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April 14, 2016
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40th consecutive Special Olympics held at UW Oshkosh by Alex Nemec firstname.lastname@example.org
UW Oshkosh hosted Special Olympics for the 40th consecutive year at the Kolf Sports Complex and Albee Hall on April 9 and 10. According to the Special Olympics booklet, the Special Olympics’ mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Marc Nylen, the director of the G ruenhagen Conference Center for over 20 years, said more than 1,100 people attended or helped out with volunteering at the Special Olympics. “About 9 00 of those will be athletes, coaches and parents,” Nylen said. “Then the additional, roughly 200 or so, are volunteers.” Nylen, who organized the event, said there are a few main reasons why UWO started hosting Special Olympics. “We are able to provide lodging, there’s usually about 350 to 400 people who will lodge, that was a primary consideration,” Nylen said. “And then the fact that we have a beautiful sports complex. The group has utilized Kolf Sports Center and Albee.” In addition to allocating space on campus, Nylen said this event would not be possible without the hundreds of volunteers. “The element for volunteerism would be people who are serving as refs [ and] statisticians,” Nylen said. “Our UWO men’s basketball team does a game where they play against Special Olympics,” Nylen said the R OTC has a huge contribution to making this event possible. “As long as I can remember and I’m sure far longer [ than] that, the R OTC folks have met on Friday,” Nylen said. They help unload all of the trucks, get the set-ups complete, and then on the back end they tear it down. The labor that they provide and the talent to do that, we would never be able to run this event without R OTC.” Nylen said Special Olympics also offers things such as optical care, dental care and hearing exams, free of charge throughout the weekend. “There’s doctors from the community, from Milwaukee, Madison, Oshkosh, Appleton who will donate their time, donate their supplies,” Nylen said. “Those athletes to be able to get access
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to those resources, at the same time they are participating in a tournament, it’s sort of the old adage ‘ Y ou can kill two birds with one stone.’” Matt Janssen, a volunteer who helped with health screenings, said volunteering for Special Olympics is a good opportunity to give back to the community, as well as practice his skill set. “I think it’s helping athletes get the care they need if they need it,” Janssen said. “It’s good to help people who may need care that can’t get it otherwise.” Nylen said he thinks Special Olympics is a recognizable and meaningful organization, which brings the community together. “They will donate, either their time or funds, to support this great organization,” Nylen said. V olunteer Scott Dudzik said he decided to volunteer because it is a good way to give back and stay humble. “It gives you a different look at life,” Dudzik said. “I feel like if other people get that opportunity they’ll start… to improve life for [ the competitors] .” Chris Adams, a volunteer at Special Olympics, said he came out to cheer on the kids as they enjoy sports. “Y ou know they don’t always get the opportunities I suppose that other people do,” Adams said. “I just like to see people having fun and playing sports.” One of those people is James G raff, who has been playing basketball since he was 8 years old, who said his favorite part of coming to the Special Olympics is to have fun. “I like seeing other people around different agencies,” G raff said. Tommy Hayward, an athlete who participated at the event, said he got to play with New Y ork Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony. “We started playing, he is really good at it,” Hayward said. “He gave me his autograph as well. We played for it and I won.” Nylen said the most inspiring part of hosting Special Olympics is seeing the athletes feel like this is their campus as well. “I would say for me, seeing an athlete or a group of athletes as an agency, coming back and their excitement when they arrive on campus,” Nylen said. “They feel like this is their campus and they’re going to lodge in our residence hall rooms, they’re dining in our commons, they’re using our athletic facilities… . It’s like they’re coming home.”
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TOP: A Special Olympics basketball athlete focuses as he dribbles the ball down the court at Kolf Sports Center on April 9. ABOVE: Special Olympics participants cheer on their fellow teammates competing in the gymnastics portion of the event.
UW Oshkosh dining to increase meal ﬂexibility by Natasha Zwijacz firstname.lastname@example.org
UW Oshkosh Dining Services increased the cost of meal plans in 2013, which gave students increased e ibility along with it. As the contract renewal approaches in 2019 they are looking to increase availability. Marty Strand, assistant director of dining services, said UWO is looking into and putting a proposal together for an unlimited all-access meal plan. “We want to have an all-access plan that would work in Blackhawk [ Commons] only and then Blackhawk would be open seven days a week,” Strand said. “Students would then be able to come and go as many times as they want during operating hours.” Elliott V erkuilen, a Donner Hall resident, said an all-access plan is interesting but people already complain about Blackhawk food. “If Blackhawk is open seven days a week, that would be the only place students could eat,” V erkuilen said. “The students would have fewer food options and they would lose out on the diversity at R eeve.” Back in 2012, when the contract was up, UWO cut down the block meal plans and made up for it in Titan Dollars.
To add variety to the meal plans, UWO made R eeve Memorial Union a retail location for students to be able to get several different items rather than just one meal, Strand said. “We went from an exchange meal to a more retail option,” Strand said. “Now it’s more like a meal equivalency, but we know that the meal swipe isn’t enough which is why we added Titan Dollars.” A set of documents from dining services indicates that meal plan prices have been increasing 1.5 to 4 percent every year since 2013. Strand said each year the price of food provided by Sodexo rises in price resulting in the rise of meal plan cost. “Price increases are based on quite a few things, not just food,” Strand said. “Utilities, maintenance and upkeep of facilities, like the elevators. We just recently changed out all the air handlers in Blackhawk because they were the same ones, with minor renovations, since the beginning of the building.” R andy Hedge, director at R eeve Memorial Union, said there is an attempt to make meal plans equal to food prices, but it’s hard to keep up. “Food prices increase 2 to 5 percent after being benchmarked against prices of competition,” Hedge said. “Meal plans are then priced compet-
News After a controversial increase of police patrol for the 2016 spring pub crawl, there was a surprisingly low amount of arrests. R ead more on A2.
itively but sometimes restaurants or other campus’ raise the prices higher than we can equate the meal plans.” Strand said the all-access plan is intended to help students eat healthier than they do now. “Students go in and overeat to get the most out of their one meal swipe,” Strand said. “With the all-access plan they wouldn’t be over eating and would possibly choose healthier options.” With the plan only being available to use at Blackhawk, Strand said dining services would add beneﬁts to the other plans. “For the other locations on campus we would just add Titan Dollars to the plans,” Strand said. “However, meals were never intended for use anywhere but Blackhawk which is why students have to use Titan Dollars on top of a meal swipe for select meals in R eeve.” Strand said the lack of food options at Blackhawk is being taken into consideration while making their proposal. “What we serve in Blackhawk changes every year but we’re still trying to keep up-to-date with what the students want,” Strand said. “To change up the locations in Blackhawk, and make it a visible difference, would help the students who are over having the same menu items
all the times.” Strand said UWO is renovating the Blackhawk dining areas in order to make them more welcoming. “If students get an all-access plan they’ll only be allowed to use their meal plan in Blackhawk so we want to make it a more welcoming environment,” Strand said. “Currently there are going to be three different themed areas to eat which would hopefully make eating in Blackhawk a more inviting experience.” An all-access plan is really only ideal for the ﬁrst-year students trand said. “When the plans were put into place in 2013 most students were using their Titan Dollars in the bookstore instead of for food,” Strand said. “They would then run out and get upset because they didn’t have enough.” Strand said UWO offered dining dollars with meal plans instead of Titan Dollars at one point. “In the future I feel dining dollars would be a beneﬁt to us so we can see what students are spending,” Strand said. “We are now allowing students to purchase up to $ 250 Titan Dollars and charge their student accounts. This would solve any complaints students had about not getting Titan Dollars from their meal plans anymore.”
Sybrina Fulton, mother of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was fatally killed on Feb. 26 2012, spoke at UW Oshkosh about improving society at a local level at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center on April 12. “If you don’t help to make this a better world and a better country, then you are part of the problem,” Fulton said. Fulton was the keynote speaker of this year’s Social Justice Week. Director of Equity & Afﬁr ative Action A eerah McBride said bringing Fulton in to speak was apt considering current events happening nationwide. “We thought her message in regards to the incident that occurred, with her son being killed, would be timely given other events that are occurring nationally,” McBride said. “We want to continue the conversation about what’s happening nationally, and I think bringing her here sort of sparks that conversation.” Fulton said the day she lost her son was not the worst day she has gone through. “The worst day of my life was attending a funeral of my 17-year-old son who had been murdered as a result of senseless gun violence because of the color of his skin,” Fulton said. Fulton said America may be a successful nation by some standards, but it does not measure up in terms of equality. “We are one of the smartest countries in the world; we are one of the most advanced countries in the world,” Fulton said. “But we are not one of the most equal countries in the world.” McBride said the University has not just the right, but the responsibility to engage in tough conversations. “ ven though it’s difﬁcult to talk about these issues, I think as a university we have an obligation to speak about issues that may appear controversial or polarizing,” McBride said. McBride said she hopes students walk away from Fulton’s speech with their minds open to other views on the issues facing them. “One of the things I hope the students are able to take away is the ability to engage in the conversation and understand that even if we may not agree with each other we can still respectfully debate and discuss issues,” McBride said. “I think that’s the cornerstone of higher education.” Fulton said Americans can learn to accept each other and move away from a culture of ignorance and hatred. “I do think we can get to a place where we can respect our differences,” Fulton said. “That we can respect one another for who
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Pam the Bear, a local Oshkosh band including UWO students, is nominated for an award in the category of Best New Artist.
The UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team volunteered at the Special Olympics on April 9. They played in the Unity game with the Special Olympic athletes. R ead more on A6.
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Police detain a pub crawl attendee on Cherry Street around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. According to the Oshkosh Northwestern there was only one arrest at the spring 2016 pub crawl. The Oshkosh Police Department released a preliminary report stating 13 citations were issued compared to 100 citations last fall.
Spring pub crawl sees fewer busts
by Tyler Stricker firstname.lastname@example.org UW Oshkosh has been trying to put an end to pub crawl, a biannual drinking event, that is known for its problems with binge and underage drinking. “There is nothing organized about the event,” University Police Chief Kurt Leibold said. “If it is not controlled, things can get out of hand.” Leibold became university police chief in February and said he wants to remove the stigma UWO has with alcohol and binge drinking and stop pub crawl. According to documents obtained through an open records
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we are and what we are.” Fulton said colleges are where change begins, and that Chancellor Andrew Leavitt is accommodating to positive change at UWO. “I think this campus has a chancellor who is open to making positive change and I think students should show the positive energy and show that they want to make change and try to do that action in order to get to that spot where they want to be,” Fulton said. “I think it starts with any university, it starts on any college campus, because it’s going to start with our young people.” Leavitt said UWO must teach acceptance of diversity to all students attending the University, especially those who come from less diverse hometowns. “Many of our white students will say this is the ﬁrst ti e they’ve ever encountered African-American students, or they’ve ever encountered Lati-
request, there were 45 citations that were made during pub crawl weekend in April 2015. Twenty two arrests were made on the campus of UW Oshkosh and seven of those citations were related to underage drinking. “I’d hate to see the reputation of this campus harmed,” Leibold said. “If there are problems with underage drinkers or other major citations, it can give this university a black eye.” According to the Oshkosh Northwestern, the Oshkosh Police Department released a preliminary report stating 13 citations were issued with only one arrest, compared to 100 citations and 10 arrests from the
fall 2015 pub crawl. The Oshkosh Northwestern reported that the city of Oshkosh has also tried to stop pub crawl with a lawsuit to the event organizer that has now been dismissed. UWO senior Zach Ulickey said the University and OPD are handling enforcement during pub crawl poorly. “The people that are 21, we are going to drink anyway,” Ulickey said. “Instead of trying to get rid of it and tell us not to do it, why don’t you teach everyone the right way to do it?” Ulickey said the image UWO has received, with the nicknames, “Sloshkosh” and “UW zero” aren’t good for the Uni-
versity, but said it’s a reason why people come to the University. “If we’re known as a place where everyone goes and has fun and they can be responsible, that’s not a bad thing,” Ulickey said. “I don’t think we would have the enrollment we do if it wasn’t for that culture.” Open intoxicants were the main citation given out during the April 2015 pub crawl with 18, 10 of which were in the campus area. Ulickey said promoting safe drinking and travel can make it a safe event. “Oshkosh can be known for having parties, having fun and being responsible with it,”
nos, or other groups, because they come from a lot of small towns in Wisconsin,” Leavitt said. “So I think we have an obligation as an institution to educate those students on what it means to live in a diverse society.” According to Leavitt, it’s difﬁcult for hi to perceive the microaggressions people of color endure on a daily basis, but he can learn by listening. “As a white person, it’s something that’s relatively invisible to me,” Leavitt said. “One thing I’ve learned about this process is I can never speak for someone else. They must speak for themselves.” The director of the social justice minor at UWO, Courtney Bauder, said sparking an open conversation is a main goal of Social Justice Week. “We need to push ourselves to engage in important conversations that reach different communities and open up our hearts and minds to learning from one another,” Bauder said. Bauder said part of the goal of the social justice program is helping students to use their ed-
ucation for more than just tests and quizzes. “We want to inspire our students to use the learning they take from in the classroom and the events around campus and transform that into action on behalf of equity and justice in both their personal and professional lives,” Bauder said. Fulton said students should become active and informed participants in the upcoming elections. “We’re not going to discuss who you’re going to vote for, but I want you guys to just do your research,” Fulton said. According to Fulton, Americans need to have respect for everyone, regardless of their race, social status or education level. “It does not matter what income level you come from, it does not matter what education you come from, it does not matter if you’re black, white, purple, green, if you’re African-American, white, Asian, whatever; it does not matter,” Fulton said. “We have to respect each other for the differences we have.”
Fulton said she is behind movements, like Black Lives Matter, which spread across the country following her son’s death. “Now that their eyes are open, you have movements like Black Lives Matter that want to do something about it,” Fulton said. “And I’m glad, I’m grateful, and I really appreciate those types of movements because it can only move us, force us to move to the next step, which is to do something about it.” UWO sophomore Maggie Weklar said Fulton speaking to people in positive terms works to motivate them. “I can’t imagine how she does it with such a positive attitude,” Weklar said. “She’s using it to move people, which she’s clearly doing an excellent job of.” According to Fulton, feeling a certain type of way about an issue is not enough to change anything--action is required. “So now you can’t just be angry anymore; you can’t just be upset anymore,” Fulton said. “What are you going to about it?”
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Ulickey said. Fourty of the 45 citations given out were after 8 p.m., and Leibold said it is when it gets dark when people start to violate more laws. “Most of the foolishness happens at night after people have been drinking all day,” Leibold said. “When people are on the move at night is when most of the problems arise.” UWO released a video March 17 telling students the dangers of pub crawl and the impact it could have on their future. “We wanted to create a discussion,” Leibold said. “We wanted to see students talk about it and think about the choices they are making.”
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Later on that week, a parody video was produced using the footage from the UWO video promoting the event. “The parody was expected,” Leibold said. “The parody brought attention to the situation and made students discuss safety during pub crawl.” Ulickey said trying to remove drinking isn’t the right approach to stop pub crawl because it will anger people. “If you do (get rid of drinking), it is just going to make people want to drink more to go against the police,” Ulickey said. “That’s what happened in fall when they tried to get rid of drinking. People just wanted to party more.”
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OSA election bylaws need updating by The Advance-Titan Staff firstname.lastname@example.org The Oshkosh Student Association announced Austyn Booth-Anderson and Maria Berge will be the next OSA president and vice president for the 2016- 2017 school year. This changing of the guard presents an opportunity for OSA to examine the way in which it governs itself and if those practices enable it to best serve the student body. The current election and organization bylaws set in place by the student government are ambiguous and it is the responsibility of the current staff to ensure there is transparency and clarity to the student body. Many of the bylaws are worded so they are led to open interpretations. In fact, the election bylaws are supposed to be interpreted by the six-member elections commission that decides whether or not to take away votes from students toward a select candidate based on election violations. Another bylaw is set in place to have the OSA president act in role of the elections commissioner, or head of the elections commission, in the event that no one is essentially interested. Current OSA president Jordan Schettle appointed himself as elections commissioner for the 2016- 2017 elections. While it is great to have a member of OSA who is knowledgeable of every bylaw, it is also confusing when the bylaws state the president can remove the elections commissioner. The OSA posse also sets the precedent of inter-ofﬁce dating. Schettle announced to OSA adviser Petra R oter he was dating candidate Boothe-Anderson, the current speaker of assembly. While it’s deﬁnitely K to ﬁnd love where you ﬁnd it, it’s not a topic addressed in any bylaws to be protective of perceived ethical violations. Maybe we don’t have “a basic understanding of the bylaws” set in place, which Schettle said in an interview with an A-T staff member, but it does come across as out-ofplace with ethicists, students and assembly members. The Director of the Media Law Center for Ethics & Access at Kent tate niversity Janet Leach said while dating a candidate doesn’t constitute a con ict of interest, it certainly has the potential to be one and doesn’t bode well for the
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student government. “Even a perception of a conict of interest doesn’t look good for a student governmental organization,” Leach said. R oter made it clear that Schettle does not have the overall say on any of the votes the elections commission made, but in the event of a tie, Schettle would make the decision. “Although, the way the process is set up, he really is not in a position where he votes,” R oter said. “If he were put in a position where he had to vote he would need to recuse himself. He was fully on board with that and expected to do that on his own accord.” Y et, R oter had discussed the possibility of ethical issues surrounding the idea of the current president dating a candidate.
“I know that there were issues with the perceptual side of it, and that pretty much came from other individuals looking at the situation not fully understanding what the process entails and making the assumption that he was the sole individual that makes all decisions and not understanding that the process has its checks and balances,” R oter said. R oter is referring to the section of the elections bylaws that states the commissioner is in charge of interpreting the bylaws, including the campaign rules and elections violations. The commission must then take issue with the commissioner’s interpretation for any checking to happen. It’s a never-ending circle that excludes the rest of the student body. The imbalances of this student government
system is left for questioning fro the niversity. Chancellor Andrew Leavitt was not made aware Boothe-Anderson was a candidate, but knew that Schettle and Boothe-Anderson were a couple. Leavitt said if Schettle was acting within the bylaws, then the relationship is ﬁne, but there is no protocol to address this issue. If someone as high up as the Chancellor seems unaware of what is happening at the student government level, it’s very possible OSA may be getting away with more than they should be. It’s Schettle’s job as OSA president and someone who is planning to attend law school after graduation to recuse himself from any situations that can be awkward or seen as an ethical issue.
When asked if Schettle saw the relationship as an ethical issue, he said, “Nope.” Student Ben Lenerz said if chettle could have in uenced the vote in any way, it’s not K for hi to be the elections commissioner. “It doesn’t make sense why that would be allowed or why there’s not a third party,” Lenerz said. “Y ou wonder if the relationship has something to do with the election. It seems like OSA is run by a tight-knit group that doesn’t want to allow anyone else in.” OSA clearly needs a reform in their bylaws, those who run it and even the way they include students. The organization has been working endlessly to get more students involved in student government. However, the elections commission is in place to take
away student votes based on violations. In this year’s elections, 46 percent of the votes were taken away from a slate of candidates due to outdated violations. Even though only roughly three percent of the student body voted in the 2016- 2017 elections, the fact the commission voted to take away 46 percent seems like a form of censorship. OSA is supposed to represent the voice of the students and its members have the responsibility of ensuring its internal governing practices don’t prevent it from doing so. The ambiguity of the current election bylaws leaves room for perceived ethical problems to turn into actual ones. It’s time for a reform and it’s time for a change in leadership of our student government.
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Local band Pam the Bear, which is comprised of several UW Oshkosh music students, is nominated for a Wisconsin Area Music Industry award in the category of Best New Artist. The “horn-driven rock” ska band is relatively new to the isconsin usic scene, ﬁrst appearing April 2015. “It’s weird because for the Wisconsin music scene it’s such a huge deal and we’re such a young band,” Erica Kennedy, Pam the Bear’s bassist, said. “It’s like a freshman winning some big award in sports.” Johnny Schober, Pam the Bear’s singer, trombonist and guitar player, said the nomination came as a surprise for him. “I got an email from a radio DJ at 105.7 and he said, ‘ Hey can you send me some songs? Y ou guys are nominated for a WAMI,’” Schober said. “And then three days later I got an email from the actual WAMI board saying we were nominated.” Schober said the nomination makes it feel like things
Bear are happening faster than he expected for Pam the Bear. “It’s kind of crazy because it feels like it hasn’t even been a year,” Schober said. “It’s awesome and I’m excited to see how [ the WAMI] pans out and what it does for us.” Baritone saxophone player Hope Larson said the nomination is a sign Pam the Bear is moving in the right direction, even if they don’t win the award. “As a band, I think it really encourages us because we are a pretty new band to the scene, but this nomination helps us believe we’re making an impact and people are enjoying what we do, so we should keep doing it,” Larson said. During Pam the Bear’s recent gig at The V arsity Club, this exposure was seen when the audience started clapping along with songs, dancing in their seats and in front of the stage and even chanting for the band to return to the stage during a set break. Schober said he is happy with how far Pam the Bear has come since last April. “This is the second or third attempt at a ska band, but
this one’s lasted the longest,” Schober said. “The other ones didn’t even play a show.” Kennedy said the band works well together, pulling together a one-of-a-kind sound with their covers and original songs. “If you listen to our covers, you’re going to ﬁnd that there’s not a lot of ska tunes but a lot of songs that we’ve taken and put our own horny-attitude on,” Kennedy said. Crowd members at The V arsity Club sang along with many of these covers, which fell into several genres, such as folk, pop and even a cover of Disney’s “Under the Sea.” “I like that they do covers as well as original songs so the crowd knows some of what’s going on during the show,” audience member Ashley Binder said. “What band can get away with playing Disney at a bar?” Schober said he thinks Pam the Bear’s unique heavy horn-and-rock sound sets them apart from other bands in the area. “I think we’re the only band in the area that’s doing what we’re doing,” Schober said.
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Band Pam the Bear performs at the Varsity Club located in downtown Oshkosh on April 1. Those who listen to Pam the Bear notice their uniqueness as well. “They’re instrumental and have a natural sound, which is a nice change from DJs or simple four-piece bands,” audience member Maddie Frank said. Pam the Bear has a polished sound audience mem-
bers notice during shows. “Y ou can tell that they put in their time, hard work and dedication and they deﬁnitely deserve the WAMI nomination,” audience member Ben Krempasky said. Schober said the WAMI nomination has helped rejuvenate Pam the Bear’s plans for the future.
“We’ve got new songs in the works and we want to have a new album out by the end of this year and keep playing shows for awesome crowds in Oshkosh and the Fox V alley,” Schober said. Pa the ear ﬁnds out if they are the best new artist of the year during the WAMI Awards April 17.
‘Orange is the New Black’ star inspires students by Alex Nemec email@example.com Jackie Cruz, star of the hit Net i riginal eries range Is the New Black,’ spoke about pushing through adversity and inspiration in R eeve Memorial Union on April 13. Nicole Bellcorelli, head of the speaker series, said the series was impressed by the energy in Cruz’s speech. “She was talking about overcoming serious challenges in her life, but doing so in a humorous and engaging way,” Bellcorelli said. “Ms. Cruz brings an inspirational story as well as being young and recognizable to students.” Cruz said she was living in the Dominican R epublic when a simple trip to the movies made her realize her passion. “We saw ‘ The Bodyguard’,” Cruz said. “I’m in love with Whitney Houston by the way. On the walk home I told my mom, ‘ Mommy that’s what I want to do. I want to sing, I want to act, I want to be like that woman.” UWO student Tessa Otto said she was looking forward to hearing Cruz’s standpoint on feminism and breaking the mold. “I know it’s social justice week.… [ it’s] about trying to change the world,” Otto said. “It’s going to be a different character from her ‘ Or-
ange Is the New Black’ role. I think it’s going to be a cool change.” After enrolling in a school in the Dominican R epublic that taught singing and acting, Cruz said her mother decided to take a risk on her. “My mom said, ‘ Where can I take you to be what you want to be, to make your dreams come true,’” Cruz said. “‘ Let’s go to Hollywood.’” Cruz said she took night classes and went to summer school because she really wanted to make it in Hollywood. “I ﬁnished all y acade ics when I was 16 ,” Cruz said. “All I did my senior year was performing arts. Jazz band, chamber singers, marching band, dance team… .I was a busy, busy girl, like I really wanted this.” Cruz said she made a friend at the underage club who was in ollywood to ﬁl for child acting roles, whose name was “Becky.” Becky’s name is being changed to protect her identity. “She had everything I wanted,” Cruz said. “I lived with my mom in a studio apartment with my blow up bed. I wanted her life. Cruz said after her mom told her that her boyfriend was moving in with them she went to Becky to complain, which is when Becky suggested she move in with her.
“I [ wanted] to move out cause I [ didn’t] like her rules, and she is super strict,” Cruz said. “My mom said, ‘ Y ou want to be an adult? All right Jackie, go ahead and be an adult, but guess what, don’t come back.’” Cruz said she went on a car ride with Becky one morning when Becky decided to street race her friend, but Jackie forgot to wear her seatbelt. “We’re going super fast, it’s going 80 miles an hour,” Cruz said. “She starts to slow down cause she is losing control of the wheel and the car hits the curb and it ips three, four, ﬁve, si ti es. Cruz said the crash left her with a blood clot in her brain, a collapsed lung, a kidney contusion and two broken vertebrae. “I woke up two weeks later, when I found out I was in a coma for 72 hours,” Cruz said. “My whole life changed at 17.” Cruz said after she recovered from her accident, she moved to Miami with a guy to pursue her singing career with the $ 10,000 loan her mother took out for her. “The guy, so I work with him and he is like ‘ I’m going to need the second half of the money,’” Cruz said. “So I gave him the second half of the money and he ran off with it.” Cruz said she met a guy
while working the club who admired her singing talent and asked her to move to New Y ork to pursue her career. While she was working in a different club in New Y ork, when she met one of her best friends Karina. “She was hilarious and I said, ‘ I’m going to play you in a TV show one day,’” Cruz said. Cruz said she missed acting while in New Y ork and always had a voice in her head telling her New Y ork was different and start trying out again. “I still wanted to audition, so I went for it, and it was for a show called “Orange Is the New Black,” Cruz said. “So in my head I’m like, ‘ I’m going to imitate Karina.’” Cruz said the executive producer Jenji Kohan really liked her audition and that she left in a great mood. “I called my brother and I was so into it, I almost got hit by a cab,” Cruz said. Cruz said after going through everything she has, she believes there are no mistakes in life. “Everything happens for a reason, even if you don’t know it at the time,” Cruz said. “If you leave with anything [ from this event] leave with this… . If you have this desire to be whatever you want in your heart and soul, that’s exactly what you’re meant to do.”
Jackie Cruz of ‘Orange is the New Black,’ speaks to students on overcoming obstacles and her rise to stardom.
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UWO men’s basketball team poses with Special Olympics athletes after the Unity Game on April 9 at Kolf.
UWO basketball gives back by Morgan Van Lanen email@example.com For the UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team, Saturday night’s game was not about the numbers on the scoreboard. It was not about who had the best shooting percentage or who made the most free throws. It was not even about which team lost and which team won at the end of it all. R ather, Saturday night’s Special Olympics’ Unity game was all about giving those with special needs the opportunity to participate in the game UWO basketball players take for granted every day. “Our guys realize that they are very blessed, athletically and in opportunities they have,” men’s basketball head coach Pat Juckem said. “Any time you can be in an environment like this, you are even more aware of that. It’s just great that there’s this game that we all love, that we can all share. There’s a certain bond that is created, regardless of ability level. I think that is very meaningful.”
For the 40th consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh hosted the Special Olympics Indoor Sports Tournament on April 9 and 10 at Kolf Sports Center for athletes with special needs. 6 50 athletes took part in basketball skills, team basketball and gymnastics, and were housed in G ruenhagen Conference Center. According to Juckem, there were about 40 different basketball teams that took part in tournament. During Saturday’s Unity game, Juckem’s players were mixed with Special Olympics athletes and played two 30-minute matches. Last year they helped teach participants basketball skills like dribbling and shooting. The UWO women’s basketball team also took part in this year’s event, as they ran concessions on Saturday. Juckem described how great the atmosphere was during Saturday’s Unity game. “The athletes were very serious,” Juckem said. “They didn’t want our guys dogging it, so our guys certainly competed. It was thrilling when
there was a lot of comaraderie; the bench was very active and involved. It was just a very positive experience for all of the athletes, the parents, and the supporters. There were a lot of fans who were hooting and hollering when one of our guys would go and try to dunk or a great play was made. It was a really nice environment.” With Saturday night being very eventful in Oshkosh for college students, Juckem believes his players committing their time to the Unity G ame was even more special. His players were not told they had to volunteer at the event, rather the coaches left it up to them to decide. The decision was easy for junior guard Jacob Laihinen. “Our team loves to try and volunteer as much as possible,” Laihinen said. “We understand the impact that us helping out at the Unity game had on the athletes participating. We certainly enjoyed the experience and, from the looks on the athletes faces throughout, it seemed like they enjoyed it as well.” For freshman guard Kyle Beyak, playing in the Unity game was a time to talk with
the athletes about their love of basketball, share relatable stories and just have fun. “I think I will remember this experience for the rest of my life,” Beyak said. “But more importantly, it made me want to help out again. To see the pure enjoyment and excitement to play with and against each other in these games made it all worthwhile.” Juckem said he hopes his team can make an annual tradition of volunteering at the Special Olympics Indoor Sports Tournament. He also hopes to see more events involving the Special Olympics incorporated here on campus in the future. Junior forward Sean Dwyer said he admired the athletes’ constant positivity, and he hopes they took away as much from the weekend as he did. He said looks forward to being able to help out again next year. “My favorite part was being able to put a smile on the athletes’ faces and know that I have made an impact in their life,” Dwyer said. “I hope those games will be something they remember for a long time.”
Three representatives from the UW Oshkosh athletics program attended the NCAA Leadership Forum April 7-10 in Phoenix. UW Oshkosh women’s gymnastics coach and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) advisor Lauren Karnitz, junior gymnast Danielle Turner and sophomore men’s basketball player Charlie Noone were at the event. The leadership forum was created in 19 9 7 and, according to the NCAA’s ofﬁcial website, the event is designed to engage a diverse and dynamic representation of student-athletes, coaches, faculty and administrators. “Basically it was an opportunity for the NCAA to develop these people into better leaders and to give them tools to bring back to their institutions because they were seen as natural leaders on their campus, so they were sent there to develop those leadership skills a little more,” Karnitz, who is in her ﬁrst year as UWO’s SAAC advisor, said. Noone was selected to attend because of his membership with the University’s SAAC organization and said it was an honor to represent UW Oshkosh. “It meant the world to me,” Noone said. “To know I was one of two student-athletes to have this unique opportunity was truly special to me.” Turner was nominated by Karnitz to the athletic department and said the leadership forum had an engaging atmosphere. “It was amazing being there and working with other student-athletes from Division I, II and III schools,” Turner said. “All of the staff, student-athletes and administrators were full of energy and radiated with positivity.” The three arrived at approximately noon on April 7 and went straight to work following the opening sessions, which consisted of speakers discussing inspiration and motivation, Karnitz said. “They brought us in on Thursday and immediately when we got there, we started working, and it was literally all day everyday while we were there,” Karnitz said. Every morning, everyone broke into their color groups, which consisted of approximately 30 students and two facilitators. “In our groups, we had discussions on leadership aspects and our self-evaluated characteristics,” Turner said. “We did multiple activities and team-building games that honed in on everyone’s strengths to help us complete each task.” The attendees broke off into groups separated by divisions, and Karnitz, Noone and Turner were among the Division III representatives at the event. “We talked about governance
and someone in the NCAA Division III ofﬁce told us about the rules about Division III and what makes us different from Division I because there’s a lot of animosity there sometimes between the divisions,” Karnitz said. According to Karnitz, the group discussed the beneﬁts of participating in Division III athletics. “Division I gets all this money and now currently in the news, there are athletes that want to get paid for what they do,” Karnitz said. “Understanding the philosophy of Division III and how it’s different from Division I, it’s almost a blessing in disguise that we don’t have those kinds of issues. Typically, Division III is never criticized, and we’re looked at positively.” In addition to participating in a community service project for kids in crisis in the Phoenix community, the group listened to speeches from the two keynote speakers. Former women’s college basketball player and current basketball analyst LaChina R obinson spoke about branding themselves, and Justin Patton, a certiﬁed body language and communications skills coach, also spoke at the event. “Those two were awesome,” Karnitz said. “A quote that stuck with me, which was from Mark Twain was, ‘ The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you ﬁnd out why.’ I just think that is really important to know what your purpose is and have clarity in why you do what you do because that’s when you can really be effective.” Noone said his favorite part of the event was learning from other student-athletes. “My favorite part was deﬁnitely meeting a wide array of people from all over the world and hearing how their school and how they are a leader on their campus,” Noone said. The three returned late on April 10, and Noone said he learned a lot from the experience. “I took away that leadership is a word with many meanings,” Noone said. “There are many different ways to be a leader. Not only on the basketball court but also on campus.” Turner said she learned from other athletes sharing their experiences on a wide variety of issues. “I learned more about myself and how to look at certain situations differently,” Turner said. “Many teams have similar issues regarding teammates not being on the same page. I learned how other athletes approach these issues and better ways to handle them while also staying positive.” According to Turner, she learned anybody can develop themselves into being a leader. “I acquired that it’s OK not to have all the characteristics needed to be a successful team leader,” Turner said.
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Men’s volleyball wins sixth title by Brady Van Deurzen email@example.com The UW Oshkosh men’s volleyball team won its third straight National Championship Saturday, April 9 after they defeated No. 9 Penn State 2521, 22-25, 15-3 in Louisville, Kentucky. With the successful campaign at the National Collegiate V olleyball Federation’s National Tournament, UWO ended its season on a 24 game winning streak and an overall record of 56 -4. This year’s national title victory marked the team’s sixth, tying with University of California-Berkeley set for Division I. his was the itans’ ﬁrst three-peat in school history and head coach Brian Schaefer said he is proud of his team’s success the last three years. “We had an unbelievably difﬁcult road to the cha pionship this year, but somehow we came up with the big play that takes us to victory,” Schaefer said. “People ask us how we do it and it is simple, we practice hard and are dedicated in what we do. If you want to come home a national champion you have to put in the time and effort and we do this on a daily basis. It was another great year for our program and I am extremely proud of who I get to coach.” The Titans have added 10 top three ﬁnishes at the NC tournament in the last 12 years as well. First-team All-American junior right-side hitter Allen G runert said he thought his coaching staff has been the key to the Titans’ recent success. “Without a doubt the greatness is because of [ Schaefer] ,” G runert said. “He puts his heart and soul into volleyball and cares for every one of his play-
ers. He works extremely hard to make sure we are in the best position for success.” The Titans arrived in Louisville, Kentucky with a No. 3 overall National ranking due to a 15-game win streak, and faced a potential nine more games at the NCV F National Tournament. The No. 3 Titans started Pool Play portion of the tournament April 7 and needed to defeat three opponents in order to move on. The Titans won all three games with scores of 27-25, 25-19 against the University of Pittsburgh, 25-9 , 25-10 against Michigan State, and 25-17, 2521 against Santa Clara University. G runert said he thought their ﬁrst few ga es were essential and he thought the Titans played very well against their opening competition. “I think we played well in the ﬁrst round of the tourna ent, G runert said. “Our offense really carried us through the round. When our passers allowed Travis to have three options for hitting we were able to side out the majority of the time. All the tea s we played in the ﬁrst round gave their best, and made the matches challenging.” The Titans advanced to the Challenge R ound on Friday after its successful 3-0 start in Pool Play. The Challenge R ound consisted of two games for the Titans. James Madison University was their ﬁrst co petition of the round which led to a two game win by the Titans with scores of 25-10 and 25-19 . The second game of the round was versus Illinois State, which led to an eventual win by Oshkosh after three games with scores of 25-20, 27-29 and 15-2. After the Titans success in the Challenge R ound, they were el-
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2016 National Player of the Year Travis Hudson lines up to serve. Hudson has won 3 National Championships with UWO. evated into the last stretch of the tournament, which began Saturday. Senior left-side hitter Alec R edlich thought their championship run was much less nerve-racking than he thought it would be. “I was one of the only people on the team to have never played in a championship match and it was nothing short of amazing,” R edlich said. “I was really expecting to feel nervous all day Saturday as we made our championship run but honestly the reason we kept winning is because any time someone made a mistake there were ﬁve other people on the court, a dozen on the bench,
Tennis takes down Marian University by Anthony Michaloviitz firstname.lastname@example.org
The UW Oshkosh men’s tennis team dominated Marian University on Friday, April 8 at the Oshkosh Y MCA Tennis Center. The Titans won all nine competitions to snap their threegame skid, while the Sabres lost their 18th consecutive meet. Junior Austin Laumb said he believes the team played well and made it clear UWO is the stronger program. “The team played solid,” Laumb said. “We were able to attack the ball relatively easy and I think it was obvious that we were all-around stronger than them in every category of tennis.” Laumb blanked Brandon R uis in the si th ight of singles, - , 6 -0. Also Laumb, paired with freshman Thang Khup, went on to defeat Zac Brandrup and R uis in No. 3 doubles, 8-1. Despite a conclusive victory, freshman William O’Connell said there is still room for improvement. “I think we need to learn how to push and put away shots,”
O’Connell said. “There were a lot of points all over the board where we could have put balls away and ﬁnished the point. e need to focus on playing our way and not adjusting our game to other players.” As for No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, freshman Adam Hawley and junior Adam Martin had an 8-3 victory over Danny R oe and Patrick Schwoerer, while sophoore duo avid ef er and ogan Zastrow overcame Spencer Braswell and Joey Dittman, 8-4. UWO bested Marian in singles, holding them to a single point in eight of 12 sets. In the ﬁrst ight, sopho ore V incent G orski crushed Dittan, - , - . In the ne t ight, freshman R yan Kuzmanovic triumphed Schwoerer, 6 -2, 6 -0. G orski said winning by a landslide has its perks. “Winning by a large margin is always fun,” G orski said. “It makes the game a little more relaxed when you look at your teammate’s scores on the courts around you and see them up by a lot. It can take some of the pressure off you and to be able to have ore conﬁdence going for your shots knowing that
your teammates are playing well also.” Additional singles victories came from O’Connell, Hawley and freshman Jordan Andersen. The meet’s only tiebreaker came in the fourth ight as Andersen snuck by Braswell, 6 -4, 5-7 (102). Hawley outmuscled R oe in the third ight, - , - , while O’Connell overpowered Brandrup in the ﬁfth ight, - , - . Head coach James Lewison is looking forward to the highly anticipated warm weather and promises to do cartwheels during the Whitewater meet if they can pull off an upset. “The team is going a bit stir-crazy to get outside and play our remaining matches,” Lewison said. “I’ conﬁdent we can make some adjustments in practice and hopefully pull off a few upsets at the end of the season. I might do some cartwheels around the courts if we take some matches from Whitewater, so hopefully someone has their camera ready.” The Titans will defend the home court this Saturday against the Milwaukee School of Engineering at the Kolf Sports Center Complex.
and hundreds in the stands to pick that person up.” Four games separated the Titans from the national championship title when Saturday’s events ensued, and the remainder of the Titans’ competition were all nationally ranked teams. The Titans defeated both Maryland 25-18 and 25-14, and Arizona State 25-19 and 25-22. Senior libero Samuel Moua said the game against V irginia Tech was not played as smoothly as they had hoped. “There may have been some speed bumps here and there against V irginia Tech,” Moua said. “But it’s how we over-
came them as a team that made us successful.” The Titans dropped their ﬁrst ga e to the okies - , which was their ﬁrst loss by double digits since February. After the ﬁrst ga e, the itans pushed back and took the second game 25-22 and third game 15-12. The victory over V irginia Tech elevated the Titans to the championship game in which they would face Penn State. The Titans started off by taking the ﬁrst ga e - . he second game belonged to the Nittany Lions, who jumped out to an early lead and maintained it throughout the game winning
- . he ﬁnal ga e ended with a kill from G runert leading to a 15-13 Titan victory. Senior setter National Player of the Y ear Travis Hudson said although he had already won two national titles, the feeling of winning a national title is a surreal feeling. “It’s unbelievable,” Hudson said. “It’s hard to describe. Still hasn’t hit me yet that we are national champions for the third straight year, it also means that we are leaving our mark on the NCV F. For Oshkosh’s history, we are the ﬁrst tea to ever get three in a row so that will stand until another group can do it also.”
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No. 20 Andy Brahier hit a home run on April 7 in 17-5 victory over Concordia University.
Baseball scores 13 runs in 3 consecutive games by Nathan Proell email@example.com The Titans improved their record to 8-9 as they beat R ipon College in a dominating 13-1 victory on Wednesday, April 13. Pitcher Adam R ude got the win for UWO. He gave up just two hits and one run after pitching six innings. Pitcher R yan Wilkening, who stepped in for the seventh inning, gave up no hits and no runs. ipon got on the board ﬁrst as third basemen R andy Finger scored a run in the ﬁrst inning. shkosh responded with ﬁve hits and six runs in the second. From that point on, the Titans gave up no additional hits or runs, but hit twelve more and scored an additional seven. Centerﬁelder ohnny agan went 4-5 and added two points, while ﬁrst base an Andy Brahier went 3-5 and contributed one point. R ude and Wilkening combined for 11 strikeouts, and Titan batters struck out just twice. Head Coach Kevin Tomasiewicz said he is pleased with the team’s overall performance. “I think the team played very well,” Tomasiewicz said. “Anytime you can win three games out of four in a weekend, it’s a good weekend.” On April 10 the Titans swept Stout in both games, taking game one 13-7 and game two 13-3. In unday’s ﬁrst ga e tout scored ﬁrst with a single fro Josh Halling. Halling advanced to second, stole third base and came in to score the ﬁrst run on a double by Noah Brown. However, the Titans struck back in the third inning from a single by Whitcomb that scored Noah Polcyn. UW-Stout answered with four unearned runs in the
fourth. The Titans then took back the lead for good in the fourth inning after Tyler Kozlowski walked and R obbie Kleman and Alex Koch both singled to load the bases with one out. Kleman stole home, Taylor G rimm hit a two-run single and Polcyn followed with a single to bring in G rimm and tie the ga e at ﬁve. With two outs and Titans at second and third base, Eagan hit a two-run single to give UW Oshkosh a 7-5 lead. The Titans went on to score six more runs, one in the sixth inning, three in the seventh and two in the eighth. The Titans won by the tenrun rule after bringing in 13 runs through seven innings while UW-Stout brought in three in Sunday’s second game. “As a team we’re taking steps in the right direction,” G rimm said. “We’re learning how to win. It was a fun weekend.” On April 9 , the Titans beat - tout in the ﬁrst ga e 8-1, but lost in the second game 0-4. In game one pitcher Peter Jewell had a career-high nine strikeouts. He allowed seven hits and one walk. Eagan, the Titans’ athlete of the week, went three for four in the ﬁrst ga e on aturday with two doubles, two runs, three R BI’s and one stolen base. he ﬁrst three itan batters reached base as Jack Paulson and Whitcomb walked ahead of Eagan’s run-scoring single. An R BI from Kleman brought in Whitcomb for a 2-0 Titan lead. In the fourth inning Eagan was walked with bases loaded and brought in a run to raise the titans lead to 3-0. In the sixth, Eagan doubled home Paulson and Kleman to bring the Titans score to 5-0. R un-scoring doubles from
Andy Brahier and Kleman in the eighth inning brought the ﬁnal score to - . UW-Stout’s only score was from a solo homerun by Brown in the seventh inning. The second game went scoreless up to the eighth inning. Titans relief pitcher Max Keough allowed a two-run single to Hunter Dicus for a 3-0 Blue Devil lead. A single from Stout’s Nate Sorenson brought in a run to bring the score to 4-0. On April 7, the Titans dominated Concordia University [ Wisconsin] , 17-5, in a game where every starter had at least one run, one hit and one R BI. UWO sent nine batters to the plate in the ﬁrst and third innings, and eight batters in the second, fourth and ﬁfth. R BI singles by Brahier, Koch, Conner Funnell and G rimm lead the Titans to a four-run ﬁrst inning. In the second inning Eagan had a tworun single, while Kozlowski had a R BI double and Funnell had an R BI single. Brahier hit the itans’ ﬁrst ho erun of the year that brought in three runs in the third. In the fourth inning the Titans scored three more runs on ﬁve hits. y the ﬁfth inning the itans had a 17-1 lead. The Falcons scored four runs on two hits, three walks and two hit batters against three Titan pitchers in the sixth frame but it wasn’t enough to come back. The Titans won the game in the seventh inning due to the ten-run rule. In the third frame of Thursday’s game Titan’s pitcher Jesse Sustachek pitched a scoreless third frame. Sustachek said he is feeling good about the teams overall performance. “I’m feeling really good,” ustachek said. “ ffense deﬁnitely put up a bunch of runs.”
The UW Oshkosh women’s softball team extended their record to 14-4 after six conference affairs on April 9 , 10, and 13. Oshkosh kicked off its conference slate at home against UW-R iver Falls and came away with two wins Saturday. The Titans put up 12 total runs in the doubleheader while holding the Falcons scoreless. R iver Falls had only 12 hits in both games that were all singles, leading to junior pitcher Sara Brunlieb’s ER A falling to 0.89 after the first game and sophomore pitcher Clare R obbe’s sixth career shutout. Both pitchers combined for five strikeouts and allowed only one walk in the wins. Freshman third baseman Maggie Meyer said there were big conclusions drawn from their Florida trip and they have been translated into conference play. “We are seeing the team as a whole getting better and better as we move through the season,” Meyer said. “Our team chemistry is even higher now that we have more games under our belt.” Sophomore outfielder Caitlin Hoerning batted in two runs in the first inning, and the Titans scored two in the second and three in the third. Junior first baseman Paige G iese had an R BI single in the second and came around to score on a wild pitch that same inning, and freshman catcher Abby Menting drove home another run with a bunt single. In the second contest, Oshkosh used a five-run outburst in the fourth inning to push past R iver Falls. All of the runs were pushed across by singles, except for Menting’s R BI double that plated two. Meyer said this team believes in certain factors that they believe will translate into success in conference
play. “Playing the game pitchby-pitch is one key factor,” Meyer said. “Every pitch counts, so controlling the flow of the game [ is] huge for us. Also, capitalizing with runners in scoring position [ helps] puts runs on the board, [ and] gives us the momentum we need.” Sophomore infielder Erika Berry was perfect at the plate with three hits including a double and sophomore outfielder Brianna Witter had two singles. Oshkosh won its seventh game of its last eight against R iver Falls, and its doubleheader shutout was the first in nine years. In their second consecutive doubleheader Sunday, Oshkosh faced off against UW-Stout and by virtue of the eight-run rule, won both games by a 9 -1 score. The first contest only lasted five innings, and the second game went six. Brunlieb, who carried a perfect game into the fourth inning before allowing a single, allowed one run and two hits while striking out six in a complete-game effort. Head coach Scott Beyer said with the grind of the schedule picking up with conference play team preparation is important. “We [ have to] keep game speed and timing ready to go,” Beyer said. “If we have 10 or 12 games in one week, that means we cannot practice a lot, and that means we have to be prepared before [ the games] .” The Titans batted in four runs in the first, three in the second inning and their last two in the fourth. Berry went 3-for-3 and had an R BI, Hoerning had 3 R BIs, junior outfielder Lauren Torborg scored three runs as a defensive replacement, and outfielder Hayden Krueger drove in two runs. In the later game, Menting led the offense with a double and three total hits. Torborg had a double, and senior shortstop Haley Bayreuther
and first baseman Kaitlyn Krol each hit their first home runs of the season. R obbe pitched her second consecutive complete-game, striking out two while allowing only four hits. She improved her record to 2-1 for the season and the team’s conference record to 4-0. Oshkosh continued conference play on April 13 with a doubleheader against UW-Stevens Point. The Titans picked up two more wins and the 17 runs against UWSP was the third time this week they scored double digits in a series. The first game had the Titans winning a close contest 4-2. Brunlieb had a complete game effort, allowing one earned run and six hits while striking out three Pointers. Bayreuther had a triple and knocked in three runs, while sophomore infielder Tanya Hammitt had the other R BI. Berry had a stolen base and Witter had a sacrifice in the winning effort. Coach Lynn Anderson said as the season progresses, the differences between conference foes stands out more. “As it gets later in the season, the teams that have prepared in the fundamentals well and have done that all year, are the ones that succeed more towards the end,” said Anderson. The second contest had Oshkosh ending the game early after five innings after a consistent offensive showing. The Titans put up 13 runs through four, including five alone in the bottom of the fourth. Krueger had a home run and four R BIs while Bayreuther had another triple and two runs scored. Meting went three for four with a double and two R BIs. R obbe also earned her third win by going four innings, striking out four, and walking none improving her record to 3-1. Oshkosh faces UW-La Crosse next on Sunday, April 17 for Senior Day.