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Koker named interim provost Letters and Science dean to begin role on Aug. 1

Marchers call for ‘science not silence’

by Aaron Tomski Science supporters took to the streets as part of March for Science in the city of Oshkosh to raise awareness of the declining funding toward science on Earth Day, according to environmental studies professor Laura Hartman. Biology and environmental studies professor Misty McPhee said the March for Science in Oshkosh was expecting about 100 supporters but instead was able to get about 300. “The march went phenomenally well,” McPhee said. “The energy was high, and everyone was really excited about the event.” Hartman said the event was joyful and people were smiling every step of the way. “Lots of kids made it fun, and some people had noisemakers, like tambourines and cow bells,” Hartman said. “I heard people shouting ‘ What do we love? Science! What

do we love? Earth! ’ which is a beautiful chant.” Master’s candidate in microbiology Shannon Johnson said UWO becoming a destination for a satellite march is si nificant “It shows on a local level that there is support,” Johnson said. “There is support, not just in major cities but where it can be seen for people who are unable to travel to those large marches.” Hartman said science has been questioned a lot in society therefore budget cuts have een ade to the fie d “I think many people are afraid of science or don’t trust it,” Hartman said. “Our country needs to be a leader in science, but cutting funding means less science happens.” Johnson said science is important when it comes to laboratory work. “Because the science we work on affects other business, such as the water we work on,


by Ti Windisch Chancellor Andrew Leavitt announced via email that John Koker will replace Lane Earns as UW Oshkosh’s interim provost starting Aug. 1, when Earns retires. Koker, who currently serves as the dean of the College of Letters and Science at UWO, said he is excited to step in for long-time colleague Earns. “Provost Earns is the person who actually hired me when I was hired as dean in 2007 ,” Koker said. “He appointed me as interim dean in 2006 and then he hired me as permanent dean in 2007 . I’ve been working with Provost Earns for 11 years now as he’s the person I report to in my current position.” Earns said he thinks Koker is just what the University needs right now and he will make a terrific interim provost. “I believe John Koker is the perfect choice for this moment,” Earns said. “He is experienced, well-respected and broad-based in his training and interests. Now is a time of considerable change on campus, and John has both a calmness about him developed over his years here and an enthusiasm about the possibilities going forward.” The national search for the next provost will begin in Spring 2018 , according to Leavitt. Koker said he has yet to decide if he would like to apply for the position and be a part of the search process. “It’s probably too early to tell,” Koker said. “I really feel fortunate that I’ll have the chance to take on the in-

terim role for a while, test the waters so-to-speak, and then I can make a decision on whether I want to participate in the national search as a candidate.” Leavitt said Koker deserves congratulations and praised his vision and strategic thinking. “John has demonstrated strong leadership as dean of the College of Letters and Science— and I am pleased he is willing to lead the division of academic affairs during this time of transition for our institution,” Leavitt said. “John brings to the role extensive experience and institutional knowledge, strong relationships with faculty and a focus on student success.” One challenge any provost has to deal with is faculty and staff moving on, but Koker said he’s learned in his time in administration that turnover just means recruitment is especially important. “I’ve come to realiz e that those things are just part of life,” Koker said. “People move on. But I also know in my time as dean I’ve had the opportunity to hire more than 120 new faculty over the years. While it’s always sad and there’s regret to see people you’ve worked with a long time go, I also understand there’s a lot of really good people out there.” According to Koker, the provost does not interact with students as much as faculty members do and their role is to ensure faculty and staff can do their jobs effectively. “The provost leads the ac-

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TOP: Marchers take to the streets of Oshkosh to raise awareness of the defunding of science. Participants chanted to show their support for science on Earth Day. BOTTOM: A young boy marches with his sign on Saturday.


UWO to raise sexual assault awareness with #Rapeisnotajoke by Collin Goeman The Campus for Awareness and Relationship Education group discussed the joking and inappropriate use of the word “rape” and other sexual assault terms at their fi th ann a ape is not a jo e e ent Wednesday in Sage Hall. The movement # rapeisnotajoke was created by a student at the UWO campus after she overheard some classmates using the word rape in a joking manner, Associate Student Director Rachel Davis said. “Some basic examples include ‘ I just raped that exam,’ or ‘ The wind just raped my hair,’” Davis said. Along with # rapeisnotajoke, C.A.R.E. also sponsored Denim Day, a dress-up event celebrating the day female members of Italian parliament wore jeans after a potential rapist was released based on the argument that the victim' s jeans were too tight to remove without assistance. “Since then, wearing denim on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against the destructive attitudes and beliefs surrounding sexual assault,” Davis said. The event consisted of multiple speakers and activities touching on the subject of rape in social media, sports and video games. In her speech, Campus V ictim Advocate Stephanie Kitz erow provided multiple examples of rape being used as a term similar to winning or dominating a task or opponent, but despite the attempts to lighten mood around the subject, sexual violence is real, and not something to be joked about. “Comparing rape to non-rape interac-

tions reduces peoples’ perceptions of rape Chaidez said C.A.R.E. takes a different as an attack and as a crime,” Kitz erow said. approach to talking about sexual violence, “It kind of helps normaliz e rape culture but she feels it is effective. and that rape is something that’s unavoid“We’re one of the only organiz ations able and not a very serious event.” that talks openly about sexual assault,” Kitz erow said society’s view on gen- Chaidez said. “We’re more in your face der is a major reason sexual violence is so than others.” prevalent and shared multiple examples Jackson said it’s important for students o societ s definition o a e and e a e to become aware of the topic because they roles in her presentation. are the ones most at risk to be affected by “Gender falls into what society feels is it. masculine or feminine,” Kitz erow said. “I feel people don’t know how many sexhese definite aren t the on wa s en ual assaults happen, especially on a college der can be representcampus,” Jackson said. ed, but when you' re “They are the highest talking about gender Throughout all college campus- population affected by in rape culture, these es there’s sexual assaults, which is sexual assault.” types of stereotypes Senior Justin V oss really sad, but I think it’s importhelp perpetuate that ant to talk about on this campus as said making sure peorape culture even ple are comfortable diswell. more.” cussing the subject is — Sabina Chaidez important. Senior Breez y Jackson said lack of “I feel like if someC.A.R.E. Student Director education is a big one is a victim of sexreason for the joking ual assault they might and lack of sensitivinot feel comfortable ty we experience. going to anybody with their issues, but “A lot of people aren' t educated with this this kind of gives the opportunity to those stuff,” Jackson said. “Sometimes people who didn’t know it was there before,” V oss aren’t exposed to these kinds of questions said. “Especially on college campuses it’s so it' s important to educate.” important to get the word out about it so it C.A.R.E. Student Director Sabina doesn' t seem so taboo to people.” Chaidez said even though it is a touchy Chaidez said she doesn’t expect to subject, it’s important for students to be change people' s perceptions in one day, but aware of. push for growth in the future. “Throughout all college campuses “I’ve always had this saying ‘ Y ou' re there’s sexual assaults, which is really sad, only just planting seeds,’” Chaidez said. but I think it’s important to talk about on “Y ou’re not gonna make anyone change this campus as well,” Chaidez said. “We tonight or how they think, but this event try to keep a lot of our statistics related to is important because it will plant those our campus.” seeds.”


Denim is decorated with a quote for sexual assault awareness. Denim, a symbol to raise awareness of sexual assault, is hung up during the presentation for Denim Day.




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UWO seniors to present their films by Moira Danielson UW Oshkosh students have been hard at work creating their own films to show at the Red Carpet Rollout event at Time Community Theatre on May 15. Radio/TV /film students in the capstone 440 class have spent their semester perfecting story ideas and bringing them to life in film. Beth Hubbard, professor of the class, said the story usually gets created in a past class and then revisited during the 440 class, but the ideas for these short stories come from everywhere. “Maybe it comes from a situation the writer has experienced or it is a subject matter the writer is passionate about and wants to share with an audience,” Hubbard said. “Most of the students that come into RTF 440 that want to direct a short film have a script in mind that they have already written. It is definitely exciting to see how many students come to this class having a script ready and are extremely enthusiastic about creating.” Hubbard said her role in the whole process was to keep students on track during the filming schedule, as well as overseeing the film as it was being created.

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soulmate, they begin to age,” Stewart said. “The two women have very different views on soulmates and what it means to be in a relationship.” Stewart said motivation for her film came from wanting to create characters people could relate to. “Nicole, who is played by Maggie Clementi, kisses both a female and a male character in the film,” Stewart said. “I wanted to write something that normaliz ed bisexual people to show they’re not just confused or experimenting. No matter who Nicole ends up with, she’s still attracted to both genders, something I personally identify with and want others to as well.” Ashlynn Schreiner, another student director, created “Y ou Again,” a romantic comedy about a couple who can’t quite remember how they met. The idea came from a conversation Schreiner had with her friend. “We were talking about how it’s weird that we don’t remember meeting some of the people that have made such an impact on our lives,” Schreiner said. “When I had to make a script for my narrative production class, I knew that this was a concept that I wanted to explore and tell a story about.” Schreiner said the big-

“My role mostly is acting as the executive producer of each of these films,” Hubbard said. “I ensure each film has a production schedule to follow to ensure their film is ready for the screening on May 15. At the start of the semester, we are finding locations, casting actors, creating shot lists and establishing the overall tone of the film.” Hubbard said the entire class gives feedback to other students’ films so they can learn how to be in charge as they would in the industry. “The class as a whole reviews each film’s pre-visualiz ation to address any potential issues that might arise during production,” Hubbard said. “We discuss the areas of the film that need adjustment in pacing or shot selection and overall how to enhance the storytelling process with sound design. The students are getting a chance to see what it is like to be the lead director, lead cinematographer or lead editor on a short film and are gaining invaluable skills in the process.” One of the student directors, Ashley Stewart, said her film, “From the Same Star,” is about two women who live in an alternate universe where they stop aging once they turn 18 . “Once they find their

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Radio/TV/film students will be showing their end-of-semester senior film projects at the Red Carpet Rollout on May 15 at the Time Community Theater in downtown Oshkosh. gest struggle was figuring out schedules for everyone on the crew was students as well. “‘ Y ou Again’ was filmed in two days, so that was probably one of the most difficult parts of filming,” Schreiner said. “Obviously we are all students, so it was really hard to try to find times and dates that worked for everyone.” Schreiner said the en-

vironment of the class really helped with the whole process because everyone was there to help instead of compete. “The class itself and Beth, our professor, was so good at giving us feedback,” Schreiner said. “It is a wonderful feeling to be in a class that isn’t trying out do each other but rather they give you feedback to help make it even better.”

OSA makes budget cuts including Buzz app

by Alex Nemec The Oshkosh Student Association will see an approximately 4.5 percent cut in its budget for the 2017 -2018 school year after OSA President Austyn Boothe proposed a similar percentage cut. OSA received a budget of $ 260,000 for the 2016-2017 school year while the 2017 -2018 recommendation from the Segregated Fee Committee was $ 248 ,597 , according to University documents. OSA President-elect Maria Berge, who is also the current OSA V ice President, said she agreed with all the cuts. “The Buz z app was the largest cut, but I felt as though it was necessary,” Berge said. “It was sad to see the program go, but after looking at how few people regularly used it, we couldn’t justify spending $ 15,000 dollars on a yearly subscription. We also are very careful to only ask for what

we need, so we made sure to trim used by students. back whatever excess we found” Boothe said she worked carefulChairman of the Segregated Fee ly with incoming Berge, to make Committee Christopher Stockus sure they did not cut essential sersaid he is appreciative of OSA’s vices, such as Student Legal Serfisca responsi i it and concern vices. or the c rrent financia c i ate “I think that students will realat UW Oshkosh, enefit ro especially in rethe reduced gard to the Buz z It was sad to see the pro- OSA budget, as app. gram go, but after looking it will cost them “The Com- at how few people regularly less money in mittee asks that used it, we couldn’t justify fees,” Boothe future OSA lead- spending $ 15,000 dollars on a said. “Maria and ership maintain I were careful yearly subscription. this fisca re to make sure we sponsibility, giv— Maria Berge did not cut seren the increased OSA President-elect vices that stufocus on limitdents use on a ing student costs regular basis.” within the State Berge said she of Wisconsin and thought OSA did University of Wisconsin System,” a great job of being conservative Stockus said. and setting a good base for next OSA President Austyn Boothe year. said OSA proposed a budget cut “We tried to plan as best as we of about 4.68 percent after looking could for the future so that any exat what services are actually being tra expenses that may come with

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new contracts would be covered,” Berge said. Berge said OSA added a small amount to their marketing budget, which wi reat enefit as a whole. “With this addition, it will help advertise the services that OSA offers students, as well as hopefulhe p fi open positions within OSA,” Berge said. “We are always looking for more involvement.” t is i portant or to e fis cally responsible with the money they receive to make sure college is affordable for UWO students, Boothe said. Berge said the only issue she can foresee is the possibility that the bids for new contracts for Titan Transit or Student Legal Services come in higher than expected. “We did budget some extra for Titan Transit just in case that were to happen, so I feel as though we are prepared for next year,” Berge said.

We are seeing an exciting trend at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: more and more students who earn internships and other professional work experiences connected to their studies are successcon ertin those opport nities into ed ed jobs. That’s great for students, and it’s great for a city, a region and a state committed to retaining the talent UW Oshkosh cultivates and graduates! Having a job on the other side of Commencement isn’t the only ingredient in the recipe for longterm success. Our students need to feel supported and deeply connected to peers, leaders, culture and growth opportunities in their area communities; they can and should be a part of things even before they earn a diploma. We are taking our institution’s support for young professionals to some uncharted and innovative territory. It is Y oung Professionals Week in Wisconsin, and I am excited to announce that a renewed partnership between the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce will give UW Oshkosh students with internships and clinicals or other professional work experiences connected to their studies a deeper peer and community connection before they graduate. The Oshkosh Chamber is extending membership to its young professional network, Propel Oshkosh, to include current UW Oshkosh students 21 and older who have engaged in internships and professional experiences connected to their studies. UW Oshkosh has previously worked with the Chamber to offer membership to campus faculty and sta and first ear a ni hat wi contin e This year, we are proudly expanding the opportunities. Propel Oshkosh was launched in 2003 as a development and networking group for young professionals aiming “to attract and retain young individuals for local businesses in the Oshkosh area,” according to the Chamber of Commerce. he enefits o rope e ership are an ery year, members have access to an array of low-tono cost programs and experiences including leadership breakfasts featuring business and civic leaders, professional development and social-networking activities and company spotlight events. It comes down to this: If we collectively believe in the importance of developing, retaining and supporting new talent, why wait until graduation to strengthen the talent’s community connections? UW Oshkosh has hundreds of students in internships and professional experiences in businesses and organiz ations in Oshkosh and the New North that we know are poised to transform into jobs. Students can, and should, feel more deeply connected to a professional network of peers before they even earn their degrees, pursue further studies or live and serve here. The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce agrees. hro ho t isconsin sinesses nonprofits and elected leaders have joined forces to strengthen partnerships and collaborations that help retain ch needed ta ent in the state ha er and President John Casper said. “We are excited to continue working with UW Oshkosh, its colleges and its successful Career Services division and colleges to offer Propel Oshkosh to students we need to join and start businesses, volunteer, raise families and contribute to the community that they and their future alma mater call home.” I encourage students to join our campus community faculty and staff and take advantage of Propel and the valuable experiences and connections it offers. Contact your college internship coordinator or reach out to UW Oshkosh Career Services and let us know if you would like to be counted as a Propel Oshkosh member.

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Students volunteer in the Oshkosh community by Laura Dickinson UW Oshkosh students volunteered around the community for the 19th semi-annual Hands on Oshkosh, which helps out various local organiz ations and businesses. There were 15 different locations throughout Oshkosh for the more than 150 student volunteers to help out at on Saturday. One of the locations was on UWO campus, where volunteers relocated the prairie garden stretching between Kolf and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The prairie is being moved behind the tennis courts on campus due to the recent concern of students walking back from the Rec Center at night, UWO Grounds Department Supervisor Lisa Mick said. “The prairie grows very tall in the summer and fall months,” Mick said. “When students are walking back at night from the Rec Center, some are afraid that there might be someone they can’t see on the other side of the prairie. This has created a safety risk for these students.” UWO freshman and Z eta Tau Alpha member Ciara Trunnell said relocating the prairie instead of just disposing it will keep everyone at UWO safe while keeping the campus beautiful. “We are taking plants by the rec and we are moving [them] to the other side of the tennis courts because they have been raised as a safety issue,” Trunnell said. “We are brightening up the ecosystem here while possibly saving people from things they wouldn’t want to be involved in.” Mick said she was approached about a month ago and asked if she wanted to receive volunteers for Hands on Oshkosh. “I was in a sustainability meeting, and one of the students in the meeting brought up that Hands on

Oshkosh was coming up and that they would be able to help us out if we wanted volunteers, and I happily agreed,” Mick said. Mick said the volunteers with Hands on Oshkosh helped her and her crew with the long relocation process. “I am so thankful for the student population at UWO,” Mick said. “This would have taken my crew, almost a week and half to move all these plants over, and we are able to finish this project in two and half hours.” UWO freshman Annette Ehmke said she helps out with Hands on Oshkosh to give her a ambitious edge registering for her program. “I am applying for the nursing program, and it is quite competitive,” Ehmke said. “Hands on Oshkosh is a great way to get those volunteer hours in, and, I mean, it is in the Oshkosh community, and it impacts where I am living for the next three years and where I plan to do my clinicals and live.” Trunnell said she and her sorority sisters volunteered together as a way to satisfy their volunteering hours for Z eta Tau Alpha. “Every semester we have to get in ten hours of service and this is a great way to get involved with the community and the campus and get out there, and on a Saturday morning it’s better than just sitting around,” Trunnell said. “V olunteering has just been a huge part of my life growing up. I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Project Angel Hugs, so this is just another way to get the volunteering in.” Trunnell said she hopes that more students at UWO will volunteer for the next Hands on Oshkosh. “It’s such a great experience overall,” Trunnell said. “Y ou are out in the sun, not sitting in a dark dorm room. Y ou are out talking, making new friends, and it’s not like it’s back breaking work.”


TOP: Zeta Tau Alpha members Kerry Bolduc and Brittany Mchalzky work together to relocate prairie plants to behind the tennis court. LEFT: Kayla Baumann plants her prairie plant as part of Hands on Oshkosh. RIGHT: Sophomore Margot Elliott sorts through the wheelbarrow full of prairie plants the volunteers dug up from the sidewalk by Kolf and the Student Rec Center.




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UWO PRSSA is ‘blooming lives’ for organ donation

by Alicia Kahl The Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is participating in the National Organ Donation Awareness Competition to raise awareness and encourage discussion about the enefits ths and statistics o organ donation. hi e cond ctin s r e s creatin campaign materials and collaboratin with oca sinesses the chapter has een s p annin a ower dri e inspired the ca pai n s na e “blooming lives.” he ower dri e wi ta e p ace on h rsda pri in ee e e oria Union from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. PRSSA wi e handin o t owers to st dents

faculty and staff who engage in discussion with the organiz ation or sign up to be an organ donor. UWO PRSSA V ice President of Events Carissa Brz ez inski said the ower dri e is a wa or riends and families to talk about a sensitive topic. “There’s something about the springtime and new life that serves or an donation we r e ins i said he oa o the ower dri e is to o c s on the positi e enefits o donation itself and celebrating those who are already donors and those who want to learn more or become an organ donor.” ccordin to onate i e an or a niz ation committed to increasing the n er o re istered or an e e and tiss e donors across the nited tates one organ donor can save up to eight lives. PRSSA hopes to shed light on

organ donation and play a positive role in increasing the number of registered organ donors. The chapter is also collaborating with the University’s grounds crew to plant orange pansies throughout campus. The orange-colored theme is cohesive with the orange donor stickers that are found on donors’ driver’s licenses. Chapter President Katie Biersach said the support from the University is gratifying. “I am very thankful to the University for partnering with our chapter for o r ca pai n iersach said prin is a antastic ti e on o r ca p s and the oran e owers p anted thro ho t campus will be serving two duties: beautifying campus and raising awareness for organ donation.”

March for Science promotes Earth Day SCIENCE



the water we sa p e Johnson said. “The message should be that science is not some sort of evil entity that o t it is ore a o t tr st that they’re facts. It isn’t alternative facts.” Johnson said she was always curious about everythin at a o n a e which led to working in a laboratory with other colleagues. “I took a path into science and was able to get into a laboratory and thought that I was able to learn better techniques and cooperative tea wor ohnson said UWO student Hunter Armstrong said he is majoring in public relations with a inor in sic ind str and he thinks any major is going to have a connection with science. “It is sort of the way we do e er thin in o r i es Armstrong said. “It is a way to nderstand e er thin and the march is one of the most important things we have going on today.” Armstrong said he marched because he supports science with the helpful influence of his roo ate ac chin er a member of the Student Environmental Action Coalition. roo ate ac is one of the brainchildren of this arch and a here to s pport hi j st as ch Armstrong said. Johnson said she was nervous about the event the night before the march but


Marchers gather to walk down the streets of downtown Oshkosh on April 22 as part of Earth Day. woke up feeling great. his is i portant and could spend my time defendin science ohnson said c hee said there is a problem with how people iew science toda and it is important to know evidence-based facts versus assuming. “I understand the importance of fact and evidence-based fact in makin rea ood decisions c hee said Johnson said the problem with people and the Trump Administration is they are

not trusting the facts that are out there. “It’s important that people consider other people’s work and scrutiniz e others but in a wa that does not discredit Johnson said. Armstrong said the goal of the march was to show how people stand together in the belief science and education are the only true ways everyone can progress as humans. “When such numbers come out to have their voices heard that rea eans so ethin “Those are our friends and

family joining together to try and leave a better planet or the t re o a and that needs to e appreciated Armstrong said. Armstrong said everyone was eager to join and passionate about what was going on during the march. “It’s amaz ing and makes me feel proud to know that oth this cit which e co e to ca ho e and the p ace was orn pp eton participated in the marches this arth a r stron said. Hartman said at the end of

Kappa Alpha Psi members discuss fraternity history

by Laura Dickinson e ers o the e ta appa chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity discussed the past of the historically black fraternity and how their chapter engages with the community during their Talking With the Kappas event. Delta Kappa member Kenneth Webber said the UW Oshkosh chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was just recogniz ed last spring. “We know that on this campus we are prett new e er said e just want people to know what we are about and that this is a starting point for us.” Webber said Kappa Alpha Psi is part of nationwide fraternity that has a history of being part of the Divine Nine Historical African-American Fraternities and Sororities. “Kappa Alpha Psi was founded in 1911 on the campus of Indiana State ni ersit e er said ra ternit stands or o r otto which is achievement in every human endea or and we ha e a ist o a ni that have achieved their endeavors in life. It is just such a great organiz ation to be a part of.” Chapter member Jordan Thorton said the Kappas are looking for members to join their fraternity. “We are looking for the best-qualit peop e we want peop e with the skill set that will come in and ben-

efit the raternit and a so enefit at Beckley said he has experia oca e e horton said o enced so much by joining the framay see other fraternities and soror- ternity and that all the members ities bringing in hundreds of people have each others backs. at one ti e j st to et n ers p “We haven’t just joined this and that is not what we are about as raternit to part i e we said a chapter.” our motto is achievement in evChapter member Xavier Beckley er h an endea or so when o said although the group is still new join this fraternity we are going on the ca p s the partner to make sure that you are doing up with different chapters in Wisood ec e said consin. W h i l e “We aren’t the fraterniestablished yet ty might be o atter where o o there brand new at on this campus et t we ha e are people there looking out for there a close relation- you and you don’t ever have to is a nationship with the worry. wide network chapter in i of individ— Jordan Thorton uals to help wa ee and we Kappa Alpha Psi Member do a lot of events e ers o t with i wa Thorton said. ee ec e “It’s not said j st here t Thorton said it’s nationthey are looking to recruit people wide.” Thorton said. “No matter who are committed to their organiz a- where you go there are people tion for the long run and not for just a there looking out for you and you short period of time. don’t ever have to worry.” o a see raternities aro nd Webber said the best part about campus having people only be part the Kappas has been the relationof that fraternity for a week and then ships he has formed with his felthe ne t wee the are not horton low fraternity brothers and hopes said ith o r raternit we want to have others join too. to make sure we are bringing people nce entered the ond it was who are tr co itted especia like everyone is trying to better in their co e e ears t e en a ter e e er said t s ore than college with maybe joining an alum- j st a ond it is rea rotherhood ni chapter.”

the march there were little girls passing out biodegradable pots with seeds in them . tho ht this chi d pass ing out seeds is the future: she is showing us that workin to he p the earth thro h science and in other wa s is planting seeds for growth and flourishing in future enerations art an said “This march showed us that there are many ‘ someones’ here in Oshkosh who do care a who e aw ot and that brings me hope.”



ademic side of the universit o er said on with the deans and the chairs of the depart ents that person is really the chief academic o ficer o the ni ersit o while the provost and even deans don’t have a lot of day-to-day contact with students the re ind o ehind the scenes providing the administrative structure for all of these programs then to happen.” Assistant Dean of the College of Nursing Suz anne arnocha said she was hap py to see Koker announced as the interim provost. “He is a wonderful choice arnocha said “We both came to campus about the same time. He is a er so id tho ht en t e an and thin he e fine When Koker steps into his role as interim provost and vice chancellor of academic a airs his spot as the dean of the College of Letters and cience wi e fi ed an interim dean. Koker said he’s not ready to announce who that wi e et a though the decision will be made known within the next few days. Koker said he is looking forward to his time as the interim provost and that he’s thankful for the opportunity. “UW Oshkosh is very special to me; I’ve been here or ears and rea excited to be able to step up and do this job for at least a ear o er said re ally grateful that Chancellor Leavitt has given me that opportunity.”




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WRST celebrates 51 years on the air by Lauren Freund

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh celebrated the 51st anniversary of its radio station, WRST, this past week. The station was started in 1964 by Dr. Robert Snyder, who also founded the radio/ TV /film major soon after he arrived at Oshkosh. Randall Davidson, UWO professor and WRST faculty adviser, talked about the history of the station and his own experience while being a part of WRST. “Almost immediately after arriving at Oshkosh, [Snyder] applied to the FCC for a permit to build WRST,” Davidson said. “The original station was in an old lumber company building on Blackhawk Ave. We were on the air four and a half hours a day, weekdays, only at 10 watts.” Over the past 51 years there have been many changes at WRST. The station was moved to the Arts & Communication building in 197 1, changed frequencies from 8 8 .1 to 90.3 and increased power from 10 to 960 watts in 197 3. In 198 2 the station went to 24/7 service, became affiliated with Wisconsin Public Radio in 1993 and introduced internet streaming in 2005. Davidson said he first became affiliated with the station in 198 6 when he was a student at UWO. “My first jobs were news

casting and producing the daily program logs,” he said. “I eventually became the program director and, later, operations director.” Davidson became an RTF lecturer and took over for Ben Jarman in 2008 when Jarman retired. “He’d been here since 198 2 and had been my instructor,” Davidson said. “I’m the sixth person to have this role since 1966.” In his time as adviser for the station, Davidson has done several things, including negotiating an earlier start time, expanding news and technology and adding new programs. “Wisconsin Public Radio used to run until 3: 00 p.m.,” Davidson said. “Now student programming starts at 1: 00 p.m. daily. We’ve really expanded our news offerings and have added new technology in the studios, new consoles and, for sports broadcasts, internet-based remote gear. We also added a weekly program in Spanish.” Davidson said even though it is a radio station, WRST is open to all students even if they aren’t an RTF major. “If you plan to go into a career other than media, having a semester in radio on the resume is an intriguing thing for many employers,” Davidson said. Senior Morgan Schultz , co-director of programs, started in 2014 as the Webmaster doing updates and cleanup for the website before becoming a director. As programs co-director, Schultz said her duties in-

clude training students, figuring out what works best for each student and what has to be done differently each time. “As programs director, the job means that we are responsible for all on-air content,” Schultz said. “We understand several of the on-air shifts cycle in and out every semester, and our job is to effectively train the students on their shifts and make sure they understand the procedures.” Schultz said her favorite part of WRST is that everyone works so well together to make sure everything goes smoothly. “We do our best to make sure that we are all on the same page with one another regarding the events and things going on at all the different positions,” Schultz said. “It’s great to have that family community as a way to experience networking for the future.” Sophomore Nicholas Williams, current music director, started as a student DJ in 2015 running Saturday “After Party” shifts as well as Jaz z shifts during his freshman year. As music director, Williams works with radio promoters who send in clients’ music. Student DJs and assistant directors decide on what music is available for students to play at station. “At the end of every week, I generate a chart of our most-played albums and report back to the promoters how their music is doing, using a service called the

North American College and Community Chart,” Williams said. Williams said he appreciates the connection WRST has with Oshkosh and hopes to see it grow in the future. “Today, WRST already has a strong connection to the Oshkosh community, but I hope in the coming years, we can get even more involved with the community,” Williams said. Current news director Taylor Ehrmann started out last year with three-minute newscasts and has various duties such as mentoring several students and doing her own weekly show. “My role as news director requires me to maintain 1012 students a semester, making sure they are doing their three-minute newscast and mentoring them in the world of news,” Ehrmann said. “I do my own hour-long show every Friday, called ‘ Week in Review.’” Ehrmann said she looks forward to seeing the station continue to improve and be an outlet for talented students. “I hope for the station to keep getting better and keep reaching larger audiences,” Ehrmann said. “There are so many talented people at this school, and I think everybody deserves to be heard.” Promotions director Nicholas Martin started in 2015 after a required class helped him realiz e he wanted to stick with radio. “After finishing the class, I created a show for the next semester called the ‘ Local Block’ where I featured mu-


Junior communications major Brandon Beier DJs during the 90.3 WRST FM open house event Friday afternoon. sicians from around Wisconsin or with Wisconsin ties,” Martin said. “I still host this show from 9: 00 p.m. to midnight every Saturday.” Martin, having seen the success of the station, said he hopes to see the station continue to provide the students and community with information.

“In the future, I would like to see the station continue to perform at the highest quality,” Martin said. “The students and community deserve a place where they can be informed on the latest in Titan sports and alternative music, and, in Oshkosh, WRST is that place.”




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Alpha Xi Delta collects donations for Autism Speaks by Alyssa Grove Alpha Xi Delta held the Mr. UWO event to help raise awareness and donations for Autism Speaks Monday night. “Mr. UWO [was] started by our chapter wanting a fun way to raise money for our philanthropy, Autism Speaks,” Alpha Xi Delta President Mary Buchaklian said. “Alpha Xi Delta chapters across the nation do amaz ing challenges every year to raise money [for Autism Speaks].” Buchaklian said they want to have an event that not only raises money but also helps educate the community about the cause for which they are collecting donations. “To help incorporate Autism Speaks into this event, part of the competition [is a question and answer] portion that each contestant needs to answer,” Buchaklian said. “The questions asked are all based on autism facts, and that is why each contestant has a coach.” Prior to the competition, each contestant is paired with a member of Alpha Xi Delta who acts as their coach to teach the men about autism and Autism Speaks, which prepares them for the Q & A, Buchaklian said. Winner Kyle Lange took part in Mr. UWO for a second time this year after competing once before in 2014. “I hope everybody who attended the competition saw it as not only the competition but as inspiration to open themselves up and get out of their comfort z one,” Lange said. “I hope they went home and told their friends that there are ways to begin learning more about autism and people living with autism and that it doesn’t take much to step out and make somebody’s day a little brighter.” Lange spoke of his interactions with the autism community during the Q & A portion of the competition, and said he met a friend’s younger sister who has autism during his time as a lifeguard.

“[My friend] often brought his little sister swimming, and eventually him and I got to teach her how to swim,” Lange said. “The biggest thing I learned from her was how to be a more patient person. I’ve always liked to get thin s done ic and e fi ciently so I can move on to the next task. However, with her I had to slow down and really work beside her as she learned more and more.” UW Oshkosh Women’s Center director Alicia Johnson was a judge for this year’s Mr. UWO competition. “I personally enjoyed hearing about the passion each contestant held for making their community more inclusive,” Johnson said. “The event was also a great way for people to learn more about autism and activism surrounding the topic on campus.” Johnson said she has experience with the autism community but her main motive in judging the competition was to support the students who are showing their passion for a cause. “I hope those who attended the competition were inspired to become more actively involved with raising awareness about and contributing to causes that matter to them,” Johnson said. “Taking action, whether large or small, is an important piece of making our campus and community more inclusive.” Lange said he hopes those who attended the competition learned something about autism they didn’t know prior to coming, and hopes they take further steps to spread awareness. he a fi iation with tism Speaks is important because a lot of people interact with people living with autism on a daily basis, but never really take advantage of those opportunities to get to know somebody with such a different story than their own an e said fi ia tions such as this one shows families and people living with autism that they have support and are accepted wherever they go.”


TOP LEFT: Mr. UWO winner Kyle Lange sings Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” during the talent portion of the competition. TOP RIGHT: Lane Wohlrab performs an improvised dance routine as his talent during the Mr. UWO event Monday night. BOTTOM RIGHT: Kellan Henning tells the crowd what UW Oshkosh means to him during his introduction at Mr. UWO. BOTTOM LEFT: AJ Zemke sings an original song for the talent portion of the Mr. UWO competition in the Reeve Ballroom.

Agatha Christie’s murder mystery comes to Fredric March Theatre by Kellie Wambold After a season full of crucial contemporary topics, such as gun laws, censorship and capitalism, the UW Oshkosh theatre department will end its season with Agatha Christie’s murder mystery “And Then There Were None,” running this weekend at 7 : 30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2: 00 p.m. on Sunday at the Fredric March Theatre. Based on Christie’s book, though with minor differences, “And Then There Were None” takes place on an isolated island where guests arrive for a pleasant holiday, but the visit goes downhill when a mysterious voice accuses the guests of certain crimes and people start dying. Director Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft said it’s exciting to direct a show where the focus is on the story after doing several shows centered on current social issues. “As a director, I like to like what I’m directing, and often times there’s some kernel of meaningful information or something that I think we should be doing or saying at a university, but then you get tired of doing that and I want to do something just for fun,” Purse-Wiedenhoeft said. Purse-Wiedenhoeft said there is, however, an examination of the gray area that surrounds right and wrong. hen we find o t the reasons wh these people were selected to come to the island, you realiz e that people might not always be what they seem, and all these people do have skeletons in their closets,” Purse-Wiedenhoeft said. Purse-Wiedenhoeft said the play displays how much the standard for what is considered violent has changed in our society. “Historically, I think it’s very interesting to watch and realiz e how very jaded we are

about murder and violence, that this [play] seems so tamed compared to what we see on TV ,” Purse-Wiedenhoeft said. Purse-Wiedenhoeft said the violence, though, isn’t the focus of the show, but rather the suspense. “I just hope at intermission I hear people tr in to fi re o t who the rderer is Purse-Wiedenhoeft said. “That will be fun hearing them struggle with who the murderer is.” Garret Johnson, who plays Captain Philip Lombard, said the cast has struck a balance between the murders happening onstage with a sense of humor offstage. “We, as a cast, have been through quite a bit, and I enjoy working with these people a lot, and I feel as though we all gel and have a certain chemistry with each other,” Johnson said. Mary-Margaret Clementi, who plays the young secretary V era Claythorne, joined the cast three weeks into the rehearsal process and said her shortened rehearsal time, tho h inti idatin at first orced her to di e head first into her ro e “Since coming [to UWO], 40 has been my youngest character age, and I am not someone who acts like they’re 20, even though I am 20,” Clementi said. “So it’s er di fic t to act i e a ear o d t it’s good to have variety.” Parker Sweeney, who plays detective Blore, said the British dialect, which is essential for any Agatha Christie play, has been fun for the cast to learn and explore. “Overall, nailing the British dialect has been a rather fun challenge,” Sweeney said. “During the course of [my] childhood, my friends and I always goofed around with British dialects to trick people while we played Xbox, so it’s fun to see that doing that had helped.” Sweeney also said the theatre departent s fina show is a ood encaps ation

of everything he has learned during the season. “Ultimately, it has helped me stay focused, and I believe during the course of the [rehearsal] process I have grown, especially as I look back at this season and see how much I have progressed,” Sweeney said. Johnson, too, said “And Then There ere one has he ped hi re ect on the growth he has experienced as an actor during the year. “I think I have grown as a person; I honestly do,” Johnson said. “I think I have grown as a voice of reason and experience.” Clementi said the play will leave the audience guessing and rooting for their favorite characters to survive. “I’ve had aunts and uncles say ‘ Oh, I love the book,’ but the play is so much better,” Clementi said. “Y ou get to see the characters and become invested in them and you don’t want them to die.”

‘And Then There Were None’ - When: Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. - Where: Fredric March Theatre -Tickets: Purchase student tickets at the box office for $5 an hour before the show

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by Katherine Baird Katherine Baird is a junior communications major. Her views do not necessarily represent those of the Advance-Titan.

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Professor evaluations need a revamp by the Advance-Titan Staff

College professor review websites, such as Rate My Professor, make the process of choosing courses much less stressful for college students, as it provides other students’ perspectives on the professors who lead the classes, as well as insight on the course itself. Knowing what other students have to say about courses and professors is important because those former students are usually the people who can give the most accurate information about what a professor is like, as they have already experienced the class. The release of the results will also hold professors more accountable for their teaching styles. UW Oshkosh students undergo a similar process to Rate My Professor toward the end of e er se ester when the fi out evaluations for each of their classes, hand them in and never see the surveys again. Unlike Rate My Professor, these surveys are not public. According to the UW System Policy on Student Evaluation of Instruction, student evaluation of teaching is an important source of information on classroom performance. If this information was available to students, it would be useful to them as well when it comes to choosing future classes. The University should consider making evaluation results public record. The evaluations should also be changed from a 1-5 scale to a more open-ended

form where students could actually be given the opportunity to let their thoughts about professors be heard. When students are handed these evaluations, a lot of the ti es the pro a fi the o t without putting a lot of thought into their answers so they can leave class sooner and move onto other things. If they never find o t the res ts o the e a uations, what they say in their responses probably does not matter all that much to them. Students would be less inc ined to r sh when the fi out their responses if they understood the importance of the evaluations. Student responses on these evaluations are actually valuable to people who make decisions about tenure and helpful to students who want to know what a course is like. According to the UW System Policy on Student Evaluation of Instruction, “teaching ability should be one of the chief criteria considered in tenure decisions and in the retention, promotion, and compensation of faculty.” If evaluations play such an important role in these decisions, students should be able to know what the results are. If evaluations gave students a broader opportunity to share their thoughts, they could rate the professor, class and grades separately and even explain their answers. Instead of just circling all 1s or 5s, they could actually explain why they think the professor is good or bad at their job. In a May 19, 2015 article by Stacey Patton titled “Student Evaluations: Feared, Loathed

and Not Going Anywhere,” Janet Wilson said students think more carefully about their responses when they are given ore c ass ti e to fi o t the forms. “If they’re in a hurry, they’ll i e o a fi es n ess the re mad at you,” Wilson said. If a professor receives a low score on their evaluations, they wi ost i e ha e to fi re out how they can get the numbers up even though they probably do not know what it is they are doing wrong. Nothing will change and the cycle will just continue. According to Anthony C. Krautmann and William Sander in their 1999 journal “Grades and student evaluations of teachers e a ations are awed because professors can ensure higher scores simply by giving higher grades to students. “This process may be contribtin to the in ation o rades in higher education if faculty have an incentive to increase their evaluations,” they said. “Instructors can ‘ buy’ better evaluations through more lenient grading.” If students could actually explain their answers when evaluating their professors, the professor would have a better understanding of how they can improve their teaching style, rather than swaying students to give them higher ratings through non-academic incentives like giving everyone As or handing out candy. Since professors are unaware of what needs to be fi ed the i ht e en e ess inclined to fail people who deserve to be failed. These surveys used to give

ntreprene rs sh l n t e is The Forward Mentality Y ou have this dream life in your head; you’re trying to pursue your dreams but haven’t been able to tell anyone. It’s scary thinking about how they’ll react. Will they think you’re weird or stupid? It can be scary telling your friends and family that you want to be an entrepreneur; it’s scary to tell your friends and family anything that they don’t want to hear.

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students the option to add their own comments, and that process should be brought back for students who have things to say about professors and classes. The 1-5 scale tells the professor nothing, especially because of student bias; students usually fi o t a s i the hate a c ass and all 5s if they love it. If students had access to the results, they would be just as confused by the answers as the professors. Having the evaluations more open-ended would make the results more understandable for everyone and would also give professors some ideas about what may need to be changed. The University should seriously consider allowing evaluation results to become public record. Not only would it make choosing classes easier for students who want to know what is to be expected of a professor or class, but it would also help everyone understand what happens after the evaluations are turned in and why certain professors are given promotions or even disciplinary actions. Changing the format of evaluations would also make it easier for professors to understand how they could improve their teaching methods and give students an opportunity to better express their thoughts about both professors and classes. Updating the evaluation system at UW Oshkosh could very likely improve the teaching styles of many professors. It also ensures that student voices are being heard, their imput into evaluations isn’t useless and their ideas contibute to the betterment of the University.

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skin. What I mean by that is to not let the people that doubt you, or underestimate you, get to you. If you allow them to get to you, your idea will wither away while you stand there trying to be accepted by those people. Y ou are unique; ignore the doubts and negative comments, and keep working hard.

I Know Because I’ve Been When debating if I wanted to join this life and label myself an entrepreneur, it was scary. I had doubts about myself, and I knew my friends would look at me differently. When it came down to it, I knew I wanted to do this, and I believed in what I was creating and still do. Just recently my roommate walked

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into our room and told me what some other friends of mine were saying about me. What they were saying was, “What’s wrong with him? ” or “Why is he doing it? ” Nothing is wrong with me. I, maybe, had the courage to begin something he was never able to. I’m doing it for the climb. I don’t necessarily want to make money, but I want to change lives by my creations. I want to create my legacy rather than letting outside factors create it for me. Some of the other comments I’ve gotten are just negative remarks trying to make me feel “uncool” or “lame.” I refuse to buy into the negatives I am hearing on a daily basis; you need to do the same. Many people will criticiz e what you are



he newest et i sensation sweeping our nation is 13 Reasons Why. Based on a novel written by Jay Asher, the show takes place in our modern day and portrays the lives of high school students at Liberty High and their involvement in a peer’s suicide. The popularity of the show among college students is notable because it was a widely known novel back when us millennials were in grade school and middle school. It has not only captivated the interest of our generation, but the social issues laden throughout the season’s episodes are ones relevant to problems in our current society. Hannah Baker is a high school student who had unexpectedly, to her friends and family, committed suicide for 13 very specific reasons or rather d e to specific peop e s iewers we find o t si i ar to the rest of the tape receivers, episode by episode, or in their case tape by tape, who the perpetrators were in Baker’s narrative and instances that ed to her fina decision in life. The praise from viewers has given the show and its topics a spotlight on the national stage yet again. The social issues depicted in the series include not only suicide, but also rape, victim-blaming and drug and alcohol abuse. Critics are seeing two sides to the show’s display of these issues. Some argue that the show orifies the idea o re venge suicide to those who did you wrong. In the show Baker dies knowing the peers who ruined her life would forever live with the consequences and emotional burden of their actions. Having the “last word” and messing with those who meddled with you sounds like the ideal plan of vengeance. Some high schools in the country have attempted to put a ban on the

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et i ori ina eca se o its portrayal of these instances. Could this potentially give depressed teens with hate on their mind a terrible idea? Mental Health Specialist Chris Laughlin of Acadia Hospital says no. In an article written by Taylor Kinz ler, “Does ‘ 13 Reasons Why’ Glorify Suicide? Mental Health Experts Weigh In,” published by WABI TV Laughlin said, “Ignoring and banning the show’s powerful message is wrong, it’s a window to an opportunity to have some tough conversations.” Laughlin argues banning the show could do more harm than good. If teens are struggling with thoughts of depression and suicide and witness this show they could potentially have an easier time opening up and discussing the topics that are popular in the media since the series’ release. But suicide is not the only topic society has raised awareness about since the March 31 release date. The often-stigmatiz ed topic of rape is constantly addressed thro ho t the et i original. Not only was Baker a victim of sexual assault, but another student in her class was as well. When Baker attempts to open up to someone about the incident, she is questioned, making it seem as if it could have been her own fault. This was a critical point in the show not only for Baker but also for the viewers. It should act as a lesson that when someone opens up about sexual assault or rape the first thin we sho d do as recipients of this information is listen. We should also make no judgments or questions that imply it could have been prevented by the victim. Adapting your communication to a situation could change someone’s life, as displayed in the show. If the person to whom Hannah had entrusted her story had not first as ed i she co d have done something differently in the situation, her life may have been saved. 13 Reasons Why may have the potential to create active conversations about mental health, teen suicide and rape going between family members, friends and even counselors. Though some of the content may glorify her actions, the basis of spreading this information to impact our society is positive because it helps suicidal or depressed teens know they are not alone in their struggle. Like Baker said in the show, “no one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people.” Be conscious of your impact and lead with kindness, because not a single person should feel as if they are alone in this world.

doing because they are afraid that you will be more successful than them. A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of sheep.

My Mentality as I Move Forward My mentality is to keep grinding and to never look back. The past is the past, and you can’t change what has already happened. Y ou can change what is happening in the present, and you can create your future; that is what needs to be focused on. Go after your dreams regardless of what everyone else is saying; do your own thing.

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UWO to host cross country championships by Jordan Fremstad

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show o its presti e ostin another nation a cha pionship is an awe some opportunity for our cross country program here at sh osh c enna said t he ps recr itin or not on s t or a state schools that are competing for recruits against schools out of state or schools that are i ision or t dent ath etes are drawn to the op portunity to compete at a championship meet in their ho e state he cha pionships wi ta e p ace at a e ree e o in inne conne on o was

Menting shares past stories, her life as an athlete by Morgan Van Lanen

Abby Menting has never been the most athletic player on the so t a fie d The sophomore catcher wasn’t born with genes to make her e ceptiona stron or ast ccordin to entin e er oa she has reached since she started p a in so t a at a e res ted ro her persistence to p sh herse rowin p was a wa s prett a era e entin said hen first started p a in wasn t ood at a was wa ehind a ot o the ir s hen we started p a in we had tr o ts and ade the tea and was s per sad a o t it dad said o want this o are oin to ha e to wor hard ha e wor ed or e er thin ha e e er earned wasn t orn with any super athletic abilities at a nd it has ta ht e a ot o t a has ta ht e a ot oda entin is the startin catcher or the sh osh so t a tea he ed the is consin nterco e iate th etic on erence with a attin a era e ast ear as a resh an he was na ed o o sition a er o the ear and to the reat a es e ion irst ea as we

Growing Up o s so t a career trac es ac to when she p a ed on recreational teams through the i a e o o ined oc s and the V illage of Kimberly where she rew p entin reca ed how she first ot in o ed with the sport thro h chance ore than an thin e se don t ha e o der si in s so parents weren t rea p sh in e to do an thin ent in said rowin p p a ed as et a t not er seri o s ne o dad s riends coached a rec tea hen was o n er he was i e h don t o j st co e o t and si n p o ot started that wa hat is where it a e an p a in or one o dad s riends After a year of playing on rec tea s entin joined the i er ardina s a tra e in c tea his is where she ade the tea her first ear and started oc sin on i pro in her s i s ter p a in or the ardi na s entin tried o t or the nior hoeni ocated in reen a a tea she st c with or two ears t entin joined ew ondon astpitch pact a hi h co petiti e tra e tea where she p a ed her last two years of summer a opho ore pitcher ai e ane p a ed with entin on the pact tea and was a so a part o the nior hoeni c t on a di erent tea ane said the two are now c ose riends o tside o so t a as we e a wa s nown o t didn t now her on a per sona e e ane said t

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another ha pion ship c enna said e were s i ht s rprised we were p so ear in the rota tion since we j st hosted he cha pionship was co posed o r n ners in the women’s race ro instit tions and participants in the men’s race ro instit tions he recei ed ore than id s is sions from NCAA member schoo s con erences sports co issions and cities oo in to host o the s cha pionships tota o en es were se ected in this c c e

Eamon McKenna has been the head cross country coach for both the men’s and the women’s teams since 2015.

did et to see how now ed e a e she was as a catcher and as a person

High School entin started at i er i h choo in and tried o t or the so t a tea her resh an ear tho h she was disappointed or ein p aced on the tea d rin the re ar season entin was ro ht p to arsit d rin the postseason a in in the s er tota prepared e or ein p ed p entin said here wasn t an thin wasn t pre pared or entin was thrown a c r e a d rin her sopho ore ear tho h started o t ein the catch er entin said r pitcher ot h rt so ended p ein o r startin pitcher e ade it to the sectiona fina s t we ost in e tra innin s which was de astatin t it was prett awe so e rin her j nior ear ent in went ac to p a in catch er hat ear the aper a ers won tate entin said this is one o her a ti e a orite so t a e ories entin o nd herse ac on the o nd d rin her senior year because the starting pitcher s ered another inj r so t a coach cott e er said entin s ersati it and wi in ness to p a two positions in high school is what makes her a valuable player to an so t a tea “That is just a testament to her wor ethic and e co ar enta it where she does what is needed e er said he did not ha e to pitch her senior ear t she chose to eca se that was the best thing for her tea at that ti e hat is a reat thin or a o n id to j st sa do it or the tea t s er ch appreciated a ot o peop e that she is wi in to do st i e that ccordin to entin it was a no rainer to step in and he p when needed d rin hi h schoo ha e a wa s enjo ed ha in contro o the a e ent in said ein a pitcher or ein a catcher o re a wa s in o ed in e er sin e p a ha e a wa s responded to what e er tea has needed t s cool being in either one of the spots that are super important for the tea ane said she ee s co orta e at the o nd whi e entin is catchin nowin she once was in her position thin she nderstands the pitcher s side etter ane said s a pitcher so eti es o ha e o da s and thin she ets that he nderstands as a er ood hitter too what pitches are ood and what pitch es are ad rin hi h schoo entin was na ed second tea a con erence once and first tea a con erence first tea a dis trict first tea a re ion and first tea a state twice each entin has so eti es e pe


ABOVE: No. 2 Abby Menting hits the ball against UW Eau Claire on April 9. The Titans swept the Blugolds 2-0. BELOW: Menting and senior pitcher No. 15 Sara Brunlieb meet on the mound against UW-Whitewater on Saturday. rienced ac ash ro peop e hen she stepped in as pitcher d rin her senior ear entin was fi in the shoes o a ni er sit o re on so t a recr it rin the first a e at tate in adison d rin entin s senior ear the aper a ers were sched ed to ace ater town i er was o thit o t p a ed and ti ate eat the os in s entin descri ed how a sports reporter tweeted ne a ti e a o t her tea d rin the a e at tate e re er to hi as icar do icardo r e o ent in said e wor s or the ost rescent e tweeted o t i er doesn t oo the sa e witho t their tar pitcher on the o nd eca se was on the o nd riend o ine from Kimberly who was at the a e saw it and tweeted ac here s no i in tea hich is tr e eca se we did j st fine witho t the other pitcher i cardo tweeted ac here s an i in win

College Recruitment entin started hearin in terest from colleges early in her hi h schoo career he was contacted reen a when she was a sopho ore entin was o ered a scho arship and er a co itted to the hoeni when she was a j nior owe er the offer fell through when the coach retired and entin e an oo in other p aces t t rned o t to e a essin in dis ise entin said e er said he didn t e in acti e recr itin entin n ti he heard the o er wasn t oin to wor o t er od had reat thin s to sa a o t her as ar as she s a rea ood p a er and she s a reat tea ate e er said s a pitcher catcher co o she is er down to earth and can communicate well with pitchers he word on the street ro e er one respected said o re oin to et a ood one there e ore co ittin to entin to red hitewater a rosse an ato and inona

he was o ered a scho arship ro an ato t decided to t rn it down t j st t rned o t that an a to is j st wa too ar awa entin said t was not rea is tic or the t pe o person a entin said she pic ed a ter eetin e er and to rin the ca p s ca e d rin the schoo ear o senior ear ent in said t was ater in the re cr it ent process ca e and et with oach cott e er t j st e t ri ht to e t was a re a ood ee in

Abby’s Life Today entin is a o t to finish her sopho ore ear at he has a and is a s pp chain ana e ent ajor he enjoys going to her cottage in the s er and spendin ti e with her a i er two sisters and i p a on the and arsit tea s at i er i h choo entin said she hopes she can continue to play so t a and teach essons a ter she rad ates ro co e e wor with a co pan ca ed and it s a so t a company where we give lessons on i e hittin fie din catchin and pitchin entin said “We work with small groups and essons and ca ps or hi h schoo ers e et to inspire o n er ir s and oster the con fidence and i e the the too s the need to e s ccess e er said eca se entin is on a sopho ore she sti has a ot o ti e to row as a p a er nd with her wor ethic he is e cited to see how ta ented o a p a er she is oin to eco e he is ore deter ined than an id to et it ri ht e er said o e ids are i ted and o can j st te he is definite i ted t it s not eca se it was something that was given to her he s earned e er thin that she s otten he s a reat st dent and she s one o o r est p a ers o co ine those thin s and she o io s has her priorities in order o can oo at her statistics or her and the spea or the se es t spea s to her wor ethic

Stats this season Games Played 34 Batting Average .376

Abby Menting Sophomore No. 2 Catcher

Home Runs 3 RBIs 19 Runs Scored 15



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April 27, 2017

Golf places fourth at UWW by Calvin Skalet

Senior Laura Stair and sophomore Kayla Priebe led the way for the Titans as sh osh finished fourth among 16 teams at the UW-Whitewater Women’s Golf Spring Fling held Friday and Saturday at the Beloit Club. The duo shared ninth place in the individual listings and both tallied 169 strokes to go 25 over par this past weekend. Priebe came to the clubhouse with a tally of 8 5 shots after the first ro nd and ana ed to come back with a round of 8 4 on the second day. Priebe, who has scored in the top 10 individually six times out of the eight tournaments, said she was impressed with the improvement shown over the weekend. was happ that we fin ished o rth in a stron fie d of teams,” said Priebe. “Our goal was to improve the second day, and we did that. So I think we were happy with the results.” tair shot an in the first ro nd and finished the to r nament with an 8 7 in the second. The senior is averaging 8 3.9 strokes per round this season. Stair said striving towards

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the same goal every day first da we dea t with so e helped the Titans achieve bet- strong wind as well as greens ter results as the tournament that were unbelievably fast. went on. The second day played a little “Our goal, for this spring better considering the wind season, is to take each tourna- went down a bit as well as the ment one shot at a time,” Stair greens slowing down.” said. “Our goal is to continue Stair is the only senior golfto gain tournament exposure ing for the Titans this season. and hold our own against hen as ed a o t her fina other midwest teams. I also tournament, she said she is looking challenged the girls forward to to take the competI fully expect the team will be a ing with experience we gained strong contender for the V iking In- her teamon the vitational due to the strength of our mates one squad and the momentum we have last time. first da at the Be- been displaying over the past two “This loit Club events. is my last — Coach Ruetten and build tournaupon it for ment ever the second and it is round. We going to lowered our team total by 12 be so awesome having the strokes which was the third entire team there,” Stair said. lowest team total of the sec- “We have the goal to have fun ond round. and try to improve every day. Stair, who now has four Our team is so full of support top finishes this season and I have been so lucky to said green speed and wind be a part of such an amaz ing program for the last three sts were the i est di fi culties for players in the two- years.” UW Oshkosh also had conday tournament. “The course had a few tributions from junior Micdifferences between the two ayla Richards, who came in days,” Stair said. “It was the 28 th place with 17 7 strokes. first ti e or o er ha o o r Dianna Scheibe came in 31st team to be playing this course with a total of 17 9 strokes, anda ederson fin so that was di fic t within whi e itself. Another thing was the ished 38 th with 18 4 total

strokes. Richards and Scheibe both counted 8 5 strokes during the second round to improve their first ro nd score se en and nine strokes, respectively. UWO Head Coach Liz a Ruetten was happy with the results and the hard work her team showed. “I was extremely pleased with o r finish etten said his was the first ti e it was hosted at the Beloit Club. Playing an unknown course is always a challenge. Throw in strong winds and fast greens and the entire fie d had scores above the norm.” Ruetten said she anticipates a strong performance in the tournament and fully expects the Titans to contend at a high level. “We will have our top fi e p a ers participatin as a tea or the first ti e this spring season,” Ruetten said. “I fully expect the team will be a strong contender for the V iking Invitational due to the strength of our squad and the momentum we have been displaying over the past two events.” UW Oshkosh will conclude the 2016-17 season next Saturday and Sunday at the V iking Invitational in Rock Island, Ill.

Women’s golf Spring Fling leaders Laura Stair - First round: 82 - Second round: 87 - Season average: 83.94

Kayla Priebe - First round: 85 - Second round: 84 - Season average: 79.26






Baseball at UW-Stout 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Track & Field at Drake Relays 10 a.m.

Women’s Golf at Viking Invitational

Baseball at UW-Stout 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Women’s Golf at Viking Invitational

Women’s Tennis at Concordia University Wisconsin 3:30 p.m.

Track & Field at Gina Relays 11 a.m.

Softball at UW-River Falls 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

S of t b al l at UW-Stout 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Women’s Tennis at UW-Whitewater TBA




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April 27, 2017

Oshkosh softball e rns fi e ins in l st ei ht mes by Mike Johrendt After playing its last home game of the season, the UW Oshkosh Titans softball team went on the road for a nonconference and conference doubleheader this past week. Their 5-3 record during the week puts them in fourth place going into the final six games of the season.

UW-Stevens Point The Titans split the doubleheader, taking home the first game while falling in the second. The victory was by a 6-1 margin, with UWO falling 6-9 in the second game. In the opener Oshkosh received a complete-game outing from senior pitcher Sara Brunlieb. She allowed one earned run on seven hits while striking out six. This was Brunlieb’s 10th win of the season, and she received offensive support on RBI singles from sophomore catcher Abby Menting, freshman shortstop Natalie Dudek, freshman second baseman Amanda McIlhany and outfielder Natalie Dillon. Junior outfielder Brianna Witter had a solo home run in the seventh inning as well. In the second game, UWO took a 6-2 lead into the fifth inning, but allowed seven runs in the bottom of the frame and fell 9-6. Junior third baseman Erika Berry went two-of-four with an RBI, and Menting hit a two-run home run to left-center in the losing effort.

Lakeland University In the doubleheader rain make-up games against Lakeland University, the Titans tallied nine runs in each game to sweep the Muskies and earn their 23rd and 24th wins of the season. The opener of the doubleheader had Brunlieb on the mound, and she earned her ninth win of the season by pitching five shutout innings and only allowing four hits while striking out three in a 9-1 win. Junior pitcher Clare Robbe relieved Brunlieb to begin the sixth inning and went the final two innings, allowing four hits and the lone run for the Muskies. Offensively, the Titans put up runs in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings, highlighted by a four-run sixth frame. Three Titans had at least two hits in the contest, with freshman utilityplayer Claire Petrus going three-of-four with a base-clearing three-RBI triple in the sixth inning. Freshman outfielder Emma Fionda, Witter, Berry

and junior outfielder Caitlin Hoerning, along with Petrus, all knocked in runs in the opening victory. With the final 10 games of the year on the road, assistant coach Lynn Anderson said that while playing on the road presents difficulties for the team, they have the tools to still finish out the year strong. “It can be tough, because I think we always have a leg up when it comes to home games and our fans, as any team does,” Anderson said. “So it can be a challenge, but I think we are ready for it. We had a couple really tough losses [earlier where] they probably played their best game against us, and we played well; they just played better. Hopefully we use that as motivation in the rest of our games this year.” The second game of the doubleheader had Oshkosh again put up nine runs but only due to a seventh-inning rally in the top of the inning. Going into the final frame, UWO trailed Lakeland 6-2 and put up a seven-spot in the final inning to earn the sweep, 9-6. Sophomore pitcher Bailey Smaney began the game on the mound for Oshkosh, pitching four and one-third innings, allowing three runs while striking out two. Petrus came in relief and earned her fourth win of the season, going one and twothirds innings, only allowing three hits and a single run. After starting the opening game, Brunlieb was brought back into the game and earned her first save of the season by pitching the final frame and only allowing one hit and striking out two. UWO’s scoring opened in the top of the first, as Menting hit a sacrifice fly that drove in sophomore first baseman Kaitlyn Krol from third base. Krol had an RBI double in the top of the fifth that brought home UWO’s second run of the game. The seventh-inning rally was started by Menting, as her RBI double scored Berry. RBI singles by Petrus, McIlhany, Hoerning and Fionda brought in five runs in the inning, and the seventh Titan to cross home plate was Hoerning on a fielding error from a ball hit by Krol.

UW-Whitewater In the final home games of the season, Oshkosh faced off against first-place UW-Whitewater and fell in both games. This was senior day for the Titans, as the squad honored Brunlieb, pitcher/first baseman Paige Giese and outfielder Lauren

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ABOVE: Freshman infielder Natalie Dudek touches home after she hit her first home run of the season against UWW. BELOW: Senior pitcher Sara Brunlieb looks to deliver a pitch Saturday against Whitewater. Brunlieb is 9-3 on the season. Torborg for their contributions in their UWO careers. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Titans jumped out to an early lead, as Dudek hit her first home run of the season over the left field fence to cap a three-run frame. The first run of the inning was scored by Fionda, who scored on a fielding error by the Warhawks’ second baseman on a ground ball from Krol. The lead disappeared in the top of the third inning, as the Warhawks got two runners on before a home run was hit, tying the game at three. Oshkosh got the lead back in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Hoerning drove in a run on a single back up the middle, making it 4-3 UWO. That was the last run the Titans scored in the contest, as Whitewater put up a six-spot in the sixth inning, eventually winning the opener 9-4. Even with scoring four runs, Oshkosh only had three hits and left six runners on base in the loss. Between games, UWO honored Brunlieb, Giese and Torborg’s careers as the team gave each player flowers to commemorate their illustrious Titan careers. Beyer said although the careers each player had were different, their impacts on the program were all monumental. “[Seniors] obviously are instrumental in any program, but I think ours are pretty special in that they are three different people [with] different backgrounds that our young kids have learned from not necessarily on the field,” Beyer said. “They are very dynamic people, very willing to help and they are very good people. They are very instrumental to how fast our young kids get acclimated to our program and our family, as far as softball goes.” In the latter part of the two-game affair, Oshkosh was able to string together


Carthage College In the first of two home contests against Carthage College, UWO won, 6-2. Oshkosh tallied runs in every inning from the second to the fifth. Petrus drove in two on a second-inning RBI double and a solo shot in the fourth, and Krol brought home three on a homerun in the fifth inning. Defensively Oshkosh was very solid, having no errors and earning four double plays. Beyer said the team needs to remain focused on the fundamentals to ensure they finish the season strong. “We are going to work offensively,” Beyer said. “We are going to work hard on our mental approach at the plate and just trying to

adjust faster at the plate, understanding what the pitcher is trying to do to us ... the opposite end of that is pitching and defense in general. Being very consistent, and since we are a very good pitching and defensive team, it is just that in the matter of that in our last six games we have been inconsistent at times.” In the second contest of the day, Oshkosh limited Carthage to one run on four hits on their way to a 5-1 win. Smaney earned her fifth victory of the season, going five innings and allowing four hits and one run. UWO only tallied runs in the second and sixth innings, as four RBI singles hit by freshman outfielder Natalie Dillon, McIlhany and Menting brought in the five runs. McIlhany had two run-scoring singles and went

two-of-three from the plate in the win. Anderson said they need to not get ahead of themselves as the season winds down. “R-E-L-A-X, to quote Aaron Rodgers,” Anderson said. “We know how we can play and the level that we can be at, so we need to get back to that by just relaxing and having the confidence in each other and themselves that we are a good team and that we can finish out on a strong note the rest of this week and next week into the tournament.” Oshkosh looks to finish their season strong with games against UW-River Falls, UW-Stout and a nonconference tilt ending the season at St. Norbert College. Currently, UWO is in fourth in the WIAC standings, trailing UWW, UW-La Crosse and UW-Stout.

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Question: Why did you decide to play two sports in college?

Brianna Witter, a volleyball and softball player at UWO, shares her experiences about what it is like being a two-sport athlete on a college campus.

more hits but put up less runs, falling 6-1 to UWW. Dudek supplied the only run of the game for the Titans, as her RBI single through the right side in the bottom of the third inning brought Fionda home. This made the score 2-1, but UWW put up runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings on the way to a victory. Dudek was also the biggest offensive contributor in the contest, as she went twofor-four at the plate. Fionda, Hoerning, Krol, McIlhany, Menting and Petrus all had base hits in the contest, with Petrus hitting a double. Sophomore catcher Jordan Manthei said the team has the strengths to beat Whitewater and there are areas that just were not tied together in the series. “I definitely think we were out of our element this weekend,” Manthei said. “We had the energy, but we just could not string anything together. We had the hits here and there, but we could not tie any of it together to get the runs that we needed, which I think we definitely could have.”

Answer: I transferred here for spring semester my freshman year. I was able to join the [softball] team in time for the season in spring and play here my freshman season. I have a lot of friends from high school that play for the men’s club volleyball team here and a few of them suggested that I consider trying out for the volleyball team since I also played volleyball in high school. I drove up to Oshkosh to talk with Coach Beyer about the possibility and to see what he thought of it. He was really supportive and encouraged me to go try out for the volleyball team. I went and tried out at the en of su er an was uc to be o ere a spot on the team!

Q: What are positives to

being a two-sport athlete? Negatives?

A: Your teammates truly become

some of your best friends that you will have for life, and because I play two sports, I am very lucky to have two teams of best friends. I would say the biggest negative is just feeling a little behind when you come back to the sport you previously weren’t playing. I miss new drills, new plays, new ways of doing things and have to be able to pick up on them a lot faster.

Q: How do you

manage your time between the two sports? A: While it is volleyball

season I am dedicated to volleyball and while it is softball season I am dedicated to only softball. It is rea fficu t to a e t e for the sport that is not in season at the time as my schedule is really packed with lifting, class, practice, homework, and volunteering.


Q: Do you ever feel

like you are favoring one sport or spending more time focusing on one?


e n te fa or the s ort that is in season as I do not really focus on the out of season sport apart from a little bit of work on my own. I usually say my favorite sport is whichever one I am in season w th so the bac and forth equally. So I guess I really don’t have a favorite, they both have very unique things about them that make me love playing both sports.




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by Nate Proell

The UW Oshkosh baseball team has improved their overall record to 18 -13 after sweeping the UW-Platteville Pioneers in a four game series over April 22-23 and beating Ripon College 5-3 on April 26.

Saturday’s games The sweep over the Pioneers moved the Titans into second place in the WIAC, two games below UW-Whitewater, who sits in first at 10-2 in WIAC play, and one game above UW-Stevens Point, who sits in third at 7 -5. Titans head coach Kevin Tomasiewicz said he is pleased with the way the team was able to finally come together and play strong in all three phases of the game from an entire series. “I thought everything came together pretty well this weekend,” Tomasiewicz said. “I thought our offense did a really nice job of capitaliz ing on their pitching. We got some walks and then got some big hits when we got the walks which is something that we haven’t been doing.” The Titans began the fourgame series with a 7 -1 victory in game one on Saturday and a 8 -0 victory in game two. On Sunday the Titans took game one by a score of 13-4 and game two 11-1. In the first victory on Saturday, the Titans got things started in the first inning by scoring two runs in a game where starting pitcher Nick McLees pitched a shutout with seven strikeouts in six scoreless innings. The first came from a single to shortstop from junior first baseman Andy Brahier that brought in junior shortstop Jack Paulson who was on base from a single. After a liner was caught for an out from junior catcher Taylor Grimm, senior shortstop Tyler Koz lowski advanced to third on a wild pitch and was driven in the next at bat by a single to right field from sophomore outfielder Sam Schwenn. After a scoreless second inning from both teams, the Titans tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third from a two-run homerun from Brahier that brought in senior outfielder Johnny Eagan. The bottom of the fourth resulted in two more runs from the Titans after Brahier had a two-run RBI double to center field that scored Eagan and Koz lowski. The fifth and sixth innings went scoreless for both teams. It was not until the bottom of the seventh that Oshkosh brought in another run via a single down the left field line from junior second baseman Noah Polcyn that brought in sophomore outfielder Alex Koch who was on base from a triple. Platteville got on the board in the top of the eighth after an RBI single. However, the Titans were able to keep them from scoring again and after a scoreless bottom of the eighth from the Titans and a scoreless top of the ninth from the Pioneers, the game ended with the Titans on top 7 -1. McLees said he feels the team was playing well on all three fronts, which led to their success. “This weekend was a cul-

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mination of pitching, hitting and fielding,” McLees said. “Everything just felt like it was on point. We all came together as a team, the bench as well. Everyone was in the game for all four games.” In the second game on Saturday, the Titans got off to another fast start, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first as pitcher Colan Treml pitched a career-high 10 strikeouts in pitched his second straight and third overall shutout of the season. After a quick three outs on the Pioneers, the Titans’ scored two runs in the bottom of the first. One was from a sac fly from Brahier that brought in Koz lowski who was on base from a single to left field. The second run came from a triple down the right field line from Schwenn that scored Eagan who was on base from a double to right field. With the Titans on top 2-0, both teams went scoreless until the bottom of the fifth where the Titans tacked on another run via sac fly from sophomore catcher Jensen Hinton that brought in Eagan who was on base from a double to center. Both teams went scoreless in the sixth until the bottom of the seventh when the Titans scored one run from a homer to left field from Eagan. It was in the bottom of the eighth when the Titans scored their final four runs of the game. A two-run RBI double to center field from Eagan brought in Paulson and sophomore infielder Z ach Radde. A single down the left field line from Brahier brought in Eagan and Koz lowski. After the Pioneers went scoreless in the top of the ninth, the game ended with the Titans on top 8 -0.

April 27, 2017

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ABOVE: Junior pitcher Nick McLees pitches against the Pioneers on Saturday. McLees earned the win, pitching six innings and striking out seven while allowing five hits. LEFT: Junior second baseman Noah Polcyn safely slides into second base against Platteville. Polcyn has five RBIs

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Sunday’s games The Titans continued their shutout against Platteville after they scored 13 runs in the first game on Sunday. After a scoreless first inning from both teams, the Titans got on the board in the bottom of the second from a bases-loaded walk on Paulson that brought in Grimm who was on base from a single to right field. The Pioneers went scoreless in the top of the third and it was in the bottom of the third that the Titans brought in seven runs. The first run came from a bases loaded walk on Grimm that brought in Eagan who was on after hitting a double to center field. A two-run RBI from Koch scored Brahier and Schwenn. With the bases loaded, Paulson was walked and scored Grimm which was followed with a single from Koz lowski that scored Koch and Polcyn. The last run of the inning came from an RBI single from Eagan that scored Paulson. By the end of the third the Titans were ahead of the Pioneers 8 -0. A scoreless fourth from both teams led to the top of the fifth where Platteville managed to score four runs. However, the Titans countered with tacking on three more runs in the bottom of the fifth. The first run was from a double to right center from Koz lowski that brought in Paulson who was on base


from being walked. The second run of the inning for Oshkosh came from a double to right field from Grimm that scored Eagan and Koz lowski. Both teams went scoreless until the bottom of the eighth when the Titans scored one more run via a single from Koz lowski that scored Paulson who was on base after hitting a triple. The game ended after a scoreless top of the ninth for the Pioneers that led to the 13-4 Oshkosh win. Game two on Sunday completed the four-game sweep on Platteville for the Titans with pitcher Jon Maday allowing a mere four hits and one run in six innings. Maday said he is happy the team was able to take all four wins and move into second place, but he realiz es the season is far from over. “It was a good weekend for us; it was definitely something we needed,” Maday said. “We’re happy but we’re not satisfied. We still have unfinished business to do in the conference and go up the standings in the conference.” The game got started with the Pioneers scoring a run in the top of the first inning. For the first time in the series, Platteville had the lead over the Titans. Oshkosh quickly countered with scoring two runs in the bottom of the first.

A triple from Koz lowski scored Paulson who was on base from a walk. The second run came from an RBI from Eagan that scored Koz lowski. The Titans put on two more runs in the bottom of the second after an RBI from Paulson that brought in Koch and a sac fly from Koz lowski that scored Paulson. The Titans piled on seven more runs in the bottom of the fourth and never looked back as both teams went scoreless the rest of the game with the Titans on top 11-1.

Ripon Against Ripon, the Titans got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in the first inning and one run in the second. The rest of the game went scoreless until the ninth inning when Ripon scored three runs before the Titans were able to get three outs to end the game on top 5-3. The Titans continue WIAC play this weekend at the 2-10 fifth-place UW-Stout in a four-game series. UWO looks to end their season on a strong note, as four-game series against Stout and UW-Whitewater surround a nonconference tilt against Edgewood College. Currently UWO is two games behind the first-place Warhawks, who hold a 10-2 WIAC conference record.


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