ADVANCE-TITAN INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH
December 8, 2016
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Senior defensive lineman Justin Watson intercepts St. Thomas quarterback Alex Fenske as one of eight turnovers the Titans forced en route to a win on Saturday. by Nate Proell email@example.com The UW Oshkosh football team has advanced to the NCAA Division III football semi-ﬁnals for the second time in program history after a - 1 victory against the St. Thomas Tommies at O’Shaughnessy Stadium in St. aul, innesota. Titans head coach at erroni said he is happy ith his team and hat they ere able to do to beat such a hard opponent. “I’m very proud of our players, erroni said. “It’s all about our players, it has nothing to do ith me. These guys are focused. The Titans took an early lead on the Tommies after ST on the coin toss and elected to differ. The Titans took the ﬁrst possession of the game 6 yards in nine plays to score a touchdo n from a 1-yard rush from Titans’ running back ylan Hecker in a drive that included a -yard Hecker rush and a 1-yard completion from quarterback rett asper to Hecker. ast year’s national runner-up Tommies ere quick to tie the game ith a completion from ST quarterback le enske to att hristenson for four yards. In the follo ing possession, the Titans ere able to take the ball yards in si plays and retake the lead ith a 6-yard touchdo n pass from asper to ide receiver Sam entko ski. The Titans ent ahead 1 - ith remaining in the ﬁrst quarter. The Tommies got the ball back on
their o n yard line and ran one play before the Titans got their ﬁrst of eight turnovers in the game via defensive back ohnny agan’s interception on the ST . ith remaining in the ﬁrst quarter, the Titans started their drive and ran one play to score a touchdo n by a yard completion from asper to entko ski to put the Titans up 1- . The follo ing possession for the Tommies resulted three plays before the Titans got their second turnover of the game from another agan interception at the O . The Titans’ pursuing drive lasted t o plays before the ﬁrst quarter came to an end, continuing into the second quarter and resulted in a punt to the Tommies. The Tommies started their drive on their o n 6 before giving the Titans their third turnover of the game after a fumble from enske hich as recovered by Titans’ linebacker on allas on the ST . The Titans ent ﬁve plays before they ere forced to attempt a ﬁeld goal. The attempt from kicker li ettstein as good and e tended the Titans lead over the Tommies - . ith 11 1 remaining in the second quarter, the Tommies began a drive that resulted in a ﬁeld goal after going yards in eight plays. fter the -yard attempt from ST kicker ryan Stensapir as good, the Tommies ere still do n -1 . The rest of the ﬁrst half ent scoreless. Ho ever, the Titans ere able to
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What you need to know What: UW Oshkosh Titans facing John Carroll for a spot in Stagg Bowl Where: J.J. Keller Field When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 12:05 p.m. Tickets: Free tickets at Kolf until 4 p.m. Friday; $6 for students at gate
Kasper selected as Allstate Good Works Team captain by fans by Morgan Van Lanen firstname.lastname@example.org Titans quarterback rett asper as selected by college football fans as the 16 llstate merican ootball Coaches Association Good orks Team captain. asper ill be recogni ed by the llstate Insurance ompany and during a live broadcast of the Home epot ollege ootball ards tonight at p.m. on S . The captain of the AFCA ood orks Team is the only player out of the selected to be chosen by fan votes. asper as drafted to the team for his commitment to both his studies and the community.
The junior holds a . as a supply chain management major hile volunteering ith organi ations that include eeding merica and the Special Olympics. His biggest contribution as hen he donated his bone marro through e The atch to -year-old hoeni ridegroom ho as in need of a transplant back in 1 . In ovember, asper and the UW Oshkosh football team elcomed ridegroom to the niversity and honored her at halftime in their home game against - a rosse. On an. , asper ill travel to e Orleans to serve at a special youth clinic prior to the 1 llstate Sugar o l and be ill honored in the field at halftime.
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UWO forms vice chancellor hiring committee, asks student input by Laura Dickinson email@example.com A panel on Monday called for student input about the search for the new vice chancellor of student affairs by the Student Affairs Search and Screen Committee in the UW Oshkosh Reeve Theater. The panel was led by Alan Crist, one of the members in charge of organizing the search for the new vice chancellor position. Part of the vice chancellor of student affairs position is being responsible for managing a combined budget of $21 million for student centers on campus and helping oversee each center. Crist began discussion of the proposed timeline by saying the committee hopes to fill the position by the end of March 2017. The position is temporarily being overseen by Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Brandon Miller. Oshkosh Student Association Chief of Staff Alexander Novak said he wants someone who has experience with budgeting and cuts due to the large budget the position would manage. “Due to the description of duties the vice chancellor would oversee, I think they should have a lot of experience with budgeting,” Novak said. “It seems like he
would oversee a very large budget that directly impacts students here.” Crist said experience with budgeting is a concern of everyone on the committee as they move forward with the search. “That is something that we have been emphasizing in our search and it continues to come up in other conversations,” Crist said. “Also, in this environment of budgets being cut. How someone would prioritize where money would be cut from is something we want to know.” Novak said he wants someone who respects the University identity and its individual student value. “I want to see someone who would work with students’ representation on budget decisions or on certain committees that would have impact the university as a whole,” Novak said. According to Novak, the new vice chancellor should also be willing to help take on the results of the campus climate survey that had recently been released. “We would want someone who is aware of the issues that have come out from the climate survey and that we do have diversity issues on this campus,” Novak said. “We want someone who cares what UWO is doing to improve those issues.”
OSA Vice President Pro Tempore Kaitlyn Cartwright said she wants to see the new vice chancellor be in touch with the typical UWO student and know why they attend UWO. “A new vice chancellor needs to understand that the average UWO student here goes here for the community, affordability and ability to communicate with professors,” Cartwright said. “They need to know that UWO makes an effort to connect with the Oshkosh community here.” OSA Speaker Pro Tempore Emily Colon said whoever is hired should understand the opportunities offered through the school and why that makes UWO great. “I chose UWO based on the fact that it feels like home and there are so many great resources for students offered here,” Colon said. “A new vice chancellor would need to know that in order to know how important those resources are to students here.” Crist said the projected timeline will start the search at the beginning of the next semester and fill the position by the end of the academic year. “Feb. 20 will be our target application day but we are telling anyone who wants full consideration to apply until the position is filled,”
Upon graduating from UWMilwaukee with a sociology and history degree, she didn’t get a job right away. Phillips networked at the restaurant she worked at and managed to get a job at Ford Models. She then continued her career path to Information Technologies and then eventually to her current job as a financial advisor. She gave her advice to the audience with her three steps to going down the unconventional career path. “The first step is having an initiative process,” Phillips said. “Number two is my favorite and it’s having a tribe of resources… number three is living outside your
comfort zone.” Travis Cardarella, the president of the Millennials Club, a senior and a communications major, said the main thing he is concerned about for his future is learning. “We aren’t going to have all the answers and the answers will continue to come as we get experience.” Cardarella said. Cardarella said Phillips has helped him a lot in changing his perspective in finding a career. “Y our success will come when it needs to,” Cardarella said. “Just continue at your pace.”
of meat was not any sort of heart at all, despite an earlier report. “It wasn’t a heart,” Nichols said. “It was venison meat.” UW Oshkosh student Corey Parks, who lives at the home the meat was left outside of, said he and his roommates are still un-
nerved about the burglary and strange circumstances surrounding it. “I am not that surprised that it turned out to be just venison, but I [am] relieved that it was not a heart,” Parks said. “It definitely takes some of the unknowing out about the whole situation.”
Darryl Sims, Alan Crist and Kaitlyn Cartwright take part in the panel to discuss the search for a new vice chancellor of student affairs on Monday evening. Crist said. While Crist said the committee is posting the job nationwide, someone already in the UWO administration could also apply for the position. “In my experience, [when someone] is hired internally from an institution, everyone knows that person pretty well,” Crist said. “That is a double edge sword because there isn’t anyone who hasn’t stepped on a few toes and
you are going to know about that. On the other hand, you know them really well and you know what kind of good job they can do.” Crist said the search is a confidential process until the final candidates are selected, hoping the privacy will encourage people to apply. “We are advertising in many nationwide higher education magazines and we are reaching out to a broad audience as much as possi-
Less than two weeks ago, another United States campus suffered a tragedy. Eleven people were injured at Ohio State University at the hands of a student, resulting in the death of the attacker. This incident— different from many incidents of campus violence— is a reminder of the importance of being prepared. At UW Oshkosh, we are constantly working toward creating a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. This past semester has had a more focused effort to enhance our campus readiness for emergency situations. As seen with Ohio State, we never know exactly what might happen; therefore we need to be prepared to respond to any incident. University Police Chief Kurt Leibold is leading UWO’s efforts to build a new and comprehensive emergency response program that will provide protocol for a range of incidents. Extreme weather is a hazard we experience regularly and need to prepare and practice for. Other hazards include in-
fectious disease outbreaks, active shooters and technological outages. A tornado or winter storm may put our campus community in harm' s way. A massive technology outage could put our ability to operate in jeopardy. The least likely, yet most feared, incidents involve violence on campus. These incidents req uire an immediate and methodical response where proper communication can save lives. While our campus is prepared today to react to any incident, the strength of an emergency planning program comes from its training and regularly practiced exercises. Additional training is underway for emergency response personnel, including the gold standard in emergency response training from the Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA) . A training program is also in development for all University staff. Additionally, the broader UWO community needs education and training to be prepared to respond. Students can prepare themselves by
ble,” Crist said. “This isn’t to say that people who are here internally aren’t welcome to apply as well.” Going forward, Crist said students’ suggestions are what are going to help shape how the committee goes about searching for the right person for the job. “It is important when people start interviewing for the position, I can tell them ‘ this is what students want to see from you,’” Crist said.
TEDx speaker gives advice Chancellor’s Column on alternative career paths Safety is our top priority by Hailey Lawrence firstname.lastname@example.org The Millennials Club and Psychology Club hosted Emily Phillips, a TEDx speaker, who came to UW Oshkosh on Wednesday to speak on behalf of creating a career path for students. Phillips, a UW-Milwaukee graduate, gave a presentation titled “Agile Leadership: Preparing for an Unconventional Career Path” to students in Sage Hall. The lecture hall was packed with students from different majors to hear about Phillips’ unconventional career path. Phillips told her story of her unorthodox career path.
Meat found at burglary not heart
by Ti Windisch email@example.com The piece of meat earlier identified as a heart was actually a piece of venison, not a heart, according to Oshkosh Police Department OPD Public Information/ Crime Prevention Officer Joseph Nichols said the piece
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Muslim students look to educate campus by Nicole Horner email@example.com The UW Oshkosh Muslim Student Association handed out Q urans and answered q uestions about their faith at an informational session in Reeve Memorial Union on Thursday. MSA Vice President Jamal Arafeh said this event was to help inform people about Islam. “There are a lot of misconceptions about Islam, especially with the media,” Arafeh said. “That is a big part of misleading ideas about Islam. So we are here just to show what Islam is really about.” According to MSA President Z eeshan Sabih said the event educated people about the faith and beliefs of Muslims. “We’re here to answer any q uestions that people might have, and they should feel encouraged to ask us and not feel shy about that,” Sabih said. “People have a lot of q uestions, people have some wild ideas about what Islam is, so we’re here to answer any q uestions people might have. Islam is not a violent religion, that’s one big thing people think about.” Junior Tariq Anjum said he went to the MSA event to check it out after hearing about it earlier. “I just wanted to come and see because I am Muslim too,” Anjum said. “I wanted to come and see all they are doing.” According to Alyssa Borchardt, there are many people that take interest in Islam. “They just want to know,” Borchardt said. “They want to educate themselves on it just so they can have a stance in what’s going on.” Borchardt said this session exposed people to topics that they had not been aware of. “They learn pretty much just the basics of Islam, like how we’re a monotheistic religion,” Borchardt said. “A
lot of what we’re talking about are just any general q uestions that people have, which we get some interesting ones sometimes.” Borchardt said this session was a way to ward off the hate that has appeared within the community. “It’s just a way to kind of reach out, to talk to people so that they know that we’re not hateful people, we’re not out to get them, anything like that,” Borchardt said. “It’s just a way for us to be able to reach out to the community to know us.” According to Borchardt, talking to MSA members can help diminish this hate. “If they see us and they talk to us, all the hate goes away,” Borchardt said. “Y ou can hate someone if you don’t know them, but once you know them it’s much harder to hate someone.” Borchardt said the club is a way for Muslims and Muslim supporters to come together. “Pretty much what we do is we just meet every couple weeks to know who’s in the community and know who supports us,” Borchardt said. “[MSA is] just a safe space for Muslim students or people who support Muslim students.” According to Borchardt, UWO students are not the only people involved in the club. “Y ou don’t need to be a part of the school to be involved in the club,” Borchardt said. “I’m involved in the club and I help out. I’m not a student, I just help out at events or I just come and show support.” According to Anjum, students should take interest in this group to better their understanding of Islam. “This is something we all need in order to have a better understanding about different religions,” Anjum said. “People are from different faiths. The more they talk to each other, the more they get a better understanding.”
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The voting numbers of Wards 3 and 4 were provided to the Advance-Titan by Jim Simmons. Those wards voted at Albee Hall and are primarily made up of UWO students who live on .
Stein raises almost double presidential campaign funds for election recount in WI by Alex Nemec firstname.lastname@example.org Green Party Presidential candidate Jill Stein has raised over $7 million to fund a recount of the presidental election in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, despite receiving zero electoral votes. Stein received just over one percent of the popular vote and doubled the $3.5 million she raised for her presidential campaign. James Simmons, a political science professor at UW Oshkosh, said the Green Party generally has problems with the United States’ electoral system thinking it’s a ed and are trying to get more people to talk about the Green Party. “I think that the recount is some-
way they can draw attention to the issues that they have,” Simmons said. “Plus the greens are generally, on most issues, close to the democrats.” Senior Karolina Baca said she likes the idea of Jill Stein organizing a recount and there is nothing wrong with double checking. “She has the right to do it,” Baca said. “So if she believes there is a chance of suspicious activity going on that she wants to double check, she should have the right to do that.” UWO student Lauren Slusarski said the recount should be done by hand. “Being as the error fell with the computers, I think it’s stupid to just recount on the computer, I think they should do a hand recount,” Slusarski said. “Because computers can be ma-
nipulated and were.” Simmons said there would have to have been a big mistake to make the recount matter in Wisconsin and shift where the state’s votes actually went. “Trump won Wisconsin by 22,000 to 23,000 votes, now it would be unusual to ﬁnd that a recount shift that many votes,” Simmons said. According to Simmons, the recount is a good idea because no matter the turnout, it’s good for the voting system. “If the recount produces the same numbers or nearly the same numbers as election night, that reafﬁrms that the process is working well,” Simmons said. “On the other hand, if it sho s that there are a s in the system we ought to know about it. Does it affect the outcome? Unlikely.”
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Destress fest relaxes UWO
by Ti Windisch email@example.com UW Oshkosh students were able to relax, get massages and interact with dogs at Destress Fest, an event in Reeve Memorial Union on Friday to help reduce stress before finals week. Student Bayleigh Marq uis said she enjoyed playing with the dogs at Destress Fest because she does not get to see her own pet while she’s away at school. “I had a blast being able to pet all the different dogs that were there, it was the highlight of my week.” Marq uis said.
Health Promotion Coordinator Juliana Kahrs said the event was put on with help from Reeve Union and the United Students In Residence Halls ( USRH) planning committee, and she is confident it can get even better in the future. “Our goal was to create an environment where hundreds of students could relax and enjoy a Friday night on campus while also learning and practicing healthy stress-management strategies,” Kahrs said. “Students spent time doing crafts, playing games, getting massages and interacting with therapy dogs.”
Top left: A student plays with a small dachshund. Top right: Bayleigh Marquis hugs a St. Bernard wearing a bandana. Left: Heather Wehse colors in a picture to relax before finals week. Right: Cassie Tilidetzke designs and colors. All photos Diederich
FIRE: UWO violates First Amendment by Alex Nemec firstname.lastname@example.org UW Oshkosh is the last UW System school with a red light status ranking from Foundation for Individual Rights in Education for not having policies that support or value the First Amendment. FIRE’s mission statement according to their website is “to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities.” Colleges are rated with a green, yellow or red light based on how their policies reflect First Amendment rights. Y oung Americans for Liberty president Jakub Nowak said he agrees with FIRE’s ranking of UWO with the policies written down, but not the University' s actions for handling the issues. “When it comes to enforcing them, [the University doesn’t,”] Nowak said. “In theory, Oshkosh is pretty fair, but with the policies that are written down, then no, they’re not fair at all. They are pretty strict and they do infringe upon our First Amendment right of freedom of speech.” Nowak said policies aren’t even supposed to be in the handbook
because the UW Board of Regents Senior Scott Brugioni said UWO passed free speech codes that re- these policies worry him but it flect the Chicago statement, and is won’t affect him as much as underthe code FIRE. enjoys to govern by. classmen “A lot of the universities in Illi“For current students it does nois have a green pose a problem light, so in theofor them,” Brury the universiI want the school to realize gioni said. “I can ties in Wisconthere being that these policies they have are see sin should have a problem in the a green light,” redundant and stupid, for the future.” Nowak said. “Y et lack of a better word. Majeed said he Oshkosh still has hopes UWO can — Jakub Nowak work on their a red light. This Young Americans policies so they thing was passed For Liberty President can get out of the by the Board of Regents a year red light rating ago and we still and have been in have a red light and we’re the only contact. public school in the state of Wis“After FIRE sent out letters to consin that has a red light.” schools in the red light rating, the Director of policy reform Azhar University contacted us about fixMajeed said UWO has three-upper ing the policies,” Majeed said. level violations regarding inclu- “Progress has been steady and we sivity and diversity, harassment hope it continues that way.” and interactions among university According to Nowak, rolling members earning them the red light the beach ball around campus was rating. against a policy in the inclusivity “Oshkosh maintains three pol- and diversity segment of the handicies that are strictly and substan- book, which states the introduction tially restricting First Amendment of unwanted gender based, verbal, rights on their campus,” Majeed written or physical conduct into said. “These policies would abso- work, learning or living environlutely be struck down in court.” ments is strictly prohibited.
“With that freedom of speech ball a lot of things were written down on there that were very bad, I saw that I was like ‘ oh jeez,’” Nowak said. “But that was the point of the freedom of speech ball, you could write whatever you want.” Nowak said if somebody felt offended the event should have been shut down, and during that event the police were called. “The police did show up to investigate and they let me continue,” Nowak said. “There was a person from the Dean of Students office who came by and looked at it and they didn’t shut me down. I broke policies and no one shut me down. The goal was to get shut down so these policies can be brought up.” According to a press release by Y AL Wednesday, there will be a
protest on UW Madison’s campus today. “The [Y AL] chapter at the University of Wisconsin will hold an organized protest regarding the university’s restrictive speech codes,” the release stated. Nowak said the protests are demanding the regents to change free speech codes to force universities across the state to do the same. “It’s all to bring attention to outdated and restricted free speech codes,” Nowak said. Nowak said he shouldn’t have to go through Oshkosh Student Association, but will if necessary to get the University’s attention. “I want the school to realize that these policies they have are redundant and stupid, for the lack of a better word,” Nowak said.
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World AIDS Day aims to educate students by Mia Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org In honor of World AIDS Day on Thursday, UW Oshkosh had activity booths spread around the University designed to educate students about the disease. World AIDS day was officially declared in 1988 and is dedicated to raising awareness about the spread of HIV infection as well as those who have lost their lives to the disease. At UWO, there were six locations that students could visit, including Reeve Memorial Union, Halsey Science Center, Clow Social Science Center, Sage Hall, the Student Success Center and Polk Library. Each booth included different information about AIDS. Students got to learn about how the disease is spread and its complicated history. Students and faculty from different on-campus organizations, such as the LGBTQ Resource Center the Women’s Center and Titan Life Program were at the booths to engage with students regarding q uestions they might have about the topic. Students were to able to go from booth to booth in order to get their World AIDS Day passport stamped, which is a paper with checkboxes of each building on it for easier navigation. Dylan Bram, Student Advisor for Leadership and Involvement said the intent of World AIDS Day is to bring awareness to students about
the disease. “World AIDS Day is to educate people on a topic that is often overlooked,” Bram said. “The point of today is to spread awareness to students on campus, our table in particular focuses on the myths versus facts about AIDS.” In the library, students from the LGBTQ Resource Center were present to discuss the worldwide effects of HIV/ AIDS. LGBTQ Resource Center intern Shauna Van Domelen said AIDS is a lot more prevalent than students might think. “We’re here to show that it’s more than just something that was here in the 80s and 90s and now it’s gone, or that it’s solely in Africa, it’s everywhere,” Van Domelen said. “We’re also here to show how gender affects HIV/ AIDS and how that can impact the q uality of healthcare one will receive [based on] the treatment you can afford.” When students got to Clow, they were educated on how they can prevent the spread of the disease. Assistant Dean of Students Danielle Jones said students need to realize how easily the virus can be introduced to the student population. “We’re looking at which bodily fluids actually have HIV in them,” Jones said. “We have a matching activity comparing things that can contract [the disease] versus those that cannot.” Jones said AIDS is a disease often looked down upon
in society because of how it’s contracted. “I think it’s a pretty stigmatized disease and so when we’re talking about various illnesses, it can be hard to talk about and people can be very fearful of it when discussing how it can be contracted,” Jones said. “People won’t know how prevalent it truly is if they’re not willing to talk about it.” In Sage, students from the Titan Life Program had a Jeopardy game set up for students to test their knowledge of the subject and could win various prizes such as candy and condoms if they answered correctly. Program Assistant for the Women’s Center Eliza Farrow said it’s important for students to spread awareness about the disease, even if it’s something small. “Writing something like ‘ Know Y our Status’ or ‘ I Know My Status’ is a good way to start conversation,” Farrow said. “When you wear it, people ask q uestions and you get a chance to educate others.” LGBTQ Resource Center Program Assistant Matthew Reinhardt said students don’t realize HIV/ AIDS is better understood now than it was 20 years ago. “The benefit is, those that are HIV positive can still live healthy, productive lives although there is still no cure,” Reinhardt said. Any student interested in getting tested or learning more about HIV/ AIDS can visit the Student Health Center.
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-Taylor and Stewart halls were being renovated -Students had to call in to schedule their classes
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-UW Oshkosh adopted eight point grading scale to include AB and BC
-UW Oshkosh now only has a 5 point traditional grading scale
-OSA considered legislation, which would lower the drinking age to 18.
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Raquel Tuohy - Campus Connections Editor
December 8, 2016
Accident-prone sandwich enthusiast bids A-T farewell by Nyreesha Williams email@example.com
From left: Seniors Raquel Tuohy, Jessica Zemlicka and Nyreesha Williams-Torrence are excited to graduate from UWO.
Journalist writes silly goodbye by Raquel Tuohy firstname.lastname@example.org I came to UW Oshkosh to pursue a career in nursing. I told my high school guidance counselor I would only consider schools that had a reputation for solid nursing programs. I picked UWO because I heard from several people Oshkosh was known for their q uality nursing school and the University was far enough from home that I wasn’t running into people I knew from high school. It wasn’t until I was sitting through another endless presentation at Odyssey orientation that I realized I was doing nursing for everyone else but me. I was doing it because it was almost expected of me, given my complex medical history and surface-level interest in medicine. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but nursing wasn’t it. And to my parents horror, I went into college having an undeclared major. I dabbled in political science, psychology and criminal justice, but I didn’t feel they ere the right ﬁt for me. I didn’t consider a career in journalism until a friend recommended it to me after we were watching the Godlen Globes together and I was able to list off every celebrity on the TV. I didn’t know what it was, but I didn’t think it had anything to do with
journalism. On a whim, I declared a major in journalism with an emphasis in public relations. Now I had a major and an overall idea of what I wanted to with my life, and it was time to get involved in something that could give me some experience. At the beginning of my sophomore year, Katie Knox came to my Journalism 141 class and recruited people for the Advance-Titan. I ﬁgured it couldn’t hurt, so I emailed her and became a news reporter. I didn’t have any idea what I was doing, but notebook in hand, I went out and wrote a ( bad) story about Run with the Cops. It never ran, but Katie and Brenna McDermot gave me another chance with a story about the cost of the chancellor search. I will never forget causally walking past the newstand in Reeve and seeing my story on the front page, above the fold. I grabbed a handful of copies while dialing my mom on the phone, completely forgetting I was interrupting her business meeting. I could barely string together a sentence, I was so excited. All that came out was “story” and “front.” Later, she told me she has never heard me so thrilled about anything before. It’s moments like that, that make me proud to have joined the A-T. Whether it was seeing my hard work pay off in
an article, or simply gooﬁng off in the newsroom with everyone on Wednesday nights, I will miss going down there and feeling like I’m home. I like to think that I have grown so much as a writer and as an editor. I’ve learned how to meet deadlines, how to yell at people who don’t and what it means to put together a q uality newspaper. I just want to say thank you to Jessica Johnson, who will probably roll her eyes while reading this. Jess, you have been a great friend and I’m so glad we’ve had each other to vent to and learn from. I’ve seen you kick butt as an editor-in-chief and I know you will do amazing things after graduation. I also want to thank Vince Filak for instilling conﬁdence in me hen I
came to you with my constant editorial/ life problems. Y our passion for teaching and your students is something that I needed and appreciate. And to all the professors in the journalism department, thank you for teaching me and being kind. Dr. Jean Giovanetti, I hope to run into you at Target sometime soon. I also want to thank the entire A-T staff who has put up with my incessant q uestions as I try to gain my footing as an editor, I appreciate you all. And to my grandpa, whom I lost in October, thank you for talking me into keeping my editor position when I was second guessing myself. He told me I should continue to work at the A-T if it’s something that I love to do. And yes, yes it is.
When I was young, I dreamed of going to a huge college, somewhere like UW Madison or the University of Florida, but I ended up at UW Oshkosh because it was a more affordable option. I’d never talked to an admissions counselor or toured the campus, but tuition was a fraction of the cost than those larger universities. So in 2012, I moved into Taylor Hall and UWO became my home. If someone had told me then that I’d end up feeling a bit sad about graduation, I would’ve laughed in their face, because, frankly, I hated it here. I felt out of place and wondered if things would’ve been different if I’d searched for more scholarships and stayed closer to home. I was seriously considering transferring after my sophomore year. But, a change of major and the fear that transferring would set my graduation date back too far prompted me to stay. In the fall of 2014, I walked into my 8 a.m. Writing For the edia class, hoping I’d ﬁnally ﬁnd the right major for me. When class began, the professor and adviser of this paper, Vince Filak, gave a lecture that beautifully framed journalism as a profession of storytelling. I left that day conﬁdent that I’d be able to pursue my passion for storytelling, even if I never wanted to be a writer. Soon after that ﬁrst class, I decided to cross the threshold of Reeve 19 and start writing for the sports section of the Advance-Titan. It was, without q uestion, the most important decision I made in my college career. We joke a lot down here that once you join the staff, it’s impossible to escape but that’s exactly what happened to me. I wrote for one semester, spent two as the sports editor, one as the opinion editor and spent this last semester as the social media manager. In that time, the people became my family and Reeve 19 became my home.
I’ve celebrated some of the best moments of my life here and mourned some of the worst. Every lesson I learned about journalism came during my time here and I was lucky enough to learn a lot about myself and life in the process. It wasn’t always fun and things were seldom easy, but I know I’m better for it. Vince, I know you’re generally reluctant to accept praise but you’re just going to have to suck it up for right now. When people outside of our newsroom tried to attack the A-T, you didn’t run; you burrowed down into the trenches with us and fought. In doing so, you showed me what it truly means to be a leader and honorable person. I can’t accurately articulate how much that means to me. Thank you for always holding me accountable and refusing to allow me to be complacent, or accept mediocrity from myself or those around me. Thank you for believing in me and encouraging me when I didn’t have it in me do it myself. I’m a better writer and, more importantly, a better person for having known you. I want to thank my mom for never letting me q uit and helping me understand the nobility in perseverance. To my grandparents, your lives served as testaments to the importance of education and your continuous support never went unnoticed or unappreciated. Everything I’ve done in life has been to make y’all proud. Finally, to my A-T family, past and present, especially those of you who were here during budgetgate 2015, thank you for complimenting my work when I deserved it and critiq uing it when necessary. Thank you for pushing me to be a better writer and editor; simply being around you all inspired me. It’s been an honor to tell stories and make memories with you for the past two years and I truly considered it a privilege every time my name was printed in the A-T’s masthead. I love you guys and I’m going to miss you.
Advance itan o rnalist doesn t ail stats ﬁnally grad ates by Jessica Zemlicka email@example.com I started at the Advance-Titan in Fall 2014. It was six months after I had my son and my life was changing rapidly. I enrolled in my ﬁrst courses at UW Oshkosh thinking I would just go to class, go to work and go home to be with Deacon. y ﬁrst day, I as introduced to people that would take me to the basement of Reeve Memorial Union and change my life. Reeve 19 is the Advance-Titan newsroom. Not many know this, and sometimes, that’s appreciated by the staff. The room is ﬁlled ith archived issues from decades before, ﬁveyear-old AP stylebooks and Mac desktops line the walls for all the different sections. The room of stuff q uickly became a home away from home for myself, and many others, who I would soon call my best friends and my family. My time at the A-T has been short. Two years is nothing. In Fall 2015, I entered a meeting where myself, my editor-in-chief and adviser were told we were worthless and we had to break the news of that to our staff. We fought against the those attacking us, rallied with the support of our donors and discovered how much we are
loved by those passing along the message # WeNeedTheAT. The hardest part for me during that time was watching the conﬁdence and happiness of my new family dwindling the more we were beat down. Friendships were broken, and some got stronger. We cancelled production one night and thought e’d ﬁ everything, but only time could heal what had been done. The most empowering part of this time was walking into a meeting about the status of our paper with campus administrators, the journalism advisory board and my adviser. I have no recollection of what occurred in the meeting except defending my newspaper and my adviser. He says I saved his life. I don’t believe that. I believe I just stood up for my family. It took a while for us to gain back our momentum, but we did. We received a challenge grant from an anonymous donor, made it to Madison for the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Conference and Washington D.C. for the Associated Collegiate Press National Media Convention, where we on an a ard for the ﬁrst time since I started at the A-T. We’re getting even better. We entered into WNA’s Better Newspaper Contest and we’re really hope-
ful to bring back some more awards. My time at the A-T was not meant to win awards and gain internships. It was time spent to have the experience of working for a real newspaper, further my education and ﬁnd the best friends someone could have. When you enter this newsroom, you are immediately welcomed. No matter your major, experience or background, we’ll take you. Y es, we’re loud and obnoxious, but it’s part of our charm. There’s so much to say and the above is just the beginning. I can’t say much more without starting a 200-page book. For now, I’ll say my thank yous and leave Reeve 19 knowing it was two of the best years of my life. Thank you to Katie Knox. atie as my ﬁrst editor and she had enough faith in me to put me on the editorial staff one semester in. From then on, she and I would become leaders of the paper through one of the toughest times in our lives. Without her, I would not have thrived during the ﬁrst year. Thank you to Alison Herrmann. Though she has graduated now, she was by my side through my ﬁrst term as ne s editor. She made it easy for me to be an editor and try to help save the paper. She’s still
one of the people I go to when I need to talk because I know she’ll be honest with me. Plus she knows how to work, work, work, work. Thank you to Nyreesha Williams-Torrence. We’re really doing it. We’re graduating. I know both of us have our doubts, but at least we’ve had each other through it. Y ou were sports and I was news in Spring 2015, but I can honestly say now that without you this past year, school and life would have been the wü rst. Thank you to Jessica Johnson. Y ou were always my best writer, the favorite child, the prodigy. I was so happy to have you on my team of writers and I feel even luckier to have called you the EIC to my ME this semester. Y ou’re like my little sister. Somedays I want to kill you and some days I want to sing your praises. Sometimes that is the same day. If I ignore your call on a Wednesday next semester, I’m probably already driving to campus to help you out. Thank you to the news guys, Ti Windisch and Alex Nemec. Y ou two have truly, honestly made this semester better. Everytime I see you two, especially if you’re together, I laugh. I’m so grateful you two are part of this paper’s future, my chief
concern is that one of you will say something publicly to the effect of, “Let’s go! ” Thanks, fam. Thank you to all the editors past and present. Y ou are all a part of my family now. There’s not a day that goes by I won’t remember the A-T and the work you all put into it. Last, but certainly not least, thank you Vince. Thank you for believing in me, in my fellow editors and in the newspaper. Y ou raised money for us like a homeless man with the # WeNeedTheAT can, dressed as a ombie and you sacriﬁce time with your own family to be
here with us every Wednesday night. I’ve cried in your ofﬁce too many times, doubted myself and doubted if what we were doing was worth it. We both know now that none of that was necessary. Without you I would not be the writer, editor or friend I am today. From meeting you in Principle of Ad to struggling in Features, you’ve always been the professor I could go to for academic, professional or personal advice. I will miss seeing you every week and knowing I can just stop by your ofﬁce on my way to class just to say hi. Thank you, Vince. Thank you.
Alyssa Grove - Opinon Editor
December 8, 2016
OPINION City needs to make a compromise over rental inspections
“ enters have rights are the words that come to the minds of most renters around the Oshkosh community when hearing the phrase “your homes ill be searched, even the ones who aren’t aware of their ourth mendment rights. hat if I ere to tell you that the City of Oshkosh would be going to each of the 12,000 rental locations in the areas surrounding the University to conduct a door-to-door inspection. As proposed, there will be a visitation charge of $100 for each inspector visit with an additional $45 for the inspection of each unit. The fees will be charged whether or not the resident allows the inspector access to the property. John Z arate, the City of Oshkosh’s hief uilding Ofﬁcial, stated in a presentation, conducted on Aug 3 at the innebago Housing oalition meeting, that “special inspection arrants ould be obtained at the discretion of the health and safety department if renters refused access to their home. Z arate said that if denied access into the rental location, the department would take actions that consist of hiring a locksmith to pick the lock or breaking down the door to gain entry into the renter’s
home. As a student and a young educated adult, I ﬁrmly believe that my ourth mendment rights are being violated by this ne ordinance. The ourth mendment is deﬁned as “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and sei ures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or afﬁrmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be sei ed. In my understanding as a senior at UW Oshkosh and second year resident of a rental property, we signed a contract with our landlord that contains stipulations that the property is up to code. If a problem comes about, we are able to contact our property owner, explain the issue and get it ﬁ ed. Ultimately, having these inspection checks will result in struggling college students having to pay additional fees for the inspections on top of tuition, more than likely a higher monthly rent and unnecessary stress on top of exams, papers, ork and everyday life. As a community and student body, we need to collaborate ith the inspections ofﬁce to come up with a mutual solution for this issue. Renters are being discriminated against and targeted in comparison to a typical homeo ner. Due to a limited housing selection for upperclassmen, those who choose to live off campus will be forced to comply under these government regulations. There are many methods that can be used to compromise with the rental community besides these inspections. Residents shouldn’t have to be threatened or feel intimidated by the city. reat cities that are functional are those built by working together and they will produce a much more positive and long-term result working for their citi ens than against them.
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Every semester students are faced with at least three weeks of stress leading up to ﬁnals eek. ot only is a eek ith an exam in almost every class in your schedule hard, but having to still go to class and learn new material during that eek makes it even orse. UW Oshkosh does not have a week strictly dedicated to ﬁnal e ams. Instead, students get to endure the struggle of trying to ﬁnd time to study hile still attending classes. o some may say this is no different than any other week that a student has an e am, but it is much more than that. This is not just one exam a student has to study for, but in some cases, six or seven. Dealing with a week of classes, as ell as studying and ﬁnishing last minute projects is a recipe for stress overload and lack of sleep. Trying to ﬁnd time to complete papers and get together with groups to work on projects doesn’t leave students with nearly enough time to study. UWO needs to give students a week dedicated solely to ﬁnal e ams, a eek ith no classes - just speciﬁed times - to take each e am. Senior icole ammon said she thinks O’s current system of ﬁnals eek isn’t hat is best for students. “I think it should be its o n eek,
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ammon said. “ inals in education are mainly all projects and presentations, but still. eing an education major, ammon said that even though she doesn’t have to deal ith all of the same stress of ﬁnals as other majors do, she doesn’t think it’s fair for anyone to have to learn new material a day before it shows up on a ﬁnal e am. Having to study this brand new information along with everything else they’ve learned that semester in just a fe days can be over helming. Although projects and presentations may seem easy to juggle among regular day-to-day classes during ﬁnals eek, it would be nice for many students to have that e tra time outside of class to ﬁnali e all of their assignments and be able to produce their best possible ork. Senior Sam Walvort said she doesn’t feel the need to make a change to how ﬁnals eek orks here. “I like the ﬁnals the ay it is right no , alvort said. “It feels more natural instead of being so full of pressure. Walvort said that because students are still obligated to go to class during the eek, it makes ﬁnals eek seem like any other eek in the semester. “This way it doesn’t stand out as this big stressful eek, alvort said. “It’s just another eek. As students move on in their majors, a lot of their ﬁnals eeks become more project-oriented. hile they still have some exams, a lot of classes assign a project or paper to round out the semes-
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O student argaret eertsen remembered back to when she was taking her general education classes early on in her college career and how overwhelming they often ere. “ hen I as in gen eds I remember being super stressed out ith ﬁnals eek, eertsen said. “ e ould have a normal class on Monday still and then an e am on ednesday. ou’ll still be learning new content [up until] taking the e am. eertsen said she sympathi es for those students who have all of their exams packed at the end of the week or in bet een normal classes. “I think you should be able to dedicate that entire eek to studying, eertsen said. “If they really ant us to be academically successful I think a eek dedicated to ﬁnals ould be better. ot only does going to class take study time away from students, it can be stressful for students to sit in class and pay attention while all they can think about is their exam that is coming up in their ne t class. If O gave students a eek dedicated strictly to ﬁnal e ams, it ould prevent students from having to cram and pull all-nighters trying to study. ot all students ould take advantage of the extra time they have to study, but a lot ould. UWO needs to put students’ academic success ﬁrst and dedicate the last eek of each semester to e ams only.
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Austin Walther - Sports Editor Morgan Van Lanen - Assistant Sports Editor
December 8, 2016
Men’s basketball wins two in a row
by Natalie Dillon firstname.lastname@example.org
The UW Oshkosh men’s basketball team is back over .500 ( 4-3) after two wins over Calvin College and Maranatha Baptist University. The Titans defeated the Knights and the Sabercats by scores of 73-52 and 75-58, respectively. Junior Charlie Noone, who scored 31 points over the two games, said he is happy to regain a winning record. “It feels good,” Noone said. “We had a tough start out on the road against some good teams. It’s nice to get back on our court and pull together a win.” Oshkosh scored the ﬁrst points of the game with a jump shot from sophomore Ben Boots, who grabbed the defensive rebound on the other end to set up the offense. A minute later, Maranatha’s Richard Medina stole the ball from sophomore Brett Wittchow, which ultimately lead to two points for the Cats and a tie game. The two teams exchanged the lead six times early in the game before the Titans pulled away 20-11 after Noone was fouled beyond the 3-point-line and made all three of his free throws. Trailing by 10, Maranatha went on a run to pull within three. The run was sparked by a 3-point shot from Tyree Bearden who was fouled shortly after by senior AJ Mueller. Bearden made both of his free throws and was followed by a layup from teammate Matt Gill to trail only 23-20. In response, freshman Jack Flynn powered through a foul by Wes Wagner to score the subseq uent free throw. After a Titan turnover, Boots stole the ball back, drove up the court, and made a layup.
However, the Sabercats wouldn’t go away. Consecutive 2-point shots from Wagner and Jonathan Book brought them back within four. Even though Boots landed a 3-pointer, Micah Shepard responded with one of his own. In the remaining four minutes of the half, the Titans extended their lead to 41-34 with key free throws from Wittchow and a 3-pointer from Noone. In the ﬁrst half, aranatha held a better shooting percentage than Oshkosh, but Oshkosh shot better from the 3-point line and made six of their six free throws while Maranatha attempted only four. Head coach Pat Juckem said a goal for his team is to try and get to the free-throw line often, convert and limit the other team from doing the same. “Our goal is to make more free throws than our opponent even attempts,” Juckem said. “When we accomplish that goal, we don’t often lose. We have a type of team and style of play that should get us to the free-throw line a lot.” Maranatha opened the second half with a layup from Wagner to trail 41-36. Oshkosh’s ﬁrst points of the second half came three minutes in with a 3-point shot from Noone. After a turnover from the Sabercats and some subs, Noone converted another 3-pointer with an assist from Wittchow to lead by 11. The lead swelled to 60-41 with three 3-point shots, one by senior Sean Dwyer and two from Boots. Dwyer made another 3-pointer to cancel out a 3-pointer from Bearden to maintain a 19-point lead. The Titans’ ﬁrst -point lead came from a steal by Flynn who turned it into two points with an assist from Boots.
With 1: 31 left in the game, both teams took the opportunity to get subs in. Freshman David Vlotho came off of the bench, and got a steal. He was fouled and put on the line and made one of two free throws. Noone led the team with 15 points followed by Boots with 13, Wittchow with 11 and Dwyer and Flynn scored nine. Both Noone and Boots were perfect at the free throw line while Dwyer was 3 for 4 in 3-point attempts. Sophomore Kyle Beyak and senior Taylor Jansen both contributed four assists. In the game against Calvin, the Titans took a commanding 12-0 lead. Noone contributed a jump shot and 3-pointer, sophomore Sam Johnson and Wittchow made a layup and Flynn converted three more points on a layup and made free throw. Juckem said he liked the way the team started the ﬁrst half and how they set a tone. “We came out with an edge, which we really challenge our guys to come out with,” Juckem said. “We want them to reestablish and impose their will which they haven’t been playing with to date.” The nights scored their ﬁrst points four minutes into the game with a layup from Mike Siegel. The next 12-point lead came with 12 minutes left in the half after senior Max Schebel scored on a layup. Noone added to the lead with another pair of 3-pointers. However, he fouled Michael Wilks beyond the three point line, and Wilks converted all three free throws. In response, Noone made three points. The largest lead of the half, 42-12, came with three minutes left after a 3-point shot from Wittchow. In the remain-
Junior guard Ben Boots (No. 2) defends Calvin College’s Tony Canonie (No. 20) at home. ing time, Calvin scored three of its next seven points on free throws. In the ﬁrst ﬁve minutes of the half Oshkosh committed only one foul, but in the last ﬁve minutes of the half they committed ﬁve. Juckem accredited the fouls to a breakdown in the defense. He said he wants the team to be physical but avoid fouling and admits there is a ﬁne line between the two. “When our guys foul, it is something associated with a technical breakdown, something in their stance,” Juckem said. “Usually, fouls are mistakes. So in our ﬁlm study e
show those clips to the guys as a teaching point.” Despite the fouls, Oshkosh held Calvin to only 19 points in the ﬁrst half. Schebel said he takes pride in the defense and how the players are there for one another. “The strength of our defense is that we all play together and for each other,” Schebel said. “When another guy happens to get beat, there’s always someone else to step up and help.” In the second half, Oshkosh began to commit more fouls and turnovers. The Knights were able to bring the game within 20, taking advantage of two consecutive turnovers by
the Titans. Overall, despite being outscored 33-29 in the second half, the Titans pulled out the win 73-52. This year, the Titans are predicted to win the WIAC conference by the coaches and SIDs of the conference. Noone said the team needs to focus on itself rather than the prediction. “We need to come to practice and games and just get better everyday, not worrying about predictions and rankings and all of that,” Noone said. “We need to focus on ourselves.” The Titans plat at home on Saturday against George Fox University from Oregon.
Austin Walther - Sports Editor Morgan Van Lanen - Assistant Sports Editor
December 8, 2016
Titans play hearts out against Tommies FOOTBALL FROM PAGE
come up with two more turnovers at the end of the half. The Titans fourth turnover of the game came from a forced fumble by Titans’ defensive lineman Marcus Senn, which was recovered by Titans’ linebacker Jake Thein at the UWO 35. The Titans got their fifth turnover of the game after an interception from defensive back AJ Plewa on the UWO 10. The first half came to an end shortly after with the Titans up 24-10. After punting back and forth to each other for a few drives to start the second half, the Tommies were able to come up with their second touchdown of the game in a one-play drive for 31 yards after a completion from Fenske to tight end Jackson Hull. With 6: 38 left in the third q uarter, the Tommies were inching closer to the Titans with a score of 24-17. The Tommies were q uick to tie the game after the Titans were forced to punt from their own 45 and the punt was blocked by defensive lineman Ryan Winter who ran it in for a touchdown. With 4: 34 remaining in the third, the score was tied at 24. Before the third q uarter came to an end, the Titans got their sixth turnover of the game from an interception by defensive lineman Justin Watson at the UWO 17. The second possession of the fourth q uarter resulted in a Titans touchdown after a 32-yard completion from Kasper to Mentkowski. With 8: 36 remaining in the game, UWO retook the lead 32-24. STU struck back after going 65 yards in six plays with a 14-yard rush from running back Josh Parks with 5: 57 remaining to tie the game at
The Titans walk off the field after the victory against St. Thomas. UWO defeated St. Thomas 34-31 in the quarterfinal game and advance to play JCU. 31. The following possession for the Titans proved to be the possession that would put the Titans over the top for good. A drive that resulted in a 36-yard field goal from Wettstein gave the Titans the lead and the eventual win at 34-31. The Tommies were unable to come up with an answer
and ended up turning the ball over two more times before the game ended. The seventh turnover for the Titans came from an Eagan interception and the eighth came with 00: 07 left in the game after a STU fumble was recovered by Wattson to end the game. After missing the first two rounds of the playoffs due to injury, Titans wide receiv-
er CJ Blackburn returned against St. Thomas and said he is excited to be back. “It feels good,” Blackburn said. “For people to tell me I wouldn’t play again and then to come back and play, it was awesome.” The Titans will host John Carroll at home on Saturday for the right to go to the Stagg Bowl. The Titans played John Carroll to open
the season and won 33-14; however, Kasper said he knows they are not facing the same Blue Streak team from week one. “Obviously no team has their identity week one, you try to find that throughout the season and I think that’s what we’ve both done,” Kasper said. “I think we can expect a totally different John Carroll team. We know
it’s going to be a completely new team, a completely new game.” The Titans face the Blue Streaks at J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium with kickoff at 12: 05 p.m. Students can pick up a free ticket at the Kolf Sports Center. The deal is only available until Friday at 4 p.m. otherwise follow @ atitansports on Twitter for live updates.
November 17- Mother Tammy Bridegroom writes: Today we learned that Phoenix’s leukemia has returned. We do not have a plan yet. We do know that she has options. We are taking the next few days to work through our emotions, and intend to prepare for battle once again. December 3- Head coach Pat Cerroni opens press conference with: I just want to ﬁrst start oﬀ by saying hi to the Bridegroom family. Phoenix Bridegroom is a girl that Brett Kasper, our quarterback, donated bone marrow to. Her cancer has returned, so our prayers are with her and we think about her all the time. Hopefully they’re watching, but we’re thinking about you Phoenix. We love you. December 5- Mother Tammy Bridegroom writes: Tomorrow we are hoping she can start occupational and physical therapy, here on our unit... and try to get some strength back. Right now, standing for a few seconds is extremely exhausting. We love you all.
Austin Walther - Sports Editor Morgan Van Lanen - Assistant Sports Editor
December 8, 2016
10th-ranked Oshkosh women extend winning streak to ﬁve by Michael Johrendt email@example.com
The UW Oshkosh women’s basketball team traveled to Carroll University on Saturday, Dec. 3 and won 84-51. This win puts the team at 5-0 this season. Senior guard Taylor Schmidt scored the ﬁrst seven points of the game, and she ﬁnished with 12 points on 60 percent shooting. Schmidt made three of her ﬁve shots, and scored the rest by means of the charity stripe, making six of seven free throws in the contest. In the ﬁrst quarter, Schmidt knocked down a jump shot that put her over 1,000 points in her career at UWO. Schmidt said the overall growth of the team takes precedence, even though personal achievements are always nice to accomplish. “It is a great opportunity for me and my team,” Schmidt said. “It shows that the program went from being so little four years ago to winning twenty-plus games in three years, so I am very thankful for the opportunity.” After playing against Carroll University, she has 1,009 career points as a Titan, and head coach Brad Fischer said he could not be more impressed with her career so far. “We knew when we recruited her, she had a chance to be special,” Fischer said. “To score one thousand points in college, right from your freshman year, you have to be able to score right away. She came in as a freshman and set the tone for the team and her career.” Every player on the roster played in the game, as Oshkosh used a solid team effort to coast to victory. UWO scored at least 16 points in every quarter, including jumping out to a 41-17 advantage at halftime. Freshman guard Olivia Campbell and senior guard
Morgan Kokta, both played 20 minutes in the contest. Campbell had two points on 50 percent shooting, and brought down three defensive rebounds, while Kokta had seven points, two rebounds and two assists. Fischer said this game presented the team with a chance to work through different lineups and schemes, helping them prepare for the rest of the season. “It was a good opportunity to get a lot of people in, and we have gotten a chance to see what we have up and down the roster,” Fischer said. “We got to play with some different combinations and it was good for our offense to be able to break out.” Olivia Campbell’s sister and fellow starter, Eliza, had four points and a team-leading ﬁve rebounds, while chipping in two assists and one steal. The senior forward from Green Bay shot 50 percent and played the third-highest minutes for UWO in the contest with 17. Senior forward and starter Alex Richard knocked down four of seven shots on her way to ten points. She also brought in ﬁve rebounds, including a team-high three offensive boards, and one steal. Oshkosh’s bench provided 49 of their 84 total points in the game, as every player but two scored. The reserves had two double-digit scorers and the leading distributor for assists. Junior guard Emma Melotik led all scorers with 15 points on ﬁve-of-nine shooting, including knocking down 83 percent of her attempted three-pointers. Melotik played the most off the bench against Carroll with 18 minutes. Freshman guard Kylie Moe came off the bench and added ten points, two assists and one rebound. Her 100 percent shooting clip from behind the arc on two shots led the team. Melotik said bench produc-
tion is crucial in keeping the team well balanced and games are easier when the starters are not always relied on to provide the scoring. “When we come in with a strong bench, and the other team does not come in with as strong of a bench as we have, I think that has been extremely powerful,” Melotik said. “Our ﬁrst group starts off every game super strong, so for the bench to come in and keep that energy and consistency is really important.” Other contributions from the bench came from junior forward Taylor Dagon and sophomore forward Melanie Schneider. Dagon chipped in eight points on a perfect threefor-three shooting effort, and Schneider had four points, one rebound and assist in 10 minutes. Sophomore guard Chloe Pustina, junior guard Kendall Truttman and sophomore forward Isabella Samuels all scored three points in the game, with Pustina and Truttman both earning their points via a 3-pointer. Fischer said that while everything revolves around the team dynamic, personal achievements help the team’s outlook for the season. “I hope that [Schmidt] looks back and she leaves herself a place on our list for the best that have ever played here,” Fischer said. “I think her career is going to speak for itself, and I am more proud for the 77 wins that she has. To get 1,000 points and another 250+ assists just shows how much she has meant to our program.” The team looks to make it six wins in a row when they host Wheaton College from Illinois on Saturday, Dec. 10. This is their second to last home game before traveling to both Puerto Rico and then the Wisconsin Dells for separate winter break tournaments.
ey and then asked how much they raised at that time. “It was $500 and there was a lot of food there,” Cerroni said. “Then I asked what would $1,000 do, and they said it would be huge.” He asked the food pantry if they were going to have another food drive before Christmas and they said no because they didn’t have any more money. That’s when Cerroni decided to give them $1000. After realizing how serious of an issue this was, the football team fundraised $1,500 later that year and created their own mobile food pantry. “We started it and now it’s turned into something a lot bigger,” Cerroni said. “There’s a lot of really good people in this community that help and it’s now grown into a $10,000 deal.” UWO Athletics Director Darryl Sims said the University was on board with everything after the football team ran their own mobile food pantry. “It’s always during the holidays and it’s always cold outside,” Sims said. “So there was an opportunity to bring it on campus. The time frame worked, we’re right on the bus line for people that don’t have cars so it really worked out well.” It didn’t take long for the athletics department to push the food drive twice a year because Sims said there’s always a need for feeding the hungry.
“Coaches got it, student ath“It’s clear that anything we can do to help was a posi- letes got it, people on campus, tive thing,” Sims said. “It has they get it and people in the grown and a lot of the other community, they get it,” Sims sports have got on board and said. “They want to help. Bewe have some community cause they know, unfortunatepeople that have got on board, ly there is a need. If you give different corporations have us two hours, it really turns out provided resources and have to be an eight-hour kind of an helped buy the food that we effort because of the little stuff give out so it is a very positive you end up doing.” Sim said having coaches and thing.” After the football team start- student athletes helping out in ed the initiative, Sims said all the city really gives people a other sports joined because sense of who they really are they knew the importance and ,and that is important. “The community members difference having a mobile love seeing the food pantry on [Cerroni] is quite passion- coaches and love seeing the student c a m pus can ate about the beneﬁts for our athletes out and make. community and that’s what about and it gives them an opportu“The nity to talk with o t h e r we’re all about. them,” Sims said. programs — Mike Crowe “So it’s been realjust kind Foundation Board member ly positive.” of got on Feeding Amerboard because we’re right here,” Sims ica is the platform the athletsaid. “We have great support ics department uses to donate from people on campus, alum- food. Feeding America came ni, faculty, students, student about through the Universiathletes and community mem- ty’s relationship with Be the bers. People really come out Match, which is another way and help out with this effort. for UWO to be involved with It’s just one of those times of the community while giving the year where you want to back to those less fortunate. “We buy food that’s providgive to those less fortunate.” Sims said when he took ed by Feeding America and we the job, he told his staff they give that out to the people that needed to do things outside come,” Sims said. “Whatever the realm of the athletics de- is left gets divided amongst the partment and give back to the food pantries here in town.” Many local organizations community. Even if it’s only for a couple of hours or so, the have come on board with the food drives. Recently, the Oshelp can go a long way.
Emma Melotik scored 15 points off the bench in the Titan’s 84-51 win over Carroll Univ.
Athletics Department adds Diversity Award to display case by Austin Walther firstname.lastname@example.org The UW Oshkosh athletics department received the NCAA Division III Diversity Spotlight Initiative Award in November for its continued work with Feeding America and other local food pantries. This award was started in August of 2014 and it recognizes and promotes outstanding diversity development projects, programming and initiatives occurring on DIII campuses and in conference ofﬁces. For the past four years, UWO has worked with the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America. The University has hosted two mobile food pantries per year, at Easter and in late December since 2013. Leftover food goes directly to other food pantries in Oshkosh. In November 2012, several UWO coaches, led by head football coach Pat Cerroni, volunteered at St. Vincent De Paul in Oshkosh. “We got asked to go and we volunteered,” Cerroni said. “We went over there to help and saw what it was about and just began to ask questions. I thought it was something they did once a week or once a month.” Cerroni said he found out they only have the food drives when somebody donates mon-
hkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club donated $5,000 which will create an estimated record $10,000 event with two semitrailer trucks and 50,000 pounds of food. There are a lot of UWO students who are active in the Kiwanis Clubs with Circle K. Kiwanis Club Foundation Board member Mike Crowe said Cerroni came and spoke to the club about Feeding America. “He’s quite passionate about the beneﬁts for our community and that’s what we’re all about,” Crowe said. “We like to support locally and do what we can and it’s a good program.” The Foundation Board then met and reviewed their grants and Crowe said the grant they gave the UWO Athletics Department is a one-time grant that will create the largest food pantry in the Fox Cities. “It was a really good program from our perspective,” Crowe said. “It helps families in need in our community.” Sims said the Athletic Department thanks the Kiwanis Club for wanting to be involved because every penny counts. “Every little bit helps and it goes a long way,” Sims said. “When they reached out and said we want to donate these dollars to this effort, it was very positive and very well received and we still thank them to this day for making that effort.” The whole process is a year-
long effort in bringing in donations. Sims said they’re always talking to people about donating money to this cause. “Once we have the money, the food pieces are really easy,” Sims said. “Feeding America has their resources and the folks they deal with to get the food. The question is, how much? It’s obviously predicated on how much we bring to the table.” On Dec. 22, the local food pantries in town will bring their trucks to the Kolf Sports Center and whatever is left from Feeding America is divided amongst those organizations. The athletic department will then help them load their trucks and they’re on their way. Cerroni said moving the food drive on campus has really helped out because the people in need can stand inside and be out of the cold. “It’s one heck of a sight,” Cerroni said. “The line literally begins at eight in the morning for a four o’clock start.” Sims said the award from the NCAA shows the University cares and they value the community and what makes up the community. “When there’s an opportunity to help, we certainly want to do that,” Sims said. “It has grown and we would love for the day where we don’t have to do this kind of thing, but as long as people are in need, we can make it work and we’ll do it.”
Austin Walther - Sports Editor Morgan Van Lanen - Assistant Sports Editor
Hockey surrenders ten goals in two games against RMU
December 8, 2016
Friday, Dec. 2 Robert Morris defeated UW Oshkosh 6-5 in shootout. Goals: Jason Johnson: 2 Mitchell Musack: 1 Andrew Schulenburg: 1 Logan Polack: 1
Saturday, December 3 Robert Morris defeated UW Oshkosh 5-3 Goals: Adam Carlson: 1 Owen Ahlstrom: 1 Andrew Schulenburgh: 1 CHELSEA PHILLIPS/UWO HOCKEY
Jason Johnson takes the puck down the ice. Johnson scored two goals and an assist in shootout loss to RMU on Dec. 2.
UWO wrestling falls to Pioneers by Jordan Fremstad email@example.com The UW Oshkosh wrestling team ﬁnished 1 th out of 1 teams at the il aukee School of nginering Invitiational after falling to - latteville at home. The Titans came up just short in the team’s meet against - latteville, falling -1 on ec. 1. O as unable to hold a 1 - lead on the ioneers. ’s rant edepohl defeated atrick eilly, 1 - , at 1 pounds. osh annon added to the rally by defeating ohn eersia, 1 - , at the 1 -pound class helping give latteville the win. The only pin of the evening came from ate rquinego, topping arter arkema in 11 at 1 pounds. olten ashmore defeated ake arpenter, -1, at 1 pounds. ark hoinsky defeated ustin eynolds at the 1 -pound eight class. hoinsky is - on the year ith ﬁve pins ho ever, he said his ork is far from over. “ y personal goal is ork on my eak points and be better than last eek, hoinski said. “I constantly strive for progress and I do not plan to slo do n anytime soon. Head oach frain yala said he has been more than impressed ith the young sopho-
more. “ ark is an individual ho isn’t afraid of hard ork and is al ays seeking out the best competition, yala said. “He also spent the entire off season orking hard and making adjustments and no the results are sho ing. reshman eremiah ecinos is -1 on the young season ith three pins. yala talked about the lu ury of having production right a ay from a ne member of the program. “He is a great e ample of the athletes e are constantly trying to recruit to O, yala said. “ uys like eremiah set themselves to a higher standard and raise the level of intensity in the room and in the classroom every day. O ﬁnished 1 th in last Saturday’s il aukee School of ngineering Invitational. The Titans scored . points in the ﬁeld of 1 . reshman than ltabet took si th place, going -1 ith 1 pin at 1 pounds. Sophomore onovan uckett took ﬁfth place at 1 1 pounds going on the day. ashmore, at 1 pounds, ﬁnished in si th place ith a record of - . hoinski said as long as the team buys in to the program they can accomplish great things. “ veryone is orking hard and pushing each other to reach
their potential, hoinski said. “Our goal for the team is to ork together and overcome our competition e can in the egas duals if everyone plays their part and stays motivated and conﬁdent. Student manager rin Seidler said she has been impressed ith hat this young roster has brought to the table. “They are a great group of men and are already doing ell because of their hard ork and I am e cited to see here it goes from here, Seidler said. O has not typically sho n to be competitive in the I in recent years. yala said recruiting is the key to getting Titans restling back on the map. “I feel e are heading in the right direction to accomplish this, yala said. “ e are recruiting the right student-athletes and have a great coaching staff hich is allo ing this to happen. oach yala ill be heading back to his hometo n rand Island, . for the ﬁrst time since high school for riday’s meet at Hastings ollege. yala re ected on reliving some memories of his life. “ y high school coaches ill be in attendance and ill be honorary coaches for the Titans, yala said. “They ere, and still are, a big part of my life and have invested so much.
The Advance-Titan print edition from December 8, 2016.