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ADVANCE-TITAN October 13, 2016


VOL. 122, NO. 5

Regents vote to increase 2018 tuition by Ti Windisch The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents voted to raise tuition in the 2018-19 school year and to keep it frozen for the 201718 school year. According to a press release, the Board of Regents unanimously voted to increase tuition based on the annual consumer price index starting in 2018-19, meaning the raise will be “no more than the cost of living.” University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said the vote

does not guarantee tuition will be raised because the Wisconsin State Legislature controls the budget that UW schools operate within. “While the Board of Regents can set tuition, per se, the legislature has the right to fund the system,” Leavitt said. “There’s some give and take here.” Leavitt said this was the first Board of Regents vote on tuition since Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2010. “The governor simply made the decision to freeze tuition, and he and the legislature have the power of the

purse, that they can enforce that decision through their allocation of the system,” Leavitt said. “Things are changing for the better. One, I think that the Board of Regents is recognizing the governor’s desire to keep tuition frozen in the first year of the next biennium.” According to the agenda from the Oct. 7 Board of Regents meeting, tuition is just one of five aspects of college affordability. The others include the time it takes a student to get a degree, support from the state monetarily, financial aid and operating

efficiencies. The agenda cited the time it takes to earn a degree as the most important of the five aspects. “The sooner students complete school and enter the workforce, the sooner they are earning salaries,” the agenda read. “The UW System is currently in the fourth year of a resident undergraduate tuition freeze … that freeze, combined with flat financial aid and cuts in state funding, are producing increased class size and fewer classes, as well as potential harm to the student experience.”

Students, community members and cops run for a cause


MyTeam Triumph members participate in Run With the Cops on Thursday. The event raised more than $49,000. The proceeds from Run With the Cops benefit the Special Olympics. More on A4.

Clown chases car driven by students near UWO campus by Mikayla Becker A person dressed as a clown riding a skateboard chased a car full of UW Oshkosh students early on Wednesday morning. Around 6 a.m., three UWO students were in their car when they saw the clown. The individuals reported the incident to the City of Oshkosh Police Department, who are also working with the University Police Department on the incident. According to one victim, the clown was riding on a skateboard toward them while they were stopped at an intersection. “I had just stopped at the corner of Woodland and Elmwood when I looked to my left to see if any traffic was coming and I saw a clown on his skateboard gaining speed towards us,” the victim said. The clown was described by the victims to be around 5 feet 8 inches tall with a slim figure wearing a red wig, white face paint and dark street clothes. The victim said the fact that the clown was moving toward them was what scared them about the encounter. “I don’t think I would have been scared had the clown just been standing there instead of coming at my car and then continuing to chase us on his board down the street,” the victim said. Another victim said they could not

tell if the clown was holding anything because of the limited visibility at the time. “It was dark and we could only see him with the street lights, but as he was coming towards us he was waving his arms in the air,” the victim said. “I didn’t see anything in his hands but it happened so fast I’m not for sure.” The victim said their reaction to the clown sighting was to speed up and get out of the area as quickly as possible. All three of the victims said since the incident they are uneasy about traveling around campus, and wished to remain unnamed to avoid the clown knowing who they are. The first victim said they were concerned both for their own safety and the safety of any clowns who attempted to scare the wrong person. “I think this situation is out of hand and pretty soon these clowns are going to get hurt because I already hear people talk about ‘what they would do’ if this happened to them or they saw a clown,” the victim said. “Even if it’s just meant as a joke, it’s this new culture behind it that led me to feel like I was in danger even though I saw no physical weapon or was verbally threatened.” The third victim said they were frightened by the “unnecessary” incident and they hope anyone who has a similar experience contacts the authorities. “It is sad that this ‘clown epidemic’ is

happening and has carried over to our own campus,” the victim said. “I just hope to spread the word for everyone to be safe, never walk alone late at night or in the early morning hours, and to report any findings or sightings of the clowns, even if nothing happened to them.” According to a safety bulletin sent out regarding the event, there have been two incidents regarding clowns reported to UPD. “The people reporting these sightings describe the actions of these clowns to be non-violent but perceived their actions to be threatening in one of the two cases,” the bulletin stated. “University police officers have responded to each of these complaints but have been unable to make contact in order to establish what their intent was.” The bulletin stated the UPD takes these incidences seriously because the clowns are attempting to scare the UWO community. “Part of our mission is to prevent crime, fear and disorder so anytime we have individuals who have the intent to create fear we will respond to, investigate and take appropriate action based on the facts of each situation,” the bulletin stated. Students who encounter clowns are encouraged to contact UPD. Students who feel unsafe on campus can use the Safewalk program by calling 920-4241212.

Junior Megan Mohr said she won’t be in school by the time the raise would take effect, but she understands the need for the cost of tuition to shift as time passes. “By that time I’ll be gone,” Mohr said. “I don’t know, obviously inflation is a thing and we have to keep up with it to keep up with the standards of the rest of the universities and the system.” According to Leavitt, the timing of the vote was important because of how early this decision was made. “What the Regents have done is voted on it now so

that there is plenty of time for families to react to this, it’s well over a year off,” Leavitt said. “At the same time, there’s plenty of time for the legislature to look at what the decision of the regents were in their deliberations.” Leavitt said the vote is important because it shows the Board of Regents attempting to take back the power of setting tuition throughout the UW System. “I think the level of transparency has increased dramatically as a result of this,”


Vape pen sets off fire alarm

of a sudden that alarm startby Ti Windisch ed going and she just ed down the hall. I don’t A UW Oshkosh student set know where she went.” off a fire alarm by blowing Solbjerg-Nielsen said she vapor from an e-cigarette di- no longer owns her e-cigrectly into a smoke detector arette after the fire alarm in an attempt to prove the went off. vapor does not set off fire “No I don’t own one anyalarms, according to the Uni- more,” Solbjerg-Nielsen versity Police Department. said. “I was never addicted UPD cited Eva Solb- to nicotine and I rarely ever jerg-Nielsen with a disorder- used it anyways.” ly conduct ticket for setting Tarmann said there’s nothoff a fire alarm via an e-cig- ing wrong with owning an arette in South Scott Hall e-cigarette or vape pen, as on Sept. 29, and fined Sol- long as they are used responbjerg-Nielsen $295, accord- sibly and legally. ing to the police report. “It’s not illegal to possess Freshman Dylan Fletcher, these items,” Tarmann said. who witnessed the event, “It’s against policy to use said Solbjerg-Nielsen re- them inside of buildings.” sponded to questions about Fletcher said he was angry covering smoke detectors the alarm went off, especialwhile valy considerping by We have zero tolerance for ing how late attempting it was at the to prove this type of behavior in camtime. vapor does pus buildings “I was so not actipissed off,” — Chris Tarmann F l e t c h e r vate the alarms. said. “It was University Police “ S h e like 11:45 Department Captain took a at night and r e a l l y people were big puff of it and then she sleeping and stuff.” walked under the smoke Solbjerg-Nielsen said she detector and just blew it diwas remorseful about the rectly into it,” Fletcher said. fire alarm, in regards to both “She was like ‘see?’” students and responders beUPD Capt. Chris Taring inconvenienced. mann said students covering “I wish I could somehow smoke alarms in order to apologize to everybody that smoke or vape is a threat to I caused an inconvenience to public safety on campus. including the fire and police “It is against policy to department,” Solbjerg-Nielvape or smoke inside a sen said. building and it is very unSolbjerg-Nielsen said she safe to have a smoke detecthought being cited for the tor head covered so we have fire alarm going off was exzero tolerance for this type cessive because she didn’t of behavior in campus buildintend on it happening. ings,” Tarmann said. “I honestly think that the According to Tarmann, ticket was a bit excessive UPD has dealt with similar because it will stay on my situations numerous times, which led in part to the zero record for a big mistake that tolerance policy for vaping I made my first year of college,” Solbjerg-Nielsen said. in campus buildings. “I’m sure these type of “I think that community sersituations had a part in the vice or even a class would development of that policy,” be more reasonable because I never meant for the alarm Tarmann said. Fletcher said soon after to go off.” Tarmann said students Solbjerg-Nielsen blew the who set off fire alarms even vapor into the smoke deaccidentally can expect to be tector, the fire alarm began to sound throughout South cited for doing so. “Blowing smoke or vape Scott. “It probably took like a into a smoke detector head minute, and we were kind will set off the alarm,” Tarof just all standing there,” mann said. “If someone does Fletcher said. “And then that this they will receive a citaminute passed, and then all tion for doing so.”




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October 13, 2016

Alumnus tasks UWO to vote

by Laura Dickinson Political director of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Staush Gruszynski came to UW Oshkosh to discuss the current political election in Wisconsin and political advocacy at Reeve Memorial Union. Gruszynski’s speech on Monday was part of UWO’s Earth Charter Week, which features speakers focused on sustainability. Gruszynski is a political science alumnus from UWO. He graduated from the University in 2008 then started working for the non-profit, non-partisan organization back in 2010, mainly managing candidate endorsements. WLCV is an organization that works with politicians on both sides of the aisle to pass good conservation legislation, Gruszynski said. According to Gruszynski, the organization works with Wisconsin legislators on issues like clean energy, clean water, high capacity wells and water quality that affect people on a wide political spectrum in Wisconsin. “From clean water groups, clean energy groups, conservation clubs and gun clubs,

they form a coalition when we work on state legislation we send to the capital,” Gruszynski said. Gruszynski said the organization goes across the state to talk about the issues that really matter to those groups, and to talk directly to state legislators. “We make sure that legislators know what people in their district think about conservation issues,” Gruszynski said. “We also have three paid lobbyists that work directly at the capitol.” Gruszynski said in order to amplify their voice the people need to be involved. “Organizers are really important to our work and I would say that they are our lifeblood on the ground,” Gruszynski said. The WLCV has offices located in Green Bay and Milwaukee and many of their partners are located in Milwaukee and Madison. Gruszynski said the organization encourages people to come to hearings at the state capitol. “You don’t have to be an expert and that’s something that I want to get across,” Gruszynski said. “You’d be surprised on how little state legislators know on so many

issues.” Communications professor Jennifer Considine said she hopes students realize the importance of environmental issues and their influences in politics. “My bigger hope is that students come away thinking ‘my voice really matters in politics and here are some ways I can make my voice heard,’” Considine said. Gruszynski said last year the WLCV’s efforts were able to put $33 million back into the state budget for the Knowles-Stewardship Fund, which is a fund that protects public lands. “We had several environmental groups that were local that sat around the table with legislators on how we could save the Knowles-Stewardship Fund,” Gruszynski said. Moving forward into the final month before the election, the WLCV is focusing on new issues, Gruszynski said. According to Gruszynski, water is polling as a top five issue in Wisconsin for the upcoming session. “There are many factors with water,” Gruszynski said. “One of the biggest effects was from all the media coverage of the Flint, Mich. water crisis.”

Gruszynski said attendees should register to vote and to vote early if they can. The ADP was at the event to give students the chance to register to vote. Sami Duhring of the American Democracy Project is working to get as many UWO students as possible registered to vote before Election Day. “We have registered over 400 students, but considering that UWO has a student population of 13,000, we have a long way to go,” Duhring said. According to Duhring, working alongside of events like Gruszynski’s speech and Earth Charter Week has improved the registration rate. “We saw [a] big push for registration in the early weeks at events, but the closer we get to Election Day we see a lot of already-registered voters showing up to these events,” Duhring said. Considine said even if you do not register before Election Day, do not let the lines to vote scare you. “Bring a snack and do some homework,” Considine said. “Make new friends while waiting in line. Don’t be afraid of the long lines.” Gruszynski said he wants


UWO graduate Staush Gruszynski spoke to students on Monday. Gruszynski told students to get involved politically. people to make a push for their voices to be heard in the last couple weeks before Election Day. “Volunteer,” Gruszynski

said. “Make calls to lawmakers in the next 29 days. Get involved, make sure that your politicians know that you care.”

Top ten vendors UWO paid in 2015 fiscal year by Ti Windisch

Follett Higher Ed Group

Spending money on “digital content and online course materials delivery” may not sound riveting, but it is necessary in the modern classroom environment. That digital content is apparently expensive--UWO paid $836,023 to Follett in 2015.

Sodexo Services

Food is important, and it’s also expensive. UW Oshkosh pays more money to Sodexo, the company that manages the on-campus dining, than any other vendor. The University paid Sodexo $7,282,995 in 2015.


Everybody’s favorite database to learn about six times in Polk Library as a freshman costs UWO a pretty penny. The useful resource for most research papers cost the University $467,760 in the last financial year.

Apple Computer Inc

The biggest surprise about UWO spending a ton of money on Apple computers might be that there are four vendors who make more from the University than Apple. As any student knows, Mac computers are expensive. The University spent $721,135 on them last year alone.

Wisconsin Public Service

Just like the students that attend college in Oshkosh, UWO has to first find money to eat, and then to pay the bills. UWO spends millions to keep the lights on--$2,466,877, to be exact.

There are tons of Apple computers on campus, but Hewlett-Packard has a sizable presence as well. Plus you can’t forget the printers that UWO students love to hate! The University paid HP $576,060 last year.

After paying for food and taking care of the energy bill, the next thing that UWO spends the most on any one vendor is the $1,633,552 given to the UW Oshkosh Foundation. That money goes to enriching experiences at UWO for students and faculty, and towards programs and campus facilities.

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It’s expensive to teach college classes. Many of the top vendors on this list provide teaching and learning materials to campus, McGraw-Hill is certainly among them. UWO paid them $560,551 in 2015.

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That cable that comes with the dorm rooms is expensive. UWO spent $364,340 on Time Warner Cable last year. Interestingly enough, TWC made exactly $235 more than rival AT&T, whom UWO paid $364,105 in 2015.

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Yet another vendor providing tools available to UWO students and faculty, Cengage Learning is all about engaging students, according to their website. For their engagement services, Cengage made a tidy $423,016 from UWO in 2015.


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October 13, 2016

UWO dietitian speaks to students about healthy eating by Alex Nemec UW Oshkosh Registered Dietitian Kate Harrell spoke to students about assessing their diet, how to seek alternative healthy options and where to find healthy foods on campus. Health Promotion Coordinator Juliana Kahrs said she has received a lot of emails asking about healthy food options on campus, which is why UWO decided to have this seminar. Harrell said the idea of becoming a nutritionist came to her while she was playing for her high school basketball team. “I noticed the team wasn’t eating before the game, and I started to put two and two together,” Harrell said. “Nutrition could really change our outcome, and we always, now that I look back, had trouble at the end of the game.” Harrell said there is a new plate guideline for people to follow which splits up the person’s plate into four equal sections of fruit, vegetables, protein and grains, with a side of dairy. According to Harrell, the freshman 15 notion in college stems from the freedom students have when they leave home and don’t have their parents around to curb their eating habits.

“There’s Blackhawk, for example, you can literally consume all of your calories for a day in one meal if you wanted,” Harrell said. “I think there’s, again, that independence and freedom factor to choose whatever you want.” Senior Abby Boville said the food options on campus could do more to offer healthy food choices, and wishes Reeve would offer more choices of fresh fruits and vegetables. “I like the salads that they have in Reeve,” Boville said. “But I think that there could be more healthy options.” While Boville said the options could be better, she said she thinks what the campus offers now is okay. “We have the freedom to make those good decisions if we’re educated enough,” Boville said. Harrell said students can usually grab a piece of fruit anywhere on campus if they need a snack on the run. “If you are on the go or even as a side, grab a piece of fruit, so you can at least start building towards that goal for the day,” Harrell said. Sodexo marketing manager Kyle Milligan said there is an app called “Bite” that shows all of UWO’s menus.

“You can look at all the calorie content [of UWO food],” Milligan said. “You can follow guidelines that [Harrell] is going to present.” Harrell said there are a lot of unhealthy options available that may not have been offered before students came to college, which can contribute to the freshman 15. “Some of the meal plans are kind of unlimited in terms of what you can choose, so I think that’s part of it,” Harrell said. “[Also] I think there’s a section of people that aren’t in sports anymore so they lose activity and increase intake.” Junior Jasmine Pickett said she wants more options for healthy food, particularly in the entrees offered. “We do have healthy snacks, but when you go to Blackhawk your main option is pretty much a salad if you want something really healthy,” Pickett said. Harrell said a problem that stems from drinking is the bad eating habits that come with it. “Two things I see: they won’t eat all day to save up for drinking,” Harrell said. “The flip side is where they eat a bunch of really unhealthy options after.” Harrell said a healthy diet and choosing better foods positively correlates to being mentally fit.

“A lot of that ties into nutrients that are affected, your brain is definitely going to be affected from that,” Harrell said. Energy drinks advertise how many B-vitamins are in them, but whole grains are naturally full of B-vitamins and are healthier, and in quantities that won’t negatively affect your body, Harrell said. “If you think about a whole grain piece of bread versus a white piece of bread, your energy is going to be much more even,” Harrell said. “What we see with those refined grains and processed grains, you’re going to get a spike and then a drop.” When it comes to cravings, Harrell said it is important for individuals to look at the driving sensation behind the craving. “Sometimes it’s not that you’ve been avoiding everything, but it could be stress,” Harrell said. “Stress is usually what drives us, especially towards the sweet, sugary, not healthy [options].” Harrell said she is a huge fan of moderation, but there’s a difference between moderation and going over the top. “Dark chocolate or chocolate in general, like a little piece that can satisfy the desire for something sweet is absolutely manageable,” Harrell said.

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Focus on whole fruits over canned

Wheat bread over white bread

When eating vegetables, mix in as many colors as possible, such as, lettuce, tomatoes and carrots

Use low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt


Above: Club President Samuel Gaier demonstrates a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu move on a volunteer club member. Practice takes place in Kolf ’s wrestling room. Below: Samuel Gaier instructs proper Brazilian Jiu-jitsu technique to club members as they work on moves against each other to perfect their art.

Jiu-jitsu club teaches members self-defense, technique by Anne Wilhelms

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu UW Oshkosh’s Brazilian Jiu-jitsu club gives students a place to learn different self-defense moves in case they would ever need them, instructor Samuel Gaier said. Gaier said the club offers students a way to de-stress and learn self-defense in a calm, safe and controlled environment. “Our club mission is to create a safe training environment for people of all levels,” Gaier said. “Our actual activity consists of basic instruction and rolling, which is a term for live sparring. In live sparring we only grapple, we do not strike.” Gaier said he started fighting after watching martial arts entertainment, promoting him to hone in on his skill set. “My inspiration to start martial arts came from movies, TV shows and video games,” Gaier said. “What keeps my passion for martial arts is the sparring. Rolling is the most fun I have ever had.” Rolling, or sparring, in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a term for practice fighting. It usually is not done at full effort; its focus is more learning how to apply technique. If students want to learn how to defend themselves, or are just looking for a way to blow off steam as midterms and finals approach, Gaier encourages all to come to a meeting.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has roots that go back to imperial Japan and is a direct descendant of Judo.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship was created as a marketing tool to show its effectiveness against other martial arts.

Students can visit their Facebook page, UW Oshkosh Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (UWO BJJ), the president’s email is gaiers21@ All any student needs to do to join is show up at the Kolf wrestling room at 8:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; the club is free for everyone.





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October 13, 2016


Officer Matt Ziegler shows his dog, Jack, to Allie Ferron and her son, along with Megan Hankwitz. Running With the Cops had multiple service dogs along with horses the attendees could interact with.

Cop run benefits local Special Olympics by Alex Nemec The University Police Department raised more than $49,000 for Special Olympics of Wisconsin during the third annual Run With the Cops event held at UW Oshkosh, according to UPD Capt. Chris Tarmann. The Oct. 6 5k run brought participants on a course throughout the campus area, which was lit up by law enforcement vehicle lights. The event had a mini petting zoo with horses and dogs, a donut eating contest, a makeshift jail cell where attendees could take pictures with a cop and exhibits inside of police vehicles,. Director of Development of the Special Olympics Nicci Sprangers said there were more than 25 law enforcement agencies at the event including UPD, the Oshkosh Police Department and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department. “Special Olympics has been fortunate enough to have the support of law enforcement


for over 30 years,” Sprangers in uniform, that’s really excitsaid. ing.” Sprangers said it is a great There were a lot of Special thing for the community to Olympics athletes that particsee the officers in funny, ipated in the event, according light-hearted scenarios. to Sprangers. “Slowly that helps to make “They love knowing that all people have a much more the officers are here to support positive outlook [on cops],” them,” Sprangers said. Sprangers said. Student Athletic AdvisoTarmann said his favorite ry Committee member Colpart of the event was when an Treml said he came to the everyone event to was lined support [Run With the Cops] takes the cops up at the start, be- the cake because, although we and help c a u s e do a number of events, nothout with t h a t ’ s ing to this scale of bringing so the event. when UPD Treml f i n a l l y many agencies from around said Speknew they the area out to show that they cial Olymmade the support our athletes. pics is an event posimportant — Nicci Sprangers organizasible. Special Olympics Director of tion “We’ve for Development the UWO got all these peocommuniple here that are kind of in- ty as well as the country. teracting and having a great “Raising money for [Special time,” Tarmann said. “But Olympics] always gets them in when you get everyone in that better situations to succeed,” road and they’re excited to Treml said. kickoff and run with people Sprangers said her favorite


Leavitt said. “This is a significant achievement in the sense that the Board of Regents is reasserting its authority to set tuition through the system.” According to Leavitt, a raise in tuition is one way the Board of Regents is trying to prevent a reduction in the quality of education provided by UW schools. “I think that the governor...was certainly interested in holding down the total cost of education,” Leavitt said. “How he did it can be debated, but I think that’s a noble outcome. Having said that, it’s getting to the point now if you hold tuition frozen, and there is a reduction in the state subsidy, that starts to impact quality. So there was a lot of discussion in the Board of Regents meeting about trying to maintain quality.” Mohr said the relatively low cost of UWO was a major factor in her decision to attend the university. “I looked at a bunch of different schools before I chose to come to Oshkosh,” Mohr said. “I chose Oshkosh because it was the best for me financially.” Mohr said universities farther south and

generally out of Wisconsin were much more expensive than UWO and other UW schools. “It’s really reasonable here if you compare it to a lot of other schools, especially outside of the state,” Mohr said. Senior Anna Burrows said she believes the governor made it necessary for the regents to request a tuition raise. “I feel like Scott Walker put them in this position by withdrawing money from the System,” Burrows said. According to Leavitt, the Board of Regents requesting both more state subsidy allocation and increased tuition is the beginning of a dialogue between the UW System and the state government. “We’ve laid all of our cards on the table, face up,” Leavitt said. “We’re ready to engage in a great conversation with the legislation and the governor’s office about how we can create additional economic prosperity in this state through higher education.” Leavitt said the increase will likely be somewhere between one and three percent of what tuition is now, and that increase could make a difference in the quality of education UWO is able to offer. “There’s 10,000 undergraduate students at this institution, let’s just say that’s a nice round number,” Leavitt said. “If

part of the event was the vehicle display that featured multiple cop cars from area agencies, a fire truck, an ambulance and a SWAT van. “It’s really where the most interaction between the officers and the community takes place,” Sprangers said. As for the donut eating contest, Tarmann said he didn’t have a favorite going into the contest, but the strategy was to just eat the donuts as fast as possible. Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant April Emmrich, along with her three kid-teammates, ended up winning the contest, eating all of their donuts in a little over two minutes. Sprangers said Special Olympics does events similar to this, but Run With the Cops is the cherry on top of their list. “It takes the cake because, although we do a number of events, nothing to this scale of bringing so many agencies from around the area out to show that they support our athletes,” Sprangers said.

you’re gleaning on an extra $192 per student, multiply that by 10,000 and you’re looking at 1.92 million. So for $2 million in extra revenue, that’s a lot of extra classroom instruction that we would be able to afford.” Leavitt said the increased tuition money combined with additional state subsidy money will ensure the UW System continues to provide students with a quality education. “It’s tuition—the combination of a very, very modest tuition increase tied to something tangible like the rate of inflation—with a modest increase in the state subsidy will definitely help the UW maintain its high level of quality,” Leavitt said. Burrows said she believes the entire system needs to be changed, with both state and federal governments contributing more money to education. “I think the University is between a rock and a hard place,” Burrows said. According to Leavitt, increased funding for the UW System will help not just public universities, but the entire state of Wisconsin. “We’re ready to go,” Leavitt said. “The kind of support that we’re seeking from the state and the governor will greatly enhance our ability to propel the state forward.”

Group seeks to lessen marijuana penalties by Hailey Lawrence Petitioners around campus have been calling for the decriminalization of marijuana by lowering fines, and they are asking UW Oshkosh students and Oshkosh residents alike to join their cause. Mark Kelderman, the head of the petitioners around campus, decided to get involved after being inspired by meeting people through a Bernie Sanders volunteer group. Kelderman said he eventually decided to go to the Democratic National Convention where he ultimately decided to petition for the decriminalization of marijuana. “Our petition is to reduce the fine for first offense, simple possession of 25 grams or less of cannabis, from the current range of $125 to $500, down to $25,” Kelderman said. “If the community says they want this change, we will then return to change the second-offense penalty because we believe that no one should ever go to jail for cannabis.” With this move, Kelderman said he hopes Wisconsin can follow suit with his group’s goals and go for a statewide change in cannabis laws. “Our legislature has failed to respond to the bipartisan public support for cannabis,” Kelderman said. “Sen. Leah Vukmir has used her committee positions to prevent any marijuana-related bills from ever getting to the floor for a vote.” Kelderman said 24 states have made cannabis more available, and his group intends to force Oshkosh to take action on the legality of the drug. “While we do not have an option to petition for a statewide change in cannabis laws, this petition for direct legislation would require the Oshkosh Council to adopt the intent of our petition within 30 days, or put the ordinance before the voters in the spring election,” Kelderman said. According to Kelderman, the number of signatures he and his associates are getting for spring’s election is continuously growing. “Support in the Oshkosh community has been great,” Kelderman said. “We are past the halfway mark on our time used, and we have collected two thousand signatures with new petitioners

coming on board weekly.” Kelderman said his group is on track to hit their goal. “At this rate, we should meet our goal of collecting 3,600 valid signatures within 60 days,” Kelderman said. “As people become more familiar with who we are and what we are doing, we anticipate even more support.” Sophomore and Winnebago County Board Supervisor Aaron Wojciechowski said the petitioners on campus are advocating for a great cause for the Oshkosh community. “I think the individuals that are petitioning for marijuana possession reform are fantastic,” Wojciechowski said. “I applaud anyone who advocates for change they want to see.” Wojciechowski said he advocates for the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana in Wisconsin and hopes changes will come in the future. “I strongly believe and advocate for marijuana to be legalized both for medical and recreational purposes in Wisconsin,” Wojciechowski said. “Our criminal justice system needs some major reforming in this area.” Wojciechowski said police departments could use their resources on other crimes, and decriminalizing marijuana would lead to fewer lives being negatively affected. “Law enforcement should not have to waste time arresting people for simply possessing and/ or using marijuana,” Wojciechowski said. “There are more important crimes that should be focused on. Too many lives are ruined due to marijuana possession, and that needs to change.” Senior Dalton Schuerman said he disagrees with the marijuana petitioners and thinks more lenient laws could cause bigger problems. “When you decriminalize it, more people will be more likely to do it, and more people will get in trouble,” Schuerman said. Schuerman said he also believes the impact that this could have on the UWO community, as well as other campuses, will cause greater problems. “If they don’t have to pay a $500 fine, their views change on it. You’ll see more people walking down the street with it, and it can be a problem,” Schuerman said.



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October 13, 2016

Students attend commencement open house by Allison Prusha The third annual Almost Alumni Lunch and Countdown to Commencement event helped current seniors celebrate their academic achievements and walked them through last minute preparations before they walk across the stage in December. The luncheon took place on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom and was organized by UW Oshkosh Alumni Relations. Seniors were welcomed by UWO Alumni Relations director, Christine Gantner and provided lunch. She offered her congratulations and explained to the seniors all the services UWO provides its alumni. “We really felt as if we weren’t doing enough to welcome our new graduates,” Ganter said. “This is an opportunity to showcase our new graduates and congratulate them on all of their hard work.” Alumni Association Board members were there to speak with

the students as well, sharing their own academic experiences and advice for life after UWO. After lunch, the students headed to Countdown to Commencement. Countdown to Commencement is a graduation fair where students can purchase invitations, attire, announcements and ask questions. “It’s a one-stop shop to get yourself prepared in advance so you don’t have to deal with the little details on the day [of graduation],” senior Abby Pillsbury said. They were handed a card when they arrived that listed the various services and offices that will aid them in a successful commencement and UWO alumni experience. The services included the Commencement Office, Student Loan Office, Alumni Office and many more. UWO alumna Bailey Azarian said the open house and luncheon allows students to verify information and procedures for leaving Oshkosh. “I think this event is important because it helps students make sure they are actually prepared for

graduation,” Azarian said. Should students procrastinate on getting all of their graduation details in order, this event allowed students to start checking off their list in order to prepare for graduation. However, while the event is aimed at helping students arrive at their graduation date prepared, it also provides students with knowledge about being an alum and all that entails. Gantner said she and the board of directors want to let the new graduates know it’s a great thing to stay involved with your alma mater and showcased other alums who have chosen to remain a part of UWO. According to Gantner, Alumni Relations works hard to keep up with graduating students by sending out emails and a monthly newsletter, as well as being involved on social media and hosting special events. “Mainly, I want them to leave being proud of the education they received and all they put into it,” Ganter said. “I want them to be proud of being a Titan.”


UW Oshkosh student Afusat Deng signs in at the Almost Alumni lunch and Commencement Open House with Theresa Braatz and McKinzie Halcola of the Alumni Relations office. The lunch and open house brings together graduating seniors and members of the UWO Alumni Association Board.

The A-T Timehop: The 16 year difference Then: 2000

• Dr. Richard Wells began his job as the 10th Chancellor at UW Oshkosh on Oct. 1.

Now: 2016 • Dr. Andrew Leavitt will be celebrating his 2nd year as the 11th Chancellor at UW Oshkosh on Nov. 1.

• UW Oskhosh ranked the second lowest along with UW-River Falls and UW-Stevens Point amongst UW System schools in non-white students attending with 5 percent.

• UW Oshkosh still ranks the second lowest in nonwhite students amongst UW System schools in nonwhite students attending with 13 percent.

• Reeve Memorial Union was undergoing renovations, which could include a smoking lounge.

• Reeve Memorial Union is undergoing renovations that are estimated to be completed in Summer 2017.

• UW Oshkosh students had the opportunity to vote for Republican candidate, George H.W. Bush or Democratic candidate, Al Gore on Nov. 7, 2000.

• UW Oshkosh students have the opportunity to vote for Republican candidate, Donald Trump or Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, 2016.


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October 13, 2016

51 Lead-in with car or tourism 52 Milne play about an amphibian 56 Beat at chess 57 “If __ $1,000,000”: Barenaked Ladies song 58 List-ending abbr. 59 Doctor on the starship Enterprise 60 San __, Italy 61 Shortest Great Lake name 62 Culture: Pref. 63 Golda of Israel 64 Title for Byron

Across 1 Monster party 5 Cooled with cubes, as tea 9 Hood’s bank job 14 Author __ Stanley Gardner 15 Dress that reaches the ankles 16 According to 17 Roman love god 18 Bird sacred to Tut 19 Animal shelter arrival 20 Brought in for repair, as a disabled car 23 Dublin’s land: Abbr. 24 __ bran 25 Either “T” in “AT&T,” when abbreviated 26 Jul. and Aug. 28 Oppressive ruler 30 Cause of much yawning 31 Really bug 32 Playground plank for two 34 __ Spumante 35 Obeyed strictly 38 Coll. staff member 40 “Finally!” 41 Joint that may need replacing 42 Bugs for payment 44 Put a worm on 48 Electrical particle 49 & 50 Hindu term of respect

Down 1 “Scram!” 2 Weapons facility 3 Adagio, as compared to allegro 4 “You can have it” 5 Mimicked 6 Explorer Sebastian 7 Interstate highway sign word 8 One hanging near the kitchen sink 9 Red tape, e.g. 10 O.T. book named for a woman 11 “Scout’s honor!” 12 City on a harbor 13 Attempt 21 Transplant recipient 22 “Lo, How a Rose __ Blooming”: carol 27 Speed down snowy slopes 29 Starting with 30 Thai money 33 Not give an inch 34 Pro’s opposite 35 First-class 36 Dog believed to have originated in Newfoundland 37 Start of a “Come again?” response 38 __ Beta Kappa 39 It’s “read” during a reprimand 42 Beatnik’s bro 43 Game with Draw Two cards 45 Italian playhouse 46 Cream-filled pastry 47 Dressed to kill, with “up” 50 “Ditto” 53 Thousands of years 54 “With this ring, I __ wed” 55 Cad 56 Sra., in France

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The key to inner peace

by Mariah Heyden Mariah Heyden is a sophomore public relations major. Her views do not necessarily represent those of the Advance-Titan. Our generation is afraid of loneliness, but is unable to realize the difference between being alone and being lonely. Being alone is a matter of solitude, enjoying your own company even. It is being able to go out for coffee by yourself and happily sip on that pumpkin spice latte without the anxiety of people seeing that you are on your own in public. Everyone craves love, affection and attention- it is only natural. But still, that fear of loneliness creeps up and suddenly nothing seems good enough anymore. Irish playwright and poet Oscar Wilde once said, “You need to learn how to be alone and not defined by another person.” It is okay to enjoy the company of others and to look forward to spending time with your friends, but when that company turns into co-dependency then you will be faced with much larger problems later in life. It is a wonderful thing to not have to worry about always having plans because after awhile it can become exhausting. You can work on your own schedule without having to coordinate with others. It is okay to do things alone; that does not mean you are lonely. It simply means that you are becoming more independent as you get older. In her memoir, “Lonely: A Memoir,” Emily White writes, “It’s entirely reasonable to feel lonely yet still feel as though you need some time

to yourself. Loneliness feels draining, distracting, and upsetting; desired solitude feels peaceful, creative, restorative.” One way to help battle the feeling of loneliness while enjoying your own company is to get a good night’s sleep. A broken sleep cycle puts your mood in the gutter, and leaves you feeling distracted, thinking about what is missing. Another beneficial way to fight loneliness is to nurture something. Tend to flowers or plants. Water them and watch them grow. It can be uplifting to see that you have created something beautiful, and have kept it that way. Having pets such as a dog, cat or even a fish also helps. Anything that you can love and nurture works. Lastly, be happy for others. This is easier said than done, but when your friend gets a promotion at work do not let jealousy take over. Root for them. When you choose to be happy for others, and feed off their positive energy, your own positive energy will come forth and you will start to see the world in a more positive way. Search for love in other places. Search for it in good friends, in family, in random passersby whose soul touches your own in a moment. Most importantly, look for love within yourself. “The most exciting, challenging, and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself,” Carrie Bradshaw once said in an episode of “Sex and the City.” “And if you find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous,” One day, we will all graduate, and we will move on with our lives. It does not mean we must forget everyone, but there will come a day when we must be adults and cannot rely on others to always be there to hold our hand. When that day comes you must be prepared to spend some time on your own because schedules get busy and plans do not always work out. It does not mean you are lonely, it just means you have to ride solo for lunch today. Instead of thinking about what is missing, work on creating something that can never be taken from you. That is inner peace.

October 13, 2016

Clowning around campus Cartoon by Constance Bougie

Social media has brought “killer clowns” into a completely new light after multiple clowns have reportedly been spotted taunting everyday people. Clowns have been seen walking in empty parking lots, in the woods, cornfields and even running out in front of cars. Witnesses have shared videos and photos of these sightings on social media. Some clowns have made threats to the public and schools, while others seem to be roaming with no apparent destination in mind. Perhaps their only goal is to end up viral online or on the news. Whether they’re in it for laughs or if there’s some real intent behind the costume, it

is causing mass amounts of attention online and causing fear amongst the public. UW Oshkosh senior Nicole Gammon said she isn’t quite sure if she thinks these clowns are a real threat to communities. “I think that’s the scary part,” Gammon said. “Because how do you know? What if one is a threat and actually does something, and [another] is just being weird?” These clowns are getting a massive amount of attention on social media and online, and all of this attention may be causing more and more sightings across the U.S. With clown spottings getting retweeted left and right and ending up on the news, it’s no wonder why they’re continuing to pop up around the country. “Social media makes [the

concern] worse,” Gammon said. “If somebody wasn’t going to do it and they think other people are getting all the attention for it [then they might do it, too].” Gammon said all of the retweets and shares online of these sightings might be what is causing copycats. “I think people just want attention for it,” Gammon said. “The media promotes it. The news is talking about it. It’s not just Facebook and twitter. It’s the actual news.” University Police Department Captain Chris Tarmann said they’ve been told of one instance about a clown on campus. “We’ve received one anonymous tip about a clown on campus who wasn’t reported to be doing anything illegal,” Tarmann said. “We’ve heard rumor that students were tak-

ing selfies with this clown.” While a selfie with a popup clown is sure to get a lot of attention online, it is just another reason for others to follow suit. If someone sees how much attention one person gets from dressing up and walking around, there isn’t much stopping them from doing the same. If the online shares and the discussions on the news were to end, then the creepy clown fad would surely end in a matter of days. The more shares a random clown in Texas gets, or the more fear people express online, the more copycats the U.S. is going to see. Social media is the biggest influence on this situation and the less attention these clowns get the sooner their appearances will come to an abrupt halt.

forget exactly what it means to take care of ourselves. Our mind is the most powerful tool we have when it comes to the classroom, but it’s easy to forget this and focus solely on keeping ourselves healthy in the traditional, bodily manner we’ve all been taught to follow—an approach that mainly features eating regularly and healthily, getting enough sleep and exercising at least a few times a week. It’s possible, though, to do all these things and still feel anxious when it comes to excessive amounts of homework that piles up when we put them off to the side. Some people swear by meditation, others by lying in bed listening to loud music, but the point remains the same—it’s vital to take time each week to relax and let ourselves breathe. Just as our bodies need a break sometimes, so do our minds. This need for a systematic mental break only becomes more essential as the semester

goes on and assignments pile up like the autumn leaves littering the sidewalk. Helping a friend when they’re stressed over classes often comes much easier to us than helping ourselves, but it’s important to remember that we’re important, too. “Yeah, I feel stressed; college is very difficult,” UW Oshkosh senior Ashley Boegh said. “It can be overwhelming in a lot of ways.” “As a college student, I think it’s more challenging to find things that don’t stress me out,” junior Morgan Frost said. “My head would explode if I didn’t take a little time for myself sometimes.” Frost said unwinding with music or a good television show always helps, adding that anything that could get her to laugh and forget about the real world for a while can be helpful during stressful times. “I like the swing dance club,” Boegh said. “It’s relaxing and great to forget the worries of your day.”

Other students suggested going to UWO’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center, taking a walk down by the Fox River or unwinding at Reeve when school anxiety gets to be too much to handle. It’s all too easy to forget ourselves and become caught up in schoolwork that begs to be finished, but when we don’t take the time to analyze our physical and mental needs, our performance in classes often suffers. More than that, our mental health and relationships often falter as well when we aren’t in peak mental shape. “You’re never going to be consistently happy and you can’t prevent sadness or life from running its course,” blogger Sara Black McCulloch writes. “Self-care is a way to at least strengthen yourself, find some inner core so that you’re ready when life comes at you.” It’s all well and good to have every last bit of homework finished, every episode of “Stranger Things” watched

and every other duty accomplished in a single weekend, but sometimes it’s important to switch all that off and just relax in the quiet for a moment. We all have things we need to get done, but when we don’t take care of ourselves, those tasks only become more difficult to accomplish. So take that break you’ve been needing. As commonplace as it is in our modern-day society to constantly be doing things, it’s pivotal to spend time doing nothing, too. It’s critical to care for our minds, to care for our bodies, and when necessary, to ask others to help us in doing so. “Never be afraid to ask for help when overwhelmed,” Frost advised students. “Never be ashamed.” After all, we all experience struggles, especially on a college campus packed and ready-made with the stresses of schoolwork and a busy schedule. Why not help each other, and help ourselves?

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As schoolwork piles up, self-care is crucial

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Austin Walther - Sports Editor Morgan Van Lanen - Assistant Sports Editor

October 13, 2016

Hockey extends winning streak at home by Joshua Crowe The UW Oshkosh men’s hockey team extended its winning streak with a weekend sweep of Northern Michigan University on Oct. 7 and 8 during their “pink the rink” fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. The Titans improved their record to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play. They used a flurry of first period goals to propel themselves to a 6-3 victory Friday, outscoring NMU 3-1 in the first period. Anthony Grebe scored one of those goals in the first and then went on to add a powerplay score in the second. Jason Johnson contributed to the victory by finding open teammates for goals three times throughout the game, totaling three assists. UWO outshot NMU 6039, resulting in their highest shots on goal and senior forward Anthony Elsen said the team knew they had to get more shots and disrupt the goalie early, and do it often to pick up more wins. “Our game plan was to get the puck to the net and create early scoring chances and we did that,” Elsen said. Reigning conference Player of the Year, goalie Tony Francois stopped 36 of the 39 shots he faced, improv-

ing his save percentage to 88 percent for the year. The game on Saturday was closer than game one, but the Titans managed to win 4-3. Oshkosh managed to outscore NMU 3-0 in the first period. NMU responded by scoring two in the second and then followed with a goal with just over a minute into the third to tie the game at three. Zachary Mattson was then able to put one in the back of the net off of assists from Elsen and JT Smithback with just over six minutes remaining to put the Titans ahead for good. Grebe led the Titans with two goals putting his season total to six. Grebe said he gives all of the credit to his teammates for his five goals in two games. “My linemates Cortland Maxfield and Logan Polack really stepped up and made some heads up plays to get me the puck so they made it pretty easy on my part, all the credit goes to those two,” Grebe said. Senior captain Owen Ahlstrom said the fast start was key to winning the game. “We started off really strong by scoring three goals in the first eight minutes,” Ahlstrom said. “Two key players got hurt in the first,

that shortened our bench. NMU took that as a momentum swing and kept firing the puck, but we kept our cool going into the third and the hard work prevailed.” Senior Eric Vela stopped 33 out of 36 shots he faced, improving his save percentage to 87 percent for the year. Vela said the combination of goalies with him and Francois is going to be huge for the Titans if they want to make the conference tournament. “I absolutely feel that Tony [Francois] and I looked like our normal selves this weekend,” Vela said. “There was much more poise and control in our games.” Vela said the team’s main goal is to make it to the postseason tournament at the end of the year, and they know this weekend majorly boosted not only their chances to make the postseason tournament, but also the team’s confidence going further into the season. “The sweep was very important because it was a conference matchup,” Vela said. “We earned the full six points, which is crucial in deciding who goes onto the tournament. The momentum should help us for this next weekend, when we go to Minnesota to play a tough conference opponent.”


Eric Vela waits in the goal during a UWO home game. Vela and Tony Francois have shared time in the net for the Titans and have a combined 235 saves and an .874 save percentage.

2016 UWO hockey statistics Assists

Goals Anthony Grebe

Benjamin Jaeger


Jason Johnson


Matt Edwards


Owen Ahlstrom


Points 5

Jason Johnson


Five players


Anthony Grebe


Jason Johnson


Matt Edwards


Benjamin Jaeger


Cross country runs at Gene Davis invite by Michael Johrendt The UW Oshkosh men’s and women’s cross country teams ran in the Gene Davis Invitational in Appleton on Oct. 8 as the men earned a seventh-place finish and the women took home fourth. Both squads had at least one runner finish in the top20, and every Titan runner finished no worse than 48th. The Gene Davis Invitational came on the heels of the Notre Dame Invitational, where both teams ran last weekend. Head coach Eamon McKenna said he feels that for the entire team to be successful, each member must come in with equal and positive mindsets so they can contribute to the team’s outlook. “It is very important for the student athletes, regardless of year in school or experience level, to come to practice ready to work hard and do what they need to each day,” McKenna said. “Sim-

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ilarly, they need to come to race day ready to compete to the best of their ability.” For the men, their top finisher was sophomore Jacob Rost, who tallied 16th place. For Rost, this was his second-best finish of the year behind his 15th-place run at the Griak Invitational. Other finishers for the men included senior Trevor Faldet in (34th), junior Nathan Nozzi (39th), freshman Jack Rindahl (40th) and sophomore Bennett Krueger in (43rd). Sophomore Corbin Bevry and freshman Nick Engels rounded out the runners for Oshkosh, as Bevry finished 44th and Engels ran to a 48th place. Rindahl had a career-best finish. He said he realizes that team support is very important to have and that freshmen are expected to help contribute whenever needed. “I believe as a team we [need] to have faith and trust in all teammates, no matter what level of experience,”

Rindahl said. “We have trained together for a decent amount of time and we know that everyone can get the job done to the best of their abilities [both] on the course and academically.” As for the women, they placed three runners in the top-30, including two in the top-17. Sophomore runner Hannah Thorn took top honors for the Titans as she finished 15th. Thorn said she understands for the team to be successful, every member needs to be able to take advantage of opportunities when presented. “It still is important to have faith in our freshmen because they are the future of our team,” Thorn said. “We run in smaller meets like Gene Davis to give them more experience racing a 6k, and we prepare by going to practice and doing workouts 2-3 times a week.” Other women who had notable finishes were freshmen Amanda and Breanna Van Den Plas, freshman Ashlyn

Schwind and sophomore Allie Broeniman. Amanda finished 17th and Breanna was 27th, while Schwind was 31st and Broeniman took home 48th. McKenna said the underclassmen placing at the invitational was key to their confidence. “Often times, we will have freshmen contributing to our scoring team, so we need them to value every opportunity they have without waiting for junior or senior year to feel like they have to go all in,” McKenna said. “This can be a work in progress, but it is something we address with regularity, and something the upperclassmen help convey, as well.” Both teams will be at their first home meet this season when they run at the UW Oshkosh Kollege Town Sports Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 15. The women will be running the 6,000-meter race and the men will be running the 8,000-meter event.



Women’s volleyball vs. Gustavus Adolphus and Northwestern-St. Paul 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eau Claire, Wisc.

Men’s and women’s cross country UW Oshkosh Kollege Town Sports Invitational 10:30 am and 11:15 a.m. Winneconne, Wisc.

Football at UWSP 1 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball vs. Minnesota Morris 12 p.m. Eau Claire, Wisc.

Women’s soccer vs. UW-Stout 2 p.m.

Women’s volleyball vs. Martin Luther College 2 p.m. Eau Claire, Wisc.


Women’s tennis at UW-Stout 3 p.m.


Women’s tennis at UW-Eau Claire 10 a.m.

Saturday Men’s and women’s swim and dive Alumni/Intrasquad meet 1 p.m. Albee Hall




Austin Walther - Sports Editor Morgan Van Lanen - Assistant Sports Editor

October 13, 2016

Robyn Elliott scores game-winner by Zijo Zulic


No. 20 freshman forward AJ Jackson controls the ball on Sept. 18 against Wartburg College.

A first-half goal from Robyn Elliott was enough for the UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team to edge UW-Platteville 1-0, on Saturday Oct. 8 at Pioneer Stadium. Robyn’s lone goal of the contest came at the 32nd minute mark of the first half when freshman AJ Jackson played the ball to Robyn’s left foot where she then connected on a 10-yard strike to find the back of the net. Robyn currently leads the Titans with five goals this season. She has scored three times in the last three games. UW-Platteville (4-8-0, 0-3 WIAC) had 10 total shots, but they were outshot 15-10 by the Titans. The four shots from Rachel Elliott, three from Megan Paulick and two from Robyn led the Titans. Robyn said her slight position change has been the factor to scoring goals and creating offensive production. “I’m now playing attacking-mid and this allows me to focus on being dangerous in the attack,” Robyn said. UWO head coach Erin Coppernoll said adjusting Robyn’s position was important if the Titans wanted to see improvements offensively. “Robyn has been instrumental in our play thus far,” Coppernoll said. “We have made some adjustments as to where she starts in the midfield that will allow her

No. 7 UW Oshkosh falls to No. 2 UW-Whitewater in WIAC play by Nathan Proell

The Titans suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, Oct. 8 as they fell to the UW-Whitewater Warhawks 14-17 in front of an NCAA Division III record crowd of 17,535 in Whitewater at Perkins Stadium. The Titans are now 4-1 overall and 1-1 in WIAC play. Although a loss on the Titans’ record in the WIAC could cost the team a first place finish, the players know it is not the end of the season. “We’re really a one game at a time type of team,” Titans wide receiver CJ Blackburn said. “We want to go 1-and-0 each week. Whitewater is a huge loss for us, but we just have to focus on next week and not let one loss turn into two losses.” Titans are currently tied for second with UW-Platteville and UW-Stevens Point while UW-La Crosse and UW-Whitewater remain undefeated and tied for first. Titans quarterback Brett Kasper said it was tough losing such a highly-anticipated match. “I’d say that this is probably one of my bigger loses that I’ve ever had,” Kasper said. “It’s definitely some-

thing that I’ve been taking a lot of responsibility for because there’s so many different plays that I want back, so many different things that I could have done.” Kasper threw for 157 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The game consisted of the top two rush defenses in the WIAC with the Titans being ranked first and the Warhawks being ranked second. It showed, considering that there were only five scoring drives between the two teams throughout the whole game. The first score of the game came from the Titans in the second quarter with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kasper to wide receiver Dom Todarello. The Titans were up 7-0 with 13:50 to play in the second quarter. Neither teams scored for the rest of the first half. The Warhawks first scored on a 36-yard field goal, to make the score 7-3, at the 10:40 mark in the third quarter. A 36-yard field goal from Warhawks kicker Will Meyer made the score 7-3. An empty possession from the Titans and the Warhawks resulted in a punt to the Titans who got the ball on their own six yard line with 4:02 left in the third quarter.

The Titans drive lasted three plays and seven yards before Kasper was intercepted on the Titans own 15 yard line by Warhawks defensive back Vince Mason, who was brought down on the Titans 16 yard line. The Warhawks drive lasted two plays and 16 yards, took 42 seconds and resulted in the Warhawks first touchdown of the game. An 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cole Wilber to wide receiver Brent Campbell with 1:57 left to play in the third quarter put the Warhawks on top 10-7. An empty possession from the Titans that went for three yards resulted in a punt to the Warhawks, who were also stopped short of putting any points on the board. The Warhawks were forced to punt to the Titans as the third quarter came to an end. After an empty possession from the Titans to start the fourth quarter, the team managed to stop the Warhawks, resulting in a punt. On the Titans second possession of the fourth quarter, they managed to score another touchdown with a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Dylan Hecker in a drive that was 11 plays for 53 yards. The Titans were back on top 14-10 with 7:54 left in the game.

Whitewater then got the ball back with 7:41 left in the game. Their drive started on their own 28 yard line. After moving the ball 56 yards in 13 plays, the Warhawks scored a 16-yard touchdown run from running back Drew Patterson putting them back on top 17-14. The Warhawks touchdown drive ate up 6:46 of the clock which gave the Titans 00:48 to come up with a score. The Titans started their drive on their own 40 yard line and were able to move the ball to the Warhawks 47 yard line; however, after a sack on Kasper for a loss of 19 yards, the clock expired. Titans head coach Pat Cerroni said he knows this loss was tough for his team, but he is not going to let the loss affect them moving forward. “They better get over it,” Cerroni said. “We have a long way to go.” Cerroni admited the team played well despite the loss considering the conditions they were in. “I’m very proud of them,” Cerroni said. “I think we did a good job and I am very proud of everybody. We came up short and we made mistakes but that’s life.” The Titans’ next game is at 1 p.m. in Stevens Point on Saturday.

Quarterback Brett Kasper Stats Games Played: 5

Throwing attempts: 91

Sacks: 4

Yards: 837

Completions: 56

Completion %: 61.5

Touchdowns: 7

Interceptions: 2

Yards per game: 167.4

to be more mobile and get into our attack.” Robyn went on to add that her success in finding the back of the net is due to the play of her forwards, but also emphasized how important it is to capitalize on opportunities. “I play more off of my forwards, which allows us to do ‘give-and-go’s’ and overlapping runs which give us a lot of chances,” Robyn said. “I really try to focus on scoring when I have the ball because sometimes in a game you’re only going to get one or two shots so you have to make the most of your opportunities.” Coppernoll also noted Robyn has been productive since the change. “[Robyn] has been very mobile and made great runs into the attacking third and made herself extremely dangerous,” Coppernoll said. UWO (7-5-1, 2-1 WIAC) kept UW-Platteville scoreless throughout the match, but defensively the Titans struggled, Coppernoll said. “We were fortunate that Platteville didn’t score,” Coppernoll said. “We had some breakdowns throughout the field and Platteville had many offensive transitions where we were down numbers.” A season-long trend of not winning the ball out of the air has limited UWO’s success, Robyn said. “We are not very good out of the air,” Robyn said. “So we are working on playing balls on the ground or

through-balls to our forwards instead of balls over the top.” Due to the performance of freshman goalkeeper Madelyn Runyan, the Titans were able to escape Platteville with a victory. Runyan has started in only four of the 13 games played, but has received the nod in the last three games. Her last three starts have all come during WIAC play. “To be honest every game is important to me,” Runyan said. “So although playing in conference games feels great, I still am proud to play in any game we have no matter who the competition is.” Runyan finished the game with four saves and earned herself a second clean sheet of the season. Her last shutout came on Sept. 3 when UWO defeated the University of Dubuque (IA) 1-0. Coppernoll said the Pioneers were a test for the Titans in terms of moving forward in conference play. “We got a win on the road,” Coppernoll said. “Platteville is a tough place to play and we got a shut out and the win, which is great.” As for the rest of the season, Coppernoll said UWO is going to take it one game at a time and focus on each team individually. “We will play each game, day by day,” Coppernoll said. “Our goal is to win the next game and improve on our play each day, we want to be playing our best ball at the end of the season.”

NCAA top ten DIII football teams Team


1. Mount Union (Ohio)


2. Wis.-Whitewater


3. Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas)


4. St. Thomas (Minn.)


5. Wheaton (Ill.)


6. North Central (Ill.)


7. Wis.-Oshkosh


8. Johns Hopkins (Md.)


9. Hardin-Simmons (Texas)


10. Linfield (Ore.)



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October 13, 2016

Volleyball defeats Blugolds at home

by Natalie Dillon

The 21st ranked UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team defeated 22nd ranked UW-Eau Claire on Friday, Oct. 7 in three sets with scores of 25-13, 25-23 and 25-16 improving its record to 17-4 overall and 2-2 in conference. UWO is currently fifth out of eight teams in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Head Coach Brian Schaefer said he likes the win, but acknowledges it will still be a tough road to win conference because UW-La Crosse defeated UW-Stevens Point to put the Eagles in a first place tie with two other teams. “We definitely want to beat those nationally ranked teams to help our chances in the regional ranking as well,” Schaefer said. “Basically we are taking one match at a time and seeing how things play out with the other matches.” In the first set, the Titans raced out to a quick 9-3 lead. A six-point run was aided with kills from senior Lexi Thiel and sophomore Carly Lemke. After a Blugold timeout, the two teams went on to exchange points back and forth with Eau Claire coming through with a quick kill to stun the Titans, as Thiel could do little to stop the ball from hitting her in the face. In response, Oshkosh went on another run of seven points led by kills from Jaeke and senior Nerissa Vogt. After the run, the Titans had a 22-8 lead. Eau Claire responded with a small run of their own, but kills from freshman Shannon Herman, Jaeke and Thiel put the Titans up 1-0. Schaefer said the Blugolds were able to go on their run in

the first set by finding holes in the Oshkosh defense. “We were letting a few too many roll shots drop and were hesitant in going for them,” Schaefer said. “With a younger back row you’re going to have those moments where they wonder if they should go for it. As the season progresses I think they will get more aggressive.” Freshman Rachel Gardner has been playing the libero position in a majority of the matches due to the loss of Mandy Trautmann last season. Gardner said the coaches have helped her confidence this season. “Being a freshman on the team and playing libero was a lot of pressure at first, but overall the coaches have done a really good job by putting in our heads the mindset of no matter what age or position to own your role and give it 100 percent and that’s what I’m trying my best to do, even as a freshman,” Gardner said. UWO started the second set with a tie at three and then took the lead off of a block from Herman and Lemke. The Titans went on a small run to lead 7-4 with kills from Lemke and Jaeke. Eau Claire took advantage of a Titan service error, put up a block and came through with an ace to trail only 7-6. The Blugolds tied the game up at eight with another Titan service error. Oshkosh took the lead after tying the game at 22 off an Eau Claire timeout with a kill from Jaeke. From there, the Titans went on to win the second set 25-23 with a double hit from the Blugolds. The Titans began the third set with a 10-4 lead as the run was aided by kills from Lemke, Herman and an ace from senior Laura Trochinski.


The Titans celebrate after a Carly Lemke kill vs. UWEC. Lemke led the match with 12 kills and a .478 kill percentage. The biggest lead of the set came at 21-15 after a Titan ace and another double hit from the Blugolds. Eau Claire called a timeout, but the Titans closed out the set with a couple of blocks to finish the set 25-16. Lemke tied a career high with 12 kills, hit for .478 and put up three blocks. Thiel provided 36 assists and sophomore Tina Elstner pulled through

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with 21 digs with Gardner recording 18. Lemke said she came out with a better mindset against the Blugolds. “I have been concentrating in practice to just be the best middle blocker I can be by closing the block every time and being available for every set,” Lemke said. The Titans have only three

conference games left as they have to play UWSP, UW-River Falls and UW-Stout. Schaefer said the Eagles and Blue Devils, along with the Titans could be playing for their conference lives and fighting to avoid seventh place. “We had two of the tougher teams on the road right away, but there’s so many good teams in our conference,” Schaefer

said. “It’s not a guarantee we are going to be in the conference tournament. There is a lot riding on the last weekend. We’ve got to take care of business. Nobody is an easy out in our conference.” Oshkosh travels to Eau Claire on the weekend of Oct. 14 and 15 to play in the Sandy Schumacher Memorial Tournament.

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