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UWO Men’s and Women’s basketball both reach D-III basketball tournament and continue their quest to capture national championships.


TOP: Despite the loss, the Titans are excited after their teammates come back from a 30 point deficit in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Whitewater Warhawks. After scoring only 15 points in the first half, the Titans scored 35 of their 56 points in the final quarter. The women’s basketball team made the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive year. BELOW: The Titan’s bench gets off their feet, full of excitement after a play by their teammates. The men’s basketball team made the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row. by Mike Johrendt The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh women’s basketball team took home second place in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference post-season tournament on Sunday. They won against UW-River Falls in the semifinal contest and lost against UW-Whitewater in the championship bout, 65- 56. The team earned an at-large bid into the N ational Collegiate Athletic Association Division III post-season tournament that begins this Friday. Oshkosh earned both a bid and the right to host based on their regular season performance, and head coach Brad Fischer said the team considers by Nate Proell The UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team clinched a N ational Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Men’s Basketball Championship tournament berth for the second straight year. During the selection show on Monday, the Titans found out they will be taking on the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion, ope ollege, in the first round. Making it to the tournament is something head coach Pat Juckem said the team has put in the effort to earn. “We accomplished a lot already this year,” Juckem said. “We absolutely earned our way in. We have the strongest strength of schedule in the country and that’s what carried us in. We played in the best conference. We

this another opportunity to go out and improve upon their season. “Our goal for the first weekend is to win that four-team tournament to get to the Sweet Sixteen,” Fischer said. “Then [there] are four more teams to a site and just to be the best team at that site. I am not necessarily sure if we care who we really play, we know that whoever it is is going to be really good. We just got to come on Friday wherever it is and whoever we play and be a lot better version of ourselves than we were [Sunday].” UWO hosts Calvin College from Michigan on Friday for the second game of the day in Oshkosh. The Knights hold a regular season record of 22-5, with a conference record of

12- 4. Oshkosh holds the advantage in winning percentage as well as conference record, but Calvin barely betters the Titans in offensive and defensive categories, making for an interesting first round matchup for UWO. The winner of this game, as well as the game prior, to this contest will face off the following afternoon with a berth in the Sweet Sixteen on the line. Sunday’s contest against the Warhawks marked the fourth consecutive year that the Titans appeared in the WIAC post-season tournament championship. This also was the fourth consecutive year Fischer led

took second place in the best league in the country and played the best schedule in the country out of 418 schools.” The men’s Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season came to an end on Saturday, after losing to the first seeded UW- iver alls Falcons in the WIAC Championship final by a score of - in iver Falls. The W ax Sparger Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Award recipient, senior forward Sean Dwyer, said the team felt a sense of relief after hearing they made the tournament despite their loss. “It was a breath of fresh air for us this morning [Monday] when we found out that we made the tournament,” Dwyer said. “We as seniors thought that was the last game of our



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Rental inspection causes controversy

by Alex Nemec The rental housing inspectors working in the program started last week by the city of Oshkosh won’t be kicking down doors looking for illegal things in homes, Councilman Thomas Pech said. Oshkosh Community Development Director Allen Davis said the inspectors will not be reporting drugs or other illegal things they find in the house. “The inspectors are only looking for things on their checklist,” Davis said. “They don’t have the proper training to identify any of that and won’t report it.” Pech said the only thing the inspectors are looking for are health and safety code violations. “If you’re in the business of renting a house for someone to live in, you should make sure they have a house that’s safe and is a healthy environment to live in,” Pech said. Discovery Properties co-founder Randy Schmiedel said the Winnebago Apartment Association, which Discovery is a part of, wasn’t upset with the ordinance itself but rather the details of it. “This program, over a five-year period, will cost

millions of dollars to the landlords,” Schmiedel said. “And in return, like any business, ultimately those costs get passed on to the customer (in this case the resident).” Erik Forsgren, the Oshkosh Student Association attorney on retainer for students on campus, said he has never seen renters so upset in his nearly four-decade career. “What are they trying to hide?” Forsgren asked. “I’ve never seen the renters as passionate and loud about something in my 38 years of experience.” Pech said there won’t be dramatic events with search warrants and busting through doors of houses. “We’re not going and looking in drawers,” Pech said. “We’re not looking in closets. We’re not doing that type of thing. They’re going to be looking at plumbing and heating. They are not going to be inspecting or looking into personal effects.” Discovery Properties sent an email to their renters saying the voluntary inspection is starting, and it’s within renters’ rights to refuse entry. “Once they are inside, you or I can not control the outcome of the inspection,” the email stated.

Discovery Properties said if the inspector finds things such as extension cords being utilized throughout the house, illegal bars, drug paraphernalia or undocumented pets, the renters could receive citations. Forsgren said the landlords are not allowed to take money from renters’ security deposits to repair the properties unless the damage is beyond normal wear and tear. “The landlords are only able to withhold a renter’s security deposit for one of five reasons, one of which being damage beyond normal wear and tear,” Forsgren said. “If they try to use it to pay for damages you can’t help, such as electrical issues, you could take them to court.” Schmiedel said the landlords will be billed for the inspection, and any damages induced by the resident will be billed back to the student for their negligence. UWO junior Annika Hobson said she has no problems with the ordinance. “If they’re not going to inspect for anything illegal, they’re just doing it to make sure that there’s no mold or that kind of thing, I think it’s fine,” Hobson said. Forsgren said if the inspectors ask renters to open anything that is not on the

list of things they can search for, residents can decline. “If the inspector comes in and starts looking around in places that they aren’t allowed to, like drawers or cabinets, the student can come to me, because they don’t have a warrant and that’s illegal,” Forsgren said. Councilman and UWO student Ben Stepanek said the ordinance is restricted so that the inspections are citywide and systematic. “This prevents us from targeting only the landlords the city has had documented problems with,” Stepanek said. “Because of this, our rental inspection program includes all rental properties.” Stepanek said he urges students to let inspectors into their home and shouldn’t fear retribution from their landlord because the law is on their side. “There has been an effort by many landlords to spread misinformation and lies about the ordinance and inspection process to their tenants to scare tenants from letting inspectors in,” Stepanek said. “If a landlord has maintained their property like they should be and adhering to the minimum housing codes, then they should have nothing to fear from an inspection.”

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Walker proposes tracking TutorTeddy offers math and professors’ teaching hours science help for students

by Aaron Tomski Gov. Scott Walker announced in his new budget proposal in his new budget, professors start recording their hours and those who spend more time in the classroom would be entitled to bonuses. President of the history department Karl Loewenstein said he discussed the budget proposal with other system administrators in the University of Wisconsin System. “The faculty and I talked about the budget proposal, but we know little of it,” Loewenstein said. “We tried talking about the little pieces that make up the statement, but it is hard to understand what they want.” Loewenstein said former Gov. Tommy Thompson also tried to accomplish something similar, where professors had to file activity reports. “Every once in a while there comes someone who says faculty is not working hard enough, and they ask us to do a bunch of reporting for them,” Loewenstein said. “And then they find out that professors generally work more than forty hours a week.”

Loewenstein said last year the governor tried issuing a statement to the staff and faculty that the UW System was not interacting enough with students he said it is also a misconception among some of the leadership in the state that professors are not doing enough. “Reporting is an extra burden, but in the end, if it is responsibly done, they will find out that we do plenty of work.” Loewenstein said. UWO political science professor James Simmons said the proposal really has not changed anything drastic. “We are already recording,” Simmons said. “I do not understand why the governor [wants us to record hours when we are] already doing it.” Simmons said the UW System already records the number of hours professors teach. “We are transparent,” Simmons said. “Every year we report any number of indicators of quality of education, salaries, number of hours and class size. Everything is public.” Most UWO entry-level classes are taught by instructors, and they are already paid purely on the basis of the courses they teach, according

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to Simmons. “I didn’t understand what the governor is asking for that he doesn’t already get” Simmons said. Loewenstein said Walker letting the Board of Regents take control is one of the good things about the budget. “Whatever they’re forced to come up with it will be a better reflection of the kind of work we do here,” Loewenstein said. Loewenstein said professors spend a lot of time either preparing for a class or grading, and if you add in all the other services and responsibilities, it all adds up pretty quickly. “The fundamental rule is we are teachers and that is our primary responsibility,” Loewenstein said. “But I am Faculty President so I make and form committees; we shape the curriculum.” UWO freshman Emily Adas said professors are busy, but that it all depends on the circumstance, especially if professors will get a bonus for more class hours. “I feel like it’s okay in some instances, like if a student has a tight schedule and wants to


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are offered online 24/7, students can get the help they need regardless of where they are or what their schedule is like.” UWO junior Casey Schut is a math tutor at the Student Success Center on campus and said while the service might be convenient online for students, she believes there are many benefits to the traditional one-on-one tutoring. “As a tutor I am able to assess what a student already knows and what they are struggling to understand,” Schut said. “I can then use that information to help them construct their own understanding of a problem or concept.” Schut said she sees TutorTeddy affecting the tutoring services offered on campus and believes traditional tutoring is a more beneficial way of learning. “TudorTeddy is a quick-fix solution for learning,” Schut said. “For this reason I see it slowing tutoring services on campus, but I feel that there will always be a need for personal one-on-one tutoring because oneon-one tutoring has benefits that an online service can never meet that go beyond just passing a class.” Tutor Coordinator at the Student Success Center Crystal Soderman said whether students use the traditional tutoring services at UWO or TutorTeddy, extra help is always encouraged. “All of our tutors [at UWO] did well in the class they tutor for and try different strategies, both verbal and visual to help students,” Soderman said. “Tutoring is just a benefit for

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Students have a ‘blast’ by Moira Danielson The UWO Student Recreation and Wellness Center held “Blaster Ball,” a free event on Friday that gave students the opportunity to physically destress. Blaster Ball is a game similar to paintball. Face masks and chest guards are still required, but instead of paint balls to shoot at each other, students were given compressed air guns that shot nerf balls. The arena was set up with protective plastic to ensure viewers of the game would not get hit. The game is played in two teams and the players have a set amount of time to hit their opponents as many times as they can with rounds lasting about 1 0 minutes each. Reeve Union Student

Leadership and Involvement hired the company Record a Hit! for the event, who provided the equipment, music and inflatable obstacles for students to hide behind. The company also served as a referee for the game, using a megaphone to signal the beginning and ending of each round and fixing any malfunctioning air guns. Emerging Programs and Special Events Advisor Carmen Hetzel explained how the game works once the first round got started. “They run around and they pick up the balls and then they put them in their cannon,” Hetzel said. “And then the cannons have, like, CO2 tanks and then they try to get each other.” Many UWO students who completed a round went back for another instantly,

bringing more attention to the event as other students joined in. Student Tyler Ferrer said there is only one real strategy to the game: stick together. “Y ou gotta travel in a group, like a pack of wolves,” Ferrer said. Student Adam Mott said his strategy was a little bit different than Ferrer’s. “It’s more like let’s go [rush] someone,” Mott said. UWO student Sam Moore said the game was fun, but it would be better if it was scheduled for an earlier weekday instead of the end of the week in order to have more students attend. “N ot a lot of people are available on Fridays,” Moore said. “So I think a weekday would be better.” UWO student Samantha

Maravilla said the event was a great way to give students the opportunity to get involved in school programs. “I thought this was a really good idea,” Maravilla said. “It was nice to just have something to do other than sit in my room and watch TV .” Hetzel said the event was initially a one-time deal, but if students showed positive feedback, it could return. “If students really like it we can look to bringing it back in the future,” Hetzel said. Hetzel was glad to hear how positively the students took to the experience after they came out of the Blaster Ball arena. “It is so great to know that all of the individuals who participated really enjoyed the experience,” Hetzel said.

“ t was the first time had a teacher who was active in research, but was also teaching,” Hawkins said. “It was exciting because when he came in and got excited about this aspect of science, you knew that he knew this stuff. I took away that you need to be excited for students in order to make it come to life.” Hawkins said she went to the University of Iowa, still following her astronomy dream, but kept getting asked if she would be going on to graduate school. “I hadn’t even thought of grad school,” Hawkins said. “Come on, the [bachelor’s degree] is hard enough. I was just going to get my degree, get a job and get out of there.” Hawkins said it wasn’t until physics theorist V incent Rodgers came to Iowa her junior year that she really considered graduate school. “He would have me work [in Iowa] in the summertime,” Hawkins said. “I was really considering staying there, but I felt disconnected at Iowa because I realized besides V incent, there was no one else who looked like me.”

awkins said she finished at Iowa, but then decided she needed a change in plans before continuing on. “I packed up and went to N ew Y ork City for the summer,” Hawkins said. “At least that’s what I thought I would do. I ended up staying there for three years.” Hawkins said she was able to get a job after the saving and loan crisis in the 1 9 9 0 s at Resolution Trust Corporation due to her experience and degree in physics. “[My boss] said, ‘ Y ou have that physics background, that makes you a problem solver naturally,’” Hawkins said. “Even though I wasn’t familiar with the housing market, he taught me those formulas because I wasn’t afraid of math and I am a quick learner.” While Hawkins said she was making a good living from the jobs at Resolution Trust Corporation, she received a phone call from Rodgers saying he believed it was time for her to return to school. “He said to me, ‘ Are you tired of playing around? Are

you ready to come back to physics,’” Hawkins said. “That’s the thing, you need to do it for people along the way, you need to do it for people behind you to push you.” Hawkins said she was uncertain whether it was the right move to make and she had her reservations about it. “ left physics in the first place because I felt like I was the only one,” Hawkins said. “I told [Rodgers] that I didn’t think I could to it, it was going to be hard. He told me ‘ It’s going to be hard otherwise everyone would have a physics degree, but you have what it takes to do it.’” Hawkins said in the end she visited Syracuse University to explore her options, but when she arrived, all of her paperwork had already been approved and was ready to go. “ t took me a long time to finish there,” Hawkins said. “Up until this point I only had other people trying to better me, but it was the push for me to have an interest in teaching.” Hawkins said her big break was her position at Mount Holy-


Left: UWO student Casey Blohm hides behind an inflatable barrier while aiming at his target at Blaster Ball on Friday. Above: UWO student Brice Vollmer runs across the gym to find the next individual to hit.

Hawkins speaks on journey to becoming the 50th African-American woman to earn PhD in physics

by Laura Dickinson Dr. Taviare Hawkins shared the struggles and triumphs she faced as she became the 5 0 th African-American woman to earn a doctorate in physics as part of Black History Month on Feb. 23. Hawkins is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she specializes in computational methods and experimental biophysics. However, her presentation focused on her life to this point and her own personal philosophies. Hawkins said she grew up in the south side of Chicago, where she gained interest in school because of her brothers constant competition with her and her early teachers. “They say that public schools don’t create scientists,” Hawkins said. “Well I like to disagree, they do. They create ground to navigate with your peers.” Hawkins said her teacher, Mr. Benjamin, who worked at N ASA while teaching, inspired her to work in astronomy.



talk to the professor outside of class,” Adas said. “Everything is situational; [it] all depends on if the professor is willing to meet with a student outside of class.” Adas said the proposal seemed confusing because of what is allowed and not allowed by professors. “It is going to be frustrating for that student if they need a one-on-one meeting, the proposal might eliminate the incentive for office hours,” Adas said. Adas said it would depend on the professor, if they are willing to work outside of work hours without being paid, getting those benefits. “Professors should do their job regardless of pay and bonuses,” Adas said. Loewenstein said the new proposal will probably just mean more paperwork. “I can’t see a huge difference as of right now,” Loewenstein said. Loewenstein said this might be a poke at UW Madison, whose professors do more research than teach. “Particularly at Oshkosh, professors and staff are very busy,” Loewenstein said. “Y ou will find here that everyone teaches quite a bit.”



all, no matter the medium.” Schut said while TutorTeddy may help students in subjects, having a tutor who experienced the class a student is struggling in is beneficial in a way online tutoring couldn’t be. “Students that receive tutoring services are able to work with an expert in the class material who has received training on how to be an effective tutor,” Schut said. “In addition, clients are also networking with older students in their major who are able to answer their general questions on aspects of their program in an informal setting.” Rallis said she hopes TutorTeddy will help benefit all students and will help them feel more comfortable in their academic settings. “We also hope to get students more excited about and engaged with math and science topics,” Rallis said. “With technology becoming more advanced and widespread with each passing year, the number of jobs in these kinds of fields is expected to grow significantly in the future, and we want to inspire more students to pursue these subjects in addition to helping them with their classwork.”

oke College where she was able to conduct research and teach. “Trying to do things the traditional way wasn’t working for me,” Hawkins said. “I told myself, I am going to take charge and write my own script. I felt like because it took me so long to finish still felt doubtful of my abilities as a physicist and I still had more to prove.” Hawkins said everything fell into place soon afterward, and came back to the midwest to teach at UW-La Crosse. “I came back because you grow where you are planted,” Hawkins said. UWO sophomore Paris Larson said she felt inspired by Hawkins’ journey to where she was now. “I think her journey was sporadic,” Larson said. “She ended up where she need to be. She traveled everywhere, but still got what she needed to do. She definitely inspires women to be in science.” UWO Black Student Union leader Byron Adams said his organization is proud to be a part of Hawkins’ visit to UWO to inspire students on campus.

“Our organization is bringing cultural awareness of African-American culture on campus,” Adams said. “One of our goals is to collaborate with different groups on campus, like what Hawkins shares with us.” Hawkins said her biggest takeaway was that although there was a lot of questioning herself along the way, she persevered through all the obstacles. “Even though people may not look like you, you can find allies in your work,” Hawkins said. “I think it is very rare for a minority to see people like them in this field of work. t this point in my life, however, I think they don’t need to look like me, they just need to give me what I need.” Hawkins said she had to keep telling herself she could achieve all of her goals, but doesn’t mind that the journey took as long as it did. “We just keep doing it, getting through that next door,” Hawkins said. “In the end of it all, when you’re sitting back and reflecting, ’ve learned you really need to define happiness for yourself.”




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UWO to laugh through the pain UW Oshkosh’s theatre department is tackling current national issues through over-the-top humor in its upcoming production of eil Simon’s “ aughter on the rd loor, a play centered on a team of comedy writers and their fight against censorship in the ’5 0 s. Based on Simon’s time as a writer for the T sketch comedy “ our Show of Shows, which ran in the early s, “ aughter on the rd loor addresses the issues writers faced when writing satirical comedy about certain political administrations, such as former U.S. Senator and Wisconsin’s own oe c arthy and his large contribution to the spreading of the ed Scare. irector erlaine ngwall said since deciding to direct this play, it has only become increasingly relevant, as writers today are forced to do the same as those from Simon’s time, and that’s to find the delicate balance between entertaining humor and poignant observations while still remaining ethical. “That old saying about those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it applies here in that if the Trump administration wants to curtail the freedom of the press, the next thing is freedom for artists, freedom of speech, and that’s what the arts are, ngwall said. long with the fight against censorship, the play talks about the dwindling appreciation of intellectual art, which ngwall said is an appropriate subject with the ongoing budget cuts many art programs face. “This play has become more timely now, especially with the threats from the Trump administration to cut the funding for ational ndowment for the rts, ational ndowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for ublic roadcasting, ngwall said. The ean of the ollege of etters and Science and actor John Koker said Simon’s humor in “ augher on the rd loor has the right mixture of amusement and truth to make such heavy topics enjoyable to address. “ t’s funny, and funny is always relevant, oker said.

“But there are some themes that are, won’t say universal, but are still relevant today. Actor Garret Johnson said no matter how one feels about the current decisions being made in Washington, the consequences of those decisions are unavoidable. will always “ olitics have some sort of hand in the arts, whether it’s a good one or not, ohnson said. What is good, ngwall said, is facing these pressing dilemmas with a sense of humor. “Good comedy stays the same, ngwall said. “ t doesn’t matter if it’s very old or very new. ood comedy is good comedy. art of that comedy, actor atthew eecher said, is the physical humor involved in the show, which ranges from exaggerated character movement to stage combat. “ apturing the physicality and voice of these characters has been one of the biggest hurdles but think it will be pretty rewarding when it all comes together, eecher said. With such physical demands, ohnson said establishing the trust and unity in the ensemble has played a large role in creating many of the show’s comedic moments. “This show has really helped me share the stage and work with other actors, ohnson said. “ feel like we have a special cast that’s a perfect fit for this show. oker said the high level of energy needed to produce the show’s physical comedy is masked by the cast’s high engery. “ ’m not as young as used to be, but it’s been fun, oker said. “ nd it’s always the most enjoyable to work with all of these great students in this way. With the many different facets of “ aughter on the rd loor, ngwall said she hopes the show’s humor is funny enough to make the audience remember the important points the show makes. “Some people will just take away the fact that the play is a good time and it’s fun and some people will take away the parallels with what’s going on today, ngwall said. “ ither is good, but hopefully both. “ augher on the rd loor runs arch - at p.m. and March 5 at 2: 0 0 p.m. in the redric arch Theatre. Tickets are with student .

Speaker Series member Katie Becker said she enjoyed was when yan gave tips on treats and snacks. “ think he gave us a lot of really good tips on not necessarily cutting out junk food and the unhealthy food that is really easy to get in college, ecker said. “ t’s just all about moderation and being aware of how your body reacts to certain things. yan said his best piece of advice for college students who are struggling with health and fitness in college is to get more rest. “ ll the people that work with, the first thing we look at is how much sleep they are getting, yan said. “ ost people aren’t getting enough sleep, and when they don’t get enough rest, their body is naturally out of balance. Ryan explained once sleep is in order, the body starts to come around in magnificent ways. yan also explained how to burn calories, good fats versus bad fats and even the origin of beer bellies. “ t depends on your body type, yan said. “There are three bodies types endomorphic, ectomorphic and mesomorphic. f you’re endomorphic, you have to eat more fats and less carbs but if you’re ectomorphic, you have to eat equal part carbs and protein. There’s

no one way to eat right’. The last part of Ryan’s speech consisted of an optional hour-long question and answer session, where many students stayed to ask yan questions about naps, body types, breakfast, calorie intake and more. yan answered all these questions and insisted he would stay for any other questions. Becker said Ryan’s presentation was inspiring and college students should care about what he said because nutrition affects their entire lives. “ little bit now is going to help us so much in the future, and if you just don’t pay attention to your nutrition, it’s going to be really detrimental in your future, ecker said. “So no matter what you do, it’s going to affect you in the long run. Ryan said he enjoys speaking because of the energy created in the room after an unexcited and apprehensive audience shows up. “When they leave, you can move them where they really enjoy it, yan said. “ like that a lot. ike tonight, seeing all those people that stayed. or really any age group, to be sitting in a room for two hours, bravo f interested in joining, University Speaker Series holds its meetings on Tuesday’s at p.m. in olk , unless there is a speaker that evening.

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Brian Baldauff performs Urban Sky Glow on marimba while integrating electronic background sounds.

Wisconsin Alliance for Composers New Music Festival features community artists by Lauren Freund UW Oshkosh hosted the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers ew usic estival on Saturday to showcase local and state musical talent. The Wisconsin Alliance for Composers is a non-profit organi ation that promotes music by composers while utili ing a Wisconsin connection. The concerts were held at 5 : 30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. The first concert featured winning compositions from middle school, high school and undergraduate composers, including the winning undergraduate work of UWO senior Christian Jesse. The second concert featured pieces composed by Wisconsin lliance for Composers members performed by UW Oshkosh Music Department faculty and students. This is the fifth time UWO has hosted this event the last time was four years ago. reshman egan Wilson said this was the first omposers usic estival she has participated in. “ think it went really well, Wilson said. “ t

“ large part of muwas really cool to hear the different types of music sic is meeting people and knowing people, ee said. that were played tonight. Wilson said incoming “These events, like these and current students should festivals, we’re fortunate to consider joining the music have and you get to meet program for great opportuni- musicians all over Wisconties, including this festival. sin unfortunately it’s only “ t helps you become Wisconsin, but, you know, a more organi ed per- it’s still a bunch of people. This specific music fesson, Wilson said. “ ou meet a lot of new friends tival was organi ed and from different years, compiled by UW Oshkosh Department of Music both older and younger. Senior ason ee said professor John Mayrose. ayrose has composed behe has performed in severtween twenal composers’ festi[The Festival] helps you be- ty and thirty vals, both come a more organized person. pieces for these type with his own You meet a lot of new friends events piece and as from different years, both older of explaina performer. and younger. ing that he, owev— Megan Wilson and other er, this is UWO Freshman c o m p o s his first one ers, usually at UWO. write their n addipieces and tion to ee, submit them. four other student perform- then n order to get this event ers in the second concert ayrose sent are members of the com- coordinated, position studio at UWO. out a call to all the univerccording to ee, a big sities and composers that he part of these festivals is knows to submit any works being able to meet other they have to be reviewed. “ or the student one, the musicians, students or professionals, while also being one that was this afternoon, able to perform pieces by fel- we have a blind review, ayrose said. “So collected low Wisconsin composers.

all the works and sent them to judges who didn’t know who the composer was, but they judged the pieces and then we collected the scores and then gave out first place and honorable mentions. or the composer concert, the process still required blind review but the biggest criteria to meet was that it could be performed at UWO. f an instrument was not available on campus, then a piece was not selected. ayrose strongly encourages future and current music majors to engage in these types of events to further their music experience and meet fellow musicians. “We have students from UW- a rosse, UW- ilwaukee, awrence University, and as well as one of our students, ayrose said. “So we encourage them to submit any kind of thing like this so they can get their music played. t’s also a great way to get to know other composers. ’ve gotten to know composers didn’t even know were in the state. or more information on the Wisconsin Alliance for omposers, visit their website http w w w. w i s c o m p o s e r s . o rg

by Frankie Rabas University Speaker Series keynote Tom Ryan helped students understand fitness, nutrition and fighting the reshman on Tuesday evening in Reeve Memorial Union. yan, who is an athlete, speaker and activist for healthy living, motivated students to live a healthy lifestyle while bringing his own experiences into the speech. The Speaker Series aims to bring positive, motivated speakers to campus to better the UW Oshkosh community. Advisor Chris Annis said although he was not part of the decision-making process to have yan visit campus, since he was not in his current position at the time, yan was chosen because he speciali es his speeches for college students. Annis said it is important for students to come to Speaker Series because they have the ability to learn something unique from a specialist. “There’s specialists all the way from doctors, to educators, to nutritionists, and having the opportunity to truly hear a specialist would give you some tools that other places may not understand or have, nnis said. Annis said nutritionists play an important part in our

world because we often get wrapped up in work, school and many other things, causing us to lose track of how to take care of ourselves. “ aving him come in here and educate people is important so they can see it’s not just the outside of the body you have to think about what’s going on inside, nnis said. yan began his speech with some personal background, like how he used to be overweight and the ways in which he overcame that. He incorporated jokes into his speech and made his presentation interactive by calling on people in the audience. yan had three stages of his presentation basic fitness and nutrition, myths and facts and a question and answer portion. yan first described the overall well-being of the body and the mind. “We often think of nutrition and fitness as purely just a body perk, yan said. “When you accomplish things nutritionally and physically, it adds to your self-esteem and your confidence like, did this.’ t’s measurable. yan also talked about common myths and facts in the nutritional world, which included topics such as skipping meals, excessive exercise and sleep deprivation. One piece of advice

Speaker visits campus, offers health hacks for students


Fitness expert Tom Ryan describes the physical reaction that occurs when people see food that they really want at Tuesday night’s Speaker Series event.




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March 2, 2017

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Nicole Horner - Opinon Editor

March 2, 2017

Students can benefit from study abroad

In today’s highly competitive professional field, students are constantly looking for experiences that will put them over the top of employers’ expectations. Studying abroad is an excellent example of a valuable experience that will draw employers’ attention and help solidify an interview. Having participated in two UW Oshkosh study abroad experiences myself, Q uest III in Ireland and a London Honors program, I can promise the benefits of studying abroad are well worth the cost. I continue to keep in contact with many people I met in my travels. I am even friends on Facebook with a well-known Irish painter and am connected on LinkedIn with another well-connected professional with whom I worked on my trip. Travel companions make excellent professional contacts because they have the opportunity to get to know you in a unique setting, often under somewhat stressful circumstances, that allows them to be great references and speak on your ability to handle unfamiliar situations. Studying abroad, especially with UWO’s semester or interim trips, also provides an opportunity to get to know a faculty member or professor.

This is beneficial throughout college and into the professional world. Many professors have multiple contacts in both their field and related fields and are especially willing to provide references for students who have traveled with them. They are also typically much more easy-going when traveling abroad, so it is an excellent opportunity to develop a reference outside of a stiff classroom setting. I still keep in contact with the professors and fellow students I traveled with and am constantly informed of many potentially beneficial opportunities for networking and building a ré sumé . Because of my experience in Ireland, I have been offered the opportunity to run a booth at the Milwaukee Irish Fest last summer speaking about the community service work with ancestry we did for our class. The multitude of opportunities and connections that stem from a study abroad experience help make students ideal candidates to employers and make it truly worthwhile. The best time to travel is as a young adult. Once students join the workforce, there will be very little time to have unique exploratory experiences such as studying abroad. Money is often a problem for students, but there are plenty of scholarships, grants and loans to go around, and the people in the study abroad office are happy to help students find a way to participate. Trips can be as short as a three-week interim or as long as a year. Y ou can even go to another school within the U.S. if you want to, for the same cost as UWO. Don’t let excuses hold you back; there will always be a reason to say no. Let me give you one reason to say yes, the only one you need: it is 1 0 0 percent worth the effort. So head to the study abroad office on the second floor of empsey and plan your adventure. Y ou will only regret it if you don’t.

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UWO should provide more weekend events on campus by the Advance-Titan Staff UW Oshkosh often holds events and activities during the week, rather than the weekends, which does not leave much for students to do on weekends besides binge watching N etflix or going out to parties and drinking. Because UWO does not host many on-campus activities on weekends, many students choose to go home and spend time with their family and hometown friends. Oshkosh is often referred to as “Sloshkosh” because of the amount of drinking UWO students partake in. If the University provided more opportunities and activities for students to be involved in on weekends, this unflattering assumption might be put to rest. The University already hosts an abundance of events and activities on weekdays, and in addition to those events UWO should host more campus events on weekends. Comedians, hypnotists, mentalists and musi-

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cians are just a few types of as “Trifles,” “All My Sons” performances students can and “Laughter on the 23rd attend throughout the week. Floor,” a few times a seThe Student Recreation mester. But events like these and Wellness Center hosts don’t happen every weekmost of its group fitness end. classes, such as Butts N ’ UWO student Callum WeGuts, Y oga and Z umba, on ber said having more campus weeknights, and sporting events on weekends could events can also be found tak- prevent students from partying place during the week the ing and drinking. majority of “It would the time. center them Activities that are on Many stuand they dents do not campus in this kind of wouldn’t have time to weather are a lot more ap- want to attend these pealing than having to walk drink,” Weevents during ber said. off campus or paying to the week beThere are cause home- get a ride somewhere. a lot of stuwork, studydents who — Amanda Peterson choose to go ing and work UWO student out and drink are a larger priority. on weekends On weekends, events are because they have nothing limited. The first Friday of better to do. If campus held every month, Reeve Me- more options for college stumorial Union hosts Titan dents and young adults to N ights, where students can participate in on weekends, participate in a variety of many students would have activities, such as movies, an alternative to drinking. crafts, games, photobooths More students are in the and late night food for free. area during the week than The theatre department on the weekends, but if there puts on productions, such were things for students to

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do on weekends, they might choose to remain on campus instead of going home. UWO student Amanda Peterson said having more on-campus events is especially beneficial in the winter. “Activities that are on campus in this kind of weather are a lot more appealing than having to walk off campus or paying to get a ride somewhere,” Peterson said. Although attending events during the week is a good way for students to take their minds off of classwork and relieve stress, events should be spread out between the week and the weekend. UWO student Bella Lombardi said she would like to see events like Pet Perk Me Up extend into weekends. “We’re bored,” Lombardi said. “We don’t only need them for finals.” The UWO campus should consider scheduling more events and activities on the weekends to expand students’ options for how they can spend their time.



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

March 2, 2017

Titan women lose in Championship game WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FROM PAGE


UWO to the championship after not making an appearance in his first year after taking over Oshkosh Women’s basketball team. or the Titans, the first quarter was their second-highest scoring quarter of the contest, but they only tallied points. The team took shots and knocked down five to hit at a clip of only . percent. oint distribution was almost even in the first period, with starters producing six and reserves putting up five. Senior forward Eliza Campbell led the cause in the first minutes, shooting two-of-five from the field and bringing down an offensive rebound on her way to four quick points. Senior forward lex ichard knocked down one of her two first-period shots for Oshkosh, putting up two points and one steal. or the bench, junior guard Jaimee Pitt knocked down a field goal and earned two points, with freshman guard ylie oe hitting a shot from the charity stripe for her only first-quarter point. The limited shooting performance by the Titans was a precursor for how the next two quarters would go for them, as the combined totals of the second and third quarters fell one point short of UWO’s score in its first quarter performance. The second quarter ended up being much worse offensively for Oshkosh, as they put up a measly four points. itt was the only Titan to register a made basket from the field in this period, with her and senior guard organ okta hitting one free throw each for the quarter total. Shooting one-for-ten from the field in the quarter put UWO at a -point deficit going into halftime. ischer said the shots just were not falling for the Titans and that is not necessarily due to shot selection. “We just did not see the ball go through the rim enough, ischer said. “We had good shooters and good post players around the rim and we got good shots, but when you keep seeing them roll out and roll around the rim, saying, hey we finally got one’ and having it roll out, think the burden just adds up to where it makes it really hard for the next person and the next person. Whitewater improved their shooting performance going into half, raising their conversion percentage almost percent, a huge factor for creating an insur-

mountable deficit for the Titans to attempt to get out of. oming out of halftime, Oshkosh faced a daunting deficit, one that only grew as the third quarter progressed. n the third, UWO put up six points and shot . percent from the field, which was not enough to draw the game close again. Senior guard Taylor Schmidt got on the board in the third quarter, as she knocked down a shot to go along with a defensive rebound and a steal. ounding the scoring for the period was Pitt, who earned two shots at the charity stripe and knocked down one, and Samuels, who made one field goal and converted her lone shot at the line. Schmidt said even with the offensive struggles the team faced, this game presented an opportunity for the team to learn from its’ mistakes and prepare for the post season. “We can take a lot of lessons away from what we did wrong, Schmidt said. “ think just being able to realize [these lessons] and emphasi e it more during practice and reflect on what we did wrong and make sure we practice and focus on what all went wrong in this game. n the fourth quarter the roles changed, as Oshkosh went on a major offensive, cutting points out of the deficit and getting within eight points of UW-Whitewater before time ran out and the comeback was thwarted. UWO’s fourth quarter points were more than they had scored in the three prior quarters combined, setting the stage for an uphill battle. Oshkosh shot three times more shots than the Warhawks and made compared to the six baskets by Whitewater. ischer used matchup scenarios in the final quarter, as defensive pressure tactics were woven into the quick-strike attack that Oshkosh adapted. Campbell, okta and Schmidt all played the entire -minute quarter, with ichard and junior guard mma elotik being subbed out at times to bring in defensive or offensive-minded players. Off the bench in the final quarter, itt led with six points on a perfect two-of-two shooting from behind the arc in an efficient one minute cumulative span. Senior forward adeline Staples knocked down her only shot of the quarter in three minutes, and non-scoring contributions were made by freshman guards Olivia ampbell and oe, as well as sophomore forward elanie Schneider. The energy displayed in the

final quarter is something assistant coach elly c iff said the team can take as a positive. “We did not back down; we did not give up, c iff said. “With the score the way it was, we could have hung our heads and packed it in. ut, we battled and had a good third quarter and as long as we get into the tournament, that provides us with a little momentum. This contest marked the end of UWO’s streak of winning home games for almost a year. ven with the result, ischer said the season the team has had up until this game speaks for itself. “We just have to play well, ischer said. “We are - and think that we have probably played five or six bad halves this year. We have had two really close losses, and this one would not consider close, so hope we have seen all sides of it now where we have some experience in understanding the next situation we are going to be in. s a team, Oshkosh gathered more rebounds, had more second chance points and had a stronger bench showing, with of their 6 5 points coming from the reserves. n most offensive and general game categories, however, Whitewater held the advantage over the Titans.

On riday, UWO took on UW- iver alls and won the semifinal game at home, - . Oshkosh had earned the regular season W title, giving them the first-place seed and subsequent first-round bye in the post-season tournament. n the first quarter, both teams were tied at points, with each team shooting around percent. okta led the way in the first with four points on two-offive shooting while also bringing down three rebounds and recording one block. Other contributions came from Schmidt, who shot fifty percent in the quarter and added two points; Pitt, who knocked down a shot, junior guard endall Truttman, who hit her only shot, and Samuels, who scored a basket and made one free throw. n the second, offensive woes plagued the Titans, as their shooting percentage fell to . . The alcons opened up an eightpoint advantage in the quarter, as the team made more field goals, 3-pointers and free throws than UWO. Going into halftime, Oshkosh faced a - deficit to a team that coming into the contest had only nine wins in the season. oming out of the half, the squad upped their offensive output and changed the tide of

the game. The third quarter was the highest scoring quarter of the game for both teams combined, as UWO put up points, the same amount it had going into half. The Falcons were held to a mere seven points in the third, setting the stage for Oshkosh to gain the lead again. The Titans increased their shooting percentage to percent in the third period, including making four of six shots from the line. Campbell led the charge for Oshkosh by putting up six points on two field goals and two free throws, helping the Titans change an eight-point deficit into a five-point advantage. Points for Oshkosh in the third also came from Staples, who hit both her shots in five minutes for four points, Schmidt and ichard, who had three apiece and okta and Samuels with two each. UWO held the Falcons to two made shots on thirteen attempts, equating to a dismal . percent from the field. eing able to carry the momentum gained from the first half and keeping it through the rest of the game is something Schmidt said is a team effort. “ onestly, think it is just our confidence, Schmidt said. “ think we have to have self-con-

fidence as well as team confidence, and think that if we can get that confidence out of all sixteen of us and all three coaches, think we will be successful in the long run. n the fourth quarter, neither Oshkosh nor iver alls had the best offensive showing, with each squad only converting on four baskets. UWO received crucial minutes and production from their starting unit, as of their final period points came from the starting five. elotik and Schmidt both tallied three points in this period, with elotik sinking her only attempt of the quarter, a -pointer. okta and ampbell both earned their two points from the charity stripe, and ichard rounded out the scoring for the starters by knocking down a free throw of her own. or the remaining five points, the bench unit had three players contribute. oth itt and sophomore guard hloe ustina knocked down a shot for two points each, and Samuels made half of her free throws in the quarter for the last point. Students have the opportunity to receive free tickets to riday’s game by going to the athletics administrative suite in olf anytime up until the start of the game.


Top: Kylie Moe passes the ball at the top of the key against UWW. Moe averages 5.9 points per game. Above: Alex Richard splits the defense on the way to the basket against the Warhawks in Sunday’s game.


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

March 2, 2017

Men’s volleyball sweeps La Crosse Eagles by Jordan Fremstad The nation’s N o. 1 ranked men’s Division I club volleyball team, UW Oshkosh, bounced back from its first loss of the season with a win over the second-ranked Division II Eagles of UW-La Crosse on Feb. 26 . The Titans swept the Eagles in three straight sets, 25 -1 5 , 25 -1 8, 25 -22, for UWO’s 1 3th win of the season. Graduate student Brandon Schmidt provided 1 0 of the Titans’ 39 kills. Senior Peter N ordel had nine kills and sophomore Devin Hudson added six. Schmidt said the team provided more energy coming off a tough five-set loss to Marquette University on Feb. 23. “I think we learned a lot from that loss,” Schmidt said. “At the end of the day, they wanted the win more than us, and they put everything on the line to get those small points that could have gone either way. I think it shows us that we need to start and end the game with more energy on our side of the court.” UWO fell to Marquette in the third meeting between the two programs, snapping the Titans’ 36 -match winning streak. Head coach Brian Schaefer said the team is still searching for an identity and the correct combination on the court amid dealing with some injury obstacles. “Despite finding success early in the season, we are still trying to find ourselves as a team,” Schaefer said. “Losing the players from last year’s team to graduation and the loss of senior Allen Grunert to injury has been hard to replace on

the emotional side of the game. We have the talent; we just need to find a way to mesh that with energy on the court.” Schaefer said the Golden Eagles did not shy away from the spotlight, and gave them credit for their recent performance. “It was the classic example of a team that wanted it more than the other,” Schaefer said. “They played great tonight and deserved the victory.” Schmidt said this loss can be used as a teaching moment for the team. “Adversity is always important to face for any team,” Schmidt said. “We have had a couple of last year’s starters graduate, as well as a couple of injuries that we are overcoming as a team. Without this test of adversity, we wouldn’t be the program that has had this success for this long.” Marquette’s defense was superb, holding the Titans to a hitting percentage of .276 and just two service aces. On top of that, UWO had 1 1 service errors. On a more positive note, Schmidt led the team with 1 2 kills, with Devin Hudson and N ordel contributing a combined 22 more. Senior Travis Hudson provided an impressive 45 assists, 1 0 digs and five blocks. Senior Michael Wamboldt said the team believes overcoming adversity is important, even citing the Philadelphia 76 ers’ philosophy of trusting the process. “Every year it’s a process to mold into the best team we can be,” Wamboldt said. “This loss is all a part of the process, and we are learning how to handle

by Morgan Van Lanen

Mcllhany flied out to center field. Oshkosh would go on to tally two more runs in the fourth inning. Dillon had a ground-rule double to drive in both Manthei and Witter. The game concluded after the top of the fifth inning. In Friday’s second game, UWO crushed Edgewood College in a lopsided 22-0 score. Both teams were tied at zero following the first inning, but Oshkosh was able to make the most out of the second inning. Smaney said her team’s performance against Edgewood highlighted the tournament. “Against Edgewood we had our best hitting performance,” Smaney said. The Titans drove in 1 3 runs and tallied 1 1 hits. Dudek was the first one to reach home off of a Witter single to left field. Mcllhany advanced to second on the play. Menting, who went one-fortwo and had an RBI against Edgewood, said having a deep bench helped contribute to the extremely successful second inning. “This year our team is a lot more dynamic,” Menting said. “We have a lot more consistency throughout the lineup. Last year we had a lot of, either the top was hitting or the bottom was hitting. There was never the entire lineup all the way through working together. This weekend we really showed that we have a lot of versatility and a lot of talent every where on the field.” In the bottom of the third, Fionda, Dudek, junior Tanya Hammitt and Dillon all reached home plate to add an additional four runs. The Titans had just two hits in the inning, but both Dudek and Fionda reached first base by being hit by pitches. The game ended at the top of the fifth inning, after UWO collected five additional runs in the bottom of the fourth. On Saturday, UWO faced UW-Superior, a team that won 27 games and played in the N CAA Division III Championship last year, in its first game of the day. The Titans beat the Y ellowjackets in a tight 4-2 outing. Dillon made the first offensive play for Oshkosh in the game when she hit a single to


Senior Travis Hudson sets the ball against Marquette University. The Titans lost to Golden Eagles in Thursday’s match. it as we go. The win against La Crosse showed us that we are still very capable of proving once again that we are the best team in the nation.” Travis Hudson said there

are plenty of things to work on despite coming back with another win. “We can improve on controlling the game that’s happening outside of the court, and

right field in the top of the first inning. The freshman right fielder was able to steal second base before Menting struck out at home plate to tally two outs for the Titans. Krol was the next batter in line and hit a double to right field to drive Dillon home. The Titans were up 1 -0 when Torborg grounded the ball to third base for an out to end UWO’s first offensive bout of the game. Both UWO and UWS were able to collect one hit during the second inning, but neither team was able to collect any runs during their at-bats. In the top of the third, Berry hit a single to get her onto first base. Dillon was out at first place after hitting a sacrifice bunt so Berry could advance to second. After Menting struck out, Krol was able to hit an RBI single as Berry made it to home plate. The inning ended with the Titans controlling the lead 2-0 . The Y ellowjackets were unable to answer in the bottom of the third, while UWO added another two points to their score as both junior outfielder Caitlin Hoerning and Fionda each made it home. In the bottom of the fourth, UW-Superior started to make a comeback. Katie White singled to get onto first base for the Y ellowjackets. A Bailey Armstrong double to right field advanced White to third base and Shelby Gerken pinch ran for Armstrong. Claire Robbe threw a wild pitch which advanced Gerken to third base and Armstrong to score. An error shortly after by Robbe lead to Gerken also reaching home. N either of the two teams would score again and the game ended in a 4-2 Titans win after seven innings. In its second game of the day, UWO faced Lakeland University. Smaney started on the pitcher’s mound for the Titans and retired three batters and walked one during the first inning. Berry, Fionda and Menting all got out in a 1 -2-3 first inning. In the second inning, UWO was able to collect five runs and five hits from its batters. Paige Giese got an RBI dou-

ble when she hit a single to right field. Mcllhany and freshman Claire Petrus each scored. Berry highlighted the second inning with an inside the park home run which brought home her, Hammitt and Giese. In the bottom of the third, Menting reached first base off an error committed by Lakeland’s shortstop. A Petrus double led to Menting scoring an unearned run. The inning ended when Witter flied out to centerfield. Lakeland’s offense struggled against the Titans. The Muskies had only three hits in the game, compared to UWO’s nine. Smaney committed no errors at pitching for the Titans while the Muskie’s two pitchers combined for seven. The game ended after the bottom of the fifth when UWO collected two more runs from Mcllhany and Torborg to make the score 8-0 . UWO lost its only game in the tournament when it fell to Concordia UniversityWisconsin 3-2 in the Titans’ final match of the day. The game started slow for both teams, as neither was able to get onto the board for the first three innings of play. At the bottom of the fourth, Menting hit a single to center field after Petrus was hit by a pitch and stole second beforehand. Menting’s single turned into an error by the centerfielder of Concordia which helped Menting advance to second and then third. Petrus made it home to get UWO its first score of the game. N either team scored in the fifth inning. Concordia tied the score up at one after Christine Sharon hit a ground-rule double that brought N icole Lewis home. Smaney said the mistakes UWO made against Concordia were contributing factors in the loss. “We just had a couple of mental errors here and there,” Smaney said. “Base running errors, too. If we would have cleaned that up, I think we would have won.” In the bottom of the sixth, UWO regained its lead 2-1 when Krol hit an RBI single that lead Petrus to score.

playing with more purpose,” Travis said. “I liked that everyone was having fun.” Oshkosh faces UW-River Falls on March 4 to continue the push forward to take

sole control of the Wisconsin V olleyball Conference. UWO will get another shot at avenging their loss when they face Marquette on March 9 .

Softball travels to Marquette, Mich. Track competes in The UW Oshkosh softball team started its 20 1 7 season strong after going 5 -1 at the Finlandia Dome Tournament this past weekend in Marquette, Mich. “I was very surprised with our outcome this weekend,” sophomore first baseman Kaitlyn Krol said. “Everyone took on their role for each game the way I, as a player, want them to. It makes me excited to see how the rest of the season is going to go.” UWO kicked off its season against N orthland College on Friday night. The Titans beat the Lumberjills 1 6 -0 in five innings. In the bottom of the first inning, junior leadoff hitter Erika Berry was walked. The third baseman advanced to second after sophomore Emma Fionda was hit by a pitch. Sophomore catcher Abby Menting was called out after her first at-bat of the year went to second base and was thrown to first. However, Berry advanced to third, and Fionda advanced to second on the play. Senior outfielder Lauren Torborg drove in both Berry and Fionda on a single with two outs. The first inning concluded with UWO leading 2-0 . Menting drove in two runs on a ground-rule double to highlight the second inning for the Titans. Krol also had a ground-rule double and an RBI as Menting made it home on the hit. Krol was the last runner to make it home before the second inning came to an end. By the beginning of the third inning, the Titans already had eight runs and six hits on the board. By the end of the inning, the Titans added an additional six runs and four hits. Freshman Amanda Mcllhany was the first Titan to add a run to the Titans’ score in the third inning. The freshman made it home after sophomore catcher Jordan Manthei singled. Junior Brianna Witter advanced to second and sophomore pitcher Bailey Smaney got to third as a result of the hit. Freshman N atalie Dillon was the final Titan to score in the third inning as freshman N atalie Dudek hit an RBI single. The inning ended when


WIAC tournament by Calvin Skalet The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh track and field team participated in the WIAC Track & Field Championship over the weekend. The women’s team placed third with a score of 1 0 3, and the men placed fifth with a score of 87.5 . The two-day event took place in Menomonie, WI on Friday and Saturday at UW Stout’s Sports and Fitness Center. The women competed this weekend with many athletes ranking among the national top-20 . Distance Coach Eamon McKenna said he was thrilled with the performance of the women’s team this past weekend. “As a coaching staff, we were impressed with the competitive spirit and confidence our women displayed during the meet,” McKenna said. “Despite having one of the smallest teams in the conference, our women continue to train hard and compete with purpose.” Junior Emily Reichenberger has the third-fastest time in the nation in the 6 0 -meter dash this season with a time of 7.72 and the eighth-fastest mark in the 20 0 -meter dash with a time of 25 .36 . Freshman Cara V olz is also ranked in two events. She is ranked 1 1 th nationally in the 6 0 -meter hurdles with a time of 8.9 6 seconds and 1 3th in the triple jump with a distance of 37-6 3/4. Linzmeier ranks fourth in the 80 0 -meter run with a time of 2: 1 4.0 3. Sophomore Cheyenne Moore is ranked seventh in the 5 ,0 0 0 -meter run with a time of 1 7: 1 7.72. Junior Kristen Linzmeier won the mile, while also finishing in second in the 80 0 -meter dash to score 1 8 points total. Senior Erica Munyan finished fifth in the mile and came back to win the 30 0 0 -meter dash to get a total score of 1 4 points. Sophomore Cheyenne Moore finished second in the 5 0 0 0 -meter dash and third in the 30 0 0 -meter run to score 1 4

points. McKenna said the three distance runners all have what it takes to perform at a high level. “These three feed off of each other’s competitiveness, work ethic, and desire to perform at a high level, as students, as runners and as people,” McKenna said. “The rest of our distance group helps bring a positive attitude that pushes the entire group to new heights, which is fun to see. The conference meet was a demonstration of the work and time these women have put in to improve and excel.” Freshman Sydney Rau said there are errors that need to be fixed prior to their next meet. “We feel as a team that we performed very well,” Rau said. “Even though there were mistakes, we had many people [set personal records] and end up placing on the podium that were not expected to.” For the men, junior Joe Z ack added a second-place finish in the mile run with a time of 4: 1 3.71 . Junior Devan Gertschen placed second in the men’s pole vault as he recorded a jump of 4.9 1 m. Junior Dakota Griffith said being a part of a strong conference like the WIAC has its pay-offs. “I think as a team we did really well,” Griffith said. “The WIAC is one of the hardest conferences in the nation, so it definitely makes the conference meet tough, but I think everyone likes to be pushed so much because it makes us all better.” The Titans will have just a few more indoor events before switching to outdoor competition. UWO will compete at the Carthage College Final Q ualifier on Friday and the UW-Stevens Point Open on Saturday. McKenna said there is still much to look forward to during the indoor season. “Before the outdoor season begins, we have a ‘ last chance’ meet and indoor nationals,” McKenna said. “We hope to have several All-Americans for both the men and the women at that meet.”




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

March 2, 2017

Wrestling places sixth at regionals UW Oshkosh wrestling took sixth place out of 1 1 teams at the 20 1 7 N CAA Division III West Regional on Saturday in Moorhead, Minn. Head coach Efrain Ayala said he is proud of his team’s performances this season. “Our team did a great job this season in believing in the process and we were able to make some big strides because of it,” Ayala said. “We are still a young team and have a lot of room for improvement.” The top three finishers in each weight class in Saturday’s meet advanced to nationals, which will take place on March 1 0 and 1 1 in La Crosse. The players who will travel to nationals for the Titans include sophomores Mark Choinski and Kody Azarian, who both placed second in their respective weight classes, 1 5 7 and 1 41 . “I think overall our team wrestled well, but not to its full potential,” Azarian said. “We have a lot of young talent on our team, they just have to open up against their opponent. N o matter what, I think we could have qualified five guys at least from our regional.” Ayala said positive things about Choinski and Azarian’s performances on Saturday and looks forward to preparing his wrestlers for nationals. “Kody and Mark wrestled very well,” Ayala said. “They both had a game plan and followed it in the semifinals and earned their trip to nationals. Both wrestlers are more than capable of beating the opponents they wrestled in the finals.” In the 1 5 7-pound weight class, Cole Sladek of Concordia College (Minn.) took first place while Choinski finished second. Grant Parker from Augsburg College (Minn.) rounded out the weight class with the third-place finish. Choinski had a bye in the first round of the tournament. The sophomore defeated UW-Eau Claire’s Connor Hanson in 1 : 0 5 via a fall in the quarterfinals. He advanced to the semifinals where he beat Parker in a 1 0 -2 major decision. In the championship round, Choinski fell to Sladek 1 7-1 0 . Choinski said his slow start in the championship match on Saturday is something he is going to have to work on during practice to prepare for nationals. “I learned a few things from my finals match at regionals,” Choinski said. “I need to open up my lungs before I

wrestle so I do not start slow. In my finals match, I was sluggish in the first period and that’s when my opponent scored all of his points. I was able to start coming back in the second period and out-wrestled him in the third period. Unfortunately it was too late.” The championship loss is what Choinski said is keeping him fired up for March 1 0 . “Other than winning a national title, I am excited to wrestle with some of the best competitors in the country for my division and weight class,” Choinksi said. “I know that every match I have is going to be a dog fight and I look forward to the challenge.” In the 1 41 -pound weight class, Augsburg College’s David Flynn clinched the first -place title. Azarian grabbed second place, while Adam Presler of Concordia College finished in third. Azarian received a bye in the first round of the day. He faced UWEC’s Scott Worlund and won 1 8-3 over a technical fall. Azarian advanced to the championship after being victorious in the semifinals by beating Presler 7-4. In the championship match, the sophomore fell to Flynn in a 7-4 decision. Azarian said there are things he wishes he would have done differently during the championship match. “I started out well on my feet, had my fakes going and got him moving and took him down when I needed to, but I just was not offensive enough,” Azarian said. “I should have got a better warm-up before the match and I should have fought a little harder to get off bottom.” Freshman Aristide Serrano just missed his chance at nationals when he finished fourth place in the 1 6 5 -pound weight class. Sophomore Anthony Senthavisouk and junior Jonathan Flores both placed fifth in the 1 25 and 1 33-pound weight classes. Oshkosh added a sixthplace finish in the 1 84-pound weight class from sophomore Julius Smith. Ayala said it is time for Azarian and Choinski to focus in practice before they head to the final matches of their season. “To do well at the national tournament, you need to have the ability to put multiple seven-minute matches together and be able to bounce back when things don’t go your way; be adaptable,” Ayala said. “This next week and a half we’ll be putting them through many different situations to force them to respond and adapt.”

All-Around Results

Team Results

1. Baylee Tkaczuk UWO

1. UWEC 185.200 2. UWO 184.925

by Morgan Van Lanen


Above: Gymnasts congratulate one another while competing against Eau Claire. The Titans lost to the Blugolds by .275. Below: Senior Danielle Turner strikes a pose on the balance beam. Turner scored 9.275 and took sixth place in the beam.

Titans fall to Blugolds at home

Oshkosh gymnastics lost to UW-Eau Claire 184.925-185.200 during senior day in t fin ome meet of t e e on t t e t n e ent o of rt e r

UWO team leaders Baylee Tkaczuk Freshman All-around

Dana LoCascio Sophomore Balance beam, Floor exercise, Vault

Bailey Finin Sophomore Balance beam, Floor exercise, Vault

Floor Exercise Results

Vault Results

Uneven Parallel Bars Results

Balance Beam Results

1. Dana LoCascio UWO

1. Baylee Tkaczuk UWO

1. Baylee Tkaczuk UWO

2. Amanda McBrayer UWO

2. Lauren Zurowski UWEC

2. Danielle Turner UWO

3. Karen King UWO

2. Kasandra Stamopoulos UWO

3. Hannah Lewis UWEC

3. Lauralynn Anderson UWEC

3. Bailey Finin UWO






In the top of the seventh, Concordia made a comeback to win the game. The Falcons scored twice and the Titans were not able to respond in the bottom of the inning. The game ended with Berry grounding out to second base with two outs. Menting also added that

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playing three games in one day can be tough on a team. “As the third game of the day, mentally, we weren’t strong enough there,” Menting said. “We need to be more focused in the game. If we would have made the little things count during that game, it would have been a different result.” Oshkosh concluded its tournament play in a 8-0 win over Carroll College on Sunday

1. Lauren Zurowski UWEC

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morning. The game got off to a quick start for the Titans when Fionda singled to third base and Menting singled through the right side to advance Fionda to second. Krol hit a ground-rule double to advance Menting to third and Fionda to score. Mcllhany reached first and then second base by an error committed by the first basement of Carroll.

Both Menting and Krol scored on the play. Shortly after, Manthei grounded-out to third base, but Mcllhany was able to reach home plate. The Titans were up 4-0 when the first inning ended. After a scoreless top-ofthe-second for the Pioneers, Menting doubled to right field to send Petrus home, giving UWO a five-run lead. N either team scored in the

Up next for the Titans:

- At Hamline University on Saturday - At Stout on March 9

- At WIAC Championship on March 17

ome o rn ment third inning, but UWO grabbed another run when Fionda stole home with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Torborg highlighted and concluded the fifth inning for the Titans as she hit a homerun to right field inside the park. Witter also scored on the play. The softball team will travel to Florida over spring break where it will play 1 2 games against teams from all over the

country in the span of seven days. Krol said her team is focusing on how to slow games down, especially with having to play so many over spring break. “On thing we are working on in practice is our mental approach to everything,” Krol said. “We know that we are going to be playing a lot of games in Florida compared to what we played in Michigan.”


SPORTS Advance-Titan

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

March 2, 2017

Men earn NCAA post season tournament bid MEN’S BASKETBALL FROM PAGE A1

career on Saturday and I don’t think any of us thought that we were going to get in. It’s a fresh start for us, and we’re going to take every advantage of it.” With the Titans as reigning WIAC champions, this was their third consecutive WIAC Championship final appearance and second second-place finish in the past three years. Before taking on the Falcons, the Titans had to get through the UW-Whitewater Warhawks in the semifinal game of the tournament, which resulted in a 75 -6 1 victory on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Kolf Sports Center. On Thursday, five Titans scored 1 0 points or higher in the winning effort. The Titans got off to an early lead and kept it, in a game that consisted of zero lead changes and the highest lead of the game being 21 points. Titans’ sophomore guard Brett Wittchow got things started with a layup at 1 9 : 42 in the first half. Senior forward Max Schebel kept things going with another layup. The Warhawks answered with a 3-pointer from guard Drew Bryson to put the score at 4-3 with the Titans leading at 1 9 : 0 4. The one-point difference was the closest the Warhawks were to the Titans’ lead all night. Titans’ junior guard Charlie N oone went on an eightpoint scoring run, making two 3-pointers and a layup to put the Titans ahead 1 2-5 . The next four baskets from Oshkosh were from beyond the arc via freshman guard David V lotho, sophomore guards Kyle

Beyak, Ben Boots and junior N oone. With 1 2: 0 2 remaining in the first half, the Titans were ahead 24-9 . In the following seven minutes of the game, freshman center Jack Flynn scored 1 4 of the next 1 5 points for the Titans, and with 3: 46 to play in the first half, the Titans were up 37-23. To close out the first half, Boots had a layup, and V lotho made three free throws to take a 42-26 lead at half. Sophomore guard Brett Wittchow started the second half strong for the Titans, scoring the team’s only six points of the first five minutes of the second half to bring the score to 48-30 . Halfway through the second half, Oshkosh had a comfortable 5 5 -36 lead. For the remainder of the game, the Titans’ shooting was lower than its first half shooting performance, as the team shot 8-23 overall and made no 3-pointers. However, it was enough to keep the Warhawks behind by at least 1 0 points throughout the half, leading to a final score of 75 -6 1 . The victory over the Warhawks sent the Titans to the final game of the WIAC Championship. In a game where the Titans had a lead of 1 2 points at one time and where there were four lead changes and two ties, River Falls managed to prevent an upset and won by a score of 5 9 -6 0 . A turnover by Boots led to a layup to start the game that gave the Falcons the early 0 -2 lead. However, a 3-pointer from N oone put the Titans ahead. N oone scored 1 9 points and was the Titans’ leading scorer of the night.

A foul from Boots put Falcons’ forward Alex Herink on the line where he made both free throws to give River Falls a 3-4 lead. A layup from N oone gave the Titans the 5 -4 lead with 1 7: 20 remaining in the half. The Titans then went on an 1 8-8 run to give them a 23-1 2 lead halfway through the first half. A layup from Falcons’ guard Devin Buckley was followed by a layup from Herink, bringing River Falls within eight points. N oone answered with a three and Wittchow was brought to the line where he made both free throws to extend the lead to nine points. However, the ninepoint lead would not last long after a seven-point run from the Falcons put the Titans lead to two points. With 4: 47 remaining in the first half, the score was 28-26 . A 3-pointer from Wittchow would make it 31 -26 , before both teams fell silent for nearly two minutes. To close out the first half, Jansen scored four points with a free throw and a three while Flynn made a layup. River Falls answered with a pair of free throws and a three to make the score at halftime 37-31 . With both teams attempting 24 shots in the first half, the Titans were 1 3-24, while River Falls was 1 1 -24. UWO got off to a fast start in the second half that started with a three from Boots, which was followed by a layup from N oone. A 3-pointer from Falcons’ forward Garrett Pearson was answered by a pair of free throws from Flynn that gave the Titans an 1 1 point lead with a score of 44-33 with 1 6 : 1 8 remaining in the game.

2016-17 Season Award Winners UWO Women

Taylor SchmidtWIAC Player of the Year All-Defensive Team

Morgan KoktaAll-WIAC Team Honorable Mention Eliza CampbellAll-WIAC Women’s Team Alex RichardAll-WIAC Team Honorable Mention Taylor DagonAll-Sportsmanship Team Brad FischerWIAC Coach of the Year


Ben BootsAll-WIAC Men’s Team Charlie NooneAll-WIAC Men’s Team Taylor JansenAll-Defensive Team

AJ MuellerAll-Sportsmanship Team Sean DwyerMax Sparger Scholar-Athlete

A foul from Titans’ freshman forward Adam Fravert sent Buckley to the line where he made one free throw to bring the Falcons within 1 0 at 44-34. The free throw was answered by a layup from Flynn; however, the layup was the last shot the Titans would make for nearly six minutes. In the nearly six minutes the Titans did not make a shot, the Falcons took advantage of the situation and scored 1 1 points. N oone finally broke the Titans’ silence with a layup, and with 9 : 34 remaining in the game, the Titans’ lead was cut to 48-45 . River Falls countered with a dunk by Herink which was followed by a layup from guard Grant Erickson, and for the first time since the early first half, the Falcons had the lead 48-49 with 8: 36 yet to play. Over the following two minutes, the Falcons scored six points which were finally countered by a three from Fravert. N oone was fouled on a 3-point attempt where he managed to make all three free throws to put the score at 5 4-5 7 with 5 : 44 to play. A free throw from Pearson was followed by four points from the Titans that tied the game up at 5 8-5 8 with 4: 0 0 remaining. River Falls’ guard Clay Seifert gave the Falcons the 5 8-6 0 lead. A foul from Pearson sent Schebel to the line to attempt two shots to tie the game with 1 : 5 9 remaining; however, he was only able to make one to bring the score to 5 9 -6 0 . With less than a minute to play, Boots was fouled and sent to the line to attempt two shots, but he was not able to make either of them.


Ben Boots crosses over an opposing Warhawk on Thursday. The Titans were able to get team is excited and ready to one last play off with 0 0 : 0 4 take on the challenge. “There’s a lot of excitement remaining in the game, but a 3-point attempt from Boots did going around,” Flynn said. “It not go down as time expired was awesome when we found out we were playing. We’re and the Falcons won 5 9 -6 0 . Mueller said the loss was just excited to go and play on tough, but a tournament berth Friday.” Juckem said the team has has given the team a new feelgrown since its loss to River ing. “It’s like we got an extra Falls even before they found life,” Mueller said. “We know out they were in the tournawhat it’s like for a season to be ment. “After our game ended on done, so that’s like motivation. We don’t want it to hurt as bad Saturday guys asked what they as it did on Saturday. It’s a big thought our chances were, and I was a little pessimistic,” Juckem motivation for us.” The Titans’ first round oppo- said. “We had a very emotional nent, Hope College, won its locker room. Emotional, but conference with a conference an awesome locker room. The record of 1 3-1 and an overall powerful things that were said, the love that was on display in record of 21 -6 . Despite going into a tough that locker room was something environment, Flynn said the we’ll never forget.”

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