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Schaefer admits to sexual harassment

Former volleyball coach fired for inappropriate texts and behavior to athlete by Natalie Dillon

The UW Oshkosh former women’s volleyball and men’s club volleyball coach was fired Aug. 10, 2017 after an investigation found evidence to support a student’s sexual harassment allegations, according to documents released by the University after the Advance-Titan filed a Freedom of Information Act request. Brian “Lumpy” Schaefer was a University employee from Jan. 27, 1997 through Aug. 10, 2017. As the women’s volleyball coach, he led the Titans to seven Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships and eight National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament

appearances, including a third and fifth-place finish. For the men’s Division I club volleyball team, he compiled a .826 winning percentage over the span of 17 years. One of Schaefer’s athletes filed a sexual harassment report against him with Dean of Students Art Munin on May 19, 2017. The report stated that Schaefer bought the student drinks, played a game called “nut ball,” texted him in a sexual manner and gifted him with a “jerk off cloth.” The student was accompanied by Laurie Ahrens, graduation project coordinator and adviser, and Will Brydon, Division II men’s club volleyball coach, according to the official incident report. Ahrens declined to com-

ment. “It is not something I will discuss,” Ahrens said. Munin directed all questions concerning Schaefer and the investigation to Kate McQuillan, chief of staff and records custodian. McQuillan provided the Advance-Titan an investigative case report, incident report filed by Munin and letters to Schaefer from the University. The student said in the report that Schaefer would “regularly” buy him and other players drinks. According to the report, Schaefer said he bought the players drinks because he thought of them as more than just athletes. “Brian admits that he would buy drinks for [the student] and other players, but catego-

rized it as ‘occasionally,’” the report said. “He stated that the players were his friends.” Eli Miller, a men’s club volleyball player who was coached under Schaefer, confirmed this statement, saying Schaefer bought the players drinks after a win. “We went out togethwer in times of celebration,” Miller said. “Win a match, we go out and he’s there to celebrate with the boys.” According to the student’s statement, when Schaefer provided alcohol, he sometimes asked the student to play a game of “nut ball.” The aim of the game was to throw a ball hard at the other player’s groin, but Schaefer took it even further. “He asserts that Brian ex-




Four people assaulted near UWO campus Street and Lincoln Avenue and struck both students on the head. The three men approached the male Four people were assaulted this last student and initially asked for his Snapweekend in three separate instances chat, so the student handed one of the within a half hour, according to Osh- men his phone. As the student put the phone back into his pocket, one of the kosh Police Department. “In the three reported incidents the perpetrators struck him in the face, and the other two started asvictims were approached saulting him, hitting him by a group of three to five African-American males He just punched herin the head. and were punched multi- straight in the jaw and “They kept punching me,” the male student ple times in the face.” Theknocked her out said. “It happened pretOshkosh PD media release ty quick. I was able to stated. “The victims are three males and one fe— Assault victim get them off me, but not quick enough.” male between the ages of By the time he was 20 to 22.” free, he witnessed the In one of the instances, two UW Oshkosh students, one male female student get hit, go limp and fall and one female, were assaulted on straight to the ground. The three men Wisconsin Street as they were walking vanished shortly after. “He just punched her straight in the home Saturday morning. Both students jaw and knocked her out,” the male requested their names not be used. Three men approached the victims student said. “I had to carry her off the near the intersection of Wisconsin road as the three men ran away.” by Calvin Skalet

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The female student was taken to the hospital shortly after and was diagnosed with a concussion and a brain bleed. The assault was one of a series of assaults and robberies that occurred last weekend within a one-block radius of the intersection between Lincoln Avenue and Wisconsin Street. Oshkosh Police Department officials said they believe the series of assaults that occurred between 1:14 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. on Sept. 8 are related. In the first assault, the suspects followed one person and began to assault him, leaving him with minor injuries. In the second situation, the suspects approached the victim in a similar manner. In this situation, they assaulted the victim and also took his wallet. Oshkosh PD is working with UW Oshkosh Police Department in this investigation. Currently there are no suspects in custody.

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posed his penis to him and asked him to throw the tennis ball at him,” the report stated. In his statement, Schaefer said they played the game “roughly ten times,” and felt the student was comfortable while doing so. “Brian admits to showing [the student] his penis once when they were playing the game,” the report stated. In another sexually explicit incident, Schaefer gave the athlete a “jerk off cloth.” At first, the student didn’t know what the item was but “Brian admits to giving [the student] the ‘jerk off cloth,’” Schaefer’s statement in the report read. “Brian asserts that they had talked about the ‘jerk off cloth’ before, so [the student] would have known what it was

and what it was for.” “He asked Brian what it was for, and Brian responded, ‘let me show you,’” the investigation stated. Schaefer said the student should have been familiar with the gift. “Brian admits to giving [the student] the ‘jerk off cloth,’” Schaefer’s statement in the report read. “Brian asserts that they had talked about the ‘jerk off cloth’ before, so [the student] would have known what it was and what it was for.” Besides practices, Schaefer and the student spent time together at the student’s apartment and often spent the night. “[The roommate] confirms that Brian was at the

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a motion. According to Richard Wells’ lawyer, Raymond Dall’Osto, the civil case could be extended for another year, depending on if the University decides to appeal. Dall’Osto said Judge Kelley’s decision sets up a conflict that the state court judge will have to decide. “The state’s argument that what former Chancellor Wells and former Vice Chancellor Sonnleitner did was illegal or not authorized by state law is sharply undercut by the bankruptcy judge’s decisions,” Dall’Osto said. Wells and Sonnleitner still face five counts of misconduct in office for illegally transferring money to the UW Foundation to help pay off loans. They could face more than 16 years in prison each if convicted. There is currently a $15 million judgment against the state saying Wells and Sonnleitner had the authority to do what they did, and the state owes the money on the guarantees. The Foundation closed the sale of one of two biodigesters on Sept.11 for $8.25 million, which paid off the $6.1 million that the Foundation owed on it. According to the UW System Foundation lawyer Paul Swanson, there is about $6 million owed on the UWO Alumni and Welcome Center, a $12 million building the University utilizes for meetings, development, events and educational purposes. “We own the Alumni Center, but the University uses it day in and day out,” Swanson said. “We’re trying to give it to the University; that’s the whole deal, we give it over to the University for the benefit of the University, but it was also supposed to be paid for and if there was a shortfall in fundraising, then the University was to make it up. There’s about almost $2 million worth of pledges out there and the donors are just sitting on it because they don’t know what to do.” Swanson said the sale of the biodigester was a huge loss to the University. “This kind of goes to show what the market is out there for these kinds of things; the market is valuing these things, and I think the University was ahead of its time when it was looking at this type of thing,” Swanson said. “If that would have been done, it would have become a compressed natural


Wells, Sonnleitner civil case on ice

Federal Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley made the decision on Aug. 29 to rule in favor of the UW System Foundation, putting the civil case on hold in the investigation of former UW Oshkosh Chancellor Richard Wells and former Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services and Chief Business Officer Thomas Sonnleitner. The recent decision to grant the UW System Foundation’s decision states that the loans and guarantees that were made were not in violation of state law and Wells and Sonnleitner had the authority to do so. According to court documents, the former chancellor and vice chancellor stated at a Foundation board meeting that they had authority to guarantee the debts that the Foundation would incur. Debra Birkin, vice president of financial affairs for the University of Wisconsin System, was present when Wells and Sonnleitner made their promises, and she did not dissent or raise any concerns about the guarantees the University made. On April 16, 2017, the Wisconsin Department of Justice filed criminal charges against Wells and Sonnleitner for improper financial transactions that occurred under their former administration from 20102014 related to five real estate projects. According to the original criminal complaint, the two administrators funneled $11 million in taxpayer money into five Foundation building projects including the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel in downtown Oshkosh; the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center; two biodigesters, which turn animal waste into electricity; and the Oshkosh Sports Complex, which includes Titan Stadium. In January 2017, the Board of Regents and UW System asked the Department of Justice to pursue civil charges against the two former administrators. Both parties made their initial appearance on June 11 in Winnebago County Court. Meanwhile, the criminal complaint is still ongoing and runs contrary to the state’s assertion that the criminal complaint did not have legal authority to do what they did. The criminal case is set for Dec.10 to go back to Winnebago County for a hearing and possible consideration of


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RecPlex open to students

UW Oshkosh Students practice their ultimate frisbee skills on the new RecPlex turf Wednesday, Sept. 12.

by Nikki Brahm After seven years of planning, the UW Oshkosh RecPlex opened its doors to students. Associate Director of Student Recreation Tony Dirth said the project was finished midway through summer. A dome covering the RecPlex will be installed sometime between Oct. 22 and the end of October so students are able to play sports regularly despite bad weather. “The dome will stay up and it will come down before April 15, is the plan,” Dirth said. “So we will have a full six months of indoor activities before it has to come down.” Dirth said the south field will be available for all students to use from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. “Then from 3 p.m. on might be when there will be athletics until 5 p.m., club practices and intramurals, but then this other field will then be open so that any time of the day there will be a place for students to play,” Dirth said. Dirth said he’s seen action on the field since the first first few days of classes when he checks out the field at night. “We’ve also had the women’s soccer team come play already and have a practice there; the ultimate frisbee club is coming and having some practices there,” Dirth said. “Again, this is the first week, but I think intramurals are going to pick up more next week, more of the clubs will get started and we are going to see a lot of action there.” Dirth said students should not wear metal cleats — only rubber cleats or athletic shoes

are permitted at the RecPlex. Food and non-water drinks are not permitted. In order to enter the RecPlex, a Titan ID is required. Like the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, soccer balls, footballs, softballs and frisbees can be checked out for free at the RecPlex. At night, lights will be on so students can play. “This is a new facility with a new turf,” Dirth said. “It comes with some rules that we have to follow because with regards to warranty and all that stuff.” Dirth said he’s happy with the project from a department standpoint, and he can tell by the energy of students that they are excited. “I think that [students have] been hearing about it for a very long time, and so all that hard work that the students put in way back in 2012 for the referendum, and then all that effort that OSA’s made in the past to keep this thing moving, I think everybody’s very excited and happy that it’s finally here,” Dirth said. Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said he thinks the RecPlex will be an integral piece of the student experience on UWO’s campus. “The idea of being able to do field sports when there’s a foot of snow on the ground and it’s zero degrees outside, it’s very exciting, and I think very beneficial to the students,” Leavitt said. Dirth said the project was built from reserves from when the Student Recreation and Wellness Center was built. The student segregated fees were raised to $5 this semester so that the turf and dome can be kept up. “So 15 years from now when they need to be replaced, we don’t have to go to students asking for money,” Dirth said.

Dirth said students may have a misperception on the funding for the RecPlex. “I know that maybe perception from the public may be seen as, ‘How can the University be building this when they’re faced with all the budget cuts?’” Dirth said, “But the money’s different and it’s something that we didn’t have to go out and go crazy and ask for funding from the foundation or get money from tax dollars.” Dirth said there will be a grand opening when the dome is installed. The date is yet to be determined. “I would encourage everyone to come out and check it out because it really is neat, especially when you’re out there playing and the lights are on,” Dirth said. “It’s quite a sight.” The RecPlex was built over part of the Gruenhagen parking lot. Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said this may come as a challenge because parking has always been an issue on campus. “I do not know how the RecPlex has impacted that situation,” Leavitt said. “I do know it is a situation with which we’ve put a lot of time and effort and thought. We have Ben Richardson, our director of parking, and he is in consultation frequently with student affairs to manage the situation as best we can.” Senior Erin Gruber said she thinks the RecPlex is a great addition to campus after playing on it for soccer practice. “It’s awesome to have a quality field close to campus, unlike the stadium, that I can run or walk to and get some touches on the ball,” Gruber said. “It’s also convenient for when we have morning practices for soccer, giving us those extra minutes to sleep in and be able to walk right from the field to class.”

Leavitt’s budget plan enters phase one by Christina Basken

The three-phase fiscal plan UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt announced on Jan. 29 is now out of its planning phase and living part one of the three-year plan. The purpose of the plan as stated by Leavitt in his blog is to employ a three-phase fiscal plan to reduce general-purpose revenue spending by $9.5 million over the next two years. The goal by the second year of the plan was to raise a net of $1 million of on going revenue. The plan is to cut academic spending by 30 percent in the first year, 50 percent in the second year and 20 percent in the third year. Non academic spending will be cut by 60 percent the first year and 40 percent in the second year. Leavitt said the plan is on

track and the first phase is going as expected. “The reason why we are breaking up the academic spending cuts in three parts is because we understand the pressure it puts on departments, and we want it to affect students as little as possible,” Leavitt said. “We’ve done a really good job at making sure that it affects students as little as possible.” Leavitt also said the University was able to bring in an additional 200 freshmen this semester. “We’ve made sure that there are classes available for these incoming freshmen,” Leavitt said. “It would be irresponsible for us not to, to bring in 200 freshman with no classes available.” Assistant Chancellor for Access Campuses UW-Fox Valley and UW-Fond Du Lac Martin Rudd said he is looking

forward to seeing the University prosper. “It’s an extremely good strategy, an extremely difficult strategy to deal with,” Rudd said. “The positive part on this, which comes out of any budget reduction, is any opportunity to look at where you can increase revenues on campuses as well; and that’s usually a positive and uplifting process because you can devise new strategies to try and create income streams.” Rudd said he is impressed by Leavitt’s transparency during this process. “At the convocation last week as well, he addressed a couple of things that are really hallmarks of his administration and his time as chancellor so far,” Rudd said. “I would say that transparency is among those highlights not only in the way he keeps up with the commentary and openness on the

financial situation, which does require support, but I think it also shows in the culture of the Oshkosh campus as well, so I see that as a real strength of Chancellor Leavitt’s.” Associate professor and Faculty Senate member Karl Loewenstein said he is worried about what will happen when we enter into the second year and 50 percent of academic spending is cut. “For the first time in years, I have long waiting lists for all my classes, so obviously there is a shortage,” Loewenstein said. “I was talking to a student today who needs another course to get to her 12 credits and there are six people on the waitlist in front of her to get into my class. So these are the impacts of them not re-hiring faculty and that was the 30 percent year. So what’s




gas facility as opposed to an electrical-generating facility. It would be paid off and generating most likely scholarships to the University, a huge amount of money in the next five to 10 years.” Swanson said the Foundation remains financially strong. “There’s a $23 million endowment, we just cut checks for about $700,000 worth of scholarships and fellowships for this year, etc.,” Swanson said. “It’s the gift that keeps giving and the endowment basically sits there and earns money and we pay out the money that it earns for charitable purposes for which people donated money.” Swanson said the relationship between the Foun-

dation and the University is strained, but they will continue to support the University. “We continue to fund scholarships, we continue to serve the University community,” Swanson said. “I would say the relationship is strained, but the Foundation serves the University community; that’s our goal and that’s what we will continue to do, regardless of whether or not we have a good relationship with the administration. The alumni and friends of the University gave a lot of money for good purposes for the University, and we continue to administer that. No matter what happens, the Foundation is 100 percent behind the University.” Thomas Sonnleitner and his lawyer, Steven Biskupic, did not respond to an attempt for comment.

How to stay safe: • Don’t walk alone at night, and carry a cell phone and flashlight. • Try to stay in well-lit areas or areas with heavy traffic. • Be aware of your surroundings. If you see someone or something that makes you uncomfortable, call the police at 920-424-1212 or go to an emergency blue light kiosk to summon help. • Sign up for Titan Alert at services/titan-alert/ • Get a Safewalk by downloading the UWO Mobile app or calling the UW Oshkosh Police Department at 920-424-1212 and requesting a Safewalk. You will need to provide your name, affiliation with the University, call-back phone number, your current location and the destination of your requested Safewalk.

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Campus looks for new food vendor

er-friendly. by Bailey McClellan “One of the options we’re considering is an all-access After deciding not to pursue meal plan, which means there a self-operated dining program, wouldn’t be a limit on the numUW Oshkosh is preparing its ber of meals per day or per search for a new food service meal period,” Kwaterski said. program. “We’re also trying to make the According to Executive Di- meal plans easier to understand rector for Campus Life Jean and utilize.” Kwaterski, University officials Sophomore Abby Shreve are in the process of developing said she worries an all-access a request for proposal, a docu- meal plan might inspire bad ment which outlines what the spending habits in students. University is looking for from “I think a lot of issues could a food service and opens the come from this,” Shreve said. door for proposals from outside “First of all, overspending vendors. would be a problem for many. I “The RFP will be released also think this guides freshmen to all dining vendors in the to how much spending is a nornation, who will then respond mal amount.” with their proposals on how Shreve said the University they would fulfill our needs for should instead remove limits a dining and retail program at on the meal plan selection for UW Oshkosh,” Kwaterski said. first-year students. According to Kwaterski, the “I believe that freshmen University considered creating should be allowed to purchase a self-operated dining program what we now call ultimate plans over the summer but decided because they are all required to against the idea for financial live on campus; therefore, they reasons. should be able to have a wide “After completing research variety.” on the costs and additional The Ultimate meal plan gives human resources needed to students a set amount of meals self-operate the dining pro- which can be used any time gram on campus, the chancel- throughout the semester and lor and vice chancellors agreed can be used at most on-campus with University Dining that it dining locations. Basic and Dewouldn’t be cost effective to luxe plans, on the other hand, pursue a self-operation dining can only be used once per meal program,” Kwaterski said. period and are only accepted at Kwaterski said the document Blackhawk Commons, 2Go@ will reflect feedback collected BHC and Scotfrom stuty’s Subs during dents on the We learned that stuthe week and Universidents, faculty and staff Reeve Union ty’s current Marketplace on want better quality and dining prothe weekends. variety of food on camgram. According to “ L a s t pus including more fresh Kwaterski, stuspring, we food and a bigger focus dents and faculconducted on dietary options. ty will receive a variety and review pro— Matt Suwalski posals by a panof focus groups to Associate Director for Busi- el of students ness and Retail and faculty at gather feedback about the end of Nodining on vember. campus,” Kwaterski said. “We “The evaluation team will will use that information and include three students who will feedback that we gather this be appointed by the Oshkosh fall to develop the RFP.” Student Association, the UnitAssociate Director for Busi- ed Students in Residence Halls ness and Retail Matt Suwalski and the Reeve Advisory Counsaid one of the University’s cil,” Kwaterski said. main goals is to offer a wider Suwalski said the RFP proselection of meal options. cess is a valuable opportuni“We learned that students, ty for the University to adapt faculty and staff want better to the changing needs of the quality and variety of food on UWO community. campus including more fresh “I am excited to have the opfood and a bigger focus on di- portunity to continue to work etary options,” Suwalski said. with our students who will help “Nutrition will be an area of select and shape the future of focus in the future including their food service program on better information sharing, eas- campus,” Suwalski said. “We ier tracking and more robust have a great opportunity to ingredient lists to help educate continue to do the things we are our students. Students want good at, including making susmeal plans that meet their busy tainability an emphasis of our schedules and want the flexibil- food service program and to be ity to choose how they eat on able to try new things to better campus.” meet the needs of our changing Kwaterski said the Univer- students, faculty and staff on sity is also looking at solutions campus.” to make meal plans more us-


The Annex of Oshkosh apartments undergo construction this past week despite the move-in date being Monday, Sept. 3. The move-in date for students was pushed back due to a failed inspection, resulting in students moving into the Gruenhagen Conference Center until construction finished.

Luxury student housing sells false promises to residents had not passed their inspection, and starting on Labor Day at 6 p.m., residents moved into the Gruenhagen ConThe Annex of Oshkosh, an apartment ference Center on the UWO campus complex located on Marion Road, in- with hopes of it only being for a week. The Annex manager Pamela Cuevas formed students it would not be ready for move-in on Monday, Sept. 3, three said they didn’t get approved by the days before the start of the fall semes- city for occupancy because of the elevators. ter. “The elevator was a fire safety,” CueThe luxury student housing told resivas said. “If the elevator doesn’t work, dents that move-in day would start Labor Day, even doing hard-hat tours ev- we can’t get people to live here.” Although it was sudden that Gruery so often to show residents what the enhagen would have to place looked like. house up many Annex According to an When I got into the residents, Conference anonymous source, Center Director Marc apartment, it looked promises were made about the readiness of very rushed. There were Nylen said they were the apartment com- holes in the wall, drywall prepared. “We received the call plex. dust on counters and Thursday and we had “We came in for a dents and cracks in the to check students in tour and the guy was walls. It’s pretty disthat Saturday, so it was just like, ‘Oh yeah, apointing to see that in a about a three-day nodon’t worry about it, tice, which was fine,” brand new complex. we have a hundred Nylen said. “It was at a men here today. It’ll — Mailine Yang great time of the year, be fine.’ And that was Annex Resident we predictably thought like a month before there would be a need, that,” the source said. so we had prepared “I came again and it some of our lodging looked the same from floors.” the outside.” Students were offered to either stay at On Wednesday, Aug. 29, The Annex emailed residents telling them that they the Gruenhagen or find their own temwould have to push the move-in time porary housing, receiving a $50 vouchon Sept. 3 from starting at 8:30 a.m. er each day the complex was not ready to noon, adding they will be having a to move into. Mailine Yang, a resident at The Anfinal inspection that Friday, three days before move-in day and that there is a nex, said that she was doubtful that the building would be ready on time. possibility they may not get approved. “I moved into Gruenhagen reluctantResidents were informed that The Annex had booked rooms at a tempo- ly,” Yang said. “I was annoyed because they promised us a move-in date before rary hotel in anticipation. The night of Friday, Aug. 31, resi- classes began.” However, Yang said she understands dents received news that the apartment that things like this happen. by Megan Behnke

it going to look other students to do so as well. like next year “OSA supports anything that will keep the when you take UWO campus at our high standards,” LiechFROM PAGE another a mil- ty said. “OSA and all of its members are lion dollars out working tirelessly to make sure the voices of the college budget? So those are the things of students are heard every step of the way that worry me.” on this process. We would suggest that any Loewenstein also said while progress is be- and all students get involved by joining caming made, he feels like faculty is still being pus committees, attending open forums and left out in decision-making. keeping governance bodies accountable and “Although we’ve become better about bud- transparent.” geting decisions on this campus, we are still According to Loewenstein, the UW System kind of in the dark and we’re not having a is proposing all programs with less than five public conversation with faculty and students majors per year will result in the University about what the budgets look like,” Loewen- being required to close those programs. stein said. “It’s frustrating because there “If this happens, we won’t even get to are really big things coming decide whether it’s realdown the pike and we don’t ly important to have those We are still kind of have any idea what’s going smaller departments, which in the dark and we’re not is really troubling,” Loeon.” Oshkosh Student Associ- having a public converwenstein said. “The way the ation Vice President Steph- sation with faculty and model is supposed to work anie Liechty said she values students about what the is that faculty is in charge of Leavitt’s openness with OSA budgets look like. programs.” Leavitt said he wants to do but knows there will be challenges with the budget reduc— Karl Loewenstein what is in the best interest of tion. Faculty Senate Member the students and faculty. “I’m not sure on the de“The chancellor and other tails, whether or not this will administrators have taken the time to inform all members of OSA on multi- happen, or if the University will be required ple occasions, open forums, presentations at to close these programs, but my concern is assembly and senate [meetings], etc.,” Liech- placed on the importance of the programs, ty said. “They value the input of the students, the faculty input, not how many students are which is very encouraging. Some challenges coming from these programs.” will be finding places to cut spending without Leavitt also said details on a new plan will sacrificing the integrity of our school. Bene- be coming soon as well. “For the first time in 45 to 50 years, we fits will speak for themselves as we see the have something called a New Budget Plan, progress of cutting down the deficit.” Liechty said OSA will continue to support which I will be putting out a white sheet, an Leavitt during this process and encourages update, on these changes soon,” Leavitt said.



“I was going to just commute from where I lived but the drive would have been too much,” Yang said. “It ended up being all right because I got to explore the campus more than I would have had I lived off campus right away.” According to an anonymous source, on Saturday, Sept. 8 residents were able to move into the Annex, but not without having some problems. “They were supposed to have the elevator working and everything, and they weren’t working at all,” the source said. “So everyone had to carry their things. It was insane.” Many of the units still have chipped paint, no screens on the windows and some residents even got reassigned units because theirs weren’t ready. “When I got into the apartment, it looked very rushed,” Yang said. “There were holes in the wall, drywall dust on counters and dents and cracks in the walls. It’s pretty disappointing to see that in a brand new complex.” Cuevas said the Americans with Disabilities units do not come with microwaves, even though it was stated in the advertisement that all units come with them. The anonymous source said they wouldn’t have cared about the delayed move-in as much if the staff at The Annex had a better communication system. “Just having someone available that’s going to be professional with the students, ‘cause even though we’re students in student housing, there’s no reason for them to be unprofessional,” the source said. “Just having a little more professionalism and being able to answer quickly because I know they have staff full time. So it’s just annoying that we’re paying for them to be there and they’re not helping.”

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UWO transparency needs addressing by The Advance-Titan Staff

UW Oshkosh is transparent in most areas like academics, but recent scandals that have emerged raise doubt. One well-known scandal is the UWO Foundation lawsuit involving former Chancellor Richards Wells and former Vice Chancellor Thomas Sonnleitner. The UWO Foundation claimed bankruptcy in 2016 after $11 million dollars of University funding was illegally transferred. The Foundation provides funding for students, and this bankruptcy could have the potential to affect scholarships. Two more recent scandals include the firings of former UWO Vice Chancellor Brandon Miller and UWO men’s club volleyball coach Brian Schaefer in 2017. These firings were both quiet until statements were brought forward in the past year. Although these firings may not affect every student, students should know the reasoning behind faculty, staff and administrations terminations. UWO continuously states that it is transparent with their students about what goes on at the University. A 2017 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article by Karen Herzog states that UW leaders have directed all UW Foundations’ “books and records must be ‘maintained in a professional, controlled and transparent manner and be available to the university as needed for oversight and monitoring.’” The Oshkosh Student Association has a page on their website dedicated to transparency and accountability that states ,“Transparency, accountability and open student government is the heart of building trust among student leaders, administrators and other key decision makers at UW Oshkosh.” An article written by former Chancellor Wells in 2013 states “There is a need and a way for UW System and its institutions to be more systematically and proactively transparent about our fund balances.” These texts show how the

BY ETHAN USLABAR University and the UW system parent based on what she has should focus on transparency. seen online about the school’s UWO freshman Anna Gerst- financial situations. ner said although the Universi“I don’t think they’re very ty informs students on a lot of transparent on our debt and topics, they don’t inform us as their budget cuts,” Packer said. much as they should. “We don’t find out about that “I’m kind and it affects I think students of in the midus because it dle because cuts our classshould be pretty I know they much aware of anything es.” tell us a lot of that involved them since On the stuff,” Gerother hand, stner said. we are students here. UWO fresh“But there’s — Maggie Herzog man Maggie a lot of stuff UW Oshkosh student Herzog said that goes on the University underground, does a good like higher up job of keeping in places with chancellors, that things clear with the student they don’t let us know about.” body. UWO senior Stacey Packer “I think students should be said the University isn’t trans- pretty much aware of anything

that involves them since we are students here,” Herzog said. “So I think they would want us to be informed as well.” Gerstner said she thinks there are instances where it is acceptable to not be informed. “If it’s not for us to know about or for us to start spreading rumors about around the school to make other students uncomfortable and teachers uncomfortable, then they’re looking at our best interest,” Gerstner said. Herzog said if there is a possibility for it to have an effect, it should be vocalized to everyone without giving all the details. “I feel like if they are keeping some things secret, then there might be good reasons,”

Herzog said. “But also they could just say if it affects the student body.” Wanting to know about only issues that affect students is a good thing, but knowing about anything that could affect the school’s reputation, finances or staff is important as well. Packer said the University should relay information to students unless a situation is still being debated and researched. “I think if it’s just in the works, keep it secret until you have more details, but otherwise they should be pretty honest,” Packer said. “We’re all trying to graduate and we’re paying a lot of money to be here.” Although there are agree-

ments and disagreements on whether the University is transparent, there are some things it can do to improve on adhering to that quality. Gerstner said having a meeting or gathering for students would be a better choice for announcing information. “We should have meetings with small groups of people that are actually interested in this stuff,” Gerstner said. “Or maybe by having small community meetings once a month.” Overall, we understand and hope that the University tries to be transparent with the students. However, hidden issues that could affect the reputation of the school or the students may break that trust.

Phones should not be our eyes The developments in technology that stay in contact with friends, but services we have today are beyond the wildest within these apps, such as stories, are dreams of those even just 30 years ago, doing their own work to further disbut the current belief is that the develop- connect individuals with the world that ments may not be as great as they may goes on around them. People like to remember and docseem. Entire computer systems can fit in ument events, trips and more as they our pockets and give people the ability experience them, but stories are doing something extra toto search anything, distracting the essentially anywhere This idea of posting ward users. on Earth. Rather than living in Social networking excessive Snapchat stothe moment, enjoying incorporated within ries or Instagram posts live concerts or mounthe devices we have or stories is sort of an tainous landscapes, gives the power to enigma. people have their face connect with one — Joshua Mounts in their phones snapanother across the ping pictures or shootglobe, but it’s things ing video. They add like these social nettheir filters and capworking applications that have the capability to disconnect tions to the images or videos and post them to their stories, completely losing people from the world around them. People monitor their smartphones that potentially intimate or special moand their social networks constantly to ment with those around them. There’s nothing wrong with capturthe point where groups of friends can meet for a meal and not even make eye ing a video or shooting a few pictures contact with one another. This is a ma- during a vacation, but there could be if it jor problem for real person-to-person becomes the predominant activity when contact and engagement in social situ- you should be enjoying your own life. The idea of posting excessive Snapations. Services or applications such as Ins- chat stories or Instagram posts or stotagram or Snapchat are fun to use and ries is a sort of enigma. Whether it’s to

by Joshua Mounts Joshua Mounts is a senior journalism major. His views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. Technology: the double-edged sword. The devices people have access to today both help with everyday life but also serve as a good distraction.

prove to others that they have eventful lives or whatever the reason, it’s taking people out of real life and into the virtual world of dog-ear filters and more. In a world obsessed with “likes” and followers, the stories revolution is seemingly taking over people, their actions and even their lives. This generation of technology is even leading people to begin creating entirely new, fake personalities for their online viewers. A story titled “Social media is taking over people’s lives, making them create ‘online’ personas different from real life,” published by The Daily Telegraph, talks all about this group of people who live their lives through social media. “Carefully constructing and editing social media content to present a deceptively positive picture of your life has become a thing,” author Dilvin Yasa said. “I’ve noticed some of my friends feel the pressure of trying to live two very different lives.” It may sound crazy to say people are actually letting social media take over their lives, but according to Yasa, this is actually more prevalent than you may think. “Some admit they force themselves to undertake particular activities and attend certain events they deem worthy of

posting, and others admit to scheduling their days around whether or not they think particular activities would impress their followers and garner likes,” Yasa said. Even doing something as simple as filling an Instagram post with hashtags could be considered behavior that demonstrates someone seeking for those prestigious likes. Think about your own life and social media habits; you may even be guilty of some of this behavior as well. Living life through lenses, this concept of recording rather than enjoying the moment themselves is leading people to living fake lives. It’s almost as if they’re living their lives for other people rather than for themselves. As the semester is beginning, think back to your summer break and think if you lived it through a lens. Ask yourself whether you’re living your life for yourself, or for your friends or viewers. In an increasingly darker-growing world, it’s important for people to live life, live it to the fullest and live it for themselves. Put your phone down and enjoy your surroundings, the time with those close to you and live your life through your own lens.

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Calvin Skalet - Campus Connections Editor

First Titan Nights brings snakes to campus


UW Oshkosh students face their fears and tackle the art of snake-handling during Titan Nights in Reeve Memorial Union on Friday, Sept. 7.

Campfire on the Fox hosts artist Haley Klinkhammer

You’ve Been Served

By Lee Marshall


Musician Haley Klinkhammer attracts many students to come listen to her performance during Campfire on the Fox on Thursday.

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@ UW-Whitewater,

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Running back Mitch Gerhartz runs the ball towards a pair of Davenport defenders during the Titan’s 7-3 loss on Saturday.

Titans go 1-1 to open season

by Evan Moris The UW Oshkosh football team came up short last weekend at the hands of Davenport University (Mich.). A final score of 7-3 moved the Titans record to 1-1 on the season. Davenport University is the first Division II opponent UWO has played since 2006. Coach Patrick Cerroni was happy with how his players played against the Panthers. “They were extremely talented, and our guys played very well,” Cerroni said. A confident UWO football team took the field Saturday. All-American linebacker Derrick Jennings and the Oshkosh defense held the Panthers to seven points and intercepted two passes. “We’re veteran guys, a bunch of buddies,” Jennings said. “When we walk onto the field, we’re not nervous, just having fun.” The Titans and Panthers traded the first three possessions of the game. The Titans’ second drive of the game, quarterback Kyle Radavich fumbled on the Panthers’ 29-yard line with 5:40 remaining in the first quarter. Davenport took possession in the second quarter with 13:59 remaining. The Panthers began to drive the ball down the field only for UWO sophomore linebacker Nick Noethe to halt the drive with an interception. Noethe returned the ball 32 yards

to the Panthers’ 39-yard line. On the ensuing Titan possession, UWO wide receiver Dom Todarello came up three yards short on a 4th and 17 pass from Radavich at from the Davenport 29-yard line, handing the ball back to Davenport. The Panthers responded with a 9 play, 85-yard drive ending in a 7-yard touchdown run by backup QB Haiden Majewski putting the Panthers ahead 7-0 with 2:45 left in the first half. Early in third quarter, UWO stopped the Panthers on their on 41-yard line, forcing a punt. On the punt return, Todarello returned the ball 32 yards to the Davenport 44 yard line. While being dragged down out of bounds, a 15-yard facemask penalty was called on the Panthers, moving the ball to the 29-yard-line. After five plays resulting in -1 yards, UWO kicker Peyton Peterson lineup for a field goal, pushing the ball just right of the post with 8:58 remaining in the 3rd. Obtaining possession once again late in the third quarter, the Titans began their drive at the 50-yard line. After a Todarello rush for 13 yards and an unnecessary roughness call on Davenport to tack on another 15 yards, the Titans found themselves in field goal range with 14:10 in the 4th quarter. Peterson knocked a 37-yard field goal through the uprights making the score 7-3. Following a holding call on the Panthers to move the play to

1st and 20, Majewski dropped back to pass and was intercepted by UWO freshman defensive back Connor Zirpel with 8:04 remaining in the 4th. The Titans took over at their own 38-yard line. A 13-yard rush by wide receiver Riley Kallas on 2nd and 11 moved the Titans to the 50yard line. On the following play, Radavich threw a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Ryan Hayes. UWO found themselves on the Panthers’ 34-yard line in search of a touchdown. Running back Mitch Gerhartz ran on first down for no gain. The Titans looked to air it out on the next three plays only to result in three straight incomplete passes and a turnover on downs. This proved to be the last glimpse of hope for the Titans on Saturday. Radavich finished the game with 87 yards, Todarello had a team-high 45 yards receiving, while Gerhartz led the Titans in rushing with 29 yards on 18 carries. Despite the loss, Cerroni said he was pleased with how his team performed across all aspects of the team. “Our offense was able to move the ball versus an extremely good defensive line,” Cerroni said. “Our special teams was awesome.” Offensive lineman Alex Wendorf said he believes the early season tests are beneficial for the teams success. “Once you go through the

tough challenges together, stuff seems easier,” Wendorf said. “The competition is still going to stay up, but once you get through the tough stuff together, we can get through anything.” The Titans will open the season with five consecutive road games. With three more away games remaining, senior standout Jennings said he is not worried about the travel early on in the season. “We have a name that we call ourselves: The Traveling Circus,” Jennings said. “We approach each game the same exact way.” Wendorf said the early-season travel doesn’t get to the team. Keeping things light on the road is used to build team camaraderie. “We’re a bunch of goofy dudes; we’re a circus wherever we go,” Wendorf said. “We did a costume night when we got to the hotel for fun. Long bus rides definitely builds unity, brings us closer.” Wendorf said the team is using the loss to Davenport to motivate themselves going into the next game. “Play with more attitude; we got punched in the mouth a little last week,” Wendorf said. “Bring more energy. And hopefully that correlates a little better than last week.” UWO will look to rebound this weekend versus another D-II team, Lincoln University, in Jefferson, MO.

UWO golf team wins Titan Classic, places third at Wartburg Invitational by Neal Hogden The UW Oshkosh golf team started off its 2018 campaign with a pair of respectable finishes in meets featuring some Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents. After finishing in third place in the WIAC last year, the Titans will look to compete for a conference championship and a Division III tournament bid. Wartburg College Invitational The Titans traveled to Waverly, Iowa, to participate in the Wartburg College Invitational this past weekend where they battled to a third place finish with a team score of 618. The weekend was a record-setting one as the Titans posted their lowest two-day team score in school history. Junior golfer Hannah Braun led the Titans in scoring, posting scores of 75 during both of her rounds of the tournament, good for a seventh-place finish. Freshman Erika Priebe also played a factor in the Titans’ third-place team finish as she turned in a 154, only seven shots off the lead. Erika attributed her and her fellow freshmen’s success to their teammates for helping her get acclimated to college golf. “[Our teammates] have helped us learn our home course and given us lots of tips,” Erika said. “They have helped me feel

comfortable competing at the college level the way a golfer’s game can change from and have been very welcoming. It has also day to day. helped that my sister, Kayla, is a senior this “I came out strong the first day,” Kayyear, so that makes it very fun as well.” la said. “Sometimes you have days where Senior leader Kayla Priebe said having a everything just clicks, and that was one of deep lineup will make for an exciting sea- them for me. The second day was harder for son. me, but those days happen too. I knew I had “I think our depth this to keep pushing until the season is a big factor in very end to stay strong for This past weekend my team, and coming out pushing each individual to be their best, which ul- setting a school record with a team win made that timately betters our team at Wartburg is just one all worth it.” as a whole,” Kayla said. example of what our Kayla is hoping to fol“This past weekend setting team will be capable of low up a strong junior seaa school record at Wartburg this season. son by leading the team to is just one example of what a WIAC title. our team will be capable of — Kayla Priebe “Each year I am looking this season.” Senior UWO golfer to improve my game, and Margherite Pettenuzzo, that is no different comanother freshman golfer, ing into my final season,” shot a 157 during the twoKayla said. “The amount day event to put herself in 21st place. of time and effort spent practicing during Carleton College and Grinnell College the summer off-season plays a big role in finished first and second, respectively. success during our fall season, so I really challenged myself to spend more time pracTitan Classic ticing this summer.” Head coach Liza Ruetten said she knows The Titan Classic served as the season her golfers will do well on their home opener for the UWO golf team as the team course simply because they’re more familwent on to dominate the meet, winning by iar with it. 19 strokes over defending champion, UW“The [golfers] on the team know our Stout. home course very well,” Ruetten said. “This Braun defended her Titan Classic title course knowledge and familiarity is key in with another first place finish as she posted developing a game plan for victory.” a score of 77 in both of her rounds. The team will take its talents to Lake City, Kayla Priebe finished in second place, Minnesota this weekend for the D-III Clasonly two strokes behind Braun and detailed sic.


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Brian asserts that he knows his relationship with [the student] crossed the line but FROM PAGE that he just wanted to help apartment more than would [the student] and considered be considered normal,” the him to be his best friend.” Miller, on the other hand, roommate’s witness statement read. “[The roommate] said he thinks of Schaefer as also said that it was not un- a friend and spent time with common for him to wake him outside of volleyball. “He’s an amazing friend,” up to Brian on their sofa, so often that he ‘kind of got Miller said. “I keep up with annoyed that his coach was him every day. We even lifted together for a long time. sleeping on his sofa.’” The student’s place wasn’t I’m really close to him.” Although Miller was willthe only apartment Schaefer ing to talk about his former slept at, however. Miller said coach, other players weren’t if Schaeas comfortfer needable and deed a place Brian would ask if clined to comto stay, he offered his they could masturbate in ment. “I try not each other’s prescence. room up. to affiliate “He airBwith — Documents Obtained myself NBs his Lumpy anyby The Advance-Titan house,” more,” one Miller said. athlete said. “I was al“He did some ways out of town. I said, bad things and I try to keep ‘You can go use my room.’ He always left my room myself from the situation.” Jon Ellman, the current cleaner than when he came.” women’s volleyball head Schaefer and the student communicated face-to-face coach, directed all questions at practice and through to Athletic Director Darryl texting. However, the fre- Sims. Sims declined to comquency and type of com- ment as well, but directed munication made them feel questions to Mandy Potts, “uncomfortable,” the stu- director of communications. Potts did not comment on dent said. Schaefer’s specific case, but “Brian would ask if they could masturbate in each said the University followed other’s presence,” the report protocol on the case. “Every disciplinary case stated. “Brian would say at UW Oshkosh is handled they could ‘race’ to see who on a case-by-case basis decould ‘get done first.’” According to the report, pending on the facts presentSchaefer said they texted so ed,” Potts said. “In relation much because that’s typical to this specific situation, of best friends who talk and UW Oshkosh followed policy and procedures for adtell each other everything. Schaefer said there was dressing sexual harassment attraction and a deep con- and/or sexual violence. If nection at the culmination students, faculty or staff who are part of the UW Osof this relationship. “Brian admits that he did hkosh community have or tell [the student] he was bi- are experiencing sexual hasexual and ‘could not see his rassment or assault, we enlife without him,’” Schae- courage reporting and stand fer’s statement read. “Brian ready to support.” Schaefer did not respond reports confessing this to to phone calls and voice[the student] because he felt like he could confide in him. mails.


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UWO tennis starts season strong singles challenge with her 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Lewandowski. Koppa took a 6-0, 6-1 victory from Kyrsten Bruce 3 match. The UW Oshkosh women’s tennis in the No. Titans received wins from Hoteam dominated Marian University 9-0 dylThe No. 4, who defeated Meyers, in their home opener. The win was se- 6-1, at 6-4, and Michelle Spicer at No. 5 cured by victories in all six singles and singles, who outscored Degeneffe, 6-2, three double matches at Kolf Sports 6-3. Monica Micoliczyk took a 6-2, 6-1 Center on Thursday, Sept. 6. from Kristin Houle in the sixth The Titans won doubles contests de- score feating the Sabres in all three match- match. Head coach es, including a 8-2 Robert Henshaw win from Kelley I believe this win put said the team is Hodyl and Hannah confidence in our team for how still in the process Peters of UWO we play in competitive of creating good over Emma Lechemistry in douwandowski and matches. bles, but the work Mackenzie Meyers is paying off. in the first match. — Samantha Koppa “We’ve had In the second glimpses of terrific match, Alyssa Lefplay and I’m excitfler and Michelle ed to see what we’re capable of when Spicer of UWO defeated Meg Hartzell we play our best,” said Henshaw. “The and Brenda Ordonez with a score of WIAC has exceptionally strong teams 8-3. The third match was won with a and each team in our conference pres8-2 score from Samantha Koppa and ents its own challenges.” Ireland Slattery of UWO over Erica The UWO women’s tennis team travCounter and Celeste Degeneffe. eled to Green Bay on Friday, Sept. 7, to This victory continued into single take on St. Norbert College. The Titans matches as Leffler won the No. 1 sin- returned with a 8-1 victory, losing only gles contest with her 6-3, 6-4 victory the first doubles match. over Hartzell and Peters won the No. 2 Sofie Koppmann and Meg Witt of

by Shelby Howe

St. Norbert outlasted Hodyl and Peters, 9-8. The No. 2 doubles Leffler and Spicer of UWO won 8-2 over Claire Hetzel and Hannah Keller. Koppa and Slattery at No. 3 doubles defeated Hannah Swajanen and Erin Vits, 8-6. In the No. 1 singles, Leffler beat Witt, 6-1, 6-1, while Peters defeated Hetzel 6-4, 6-4. Koppa took the No. 3 singles with her 6-0, 6-1 win over Swajanen. Koppa, a junior at UWO, said she knows the tennis team played tough games over the two-day span and are ready to keep the winning streak going. “The energy from the win helped players push through the many games played over a two-day span,” Koppa said. “It always feels good to win the first match of the season. I believe this win put confidence in our team for how we play in competitive matches. This season is going to be very competitive, and I look forward to that.” All the Titans had singles wins with Hodyl beating Nicole Pfotenhauer by a 6-3, 6-1 result in the No. 4 match. Spicer defeated Keller 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 5 match and Micoliczyk defeated Morgan Moxon 6-4, 6-1 to finish the match. The UWO women’s tennis team hosts UW-La Crosse this Friday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the Kolf Sports Complex.

Upcoming Schedule 9/14 VS. UW-La Crosse 3:30p.m. 9/21-9/23 ITA Division III Midwest Regional at St. Peter, Minn. 9/25 VS. Lawrence University 5:00 p.m. 9/30 VS. UW-River Falls 2:00 p.m.

Volleyball continues season with back to back wins

by Billy Piotrowski

The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team finished its 12th game of the season on Wednesday as they beat two non-conference opponents in Lawrence University and St. Norbert College. The team earned wins against both Lawrence University and St. Norbert College while only losing one set of the evening. Emma Kiekhofer led the team with 20 assists during the game against Lawrence. Senior outside hitter Tina Elstner tallied 31 total attacks against Lawrence while posting nine kills and 11 digs. Senior middle back Carly Lemke led the Titans in total points with 14.0 points. The Titans went 1-3 over the weekend, picking up a 3-0 win against Martin Luther College on Saturday, Sept. 8, but falling to Elmhurst College (3-2) and Lakeland University (3-1) on Friday, Sept.

7, along with their last match against University of Chicago (3-1) on Saturday. Despite the losses, the Titans are keeping a positive outlook on the season as a whole and on the Pizza Hut Classic. UWO senior outside hitter Renee Rush explored her strengths and high points of the weekend. “I believe my personal high point during the Pizza Hut Classic over the weekend was the third game versus Lakeland,” Rush said. “I feel as though that was the game that I found my groove and really went out with fire and urgency to want to win every single point and had the confidence to do so.” Losing at home is never a good feeling; however, the Titans went into the tournament 2-1 at home. With their home record now 3-4, senior Carly Lemke reflected on the start of this season compared to seasons past. “I think that this season compared to others has hit a

rough patch early, which was at the Pizza Hut Classic,” Lemke said. “Usually we win at Kolf much more than was shown this weekend, so I think we have to just keep working hard in the gym to excel through the rest of the year.” The Titans ability and willingness to interchange positions on the court showed hope to head coach Jonathan Ellman, who said the team has potential as the season moves forward. “Our character and sideline energy throughout the entire weekend was upbeat and positive. Together, these things led to tremendous growth. As we move forward, our goal is simple, to continue to learn and make positive change,” Ellman said. “Regardless of the result, that is always our goal.” The Titans look to continue striving to reach that goal in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, conference play begins as UWO heads across the state to face the UW-La Crosse Eagles.


TOP RIGHT: UWO volleyball members celebrate earning a point during the Pizza Hut Classic. TOP LEFT: Sophomore McKenna Micech sets the ball to a teammate. BOTTOM RIGHT: Sophomore Shelby Coron swings at the ball, attempting to earn a point for the Titans. BOTTOM LEFT: Head Coach Jon Ellman encourages the athletes while they pay close attention to him.

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Soccer aims to get back to championship form

Looking for its first conference title since 2015, the UWO women’s soccer team went 3-1-1 during the first two weeks of its season. by Calvin Skalet

The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team went 2-1 this last week after conceding to St. Olaf College on Saturday and defeating Milwaukee School of Engineering on Sunday. The Titans beat Lawrence University by a score of 5-0 on Wednesday night. Five different players scored for the Titans as UWO defeated Lawrence University convincingly by a score of 5-0. Sophomore forward Mallory Knight started it off for the Titans after she scored the first goal of the game in the 12th minute of the game. The match started off close as the score was remained 1-0 at halftime; however, the Titans outscored the Vikings 4-0 in the second half. Sophomore forward Delaney Karl added a goal for the Titans in the second half. UWO also received contributions from senior midfielder Alexis Brewer, freshman forward Alexia Poulos and freshman forward Hope Schaefer-Kemps. UWO sophomore goalkeeper Erin Toomey received zero shots on goal from the Vikings. The Titans defeated MSOE in an extra time thriller by a score of 2-1 after Knight scored 55 seconds into overtime to give the UWO women’s soccer team a 2-1 comeback victory. The Titans tied the score after sophomore forward Hannah Zacher tied the score at 1-1 in the 75th minute. The Titans were aggressive on offense all game as UWO shot the ball 17 times with 7 of them being on goal. Junior midfielder Maddie Morris said she challenged her

fellow teammates by reminding the team of their desire to win. “In our huddle I encouraged the girls to think about how bad they wanted it,” Morris said. “If we were gonna be the team that wanted the result more than MSOE wanted it, per the result and how quick we scored, we truly did want it bad.” On Saturday, the Titans fell to the Oles by a score of 1-0 after UWO gave up a goal in the 72nd minute of play. St Olaf’s Mackenzie Schoustra finished the goal for the Oles (1-1-1) when she kicked an 18-yard shot. The Titans were able to compile 11 shots on in the match with two of them being on goal. The Oles had 12 shots total and seven on goal. Toomey blocked six shots from the Oles in Saturday’s match. Morris said it’s important to always keep working on ways to improve for this team. “There is always something to learn from a game, whether it is defending or certain runs and good teams are the ones that realize the previous mistakes and try to improve them,” Morris said. “As a team we need to be more organized from the first whistle.” Karl said the team could work more on passing between each line of defense. “During practices we focused on our defense connecting with our midfield, then our midfield to connect with our forwards,” Karl said. “This is exactly how we were able to win in overtime. The ball came out of our defense to connect with our midfielders where we were able to pass a through ball to our forward.”


ABOVE: Sophomore forward Delaney Karl fends off a pair of MSOE defenders to try and score a goal. BELOW: Sophomore midfielder Addie Schmitz attempts to take the ball away from an MSOE player. The Titans beat the Raiders 2-1 in overtime.

Head coach Erin Coppernoll said the past weekend was a good challenge for the team and hopes the team can learn from mistakes. “This past weekend was a good test,” Coppernoll said. “We played a really good team in St. Olaf, we didn’t play great and didn’t get the result that we wanted, but we learned from it. We played a really good team in MSOE and we were able to do a little more offensively in that match.”

Men and Women’s cross-country place eighth at UW-Parkside by Shelby Howe

The UW Oshkosh men’s and women’s cross-country teams kicked off their season last Saturday, Sept. 8 at the UW-Parkside Vic Godfrey Open in Somers, Wisconsin. The men’s and women’s teams both took eighth place. The men’s team made great advances as sophomore Lucas Weber and junior Cody Chadwick both had personal course records. Weber led the Titans with a 17th-place finish time of 26:21, improving from 30th place last year on this 8,000-meter course. Chadwick, who finished with a time of 26:38, placed 30th at this year’s meet, improving from 110th at the Vic Godfrey Open in 2016 and 67th in 2017. Chadwick said the team used this meet to get back into the flow of running and keep the rest of the season in mind. “The main goal for us this season is qualifying for the national meet. Oshkosh hosts the national meet this year, so it would be a big deal to run at nationals on our home course, and it is really the goal we are rallying

around this year as a team,” UWO’s Parker Scheld came Chadwick said. “Ultimately, in 108th place with a time of we see this past meet as a 29:06, Kiernan Koepke in tool to sharpen our teeth as 111th with a time of 29:29 we look forward to the road and Zachary Molland in 112th with a time of 29:41. to the national meet.” The men’s team was one Freshman Andrew Muskevitsch made his mark point away from seventh on the course by finishing place, which was taken by 54th with a time of 27:17. UW-Parkside, who scored Junior Fabian Salinas fin- 193-194 team points. ished in 67th place with a In the women’s event, UW time of 27:37, and senior Oshkosh took eighth place Justin Skinkis placed in 84th out of eleven teams. Freshman Evlyn Noone finished with a time of 28:04. UWO’s other top 100 ef- her first collegiate race with forts include an 88th-place a team-best seventh place finish time of time of 18:50 on this 28:07 from Brian Mck5,000-meter I love talking about course. night, 91strunning and everyNoone said place time she recognizof 28:21 thing surrounding runfrom Ste- ning, so it’s pretty neat es she is new ven Potter, to be a part of a group to the team, but is excited a 98th- where that’s the main to be part of place time focus. a group that of 28:34 from Benher — Evlyn Noone shares nett Krueger same passion UWO Freshman Runner for running. and a 100th“I have the place time opportunity to be a part of a of 28:48 from Henry Laste. The Titans contributed to group of women [and men] six of the next 12 runners that all have a similar interas Robert Szymanski placed est: running,” Noone said. “I 103rd with a time of 28:49, love talking about running Collin Borazo placed 106th and everything surrounding with a time of 29:03 and running, so it’s pretty neat to Skyler Yunk placed in 107th be a part of a group where place with a time of 29:05. that’s the main focus.”

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UWO had six other top100 finishers with Hannah Lohrenz, who crossed the finish line second for UWO in 51st place overall with a time of 20:01. Ashton Keene followed Lohrenz in 56th place with a time of 20:17. Amanda Van Den Plas finished 60th with a time of 20:21 and Elizabeth Reddeman finished in 62nd place with a time of 20:22. Alexis Reichardt finished with an 84th-place time of 21:00 and Breanna Van Den Plas finished with a 100thplace time of 22:03. UWO cross-country teams have a break in meets until it hosts the Titan Fall Classic on Sept. 21 at the Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne.




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