September 15, 2016
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“Cream Pie” sign causes controversy by Alex Nemec email@example.com
Conflict erupted at UW Oshkosh after off-campus students hung a controversial sign across from Evans Hall during a freshman move-in day. The sign read “Free cream pie with valid freshman ID,” which can be construed as a derogatory sexual reference. This prompted UWO Chancellor Andrew Leavitt to address the campus via email one week after the incident. A similar sign was displayed near the UW-La Crosse campus on the same weekend, which prompted outrage on social media from offended parties. Leavitt said he was deeply saddened that anybody, including students, would think this has a place on our campus. “I can only imagine the disheartening impact this event had on women - who constitute a majority of our students, faculty and staff at UW Oshkosh,” Leavitt said. According to Leavitt, Dean of Students Terri Gohmann, university officials and an officer worked quickly to have the banner removed and discipline the perpetrators to the fullest extent of University policy. “I want to apologize to the women and men who had to experience this first-hand as they were moving in,” Leavitt said. Austin Hein, the resident who hung the sign from the house he rents, said the sign wasn’t meant to be disgusting or make anyone upset. “It was six kids and all of their friends giving away
free pies,” Hein said. “There was nothing twisted or disgusting about our sign…. There were actual cream pies. We weren’t doing anything sexual.” Hein said the Chancellor saying his sign was targeted towards women is completely false. “Nothing about the sign discriminates any type of gender,” Hein said. “It was one hundred percent for all freshman. I had a lot of people come up and ask for them, they were pieing each other, having fun.” The Advance-Titan reached out to Gohmann for comment, but Gohmann deferred all media inquiries to Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Brandon Miller. Miller said absence of gender doesn’t prevent the sign from promoting rape culture. “It reinforces rape culture because both men and women are victims of rape, and rape affects all genders, both directly and indirectly,” Miller said. According to Hein, the sign had nothing to do with gender and purposefully portrayed neither gender. “The reason I know it was for freshman is cause it was freshmen move-in day,” Hein said. According to Hein, Gohmann and a female Oshkosh police officer came to his home and asked him to take it down. “I’m not going to do that because one, I’m not breaking any laws. I’m giving away free pies, because it’s free, I don’t need a permit,” Hein said. “Then the cop said ‘You know, you’re right be-
cause it is freedom of speech you can hang whatever you want.’” The sign hung from a Discovery Properties house, and according to the lease they signed, residents are not allowed to hang signs from the house. Hein said when he refused to take the sign down, Gohmann threatened him. “Then the Dean of Students looks at me and says ‘You’re right I can’t do anything about it because it’s not school property. But I tell you what, I’m going to call your landlord because I want it taken down,’” Hein said. “Is that a threat? Then she looks at me and goes ‘Yeah, it is a threat.’” Miller said Gohmann asked the student to take down the sign and he refused. “The Assistant Dean asked the student what his landlord would say about the sign,” Miller said. “The male asked if that was a threat. The Assistant Dean initially responded, yes, then said that was a misstatement. The Assistant Dean then said it was a fact, a promise, that the landlord would be notified. The male said to the police officer that the Assistant Dean just threatened him. The City of Oshkosh police officer told the male that what was said was not a threat.” University Police Chief Kurt Leibold said University Police attempted to contact the residents as soon as they heard about the incident, but received no answer at the door. “Several hours later, people were observed in the
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The controversial sign hung at a residence in front of Evans Hall during Fall 2016 move-in. front yard of the residence,” Leibold said. “At that time, a representative from the Dean of Students office along with a member of the Oshkosh Police Department responded to the residence and made contact with people claiming to be residents of the house. They were asked to remove the sign, however they refused.” Director of the Women’s Center Alicia Johnson said the way Leavitt addressed
Heavy construction equipment continues to demolish parts of Fletcher Hall’s structure and won’t be finished until Fall 2017.
Renovations to modernize Fletcher Hall by Nicole Brahm firstname.lastname@example.org University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Fletcher Hall is currently under renovation to resemble Taylor Hall’s layout and will primarily house sophomores and juniors beginning in fall 2017. According to Senior Project Manager Christine Miles, Fletcher Hall was originally built in 1964, which was 52 years ago. “It is a very structurally sound building and has many years of usage left in it, so investing in [and] rejuvenating it makes ﬁnancial sense,” Miles said. Miles said with these upgrades, the building should have another 40 to 50 years left with regular maintenance. According to Miles, they ﬁrst need to tear down some of the basics within the building.
“The entire building will have all utility systems (plumbing, heating, electrical, telecom) replaced,” Miles said. “Air conditioning will be added when the new heating system goes in. All windows, rooﬁng and doors will be replaced.” Miles said the renovations will make the dorm a more comfortable place to live. “Fletcher Hall will still have a traditional residence hall layout but it will look and feel like a new facility,” Miles said. “It will be a bright, welcoming place to live.” According to Miles, some of the rooms are going to be rearranged differently than other dorms on campus and leave students the option to add more roommates. “A small portion of larger rooms will be set up as triples and quads for increased variety,” Miles said. “Six smaller bathrooms will be spread
throughout each ﬂoor for easier access [and] each shower will be a private shower/drying area.” Sophomore Luke Barfknecht, who dormed in Fletcher last year, noticed that Fletcher could use an update. “I felt like rooms in Fletcher did need some renovating,” Barfknecht said. “The carpet was stained in my room and peeling up, and the paint was coming off of the walls.” According to Miles, the lobby is going to include an elevator, as well as other structural additions for quick transportation. “A ramped access, on the Evans/Stewart side, will be added to the lower level,” Miles said. “This will allow easy access to the new bike storage rooms in the lower level and also provide easy access to the existing dumpster building.” Miles said that from a sus-
tainability standpoint, work is being done in order to have energy-efﬁcient systems and products such as bioretention systems, which are going to be incorporated into the building to help with runoff. According to Miles, the entire building will have a fresh look with new ﬁnishes on the walls and ceiling as well as new ﬂooring. “The lobby will be built at ground level, halfway between the lower level and ﬁrst ﬂoor,” Miles said. “A new open stair will allow easy access to the two levels. It will be similar to Taylor Hall, in that you will be able to see into the lower level from the lobby.” Junior Alicia Kahl said changes made to Fletcher that will make it resemble Taylor are a good idea. “If it will be anything like Taylor, it will be really good for campus and student life,” Kahl said.
the lewd sign effectively spread awareness to the campus community. “I think that he did an excellent job articulating the issue, [and] making the campus and community aware that he is aware of the issue and is taking some steps to work against that,” Johnson said. Johnson said she would like the students to come talk to her in the Women’s Center about the issue and thinks it
is a teachable moment. “I understand the push for punishment, especially to signify to other members of the community that type of action is not tolerated,” Johnson said. “But for the people who put up the sign and thought it was an appropriate thing to do, I would love for the opportunity to talk with them and really kind of get to the root of the
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the System’s plan eventually was shaped.” Associate Vice Chancellor Carleen Vande Zande said research is an important part of UWO’s new strategic plan, although it is nothing new for the university. “There already is a signiﬁcant amount of research being done at this comprehensive university ,and I think that we will be able to showcase and bring that to a place of greater prominence,” Vande Zande said. According to Earns, research is a way to enhance students’ learning experiences at UW Oshkosh because it can help reinforce what students learn in the classroom. A new ofﬁce called the Ofﬁce of Student Research and Creative Activity was formed to highlight the importance of student research, Interim Director Stephen Kercher said. “In order for this program to grow, it was determined it needed to separate itself and become its own entity, and that’s what we’ve done,” Kercher said. “This is the ﬁrst step toward a more vigorous, more supportive student research and creative activity program on campus.” Kercher said the Ofﬁce of Student Research and Creative Activity is open to students of any major and a broad range of potential research topics. “We want to support all of it,” Kercher said. “We are very intent in supporting a wide diversity of student interests.” Senior and English major Savannah Block said she has done research at UWO in the past and enjoyed the work she put in. “I’m actually a McNair Scholar, so I’ve done undergraduate research myself,” Block said. “It was a wonderful experience.” One aspect of the new strategic plan is addressing how long some students spend working to
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Oshkosh heads UW System new vision The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved a new framework for the UW System that coincided with a new strategic plan instituted at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. According to UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt, the vision for UW Oshkosh purposefully resembles the 2020FWD plan set out for the entire UW System. “[Our plans] were developed in parallel, and they have amazing similarities,” Leavitt said. “It’s important that our strategic plan nests within this strategic plan.” Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Lane Earns said the strategic plan at UW Oshkosh was developed by multiple parties to give the university a clearer vision for the next few years. “There was a lot of contributions from the campus and the community, we held a number of community, forums on this as well,” Earns said. “We just wanted to reexamine our mission statement, our vision statement, reexamine our values.” Leavitt said UWO was prepared for this new system-wide framework and already meets many of the goals laid out within it. “Before even our plan was started, the activities on this campus were highly anticipatory of what would be asked for in the new 2020FWD plan, which only underscores the quality and innovation that occurs on this campus,” Leavitt said. Earns said the UW System plan took elements of UW Oshkosh’s plan in consideration during it’s creation. “We were at least half a year ahead of them, so we knew what we wanted,” he said. “We probably had some inﬂuence on how
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A New Director Arrives at the Women’s Center by Alex Nemec firstname.lastname@example.org UW Oshkosh hired Dr. Alicia Johnson as the new director of the Women’s Center, where she will focus on women’s equality issues on campus. Johnson just ﬁnished her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee in sport socio-cultural studies with a cognate in cultural anthropology and certiﬁcate in Women’s Studies. Half of her time will be spent as the Director, and the other half lecturing women’s studies, gender studies and kinesiology. Johnson said she was initially applying for faculty positions, but was pleased when this job opened up. “I thought it was a nice combination of my background as well as my education,” Johnson said. “So I pursued the job and I’m very happy to be in the position.” Johnson said the new tagline she created for the Women’s Center, “Intersectional innovation for gender equity,” was very purposeful for her. “The intersectional part is looking at women from a diverse perspective,” Johnson said. “Looking at things like race and sexuality and ability…. Innovation is such a broad term so we can look at it in different ways, like social innovation or trying to innovate around technology.” Program assistant Eliza Farrow said Johnson brings energy, passion and knowledge to her position, which is going to be critical in the future development of the Women’s Center. “My initial impression was that she is motivated, engaged, well researched and conﬁdent,” Farrow said. “She has been an amazing supervisor and has implemented many amazing ideas in her ﬁrst few months here.” Johnson said there is a great energy on campus and the leaders go beyond language. “They’ve committed to following through with actions and are really supportive,” Johnson said. Johnson said sexual assault and how universities deal with it are among the most common problems women face today. “How do we help them cope after [an assault]?” Johnson asked. “It’s not the one-time incident. It’s how it carries with them for the rest of their life.” Farrow said catcalling and modern covert sexism are prevalent throughout our campus community. “I have been whistled and yelled at out of cars, told to smile, and been harassed for
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not responding to an uncomfortable comment about my appearance in the name of ‘giving me a compliment or being nice,’” Farrow said. “It’s not a compliment. It is threatening and uncomfortable.” UWO student Jeanine Carroll said there is an equality issue when it comes to women on campuses nationwide. “There’s deﬁnitely some issues in other places,” Carroll said. “I haven’t really seen it much here.” Carroll said a big issue is the reduction of sentences for convicted rapists to help their school careers. “What about the women that now their school career is ruined?” Carroll asked. Johnson said she was impressed that UWO had a student victim advocate when she arrived. “She’s able to walk through the entire process with the victim or survivor,” Johnson said. “That’s, I think, pretty unique. That’s a collaboration between the University and Reach Counseling.” Johnson said the Women’s Center is excited about their new Feminist Gaming Initiative, which helps their cause to innovate around technology and remove the practice of women getting harassed online when they play games. “It’s to provide a safe space for female gamers,” Johnson said. “Also to create community around technology and bring people of all genders together.” Johnson said the Campus Center for Equity and Diversity is a PokéStop and that Farrow came up with the idea to give away prizes. “We have in the trainer kits: lanyards donated by the bookstore, a granola bar, Fruit RollUp, and then we have water and ﬂavor packets that go with each team color, so red, blue and yellow,” Johnson said. Johnson said the Women’s Center has a computer lab, gaming area, feminist library with texts supporting and critiquing feminism and a study area. “I think that’s what I want to bring as the trademark of the Women’s Center, that we’re open to everyone, not just women,” Johnson said. “We really want to create a diverse community where everyone is welcome. So I think that is how we’ll focus our programming.” The Women’s Center has a new entrance attached to the Campus Center for Equity and Diversity and is located at the intersection of Cherry Street and Irving Avenue.
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Reeve Memorial Union is one building on campus undergoing a makeover this semester
Reeve Rebuild Underway by Hailey Lawrence email@example.com Reeve Memorial Union, like many of the other buildings on campus, is currently under construction. The construction, which was decided by a student vote back in 2012, started this past summer. Currently, the main Algoma entrance is closed to the public and is in the first few stages of deconstruction, Director of Reeve Memorial Union Randy Hedge said. “The building is in the deconstruction phase of removing the old infrastructure, as well as asbestos removal,” Hedge said. “We are also preparing the site for excavation some time within the next month or so. Once that is complete, footings will be poured, and steel will be erected for the new space.” Hedge said the construction will be a complete transformation and will include 21,000 square feet in renovated space and 7,000 square feet in new space. “The project has several key objectives: create a more welcoming and accessible front entrance; enhance the Student Leadership and Involvement area doubling in
size; a new passenger elevator; the addition of a lactation room and [a] gender neutral bathroom; replace windows in the old part of the building; enhance and create a new meeting space,” Hedge said. Hedge said it was too early to determine if the construction was going to be done on time and on budget, and the asbestos found within has not affected the process. “It has not interfered with the progress of the project significantly,” Hedge said. “The removal company is successfully and safely removing any and all asbestos from the building.” President of Reeve Union Board Jessica Fedie said the construction will bring students together and will benefit the campus community. “I think the main highlight will be the new [Student Leadership & Involvement Center],” Fedie said. “It’ll be a lot more open and have a fun atmosphere and I think students will really enjoy being there.” Fedie said she hopes the construction of the new SLIC, which will have more rooms to hold meetings, will make students want to join more student organizations.
Fedie said after the renovations Reeve Union will be more inclusive than ever before. “I think the construction will really help with bringing everyone together,” Fedie said. “More organizations will be able to meet in the SLIC and so there will be interactions between groups that normally might not work together, and I think that will be really cool to see.” Sophomore Sierra Skindzelewski said although the construction is messy, it will be beneficial for students in the long run. “It’s inconvenient now since one of the entrances is under construction but I think that the new renovations will give the campus a fresh look,” Skindzelewski said. “It’s something the student body will really appreciate.” When informed about the new features in Reeve Union, Skindzelewski said she believes it will benefit the campus community. “It will make students and [a] large range of people feel like they are in a safe and comfortable environment,” Skindzelewski said. “It’s a really big step forward for the campus as a whole.”
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oto said it sounded more innocent once he found out that they were actually handing out cream pies, and he thinks they were using the innuendo as a joke. “I think they probably should have taken the sign down,” Alioto said. “But I don’t think they should get in trouble for it.” Hein said he can respect everyone’s political opinion, but doesn’t stand for people who are threatening him. “People are talking about
throwing Molotov cocktails… through our windows all over Facebook,” Hein said. When asked what he would like done to resolve this issue, Hein said he wants an apology from Leavitt and Gohmann. “I want them to send another email discussing that they were wrong,” Hein said. “I want them to address the two mistakes that were placed in the email that they sent out to the entire school cause that’s disgusting and unprofessional.”
issue.” Social work major and UWO student Kate Seeber said Hein could’ve used better wording to get his point across. “I feel like that was just kind of an excuse then to just make the sign okay, the fact that they had the actual pie,” Seeber said. Business major Tony Ali-
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Welcome back to a new academic year! The ﬁrst week back after summer break is always the best. We all start with a clean slate and have nothing but opportunity in front of us. For me, it all begins as I help students, parents and family come back to campus during Move-In Days. I have the opportunity to talk with a full spectrum of people from those moving in for the ﬁrst time to the seasoned veterans – from ﬁrst-generation college students to second or third generation families. I get to hear about where they came from, what they are excited about and I get to see a small glimpse of their UW Oshkosh experience. It’s this time of year that always brings me back to my own undergraduate days. I am a third-generation student and was fortunate to have a family that not only encouraged education, but encouraged me to embrace the full experience of going to college. This is what I want for the students at UW Oshkosh. Embrace it all. Take in as much as you can. You’ll never have this time back so make the most of it. UW Oshkosh is a diverse, culturally rich academic community that has activities, clubs, events, workshops, sports and so much more that should allow any person on this campus to ﬁnd something they can connect to. There is also an entire world to experience that you may never have dreamed you would connect to. My task for you is to embrace different cultures, meet new people, let people get to know you. There is no other place in the world like a campus community for you to experience such diversity of people, of education, of ideas, of opportunity. Take a class that is completely out of your comfort zone. It could change your life. Get to know people with different backgrounds than yours. It could change your perspective. Get to know your faculty. They have knowledge and experience you can learn from. Have fun. Work hard. Be safe. Find balance and be responsible. Embrace the full campus experience – inside and outside of the classroom – and make this time of your life something you will never forget. Have a great year, Titans!
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Presidential race heats up with election looming
by Daniel Ihrig firstname.lastname@example.org As the November 8 election for President of the United States nears, the presidential candidates continue to jockey for position. According to Politico Magazine’s Bill Scher, the month of June saw the final days of primaries, which lead to Hillary Clinton (Democrat) and Jill Stein (Green Party) to be the presumptive nominees of their respective parties. According to CNN’s Jennifer Agiesta, Republican candidate Donald Trump had secured his presidential nomination on May 26 after passing the 1,237 pledged delegates required to secure the nomination. According to CNN’s Eli Watkins, Gary Johnson succeeded in winning his respective party’s presidential
FRAMEWORK FROM PAGE A1 earn their degrees, according to Leavitt. “We do have a time to degree issue at this institution,” he said. “Our students take a little longer to graduate on average than other students, and we are addressing those issues this year.” According to Leavitt, UW Oshkosh students are requiring more attempted credit hours than students at other UW System schools. “We have one of the highest number of attempted credit hours per degree of anybody in the system,” Leavitt said. Whereas the average UWO degree takes 120 credit hours, according to Leavitt, students at UW Oshkosh are taking more than that for their degrees. “So the question is what is the average student taking to achieve 120 hours, and here it’s actually 141 hours,” he said. “It’s too high.” Parts of both the UW Oshkosh strategic plan and the UW System plan are concerned with getting students their degrees faster, but according to Leavitt that does not mean Oshkosh has to move away from offering a liberal education to students. “Liberal education is perfectly possible in a four year time period, that’s not the reason why people delay their time here,” Leavitt said. According to Leavitt, UW Oshkosh should provide students with both general skills through liberal education and also specialized training within majors. “I think that we ought to be graduating students who are good communicators, who have critical thinking skills and problem solving skills, all the things you would look for in a great general education program plus what you develop within your major,” he said. “The two are not at odds with each other.” Vande Zande said the new strategic plan should matter to UWO students. “I think it’s important for students to know the direction the university is taking to ensure that they have a quality education, and to show how much the university is supporting their success,” Vande Zande said.
nomination at the Libertarian National Convention in late May. Both Trump and Clinton were formally nominated for president during their party conventions held in July. According to The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin and Alan Rappeport, before the Democratic National Convention WikiLeaks released 20,000 emails from the DNC which lead to the resignation of the DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz over an observable bias towards Clinton in the primary race against Bernie Sanders. According to a Medium post written by Sanders, in an attempt to preserve party unity, he continued to support Clinton after initially endorsing her throughout the Democratic National Convention. The poll results on Real-
ClearPolitics on September 14 showed that Clinton is in first by 1.8 points when looking at the poll data spread. Of the ten polls between August 26 through September 7, there was one tie between Clinton and Trump, one poll in which Trump lead by two points and one poll that Trump lead by one point. The other seven polls showed Clinton having a lead anywhere from two to five percentage points. There has been an increasing push to allow the third party candidates to participate in the general election debates, but the standing rule set by the Commission on Presidential Debates said a candidate must poll 15 percent in five national surveys. They must also be allowed on enough state ballots to have a path to the White
by Ti Windisch email@example.com Over the summer, many UW Oshkosh students received malicious emails containing links to viruses in their campus email inboxes. Information Security Administrator Richard Montano said the emails were sent out because one UWO student’s email was hacked, and then used to send the virus-bearing emails from an unknown source. “What often is the case is people use the same username and password across multiple websites that they use to login,” Montano said. “That account was compromised and then used to send out the spam email with the malicious attachment.” Montano said UWO reacted by shutting down the account that had been hacked and locking the hacker out of it. “When we identified the account that was sending it we locked down the account, changed the password right away and instigated our instant response program at that point,” Montano said. According to Montano, the attack was unable to affect any campus computers. “Our staff members and our university machines were not vulnerable to the attack they were using,” Montano said. “It was an
older style attack that was patched by Microsoft about 18 months ago. It couldn’t affect any machines on campus.” Montano said he had not heard any cases of students being negatively affected by the spam emails. “As for personally owned machines, I did not receive any reports of people being compromised by it,” Montano said. Director of Information Services Mark Clements said the malicious emails could only harm computers running an outdated version of Microsoft Office. “Luckily that vulnerability only affected Windows machines that were unpatched,” Clements said. Senior and finance major Kyle Gruel said he doesn’t send important emails via his campus account, so he was unconcerned about the malicious spam. “I don’t feel like I use my student email for confidential things,” Gruel said. “I think it’s a problem, but it doesn’t bother me.” Senior and secondary education and spanish major Andrew Grunert said the attacks didn’t worry him at all. “I’m good,” Grunert said. “All my passwords are secure. I change them pretty often.” Montano said changing
and varying passwords is an important part of staying safe from attacks like the one that occurred this summer. “One of the major things we recommend is not using the same password across sites,” Montano said. “If users want to use a password vault such as LastPass or 1Password, those are very good to use because you can generate a very long password and only have to remember your master password.”
by Jessica Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org Party.0, an organization dedicated to helping college students across the nation host sober parties, launched a crowdfunding campaign on Sept. 6 to support its upcoming national tour. “We raised over 30 percent within 24 hours,” Jake White, Party.0 executive director and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumni, said. “That is a really successful launch, and I feel conﬁdent we are going to hit our goal.” As of Wednesday, September 14, the crowdfunding campaign has raised over $4,000. According to White, the goal for the crowdfunding campaign is to raise $10,000, ensuring members of the Party.0 team can get where they need to go while on tour in February 2017. Before the launch, Party.0 raised $25,000, but the group needs $35,000 to cover all the basics. The crowdfunding campaign will be open for donations until Oct 11. The Party.0 concept was started in 2012 at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh by co-founders Jake White and Steve Vanevenhoven, who wanted to create an alternative party scene where students could party without drugs or alcohol. White said Party.0 gained momentum in Oshkosh, and then spread to the University
of Wisconsin-La Crosse and to St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. “These were our pilot programs,” he said. “Before we ofﬁcially launched as a movement, we had to make sure it worked on various campuses. We have had interest from other campuses, but we didn’t have the resources to say yes, so we had to think of something to do, which is how the national tour came about.” The tour will visit 47 campuses across the nation, spending a week at each school, training students how start their own Party.0 program. According to White, by the time the tour is over, an expanding team of student leaders will have hosted 312 sober parties. Semester 1 will go from February 2017 to May 2017 and the team will travel through Mid-America, Semester 2 will go from August 2017 to December 2017 and they will be on the East Coast and Semester 3 will go from February 2018 to May 2018 and they will be on the West Coast. White said it is an unbelievable feeling to take what he has started at a local level and spread the Party.0 platform to colleges across the country. “It is great to see so many people backing us up as we gear up for our tour and supporting our cause,” White said. “Students, parents and even professionals in the ﬁeld be-
lieve in what we are doing and want to see us succeed.” Becca Brown, co-founder of Party.0 chapter at St. Norbert College, said she is excited Party.0 is going on a national tour because she believes drinking at universities is a problem, and wants see all universities have an alcohol alternative program. “[Party.0] is going to be a movement,” she said. “It is going to be our generation’s movement and something people can get excited about because people want a place to go to without all the pressure of drinking, even just for a night. I believe this is our generation’s thing that we can hold onto and say we were able to change the typical party lifestyle.” White said Party.0 is easy and sustainable to run on a campus, and would like to see it expand at a rapid rate. “Students reach out to us from all over the country, but we don’t have the funding to help them, so this national tour is a way to collect funding, make an impact across the nation, spread the word in an impactful way and generate some buzz that we are ready and able to help students host sober parties at their colleges,” White said. Alexander Ramsey, who will be traveling on the Party.0 tour, said this tour is important because many college students around the nation feel pressured to drink or go out to
House. UW Oshkosh sophomore and District 16 County Board Supervisor for Winnebago County Aaron Wojciechowski said he feels that third party candidates should be allowed to participate in the debates. “I believe 100 percent that no matter your political affiliation that all four candidates should be able to participate at least in the first general election debate,” Wojciechowski said. According to Wojciechowski, having more than the main parties heard is a positive thing. “I think it’s good to have more than the usual two perspectives,” Wojciechowski said. According to RealClearPolitics polls, no third party candidate has met these standards so far, but Gary Johnson is the most like-
ly to do so, having reached the highest in the polls of all third party candidates according to RealClearPolitics polls. According to many of his speeches, one of Trump’s main arguments against Clinton is in relation to the email scandal that has been dragging on for over a year. In a press conference, FBI director James B. Comey said the FBI does not recommend bringing about criminal charges in response to that incident. Clinton targeted Trump in her convention speech in July by criticizing him for trying to “ban a religion” and his mentality that he “alone can fix this”. “Americans don’t say ‘I alone can fix it’,” Clinton said. “We say ‘We’ll fix it together.’” Presidential debates scheduled for September 26,
October 9, and October 19 will cover many issues. Elementary and special education major Alyssa Pionke said the campaigns have not featured constructive conversation between the two main candidates. “No positive campaigning, just childish battering between the two,” Pionke said. Wojciechowski said people who are unsure of who to vote for should watch the upcoming debates to see who the candidates are and what they have to offer. “More importantly, even if you don’t want to vote for president, please go and vote for down ticket candidates such as U.S. Senate/Congress, State Senate, etc.,” Wojciechowski said. “Those are just as important and could have a larger impact on you.”
Email hacks send spam to UWO students
No major consequences resulted from the email hacks that occured over the summer. According to Clements, simply being aware of what site a student is actually on is important to web safety. “Verify that you’re on the site you think you are on before you put in your credentials,” Clements said. According to Montano, running an antivirus program and updating computer programs are also good ways to stay safe online. “I recommend running an antivirus on their systems,” Montano said. “The other big thing is making sure
your system is up to date.” Montano said that sometimes spam emails will get sent to students and they should remember never to reply with their password. “We get hit with phishing campaigns here on campus,” Montano said. “The Help Desk or IT will never ask you for your passwords.” Clements said UWO probably won’t discover who was responsible for the attacks over the summer. “More than likely we’ll never know,” Clements said.
parties. “I think Party.0 is really challenging the typical college party lifestyle and is breaking away from the social norms,” Ramsey said. “Party.0 doesn’t think drinking is bad, basically it is saying there is an alternative, and if you don’t want to drink, you can do something else, you don’t have to be stuck or follow what everyone else is doing.” While on tour, members of the Party.0 team will help train student leaders how to plan, promote and host sober parties. White said a Party.0 training session for a campus group involves teaching students how to build a list of who to invite to parties, helping them ﬁnd local sponsors, teaching them how to write sample press releases and ﬁnding supplies for the parties. They will also help with community support, how to fund for future parties and how to build campus partnerships. “After we teach these areas, we move on to the two most important items, how to ﬁnd a venue and how to host,” White said. “Finding a venue is the second hardest thing after ﬁnding student leaders, and it is important to ﬁnd partners who will allow you to use their house a few times a year. The last thing is throwing the event, and that is actually one of the easiest things to do because once you get all of these people in one room, fun just happens.”
White said the most important thing he hopes to get out of the tour is establishing Party.0 as a national platform. “The message we really want to share with students is if you are on your campus and you are feeling like the only person who doesn’t drink and you’ve got no friends and nothing to do, you’re wrong, because there are hundreds, if not thousands, of students on your campus who are looking for something like Party.0 and it isn’t there yet, but you can be the person to bring it to your campus just by asking help from us,” White said. White said in addition to the tour, Party.0 will be hosting a conference in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in summer 2017, for those who weren’t able to be a part of the tour, but still want to learn how to run a successful program on their campus. Ramsey said he hopes Party.0 will start a spark across the nation. “I see Party.0 beyond the fact it is a simple party that doesn’t have alcohol,” Ramsey said. “I see it as a way to challenge social norms, but also try and build a better student generation, one where people don’t have to go out and get drunk because that is what is expected. I see Party.0 as something that is revolutionary, and I hope it can be this spark of change that people will gravitate towards.”
Party.0 picks up steam with fundraising
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Raquel Tuohy- Campus Connections Editor
September 15, 2016
Students Get a Taste of Oshkosh
by Allison Prusha email@example.com Taste of Oshkosh was held Tuesday, September 8 on campus. The event highlighted all the clubs and organizations the university has to offer. To do this, multiple tables with brightly colored signs and fliers lined the academic mall between Reeve Union and Polk Library. Students walked down the line, listened to club advisers and members talk about their time with the club, and added their names and emails to sign-up sheets. There were also tons of free giveaways and candy to enjoy. UWO provides a lot to the students in terms of clubs and organizations. There are academic clubs such as Kinesiology Club and English Club as well as clubs for different hobbies. Others aim to keep you physically active at school by participating in sports like volleyball and rugby. Like the major-specific
clubs, there are other clubs and organizations that aid students in boosting their resumes. Some of them include Titan Volunteers and Habitat for Humanity. Both are volunteer organizations that offer ways for students to take a break from the campus and immerse themselves within the Oshkosh community. Titan Volunteers have worked at institutions such as the Christine Anne Center and the local food pantry. Whether a student joins an academic club or a club just for fun, it allows students to get involved on campus and within the community, and make the most of their time here at UWO. If students did not make it to Taste of Oshkosh last Tuesday, the event will come together again at the beginning of the Spring semester and they will have another opportunity to sign up for various clubs and organizations.
An aerial photo shows UW Oshkosh students enjoying the Taste of Oshkosh event and all the clubs offered at the University.
Top 9 Ways To Survive Freshmen Year by Kellie Wambold firstname.lastname@example.org
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1. Don’t take on too many responsibilities. There are several great opportunities on campus, but taking advantage of too many can overload your schedule and be overwhelming.
2. Don’t ask to go to the bathroom during class. Just quietly exit the classroom and return promptly.
3. Have a phone charger handy at all times. A fully charged phone is comforting when walking back to the dorms after night classes. A charger is also a great way to make friends.
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4. Call home at least once a week. Even if you’re not homesick, this will help prevent feeling far from home. Plus, your parents probably miss you, too.
5. Don’t be scared of the professors. They want students to succeed, so never be afraid to email them with questions. If you really need help, make use of their office hours.
6. Join at least one campus organization. Organizations are a way to take a break from studying and pursue something you’re passionate about. Some organizations also help build leadership and field experience.
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7. Remember to set aside time not devoted to class or organizations. Taking care of yourself is just as important as schoolwork.
8. Remember to go to class. As easy as it is to skip, it’s a nasty habit to form. Saving your absences when you wake up late will be worth it when you’re actually sick.
9. Find a place to study that isn’t your room. There are a lot of distractions going on in the dorms that make it easy to procrastinate. A change of scenery will create a more effective studying environment.
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Raquel Tuohy- Campus Connections Editor
September 15, 2016
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Peeping Tom Sets Off Alert by Ti Windisch email@example.com A man was caught looking through a bathroom window from a ladder on Tuesday night at around 10:30 p.m. near 500 Scott St. A Titan Alert sent out about the incident on Wednesday morning said a female resident of the house in question caught the man red-handed, after which he fled the scene. “The suspect did not say anything and left the area after he saw her outside,” the report stated. “He was last seen walking to the north from Scott Ave.” According to the report, the suspect is a “white male with a round face and a goatee.” According to Oshkosh Police Department Lieutenant Kevin Conrad, there is no new information about the suspect as of Wednesday afternoon. “He has not been identified as of this time,” Konrad said. Konrad said this was an isolated incident, with no recent precedence. “This is the first incident of this nature reported to the Oshkosh Police Department in recent months,” Konrad said. The Oshkosh Police Department is currently investigating and asks anyone who has information on the suspect or incident to contact them. The University police encourages students to take precautions on and off campus. A safewalk program is available. Contact UPD for safewalk information.
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Alyssa Grove - Opinon Editor
September 15, 2016
Sign or be homeless, the choice is yours
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Not only does the ﬁrst week of the year bring new classes and classmates, but also the crippling fear of being homeless the following school year. Student housing may not be everyone’s ﬁrst thought during that ﬁrst week back on campus but once they get the reminder email stating, “Sign in the next three days or your house will be on the market next week,” the panic sets in pretty quickly. How is someone supposed to know if this house they’ve been living in for a whopping 12 hours is where they want to live a year from now? There could be an uncontrollable spider infestation in their basement that they won’t become aware of for another 72 hours, which would probably deter them from wanting to live there again. Or maybe their shower will turn off after exactly three and half minutes of being on, resulting in a never ending game of shower on, shower off. They cannot possibly know what events are going to unfold in the next 9 months of school, so why are they expected to sign a contract holding them to that exact location a year from now? Each year it seems as though the push from housing companies to re-sign leases creeps up sooner and
sooner. Current renters receive email after email urging them to re-sign because showings have already started. Before they know it, tours of people will be shown their house before they can even ﬁnish moving in. In a recent email from Discovery Properties, they write, “If your unit has not renewed, we will begin to show your unit to new residents,” and state that showings have already been booked. Companies not only push this signing time onto current occupants, but also to those going from on-campus housing to off-campus. In an email sent out by Water City properties on Monday Sept. 12, it states, “These houses won’t last long!” and urges students not to wait to sign. This email has a list of 20 addresses that are supposedly available for next year, but 18 of them have “RENTED!!” in bold red letters next them. Underclassmen, or anyone else who plan to live on the UWO campus for another year, don’t have to start looking for on-campus housing until the spring, so the sudden pressure to go out and rent the ﬁrst house they see can come as quite a shock. “If they aren’t aware of [the early signing] then they don’t have a house for next year,” UWO senior Katie Salzmann said. Salzmann experienced this ﬁrsthand. Last year she end-
ed up having to live on campus again because once she became aware of how early signing started it was already too late. “We didn’t start looking until October and all of the houses were gone,” Salzmann said. “We didn’t [ﬁnd] anything that we liked.” Salzmann said she wouldn’t call ﬁnding housing difﬁcult, but it comes with a lot of stress. When originally looking at the house she now lives in, the landlord told her that if they didn’t sign right away the house would be signed to someone else. “It was a lot of pressure,” Salzmann said. That’s the thing when it comes to ﬁnding student housing. Not only is it overwhelmingly stressful, but these companies also stack on the pressure even more by scaring you into signing because they convince you that they have a list of people interested in renting that exact property. When asked what her theory was about why students are forced into signing contracts within the ﬁrst week of school, UWO senior Sam Walvort said, “Maybe so that it’s one less thing students have to worry about before they get into the real rigor of the academic year.” This could be the case. Maybe housing companies are just looking out for the best interest of students. Perhaps they don’t want
to add ﬁnding housing to students long list of upcoming obligations. Walvort also added another theory: maybe companies want to beat out the possibility of students signing up for another year of on-campus housing. “If you waited until spring you might have more students that would opt to sign for a dorm,” Walvort said. “When you sign for a house, that’s just it.” There is forgiveness when you sign up for on-campus housing. If you run into roommate issues, or have problems where you live, it is fairly easy
that we begin to be responsible for ourselves. We develop our own opinions and beliefs, dress how we like and begin to pursue the interests that will, with any luck, land us ideal future careers. Self-expression isn’t that easy for many students, especially those who have felt repressed from being themselves at home and in their years before attending college. “When I’m at home, I feel really self-conscious,” fourthyear UWO student Gwendolyn Dahlin said. “When I’m here [at school] I’m able to wear what I want, express myself the way I want to and just be completely open and authentic. When I’m at home I don’t feel okay expressing gender, I don’t feel okay dressing how I want to; I don’t feel okay just being myself.” For students who feel this way, whether it’s about gender or other forms of self-expression like religious and political beliefs, college can be a place to fully express themselves without fear of judgment. “Here at school I’m able to ﬁnd a community for myself to ﬁt into and just be who I want to be, rather than who other people expect me to be,” Dahlin said. For others, the ﬁrst year of college is less about unraveling an identity that has been long repressed and more about simply opening up more. First-year student Alex Johnson said he felt he expressed himself the same amount at home compared to here on campus, but he aimed to become more outgoing while attending UWO. “It’s like a new start, so nobody knows me as like, the quiet kid anymore,” Johnson said. “And so I feel like if I can change that, everything’ll go easier.” An interview with thirdyear student Marissa Pierce on the subject of self-expression
turned into an hour-long conversation on the varying atmospheres of home and campus. She explained, with her hands clasped together, that she felt like at ﬁrst kids and their parents were connected—like the hands; but at a certain point they broke apart and the young adult had to start on a path to becoming their own person. She unclasped her hands to demonstrate the break. “I feel like I have an alter ego at home,” Pierce said later, talking about how her mother often policed the clothes she wore for being too short or tight, even making comments about her daughter’s body itself, suggesting she drop a few pounds to get into shape. At this point in the conversation, Pierce stood up from her chair and put her hands on her stomach saying, “When I stand up, you can see this.” She emphasized the lack of ﬂatness in the skin she was holding onto. Pierce made a strong point of arguing that she didn’t believe her body shape was at all relevant here on campus, where she described herself as feeling healthier mentally, physically and emotionally. “That’s what I love about this school,” Pierce said. UWO does not police what clothing students choose to wear, while her high school often ordered girls not to wear clothing they believed would prove distracting to male students. “I’m here to get an education,” Pierce said. “Do my clothes matter? No.” “They make me feel good,” Pierce said about the clothes she wore, going on to explain that in the past few years she has been learning to accept herself as she is and to wear what she likes. “That’s what matters—how you feel,” Pierce said. “You’re you. Nobody else can be you. In college, you see a lot of people expressing themselves. I think
that’s awesome.” A Hufﬁngton Post article lists many factors that can contribute to our loss of faith in ourselves: “Shyness. Fear of being judged. Fear of making a fool of ourselves. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection.” These emotions often stem from basic lines of thinking such as “There is something wrong with me,” or “I’m not worth it.” These ideas plant themselves inside us when we’re young and only grow larger over time when our peers, parents and institutions water them with body-shaming and other forms of judgment. After a while we might even start believing the negativity and fostering it. Each of us is worth the effort of the self-exploration that leads us to ﬁnding new interests, beliefs and methods of presenting ourselves to the world, whether they’re visible in our clothes, hair or otherwise. We owe it to ourselves to make the kind of friends and discover the kind of places that will accept us as we are, and encourage us to grow in positive ways, not negative ones. Learning to accept one’s self can be difﬁcult, especially when one has spent most of their life being told how to exist rather than deciding how they want to do so and going from there. College years are an opportunity to explore ourselves and our interests away from home and the negative external pressures of our pasts. Here we can join a club that features an activity we’ve never done before but have always wanted to try, meet some new friends different from the ones we’ve had in the past or dye our hair the color our parents were always telling us not to. Being here on campus is a chance for us to change ourselves into the people we will be for the rest of our adult lives, and it’s an excellent one at that.
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to get moved and ﬁnd a different hall to live in. Off-campus housing comes with contracts and documents binding you to where you are unless you can ﬁnd someone to take your place. Salzmann shared an issue her and her fellow roommates ran into a few months after signing their 4-bedroom lease last September. “We had a falling out with one of our [Horizon] roommates,” Salzmann said. “If we would have waited to sign the lease we could’ve just gotten a three-person house instead of struggling to ﬁnd a subleaser.” Housing companies need to
take into consideration how stressful it can be for students to be pushed into ﬁnding housing before the semester has even started. Students need time to ﬁgure out whether or not this is where they want to live for not only the current year, but also the next. Students may be used to making decisions under pressure, but in some cases it can result in poor choices. Housing companies need to extend the renewal period for current leases and hold off on showing units to potential leasers until a month or two into the school year.
College brings out your true self Start off on the
by Constance Bougie email@example.com Constance Bougie is a sophomore journalism major. Her views do not necessarily represent those of the Advance-Titan. College years are the perfect time for students to dig deeper within themselves, discover what grows within and show off their shining ﬁndings to the rest of the world. By this time in the semester, many ﬁrst-time UW Oshkosh students are starting to realize something: going to college is a much different experience than attending high school or spending time at home. In high school, dress codes dictated what we wore from head [covered in naturally colored hair] to toe [concealed by rules that banned wearing sandals]. Many of our parents have pushed, however kindheartedly, their beliefs and opinions onto their children. Even our bodies have been no sacred temple to judgment when it comes to others’ thoughts about them. For most of us, our lives up until when we came to college consisted of others telling us what to do. While a certain degree of what we’re told is educational and necessary to our self-growth, it becomes necessary at this point in our lives
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what you need to do, but also added that it is important to take care of yourself. Students need to know that it is okay to be stressed out, and it is also okay to reach out for help. “It’s okay to cry and be stressed out,” UWO senior Sam Golden said. “Just don’t let it consume you. Get help if you need it.” There are plenty of resources on campus available to you and the best part is they are free, so take advantage of them. The Counseling Center in the Student Success Center [SSC], the Tutoring Center also in the SSC, professors around campus and the staff in your dorm buildingsare a few helpful resources on campus. These can be a great support system for you no matter what it is that is going on in your life. UWO senior Alex Deehring said he has a great support system he can turn to if he needs. Having a support system is vital in being mentally healthy and successful in college. “Find your friends and take everything seriously because every part of the college experience is worth it,” Deehring said. According to College Fashion in their article “Re-adjusting to College Life- 3 Tips For Upperclassmen,” students should slowly get back into a good sleeping schedule, read more because it helps build your focus and set goals you want to achieve during the year. Follow these tips and you should quickly start to adjust to life on campus.
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Women’s soccer improves record to 3-2 by Zijo Zulic zulicz75uwosh.edu The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team split their weekend in Minnesota with a loss to St. Olaf College on Sunday (Sept. 11) and a win on Saturday (Sept. 10) over The College of St. Scholastica. St. Olaf College forward Mackenzie Schoustra gave the Oles the edge in the second overtime period when her shot deflected off a UW Oshkosh defender to give the Oles a 2-1 victory. Schoustra’s goal came at the 102 minute and 3 second mark of the game and teammate Hannah Stoker was awarded the assist on the goal. The Titans took an early 1-0 lead Sunday when Robyn Elliott connected with twin sister Rachel Elliott in the 21st minute of the first half. It was Rachel’s third goal of her senior campaign. “We know how the other one plays and which runs they enjoy making,” Rachel said. “I know that if I call for the ball over the top of the defensive line, Robyn can play me a ball right where I need it.” UW Oshkosh (3-2) held St. Olaf College (3-1) scoreless in the first half with help from goalkeeper Jessica Galason. It was not until the 52nd minute in the second half when Abby Stets of St. Olaf scored an equalizer. UW Oshkosh head coach Erin Coppernoll said the defensive third struggled on Sunday against St. Olaf College. “Both goals we gave up
that game we made mistakes in the final third and we paid for them,” Coppernoll said. “We weren’t sound in the back third on Sunday.” St. Olaf’s goalkeeper Julie Johnson went down with an injury late in the second half resulting in freshman midfielder Lulu Regules Verduzco taking for the remainder of the contest. Coppernoll noted the Titans could not find the back of the net against the substitute goalkeeper. “We had four corner kicks against that pseudo-goalkeeper that we really didn’t put any shots on frame,” Coppernoll said. “It’s unfortunate because we had our chances to put them away, and we didn’t.” There were 15 total corner kicks in the game Sunday. Ten of them were awarded to UWO, but the Titans failed to capitalize on them. “[We] were unable to finish our corners or put them on frame,” Rachel said. Coppernoll said the Titans have to be better on corner kicks. “We are going to work on corners a lot because we aren’t good at them,” Coppernoll said. “It’s nice to get them, but we have to execute them better” The UWO women’s soccer team is looking to bounce back after this loss. “All I can say is I am hungry for more after leaving Sunday’s game unsatisfied,” Rachel said. “I am excited to see what this weekend holds for the Titans.” UW Oshkosh defeated The College of St. Scholastica on Sunday with a score of 1-0. Robyn Elliott netted the only goal of the game in the
47th minute in the second half. It was her first goal of the season for the Titans. “It was very important for me to get that goal because I’ve definitely been focusing on defense more, seeing as I’m a holding midfielder,” Robyn said. “I have to finish the chances I get on offense because there might not be a lot.” Rachel Elliott was key in getting the Titans on the board first with her assist on
of 157 (+13). Braun had a score of 80 on Saturday and improved on Sunday with a score of 77. She is coming off a third place finish at the season opener in Oshkosh. “I am so far content with the start to my college career but there is always room for improvement so I am excited to see how our team scores get lower,” Braun said. Sophomore Kayla Prieber tied for 14th place finishing 158 (+14) with daily scores of 80 on Saturday and 78 on Sunday. Prieber is coming off a first place finish at the Titan Classic. The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference recognized her performance, naming her Golfer of the Week. Despite her personal performance, Prieber is keeping a team mentality and motivating her teammates. “I am feeling great about the season so far,” Prieber said. “I have been happy with my game so far this year and we have a stronger
team than ever so it will be a very fun season.” There were three other Titan golfers playing over the weekend. Senior Laura Stair finished 16th place with a score of 156. Stair improved her score from Saturday to Sunday by a stroke scoring 80 then 79. Junior Micayla Richards finished 44th place with a score of 168 and sophomore Ireland Dunne placed 70th with a score of 182. The Titans were ranked seventh out of the 14 teams in attendance at Wartburg. Four out of the top seven teams in attendance at Wartburg were also at the NCAA Tournament last May in Houston. The Titans are coming off a first place finish two weekends ago at the season opening UW Oshkosh Titan Classic where they outscored second place UW-Stout by 23 strokes with a score of 647. Coming in first place on Sunday at Wartburg
Senior midfielder No. 4 Robyn Elliott had one goal and one assist in the five games she has started so far this season. Robyn’s goal. “We definitely work better as a pair,” Robyn said. “We know what each other is capable of.” Coppernoll said a rookie back line did not stop the Titans from holding the Saints scoreless the entire game. “We have a very new back line this year,” Coppernoll said. “We graduated quite a few defenders last year, so we have a lot of new faces.” Coppernoll said the Titans
were outstanding in limiting The College of St. Scholastica (1-2-1) to five total shots the entire game. “We start from day one working on our defensive shape with our backline and goalkeeper in being compact and not allowing them to split us, and get through” Coppernoll said. “We did a good job of that on Saturday.” The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team finished the
weekend 1-1. The last four of five games have been on the road, but coach Coppernoll said it does not matter where the game is. “We have to be road warriors,” Coppernoll said. “We’re a solid team, and we should be able to win no matter where we play.” UWO takes on St. Norbert College on Thursday (Sept. 15). This will be the team’s fifth game in a row on the road this season.
UWO golf finishes fourth at tournament Cross country off to a by Nathan Proell email@example.com The UW Oshkosh women’s golf team finished with a fourth place tie with Bethel University out of 14 teams at the Wartburg College Invitational on Sept. 10 and 11 while shooting 642 and 66 over par. The Titans had a final score of 325 on Saturday and 317 on Sunday. The Sunday score was the lowest scored round the Titans have played in the past five years. This was also the first time the Titans had played the link-style Prairie Links Golf Course, a course Titans head coach Liza Ruetten says is difficult considering the blind tee shots the course contains. “Playing a course for the first time can be extremely difficult,” Ruetten said. “However, the team handled the course admirably.” Freshman Hannah Braun had a 13th place finish in her second college career invitational, finishing with a score
was Carleton College with a score of 634. In second was the University of St. Thomas with a score of 634 and in third was University of Wisconsin-Stout with a score of 636. In the individual rankings Alyssa Akiyama of Carleton College came in first with a score of 145, which is one over par. In second was Vidushi Sinha of Grinnell College scoring 146 and in third was Christine Piwnica of Bethel University with a score of 147. Ruetten is pleased so far this season with her team’s performance the past two weekends. “Our motto for the team is ‘one shot at a time,’” Ruetten said. “We’ve had a great start to our 2016-17 season and we hope to continue our solid team performances as our season progresses.” The Titans season continues on Saturday and Sunday with the Division III classic in Lake City, Minnesota at the Jewel Golf Club.
fast start this season by Michael Johrendt firstname.lastname@example.org The UW Oshkosh men’s and women’s cross-country teams began their seasons this past weekend at the UW-Parkside Midwest Open and came away with strong finishes. The men tallied a fourth place finish, while the women took home sixth, with each team having to replace key runners that graduated after last year. For the men’s team, senior Charlend Howard led the squad with a sixthplace finish. Senior Tyler Miletti brought home 21st, sophomore Jacob Rost 24th and senior Joe Zack was 25th. The team’s total times were less than a minute away from third place. Both teams are striving to begin their seasons right where they left off last year. According to Zack, everything begins with confidence. “For success in running it is integral to have confidence in your abilities, both individually and as a team,” Zack said. “I think our team is in a good spot coming off of a successful season last year with increased experience, which only furthers our confidence and motivation to succeed more.” With trying to replicate their success from last year, gaining experience is key for the team. Junior Mitch Pauers said using last year as a benchmark is key to their success this year. “Last year we had a younger team and we were able to gain experience,” Pauers said. “The guys we have returning this year are more mature and ready to improve on how we did last season.” The men have to replace the production of two high finishers this year in Jordan Carpenter and Roberto Lara. According to coach Eamon McKenna, the loss
of Carpenter’s production is especially huge. “[Carpenter] has been a constant presence since I took over [at UWO] and he helped us cultivate a spirit of competitiveness as athletes, students and people,” McKenna said. “His returning teammates have learned a lot, and will have to bring that same attitude to our team moving forward. Our goals for both teams are to qualify for the NCAA Championships, earn All-Academic Team honors, and be active and positive community members.” In the women’s event, Oshkosh took home sixth place out of 13 teams. Leading the charge for the Titans were juniors Cheyenne Moore in 24th, Erica Munyan in 25th, Kristen Linzmeier 28th and freshman Ashton Keene in 35th. In 46th place was senior Leah Rendflesh, 61st was junior Cammy Garvelink, and sophomore Hannah Thorn took home 63rd. McKenna said returning athletes are coming back for both squads, and for the women to repeat as champions, their knowledge and experience will be key. “This year is the first time in a couple years for the men and women in which we return multiple athletes that have championship experience,” McKenna said. “We have a number of proven veterans on each team, so it is important for them to remember how hard they worked to achieve their goals and to instill that work ethic with the younger members. It is key that we set the tone early as we will be counting on the younger runners to step in and contribute alongside the returners.” Next week, both the men and women return to running at the Tom Hoffman Invitational hosted by Whitewater on Sept. 17.
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September 15, 2016
Volleyball sweeps Pizza Hut Classic by Austin Walther and Brady Van Deurzen email@example.com The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team extended its winning streak to six games after defeating four teams in the Pizza Hut Classic on Sept. 9 and 10 while reclaiming a spot in the top 25 and improving its record to 8-2 overall. This was the Titans’ first home match of the season and head coach Brian Schaefer said it came at a great time. “I think being at home helped us out a lot over the weekend,” Schaefer said. “The freshmen are experiencing a lot right now with classes, the rigors of the season and we are asking a lot out of them as all of them contribute in some way within our program.” In the final game of the classic, the Titans jumped out to an early 16-9 lead over Concordia University Wisconsin. The Falcons committed eight errors during the first set, which led to UWO going up 1-0. The second set featured 11 ties when finally, at 15-15, the Titans were able to take the lead for good when freshman Shannon Herman recorded a kill. UWO never trailed in the third and final set as they recorded the final five points with kills from senior Brooke Brinkman and freshman Samantha Jaeke and blocks from Herman, Brinkman and Jaeke.
Schaefer said he was impressed with the way the team blocked balls over the course of the whole classic. “Brooke Brinkman has really worked hard to secure a starting role as a middle blocker,” Schaefer said. “And with our entire team pushing each other, we are going to get better as a team each day.” The Titans defeated the Falcons 3-0 with scores of 25-14, 25-22 and 25-16. Both Jaeke (12) and sophomore Tina Elstner (11) recorded double digit kills for the Titans. Senior Lexi Thiel recorded 30 assists and sophomore Katie Hodges recorded 16 digs. Jaeke said everyone worked great as a team all weekend and they blended very well, which was the reason for big defeats in certain sets. “We all had energy and fun on the court,” Jaeke said. “When the other team got a few points on us, we didn’t freak out. We just sided out and then pushed more points.” UWO opened up play on Saturday against The College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) and raced out to an early 12-3 lead in the first set and never trailed by more than five for the rest of the first. The Saints were within three at 14-11 in the second, but the Titans quickly scored five unanswered points and went up 2-0 in the match. After the Saints took an early lead at 4-1, UWO was able to stay with them, tie the game at 18 and rattle off seven
consecutive points to win the match. The Titans defeated the Saints 3-0 with scores of 2512, 25-15 and 25-18. Elstner led the Titans with nine kills. Thiel recorded 26 assists and 13 digs while Hodges recorded 10 digs. UWO faced 22nd ranked Millikin University (Ill.) in the second game of the classic on Friday. The Titans jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first set and never looked back for an early 1-0 advantage. UWO only led once in the second at 9-8 and the Big Blue closed out the set by scoring the final three points off of Titan errors and a service ace. With the match tied at one, Millikin took an early 15-7 lead. The Titans responded by tying the game at 19, but the Big Blue pulled ahead at 22-21 and took the 2-1 advantage. The Titans responded to even the match at two when they tied the game at 19 and Jaeke gave UWO the win with a kill. In the fifth set, with the score 12-8, the Titans scored the next three out of four points to upset the Big Blue. UWO defeated Millikin 3-2 with scores of 25-16, 20-25, 21-25, 25-20 and 15-9. Elstner led the Titans with 15 kills. Thiel recorded 40 assists and Hodges recorded 17 digs. UWO opened up classic play on Friday against Milwaukee School of Engineering with an early 16-10 lead in
the first. The Raiders eventually tied the match at 22, took a couple of leads, but a kill by sophomore Carly Lemke secured the two-point victory for the Titans. In the second and third set, the Titans only trailed for two points and cruised for a three set sweep of the Raiders. UWO defeated MSOE 3-0 with scores of 27-25, 25-18 and 25-13. Elstner led the Titans with 14 kills. Thiel recorded 38 assists and Hodges recorded 14 digs. Schaefer said their first ball contact was great over the weekend. With a new libero in place this season and other girls stepping up, Schaefer thought the team played well together. “We had solid passing from Laura Trochinski and Rachel Gardner and Katie Hodges is settling into the libero position,” Schaefer said. “All three, along with Tina Elstner, have been steady since our opening weekend in Atlanta.” Freshman Rachel Gardner is being added into the mix more and she said the team has finally found a good rotation that works. “We have improved by settling on a strong lineup that has already helped us perform better than we did at the start of the season,” Gardner said. “Our communication on and off the court has really started to improve and we are starting to gel more as a team which really helps us perform better.”
Senior Lexi Thiel recorded 134 assists over the weekend.
Women’s volleyball stat leaders
21 total blocks
32 total blocks
The Advance-Titan print edition from September 15, 2016.