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OSA election commission makes 70% of votes invalid in presidential election by Laura Dickinson

Maria Berge and Jared Schadrie were announced as Oshkosh Student Association President and Vice President after the OSA Election Commission hearing about election allegations made about presidential candidates that were both accepted and rejected on Tuesday. The OSA Election Commission certified the results after the hearing. The results will be official after the report is voted and passed by the OSA Senate. Brandon Colligan and Bryan Carter received the most popular votes from the campus community, but, after the hearing, the accept-

ed allegations that allowed a certain percentage of the total votes to be taken away, resulting in the election of Berge and Schadrie. Originally, Colligan and Carter had 2 9 4 total votes, while Berge and Schadrie had 1 8 8 total votes. After the hearing, Colligan and Carter had 2 6 percent of the total vote deducted from their votes which left them with 9 4 votes, while Berge and Schadrie had 1 0 percent of the total vote deducted from their votes, leaving them with 1 1 1 votes. The allegations made against the Colligan and Carter campaign were “campaigning outside campaign period” and multiple violations against “university

posting policy. ” Colligan said he disagreed with the penalties his campaign suffered because of a lack of evidence, although he said the commission has the authority to make that decision. “We ultimately won the plurality of the votes by over 1 00 votes and would have won the election even with penalties if it were not for the change,” Colligan said. Allegations made against the Berge and Schadrie campaign consisted of two allegations regarding campaigning in the polling place on election day. Berge said she agreed with the results of the hearings and felt the results were legitimate.

“We feel that the violations were just,” Berge said. “Whether we liked them or not, each slate had a chance to prepare their defenses and present them to the election commission. We fought hard against our allegations but ended up losing our argument, which meant we lost 4 0 percent of our vote or 1 0 percent of the total vote. ” All five allegations made against the Colligan and Carter campaign were accepted by the OSA Election Commission, and one of the two allegations made against the Berge and Schadrie campaign was accepted. Colligan said he felt the calculation of the violations undermined the democracy of the elections.

“The system in original elections was the violation penalty percentage multiplied by the slate’s total vote,” Colligan said. “This year, however, that system was changed, and we were not notified that it would be; this change took the penalty percentage and multiplied it by all votes cast. ” The other two OSA presidential campaigns, Wojciechowski and Lawrence and Obieze and Veith, also had allegations that were accepted. Their votes were deducted as well. Wojciechowski and Lawrence had actual votes of 1 4 4 and after the OSA Election Commission hearings had 2 9 votes. Obieze and Veith had actu-

al votes of 1 3 9 and after the OSA Election Commission hearings had -2 2 votes. OSA Election Commissioner Daniel Dennis said his part in the OSA Election Commission is to make sure OSA Election Bylaws are upheld. “My job is to interpret and ex ecute OSA Election Bylaw 5 . 7 that was written by former OSA senators,” Dennis said. OSA Election Bylaw 5 . 7 states “each violation of the rules of conduct shall be assigned a certain percentage of the total vote for that office across all candidates, ex cept for 5 . 8 . 1 1 . A candidate or slate found in


OSA rejects claim of anti-LGBTQ statement during campus election by Laura Dickinson

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See the full story on A10. Oshkosh Student Association Commissioner Daniel Dennis rejected allegations OSA Presidential Candidate Aaron Wojciechowski reported about anti-LGBTQ comments directed towards him that were made from the Colligan/ Carter campaign, due to no evidence. OSA Presidential Candidate Brandon Colligan said the allegations made against him and his running mate, OSA Vice Presidential Candidate Byran Carter, are not true claims. “There is no good evidence that these statements were made,” Colligan said. “My campaign has made it quite clear that we support the LGBTQ community. Bryan would not make a comment like that quite simply. This was a hearsay argument, and it also didn’t happen. ” Wojciechowski said he understands where the OSA Election Commissioner Daniel Dennis was coming from. “It’s definitely disappointing that the item was not at least discussed [at the hearing], but I do respect the judgements of the Election Commissioner even If I don’t fully agree,” Wojciechowski said. “Just because it wasn’t accepted doesn’t make it any less true. ”

Long time faculty members set to leave UWO Lane Earns to retire after 30 years at UWO by Laura Dickinson Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Lane Earns will retire from UW Oshkosh in August after 3 0 years spent at the University, both as a professor and in administration. Earns served as provost at UWO for 13 years and has been an important and influential leader in the creation and development of the University Studies Program, according to Chancellor Andrew Leavitt. Leavitt said Earns’ dedication to higher education is what made him an asset to UWO. “He was a visionary and an innovator,” Leavitt said. “I

think the testament to his time as provost is going to be his work in leading the University Studies Program development, where we have transformed general education at this institution where it is now a national model.” When asked about doing an interview, Earns declined, saying he wants to focus on all he still wants to accomplish before retiring in August. Leavitt said he is not surprised and said it speaks to Earns’ character. “He is a very private person,” Leavitt said. “He has never gone out and sought out accolades or praise, but you can talk to a lot of people on this campus that can paint a

portrait [about Earns].” UWO History Professor Stephen Kercher said Earns provided a calm and steady hand through changing times. “He began his career at UW Oshkosh when the department of history was still recovering from a period of turmoil,” Kercher said. “The lessons he learned from his early expe rience here is the imperative of maintaining a collegial and respectful work environment.” Kercher said the history department at UWO is successful through the help of Earns. “Among several things for which the history department has taken pride over the past several decades, nurturing a


Barricelli to take new job at Fitchburg State

by Aaron Tomski Associate Dean of the College of Letters and Science and History Professor Franca Barricelli is leaving the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in August. Barricelli will start a new position as the Dean of the Arts and Sciences at Fitchburg State University on Sept. 1 . Medieval History Professor Kimberly Rivers said Barricelli started teaching in the history department at UWO in 1 9 9 4 , and that she is a fix ture at UWO. Rivers said Barricelli has been a long-time friend and is not happy to see her go,

but is more than glad she is going to have a great new position at Fitchburg State. “She has been here since I have been here, so it will be strange for me to be here and not have her in the department and the dean’s office,” Rivers said. Modern European History Professor Michelle Mouton said Barricelli was the head of the search committee when they hired her. “She is an amazing person who has grace, class and is kind, [and] hard working,” Mouton said. “She has high standards and is a wonderful colleague. ” Mouton said students in Barricelli’s classes enjoyed

her as a professor. “She is a very effective professor and, in the classroom, her students like her a lot,” Mouton said. “She has taken lots of groups to Europe, to Italy. They speak very highly of her. ” UWO student Andrew Grunert said she was a wonderful professor and that she was well organized and passionate about the material. “She pushed us to look past the surface and dig deep into why things were important,” Grunert said. Grunert said he believes Barricelli will do a good job at Fitchburg State University.


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Panel discusses lack of female superheroes by Moira Danielson UW Oshkosh held an open panel for students to discuss the current and future trends of representation for women and people from the LGBTQ community in superhero films. The panel consisted of Kat Garcia, former UWO student and a graduate student at UW Madison; Loren West, UWO student; John Pata, an employee at House of Heroes comic book shop in downtown Oshkosh; and Eliza Farrow, program assistant at the UWO Women’s Center. The first topic the panel discussed looked at the current trend of superheroes being mostly straight white men, and the panel was asked if they believed a shift was happening away from that. Farrow said she does see a shift happening, however it’s happening at different paces in the different media. “I think it’s happening faster in some mediums than others,” Farrow said. “I think the rebirth comics and the newer mainstream comics are putting forth more of an effort to have these diverse characters. The movies and


the TV shows tend to stick more talking about the mainstream I with the male white characters.” feel like calling it a shift now revFarrow said the reason there olutionizes what the mainstream wasn’t a more diverse range of is doing and ignoring that these characters is partly due to a sys- are changes that have already tem put in place on what could be been happening for a long time included in a comic. in the market for superheroes of “The Comics Code Authority color.” was established, and comics had Another topic the panel to adhere to these rules,” Farrow touched on was the importance of said. “In terms of sexual orienta- having diversity in the superhero tion and genfilms. der identities Pata said that we are it’s importWe’re all human, we should seeing come ant because all be treated equally and we out is parhe believes tially due to should be represented equally. everyone is the fact that just a per— John Pata son, all the major and Employee at House of there is no comic book Heroes comic book shop difference companies in downtown Oshkosh in have stopped what adhering to p e r s o n the Comics plays it. Code Authority, so it’s giving “We’re all human, that’s the them a little more freedom to ex- most straightforward answer you plore some things.” can give,” Pata said. “We’re all Garcia said there has been a human, we should all be treated shift already in motion when it equally and we should be repcomes to getting more people of resented equally. That’s what I color into superhero roles. want to see more, just because it “As far as calling it a shift, I’m is that simple.” going to be hesitant calling it that, UWO student Jessie Olson atdepending on what you’re talking tended the panel because she was about,” Garcia said. “If you’re interested in hearing about the

are public documents. “All candidates were given FROM PAGE the opportunity to ask questions of the election commisviolation of a rule will have sion if they were unsure of that number of votes, as de- the meaning of particular sectermined by a percentage of tion of the bylaws well before the total vote, removed from violations were submitted,” Berge said. “The election their vote total.” Since the OSA Election commission also gave each Commission results have of the slates ample time to debeen released, Colligan said fend their positions and took he and Carter have appealed lots of time to deliberate.” Berge the rulsaid knowing. ing the by“SimThis change ultimately lead to a ply put drastically different outcome than laws is part we be- what was decided by students and of the job l i e v e should have happened under the of being in OSA. that a “It is the c h a n g e original violation system. responsiin how — Brandon Colligan bility of the elecFormer OSA Presidential each slate t i o n Candidate to know c o m the bylaws mission and adhere established for the election and to them, and we also failed awards or calculates penalties in that regard according to undermines student shared the election commission,” governance rights, which is Berge said. “While this proin Wisconsin state statutes,” cess may be fair, as we stated earlier, it is not perfect. Some Colligan said. Colligan said he believes of the language in the bylaws the current system in place is a little unclear, and amendis not fair and the interpreta- ments would be helpful.” Colligan said there needs tions of the allegations were to be serious consideration weak. “To summarize, our cam- about how the violations were paign along with others in the calculated and how they uncurrent system had 60 percent dermined the student-shared of their vote totals slashed governance groups. “While the commission due to this change and for one campaign, amounted in is within their authority to having negative votes sim- make violations and rulings ply to show how flawed this how they like, this change ulapproach by the commission timately lead to a drastically different outcome than what was,” Colligan said. Berge said she believes the was decided by students and system in place by the OSA should have happened under Election Commission is fair the original violation sysdue to the fact that the bylaws tem,” Colligan said.


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“She made herself available to student needs and was more than willing to stay after class to answer any questions students had,” Grunert said. “She drives her students to achieve and succeed, while still understanding the incredibly busy lives and schedules that the modern student has to maintain.” Rivers said Barricelli’s long-term interest was to improve the study abroad program. “She gained a lot of experience in the dean’s office here at UWO, so it seems like the new position will be a great fit for her,” Rivers said. Rivers said Barricelli has always been someone she admired and always put a huge amount of effort into her classes. Mouton said Barricelli has a lot of experience and served as a chair of the histo-

ry department for a number of years. “During the committee meetings she always presents good ideas, and throughout the years we went through a lot of searches, and Barricelli was always hard working on those committees,” Mouton said. Rivers said Barricelli has the experience from UWO to transition smoothly to her new job. “I think she will be able to step right into the job and do a good job right from the beginning,” Rivers said. “I think she will do great when she gets there.” Mouton said it is going to be a challenge to find someone to fill her position but gives Barricelli her best regards. “She has worked really hard, learned all the ropes and I am sure she will take all of her experience and apply it and make a wonderful contribution at Fitchburg University,” Mouton said.



work environment that sets high expectations yet cultivates good cheer stands out, and I think we have Dr. Earns to thank for that,” Kercher said. UWO History Professor Kimberly Rivers said when she was appointed chair for the history department, she looked at how Earns handled his time as chair. “He was the chair when I was first hired at UWO,” Rivers said. “He was so calm and deliberative and made sure he collaborated with everyone involved on decisions. He takes academics so seriously.” Leavitt said he is thrilled and delighted for what the future holds for Earns in retirement. “Lane is first and foremost a scholar,” Leavitt said. “Now he can take the time to really focus on what he really enjoys about the academy.” Leavitt said he hopes to find a provost who will help move the University forward like Earns

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topics since she took a women’s gender studies course. “I came to this because I really like supporting equality and women’s rights,” Olson said. “I think we should have more iconic women figures in media. There’s not a lot of diversity in the media and that they always portray women as these sexualized characters, [which] you see that a lot in the media.” UWO student Samantha Moore said she came to the panel because of the unique combination of topics it presented. “I’m interested [in] superheroes, and I’m also interested in women’s rights, transgender rights, feminism and feminist issues in general, so I thought that this was an interesting combination of the two,” Moore said. “I think they had some good suggestions about what we can do. We hear a lot about discussing the different issues and how they are not always represented fairly. I’ve never really heard all these things that I can do personally.” Aaron Tomski/Advance-Titan Students who attended the panKat Garcia compares the original comic book el were also entered into a raffle characters to the portrayal of the same characters for a chance to win one of four in the movie at the Panel of Popular Culture: comic books provided by the panel. Female Superheroes on March 28th.

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has done all these years at UWO. “Moving forward I hope to name an interim provost in the next few weeks to people on campus,” Leavitt said. “I want to talk to a number of people first to make sure we will be very effective and very respected in our decision.” Leavitt said Earns’ backing and assistance was a key part in his transition in becoming chancellor at UWO. “I am very grateful to Lane Earns,” Leavitt said. “His integrity, generosity and fantastic support of me when I was coming in as a new chancellor. I could have not asked for a better partner in my first two years at the institution.” Kercher said both his leadership and academic contributions were what made him such an asset at UWO, and he will be greatly missed. “We are losing a valued expert in Asian history, a respected campus leader and a colleague blessed with a great sense of humor,” Kercher said.


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RUB appoints new leadership to its executive board by Kierra Carr Reeve Union Board appointed seven ex ecutive board members, including one incumbent and six new members, in its annual appointment process. RUB Special Events Coordinator Clara Hewins said RUB events allow student to branch out, meet new people, and ex perience great entertainment in a positive atmosphere. N ew RUB President Matthew Thomsen said his position deals with being the face of RUB and guides how the organization runs and holds events. Thomsen said as president, he will be responsible for achieving the goals RUB puts forward and other duties like supporting the other ex ecutive members and recruitment of new organization members. Thomsen said he wants to show students that they don’t have to the leave the campus to have a great time and that there are friendly people out there who have similar interests as they do. “I plan to show the campus that being on campus can be fun and doesn’t need to feel like a sort of prison,” Thomsen said. RUB tries to make the campus feel like more of a home for everyone so when they go back to their childhood homes for a weekend or for break they can’t wait to get back to campus, Thomsen said. N ew RUB Vice President N atasha Z wijacz said the vice president duties are to plan a community service project for RUB at least once a semester, the end of the year inaugural, RUB member socials, the Annual Community Halloween Carnival and the Annual Plant Sale during fall semester. “I joined RUB fall 2 01 5 , the start of my junior year,” Z wijacz said. “I immediately fell in love with the organization. ” Z wijacz said she chose to run for vice president because she wanted to have a stronger role in the organization and to help bring more students who love events and planning events like she does to the organization. “My plan is to start making this organization more known,” Z wijacz said. “When I ask students if they’re going to an event, they know of the event, but they don’t know of the organization putting it on. ”

Z wijacz said she is going to do Facebook live videos, recruit more and open the table to ideas from students. Z wijacz said there are shared responsibilities the president and the vice president have, like being a role model for RUB, representing the university and community, compiling the annual end of the year report and attending all or as many events as possible. The new Chairman of Live Music Mason Ashbacher said his job is to host live music events, work with bands and musicians and attract an audience. “My goal for nex t year as chairman is to be a voice for the students on campus,” Ashbacher said. “Also to bring the music the students want to campus. ” Ashbacher said he decided to run for a position because he wanted to get more involved in the RUB organization and to try something more professional. N ew RUB Creative Leisure Director Carson Mccann said he will be in charge of all of the craft nights. “I wanted this position because I want to show that guys can be crafty too,” Mccann said. “I also like what the RUB organization stands for. ” N ew Media Chair Isaac Marquardt said he’s in charge of taking pictures at the events that RUB hosts. N ew Concerts and Comedies Chair Jose Medina-Gonzalez said he is in charge of hiring and managing the concerts, like ByeGosh Fest, and the comedians, like the Homecoming comedian. “I will try to get as much community involvement from the UWO campus,” Medina-Gonzalez said. N ew Special Events Committee Chair Clara Hewins said she is responsible for organizing and hosting traditional events such as Homecoming, Welcome Back Week, Winter Carnival and ByeGosh Fest. Hewins said she ran for this position because she wanted to keep growing as a leader, and trying new things that are in her interests. Thomsen said whether you want to go to a concert, have a relax ing night of crafts or play trivia at OshCon while in full cosplay, RUB always has something for everyone.


Holocaust survivor Lee Marnett shares with the audience what mentality kept him alive during the Holocaust, “Without humor, you can’t survive. Humor is what keeps you alive”.

Holocaust survivor speaks about his life experiences by Collin Goeman Holocaust survivor Lee Marnett shared his story of survival, as well as life lessons with students and community members Wednesday in Sage Hall. In his speech, Marnett talked about being taken from his home in Lithuania at the age of six and sent to a ghetto with his family, before being taken to Stutthof and Dachau concentration camps. Marnett said he was able to survive by becoming the camp commander’s personal servant. Marnett said being positive and having the right attitude brought him through his time at the camps. “I am very blessed,” Marnett said. “Even though these bad things have happened to me, I never lost my faith. ” Marnett said he was liberated by American soldiers when he was 1 3 and shortly after, immigrated to the United States. “I feel God punished me with one hand, then blessed me with the other,” Marnett said. “I was blessed to come here, to the

greatest place in the world. ” Marnett said sharing his ex periences with students is ex tremely rewarding for him. “I always enjoy speaking to young people because they are the future of America,” Marnett said. “This is what life’s all about, to do good. ” History professor Jeffrey Pickron said having a Holocaust survivor on campus was a huge honor. “This is such a great opportunity, and it’s an opportunity we really don’t get anymore,” Pickron said. “Any chance we have to bring someone with this kind of ex perience to let students know what it was like, we definitely want to take advantage of that. ” Pickron said learning about horrific events like this is important and will help us avoid making mistakes in the future. “It was one of the most traumatic events in human history, and it shows us what we can become,” Pickron said. “People know that there is a danger of it happening again, so it’s a good thing that we do things like this. ” Freshman Joselyn Roedl said

hearing about these ex periences firsthand was very powerful. “I’ve always been interested in learning about the Holocaust, so I thought it was interesting to have someone who lived through it speak to us. ” Roedl said. Roedl said the life lessons Marnett shared were just as impactful as the stories he told. “Being grateful for your life, and thankful for the things we have, that’s what I took away from it. ” Roedl said. Marnett said being kind to one another will prevent more catastrophic events in the future. “To make a better world, people must understand that being kind is important,” Marnett said. “When you are kind to one another, everyone gets along much better. ” Marnett said having confidence in what you do is the most important life lesson he has learned. “If you lose your money, you have not lost anything,” Marnett said. “But if you lose your confidence, you have lost everything. ”




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UWO PRSSA chapter wins Pacesetter award by Alex Nemec The Public Relations Student Society of America chapter at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh won the Pacesetter award for the month of February because of advancements made in the chapter. The chapter received the award because they completed three of the five qualifications, including increasing membership by at least five percent, having chapter developmental activities and hosting a public relation high school outreach. UWO PRSSA chapter President Kaitlin Biersach said the chapter increased membership by 7 4 percent, along with fulfilling the other qualifications. “We had ex ceptional chapter development activities, such as a LinkedIn workshop and industry speakers at our meetings,” Biersach said. Biersach said it’s an honor to have the chapter’s hard work recognized on a national scale. “This award supports why our chapter is an innovative organization that continues

to help future UW Oshkosh public relations students build a strong platform for their future careers,” Biersach said. Vice President of Public Relations Monica Salmeri said it feels really good to see the chapter succeeding in such a positive way. “I think [the award] lays great groundwork for the future and I am ex cited to see what our graduates and our chapter is going to accomplish in the future,” Salmeri said. Biersach said the biggest challenge to receiving this award was increasing membership, which included new tactics like speaking to journalism classes to raise membership numbers. “The ex ecutive board and I didn’t see a significant increase in chapter membership for the fall semester,” Biersach said. “But I believe that because of our chapter’s impressive programming, speakers and activities, word of mouth became a powerful tactic for us, which resulted in an astounding membership increase in the spring semester. ” PRSSA member Emily


The PRSSA chapter at UW Oshkosh won the PRSSA Pacesetter award for the month of February for making advances in increasing their membership, exceptional chapter development activities and reaching out to Oshkosh North High School. Reise said she thinks the efforts of Biersach and the rest of PRSSA has been noticed by students. “I think the hard work Katie and the others on ex ecutive board have done reaching out to alumni and planning agency tours have been recognized by other students,” Reise said.

Biersach said she believes this award will be a great recruitment tool for prospective PRSSA members because we received national attention for our chapter’s activities. “PRSSA is an incredible pre-professional organization for students looking to pursuing public relations

as a career,” Biersach said. “This award distinguishes our chapter on a national level and solidifies that our chapter is continuing to ex ecute incredible activities for our members. ” Salmeri said she thinks the award should encourage students to get involved in PRSSA.

“I think that if you are interested in public relations as a career that this is one of the best investments you can make in yourself,” Salmeri said. “College is all about making your future as great as it can be and I know that PRSSA will help my future be great because our chapter is so fantastic. ”

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Selena Fox, founder of Circle Sanctuary, discusses the history and ways of Pagan people. Fox discussed Pagan fallacies.

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The Pagan Student Alliance hosted local Pagan leader and author Selena Fox for a discussion on the beliefs and the history of the Pagan faith on Thursday, March 1 6. Fox said her goal when visiting campuses is not only to help connect fellow Pagans to resources and information, but also to educate others on the faith. “Paganism consists of people who have connected with nature in many different ways across the world,” Fox said. “We do talks to clear away misunderstanding and preex isting beliefs. ” Fox graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1 9 5 5 with a Master of Science in counseling, and said this is why she enjoys visiting UW schools. Fox is the author of “The Circle Guide to Pagan Resources,” a directory to hundreds of Pagan resources and groups in the U. S. , Canada and other countries. She also hosts an online podcast called “N ature Folk. ” Fox said she works tirelessly to show people what Paganism really is and to eliminate old beliefs about it.

“I’ve been on a quest to eliminate prejudice for a long time,” Fox said. “It’s important to interact and talk to those who haven’t ex perienced Paganism before. ” Fox said the impact Paganism has had on western culture is clear through symbolism, architecture and other traditions we see every day. “I see Paganism as a unison of new and old beliefs coming together,” Fox said. “I’m hoping by sharing our tradition, we help eliminate [misunderstandings], and educate on our beliefs. ” PSA Oshkosh Student Association representative Tyler Hahn said discussing their beliefs on campus is meaningful to Pagan students’ identities. “It’s very important for the Pagans on this campus to have events like this so that they find a place to belong, and for them to be represented,” Hahn said. Hahn said events like this are necessary to inform fellow students of a diverse group on campus. “These things need to happen on this campus for visibility, for those who may not even know Paganism ex ists,” Hahn said. “Many people who think about witches or

Pagans or any of that sphere believe it’s just myth or fairytale. ” PSA President Devin Matznick said having a unique group on campus is very important. “It’s important for events like this to be organized because diversity is what keeps our campus and community strong. ” Matznick said. Matznick said as a tinier group, they are always trying to educate around campus. “We’re smaller, we have less people behind us, less energy by pure numbers. ” Matznick said. “So events like this are just important for getting us out there and letting people know that there’s more to our campus. ” Hahn said non-Pagan fellow students are always welcome to attend any meetings or other events held by PSA. “Events like these help members of our community realize that we are real people, we have strong beliefs and we want to be part of the community as a whole,” Hahn said. “That’s why when Pagan Student Alliance has these events they are always open to the public, so that whoever comes can find a place to belong or to learn and grow. ”

If you caught the UW Oshkosh Twitter account’s post earlier this week, you saw a GIF of a cat feverishly banging its paws on a computer keyboard. The message: “Time to buckle down and get back to work. S even weeks left! ” I admit it is hard to top a cat video with a column. I ’ll give it a shot. I t is my job to share a little inspiration now and then, so here is a simple message I hope is akin to a mid-semester pep tweet: “Finish strong! ” These weeks leading up to the culmination of the spring semester can be more exhi larating than exha usting. The weather turns warmer and brightens, and UW Oshkosh blooms. There is energy everywhere. Everyone ratchets up their concentration on final exams, research and creative projects. And, of course, we move into May, which brings spring Commencement—t he ceremony that hundreds of students and families have been working so hard to reach and celebrate. I love this time of year on a university campus, and I hope you do, too. A few thoughts as we, individually and collectively, work toward our goals and finish strong: Embrace the joy of learning. O wn it. Take it to another level. And, if you plan to continue your studies here into the summer, keep riding that wave. ( Shameless plug: uwosh.e du/ summer) . Tap into your University resources. They belong to you. Whether it involves seeking out some ext ra tutoring, making another visit with a faculty adviser or booking study group rooms, these services, supports and facilities are your investments. G et the most of them so you can get the most out of yourself. Celebrate smartly. Take care of yourself and others. Cross the finish line in good health with your friends and peers alongside you. Remember that your relationship with UW Oshkosh is lifelong. Many graduates will venture far for their first job, continued studies or other opportunities to serve. However, we know about 91 pe rcent of our graduates who hail from Wisconsin ( and 38 pe rcent of those from out of state) stay in Wisconsin three years after Commencement. They pursue careers, volunteer, plant roots and raise families. Whether you find yourself just down the road or an ocean away, you are Titans, now and forever. S tay connected. We are invested in your lifelong success. Finish strong, Titans!

Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Candidates Robert W Roberts

Ginger Hintz

Current job: Director of Office of Sponsored Programs and Faculty Development/Interim Executive Director of Advancement at UW Oshkosh

Current job: Assistant Vice President for Financial Administration/Controller and Director of Financial Services for the UW System

Former jobs: Dean of Criminal Justice, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief of Police

Former jobs: Director of Financial Reporting, Senior Accountant, Audit Supervisor, Assistant Auxiliary Accountant

Education: Masters of Science, Education Capella University, Minneapolis, MN

Education: Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and Quality from Marion College

There will be more candidates featured next week in the Advance-Titan




Alyssa Grove - Campus Connections Editor

March 30, 2017

UWO student finds comfort in performing by Lauren Freund

Senior John Casper dedicates his time outside of school to playing and creating music, a passion of his since childhood. Casper first learned how to play music when he took piano lessons at age 3 but he didn’t get into music until he was in fifth grade. He said he didn’t even listen to the radio much and didn’t know anything about music until around Christmas when he asked for a guitar. “I said, ‘ For Christmas, mom, you should get me a guitar,’” Casper said. “And she did. She got me a guitar and an amp. ” That same year, his grandparents gave him a small Casio keyboard and from there he taught himself how to play piano and guitar over the nex t several years. “I got good at it over years,” he said. “I sucked at it at first. Like anything, you need to practice. ” He currently plays piano and guitar, and can play bass as well since it plays almost like a guitar. Casper said it’s difficult to pin down who or what inspired him, since his music tastes have changed since he started playing. “I grew up on country,” Caper said. “I’m not country though. Then all of a sudden I heard Green Day on the radio and that was pretty neat, but I was already playing guitar at that point. I don’t listen to Green Day anymore though. ” Casper said the song that truly inspired him to pursue music was Avenged Seven-

fold’s “Dear God” when he was in seventh grade. “That got me into metal music, which got me into really hardcore, emo-screamo sort of stuff,” Casper said. “I had that emo phase - still kind of on that phase - but I love that music. ” This new kind of music ignited the spark for him to ex plore other genres such as ambient and other artists like Halsey. Casper said his biggest inspiration is his old guitar teacher because he taught Casper more music theory than just guitar, which helped him improve quicker. “I went to him and was like, Teach me how to get better at understanding what music is,’” Casper said. “I would then use that to incorporate into playing guitar and piano which helped.” Along with teaching him guitar and music theory, his guitar teacher introduced him to different bands. “I was probably sixteen at the time, and when you’re six teen you don’t really have people that listen to a lot different music,” he said. “People just listen to stuff on the radio. He was in his thirties at the time so he’s been in the music business for a long time. ” Casper said his instructor used his music ex perience with many bands and tours to open Casper’s eyes to different things in the music world. Casper’s lyrical inspiration, however, doesn’t come from a person; it comes from things he sees everyday. “I’ll have songs where it’ll be about someone else’s perspective but in the eyes of


John Casper performs original music and various covers at Oshkosh’s New Moon Cafe’s Open Mic Night on Tuesdays. me,” Casper said. “So I’ll pretend the story is about myself but it’s really about Billy Bob over there. My friend could be going through something and I could see something on the street that could inspire me to write a song about it. ” He said he thinks everything is an art, and if others do too then they will be more successful and creative as a result. Like many other students on campus, Casper enjoys playing at the Open Mic

Night every Tuesday at New Moon Café . He first performed there at age 1 6 and has been going back ever since. It was there that he played in front of people for the first time. “I was so nervous because I hadn’t sung in front of anybody before,” he said. “I got there, I was shaking. It was like I was on a bunch of caffeine I was so nervous.” Casper said performing at New Moon Caf has helped him become more comfortable playing music in front of

UHSA collects teddy bears for sick children

by Alyssa Grove The University Honors Student Association is collecting teddy bears this week to be donated to children at Mercy Medical Center. New stuffed animals can be dropped off at the Oviatt House on the UW Oshkosh campus at any time until March 3 1 . This is the second annual Teddy Bear Drive UHSA has hosted and it began as an idea from former UHSA president, now senior advisor, Elainna entz. “I have volunteered at Mercy Medical Center for over 4 years now, and have been exposed to a wide range of situations in the emergency room,” entz said. “The focus is always placed onto the patient, and often times the family members, mainly children, are pushed to the side. ” entz said she thought giving out teddy bears to frightened children in hospitals could change their entire perception of the scenario and even put them at ease. “Donating a stuffed animal is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a large impact on a child during a vulnerable point in their life,” entz said. UHSA ex ecutive board member Noelle Fenwick said the overarching goal of this teddy bear drive is to be able to provide any child in Mercy Hospital with a bear to hold on to. “ With these donations whenever a child comes in sick or their caregiver [can’t be in the room with them they can have some sort of comfort during a traumatic time,” Fenwick said. UHSA also accepts cash donations for those who do not have the time or ability to go out and buy a bear. “Our hope is that cash donations will increase,” Fenwick said. “When I first heard of the drive I felt that many college students would be willing to help but [may not] be able to go out and purchase bears. ” UHSA ex ecutive board member Chloe Sebo said accepting


UHSA collects teddy bears and cash donations for children at Mercy. cash donations has been a major benefit to this teddy bear drive. “A lot of students don’t have time or just simply forget to get a bear,” Sebo said. “It is much more convenient for them to get cash. ” Sebo said once they collect all of the cash donations, she and Fenwick are able to go to the store and purchase more bears to give to Mercy. “Our goal throughout this drive is just to get our peers and the Oshkosh community to come together and give back to kids who are less fortunate than ourselves,” Sebo said. UHSA faculty advisor Elizabeth Taylor said this year they are hoping to double the number of donations received last year.

“For [last year being] our first year, things went well,” Taylor said. “We collected about three dozen animals for Mercy.” While they do have a numerical goal in mind, Taylor said the main goal is to simply help young children cope with the scary and often painful ex periences that come with dealing with emergency treatment at hospitals. “These stuffed animals are given to any child that comes into the emergency room either for treatment themselves or with a parent or family member needing medical assistance,” Taylor said. “The animals we donate give them something tangible to hang on to in stressful situations. ”

a crowd, and he also enjoys the atmosphere of the café itself. The music he plays at New Moon is more acoustic, while he considers the music he plays with his band, Everything Went Silent, to be in the emo-screamo type of genre. “It’s very emo-screamo, hardcore sound stuff,” Casper said. “My mom hates it. ” Casper said the band has released some of their own music and has also created a few music videos.

“And we actually filmed a music video for a song called Parallels’ which I think is one of our best songs,” Casper said. “It was filmed in a basement and we covered the walls in paper so it has this cool white background to it. ” Everything Went Silent will be playing gigs in the summer as well as releasing an album in June. The band can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.



Alyssa Grove - Campus Connections Editor

March 30, 2017

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8 ways to get back into the swing of things after Spring Break 2017

by Kellie Wambold

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OPINION Advance-Titan


Nicole Horner - Opinon Editor

March 30, 2017

Positive attitude can lower stress

Spring break is an ex cellent time for students to relax and unwind following a stressful first half of the semester. It is also a time to mentally prepare for the rest of the semester, which usually is more demanding than the previous half. Maintaining focus and motivation can be very challenging after having the taste of freedom offered by spring break. It is easy, and understandable, for students to become emotionally overwhelmed and adopt a negative attitude toward their studies due to the pressure of all the work that needs to be done. It is during these especially stressful times that maintaining a positive attitude is so important. Having a positive attitude has been shown to reduce stress and anx iety, reduce risk of illness and increase overall health, according to the Mayo Clinic. Barbara Fredrickson, a psychology researcher at the University of N orth Carolina, has conducted studies that show a positive attitude makes people open to more possibilities and more accepting of new opportunities. Fredrickson’s research, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2 008 , also suggests that a positive attitude can help develop important social and creative skills which can be helpful in professional life and increase an individual’s probability of

overall success. Despite the many benefits of having a positive attitude, it is quite often easier said than done. Students may have a particularly challenging time trying to stay positive when the stress of classes can make it seem like the world is collapsing around them. Here are a few tips for staying positive that have helped me even on my worst day: Listening to motivational music between classes or right before starting a major assignment can offer that little burst of energy needed to get through the task with a smile on your face. Sometimes, after a bad day, it can even be good to listen to a sad song, according to research published in 2 01 4 by researchers of the universities of Kent and Limerick in the Psychology of Music journal. Listening to sad music allows you to validate your emotions from the day, but the key is to then move on to happier music to help provide motivation. When preparing for the day and knowing it will be a stressful one, put on a favorite outfit. The saying “dress for success” is not just a cheesy line. Wearing something you feel comfortable in offers a huge confidence boost that can mean the difference between a good day and a bad one. Starting every day with a positive attitude, assuming it will go well and everything will be okay, makes a major difference. The self-confidence it provides is visible to everyone and will make you more approachable and appear more competent when it comes to professional situations. The last half of the semester is stressful for everyone. Hopefully these tips can help you reduce stress and be more successful, but they may not work for everyone. Students who are truly struggling should reach out to various campus resources, such as the counseling center and the tutoring services, both located in the Student Success Center across from Reeve Memorial Union.

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OSA election system needs an update by the Advance-Titan Staff

The current system the Oshkosh Student Association uses to declare the winner in their elections led to one slate being left with -2 2 votes after the election results were released on Mar. 2 8 . That is all you need to know to understand how ridiculous the results from the election system can be. Maria Berge and Jared Schadrie won the elected positions of president and vice president with a total of 1 8 8 votes, while candidates Brandon Colligan and Bryan Carter had a total of 2 9 4 votes, Aaron Wojciechowski and Hailey Lawrence had a total of 1 4 4 votes and Goodwill Obieze and Macy Veith had a total of 1 3 9 votes. After the OSA Election Commission removed votes due to violations, Berge and Schadrie’s new total was 1 1 1 , Colligan and Carter’s new total was 9 4 , Wojciechowski and Lawrence’s new total was 2 9 and Obieze and Veith’s new total was a whopping -2 2 , because getting -2 2 votes makes total sense. The fact that Obieze and Veith were left with -2 2 votes after the penalty percentage was added is absurd. It should be impossible for a slate to be left with -1 vote, let alone -2 2 . Candidates can lose out on votes through the election system’s violation penalty percentage because of violations for things like campaigning outside of season or campaigning in the polling area on Election Day.

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If the election system was based on the total number of votes rather than a system that goes off of penalty percentages, Colligan and Carter would have won. According to Colligan, the system used in former elections was determined by multiplying the violation penalty percentage by the slates total vote. However, that system was changed. The new system multiplies the penalty percentage by all votes cast. Some candidates were not notified about the change in the election system. Colligan said changing the penalty percentage increased penalties dramatically. “We would have ultimately won under the old system, even with all penalties against us,” Colligan said. “This unannounced change during a closed meeting ultimately [led] to [a] drastic outcome that was not decided by the student body. ” The new system for this year caused a dramatic difference in the results. Because it multiplied the penalty percentage by the total number of votes for each team that ran, the election was completely flipped. Many slates had an ex treme amount of votes taken away by violations percentages, which completely changed the outcome of the election. If this penalty percentage can have such an impact on the results of an election, then the election system clearly needs to be reevaluated. Although it can be understandable for the Election Commission to penalize can-

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didates for things such as campaigning outside of season, it is unfair to punish the students who voted for these candidates by taking votes away from their preferred slates. OSA needs to remember the election is not just for the candidates, but for the student body as well. This system of penalty percentages is both unnecessary and unfair. It is ridiculous to take votes away from a candidate just because they did not take down their posters fast enough and therefore can technically be said to be campaigning on election day. There are too many variables that need to be considered when it comes to violations. Changing the results of an election by removing votes for violations is the same as telling the UWO student body their voices are irrelevant and their votes do not matter. Although UWO has a population of 1 4 ,000 students, only 7 68 actually voted in the election. Because few students actually voted in the election, taking votes away is a slap in the face to those who did participate. After a percentage of the total vote for violations was removed, the number of votes decreased to an even smaller amount. A fraction of the student body voiced their opinions through this election, but this change disrupted many of those students from letting their voices be heard. There is no reason for OSA to hold an open election where any student can vote if the Election Commission is

just going to take those votes away in the end so that they can elect the candidates they want. The election is supposed to be a campus-wide election, but the Election Commission has proved it is clearly not. By doing this, the Election Commission is going against the standards of democracy. Democracy stands on the fact that people, or students, can voice their opinion on who they want their leader or leaders to be, and not have their voices be silenced. “The Oshkosh Student Association is the student government that represents all students regarding issues and policies relating to academic and non-academic scores,” the OSA website said. “OSA is instrumental in voicing the opinions of the student body. ” OSA is supposed to be for students’ rights. If these rights are in jeopardy, studetns need to stand up for them and demand a system that accurately represents the student voice. The OSA election system needs to be changed. OSA says students have a voice in these campaigns and elections, yet they take away students’ voices by taking away their votes for their candidates. By taking away the voice of the student body, the outcome of the election is completely changed. Students need to contact their OSA senators and demand that something be done about the election system. It is unfair and unjust not only to the candidates, but also to the voters.



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

March 30, 2017

Softball takes home nine victories in Florida by Mike Johrendt

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh softball team had the chance to play in 1 2 games over spring break in Florida. The Titans recorded nine wins on the trip and played teams from Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, N ew Y ork and Ohio. Head coach Scott Beyer said the trip was very helpful for team development, especially when considering the team’s youth. “I thought it was really good, based on how we are a young team,” Beyer said. “We learned a lot. Being on the road you need to be a tight group, and you need to stay focused and help each other out that way. ” Oshkosh had games from March 1 7 through March 2 3 with a day off on March 2 0. Most recently, UWO faced off against The College of Wooster ( Ohio) and D’Y ouville College ( N . Y . ) on Thursday. In the first contest against D’Y ouville College, the Titans blanked the Spartans in five innings, 8 -0. UWO put up a seven-spot in the second inning, leading to the shortened game. Junior pitcher Clare Robbe earned her fifth win of the season by throwing a complete-game shutout. Robbe only allowed two hits and struck out four Spartans in the mercy-ruled contest. Three of the eight Titans runs were unearned, as throwing errors and a passed ball allowed these runs to score. Offensively, Oshkosh had ten hits and earned one walk, while not striking out in the game. Senior first baseman Paige Giese got the scoring started with an RBI single in the top of the second inning, paving the way for the big inning. Freshman infielder Amanda McIlhany had a two-RBI double to immediately follow Giese. Other scoring in the second came on a two-RBI double by senior outfielder Lauren Torborg. Two more runs scored on a throwing error by a Spartan infielder and the final run of the inning came across to score on a passed ball. In the other contest of the day, UWO faced off against The College of Wooster and won in seven innings, 6-2 . Senior pitcher Sara Brunlieb earned her fourth victory of the young season by going seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out eight. RBIs were tallied by junior third baseman Erika Berry,

sophomore first baseman Kaitlyn Krol, freshman utility player Claire Petrus and Torborg in the contest. Both teams had six hits each, but the Fighting Scots had four errors that led to two Titan runs. UWO recorded its final loss of the trip on March 2 2 , losing to the Fighting Scots by a score of 4 -3 . Robbe recorded her second loss of the season, going six innings and allowing three earned runs while striking out four in the loss. McIlhany, Torborg and Krol knocked in the three runs for Oshkosh, with McIlhany and Krol both recording RBI singles. Torborg and junior infielder Tanya Hammitt tripled in the contest, with Torborg’s bringing home a run. Sophomore infielder and outfielder Emma Fionda recorded a double in the contest, and freshman infielder N atalie Dudek put down a sacrifice bunt in the defeat. Berry and McIlhanny both stole a base as well. The second contest of the day pitted UWO against the Wildcats of St. Catherine University ( Minn. ) , with Oshkosh coming out on top, 5 -4 . The Titans did not push a run across the plate until the fifth inning, and had a fourrun rally in the bottom of the seventh inning that led to the victory. Brunlieb started for the Titans, going six innings and allowing seven hits and two runs while striking out four. She earned a no decision, and Petrus came in and faced six Wildcats in the final frame, earning her third victory of the year. Petrus also recorded a double in the game, with Krol, Torborg, Dudek and sophomore catcher Abby Menting knocking in runs. Dudek’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Menting and sent the Titans off with a walkoff win. Assistant coach Lynn Anderson said, even with the youth of the team, the areas the team developed during the trip will translate into conference play. “We have a young team, so to have 1 8 games right out of the shoot can be challenging, but I think our young kids really stepped up to the plate,” Anderson said. “We still have things to work on, but for them to have all of those games under their belts so far, going into conference now is really good. ” UWO played Buena Vista University of Iowa in Clermont, FL on March 2 1 and held the


Abby Menting puts the ball in play during the team’s Florida trip. Menting collected eight hits during the trip. Beavers to a lone run. Robbe started for the Titans and earned her fourth win, going four innings and striking out three against the one run. Krol and Menting had doubles in the game, with Menting recording two, and Krol, Menting, Torborg and Dudek all knocked home runs for UWO. Berry, Petrus and Torborg all put down sacrifice bunts in the contest, with Torborg earning her RBI through a bunt. The first game on March 2 1 for UWO led to a mercy-rule ending, as the Titans beat Fontbonne University in five innings by a score of 1 1 -0. Oshkosh put up eight runs in the fourth inning and recorded a run in every inning ex cept the second. UWO had 1 2 hits in the onslaught, with Fontbonne having a whopping six errors in the five innings. Berry had the only ex tra base hit in the game for the Titans, as her triple was one of her two hits. Fionda, Menting, Giese, Torborg, Petrus, Dudek and junior outfielder Caitlin Hoerning forced runs home for Oshkosh, with Petrus knocking in two. Brunlieb recorded her third victory of the season in

her complete game effort, only allowing two hits while again striking out eight opponents. March 1 9 was another shutout victory for Oshkosh, as they beat Bowdoin College from Maine, 2 -0. Petrus recorded her second victory of the year, this time starting the contest; she allowed six hits while striking out six in the shutout. Petrus recorded two doubles in the win, and Hoerning had one. Petrus and junior outfielder Brianna Witter knocked in the two runs for the Titans, with Witter having an RBIproducing sacrifice bunt and Petrus had a teammate score on a double. The first game of the day for UWO on March 1 9 was against the University of Chicago, whom they beat 3 -1 . Brunlieb struck out six in a complete-game affair, only allowing the one run while scattering five hits. Offensively, the team was led by Krol’s two-RBI game, as well as Berry knocking in a run. Krol brought Berry home in the fifth inning with a double and sent Fionda to the plate on a single in the top of the seventh inning. Oshkosh split the first four

games of the trip, going 2 -2 . Facing off against Benedictine University and Hope College on March 1 8 , Oshkosh fell to the Benedictine Eagles, 4 -2 . Even while putting up 1 1 hits, only two runs crossed the plate for the Titans in the losing affair. UWO recorded all of its scoring in the third inning, as Krol scored on a throwing error and Torborg reached home on an RBI single from Witter. Oshkosh recorded a walk-off victory in the eighth inning in its first contest against Hope, winning 6-5 . Berry recorded a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to bring home McIlhany for the winning run. The Titans recorded 1 1 hits on the way to scoring six runs, including a home run by Berry in the bottom of the fourth inning. Petrus recorded her first win in relief of Brunlieb, going the final four innings without allowing a hit, striking out two. In the first set of games in Florida, UWO went 1 -1 . The Titans beat Amherst College in the first contest and lost to Lake Forest College in the second game. Against Lake Forest, Oshkosh put up two runs in

a 1 3 -2 shortened defeat. Both Titan runs came across in the second inning, as a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Hoerning brought home the two runs. In UWO’s first victory of the trip, they defeated Amherst College 6-3 . Krol led the squad with four RBIs, including a home run to right center that plated three Titans. With the results from the Florida trip, Menting said that the team has areas they plan on focusing on to improve last season’s results. “This year, we want to stay consistent and peak at the end when it is important,” Menting said. “We are a completely different team than we were last year. We have a lot more depth this year, not as much ex perience, so we have a pretty young team. Putting it together, we are very dynamic and are very different, which is a good thing. All in all, our goal is to make it into the tournament and do the best that we can with the team that we have. ” Upcoming for Oshkosh is a faceoff against Marian University on April 5 for their first home contest of the season.

Q&A about the WIAC Championship with gymnasts Baylee Tkaczuk and Bailey Finin Question: How would you describe your team’s performance at the WIAC Championship on March 17?

Bailey Finin

Answer: “We started out the meet pretty rough on bars. We knew after completing the rst rotation that e ere going to have to give the next three rotations our all in order to make up for bars. We had an excellent beam rotation which carried us through the last two rotations as well. I was so proud of the way we picked ourselves up as a team and kept moving forward.”

Q: ou took rst place on the balance beam at the WIAC Championship. What was that like for you?

Baylee Tkaczuk

A: I ended the regular season as rst on beam in the rankings, but for some reason it didn’t hit me until I won at conference. During the meet, I went into beam very con dently I had no doubt in my mind on any of my skills and it showed. I was not thinking about whether or not I would place. I went up there and hit a solid routine for my team and had fun doing so. It turned out in my favor.”

Q: You will be competing in the National Championship in the oor exercise this weekend. What are you doing in practice to prepare?

Q: What are you most looking forward to at the National Championship?

A: In practice, I am focusing a lot on the details of my routine. At Nationals, it is going to come down to tenths of a point, therefore I am trying to limit the minor imperfections that could cost me at the end. It really helps me to work on one skill at a time, focusing on what I can do to make it just a little bit better.”

A: I am so excited to compete in my rst NCGA Championship. I have heard from previous teammates that it is an experience that I will never forget, and I am so honored to have this opportunity.”

Q: What are you doing in practice to prepare for the beam and uneven bars events at Nationals? A: For Nationals, I have been really breaking my routines down and working on the little details. I’ve been working on improving small form breaks and doing my skills in a row to improve my consistency.”

Q: What are you most looking forward to at the National Championship? A: From the banquet to the competition oor, I am just looking for ard to the whole experience. As a freshman, this is my rst nationals, and I m excited to be apart of competing with some of the best girls out there. I am looking forward to sho ing o my bars and beam one last time this season and being a part of the energetic atmosphere.”




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

March 30, 2017

Men’s volleyball continues its winning fashion


ABOVE: Freshman Lesley Kutnink and sophomore Ashley Polena celebrate winning a match while in South Carolina. BELOW: Junior Hannah Nauth serves the ball. The Titans went 1-4 while on a spring break trip in Hilton Head Island.

Tennis travels to Hilton Head by Calvin Skalet

The UW Oshkosh women’s tennis team concluded its five-match spring break trip in Hilton Head Island, S. C. with its lone victory over Hollins University ( Va. ) . The Titans were defeated by Union College ( N . Y . ) , University of St. Thomas ( Minn. ) , The College of Wooster ( Ohio) and St. Olaf College ( Minn. ) last week. The UWO women received a pair of defeats from Union College and the University of St. Thomas on Monday. Union College defeated the Titans 7 -2 , and the University of St. Thomas shutout UW Oshkosh 9 -0. Freshman Lesley Kutnink defeated Union College’s Paige Webster with a score of 6-7 ( 5 -7 ) , 7 -5 , ( 1 0-5 ) . Freshman Samantha Koppa also contributed for the Titans as she defeated Alex Greenberg, 6-0, 6-0. UWO lost a pair of matches to the College of Wooster and St. Olaf College on Tuesday in Hilton Head by a score of 7 -2 . Koppa earned three of the four team points for the Titans by winning both of her singles contests and the N o. 2 doubles match with Freshman Alyssa Leffler against St. Olaf College ( 4 -3 ) . Koppa defeated Elizabeth Brewington, 6-3 , 6-2 , before beating St. Olaf College’s Morgan Steffen by a score of 6-0, 6-3 . Koppa and Leffler each won their doubles matches by an 8 -5 score over St. Olaf College’s Kellis Brandt and Ella Hagopian. Leffler scored UWO’s last team point against Wooster ( 5 -4 ) with her 6-4 , 6-0 victory over Rachel Mole at N o. 2 singles. The Titans closed the fivematch trip to South Carolina with a convincing 9 -0 win

over Hollins University ( Va. ) on Thursday. UWO won six singles contests against its first-time opponent in straight sets while capturing 2 4 of the 3 4 games in doubles play. Three Titans won their singles contest by 6-0, 6-0 scores, including Leffler, who defeated Olivia Dannon in the second flight. Other UWO players who won were Koppa over Kaitlyn Woodruff in the fifth flight and freshman Monica Micoliczyk over Kandyce Mayes in the six th. Micoliczyk said she took a different approach to her last game of the trip. “I was able to regain some lost confidence and really focus on playing each point as it comes and not focus on the outcome of our matches as a whole,” Micolinczyk said. Junior Bailey Sagen won her match versus Jhovanna Salmeron at N o. 1 singles with a score of 6-0, 6-1 . UWO Head Coach Robert Henshaw said Sagen, the Titans’ N o. 1 competitor, has an impressive performance. “In her last match, she played with confidence and won the big points,” Henshaw said. “Bailey is a unique player because, unlike many of her opponents, she has all the shots in the game. Once she begins to understand the right time to use her creativity, she will get winning results. ” Kutnink, a freshman, defeated Kateri Johnson 6-0, 6-1 at N o. 4 singles. The Titans also received a 6-4 , 6-3 victory from Hannah Peters over Amelia Verkerk at the N o. 3 singles. Kutnink said the team is focused on getting better one match at a time. “As a team I think our main goal is to win matches against schools with similar ability,” Kutnink said. “We lose matches by losing tie

breakers or losing 6-8 in doubles which can make a huge impact on our team’s overall score. Each match we play we strive to get better, and with time, our lineup will get more ex perience and develop more strategies to win. ” In the doubles matches, UWO earned a pair of victories as Peters and Sagen defeated Johnson and Salmeron in the first flight while Koppa and Leffler ousted Verkerk and Sarah Jordan Snoddy in the second. Recapping on the weekend, Henshaw said while his team didn’t get the results they wanted, they are showing signs of improvement. “Although our team results did not reflect wins, we are getting better,” Henshaw said. “We beat up on the teams when we know we’re better. N ow we need to play with the same confidence when we compete against teams that are of similar

ability to us. ” Henshaw said obtaining a winning record for the rest of the season is a realistic goal for the future. “We have three dual meets left in the spring season,” Henshaw said. “Our goal is to have a winning record from here on out so that we can finish with a . 5 00 record or better for the 2 01 6-2 01 7 season. ” Micoliczyk said the team has some things to work on in practice. “As a team, we have decided to really work on our mental toughness within points,” Micoliczyk said. “Instead of ex pressing negative emotions we have made a goal to think clearly in between points and only allow positive thoughts. ” UWO has a break until its nex t game when it matches up with Iowa’s Coe College and Wartburg College on April 1 5 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

by Jordan Fremstad The UW Oshkosh men’s club volleyball team proved it is the team to beat in 2 01 7 , winning the Las Vegas open and ex tending its winning streak to 1 4 matches. The Titans took down seven opponents: Salt Lake City Community College, Colorado Mesa University, UC-Davis, University of Arizona II, Arizona State University, San Diego State University and University of Arizona on March 1 7 and 1 8 . Head coach Brian Schaefer said the tournament was used as a model of what needs improvement heading into the final stretches of the season. “Coming into the tournament, we wanted to use these matches as a barometer as where we are at as a team offensively and defensively,” Schaefer said. Schaefer said the team took some hits with the loss of some key pieces, but found a way to get it done. “We entered the tournament, due to graduation and injuries, with only two starters returning from last year and we grinded out a championship,” Schaefer said. Sophomore Devin Hudson led the team with six kills against Colorado Mesa. Sophomore Tony D’Acquisto added five himself. Senior Peter N ordel and graduate student Brandon Schmidt added four put-aways each. N ordel shined in the team’s first match, hitting all five of his kill attempts, along with four blocks. Senior Travis Hudson provided 1 8 assists and six blocks. Schmidt and Devin Hudson each supplied four kills. The Titans dished out an impressive 1 8 block assists in the match. N ordel is a student who transferred to UWO from California who was not aware of the success of this program. “I came here after a couple of years at a junior college and I didn’t even know they won the national championship,” N ordel said. The Torrance, California native said the choice of coming to Wisconsin was in part because of the engineering program offered at UWO. “I am in electrical engineering and the program here is not like a lot of other programs out there,” N ordel said. “It is a lot more hands-on. ” The Titans knocked off one of the best Division III teams, N o. 1 ranked University of Arizona, 2 6-2 4 , 2 5 -1 9 . The Hudson brothers, N ordel and Schmidt helped with five blocks each and senior Sammy Pedersen had four of the Titans’ 2 6 total kills in the match. Travis was named the tournament’s most valuable player to

add to an all-tournament team honor he received in 2 01 6. Schmidt and sophomore Jake Martin also received all-tournament team honors. Travis said the fact that this team has only lost one match this season with all the new players on the team is remarkable. “We have a bunch of new faces so to be able to carry a 2 6-1 record is very good going into our last few weeks here,” Travis said. Senior Michael Wamboldt said winning the tournament was huge, but the team still needs to reach a higher energy level to reach the program’s goal. “The guys played very well,” Wamboldt said. “Even when we were down we found ourselves and fought back to get the victory. I would like to see our energy get even more hyped than it has been. I am all about keeping the energy high in the gym. ” Oshkosh dominated Marquette University II in straight sets, 2 5 -1 7 , 2 5 -1 5 , 2 5 -1 9 in Wisconsin Volleyball Conference play on Friday in Milwaukee. N ordel led the Titans with eight kills to go along with three blocks. Martin had ten digs and Pedersen mustered up eight digs and four kills. Travis also had six kills and nine assists. The Titans did not stop there. UWO took out UW-River Falls in sweeping fashion, 2 5 -1 8 , 2 5 -1 6, 2 5 -1 5 to remain on top of the WVC on Saturday in Oshkosh. The Titans are in a position to win the club’s fourth-straight national championship. The Titans are currently tied with the University of Arizona with three straight championships and tied with the University of California-Berkley with six total. Keep in mind the both of those schools have enrollments ex ceeding 4 0,000 students and Oshkosh has around 1 3 ,000. Schaefer said it has been quite the ride with what the program has accomplished since 2 002 . “I am not a very arrogant person, but we are pretty astonished of what we have done,” Schaefer said. “We are a dynasty in terms of consistency, that’s more of the pride for us. Every single year we have guys that step up into bigger roles than they had the year before. ” Travis said the team doesn’t worry about the whole dynasty title as much as people with an outside perspective. “For us, it’s just another day and another year,” Hudson said. “Obviously winning the national championship is a successful year, but even if you don’t win it, you can still be successful as long you go out there and give it your all. ”

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

March 30, 2017


Senior outfielder Johnny Eagan slides home safely as the catcher cannot handle the throw, tallying a run for the Titans. For the season, Eagan holds a .349 average and has eight RBIs.

Baseball improves to 7 wins after Florida trip Spring 2017 season so far

by Nate Proell Through their first 1 1 games the UW Oshkosh baseball team is in the midst of their longest winning streak since the middle of the 2 01 5 season after winning five of their past eight games played over the course of March 1 7 2 4 in Auburndale, FL. Titans head coach Kevin Tomasiewicz said he gives credit to the pitching staff for the win streak. “It’s been a long time since we’ve won this many games in a row,” Tomasiewicz said. “The credit, right off the bat, has to go to the pitching staff. Our four starters have really done a phenomenal job of really setting the tone after our three-game losing streak to begin the spring trip. ” The starting rotation of junior Jacob Pohlman, junior Lucas Gregory, junior Jesse Sustachek and sophomore Brendan Meissner has gone for a total of 3 7 strikeouts and 5 3 allowed hits. The Florida trip began for the Titans with three losses in a row against the University of Massachusetts Boston, Eastern Connecticut State University and Clarkson University by scores of 4 -3 , 1 7 -5 ( in eight innings) and 1 6-1 4 , respectfully. The nex t five games for Oshkosh proved to be successful, as they went undefeated the rest of the way and outscored their opponents 2 9 -5 . Junior shortstop Jack Paulson said he attributes the start this team is having to preparedness. “I think the biggest thing is maturity,” Paulson said. “We’ve got a lot of older guys now that have been playing since freshman year and they kinda know how it goes. Hard work pays off, that’s for sure. It’s nice to start off 7 -4 . ” Through the first 1 1 games of the 2 01 6 season, the team went 3 -8 . Oshkosh’s first victory of the Florida trip came against Washington and Jefferson College on March 2 0 by a score of 4 -1 . The second and third victories were against Bowdoin College ( Maine) on March 2 2 in a doubleheader, with the first victory ending 1 0-0 and the second resulting in a 6-1 result. The Titans faced the University of St. Thomas ( Minn. ) on March 2 3 and earned another win with a score of 3 -2 . The Titans finished their trip on March 2 4 with a 6-1 victory against Union College ( N . Y . ) that clinched a



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Sophomore Colan Treml throws a complete game shutout against Bowdoin College. five game winning streak. In their most recent victory against Union, Titans’ junior first baseman Andy Brahier lead the way for UWO with three hits that produced four runs. With the Titans’ runs coming in the first, third and fifth innings, Oshkosh got off to a fast scoring start with three early runs. Paulson began the game with a single to left field. Sophomore infielder Z ach Radde singled to right field to advance Paulson to second and put himself on first. Both Paulson and Radde advanced a base on a passed ball. After a groundout by junior outfielder/ catcher Logan Reckert, senior outfielder Johnny Eagan doubled to center field to score both Paulson and Radde, making the score 2 -0 with one out in the top of the first. Senior infielder Tyler Kozlowski was nex t at the plate and made it to first after being hit by a pitch. Brahier was nex t to hit and brought in his first run of the game with a single to left field that advanced Kozlowski to second and scored Eagan making the score 3 -0 with one out. The Titans ended the top of

the first with a 3 -0 lead after Brahier got out at second by a fielder’s choice from a hit from sophomore outfielder Dylan Ott and a strikeout from sophomore center fielder Jensen Hinton. The Titans got two more runs in the top of the third as Reckert got things started for the Titans with a single to right field. Eagan was nex t to bat and struck out looking. That was followed by a single to right field by Kozlowski who managed to advance to second on a throwing error that also advanced Reckert to third. At the plate nex t was Brahier, who brought in two more runs after a single to right field that scored Kozlowski and Reckert. With one out in the top of the third, the Titans were now up 5 -0. The inning ended after two outs from Brahier being picked off at second and Hinton striking out looking. In the last inning, Oshkosh managed to score in the top of the fifth via a double to left from Brahier who got his fourth RBI of the night by scoring Reckert. Union managed to score one run in the bottom of the fifth from a single to left field by sophomore infielder Anthony Amoroso that

brought in a runner at third. The rest of the game went scoreless and ended with the Titans on top 6-1 . Although the Titans are off to a good start, Brahier said Tomasiewicz is not letting the success get to their heads. “He does a good job of not letting us get too high on ourselves, especially not getting too low on ourselves either like when we lost those three in a row,” Brahier said. “Just kinda keeping a level head, keeping the trust that we’re a a good team and what we can do regardless of the outcome. ” Tomasiewicz said the team’s record pleases him. However, he also said he realizes there is still work that needs to be done and the season is just starting. “I’m ex cited and optimistic about the future right now for this team,” Tomasiewicz said. “We have some things we gotta work out, but it’s better to be starting 7 -4 than 4 -7 . ” The Titans play nex t this Saturday, April 1 -2 , in Minnesota in a doubleheader against The College of St. Scholastica. They continue their Minnesota trip by facing Saint Mary’s University in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 2 .

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