those honest conversations,” Allen said. The show’s sound designer, theatre student Jacob Browning, created two

separate atmospheres before the show and during intermission. The audience was welcomed to the theatre as 5 0’s music played. During intermission, the audience jumped when they were thrown into 2009 and Lady Gaga music started playing. This sudden jolt into the present in both the music and Act II of “Clybourne Park” reminded the audience that the issues of the 5 0’s are still relevant today. Sociology professor Paul V an Auken said the play is a good reminder that racism is present in places like Oshkosh, even if the issue is hard to see sometimes. “There’s a separation issue throughout the country, and you can see it in Oshkosh,” V an Auken said. “When [races] live separately and when we hear about stereotypes, we believe them because there’s no one to contradict them.” V an Auken said plays like “Clybourne Park” are important for students to see because plays can reinforce what is being taught in the classroom. “Students hear about this in an abstract way, a book or an article, in the classroom and then they come to a performance like this and it encapsulates what we’re trying to teach in class in a way that people understand and it’s funny,” V an Auken said. “That can be way more powerful than a lecture.” V an Auken added that “Clybourne Park” and other plays with similar themes could inspire students to make a difference. “I think theatre can be used in a way to spur social change,” V an Auken said.





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Ac r o s s 1 Succotash bean 6 Make a decision 10 Within reach 14 Tree of Life garden 15 Like much sushi 16 Set of lines on personal stationery 17 * Motorist’s headache 19 DNA sample source 20 V ietnamese New Year 21 Dutch South African 22 Censor’s cover-up 23 * Enjoy, with “in” 26 Counting everything

29 Part of DJIA: Abbr. 30 * R ecap on a sports crawl line 34 Phi _ _ Kappa 38 Took wing 39 Toward the back of the boat 4 0 Physics class subject 4 1 Evergreen shrubs 4 2 * Kids’ introduction to a full school day 4 4 R eligious sch. 4 5 Wrinkle-resistant synthetic 4 6 * R ed-carpet movie

event 5 3 TV studio sign 5 4 Either of two Henry V III wives 5 5 Lacking light 5 8 V ictimized lieutenant in “Othello” 6 0 “Chestnuts roasting” spot ... and a hint to a divided word found in the answers to starred clues 6 2 Election surprises 6 3 19 21 robot play 6 4 Pennsylvania port 6 5 Mall directory listings

D o w n 1 It’s not right 2 Just hanging around 3 V egan no-no 4 Wee hill builder 5 Hunter constellation 6 Peeled with a knife 7 Punk 8 Massage responses 9 Lipton packet 10 Concert auditoriums 11 Bordeaux bye 12 Not even once 13 Hang loosely, as on a clothesline 18 Govt. security 23 Character weaknesses 24 “_ _ Theme”: “Doctor Z hivago” song 25 Three-time Wimbledon champ Chris 26 Up in the air 27 Aswan High Dam river 28 Once again 31 Less dangerous 32 Burglary, for one 33 “The Star-Spangled Banner” contraction 34 Ballerina’s rail 35 List-ending abbr. 36 _ _ list: chores 37 “I’m with you! ” 4 3 “The Elements of Bridge” author Charles 4 4 7 UP rival 4 6 Sharpen the image in the viewfinder 4 7 Ill-suited 4 8 R odeo rope 4 9 Penny pincher 5 0 New Z ealand native 5 1 Data to be entered 5 2 January, to José 5 5 Desperate 5 6 Commonly purple bloom 5 7 Swimming event 5 9 ‘4 0s spy org. 6 1 Shriner’s hat

Ten truths of UWO students By: Allison Prusha 1. Freshmen have to learn not to look both ways before crossing Algoma Boulevard and High Avenue. 2. Students have to battle the near-constant construction on campus. 3. Students eventually realize the only meals worth eating at Blackhawk Commons are breakfast and Premium Night. 4. Always prepare for the wind. 5. Trying to manage Titan Dollars all semester is an all-too-real struggle. 6. Cars on campus only know how to slow down, but not stop. 7. Know that finding parking is nearly impossible, whether students have a permit or not! 8. The squirrels aren’t scared of anyone! 9. Students can really get anywhere on campus within ten minutes. 10. Walking to class in the winter is like a trek across Antarctica.

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n officer met with an -yearold female UW Oshkosh student, who reported that her full bottle of prescription medication was stolen from her room in South Gruenhagen Hall. An 18- year-old male UW Oshkosh student, who consumed the bottle of medication with his roommate, stole the bottle. The male that stole the bottle was cited for Theft and warned for Possession of a Prescribed Drug without a Prescription. His roommate, an 18- year-old male UW Oshkosh student, was cited for bstructing an fficer and warned for Possession of a Prescribed Drug without a Prescription. The victim' s roommate, a 19- year-old female UW Oshkosh student, was cited for Obstructing an fficer. The victim was warned for bstructing an fficer.

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fficers responded to niversity ot to investigate a possible fight. hen officers arrived, they made contact with a 20-year-old male student that had been struck in the face by another 20-year-old male UW Oshkosh resident student after alleged comments were e changed. fficers located the suspect student and he was arrested for substantial battery and transported to the Winnebago County Jail.

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n officer responded to a two-vehicle accident on Algoma Boulevard near Albee Hall. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the drivers of both vehicles, identified as a -year-old non-affiliated male and a -year-old non-affiliated male. t was determined that the 34- year-old male rear ended the vehicle of the 43- year-old male. Both drivers were uninjured and both vehicles were able to be driven from the scene. The 34- year-old was warned for Operating too Fast for Conditions

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Hockey club records historic season by Erik Buchinger The UW Oshkosh Hockey Club completed its most successful season in the fiveyear history of the program that began in 2011. Though they failed to reach the regional tournament, the Titans finished with a - overall record for their first winning season in team history. “I thought this season was a good season,” sophomore leading scorer Jason Johnson said. “We helped show that Oshkosh is a legit program, and we can compete with any team in our conference.” Oshkosh made the central regional rankings for the first time in team history and finished the season ranked 12th. “What had helped was the fact that the core group of this team were juniors and seniors, and we have been playing with each other for the last three seasons together,” junior co-captain Owen Ahlstrom said. “With the help of a talented freshman and sophomore group, our team came into this season ready to compete and win.” n the semifinals of the conference tournament, Oshkosh defeated o. ewis niversity - in double overtime. win over o. obert orris in the title game would likely have sent the Titans to the regional tournament, according to hlstrom, even though the winner of the Northern Collegiate Hockey League does not receive an automatic bid to the tournament since the conference is still new. The team’s coach, Chris Huebel, was named the NCHL Coach of the Year in his second season with the team. “I would say the reason for all of our success this season would be the great coaching we have and also the team chemistry we have, ohnson said. “ veryone gets along great and we all hangout off the ice as well with team ac-


The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh men’s hockey club finished the season with an 11-4 record and 2 overtime loses for a total of 24 points. tivities. ive Titans were recognized as all-conference selections. hlstrom and e halen received honorable mentions, ohnson and att Edwards were named to the second team. In addition, junior goalkeeper Tony Francois made first team and was recognized as the conference’s Player of the Year. “ fell in love with the game of hockey at years old, rancois said. “ very time I lace up the skates, it’s the only thing that matters. ollege club hockey gave me

the opportunity to continue the game that love while pursuing a college degree at the same time. Being named the NCHL Conference Player of the Year is a great honor, but wouldn t have received it without my team in front of me.” Francois said this season’s Oshkosh team was better than any other in its five years of e istence. “Hands down, no question the best team in the history of the program,” Francois said. According to Francois, the Titans’ reputation among

the conference reached new heights with a successful year. “In my freshman year, we used to get tossed around and teams would never take us seriously,” Francois said. “This year, I think we put UW Oshkosh’s name out there in the [American Collegiate Hockey Association].” According to Ahlstrom, this season will have a big impact on the future of the club hockey team. “This season was just a stepping stone for our future,” Ahlstrom said. “Our

goal was to make a statement in our conference this year, and we very well did that. e know that we will have a target on our backs from now on and we will use that as motivation to keep winning. f this season s -player roster, Ahlstrom said the team will likely return between - players to ne t year’s team. “ e also have some talented players that have great interest trying out for ne t year,” Ahlstrom said. “Our goal is to make it back to the conference champion-

ship and win it, along with earning a regional playoff spot. ur team is motivated, and we all believe that these goals are achievable. Johnson said this year’s team set new e pectations for the club. “The success for this season is big,” Johnson said. “It will help with bringing kids in to play for Oshkosh as well as set a new standard of success we want to accomplish. This season will only help the program grow. e t year’s team will be better than this year’s team.”

Volleyball brothers set standards at Oshkosh by Brady Van Deurzen

The UW Oshkosh men’s volleyball team has won back-to-back National hampionships in and . Senior Travis udson, unior Tony ack and unior Sammy edersen have all won national championships together and now they welcome their freshmen siblings evin udson, oey ack and att ederson. Titans volleyball head coach Brian Schaefer said sibling competition can create some hardships. “It is a double-edged sword for some of them,” Schaefer said. “There is a little pressure in looking up to a brother and wanting the same success as them, especially if those things are great things.” He said there are also some positives to having family

members on the same team. “I think there are definitely some e pectations of following in a brother’s footsteps,” Schaefer said. “But in terms of families being able to watch both players at the same time, and things like that, I think that it makes it much easier for the players, especially when they know they are going to a great program.” Travis udson said although there are three sets of brothers on the team, the squad as a whole feels like a family unit. Joey said he came into this season knowing he was going to fit in at UW Oshkosh, but he knew there were going to be fairly large e pectations he would to need to meet. “I would say I feel more supported and closer to the program because have an older brother that I can cheer on and look up to,” Joey said.




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UWO defeats UWRF in final seconds by Morgan Van Lanen

and hold the Falcons to 29 . Junior forward Sean Dwyer said during the first half his team felt they took too many quick shots. During halftime, they talked about having R iver Falls defend them deeper into the shot clock for the second half, he said. “We discussed how we needed to tighten up our defense, especially in transition,” Dwyer said. “We knew that if we could string some stops together, then we could come back and build a lead.” Dwyer put the Titans on the board first for the Titans with a 3-pointer, which

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh men’s basketball team finished its season 16 -9 overall and 9 -5 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after defeating UW-R iver Falls on Saturday, Feb. 20th 6 5 -6 2. The victory against the Falcons resulted in the Titans earning the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the 2016 WIAC tournament for the first time since 2007 . According to head coach Pat Juckem, his team went into Saturday’s game with a focus on getting the win, rather than playing to get a high seed It’s a goal this group had set. in the upcoming tourIt means one less game we have nament. However, having a first-round bye to play to get to March Madness, to play in the NCAA tournahas its perks, he said. “It’s a terrific accom- ment. plishment,” Juckem said. “It’s a goal this — Pat Juckem group had set. It means UWO men’s basketball head coach one less game we have to play to get to March Madness, to play in the NCAA tournament. And now we have the opportunity to be in the made the score 31-33 with semifinal and host a game 18 :17 remaining. Their next on our campus, which hasn’t two came from senior guard been done here for a while.” Alex Olson, who led the TiUWR F took the lead first tans with 17 points and eight with a layup by senior for- rebounds, with 16 :37 to go. Freshman guard Ben Boots ward Jon Christensen with 27 gave UWO its first lead of seconds into the game. With 13:5 1 left in the first half, a the game, 4 6 -4 5 , when he 3-pointer by freshman guard made a layup with 12:35 Brett Wittchow pulled the left, which was the only lead Titans within six, making the change in the game. Boots score 10-16 . However, UWO finished the night with 14 went on a two-minute slump points and five assists. The final points of the where it was outscored 0-10. game came when the FalWith seven seconds to go before the half, junior for- cons’ junior forward Garret ward Max Schebel, who shot Pearson made a layup with three-of-five for six points, 1:02 remaining, to pull his made a layup to make the team within three. With one second left, junior guard score 28 -31. The Titans entered the Kyle Bolger missed a freesecond half down 28 -33 but throw to close out the game. Overall, the Titans shot were able to score 37 points 4 5 .5 percent. They com-


Ben Boots scored 14 points off the bench for UWO in a victory over UWRF.

Women’s basketball finishes second in conference by Michael Johrendt The 15 th ranked UW Oshkosh women’s basketball team lost to UW-R iver Falls 5 6 -6 3 on Saturday, Feb. 20. The Titans finished their season with a 20-5 overall record and an 11-3 conference record that warranted a firstround bye in the conference tournament. Junior guard Taylor Schmidt, who led the team with 17 points, two rebounds and three assists in Saturday’s game, said her team is getting excited for the post-season to start. “I think the playoffs provide extra motivation,” Schmidt said. “At this point, you have to think you are at the point where, if you lose, your season is done so you have to play with that mentality.”

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Sophomore forward Eliza Campbell, who contributed 13 points and four rebounds against the Falcons, said while the goal was getting first place, taking second gives the team even more motivation. “Second place definitely was not what we wanted, but we can’t let that hold us back,” Campbell said. “We all know we have a lot more we can accomplish so it is time to move on and get back on a winning streak.” Oshkosh shot 33.8 percent from the field and committed nine turnovers against R iver Falls. They had more bench points, assists and points off turnovers than UWR F did. Their 17 offensive rebounds led to 10 second-chance points. This is the Titans third consecutive second-place finish. Coach Brad Fischer said this gives the team a sense of mo-

tivation for the playoff tournament. “Our goal is to always be the best version of ourselves when the conference tournament starts,” Fischer said. “We talk about trying to get better as the season goes on, so that when we get to this point [the playoffs] we are playing our best.” Up next for the Titans, after their bye, is a semifinal game in the WIAC tournament. The winner of the postseason tournament secures an automatic bid into the NCAA DIII tournament. Fischer said that with the allotment of teams in the conference, a bye is huge in helping the players by providing them with an extra day of rest. “This season has been a grind,” Fischer said, “We don’t have byes anymore now that we are down to eight teams, so it has been seven straight weeks of ev-

ery Wednesday and Saturday having to play, so we don’t really get a time to rest at all.” To conclude the season, the Titans held a 9 -2 record both at home and away games. They won twice and lost once at neutral sites. On the season, they averaged 6 5 .6 points, 35 rebounds and 13 assists per game. Fischer said that with the extra time off, the team can focus on fundamentals and make sure it is at peak playing performance. “Even the extra day here just to [kind of] reset and take a breath to prepare is huge,” Fischer said. “If you can just get a bye, with as good as our league has been this year, if you can just avoid playing that one extra game, that eliminates that one opportunity for another tough matchup, another physical matchup, so we are hoping to use it to our advantage.”





WIAC Semi-Finals

Men’s Track & Field WIAC Championship noon

Women’s Gymnastics at UW-Eau Claire 7 p.m.

WIAC Semi-Finals

Women’s Track & Field WIAC Championship noon

Softball vs. Alverno College vs. Simpson College

Women’s Basketball UW-Stevens Point 7 p.m. Kolf Sports Center

at Marquette 5 & 7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball UW-Eau Claire 7 p.m. Albee Hall

mitted just seven turnovers while scoring 20 points off of UWR F turnovers. Titan reserves outscored Falcon reserves 35 -4 . According to Dwyer, having a strong bench allows for he and fellow starters to have confidence in their team when they are not in the game. “First off, our bench is awesome,” Dwyer said. “Not just the guys that play, but every last guy on the bench brings energy each and every game. We don’t see guys as starters or reserves because the guys on the bench could easily start as well; that’s how deep of a team we have.” The Titans will host the highest-remaining seed on Friday, Feb. 26 th at 7 :00 p.m. The game will take place at Albee Hall while the Kolf Center is being utilized by the track and field team. Juckem has experience coaching at Albee and he said his team has known about the chance of playing there for over a year, and they have visualized during practices what it would be like to have a game there. “I’ve actually coached a game in there when I was an assistant at a different school, back in 2004 , and it was an awesome atmosphere,” Juckem said. “Our guys are embracing the fact that it is going to be unique. We are spending this week practicing in there and getting ready.” Sophomore guard Charlie Noone said he is ready to take on the postseason with his team who went 8 -3 at home and 6 -5 on the road this season. “I’m mostly looking forward to just suiting up with my teammates and competing at a super high level,” Noone said. “It will also be fun to play in some great atmospheres.”

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rac and field ta es first lace by Nathanial Brinkman


A Titan gymnast performs her routine against the UW-Stout on Feb. 19. UWO travels to Eau Claire on Feb. 26.

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The UW Oshkosh gymnastics team snapped its three meet losing streak by recording its second highest score of the season with a 18 5 .6 0-17 9 .00 victory over UW-Stout at home on Friday, Feb. 19 . The Titans posted its highest score of all time at home against Whitewater last week and head coach Lauren Karnitz said that’s all they needed for momentum in the meet against Stout. “That was a hard concept to grasp because we really did a phenomenal job,” Karnitz said. “So to come back and get a win for our efforts was awesome.” The meet against the Blue Devils was Senior Night for five Titans. Two of the five participants posted top three finishes.

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Karnitz said two seniors, Krystal Walker and Emily R yan, had great nights to close out their final meets at home. “As a whole I think it was a great meet,” Karnitz said. “Barb Bass, who was an exhibitioner, did a great job on bars and beam. So I think they had a great Senior Night.” Walker won the all-around again as she edged out two girls from Stout with a total score of 37 .4 00. Despite having to compete against two girls in the allaround, Walker said her preparation isn’t any different. “I pretty much know who my competition is,” Walker said. “We know about each other and kind of expect it.” Walker scored a 9 .5 25 for first place in oor e ercise and was followed by freshman Bailey Finin at 9 .5 00.

UWO secured its second top finisher on the uneven bars with sophomore Kasandra Stamopoulos scoring a season best 9 .4 25 . t was the first time Stamopoulos won bars and she said it was a shock when it actually happened. “It was a surreal moment,” Stamopoulos said. “ t was definitely satisfying and just knowing all my hard work has been paying off.” n order to place first and set a personal best, Stamopoulos said it was all about confidence throughout the season. R yan followed Stamopoulos with her highest score at the meet and a tie for her career high on the bars at 9 .4 00 and Walker came in third with a score of 9 .37 5 . R yan’s second event was a fourth place tie on vault with a

score of 9 .025 . Walker concluded her allaround with a second place finish on balance beam with a score of 9 .5 00 for a season high and scored nine on the vault for sixth place. The nine-time All-American Walker said her time at Oshkosh has been a blast. “I will remember competing at home and finishing last on oor and having our home crowd being so supportive,” Walker said. “And our last meet when everyone was cheering, ‘thank you seniors’ was nice.” The Titans last meet of the regular season is on Friday, Feb. 26 in Eau Claire at 6 :30 p.m. “There s a lot of confidence right now moving forward into Eau Claire this next weekend,” Karnitz said. “I have high hopes that they’re going to keep going.”

The UW Oshkosh men’s and women s track and field teams hosted the Titan Challenge at Kolf Sports Center on Saturday, Feb. 20. Both teams came out on top, with the men scoring 17 0 and the women scoring 15 1. According to Head Coach Ben Dorsey, the at-home meet gave the team a break by not having to spend time on the road. “The week before conference we don’t want to be at a huge meet,” Dorsey said. “We don’t want to spend all Saturday at a meet the week before because that can be exhausting for the athletes. Especially with us hosting the conference meet this year it is nice to be on our home track the week before so we’re used to the settings and things like that.” There were several individual standout performers for the Titans in Saturday’s meet. Seniors Caitlyn McCormick and Taylor Sherry finished first and second in the women’s 4 00 meter dash with times of 5 8 .4 2 and 5 8 .6 3, respectively. McCormick said the race was important to her and she is very pleased with her results. “Going into the 4 00, I knew it was going to be a close race because there was really good competition,” McCormick said. “I spent time before the race visualizing how I wanted the race to go and when it came down it, I put myself in the perfect position and ended up running a lifetime PR [personal record] which felt great, especially heading into conference.” Dorsey said he was very impressed with McCormick’s race in the 4 00. “I’m really proud of Caitlyn,” Dorsey said. “She’s been really

patient in letting things progress as far as the training goes. So for her to have this breakout performance that she had at the Titan Challenge is huge for confidence going into conference and hopefully nationals.” In the long jump, Sherry took first with a ump of . meters, and Dorsey said he was impressed with it. “Taylor had a very nice jump in the long jump, and long jump is not one of her primary events,” Dorsey said. “It was an incredible jump for her and it ranks among the all time best here at Oshkosh.” As for the men, Sophomore Kallen Bentz won the 200-meter dash and took fifth in the 4 00-meter dash. Dorsey said he is impressed with Bentz’s performance. “What was so impressive about Kallen’s 200 meter dash was that at the beginning of the indoor season he had some hamstring problems, so this was his first meet in which he was able to run in open events,” Dorsey said. “Kallen needed to perform well in order to get good seeding for conference and he accomplished that with his times. I’m excited to see where he is at for conference.” ent said he is confident and excited heading into the conference meet. “I am very excited with the position I have put myself in to succeed,” Bentz said. “My times have been on par if not better than I have ever performed. I am looking forward to a great team and individual performance at conference.” The Titans are looking to continue their success as they host the indoor track and field championships at Kolf Sports Center Feb. 26 -27 .