September 22, 2016
INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH
ADVANCE-TITAN VOL. 122, NO. 2
Council passes rental inspection law by Jessica Johnson email@example.com The Oshkosh Common Council approved the voluntary Residential Rental Inspection Program on Sept. 13, which will provide safe, decent and sanitary living conditions for UW Oshkosh students and community member tenants. “This is an opportunity to ensure that when parents drop their students off, or when students are looking for a place to live, there isn’t going to be any surprises waiting for them; they are going to be living in a safe place,” City Council member and
UWO student Ben Stepanek said. According to Stepanek, the program was initiated about three years ago because the city found a large number of code complaints and violations in rental units, which led to an overall bad impact on the surrounding areas. He said this ordinance will help hold property owners responsible for maintaining their units and protect tenants against unsafe conditions. Stepanek said each unit will receive a letter at least 21 days prior to the inspection date, at which time the tenants can set up a time and date that works best for the
unit’s inspection. In a 6-1 vote, city council member Caroline Panske opposed the draft because she was concerned about the city’s ability to form an inspection program committee, implement the program and educate the public before it goes into effect. According to Stepanek, the city of Oshkosh Inspection Services Division program will kick off starting Jan.1, 2017, and will focus on the UWO campus area ﬁrst. “The city is going to be broken apart into ﬁve districts and [the inspectors] will do a different district every year,” Stepanek said.
According to the Residential Rental Contact Registration and Inspection Program document under Section 1651, properties that are excluded from this program include: rest homes, convalescent homes, nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living centers, community based residential facilities, university-owned student dormitories or adult family homes. UWO senior Micaela Burns, who rents through Star Properties, said she is not happy with the approval of the rental program because she believes the city will charge the landlords a lot of money, which in turn will be
passed down to the tenants. “If the landlords are charged additional money for the program, there is no doubt in my mind they will make us pay for these fees,” Burns said. “This program seems like a good excuse to let landlords charge students more than they already do.” Spanek said landlords will be charged $150 per unit every ﬁve years, and that it is the landlord’s prerogative to decide whether or not to pass down the fee to their tenants. “If they would choose to do that, breaking it down per month, it comes to
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Greek organizations work to defeat negative stereotypes at UW Oshkosh. More on A2.
Armed robberies occur near UWO A man was assaulted and robbed while walking down High Avenue around 12:45 a.m. on Sunday. Later that morning, a Titan Alert was sent out describing the incident, which involved four suspects. “One of the males in the group struck the male victim in the face, and the group of suspects then took his wallet,” the report stated. The Titan Alert described the suspects as “two white males and two black males.” According to Oshkosh Police Department Crime Prevention Ofﬁcer Joseph Nichols, robberies in Oshkosh do not occur very often. “If there is someone in the area completing the
robberies, they may do it a few times in a row,” Nichols said. “But this is not in every case.” As of Wednesday, the Oshkosh Police Department has no leads on the incident. A similar situation occurred at about 3 a.m. on Saturday involving an attempted armed robbery. A media release was sent out the following Monday morning. “There was a physical altercation that took place, but the suspect did not get any money,” the report stated. “The victim did not require medical attention.” Nichols said citizens should walk in groups and stay in well-lit areas to avoid these types of harmful incidents. “There is power in numbers,” Nichols said. “Don’t walk alone at night; especially if you have been drinking.”
OPD is currently investigating. If you have information on either robbery, call (920) 236-5700
University Police oﬀers safewalks to concerned students on and around campus. For Safewalk information call 920424-1212 or use the UWO Mobile App.
Career Connect links UWO with jobs by Ti Windisch firstname.lastname@example.org
As a part of the UW System’s new 2020FWD strategic framework, a new tool called Career Connect has been launched to help UW Oshkosh students, among others, ﬁnd jobs and internships. Career Connect is a website that will help UW System students ﬁnd work both during and after their academic careers, according to a press release from University Relations on Sep. 16. “Career Connect was created in-house to help students get experience in their chosen ﬁeld, while employers have the opportunity to capitalize on the talent at UW institutions,” the release stated. UW System President Ray Cross said in the release that the website will beneﬁt everyone involved. “This is a win-win-win for employers, our students and Wisconsin,” Cross said. “We can efﬁciently and effectively connect employers with resources their organizations
need while our students get valuable career experience.” Cross said the relationship between internships and fullﬂedged jobs should lead to Career Connect beneﬁtting the entire state of Wisconsin. “We know internships often turn into job offers,” Cross said. “A meaningful job experience can lead to more graduates staying in Wisconsin to raise their families, becoming an integral part of our workforce and economy.” Wisconsin Economic Development Association Executive Director Brian Douda said in the release that Career Connect will help Wisconsin businesses by matching employment vacancies with available potential employees. “It is critical to Wisconsin’s economic development organizations to align the talent pool with the needs of our local communities,” Douda said. “This portal will play a key role in supporting those efforts.” UWO Career Services Director Jaime Page-Stadler said Career Connect will help
students who use it make the change from the classroom to the workplace. “Internship and job experience prior to graduation will provide each student an understanding of what they want to pursue after graduation,” Page-Stadler said. “Having this experience creates more conﬁdence for the student in their transition away from the university.” Page-Stadler said the website does not overlap with what Career Services does, but instead opens up options across Wisconsin to UWO students. “It is a central resource for students to know about career events across the state, especially if they are looking to relocate or are interested in a speciﬁc employer that might not recruit at their current institution,” Page-Stadler said. “I would not call it a duplication of resources, just an option to gather information.” According to Page-Stadler, Career Connect will beneﬁt students looking to move to a new UW System university. “I would recommend this
• The inspections should cost students no more than $2 a month. • The program is voluntary; students do not have to allow inspectors in. • The inspectors will work with landlords to ﬁx problems in student housing and have the ability to issue citations for severe violations.
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UW Oshkosh students involved in Greek Life get pied in the face by fellow students to raise money for charity.
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site for students who are applying to multiple UW system institutions to compare services,” Page-Stadler said. “[It is] also a great resource for students thinking of transferring.” Sophomore and economics major Tyler Becker said he believes Career Connect will be useful for students in discovering the opportunities they have. “I deﬁnitely think it’s important to be aware of what’s out there,” Becker said. “I think Career Connect is a great idea.” According to Becker, he currently isn’t looking for work in his major but could be in the coming years. “Right now I have a decent part-time job,” Becker said. “Maybe my junior or senior year I’d transition into an internship or job in my career ﬁeld.” Career Connect is live as of press time, and students and employers interested in utilizing it can ﬁnd it at https:// w w w. w i s c o n s i n . e d u / c a reer-connect/.
Changes coming to student worker compensation
by Ti Windisch firstname.lastname@example.org UW System student governance representatives will see a new method of being paid after the 2016 fall semester. UW System President Ray Cross notiﬁed UW campuses via email that classifying student governance representatives as independent contractors, which UW Oshkosh had previously done, is “no longer an option”. “Student government leaders do not meet the IRS or UWS deﬁnition of independent contractors and these students would owe self-employment taxes on the payments,” Cross said. Student governance representatives were formerly paid as independent contractors through payment to individual reports, also known as PIRs. According to Cross, that method is no longer feasible going forward. Oshkosh Student Association President Austyn Boothe said the current PIR payment method cannot be used again after the 2016 fall semester. “PIRs will be done here at UWO for ﬁrst semester, and we don’t have any answers about what’s going to happen for second semester,” Boothe said. “We don’t know if they’re going to be done through scholarship or through logging hours.” Vice President of Reeve Advisory Council Aza Muzorewa said he is unsure of what will happen regarding student governance payment after the fall semester. “As of right now, we have not been notiﬁed how payments will work next semester,” Muzorewa said. “We, as students, have expressed our concerns to our supervisors, and they are making sure that our voices are heard and considered in the decision making process.” Boothe said the reason for the changes are because of the Affordable Care Act. “It comes down to the Affordable Care Act and some of the restrictions that it places, that you have to offer insurance,” Boothe said. “The UW System isn’t legally allowed to give insurance to students.” According to Boothe, the payment changes will negatively impact some students who planned on getting paid via PIR for the entire school year. “I know a lot of people base their class schedules on this money,” Boothe said. “So they didn’t take certain classes because they believed they were going to have the money to do a study abroad.” Boothe said student representatives work too much to stay under 25 hours per week, and scholarships are not a good option because they can negatively affect ﬁnancial aid amounts. “If a low income student is maxed out on ﬁnancial aid with grants and other scholarships
and other loans, a large amount of payment going as a scholarship could take away from their ﬁnancial aid,” Boothe said. According to Boothe, the changes could cause low income students who would stand to gain a lot from becoming involved in student governance to look elsewhere for their employment. “The long-term concern about that is that’s probably going to end up really deterring students who are in that situation,” Boothe said. “So students who should be the ones that are really going for those leadership roles and getting involved, it’s not going to beneﬁt them; it’s going to hurt them, which is really frustrating.” United Students in Residence Halls Vice President William Engels said the various student governmental bodies are working together on the issue. “Those policy changes are still being made,” Engels said. “All the student governments are working together to basically get through this.” USRH President Shania Williams said USRH is trying to handle the changes being made to student governance compensation as they occur. “We’re taking things as they come and ﬁguring out the best solution to handle them,” Williams said. Engels said although recruiting for USRH isn’t easy he does not believe policy changes will cause any further problems. “Right now there’s plenty of issues with recruiting,” Engels said. “I think people are very busy, they lead busy lives working multiple jobs on campus and off campus. So I don’t think this is actually going to cause any more problems.” According to Boothe, the university is working to overcome the adverse effects presented by these changes and no one party is at fault for them. “It’s nobody directly trying to cause issues for us,” Boothe said. “There’s no one to point a ﬁnger at and be upset about, it’s something that we’re all ﬁguring out together.” Muzorewa said the changes will not stop student government from running in the future. “Although it was unexpected, student governance as a whole has not let this affect their abilities to represent the student body’s needs and accomplish their prior goals coming into this school year,” Muzorewa said. Boothe said the best thing in the short-term would be students getting to choose between scholarships and part-time payment. “I really hope that, especially on our university, that students are able to pick when it does come down to scholarships or hours, that students are able to evaluate their own situation and do what’s best for them,” Boothe said.
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September 22, 2016
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Members of Greek Life organizations on UWO’s campus work on homework and study together outside of Polk Library.
Greek Life contributes to UWO community by Alex Nemec email@example.com As stereotypes and stigmas continue to grow about Greek Life on college campuses, UW Oshkosh students are trying to change the way society sees fraternities and sororities. Austin Karraker, president of the Interfraternity council at UWO, said Greek Life stereotypes are overplayed in the world, especially in Hollywood. “When you go and you watch ‘Neighbors’ or ‘Animal House’, it’s a very small niche that people really seem to overemphasize,” Karraker said. President of the Panhellenic Conference, which is the umbrella organization that looks over 26 sororities nationwide, Kerry McCarthy said they are aware of stereotypes, but they are also always wearing their chapter letters on their sleeves. “I don’t think we ignore the stereotypes, we try to disprove them in wearing our letters and going out in the community being leaders and doing service projects and stuff like that as well,” McCarthy said. UWO student Aaron Jarosh said he recognizes the stereotypes Greek Life, especially fraternities, have faced. “I feel that there’s been a big hole that’s been dug, and will continue to stay there from portrayals within the media and what actually does get picked up,” Jarosh said. “It’s easier to sell a story that’s about the failings of a group rather than their actual triumphs.” Karraker said there is a social aspect to fraternities, but
the way they are portrayed isn’t representative of who they are. “I really enjoy that we play a football game against another fraternity, or we do a potluck dinner with Gamma Phi,” Karraker said. “So there’s a social aspect absolutely, but there’s so much more than just socializing.” Karraker, who is also a founding father of the Delta Chi chapter on campus, said Delta Chi works with the Jimmy V Foundation, which is a charity founded by ESPN and Jimmy Valvano in 1993 to try and ﬁnd a cure for cancer. “Any money we raise we try to donate towards the Jimmy V Foundation,” Karraker said. The UWO Greek Life ofﬁce donates all of the money they get in their fundraisers towards the local Make-AWish ofﬁce. “Last semester we raised $2,000 to help make a kid’s wish come true in the area,” Karraker said. “So that’s something we’re again working on this semester to hopefully double that or do something to get more money just to help a local area kid, it’s a little bit more personal for everyone.” Karraker said when someone isn’t totally sold on joining Greek Life, it’s important to let them know everything that Greek Life does. “People don’t always understand that we have study hours that are due every single week based off your GPA,” Karraker said. “We have philanthropy hours, you have to do service hours, you have to maintain a minimum GPA, you have to have a code of ethics that you constantly
hold up. So I think that when people start realizing there is so much depth to it, then they’re more willing to kind of start to consider it.” McCarthy said they’re very open and honest with people who are on the fence about joining. “We’re very open about what our expectations are, what being a part of Greek Life actually means,” McCarthy said. “We like sitting down with people and just having that open conversation. If they don’t end up going Greek, that’s ok, you know it’s not for everyone, but we like having that conversation so that they know a little more about us.” McCarthy said Greek Life tries to get the local area community around UWO involved as well because they realize they are part of the Oshkosh community as a whole, even though they have their own philanthropy. “We did a pie in the face event,” McCarthy said. “So, me and [Karraker] and the rest of the community leaders and faculty and staff got up on Albee patio, and people could pay to pie us in the face.” Karraker said he got started in Greek Life when he was referred to it by his friends. “I was kind of thinking about one organization, but then I got a phone call from Delta Chi when they were expanding,” Karraker said. “They said I had been referred to them by a couple people and wanted to sit down and talk to me. After about a 15 minute sit down with them I knew I really want[ed] to commit to it.” McCarthy said she came to college knowing she wanted
to be a part of Greek Life and did her research before she arrived. “I kind of knew beforehand where I was leaning towards, but then I went through recruitment and got to meet all of them and that really sold me,” McCarthy said. Karraker said the importance of keeping an open mind about Greek Life is the message they are trying to get across. “Usually there’s people that come to campus and they’re either thinking, ‘100 percent. I’m going to join.’ And then there’s the opposite end of the spectrum [who] are 100 percent, they won’t join,” Karraker said. “We’re really looking for everyone. I think that once you actually get to know the chapters on a personal basis, and you don’t just know them as some fraternity and some sorority…it really opens it up and you realize that these are just guys like you.” Amy Scott, a student on campus, said if she was an incoming freshman she would think it would be a good idea to join Greek Life. “It helps orientate different aspects of cultures, where people come from, different ways of life,” Scott said. “It’s a better way to create friends.” McCarthy said fraternities and sororities get excited when people are interested in talking with them and learning more about them. “We really like getting the message of Greek Life out there,” McCarthy said. “… It’s so much fun to share what we do and get people involved in that too, because we want people to have the experiences we’ve had.”
UW Oshkosh Police award safe students by Cari Fehler firstname.lastname@example.org When Kurt Leibold took over as chief of campus police at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in February 2016, he noticed that many students and faculty were crossing streets in violation of pedestrian laws. This prompted a partnership with a criminal justice class to collect data on exactly how prevalent of a problem this was on the UWO campus. They came back with a shocking statistic: 80 percent of pedestrians on campus were crossing roadways incorrectly or distractedly. “I was shocked,” Leibold said, “and it’s not just students; it’s faculty, it’s staff, it’s everybody.” Leibold said the fault does not necessarily fall on students or faculty. “We started taking a look at the crosswalks we have, and the buttons to cross are really confusing sometimes,” Leibold said. “What I found out from asking students ‘why don’t you push the button?’ they say because the light is on so long, they don’t want to inconvenience the drivers. They were being polite.” In spring 2016 campus police implemented a program to encourage students and faculty to abide by pedestrian laws when crossing streets on campus. In lieu of issuing 80 percent of campus-goers jaywalking tickets, Leibold had an idea: Titan Tokens. According to Leibold, the initiative is based on positive reinforcement as opposed to attempting to punish students. “Instead of writing tickets to people who break the law, let’s give something to the people who are actually doing it right,” Leibold said. Senior Shelby Luedtke said she believes the strategy of using Titan Tokens is a good plan on the University Police’s part. “I think positive reinforcement was a good idea,” Luedtke said. In its early beginnings, the initiative had campus police ofﬁcers or community service ofﬁcers give out Titan Tokens to someone they saw push the button for the walk signal before crossing
a street, properly exercising pedestrian safety. After collecting three tokens, students can redeem them at the campus police station for a free t-shirt. The program has expanded to include prizes such as free tickets to UWO athletic events and food vouchers. The program has also begun to expand its objectives beyond pedestrian safety. Leibold said a community service ofﬁcer crossed paths with three students helping another inebriated student get back to their dorm safely, and rather than getting them in trouble, that ofﬁcer handed out Titan Tokens to the three assisting students. “If the cops are out there and see you doing the right thing, you’re going to get a Titan Token,” Leibold said. “Doing the right thing happens on this campus every day.” During the 2016 fall semester, another criminal justice class will collect data again to see if Titan Tokens have made a true statistical change in pedestrian law violations on campus. According to Leibold, the Titan Tokens represent building positive rapport between campus police and UWO students. “We want to police this community the way they want to be policed,” Liebold said. Junior Hallie Martin said she believes the program would be beneﬁcial to schools across the country. “It should continue to other campuses to teach other kids to be safe too,” Martin said. Senior CSO Allie Wilke, a criminal justice major and psychology minor, said she hopes students take away from the Titan Token program. “All in all I just want students to know this isn’t supposed to be a hassle,” Wilke said. “It’s for your own safety. It also gives ofﬁcers a chance to get out there and meet the students. If students get a chance go out and talk to an ofﬁcer, they’re actually awesome people trying to make this campus a better place.” Do the right thing, Titans, and you may just earn yourself a Token.
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September 22, 2016
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COURTSEY OF LEAGUE OF WOMAN VOTERS
The Gear Up To Vote van will arrive at UWO on Thursday Sept. 22 outside of Reeve Memorial Union.
Oshkosh gears up to vote by Ti Windisch firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday, Sept. 22 a minivan outside Reeve Memorial Union will allow UW Oshkosh students to register to vote for the upcoming elections in November. According to Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Andrea Kaminski, the League of Women Voters sponsored their Gear Up To Vote events on several high school and college campuses across Wisconsin in order to ensure students can vote. “What many students don’t realize is that if they have moved since the last time they voted, even just from one dorm room to another down the hall, they need to re-register,” Kaminski said. Kaminski said the process should be quick for students, provided they have the proper paperwork. “If you have your Wisconsin driver’s license number... and proof of residency with you, it will take about five minutes to register,” Kaminski said. Senior Jordan Black said expediting the process of both registering to vote and voting itself would make him more likely to vote.
“The biggest reason I wouldn’t vote is the inconvenience and time it takes,” Black said. According to Kaminski, there are several different documents that can serve as proof of residency. “To prove your residency, you’ll need an official document such as a paycheck or pay stub, a bank statement or utility bill with your name and current address on it,” Kaminski said. Senior Mike Hovde said not having the correct documentation can be an issue for students trying to register to vote. “I’ve seen people who go to things like [the Gear Up To Vote event] and don’t have the right stuff,” Hovde said. “I’ve had problems like that.” Co-President and Voter Registration Coordinator of the League of Women Voters Ann Marshall said UWO is making it easier for students to prove their Wisconsin residency. “The University has informed us that they are providing a document titled ‘Voter Identification Enrollment Verification,’” Marshall said. “ It is a letter that verifies the enrollment of the student and shows the
address that is on file with the university. The student should be able to pull this up if they log-in to TitanWeb.” According to Marshall, the other methods of proving residency still work but the Voter ID Enrollment Verification is an easy option for students with updated addresses on TitanWeb. “This process will make it very easy for the student to provide the proof of residence without delay,” Marshall said. “It works for students living on campus and off campus.” Kaminski said students should get involved and vote because the elections determine a lot about their lives and futures. “The elections in November include President, Vice President, Congress, State Legislature and some local races,” Kaminski said. “These are the people who will be deciding things like your tuition, job opportunities, college funding and protection for our clean air or water.” Kaminski said elections are a time when students get to voice their opinions on policy that can affect them going forward. “This is your chance to weigh in on these issues,”
Kaminski said. Hovde said he suggested absentee ballots, a method that allows citizens to vote through mail instead of going to a physical location, as an option for UWO students not from the area to increase the number of student voters. “I think more students need to vote,” Hovde said. “Absentee ballots are your friend if you’re not from around here.” According to Kaminski, absentee ballots are only an option if the student still has an acceptable Wisconsin ID. “Absentee voters have to include an acceptable ID with their absentee ballot request unless they are indefinitely confined,” Kaminski said. Kaminski said there are ways for students to get involved and make a difference in the political realm aside from simply voting. “Volunteer for the candidate of your choice,” Kaminski said. “Tell other students how to get registered and where to find candidate information. Good sources are VOTE411.org and Wisconsinvote.org. And after the election, let your representatives know how you feel about the issues.”
about $2 a month and if there are four or ﬁve people in the house it would be about 50 cents a month per person,” Stepanek said. “So, when they say rents are going to skyrocket because of this [program fee], I just don’t think that is true.” Burns said she will likely not participate in the inspection program because she doesn’t like the idea of inspectors invading her privacy. “I understand their job is to only look for code violations and other problems, but I just wouldn’t want them wandering around my house regardless,” Burns said. UWO Student Legal Services Attorney Eric Forsgren said anything that exists, even without guarantee, to increase the quality of housing for both students and community members is a good thing, even if it means giving up some privacy. “It is a good thing even if there is some incremental on the invasion of their privacy argument is are there going to be inspectors coming in? Yes. But you have to give up a little bit of [privacy] to ensure some safety,” Forsgren said. Stepanek said the inspection program is a voluntary program and if students feel uncomfortable letting inspectors into their homes, they do not have to. “I would encourage students to let the inspectors in so they can do their job,” Stepanek said. “They aren’t there to bust you or anything like that, they have a checklist of things they are checking the property for, but ultimately the tenant has the right to let them in or refuse them as well.” If a tenant refuses to have an inspection done, it will take place from the sidewalk, Stepanek said. “The inspector will look for what they can on the exterior of the building and then the landlord will still be assessed and given the inspection fee,” Stepanek said. Stepanek said when an inspector comes they will have a checklist of areas to look for, and if the unit has any violations the landlord will be responsible for ﬁxing the issues in a timely matter, which is up to the discretion of the inspector. “Inspectors may issue citations depending on how severe
the problem is, but it is up to the individual inspector,” Stepanek said. “I think really what the program is trying to say is, ‘we noticed this was wrong and you need to get on top of it.’ It is not this massive conspiracy to start handing out citations, it is more working with the landlord to help ﬁx the issue.” UWO senior Jakob Frederick, who rents from Discovery Properties, said he is glad this program got approved because he believes the house he lived in last year was not up to code. “You could tell just by looking at the outside of the house, and if you went down to the basement, our house wasn’t on the foundation straight,” Frederick said. “You could walk into the corner [of the basement] and actually see the sunlight come into the house.” Stepanek said some of the opposition to this program is because community members and landlords are confused about the program. “I think the heat of the debate was misconception over Fourth Amendment rights, which I don’t think applies in this situation,” Stepanek said. “I don’t think [violating the Fourth Amendment] is a concern and our policy really addresses that. Look, if you haven’t been keeping your house up to code and you haven’t been keeping the minimum safe codes your house should have, you’re probably in trouble.” Stepanek said, the program will cost roughly $1.8 million over the next ﬁve years, and he believes another misconception about the program is that the city is using this program as a money scheme. “That is not true at all,” Stepanek said. “The revenue that comes from the inspection is actually just going to fund the inspection program. It will be used to hire the inspectors [and] pay for their time.” Frederick said he doesn’t see any major ﬂaws with the program, and will participate in the inspections because he see it as a way to hold landlords responsible for their properties. “We get charged enough for rent and we deserve a house that is at least up to code and the inspectors are just making sure the landlords, particularly the big ones that own a lot of property, are keeping our houses up to code and are keeping us safe,” Frederick said.
7. Cut down the cost of your utilities
also offers additional tips on how to prevent frozen pipes.
What kinds of utilities you have, if any, will depend on the property management company and will vary from property to property. If students aren’t careful and don’t manage their utilities conservatively, things such as electricity, water, heat, internet or cable bills can become very high. Some tips to help cut down on your utilities include shortening your daily shower time to save water, turning off the lights in rooms when you are not using them or are leaving the house and turning off the T.V. when it is not being used. Beyond that, Wood noted that one reason a heating bill may be large is because one resident might turn up the heat because they are cold, which causes the next roommate to open the window because they are hot, which in turn lets the hot air out and increases the heating bill.
9. Report code violations and housing concerns to the city
10 things to know before signing a lease by Jessica Johnson & Megan Esau
email@example.com 1. Recognize that the lease you sign is a legal document The lease you sign is a serious contract that is legally binding, meaning you are responsible for the content within the lease and are also responsible for any consequences of breaking the lease. Many students tend to believe once they sign a lease they are only responsible for their portion of the rent, but this is inaccurate. Joint and several liability says landlords have the right to charge any person living on the property for unpaid dues or damages regardless of whose fault it is. Struensee ofﬁce manager Elizabeth Hemminghaus said students need to understand that this concept is very important when signing leases. “It’s not just your quarter; you are responsible for the full amount,” Hemminghaus said. “So be very, very careful who your friends are that you choose to rent with.” 2. Understand and read the lease before you sign Once you have picked a rental property, you will sign a year-long lease. Before signing the lease, it is extremely important to read over the rules and responsibilities listed in the lease carefully and to understand your nonstandard rental provision, which states the rules speciﬁc to your property. These rules may include whether or
not you can have a pet on your property, lawn and snow removal responsibilities, if they apply, and also what utilities you are responsible for. Struensee rental agent Richard Wood said if students don’t maintain their lawn or shovel the snow on their sidewalk the city will bill the landlord, who will in turn bill that property. He said it is important for students to understand what is in their nonstandard rental provision so they know what they are responsible for and to avoid getting charged extra money. 3. Document and take pictures when you move in One of the ﬁrst things you will do upon moving into your new place is ﬁll out a move-in report, which Hemminghaus strongly recommends students do right away, along with taking photos to go with the report. This report will allow you to write down any damages in the apartment prior to your moving in. Students should take the time to do a thorough walk-through of the house or apartment to check for things such as working appliances, marks or holes in the walls, working blinds and dirty carpets. Ben Stepanek, a UWO student and city council member, also suggests students take photos of their place when they move in so they have proof of what the place looks like and won’t be charged for something at the end of the lease that wasn’t their fault.
4. Choose your roommates carefully Who you live with in a house or apartment can make or break your off-campus housing experience. There is usually a rush to sign for a place at the beginning of the school year, and many students feel pressured to ﬁnd people to sign with right away. This can be troublesome because the people across the hall at the beginning of your sophomore year may be convenient to sign a lease with at the time, but as the school year progresses, your friend group may change and when it becomes time to move into your new place you may regret signing too quickly. Choosing dependable and trustworthy roommates will ensure the rent gets paid, the house gets cleaned and leads to an overall happier household. Keep in mind that in terms of joint and several liability, any money that isn’t paid will fall onto the entire household, not the individual, so choose wisely in the beginning to avoid a headache in the long run. 5. Take advantage of Student Legal Services One little-known resource students have for understanding legal matters surrounding off-campus student housing is UW Oshkosh’s Student Legal Services. For a consultation fee of $5, any university-enrolled student can receive legal counsel from attorney Erik R. Forsgren, who has many years of experience with SLS. One of the chief areas in which
SLS provides full services is in property matters, which includes tenant problems and housing rights. The SLS website also contains a list of property management companies in the Oshkosh student housing neighborhood. 6. The rush to sign Be aware that there will be a rush at the beginning of the year to sign or re-sign leases. Many students have said they receive an email from the landlord within days of moving in saying they need to resign within one or two weeks, or the property will be shown to other potential tenants. Brian Baerwald, owner of All American Investments, said when he ﬁrst opened his business in 2000, lease signing didn’t start taking place until mid- to late October. Now, he said, three to four landlords have started the trend of advertising and pressuring students to sign at the beginning of September, before they have even had the chance to settle in. He said while he thinks that rush is unnecessary, if smaller property management companies such as his own do not follow suit, they will be missing out on the market. If you are moving into a property for the ﬁrst time, because you’ll need to make up your mind quickly on whether or not to re-sign your lease, pay close attention to whether or not the property is up to your standards of living and whether or not your roommates are people you’ll be want to live with for another year.
8. Remember to maintain your house during school breaks Students may think turning off the heat during winter break is a great way to cut down on the cost of utilities. That may be the case, but the cost of repairing water pipes that have frozen and burst is going to be a lot higher than the monthly $40 heating bill. The American Red Cross suggests setting the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit while you’re away from your property and
There is a Minimum Housing Code in place in Oshkosh that sets what the city deems to be the minimums standards a property must meet. Residents of Oshkosh, including students living in off-campus student housing, are able to report code violations to the city and request inspections of their living space. 10. Be careful when sub-leasing If done properly, sub-leasing can be a convenient way to avoid paying rent in a property you won’t be living in for an extended period of time, whether it be summer or you’re studying abroad for a semester. It is important to know that if you do not make your landlord aware of any sub-lease and have a written consent, you could end up responsible for damages made on the part of the sub-lessee. “We do have people who switch rooms legally and that is fine, but they have to make sure they do it right and legally,” Hemminghaus said. “But we have had people who have moved out and just moved other people in. Then those people leave the place trashed, and the original people on the lease weren’t even there but end up getting sued.”
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Raquel Tuohy- Campus Connections Editor
September 22, 2016
ROBOCOPP offers safety alternative
on YouTube of someone scaring away a bear with the alarm.” The device itself has gained a lot of attention through the “TOA new alternative to campus DAY Show” “NBC News” and safety has been introduced in other news outlets, Turner said. the form of a sound grenade, or ROBOCOPP has had great remore formally known as ROBviews and has a section of their OCOPP. website for people to tell their ROBOCOPP is the brainstories of how ROBOCOPP has child of CEO Sam Mansen helped them, Turner said. who came up with the idea after “We also regularly get emails wanting to ﬁnd an alternative to from students and parents sharpepper spray in order to make ing their experiences,” Turner his younger sister feel safer on said. “We recently got an email her college campus. from a UC Berkeley student. Mansen said through reShe emailed us around 11 p.m., search, he found that while pepecstatic, because she had just deper spray is effective, it is not terred two attackers near a train carried around as often as people station as she was walking to her think. car.” “He and his sister didn’t want When asked about the effecto use pepper spray for a few tiveness of ROBOCOPP, Comreasons,” Jill Turner, a repremunity Service Ofﬁcer Bryan sentative from ROBOCOPP Carter said there might need to said. “[First,] it requires you to be more done than just scare off confront an attacker, which a an attacker. lot of people don’t want to do. “In a dangerous situation you [Second,] it can be used against need to be able to do more than you.” scare an attacker,” Carter said. According to Turner, ROBO“You need to be able to stun COPP is a strong device which them so you can get away while gives users a sense of power beauthorities arrive.” cause it is proven to be a crimCarter said although pepper inal deterrent that can’t be used spray can be used against the against the device’s owner. victim, it is still more effective Mansen’s research has shown than the sound grenade. that 68 percent of criminals will “Portable pepper spray gives ﬂee a scene if an alarm is heard. more security and temporarily The college atmosphere is a takes out even the best of us,” big part of why the sound greCarter said. “Is it unpredictable? nade is popular on campuses Yes, but it’s the best alternative.” including UW Oshkosh, Turner Though ROBBOCOPP is still said. a new con“Students cept to camhave been She emailed us around pus, Carter purchasing said time will 11 p.m. ecstatic, because the device tell the effecshe had just deterred two entirely on tiveness of attackers near a train as she their own, eithe product. ther from our was walking to her car. Sophowebsite or on more Emily — Jill Turner Amazon,” Brooke said ROBOCOPP Representative Turner said. this device “The effect will beneﬁt of the alarm students. really does another crucial thing, “I think it will deﬁnitely imwhich alerts others that you are prove campus safety,” Brooke in trouble. People are more likesaid. “It’s easy to carry around ly to react if they hear something with you and there’s no way out of the ordinary.” you can miss a loud alarm going According to Turner, the deoff.” vice can be heard from up to 300 As an alternative to pepper feet away, so it has a lot more spray, Brooke agreed with Caruses in many different situations ter that ROBOCOPP wouldn’t that aren’t just on campus. be the quickest option in self-de“A lot of muggings happen fense, saying the alarm will just off campus borders, so it’s draw people to you but it may a great tool for students who take some time for you to get commute back and forth,” Turnactual help. er said. “It’s also a great tool for “It will deﬁnitely help stucamping and hiking. The device dents be and feel more safe,” is actually a proven wild animal Brooke said. repellent; there’s a great video by Hailey Lawrence firstname.lastname@example.org
A UW Oshkosh student signs up to learn more infromation about a club offered at the LGBTQ+ Resource Center.
Resource Center kicks off year by Mia Wilson email@example.com The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer/ Questioning Resource Center held their open house on Sept. 16th at the Center for Equity and Diversity for students to come and check out amenities provided for students within the community. The center started in the fall of 2008 in an effort to make UW Oshkosh a safer, more inclusive campus and to welcome members of the LGBTQ community. When asked what students could expect from the event, LGBTQ Resource Center’s Program Director, Dr. Liz Cannon said that it was a kickoff for the year. “It’s a social for people to get together, have fun, do some crafts, but it’s also a chance to learn what kind of services that the LGBTQ center provides and to connect with our two student organizations, Rainbow Alliance for Hope and Q+ Unity.” Cannon said. Student Burgundy said the two clubs differentiate themselves as Rainbow Alliance for Hope fulfills the role of education and activism, where Q+ Unity is more social. “The club is good for making friends, doing crafts and watching movies.” Burgundy said. Rainbow Alliance for Hope meets on Monday nights in Reeve 306 at 8:30 and Q+ Unity meets on Wednesday evenings in the
Polk Library basement at 5:30 p.m. At the open house, students were able to walk around and learn about the different resources the LGBTQ Resource Center has to offer including Gender Outfitters. Founder Ian Unger said the organization serves as a free clothing provider for trans and nonbinary individuals who don’t have the money or secure means to obtain gender affirming apparel. “It started here on campus, I’m trying to get it so more people can access it, but it is still a campus thing as well,” Unger said. “The center helps with the trying on [of] binders and bras, helping people fit them, and just kind of getting that comfort level with individuals.” Those who wish to donate gently used or new articles of clothing can drop them off to the center or can look on the Gender Outfitters website for other options. Student Garrett Denning talked to students about the Queer Peer Mentor Program which helps both students who are sure of their identity and those who may be questioning theirs as well as freshmen and transfer students just getting acclimated to Oshkosh. Denning also said the other amenities the club provides include a support group through the counseling center. “[It is] somewhere to go to talk and get issues out that may not be covered by
the center or may be a little bit beyond what we’re able to do for people,” Denning said. “With so much going on within the community, students can also rest assured that there are many upcoming events that will occur throughout the rest of the year as well.” Cannon also introduced a new activity, Self-Care Wednesdays, that emphasizes on the well-being of students in the community. “We’re going to be looking at a variety of ways to take care of yourself, to relax.” Cannon said. “We’re also going to introduce people to yoga, meditation [and] nutrition.” The group will meet in the resource center every Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. Cannon said that the center will also be holding S.A.F.E. Training sessions this fall. “S.A.F.E. training is to teach people about the LGBTQIA+ community, [we] talk to them about what it’s like to be in the community [and] ways that one can be an ally to the community. We have some empathy exercises, we do a lot of terms and definitions and it’s a three-hour training at this point...I’m really excited that already this fall we have 25 scheduled,” Cannon said. The Ally March happening next spring is one of the biggest events of the year and is a way to acknowledge and honor the LGBTQ community as members and as allies.
Four day Paleo diet diary by Katherine Baird firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 piece of sprouted whole grain toast (with Earth Balance, which is a vegan butter). Lunch: Lentil Salad (Lentils, carrot, onion, and celery accompanied with a olive oil and vinegar dressing) Dinner: Veggie Burger, Steamed green beans
Breakfast: 1 Rice Cake, topped with all natural peanut butter Lunch: Lettuce wrap with a tuna salad, tuna salad: tuna, celery, carrot, onion, and lemon juice Dinner: Salmon with garlic and lemon-baked cauliﬂower Thursday:
Breakfast: Spanish Breakfast Taco (a creation Breakfast: of my own) Paleo Pancakes (1 banana, 2 eggs, 1 tsp. Lunch: cinnamon) Spinach Wrap with hummus and Lunch: veggies (bell pepper, onion, diced Garden Veggie Burger with homemade tomato, cucumber) (or sugar free) salsa and sliced avocado Dinner: on top Greek chopped salad with cucumDinner: ber, olive, tomato, bell pepper, garGrilled Tilapia and steamed asparagus banzo beans olive oil & vinegar. Wednesday:
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LGBTQ Resource Center • Center for Equity and Diversity • 717 W. Irving Ave. Oshkosh, WI 54901 • Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • (920) 424-3465 • lqbtqcenter@ uwosh.edu • LGBTQ Resource Center Director Dr. Liz Cannon • cannon@uwosh. edu Where diﬀerence is equal and diversity is the norm.
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Raquel Tuohy - Campus Connections Editor
September 22, 2016
Across 1 Son of God, in a Bach cantata 5 Sacred wading bird of ancient Egypt 9 English class topic 14 Novelist Hunter 15 Outstanding credit 16 __ Valley, Calif.: 1960 Winter Olympics site 17 Pre-exam review session 20 Prepare to propose 21 Figure skating leap 22 Satisfied sounds 23 Tel __, Israel 25 Use an acetylene torch on 27 Multinational military
alliance 33 PIN requester 34 In a bit 35 Words before “Happy New Year!” 37 Explore eBay 39 Vintage roadster 41 Pop singer Diamond 42 Medal of Honor recipients 45 State firmly 48 Delta rival: Abbr. 49 Reporter’s trustworthy contact 52 “What have I gotten myself __?” 53 Bring in from the fields 54 Cries from successful
solvers 57 Flu symptom 59 Sounds of thunder 63 Coin-operated kiddie ride 66 Spin docs 67 “If all __ fails ... “ 68 Out of the wind 69 Shabby 70 Puts into words 71 Where boats tie up Down 1 Soda __: fountain worker 2 Tied, as a score 3 Out of danger 4 Hard to believe 5 Checkpoint require-
ments: Abbr. 6 Conduct, in report card comments 7 Curly-horned goat 8 Sprinkled widely 9 GI show gp. 10 Detachment of fighter jets 11 Subtle glow 12 Nasty cut 13 Fleecy farm females 18 “Don’t Be Cruel” singer 19 Chin indentation 24 Simpson trial judge 26 Weather map “L” 27 Tens and twenties 28 “None of the above” choice 29 Love, in Rome 30 NBA great Shaquille 31 __ d’Alene, Idaho 32 Room-filling computer unveiled in 1946 36 Magazine you can read forward and backward? 38 Like shiny shoes 40 Flipped during frying, as eggs 43 Austrian “a” 44 The devil 46 Tampa-to-Palm Beach dir. 47 Pest control target 50 Unidentified flying radar blips 51 Transfer, as computer data 54 Bandstand boosters 55 “Present!” 56 Summit 58 Golden St. campus 60 Folksy Guthrie 61 Tiny time meas. 62 Search for 64 Vague quantity 65 “__ Misérables”
Answers to last week’s puzzles
8 people we’ve all met during a group project
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by Kellie Wambold email@example.com
The Leader: The moment the group sits down together, this person will take control of the project. They will take the biggest chunk of the project to ensure that it gets done. You’ll also receive countless emails and Facebook messages checking on everyone’s progress and conﬁrming that everyone will be at the next group meeting.
The Fake Leader: This person will hide behind the Leader, agreeing with everything the Leader says and encouraging others to contribute. They’re reliable and a great asset on presentation day. When the project is divided up, though, they’ll make sure they have to do the smallest amount of work.
The Average Joe: Everything this person does is perfectly acceptable. They’ll ﬂy under the radar, only using the group message when necessary and occasionally contributing to group discussions. On presentation day, their section of the project meets the minimum requirements, neither helping nor hindering the ﬁnal grade.
The Slacker: The Slacker doesn’t pretend to care about the project like the Fake Leader does. During group meetings they will be on their phone or complaining about how hard the project is. The Leader, knowing they’ll have to either ﬁx the Slacker’s portion of the project or do it all together, strategically gives them as little work to do as possible.
The Busy-Bee: No matter what time the Leader suggests for a group meeting, this person already has something going on. The only time they can meet with the group is around midnight. Eventually they’ll just accept whatever part of the assignment they’re delegated and have it ready for the due-date.
The Quiet One: They’ll come to group meetings but won’t contribute to the group’s discussion, choosing instead to put all of their effort into whichever part of the project they’re assigned. That’s why the group is surprised when their section of the project is the most compelling. When it comes to presenting the information, though, the Quiet One gladly lets the Fake Leader take over
The Cheerleader: This ball of energy will be at every group meeting and respond to every email, even if they don’t really understand the project. They’ll do their part to the best of their ability, and they’ll do it with a smile. The Cheerleader is vital in maintaining the group’s moral in the last few days of the project.
The Paranoid Perfectionist: This person is constantly combing over the guidelines of the project to make sure the group covers every section of the assignment. They take on the second largest load in the group because they don’t trust anyone to get their work done. On presentation day they’ll jump in on everyone’s portion to make sure all of the necessary material is covered.
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Raquel Tuohy- Campus Connections Editor
September 22, 2016
PRSSA helps local PR ﬁrm in Fox Cities Marathon by Raquel Tuohy
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Tim Schneiger and the Middle Men entertain UW Oshkosh students in front at the Horizon Ampitheatre for local live music night.
Reeve Union hosts local live music night by Anne Wilhelms firstname.lastname@example.org
The front lawn of Horizon Village hosted a live music event Sept. 15, which brought in two local talents from the Fox Valley-- Kelsey Johnson-Fisher and Tim Schneiger and the Middle Men. Reeve Union Board member Riley Smith was in charge of preparing for this event, for which planning can take over a year. “We started planning the basics last year,” Smith said. “We reached out to people in August and gradually got more and more set in stone for what’s gonna happen tonight.” RUB has quite a few artists that they want to try to feature in future live music nights. The Board chose an outdoor venue for this event, which Graham Kunde said was more personal than other locations on campus. “I really like the outdoor sessions, especially with the weather right now,” Kunde said. “It’s more open than the Underground would be, and more intimate.” “There’s a list with contact information of artists who have reached out to us,” Smith said. “We sample their music, ask if they want to perform, and if they can, they’re in. We usually try to have two artists.” Dylan Bram, head of RUB, said the Live Music Event has become a tradition. “[Reeve Union Board has been putting these on for] a long time,” Bram said. “I was a student in 2008, and they were putting it on then.”
While there are plenty of artists on the list, Smith said the Board tries to keep their searches narrow and set up takes more than just the Board. “We reached out to 10 artists.” Smith said. “We sampled their music and narrowed it down to these guys. We had an executive meeting where we all talked about the venue. We got a contract with the AV people and they set it up. It’s a team effort between us, the Board and AV.” The performers don’t necessarily have to be students to perform in live music events; for example, Johnson-Fischer works in the Union and oversees the TV tech in Reeve, and Schweiger plays music professionally.The two performers at this event play different genres, so there wasn’t one set music theme. The pieces that were performed were a mix of covers, originals and mashups, such as a mashup of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” which Johnson-Fischer called “Rolling in Bad Blood.” “[I play] folky-pop and a lot of Adele covers,” Johnson-Fischer said. “[I play] rock-and-roll, and classic pop-rock,” Schweiger said. Johnson-Fischer said she started writing, before she started playing music. “I wrote a lot of poetry in middle school, and I also played violin.” Johnson-Fischer said. “I came to college, and it all started from there.” Schneiger’s said he’s inspire d by his family.
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UW Oshkosh student Kelsey Johnson-Fisher sings and plays. “My daughter [is my motivation],” Schweiger said. Some viewers, such as student Graham Kunde, said he came because he wanted to watch his friend Kelsey play. If students are a part of a band or a stand-alone music act, they can also be featured at live music nights. And if you are looking to get involved with Reeve Union Board, there are different ways to go about doing so.
RUB Contact • Meetings Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Reeve 306 • reeveunionboard@ uwosh.edu
email@example.com The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Public Relations Student Society of America volunteered at the Community First Fox Cities Marathon to gain real-world public relations experience. PRSSA is a pre-professional organization that gives students a chance to gain knowledge about the public relations ﬁeld through guest speakers and volunteers. PRSSA was able to volunteer through Red Shoes PR, a local public relations ﬁrm based in Appleton, Wisconsin. Red Shoes PR Content Manager Karilyn Robinson said that planning began in the spring. “The idea of UWO PRSSA to help out at the Fox Cities Marathon came about when UWO PRSSA came to RSPR for a tour,” Robinson said. “PR students at UWO expressed interest in getting more media relations experience, so it seemed natural to have them shadow and help out.” Twelve volunteers from PRSSA were on hand from the start of the marathon on Sept. 16, to the end on Sept. 18. PRSSA President Katie Biersach said there was a variety of tasks the volunteers were assigned to do. “My duties included escorting the media to the tent, shadowing interviews and pulling certain runners from the ﬁnish line so they can be interviewed,” Biersach said. Robinson said that PRSSA volunteers got a crash course in media relations during their shifts. “We source stories, pitch stories to the media, coordinate live and taped interviews prior to the weekend, coordinate media at each of the events and follow up by sending clips, by way of PDF’s, to the client,” Robinson said. Three television networks were at the marathon to interview runners, including WBAY, WLUK and WFRV that PRSSA could network with, said Vice President of PR Monica Salmeri. “Each one of us had our own TV station that we were in charge of,” Salmari said. “I got to meet the staff of one network and they were really nice.” This year was the ﬁrst time that PRSSA volunteered and Robinson said next event they are going to make adjustments to the scheduling to make sure they have adequate coverage for the entire marathon. “The day went well,” Robinson said. “We have a better read on how many [PRSSA] volunteers we actually need and the responsibilities of each person if we decide to include them again.” Salmeri said her favorite part of working the marathon was hearing some of the runners’ stories. “There was a guy running barefoot that broke three records,” Salmeri said. “There was also a UWO alum that ﬁnished ﬁrst in the half marathon. He went to Los Angeles for the Olympic Trials, so that was cool to hear.” PRSSA’s Vice President of Events Carissa Brzezinski said she dressed like a member of Red Shoes PR to get the full experience. “I even wore red shoes while I was working,” Brzezinski said. “It made me feel like I was one of them and I did because I was doing what they were doing.” Biersach said that she wants the main takeaway for all PRSSA members that volunteered at the marathon would be to gain experience and have fun. “You won’t learn what we did at the marathon by sitting in a classroom,” Biersach said. “I wanted PRSSA to get out into the community and learn hands-on what public relations is all about.”
Open mic night showcases student talent by Allison Prusha firstname.lastname@example.org UW Oshkosh had their second open mic night of the year on Monday evening in Titan Underground. There were several students that showcased their musical talent, but their styles varied greatly. One of the ﬁrst opening acts consisted of UWO student Rachel Ryan covering Taylor Swift’s “The Best Day” while playing the ukulele. Another girl covered Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”. While a few of the participants stuck to the song covers, there were number of singer/songwrit-
ers as well. The evening had an acoustic/ folksy sound in the beginning, but the students soon branched out into different styles of music. One of these styles included beat-boxing by Cullen Sampson. He looped multiple vocals and create a mash up. The beat-boxing then transitioned into rap by a number of students, including Keegan Cronin. As the participants began to get comfortable with crowd, many returned to the stage for a second time to sing more songs, whether new-comers or veterans of the event. “The best thing about open
mic night was seeing everyone take a chance at something new and possibly scary and totally rocking it!” Senior Cheyenne Perzentka, a ﬁrst time attendee of open mic night, said. Some of the participants admitted to being nervous when introducing themselves, but all ﬁnished their sets to applause of the audience. The event was well-attended by students; nearly all seating in Titan Underground was taken. If anyone is interested in seeing the next open mic night, it takes place on Monday nights at 7 p.m. in Titan Underground. ELIZABETH PLETZER/ADVANCE-TITAN And anyone can sign up to perUW Oshkosh student and musician Kyle Larschied plays to a full crowd in Reeve. form.
Alyssa Grove - Opinon Editor
September 22, 2016
Speak up in class
Cartoon by Tyler Hahn
Printers on strike
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In a recent trip to Polk Library, the sight was one seen time and time again: a line of students, at least 20 deep, waiting to use the one of ﬁve printers that happens to be working. The UW Oshkosh campus uses the Pharos printing system, which allows students to wirelessly print to almost any printer on campus simply by waving their Titan ID card in front of a sensor. However, with all great technological advances come mountains of downfalls, and the start of the 2016 school year has been no exception. Recently, there have been issues where students are sending something to print, but it doesn’t get connected to their card, preventing them from actually printing it. Gruenhagen Manager on Duty Jessica Singer experiences this ﬁrsthand regularly when she works desk shifts. “It happens all the time,” Singer said. “And then people have to go reprint everything and then there’s a backup at the printer.” Students often don’t have time to wait in line to print something just to ﬁnd that they can’t actually print what they need to. More often than not, students stop by
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the front desk in their residence halls to print something on thier way to class, thinking it’ll be a quick stop, only to be very disappointed when they get there. Singer said it’s also common to ﬁnd that only the ﬁrst page of an article will print and the rest is lost in the wireless Pharos abyss. This causes students to send their document once again to print and hope that this time it will all go through. If by some miracle the document in its entirety does make it to the printer, you never know if it will take it’s sweet time printing, or if it will jam halfway through. There is nothing worse than being 10 pages into printing a Powerpoint, thinking you’ll have just enough time to sprint to class once it’s ﬁnished, only to have the printer jam and the notes you need caught within its gears. “I think the printers break down more than anything,” Singer said. Adding that at some point during each day it seems that something within the printer malfunctions. Broken down printers increase the wait time for students, potentially making them late for class because they need to bring whatever it is they’re waiting to print with them. Whether the blame for a stu-
dent being late, or not having a hard copy of something, should be placed on them or on the printing system can be debated, but something needs to be done about the printing system at UWO. UWO needs to tackle the easiest issue ﬁrst, which would be to get new printers throughout campus. New and improved printers would allow for more reliable and quicker printing experiences for students. From there, UWO should look into getting a new printing system, which would allow for better communication among the technologies. A new system could solve the reoccurring issue of lost or incomplete documents at the printers. Until something is done, print your assignments, Powerpoints, articles, anything you may need for class ahead of time. Don’t be caught in the mob of students waiting to print, staring at the clock watching the time shrink before class starts. Or even worse, don’t be the one going back and forth from printer to computer wondering where your document could have possibly been sent. For now, the IT staff is quick to assist any issues students are having and address problems with the system almost immediately.
The scene is a familiar one to students and professors alike—a classroom full of 60 people or so, a question hanging in the air, and no one raising their hand to reply. “Bueller…Bueller,” mumbles someone in the back row. Eyes avert from the professor’s waiting gaze; radio silence. It’s common knowledge to all of us by now that in a majority of classes, from middle school all the way to college, student participation is sorely lacking. We’ve all met a few brave souls that laugh in the face of such intimidation and fearlessly offer comments and questions in the classroom, but in general? When it comes to speaking up in class, most of us would much rather refrain from raising our hands. A couple minutes of brainstorming offer a few possible causes: some of us are too busy playing Pokémon Go or talking about professors on Yik Yak to bother paying attention to lectures. Others might feel afraid that they don’t have things to say that sound as interesting or intelligent as something their peers could come up with. In an article on quietrev. com, authors Emily Klein and Meg Riordan write, “Some quiet learners include students from cultures that do not expect them to challenge their teachers’ ideas, ask questions, speak without prompting or debate with
large role in our lives. We are a generation that grew up with fast food and microwavable dinners, but if you knew a way to eat cleaner, that could even improve your emotional health and personal image, would you stray from the junk and give it a try? Many have heard people spouting comments like, “using the paleo diet is extremely restrictive,” or, “taking the time to ﬁgure out what to eat and how to eat it is already too much effort.” Those comments, though negative, aren’t necessarily wrong. For many it isn’t always easy to transition into such an extreme diet. However, not all comments are negative. The now retired NBA player, Grant Hill, stated in an LA Weekly article, “I think I’ll wear out mentally before I will physically… I know that sounds crazy because I’ve had a lot of injuries, but I feel now at 40 that I’m in better shape than when I was 32 or 33, and I know a lot of that has to do with eating.” He is not the only star to have said such things. Kobe Bryant, Miley Cyrus and Aaron Rodgers are just a few of the other well-known names that
have followed the paleo diet and praised the beneﬁts they felt as a result. What many people have stressed when trying the paleo diet is that they felt healthier and that they possessed more energy. By eating according to the paleo diet, the body has more nutrients than ever and can operate more efﬁciently due to the lack of sugars and processed fats that normally stand in the way, slowing you down. Some people who follow the paleo diet also factor in aspects of other diets to ﬁt their preference. A few options being Vegetarian Paleo, Pescetarian Paleo, or even Vegan Paleo (though paleo is mostly vegan except for the consumption of meat). The most challenging of all of these would be the Vegan Paleo. For this variation of the diet you would cut out all animal by -products, such as meat, eggs and dairy, all processed foods and all foods that contain reﬁned sugars and artiﬁcial sweeteners. Now looking at that rather extensive list of “no’s,” you may be thinking, “ok, so my options to eat are basically pineap-
ple and grass… wonderful,” but you’d be mistaken. There are in fact hundreds of websites solely dedicated to paleo recipes, grocery lists, simple meal prep options and blog sections about incorporating the diet seamlessly into your lifestyle. There are always resources and people who are more than happy to receive questions from readers of their blogs or articles. The foundation and concepts are there, now it is about execution, and being on a college campus can make this a challenge. Blackhawk Commons hasn’t always been the kindest to those who relish variety in terms of the day-to-day options, but it has changed for the better in recent years. An example of a day in the life of a Paleolithic dietitian, who relies on that of Blackhawk, could follow the model below: Breakfast: An omelet with veggies (i.e. green pepper, mushroom, onion and tomato) accompanied by a banana or a different fruit piece. Lunch: You could go to the The Slice in Blackhawk, where deli wraps and sandwiches are made to order. Put together a
peers.” Still, other students may feel anxiety answering questions in class, or simply prefer listening to speaking when it comes to how they learn in a classroom environment. At UW Oshkosh, most professors include participation in their grading, but should they? When asked this question via MyUWO Portal, UWO students had varying responses. “I think it would be better [if class participation was required],” said one student. “Don’t get me wrong, I would personally hate it since I’m shy, but it would force students to actually know the material instead of simply memorizing it for exams.” “It’s an annoyingly good incentive for people who don’t like to participate but should because they need to further their understanding [of the material],” another student said. Other students disagreed, pointing out that those who opted not to participate in class were only harming themselves in doing so. One student said, “If you fail, it’s your fault and your degree at stake.” One student simply wrote, “Talking is hard.” Second-year UWO student Molly Wheatley reiterated this in an interview. “People with social anxiety can literally start crying if they’re pointed out in class to participate in a group discussion,” Wheatley said. “I feel like that would be really sad because they can’t control that.” “[Teachers] could ﬁnd alternate ways to accommodate [students with social anxiety],” said Wheatley. She suggested that students be able to show professors their notes to prove they were paying attention during class time. Others would argue that college years are a good time for more introverted students to attempt to overcome such difﬁculties before they go out into the workforce. “I typically include participation as a portion of the grade (10-15 percent) because it is an important way for students to develop and demonstrate the
communication skills we are working on for the class,” UWO speech professor Lisa Volkening said. “One way that I try to push all students to participate, even if they feel uncomfortable doing so, is to have one to three students who are designated as a ‘discussion leader’ for each class,” Volkening said. “As a discussion leader, I expect students to speak up in class and be the ﬁrst to respond to discussion questions, in addition to leading the class in a prepared presentation for a short period of time (515 minutes).” Volkening also said that she often had students talk over class topics in small groups or pairs before asking them to share with the rest of the class, so that students would have a chance to prepare their thoughts or bounce ideas off a peer before speaking in front of the class at large. Even professors aren’t immune to the difﬁculties that participation requirements can bring. “I like to be prepared before I speak up, and I don’t like being put on the spot to speak,” Volkening said. “When I started graduate school, participating in class discussions was hard for me to do, especially when I was in classes with people who were further in their graduate education than I was,” Volkening said. She added that she often required herself to speak at least once per class in her ﬁrst year; otherwise, she wouldn’t have done so. She also expressed that the more she spoke in class, the easier it became. “I think that speaking up is something that gets easier the more you do it,” Volkening concluded. Talking can be hard, yes, whether as a result of feelings of social anxiety, shyness or a simple lack of ideas when it comes to what to say in the classroom. But the more we put forth the effort, the easier participating becomes. And maybe then our classes will cease to be ﬁlled only with the sounds of lectures, radio silence and the occasional “Bueller…Bueller.”
wrap with hummus, vegetables and lettuce. The downfall, however, of eating out or somewhere where the dressing or sauce is premade is that you can usually assume that there are hidden sugars, and in that case you would need to avoid that based on the constraints of the diet. An apple on the side would complete the meal. Dinner: The @HomeCooking often has good options, as well as vegetarian options. That paired with a side salad would be perfect. When it comes to choosing a dressing you need to keep in mind that many dressings have reﬁned sugars in them. It’s safest to stick with an oil-based dressing. Oil-based dressings also tend to have more healthy fats in them that can keep you fuller longer. Options at Reeve are still fairly limited, but a few favorites include as follows: A vegetable or grilled chicken burrito bowl from Wholly Habaneros with veggies, salsa, rice and beans. A veggie or meat wrap from Sub Connection without sauce. Or even a vegetable loaded salad at Garden Toss, with olive oil and vinegar on the salad. So though you may be under the impression that this would
be an impossible feat to achieve while living in the dorms, if there’s a will, there’s a way. In fact, a student on campus gave her opinion on the diet. “It seems like a great idea, but I honestly can’t imagine having to monitor what I eat that closely when I was living in the dorms,” UWO junior Kjersten Pederson said. When asked if that would change because she now resides off-campus, Penderson let out a laugh and continued, “maybe for a week to try and see how it felt… but giving up processed foods entirely sounds like a lot of cooking and time to me.” This is how many people view the diet; though it sounds like a great way to eat, it also requires work and a place to make meals. I myself have done the diet, along with being Pescartarian, for more than 4 months now, and would recommend it to anyone because of the way I have felt since starting it and the beneﬁcial impact it has had on my life. If you have an interest in trying the Paleolithic diet, have any questions or want recommendations for websites or blogs, I can be contacted via campus email.
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Paleolithic diet AKA the “caveman diet”
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR To the Editor: Although the article on the offensive “cream pie” sign was informative, it did not indicate what legal grounds the university administration or police had for going on private property and having the sign removed. Students do have legal rights, after all, and those include guarding against illegal search and seizure and protecting the first amend-
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Austin Walther - Sports Editor Morgan Van Lanen - Assistant Sports Editor
September 22, 2016
Women’s soccer loses on road, wins at home by Zijo Zulic firstname.lastname@example.org
Above: No. 25 junior forward Katelyn Fladten controls the ball against Wartburg College. Below: The Titans celebrate after scoring a goal on Sunday. They went on to win 2-1.
The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team improved to 4-3-0 overall after a victory against Wartburg College on Sunday, Sept. 18 and a loss to St. Norbert College on Thursday, Sept. 15. Wartburg struck early in the contest, but a pair of second half goals from UWO forwards Katelyn Fladten and AJ Jackson secured a 2-1 victory for the Titans on Sunday. The Wartburg Knights (4-2-1) found themselves with an early lead when forward Alyssa Hewitt capitalized on a 15-yard shot to put the Knights up 1-0. Hewitt’s goal came in the 31st minute of the first half off an assist from senior Madison Astgen. The Titans tallied eight shots in the first half, but were held scoreless at halftime, head coach Erin Coppernoll said. “We did not do well in the final third with the final pass,” Coppernoll said. “For me, that was the key in the first half; we did not put it away when we had chances.” Coppernoll noted how her team showed defensive struggles through the first half, but managed to figure it out in the second half.
“It was unfortunate that we go into a halftime down one because we did not defend well,” Coppernoll said. “We gave up one quick goal, but I knew we were going to get chances.” UWO’s defense, led by junior center backs Ally Vandenberg and Felicia Retrum, was key in holding Wartburg to only four shots the entire second half. In their first seven games, the UWO women’s soccer team has a goal against average of 1.12 goals per game. It took the Titans 11 minutes and 32 seconds in the second half to find the back of the net. Forward Alyssa Arnold played a cross that found teammate Fladten’s chest. According to Fladten, she controlled the service with ease and sent a volley from 12 yards out to beat the Knights’ goalkeeper. “I’m trying to capitalize on the opportunities given to me,” Fladten said. This was Fladten’s first goal of her junior season for the Titans, and Arnold’s first assist of the season. Jackson, an Oshkosh native and freshman, was the spark the Titans needed to edge pass the Knights. She came into the game as a sub in the 68th minute for teammate Fladten. “I don’t mind [coming off the bench],” Jackson said. “It’s my freshman year and I was not expecting to play at all, but I’m excited to get to play.” Jackson made a quick impact for the Titans. It took her six minutes to help give the Titans a 2-1 advantage late in the second half. Senior Robyn Elliott was credited the assist on Jackson’s game-winning goal. This was Elliott’s second assist of the season. “It was great, but I did not really expect it,” Jackson said about her game-winning goal. “I was kind of stunned.” The freshman forward also added how she credits the “rainy day drill” her team does in practice for her goal. “It’s basically the exact same thing [because] the forward starting on the outside has the option to lay it off or shoot,” Jackson said. “I love it in practice so it was pretty easy.” Jackson is no stranger to netting game-winning goals,
as it is her second of the year. Her previous game-winning goal came earlier in the season when UWO defeated the University of Dubuque 1-0 on Sept. 3. Coppernoll praises the freshman for her efforts on the pitch on Sunday. “AJ is super quick, super dynamic, and probably our most dangerous offensive player because she just goes to goal,” Coppernoll said. “She got it done for us and gave us great minutes off the bench [on Sunday].” The women’s soccer team lost 1-0 on Thursday, Sept. 15 to St. Norbert College. This was the first time UWO has lost to St. Norbert since 2002, when the Green Knights edged the Titans 2-1. It was an offensive struggle for the visiting Titans on Thursday. St. Norbert’s goalkeeper, Maddie Plinska, saved four of the seven shots she faced in the first half of action. Coppernoll noted the Titans were struggling to perform well against St. Norbert College. “We did not perform well at all,” Coppernoll said. “We did not play Oshkosh soccer. We struggled.” After a 0-0 stalemate at halftime, the Green Knights came out the halftime break with an offensive attack. St. Norbert College (4-10) scored in the 58th minute of the second half to give them a 1-0 lead against UWO. Junior midfield, Amiee Conley, crossed the ball to Monica Stephans where she connected with a header to give the Green Knights an advantage. This proved to be the game-winning goal as the match ended 1-0. The Titans were outshot 10-4 in the second half of the game. Coppernoll said St. Norbert scored a brilliant goal, but the Titans have to finish their chances. “It just was not our game,” Coppernoll said. “I am forgetting about it and moving on” UWO will take on the Loras College Duhawks (Iowa) on Thursday, Sept. 22. at 7 p.m. in Dubuque, Iowa. “We are going to have to be ready to play a very good team [on Thursday],” Coppernoll said.
UWO women’s tennis team rebounds after loss by Isaac Mazanka and Morgan Van Lanen email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
This past weekend, the UW Oshkosh women’s tennis team lost for the first time this season as they went 2-1 against three different opponents. UWO inched past St. Norbert College 5-4 on Sunday, Sept. 18 at Western Racquet and Fitness Club in Green Bay. Junior Paige Ganser, freshman Alyssa Leffler, and freshman Samantha Koppa combined to get wins in singles play against the Green Knights. After falling to UW-La Crosse on Friday, Sept. 16, Leffler described what kinds of things she did to ensure wins on both Saturday and Sunday. She defeated St. Norbert’s Meg Witt 6-1 and 6-2 in No. 5 sin-
gles. “I changed my playing strategy and settled down to make sure I made less unforced errors,” Leffler said. In doubles, two of the three pairs came away with victories. No. 1 doubles comprised of sophomore Hannah Peters and junior Bailey Sagen defeated their opponent 8-3, while No. 2 doubles made up by Koppa and Leffler recorded an 8-5 win. Sophomore Annie Docter and Ganser, who make up No. 3 doubles, fell to the Green Knights 2-8. Leffler said her style of play differs dramatically when competing in doubles compared to singles. “To me, there’s a huge difference between doubles and singles,” Leffler said. “In singles, you only have yourself, so that means there’s no one to
talk to and it’s more of a mental game. In doubles, I have a partner who is very positive. We always make each other laugh and work together to come up with strategies to find a way to win.” This was the 16th time in the last 23 matches that St. Norbert College fell to the UWO women’s tennis team. The Titans also beat UW-River Falls 7-2 on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Kolf Sports Center outdoor courts in Oshkosh. Koppa said her team brought a lot of energy on Saturday, as they wanted to rebound after losing to a conference rival. “We went in positive for the match on Saturday,” Koppa said. “We knew we were a strong team and that [UW-River Falls] was a team we really wanted to beat.” Leffler contributed to the
four-of-five singles play victories by winning all 12 of her games against UWRF’s Anna Ebensperger in No. 4 singles. No. 1 singles Sagen swept her opponent 6-1 and 6-3. Peters, Docter and Koppa combined to beat their opponents 36-12. Freshman Monica Micoliczyk was the only UWO singles player who was defeated when she fell to her River Falls match up in the sixth flight as the No. 6 single. At No. 1 doubles, Sagan and Peters crushed their opponents 8-2, and at No. 2 doubles Koppa and Leffler won in an 8-2 defeat. Micoliczyk and her partner sophomore Ashlee Polena lost in No. 3 doubles with a score of 4-8. In their first conference game of the year, the tennis team fell to La Crosse 0-9 on
Friday, Sept. 16 at the YMCA Tennis Center in Oshkosh. Head coach Robert Henshaw said he is not worried about falling to the Eagles because he believes his team played better than the overall score shows. “Last year La Crosse was the second best team in our conference,” Henshaw said. “We had the opportunity to win two or three of the matches in that meet. The individual scores of the match were actually a bit closer than a 9-0 meet would indicate. We have a talented team and teams won’t want to play us once we get matchtough.” UWLC’s Bridget Bellissmo swept Sagen 6-0 and 6-2 in No. 1 singles and then teamed with Sadie Spahn to sneak past Sagen and Peters 9-7 in No. 1 doubles. Ganser, Peters, Docter, Leffler and Koppa, who made
up singles No. 2-6, all fell to their opponents in a combined score of 38-72. As for No. 2 doubles, Koppa and Leffler were defeated 2-8, while Docter and Ganser lost 5-8 in No. 3 doubles. The UWO women’s tennis team will travel to St. Peter, Minn. to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional from Friday, Sept. 23rd through Sunday, Sept. 25th. Koppa said, because the team has never competed in the ITA Midwest Regional, they are excited to see what the competition will be like. “To be honest, this is the first time going to this tournament, so we don’t know a ton about it,” Koppa said. “I don’t know the exact teams in it, so it’s hard to say [what to expect]. But I’m really excited to just keep on going.”
Austin Walther - Sports Editor Morgan Van Lanen - Assistant Sports Editor
September 22, 2016
Oshkosh junior quarterback Brett Kasper has a record of 2-0 vs. Finlandia in the past two seasons. He has gone 9 for 12 on 239 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Titan football starts season 2-0 by Nathan Proell email@example.com The UW Oshkosh football team improved its record to 2-0 this weekend in Michigan as they defeated Finlandia University 68-7 after totaling 582 yards of offense and holding the Lions to only 135. In 2015, the Titans went 7-0 in conference play and ended with an overall record of 11-2 when the season ended with an NCAA Division III quarterfinals loss to UW-Whitewater 31-29. Quarterback Brett Kasper said he admits there is more pressure than usual. “Obviously there’s a lot of pressure to repeat and go even further,” Kasper said. “The biggest thing with us is expe-
rience. Teammates that have a lot of experience around you helps ease the nerves.” Linebacker Steve Forner said the team has a lot to play for this year. “I think it’s an opportunity for us,” Forner said. “We have big goals for our team and we’re looking to meet those goals.” The game against the Lions started with a drive from the Titans that consisted of one play with a 65-yard touchdown run from running back Dylan Hecker. The Titans’ next possession was an 87-yard punt return from wide receiver Dom Todarello with 11:35 remaining in the first quarter. After another possession from the Lions that resulted in no points, the Titans had
a drive that went nine plays for 62 yards and resulted in a field goal which brought the score to 17-0. With less than a minute to go in the first quarter, Kasper had an 18-yard touchdown pass to Todarello which brought the score to 24-0. UWO chose to sit Kasper for the rest of the game in the second quarter and with 11:29 left in the half, quarterback Connor Senger threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to running back Mitch Gerhartz, widening the Titans’ lead 310. After forcing the Lions to punt yet again, Titans freshman wide receiver Riley Kallas blocked the Lions punt sending the ball into the endzone where it was recovered by Titans defensive back Brad
Walovitch for his first career touchdown. UWO was running away with the game leading 38-0 with 9:10 still left to play in the second quarter. Gerhartz had his second touchdown of the game at 7:17 in the second quarter, which was a 19-yard touchdown run in a drive that went two plays for 19 yards and lasted eight seconds. Going into halftime, the Titans had a wide lead of 44-0. The start of the second half began with a couple empty possessions from both teams. With 7:58 left in the third quarter, the Lions found a way to put points on the board with a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Rivera to receiver Corey Dunn bringing the score
to 44-7, which would be the Lions only scoring play of the game. On the following possession, the Titans scored again with a 45-yard touchdown run from Senger. A couple possessions later, Forner had a one yard rush for a touchdown bringing the score to 58-7 by the end of the third quarter A field goal by kicker Greg Rand was made midway through the fourth quarter and with 4:09 left to go in the game, wide receiver Kallas had a 37-yard touchdown run to bring the final score to 687. Pat Cerroni said he is satisfied with the offense’s performance so far this season. “I’m feeling pretty good about it,” Cerroni said.
“They’re working hard and trying to get better.” Two games into the season, Kasper said he is feeling good about being back on the field and is pleased with the team thus far. “I know coach is pretty pleased with how we are playing so far,” Kasper said. “You always want to be 2-0 to start the season.” Cerroni said he is satisfied with the team, but realizes there is still a long way to go. “I feel they’re playing exactly where they should be,” Cerroni said. “They know it’s a long haul. We’ve got a long way to go. We’re just taking it game by game.” The Titans’ season continues this Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. at Morthland College in Illinois.
Cross Country gears up for Roy Griak with Tom Hoffman Invite by Michael Johrendt firstname.lastname@example.org Having never ran at the Tom Hoffman Invitational, the UW Oshkosh men’s and women’s cross country teams took home promising finishes this past Saturday, with both teams recording sixth-place finishes. On the men’s side, UW-La Crosse finished first with 18 total points. As for the women, the Eagles won with 15 points. Charlend Howard said Both teams were mostly comprised of freshmen in this race due to the impending Roy Griak Invitational next weekend. “It provides a good opportunity for our freshmen to run here,” Howard said. “Eamon ran here in college so he will talk to us about the course and where everything is. We really try to keep the same routine.” The women’s team totaled 160 points, placing them just out of fifth place. Of the seven runners that Oshkosh had run at Whitewater, four were
freshmen. ticipants, the men also had Leading the charge for the freshmen make up the majorTitans was senior Michelle ity of their runners. Draxler, who finished 14th. Of the seven men running Junior runner Jessi Stamn for Oshkosh, four were freshwas 24th, freshman Amanda men. One sophomore, junior, Van den plas (33rd), Tayah and senior made up the rest of Cunningham (35th), Ashlyn the ranks for the Titans. Schwind (54th) and Breanna Even with the amount of Van den plas (55th) made up freshmen running in this the first-year participants for event for both teams, head Oshkosh, with sophomore Al- coach Eamon McKenna said lie Broeniman taking 57th place. Running at a new course With this being the first time that each squad ran at gave us the opportunity to this meet, Draxler said it run against other schools we offered the team a unique don’t get to compete against. experience running against — Michelle Draxler new opponents. UWO cross country runner “Running at a new course gave us the opportunity to run against other schools we don’t get to compete against,” Draxler that without the guidance of said. “It was a great meet to the upperclassmen, the team participate in because it helps would not be as far as they prepare us for the more im- are now. portant meets later this sea“Our upperclassmen do a son.” great job of being active by For the men, they built off touching base with the undertheir strong performance last classmen and they communiweek at the Midwest Open cate at practice,” McKenna by taking sixth place on Sat- said. “They tend to be the urday. positive leaders during our Similar to the women par- harder [events], and on meet
days [they] take charge and lead warm ups.” Taking home top honors for Oshkosh was junior Daniel Massey in 14th, while senior Derrick Rufer was 40th. The top-finishing freshman was Trevor Faldet in 43rd, with sophomore Corbin Bevry (44th) mixed in between the other three freshmen for Oshkosh. Collin Borazo (45th), Nick Engels (46th) and Henry Laste (48th) were the other freshmen tallying points for the Titans. Charlend Howard, one of four seniors on the team, stressed the amount of effort they put in to make the team better and more well rounded. “We all have run under Jordan Carpenter and have been taught by McKenna,” Howard said. “We are competitive, regardless of if it is simple. No matter what, we [will show that] we are better than anyone else and we will do whatever we can to get back to Nationals.” Next up for both teams is one of the most important meets early on in the season, the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 24 in Minnesota.
Austin Walther - Sports Editor Morgan Van Lanen - Assistant Sports Editor
September 22, 2016
Women’s volleyball opens conference play by Natalie Dillon email@example.com The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team’s nine game winning streak was snapped in the conference opener at UW-Whitewater on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Despite an impressive run, with wins over Millikin University, St. Norbert College and Lawrence University earlier in the season, UWO lost in straight sets to UWW. Coming into the match, Oshkosh was ranked 20th with a record of 11-2, while Whitewater was ranked 14th with an 8-3 record. Head Coach Brian Schaefer said he knew it would be a tough match, regardless of recent success. “It’s a compliment to our team that other teams want to beat us,” Shaefer said. “I think we’ve grown a lot since the beginning of the season. We’ve had to travel to some tough environments, and we had to go to Whitewater. That put us in a position to give them our best effort.” The Titans put up a fight in each set losing only 19-25, 18-25, and 18-25. The first set, however, started a bit shaky. The UW Whitewater Warhawks jumped to a quick 5-0 lead with a key service ace by senior Tessa Weber. Coach Schaefer quickly called a timeout to stall the Warhawks momentum. His tactic proved useful as the Titans went on a five point run aided by kills from senior Brooke Brinkman and sophomore Tina Elstner to close the gap to 9-11. The two teams exchanged points again until UWO fell to 13-19. Once again a timeout was called. The Titans came out of the break on a four point
rally with kills from senior Nerissa Vogt and freshman Shannon Herman. It seemed as though the Titans would keep with the Warhawks as they won points back and forth, but it was a blocking error that gave Whitewater the first set. Down by one set, Brinkman didn’t let the Warhawks’ lead get to her head. “When we lose a set, or even two, I have the mentality that it’s always three more sets,” Brinkman said. “I have the same thought when starting a game, and it helps keep me motivated if we are down.” The tough mentality helped the Titans take the lead in the second set 4-1. The lead was quickly dissipated by three aces from freshman Elizabeth Tworek as the Titans went down 4-7. Tworek had five aces on the night. Off of the timeout, the two teams battled, tying the set three times. UWO had a rally going after trailing 14-18, but it was squandered by two service errors. Throughout the whole match, there was a total of twelve service errors by each team; UWW with five and UWO with seven which ultimately gave the Warhawks a 2-0 advantage. Down by two sets, the stage was set for a repeat of last year’s match when the Titans were down two sets and came back to win 3-2. However, that would not be the case this year. The third set started with a five point run by Whitewater. The run was disrupted by a pair of kills from Vogt. The set took a turn after UWO went on a three point run before a Warhawk timeout. The Titans battled, staying with the Warhawks and winning a point off of the lon-
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The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team returns home on Sept. 28 to play conference opponent UW-Platteville. gest volley of the match due to an error. The energy after the point was put away by a service error, giving the Warhawks the third set and match. The difference in the game came from Whitewater’s ten aces to Oshkosh’s none and the ten reception errors made by the Titans compared to zero by the Warhawks. Team leaders include freshman Samantha Jaeke with
eight kills and two blocks, Vogt and Brinkman with seven a piece, Elstner with nine digs, and senior Lexi Thiel with 28 assists. The Titans have faced losses before and plan not to let this one determine the rest of their season. Schaefer said he knows the potential his team has. “When we went to Atlanta, we lost to St. Thomas by a lot,
but we focused on not letting that one match define our season,” Schaefer said. “It’s going to be parity throughout the region and conference. People are beating each other. On one day you think that team is really struggling and suddenly they have a great Saturday. It’s fun to be in our conference; it’s a dog fight. I really think we are good. We just have to prove it.”
Thiel said she doesn’t stop to think about what the results of this match could mean. “[We] take one day at a time,” Thiel said. “Take one game at a time. You can’t focus on the big picture. We need to focus on what’s ahead of us and play it game by game.” The Titans look to square up with a home game against UW-Platteville on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
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The Advance-Titan print edition from September 22, 2016.