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LEFT: Pictured above is a map of the states affected by Hurricane Florence. RIGHT: The National Guard and Coast Guard help citizens escape the damage.

Alumnus shares Hurricane Florence story by Bailey McClellan

After Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc on North and South Carolina, residents like UW Oshkosh alumnus Zak Thompson said he faced and continues to face obstacles brought on by the storm. According to Moody’s Analytics, the hurricane has caused between $38 billion and $50 billion of damage and economic losses, making it among the 10 costliest hurricanes. Thompson, who graduated from UWO with a degree in journalism, now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, working as a strategist for a branding agency called Clean. Though the hurricane ended up missing Raleigh, Thompson said early forecasts had locals scrambling for supplies. “Initially the path showed it go-

ing straight through Wilmington fighting each other to try and get where it was going to make land- in,” Thompson said. “At grocery fall and then go to Raleigh, and stores and at Target or Walmart, they were talking about bringing, people are fighting each other for like, anywhere between 10 and 20 the remaining cases of water and to inches of rain,” Thompson said. get their bread and milk.” “They were talking Thompson said the about widespread town is still workflooding. We could There were people ing on restocking be without power honking and fighting supplies since the for weeks, so when each other to try and pre-storm hysteria. that happened, get in [Walmart and “You go to a everybody kind Target]. store and it kind of freaked out. I of looks like a mean, gas stations — Zak Thompson p o s t - a p o c a l y p t i c were out of gas UWO Alumnus scene where just completely. The like everything is ones that did have ravaged,” Thompgas, I heard some cases when there son said. “And I mean even today was, like, a 45-minute wait to get to because what happened at the gas a single pump to get gas.” station by my house still doesn’t Thompson said the shortage of have any water or bread left, like supplies sparked fights between the shipments haven’t made it there people. and they’re still out.” “There were people honking and Thompson said that though the

hurricane had missed his town, he works closely with clients who were affected by the storm. “We work with the Wilmington CVB, which is the tourism authority there, and they are trying to promote the overall destination, so Wilmington, the city, and then the three beaches that are associated: Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach,” Thompson said. “So we’ll come up with the campaigns for each of those destinations, and we’re responsible for driving people there and to increase the amount of people that are going to the beach and staying in hotels.” Thompson said the damage to the Wilmington area has forced Clean to put its work on hold. “You can only do so much,” Thompson said. “I mean, the town is really going through a lot, and it’s still flooded, and they still don’t

have power, so you can’t have digital ads or a campaign trying to send people there during this time. So it’s like you have to be proactive and think through pausing campaigns.” Thompson said his main takeaway from the experience was to trust the advice of officials. “Even if something like this happens where the storm’s trajectory completely shifts and it doesn’t affect you like you thought, you still have to prep like it is going to be that bad because you truly never know,” Thompson said. “And being over-prepared is all right. You know, I went and I got a whole bunch of water and canned goods. I’ll eat them eventually, so it’s like it doesn’t hurt to have those things on hand just in case. You truly never know.”

UWO officer suffers self-inflicted gunshot injury to the torso area by Christina Basken UW Oshkosh police officer Dennis Sabel was hospitalized after intentionally shooting himself in his torso after a verbal argument with his wife at his North Fond du Lac home. The Fond du Lac County Communications Center received a 911 call on Sept. 23 reporting a male had suffered a gunshot wound. Sabel was transported by the North Fond du Lac Ambulance to the Flight for Life hangar where he was flown by helicopter to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah for treatment. According to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center,

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Sabel was released from said. “Now the detectives are care. marrying up the stories they The sheriff’s department got from various people and said there is no evidence to starting to put the reports tosuggest foul play. gether.” Fond du The UWO Lac County Police DeChief DepNow the detectives p a r t m e n t uty Ryan are marrying up the has referred Waldschmidt stories they got from all inquiries said the de- various UWO people and to partment is starting to put the Director of c u r r e n t l y reports together. Communicagathering tions Mandy evidence — Ryan Waldschmidt Potts. in the open Potts conFond du Lac County Chief case. Deputy firmed Sabel “We are is a UWO working on police offireports, looking over the ev- cer who is on administrative idence we collected and dif- leave pending the outcome ferent detectives have spoke of an internal investigation. with different people involved in this,” Waldschmidt

Hard liquor ban cracks down by Max Honzik

The North American Inter-fraternity Conference unanimously decided to ban all hard liquor “above 15 percent alcohol by volume in any chapter facility or at any chapter event” starting Sept. 1, 2019, with the exception

of liquor sold by third-party vendors. The NIC is a trade association that represents 66 international and national men’s fraternities and works to shape fraternity life and culture. All UW Oshkosh fraternities are under the umbrella of the NIC, according to

the NIC website, and must therefore adhere to this new rule. The logistics of the ban, however, do allow the presence of alcoholic beverages under the 15 percent ABV threshold, including beer, wine and malt beverages.





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TOP: Rangers fight to protect Africa’s elephants from ivory poachers in Garamba National Park, Congo. Rangers deploy into the park by helicopter and barge. BOTTOM: Children race broken bicycle rims on the beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania.


TOP: Pictured above is Kezia C., surrounded by her juniors. Kezia is the senior midwife at Ross Road Public Health Clinic in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Social media tells real life stories: Africa by Megan Behnke

A lecture series, “Instagramming Everyday Africa” aimed to use technology in a way that changes stereotypes of underdeveloped countries. On Sept. 24, the geography department held the first of three GeoQuest Lecture Series, led by professor Angela Subulwa. The series was centered around social media and the misrepresentation of Africa. “The premise of the lecture series in general is to kind of tackle those signature questions from gen. ed. or USP, so this one’s kind of drilling down on intercultural knowledge,” Subulwa said.

According to Subulwa, Africa was a specific topic in the presentation because of how people typically frame Africa and due to the enormous amount of geographic literature about the specific region. “It all feeds into media and news representation of the continent in a singular way,” Subulwa said. UW Oshkosh student Julia Steffes said social media is influencing the representations of other countries. “It’s helped and end stereotypes on other parts of the world,” Steffes said. Another UWO student, Joshua Mennen, said although he doesn’t use social media too much, he does want to know more about representation and influences that so-

cial media can bring. “I’m hoping to learn about it and how it influences other countries’ culture,” Mennen said. During the presentation, Subulwa said there are numerous studies on how to build narrative about that particular region of a continent. “Part of the problem of social media and these tools and technology is maybe they can overcome this sort of stuff,” Subulwa said. “That they can bridge differences or create new conversations or new representations.” Subulwa used an example from Curtis A. Kleim’s book “Mistaking Africa: Curiosities and Inventions of the American Mind” during the presentation, ways that Africa

has been represented including being a dark continent, troubled, helpless, unchanging, exotic, sexualized, wise and superior. Steffes said she wants to learn more about the social media representation. “I want to get a new perspective on how social media has influenced other parts of the world,” Steffes said. Subulwa said she hopes students will learn more about Africa and more about representation through social media after the presentation. “There is no single real representation of a particular place, especially a continent of a billion people,” Subulwa said. Subulwa showed pictures of Africa to students and had

them draw or write what they think when they hear about the continent. Most of them were very similar. Including the words “poverty” and “violence”, or having pictures of elephants or another wild animals. Steffes said social media can, at times, be used to help people, whether it is trying to get a representation of something or someone or whether it’s for charity. “I have a friend who does social media for a nonprofit organization,” Steffes said. “I help out by sharing posts and getting the word out.” Subulwa presented an example of representation and misinterpretation in Africa by showing a news broadcast where the president of Kenya,

Uhuru Kenyatta, was headlined as the president of Africa, showing that some people think of Africa as a whole and not 54 countries. Even though the presentation was part of the GeoQuest lecture series, Subulwa said the target audience was for anyone who was still in University Studies Program, specifically in Quest one, two and three. Anyone who was interested in that particular region or social media was invited to attend. There will be two more GeoQuest Lecture Series presentations, one next month and another one in November. To find out more information, contact the UWO Department of Geography.

“Against All Odds” hosts refugee simulation by Holly Gilvary The Winnebago County Literacy Council and UW Oshkosh professor Michael Fonkem collaborated to host “Against All Odds,” a refugee simulation workshop, at the Oshkosh Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 22. The simulation was created by Fonkem, who has also held the simulation for students at Oshkosh North High School and in specific classes at the University. The simulation workshop provided members of the Oshkosh community a chance to gain an understanding of refugees and what they go through. Literacy Council tutor Dana Koch began the workshop by giving a brief presentation on refugees, explaining who they are, what kinds of countries they are coming from and who of these refugees have come to Oshkosh. Koch said the Literacy Council decided to do a type of refugee-awareness program because many of the students at the Literacy Council are refugees. He said there had been

a lot of questions regarding where these refugees come from, what they’ve been through and what trauma they had faced. “I learned that Dr. Fonkem had done a simulation like this at North High School, and he’s done a couple at the University, and I thought it would be a perfect collaboration,” Koch said. Fonkem engaged the attendees in the simulation, which was specific to refugees from Syria. Attendees were asked to come up in various group sizes and were then assigned identities as Syrian refugees. (This included identities such as husband and wife, mother and children, etc.). Attendees, such as Syrian refugees, would then roll a dice to determine what happened to them next. There were a multitude of outcomes that each attendee could get, including drowning at sea, getting caught by Syrian rebels, finding a safe zone or successfully escaping to Turkey. Fonkem set up a tarp with bubble wrap underneath to simulate the landmines in Syria. If attendees stepped on and popped any bubble wrap, it would simulate them stepping on a bomb. This could result in “injuries” or “death” among the participants. Fonkem noted the importance of the attend-

ees not knowing where the bubble wrap was, as in Syria many people do not know where the land mines are located. Most attendees in the simulation “died” with only four attendees remaining. None of the four made it to the United States. This showed attendees just how rarely Syrian refugees actually escape to safety. Oshkosh West High School student Ashlyn Jones said she had the option to attend the event for a class. “I decided to come here because it’s a topic I’m really interested in, and I just thought it would be pretty fun,” Jones said. Jones said she was surprised by how few refugees actually make it to safety. “I really didn’t realize how many people don’t make it to the U.S. or don’t even get to the refugee camps,” Jones said. “So many people just don’t make it.” Fonkem discussed the “push/pull theory,” which explains there are conditions in the home countries of refugees that push them out, while there are conditions in other, more stabilized countries that pull refugees in.


College of Business charges Students Technology Fees by Christina Basken

The UW Oshkosh College of Business has implemented a new Student Technology Fee of $8 per course to offset the cost of replacing student computers in its labs. According to the Student Technology Fee website, the $8 will cover the use of student computer labs and the replacement of computers every four years, totaling $78,000 per year. The fee applies to all College of Business undergraduate courses except online classes, which are exempt to the $8-percourse fee due to online fees already attached. The Student Technology Fee

was approved by UWO Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor John Koker. According to Wisconsin Statute 36.27(1), the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System may establish special course fees as deemed necessary by the institution. The College of Business delivers approximately 12,500 undergraduate enrollments per year. The fee would raise approximately $100,000 per year. The plan was proposed in March, 2018 and put into effect for the first time this semester. In the past, the technology fees were supported by the Lab Modification program, a program that allowed colleges to apply for money as part of UW System allocations.

According to UWO professor of information systems Jakob Iverson, the Lab Modification program was discontinued three years ago to not only the College of Business but to all colleges within UWO. “We had no funding mechanism to replace computers or technology that was used by students,” Iverson said. “Rather than get rid of all the computers and technology, we looked around for ways we could fund this technology and realized this course fee was a way forward.” Iverson said the College of Business didn’t have to come up with money to cover the fees until now. “Some of it we were covering out of the college budget; we had some foundation gifts from

donors,” Iverson said. “The fortunate part, a lot of these expenses are cyclical so when we replace computers in our lab, it’s a big expense in one year and then we don’t replace that for another four years. We were fortunate that we didn’t have to replace anything major in that time frame.” Iverson also said other colleges are looking into solutions for the same problem. “Every other college has the same issue that we have and departments as well,” Iverson said. “I know the Department of Journalism is struggling with what they are going to do, but I don’t know how they are planning on moving forward with a solution.” Department chair and asso-

ciate journalism professor Sara Steffes Hansen said faculty are discussing adding a course technology fee, but they would prefer not to charge their students for lab fees. “Departments like journalism need to update our labs, especially with our focus on multimedia,” Steffes Hansen said. “With the funding and budget situation, the University approach to updating the lab has not been addressed, so we are caught between trying to update the labs and not having funding options.” “That remains to be seen,” Koker said. “In other classes, fees have stayed the same for a long time, they have increased and they have even decreased. Any proposed change will be

carefully reviewed.” Iverson said the new fee is in addition to the existing Student Technology Fee all UWO students are currently paying for. “Students are being charged a Student Technology Fee, about 2 percent of their tuition,” Iverson said. “We were unable to use that money for our purposes because that’s set aside for University-wide initiatives such as Wi-Fi on campus and printing.” UWO College of Business student Shane Mann said he didn’t know about the $8 fee. “I don’t think there was much transparency at all,” Mann said. “I don’t remember receiving an email about the fee; I mean it would have been nice to have gotten one.”

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LEFT: A poster on the McNair Scholars program is presented at the McNair Showcase. RIGHT: Display presents student research at the showcase on Tuesday.

Scholars present research from internship program by Joe Schultz

UW Oshkosh’s McNair Scholars presented their research at the McNair Showcase on Tuesday at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. The event featured posters and displays of student research from their eight-week internships, followed by dinner and student presentations. During the welcome ceremony, the UWO McNair Scholars Program Director, Cordelia Bowlus, said the projects showcased research from a variety of fields, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, social science and the humanities. Bowlus said that the program honors Ronald E. McNair, a physicist and astronaut who died when the Challenger spacecraft exploded

in 1986, by giving traditionally disadvantaged students the tools they need to succeed in graduate school. McNair Scholars took turns presenting their research. Khaila MilesSemons focused on the struggles African-American women faced during slavery, Bailey Young focused on the differentiation of dolphin skulls and Amanda Vue concentrated on domestic violence within the Hmong community. Vue said she chose her topic because it is a very taboo subject rarely talked about within the community. “I wanted to do more research about that because I know there isn’t a lot of research done on the Hmong community in general; this was my way of giving back to my community,” Vue said. “I wanted to start a conversation about this issue because I wanted to make it less stigmatized.”

Vue said her biggest obstacle was data collection and interviewing more females than males. “If I could do this all over again, I would have had a male interviewer to encourage male participants,” Vue said. “It was kind of one-sided; it would have been nice to have an equal amount of responses from each gender.” Monica Fieck, a McNair student who researched language development in children, said her biggest obstacle during the research process was time constraints. “This internship is eight weeks long, so it doesn’t leave a lot of room for making mistakes and having to go back and fix things,” Fieck said. “My biggest obstacle was trying to get everything done on time because we had such a short window for all the things we were trying to accomplish.”

Overdose fatalities increase in Winnebago County area by Nikki Brahm The event “Understanding Addiction: Breaking Stigma, Transforming Community” will present statistics on groups most vulnerable to substance use in Winnebago County from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at the Howard in Oshkosh. The event will be hosted by the Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition and will include helpful resources to prevent substance use. WCDAC Coalition Coordinator Stephanie Gyldenvand said UWO students and staff participated in several community conversations earlier this year. “Businesses, employers, faith communities, medical professionals, nonprofit organizations, service agencies, schools, parents, persons in recovery, media, law enforcement, treatment or recovery services are some of the areas of our community that participated in community conversations where they all want to work together on effective strategies,” Gyldenvand said. Gyldenvand said the major goal of the event is to share themes from the community conversations. “Substance use impacts all of us and it takes a full community response to address challenges from prevention to access to treatment and recovery services,” Gyldenvand said. “Our hope is that this event will drive community-wide action toward effective solutions.” Captain of University Police Christopher Tarmann said he will present research at the event. Tarmann said he interviewed people in recovery as well as family members impacted by substance use in order to conduct research in Winnebago County and present a video at the event. “I interviewed a girl that was arrested here at UW Oshkosh and the police officer that arrested her,” Tarmann said. “And she’s been in recovery for a number of years and has a really good success story.” Tarmann said from his interview with the student he found that the most effective push to recovery for her was drug court in Winnebago County. “That held her accountable and then the 12-step program and solutions recovery is what she talks about a lot,” Tarmann said. “So being connected to people in a program that hold you accountable and having a process of things that you can follow when you’re trying to stop using drugs was very important to her.” Tarmann said based on his interviews, he noticed all drugs make an impact.

“The story almost always begins with alcohol or marijuana, or typically both, and then it transitions to other drugs,” Tarmann said. “So I think everybody I interviewed has used heroin or has some sort of aspect of heroin, or has used opioids, or used prescription drugs or meth.” Tarmann said the University Police and WCDAC will go over the overdose fatality review at the event. “So basically if a fatality occurs in our community, let’s review it and figure out what gaps there were in that person’s life where we could have proactively stopped them from dying,” Tarmann said. “So there was actually a model being created out of Milwaukee. So we put in for a grant that got us approved to be a part of that.” Tarmann said they were able to qualify for the grant because of the number of overdose fatalities in the county which were 34 in 2017 and 28 in 2014. “We’re averaging 30 for the last four years per year,” Tarmann said. “That’s a lot of people in Winnebago county that we’re losing.” Tarmann said the University has a lot of alcohol and marijuana use, but they are involved with the WCDAC in order to prevent a larger problem from occurring on campus with hard drugs. “There’s some prescription stuff and the heavy, heavy stuff we don’t have a huge problem with,” Tarmann said. Tarmann said he hopes the event spreads awareness of programs in the county that help those struggling with substance use, such as Apricity, a program that provides work and living opportunities for those struggling with substance use. UWO freshman Trinaty Caldwell said she doesn’t have personal connections on campus with substance use disorder, but she’s had some college friends struggle with it. “I think if you want [drugs] you can find it on campus,” Caldwell said. “For some people it could be a problem, especially with the environment. It’s kind of like high-stress and it’s easier to party than stay at home.” Gyldenvand said she hopes residents, organizations and agencies impacted by substance use and those that have the ability to address it with community-based strategies will attend the event. “Our coalition will be holding events across Winnebago County to share the findings of the community conversations, strategies that can prevent substance use and increase access to treatment and recovery and share how you can get involved with the work of the Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition,” Gyldenvand said.


Andrew Miller, a McNair Scholar who researched plant genetics, said the time constraints taught him that he could handle high-stress situations. “Doing research taught me how frustrating it could be, but that showed me that I can overcome it,” Miller said. “I didn’t think I would be able to get through all the obstacles and handle all the stress involved in the research itself.” Dr. Morgan Churchill, Young’s faculty mentor, said teaching her how to take 3D scans of whale skulls was a rewarding experience. “A year ago, she didn’t know anything about the subject matter, and a year later she’s presenting it and explaining it to everybody,” Churchill said. “It’s a satisfying feeling seeing students come that far.” Fieck said through McNair, she realized that she wanted to pursue a

career in social work after graduate school. Fieck said, “The program helped me figure out what I want to do with my future, which is the whole point, to get us to go farther.” Fieck said that if students qualify for McNair, they should join because of all the resources it provides to first-generation, low-income students. “We had a whole graduate school boot camp,” Fieck said. “We visit graduate schools, and it pays for all that. It gives us research experience that we need anyway, but we’re getting paid to do it.” To join the McNair Scholars Program email program director Cordelia Bowlus at bowlusc@

15 percent ABV is a key ingredient in virtually all of the FROM PAGE serious injuries, hospital transports and deaths that we see,” This ban comes on the heels of Kirk said. While still a year away, Kirk multiple alcohol-related hazing events with the most recent said implementation will ulcoming from the New York timately be up to the fraterniTimes, reporting on the death ties to enforce on the chapters of 19-year-old Penn State stu- themselves. “There is no silver bullet as dent, Timothy Piazza, who died in 2017 after falling down we work with college students, but we think this will have a a flight of stairs. positive imAngela pact on safeZemke, the ty,” Kirk said. fraternity The NIC and sororWhy hard alcohol? has taken ity life ad- Because in our research, other steps to visor, said the pattern is clear — al- address inshe is not cidents like oblivious to cohol above 15 percent these, such as the horrific ABV is a key ingredient by adopting events that in virtually all of the serious injuries, hospital the Medical occurred Good Samarin 2017 re- transports, and deaths itan Policy, lating to that we see. which “priorfraternities. — Heather Kirk itizes health H o w e v e r, safety Cheif Communication and according to Officer for the NIC by removing Zemke, the barriers for changes that people to seek have been help in emermade in regencies,” acgards to those incidents are cording to NIC offi cials. being well received at UWO. UWO senior Kirby Lawlis “The policies at UW Oshkosh were actually pretty close said he is not convinced that to the new standards already, the ban will be effective. “A man can drink four beers so it won’t be as hard to impleand still feel the same as one ment on our campus,” Zemke who drank a single shot of said. According to Heather Kirk, hard liquor,” Lawlis said. “If the chief communication offi- they are going to ban hard alcer for the NIC, hard liquor is cohol, they might as well go all the common denominator in the way and ban all alcoholic all fatal fraternity-related inci- beverages.” UWO senior Lindsay Windents. kler said she is not convinced “Why hard alcohol? Because in our research, the pat- that a hard liquor ban is comtern is clear — alcohol above pletely necessary.




“No one will leave their home if they are comfortable, or because they want to; rather, they will only leave because they have to,” Fonkem said. Fonkem said all refugees and immigrants come with trauma and the best thing that people in a community can do to help out

“Maybe instead of banning hard liquor they could instead teach safe alcohol consumption practices and show students resources in regards to that,” Winkler said. Lawlis agreed there should not be a ban and said the main focus should be on cultivating a culture of respect where hazing is not tolerated. Lawlis also agrees that there should not be a ban. “Alcohol should not be treated as the main scapegoat and provocateur here,” Lawlis said. Zemke said the potential difficulties in the implementation of this new policy could stem from Wisconsin culture. “Living in the state of Wisconsin, we definitely have a culture of alcohol use which students are already coming to campus with,” Zemke said. “Now they join a fraternity and we are placing additional restrictions on when, where and how you can drink. That is hard for some students to accept.” Zemke said safety has to be a top priority to ensure an effective and fulfilling fraternity experience. “No one deserves to die because of their fraternal affiliation or their desire to be a part of the group, and it is the job of fraternity and sorority advisers, national offices and our current undergraduate students to make sure that doesn’t happen through a set of agreed-upon standards,” Zemke said. Brandon Paulick, president of the Sigma Pi fraternity, declined to comment for this story.

refugees is to simply accept them as human beings and try to be understanding of their situation. Dr. Fonkem said he believes that it’s important for members of the Oshkosh community to be able to participate in simulations like this, especially because of the number of refugees Oshkosh has received. “I think that if people know where [the refugees] come from and why, we are likely to be more humane to them, likely to treat them a little better,” Fonkem said.

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UWO students concerned with parking by The Advance-Titan Staff UW Oshkosh Parking Services is a self-supported service that provides parking permits to students on campus, but there are positives and negatives that students find when using it. Being a self-supported service means that they are not funded by the state, the University budget, student fees or tuition dollars. Issues that students face can be minor or major, depending on how each student looks at it. One of these is the availability of parking spots. UWO junior Becca Sippel said there are a lot of parking spots that are easy to find, but they can be inconvenient for some students who are residents. “I feel like if you live on campus and you have the regular residential one, it can be hard to find a spot,” Sippel said. “You know we have that parking lot across the bridge. So I feel like some of them are not the most accessible either.” UWO freshman commuter Ashley McFarland said the parking situation is good but that there needs to be more lots for commuters. “I know the ones over by Arts & Communications and Polk Library, they’re really small,” McFarland said. “I can’t usually get a spot until late afternoon.”

UWO senior commuter Raunel Lopez said parking is fine if you know when to come to school. “You really have to find the perfect time, honestly,” Lopez said. “Like when people are leaving [school], people are coming [to school].” Finding the right time is the key to ensuring a good parking spot, but sometimes when students don’t find a parking spot, the cost for permits seems a little too much. Sippel said the price of a permit is reasonable except when it appears there are more cars than spots. “It’s not terrible, but it seems overpriced especially since I feel it’s overcrowded and hard to find somewhere to park,” Sippel said. “I feel like that’s a lot if you do have to walk across the bridge.” McFarland agreed and said that lowering the costs slightly could compensate for limited spots or inconvenience. “I think they could lower each cost by like $20 to $50 each,” McFarland said. Lopez, however, said the pricing is reasonable compared to other UW campuses. “I think it’s pretty fair,” Lopez said. “I actually went to UW-Milwaukee and I know for their semester it’s, like $500 so it’s pretty outrageous.” Although there isn’t always the problem of finding a spot, there is the problem

of potentially getting a ticket. McFarland said she received a ticket for pulling forward in a stall and said the price of it seemed outrageous for the offense. “I just think getting a ticket for pulling forward is a bit stupid, but that’s just me,” McFarland said. “It was unreasonable that I got $50 for just pulling forward.” Lopez and Sippel have

also received tickets but only for $15. Sippel, however, agreed that having a ticket cost $50 can be unfair. “I feel like that’s a little much especially if it’s like a one-time or first-time thing,” Sippel said. Between finding spots, paying for a permit, receiving tickets and paying tickets, there are some simple solutions to help satisfy all

students. Lopez said opening more lots would be helpful, if it is realistic and possible for the school to carry out. “I know there are lots that aren’t open to commuters, so maybe opening up those spots would help a little more,” Lopez said. Sippel said more parking spots on the street could be an option but also making the lots less restricted to certain


people and opening them up to every permit holder. “You might need more residential than commuter or more commuter than residential,” Sippel said. “I feel like having them restricted makes it harder.” UWO Parking Services has its benefits, but there are some flaws that need to be worked out to make sure students are satisfied.

Rethink any negative thoughts of media by Joshua Mounts Joshua Mounts is a senior journalism major. His views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. Media has been in hot water over the past years, and that should not be news to anyone. The term “fake news” has been thrown around more in the past

four years than ever before, and that is causing those in the media to be looked down at by society. With the changing age of technology, media has found itself in a difficult place. It is now easier than ever before to post and spread stories. Unfortunately, not all these stories being spread are true. There are now more “sources” of news or media than ever before and, as mentioned before, not all these sources are trustworthy or credible. Even the networks that people have known, loved and trusted for years now are being blamed for spreading this “fake news”. Government officials in our own country have become the key players in defaming media outlets, which has resulted in the media

being labeled as “the enemy of the the country firsthand, which is one people” by some. of the many benefits of having a The combination of untrust- wide-reaching national news sysworthy news coming to people’s tem. ears or eyes as well as the fact that But when the source of sociindividuals with a wide media pres- ety’s information and education on ence bash the media, has resulted what’s going on is put in jeopardy, in this trend of relative distrust in that is a major issue. the news. It almost seems that people aren’t It’s the press’ fully seeing the job, though, to problems with the By silencing the cover things for fact that the press press, the voice of the the public’s eyes. is being put under It doesn’t neces- people is effectively so much criticism sarily matter if the silenced. by high-ranking story is happy or officials. — Joshua Mounts not, the press’ job A huge role that UW Oshkosh senior the press serves is to cover things so that the public is to report on the knows exactly what’s going on government’s doings, right and around them. wrong. People don’t get the ability to By silencing the press, the voice catch everything that happens in of the people is effectively si-

lenced. No matter what side people are on about certain issues, political or what have you, the press is an important part of our nation as a whole. Without the press, the government can do whatever they want without anyone to report on it for the people to see, hear or learn about. If that were the case, it doesn’t make a difference who you are or what you believe in, that is not what we as Americans should want. The freedom of the press is in the First Amendment of the Constitution for a reason, and this negative light that’s being shone on the press is putting that freedom in jeopardy. The freedoms that are declared in the First Amendment should never be even considered for censoring.

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Five intramural teammates that everyone’s met

Intramurals bring out the best and worst in everyone. From indoor soccer to racquetball, here are five teammates that everybody has had to deal with on their squad: by: Calvin Skalet


The Try Hard

- Texted the group chat at 8 a.m. about tonight’s game. - Literally skipped class to get a couple warm-up shots in. - Calls their own fouls every two minutes.


The Energy

- Puts all the blood, sweat and tears into the game each week - Usually small. - Usually fast. - Will act completely calm once time hits 00:00.


The Captain

- The only organized person on the team. - Unlike the try-hard, this person is good at sports. - The only coaching at all comes from this person.


The Best Player

- Usually the least interested. - If you think this player is you, you are wrong.


The Coach

- This person wants absolutely nothing to do with any sort of contact sports so instead, he/she just sits on the bench and yells. -This person should not be on the field/court at any point in time during the game or all hell will break loose. -The only game this person is playing is beer pong. - If you think this person is NOT you, you are wrong.

By Lee Marshall

Upcoming Events: Sept. 27 Farmer’s Market Noon - 5 p.m. Reeve Union Concourse

-Visit local Wisconsin vendors including All Things Jerky, Fox Pop, Manila Resto and more!

UWO Civility Works Student Org Meeting 4:45 p.m. Reeve 210

-UWO Civilty Works Student Org hosts Dr. Belville and two other surprise city guests at the first meeting of the year.

Homecoming Info Meeting 6-7 p.m. Reeve Union 306

Movie “Sweeney Todd” 6 p.m. Reeve 209 Sex Trivia 6-10 p.m. Titan Underground

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UWO soccer defeated by Concordia University

by Evan Moris The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team took to the field Sunday to face Concordia University Wisconsin. Despite dominating the game in possession, shots and shots on goal, the Titans fell short against the Falcons 2-0, extending their losing streak to four games. In the first 30 seconds of the game, Titans defender Tory Schumann got off a quick strike toward the goal that was saved by the Falcons goalkeeper Kaeley Sterkel. The Titans were able to create five more shot opportunities in the first half, all of which were saved or missed the goal. At the 24:31 mark in the first half, Falcons forward Alexandra Tomich launched a deep shot from 35 yards out that just cleared the outstretched arms of Titans goalie Madelyn Runyan, putting the visiting Falcons up 1-0. Oshkosh was able to keep to the ball in the Falcons’ half for the majority of the first period of play, creating three corner kicks to the Falcons’ one attempt. Switching sides in the second half, the Titans were looking to even the score. Within the first 11 minutes of the second period, UWO created four shots and two corner kicks coming out of the half. The Falcons earned a corner kick at 59:42 into the game. Julia Smessaert sent a ball into the UWO goal box, finding Ashley Johnson, who finished the ball into the Titans’ net, making the visitors up 2-0. At the 62:07, Maddie Hill sent a ball hurling toward the Falcons’ left post that appeared to be a sure goal until Sterkel dove her outstretched arms to deflect the ball to a corner kick for the Titans. Oshkosh kept the ball in Concordia’s half for the majority of the second half. The Titans created 14 shots in the second half but were unable to capitalize on each opportunity. The Titans finished with 20

shots total with 10 on goal to the Falcons’ nine with four on frame. Sterkel controlled the game in net as she finished the game with 10 saves against the Titans. UWO head coach Erin Coppernoll said she saw bright sides in the loss Saturday that will hopefully lead to success in the games to come. “Our offense was able to get behind their back line a lot, which is great,” Coppernoll said. “I do think that will lead to big wins in the future.” Coppernoll said her team was in control Sunday, but it needs to capitalize on the chances it creates. “The final pass wasn’t right,” Coppernoll said. “The final decision was a bit off, and that can be soccer sometimes.” Titans forward Mallory Knight said she sees potential in this team due to the talent on the field and the chemistry that has been built. “When we have the chemistry off the field and on the field, that’s when we play our best,” Knight said. “We all get along really well. It’s like a family. I adore my team.” Knight leads the Titans in scoring this year with seven points. Knight notes her success comes from her experience entering her second season. “It’s been a world of difference coming into my sophomore year,” Knight said. “I have so much more confidence [this year], which has allowed me to get the goals and make the runs.” UWO forward Delaney Karl said the team becomes stronger every game even in a losing effort. “Every loss in a match is a learning opportunity,” Karl said. “Despite how upsetting it is to lose games, we can learn from our mistakes and grow from them as individuals, players and as a team.” Coppernoll said she believes the adversity faced early in the season against tough opponents helps them as they head into

Geisthardt chosen as semifinalist for scholar award

by Shelby Howe UW Oshkosh senior punter Turner Geisthardt is one of 179 semifinalists for the National Football Foundation’s 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, an award that recognizes the best football scholar-athlete in the nation. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally-recognized groups of media, college football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators. Geisthardt has been UWO’s punter since his arrival on campus in 2015. The three-time All-WIAC second team selection has punted the football 159 times during his 44-game career for an average of 40.1 yards per kick, the fifth-highest mark among all active players in the NCAA Division III. Geisthardt has averaged 43 yards on 20 kicks this season to rank second in the conference and fourth nationally. Geisthardt averaged 40.4 yards on 37 punts in 2017 when he also received NCAA D-III All-West Region second team honors by He previously averaged 40.4 yards on 55 boots in 2016 and 38.1 yards on 47 kicks in 2015. Geisthardt recorded his longest career punt of 62 yards twice during the 2016 season as UWO registered wins over Finlandia University (Mich.) and UW-Eau Claire. The Oshkosh North High School graduate earned AllWIAC first team recognition at placekicker in 2017 after converting 62 of 64 extra points


UW Oshkosh freshman midfielder Maddie Hill shields defender Allison McElwee of Concordia University. conference play this upcoming weekend. “Our tough non conference schedule prepares us for conference play,” Coppernoll said. “We have seen good teams and are ready for them. We need to find 90 minutes within ourselves come Saturday.” Karl said the team needs to improve on a few things as they head into Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. “We need to utilize the chances we have to put balls in the back of the net,” Karl said. “Staying positive as a team even when we do get down during a game will be key; we need to stay mentally positive and keep each other up.” UWO will host UW-La Crosse to begin conference play Saturday, Sept. 29.


UW Oshkosh freshman forward Kylee Brown protects the ball from Concordia defenders at J. J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium last Sunday. The Titan lost 2-0 to Concordia University.

Team Leaders: Goals: Mallory Knight 3

Assists: 7 girls tied with 1

Saves: Madelyn Runyan 22

Volleyball goes 2-1 at Aurora Invite, defeated by Warhawks in conference

TURNER GEISTHARDT and seven of 12 field goal attempts. Geisthardt, who scored his other two career points during the 2015 season, tallied a career-high 13 points during UWO’s win over UW-Whitewater in 2017. Off the field, Geisthardt owns a 3.94 cumulative GPA as a kinesiology major. He is an eighttime University Dean’s List and three-time WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll member. Geisthardt has been involved with several campus and community organizations, including the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry, Be The Match and the Oshkosh Police Department. The NFF Awards Committee will announce the 12 to 14 finalists on Oct. 31, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, where one member of the class will be declared the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his post-graduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

by Shelby Howe The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team went 2-1 over last weekend in Aurora, Illinois, defeating both Aurora University, Ripon College and losing to Carthage College. The two-day tournament began on Friday, Sept. 21 with a win for UWO when they beat Ripon College over four sets. This win is the Titans’ 16thstraight win over Ripon College. Rachel Gardner led the team with 27 digs. Tina Elstner had 14 digs and 13 kills, contributing to her first double-double of the season. Renee Rush, Taylor Allen and Samantha Jaeke each contributed nine kills for the Titans. Emma Kiekhofer had 22 assists and Rebecca Doughty had 12. Although the Red Hawks put up a good fight against the Titans, the win can be attested to both strong blocks and kills from a range of players. Saturday results are split with a loss to Carthage College and a win against Aurora University. Both Carthage College and Aurora University participated in last year’s NCAA Division III Championship. UWO lost to Carthage College with set scores of 25-12,

25-21 and 25-13. In the match against Carthage College, Elstner and Jaeke had seven kills apiece, while Kiekhofer had a team-leading 14 assists. Doughty had 10 assists and Gardner had 12 digs, contributing to her 14th double-digit effort of the season. Carthage led in the first and third match over the Titans, but fought for the lead in the second, ultimately taking the win over UWO in all three sets. Head coach Jon Ellmann said the team’s mindset going into the game against Aurora could not have been better despite the previous loss to Carthage. “Our expectation for every match is that we play clean, aggressive, high-energy ball,” Ellmann said. “We failed to do so against Carthage and lost without putting up much of a fight. With less than 40 minutes prior to our Aurora match, we were really pleased with how we were able to hit the reset button and play what was arguably one of our best matches of the season.” UWO defeated Aurora University, 3-1, with set scores of 26-24, 25-18, 15-25 and 25-20. During the match against Aurora University, Gardner continued to lead the team in digs with 27 and Carly Lemke had 11 total kills and a team-leading

five blocks. Setting for UWO, Kiekhofer and Doughty had 37 and 33 assists, respectively. After winning the first and second match, the Titans lost the third, but came back in the fourth set, which was tied up six times before the Titans captured the win. UWO winning this match ended Aurora’s home-game winning streak, which was at 21 games. UWO has won all four of its meetings with Aurora University since 1995. Highlights of Saturday’s matches include Elstner surpassing 1,000 career kills, having 18 just in the match against Aurora University. Elstner is the first Titan in women’s volleyball to achieve this triumph in four years. Elstner now has 1,017 career kills. Elstner and Gardner were also both picked to the six-member all-tournament team at Aurora University’s Invitational. Elstner produced a total of 38 kills and 31 digs in the Titans’ three matches over the weekend while Gardner had a total of 66 digs and 10 assists. Gardner said she strives to be part of an all-tournament team and she achieved that last weekend. “Being a part of an all-tournament team is always some-

thing that as an athlete I strive to do,” Gardner said. “I want to be on that team not only for myself but also for my teammates and coaches because I work so hard that when it all comes together and you get mentioned for it, it is a great feeling.” The Titans continued conference play on Wednesday, Sept. 26 when they traveled to take on UW-Whitewater. UWO lost all three sets to the Warhawks with set scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 25-20. Gardner and Elstner both had 11 digs, while Jaeke and Allen each had six kills. UWO is now 0-2 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and stands in sixth place. Coach Ellmann said the team is consistently improving and focusing on the things they can control. “Our first and primary concern is controlling what happens on our side of the net,” Ellmann said. “After that, if we can disrupt our opponent, we are doing everything we can to create an outcome that we can be proud of.” Looking ahead, UWO hosts UW-Eau Claire on Friday, Sept. 28 in Kolf Sports Center and travels to St. Louis next Friday and Saturday (Oct. 5-6) for the Washington University Invitational.

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Men and women take top spots at home invite


LEFT: UWO sophomore Noah O’Neill (left), junior Justin Skinkis (right), and freshman Kiernan Koepke (center) head towards the finish line at the Titan Fall Classic. TOP RIGHT: Sophomore Fabian Salinas Arroyo looks for rival runners during the final stretch of the race. BOTTOM RIGHT: Freshman Steven Potter celebrates with a teammate after finishing eighth at the home meet.

by Billy Piotrowski The Titan cross-country teams competed in the Titan Fall Classic last Friday. This marked the Titans’ second race of the season and took place at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisconsin. It was a successful day for both the men’s and women’s teams, with both groups winning their respective races and large groups of Titans placing in the top ten of each race. Evlyn Noone ran a great race in her second collegiate race ever, and Amanda Van Den Plas, Lexi Reichardt, Breanna Van Den Plas, Melissa Srnka, Megan Berg and Sydney Fricke joined her in establishing new personal records. Head coach Eamon McKenna said he was impressed with the results from both teams and that they did a great job of committing to one another by running in groups. “The women raced first, and they set the tone for a good day,” McKenna said. “Although conditions were very windy and the field size was small, the women attacked the course with purpose. ” Noone won the women’s side of the Fall Classic with a time of 22:49, finishing 1:53

ahead of Amanda. Noone said the rough conditions and running at the front of the pack made her fade during the race. “This meet was pretty small, so it was treated more like a workout,” Noone said. “Regardless, I wanted to just try my best, especially it being my first 6k race ever. I’m still pretty new at racing in cross country races, so each race and workout so far has just been a learning curve. When I crossed the finish line I felt like I had more in me, which was a little disappointing.” Amanda, who finished in second place with a time of 24:02, said she thought of the race as a workout day. “I just wanted to work hard with my teammates and see what we could do,” Amanda said.“I wanted to get a base time for the season, so I knew where I was at.” On the men’s side, senior Lucas Weber won with a time of 25:54. Coach McKenna said the men’s improvement from their first race of the year was good and that the men really had a great day. “The women showed them that the conditions could be overcome, and the men did an excellent job of executing their race plan and of running

with each other and feeding off of one another as the race progressed,” McKenna said. “They were much more confident and focused than in the first meet of the year.” Weber led the way as the top collegiate finisher, while Andrew George, Andrew Muskevitsch, Steven Potter, Kiernan Koepke, Bob Szymanski, Zach Molland, Andrew Strasser, Tyler Buckley Hunter, Parker Scheld, Aaron Dorsey and Matthew Brown established new personal records. The men’s team finished in groups with the first group ending in places 2-7, all within a minute of each other. Andrew George finished fourth with a time of 26:28 and commented on running with the pack throughout the race. “I just kept thinking about running with my teammates through the wind, and then trying to move up when the wind was at my back,” George said. “With one mile left I knew I simply had to just give it my all and finish on empty.” The men and women have been off to a good start this season for UWO. McKenna said there were a few early struggles, but the day-to-day improvement he’s seen so far has been good from these young teams.

“The first meet was solid for the women, but a struggle for the men,” McKenna said. “As I mentioned, both teams showed a lot of improvement in our second race. The teams are learning how to run with each other and run for each other while also growing in their ability to work hard and work smart on a daily basis. Our ability to figure out how to improve every day will be a key for these young teams as we continue to grow throughout the season.” Coming up on the schedule for the Titans is the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational this Friday, Sept. 28. McKenna said this meet is important because they will face conference competition and run on the course in Eau Claire that will host both the WIAC and NCAA Regional championships. “We want to continue to show growth in terms of running together, accepting the hurt of racing and improve our mentality as competitors,” McKenna said. “We will look to improve our times and to show our competitive nature.” The Titan men will also be competing in a split squad this weekend as the men will try and defend their title at the Roy Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

Golf places second at Whitewater

UWO men and women to face D-I Badgers

The UW Oshkosh women’s golf team shot their way to a second-place finish at the UW-Whitewater Fall Invite last weekend. The team placed four golfers in the top 10 and finished the two-day event 10 strokes behind Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe UW-Whitewater. Senior Kayla Priebe led the Titans, shooting a 76 and 78 on day one and day two of the invite, good enough for second place in the individual standings. Priebe said having a good weekend at The Oaks Golf Course has given her confidence moving forward. “Finishing second this weekend by having two good rounds gives me a lot of confidence for the next two weeks,” Kayla said. “I continue to refine my game each week of the season through our practices that cover all areas of the game. I still had shots left out on the course from some missed short putts, so I will be focusing on my putting this week while continuing to maintain or improve the other areas of my game as well.”

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Kayla said the second-place team finish also helped their overall confidence. “Our team’s finish this weekend gives us a lot of momentum for the next two weeks leading up to conference,” Kayla said. “Having four individuals in the top ten is a very strong showing for our team, and I’m proud of all those girls for pushing through some struggles this weekend to still finish well. Freshman Erika Priebe followed up her sister by posting a fifth-place finish for the Titans with scores of 81 and 79 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Erika said hitting hard and sinking difficult putts helped her to place in the top five. “This weekend I feel like I was hitting the ball really well, especially my driver,” Erika said. “I also made some nice putts to save par. The course was pretty difficult, so keeping the ball in play was also very important.” UWO junior Hannah Braun and freshman Margherite Pettenuzzo both cracked the top 10 with eighth- and ninth-place finishes, respectively. Head coach Liza Ruetten said she was happy with the confidence the team dis-

played on the weekend. “Confidence is always key in the game of golf,” Ruetten said. “Ball striking and short game will be more consistent when a player feels confident.” Ruetten said making sure each golfer is reaching their individual goals is essential for the team’s success. “Each player knows what they are capable of shooting and each player knows they have a teammate who is also capable of going low,” Ruetten said. “The key to winning for the team is to have four of the five reaching their individual goals and ideally all five. If each hits their individual goals, the team will come out on top.” Kayla said the team has some time to improve before the WIAC conference and needs to keep improving. “We are improving each week, and now we have two more weeks to work out the final kinks before hopefully playing our best golf of the season at conference,” Kayla said. The Titans travel to UW-Stevens Point for the Mad Dawg Invitational this weekend before heading to Reedsburg for the WIAC championship next weekend.



Men’s and Women’s Cross Country at UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational 4:15 p.m.

Women’s Soccer vs. UW-La Crosse 4 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball vs. UW-Eau Claire 7 p.m.

Football at UW-River Falls 1 p.m.

The UW Oshkosh men’s and women’s basketball teams will take a trip to the state’s capital to play exhibition games against Division I University of Wisconsin-Madison in November. The UWO men will play their contest against the Badgers on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center. The UWO men have played the UW-Madison men three times in its long history, dating back to a 30-21 loss on Dec. 16, 1905 and a 17-7 loss on Dec. 20, 1919. Most recently, the Titan men lost an exhibition game 96-44 to UW-Madison on Nov. 7, 2012. Since 2005, the UW-Madison men have hosted a Wisconsin

Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team every season except for one. UWO is coming off their best season in school history, reaching the Division III National Championship game in Salem, Virginia last year. The UWO women will be facing the UW-Madison women for the seventh time while holding a 1-5 record against the Badgers. The last meeting between the two teams favored the Badgers in a 106-39 decision in November of 2009. Oshkosh will play against a D-I opponent for the fourth game in the last 10 years. The Badgers have hosted a WIAC team for the past 14 years. UWO is coming off of a second-place finish in the WIAC with a 21-6 record last season.




Men’s Cross Country at University of Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational 10:20 a.m.

Women’s Golf at UW-Stevens Point Mad Dawg Invitaional 1 p.m.

Women’s Tennis vs. UW-River Falls 2 p.m.

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Titan wrestlers volunteer to fix practice facility, save thousands


UW Oshkosh practice wrestling facility currently being renovated by Titan wrestling team. by Evan Moris With the review able to bypass fur“Review of work was completed against the standing UW System and ther evaluation, a suggestion to have state of WI policies for compliance volunteer workers was brought forThe UW Oshkosh wrestling team and flow through the appropriate estab- ward, Rife said. has taken a hands-on approach this off- lished process,” Rife said. “That was reviewed with campus season by volunteering to be a part of Head coach Efrain Ayala said an up- risk management,” Rife said. “It was the reconstruction and repair process grade to the Kolf wrestling facility was determined that the work that could be of the Kolf sports center practice wres- necessary. completed by volunteers would be limtling facilities to cut expenses and save “This has been a long time coming,” ited in scope.” money. Ayala said. “This room has not had a The volunteers would need to be The Kolf wrestling room was due major renovation in a very long time.” taught what to do, complete paperwork for improvement after years of practice The finite amount of work needed and be under a watchful eye during the on old mats and low ceiling tiles. The in the renovation processes would not rebuild. budget ran tight and the money was not involve the review by higher, level “Each volunteer is to be properly there for a facility upgrade. trained and have filled out the necboards, Rife said. The UWO wrestling team wanted to “In this case, the limited scope of essary liability forms and was to be raise the ceiling so the athletes could work does not involve the change to supervised by authorized personnel,” have more vertical to train in. Facilities the mechanical, electrical, structural Rife said. Management Director JoAnn Rife is and plumbing infrastructure of the built After the pre-construction paperpart of the planning committee for the environment and is limited in trades to work had been completed, plans were Kolf wrestling room upgrade. be used,” Rife said. “Thus this can be laid out and the process of starting the “In a previous life, the current wres- completed by campus facilities person- upgrade of the Kolf wrestling room tling room had been a dance studio,” nel without review by the UW System could begin. Rife said. “After agreement on the scope and or state or WI Department of AdminThe team sent a request to Rife to istration’s Division of Facilities Devel- cost of the project, a work order was remove the ceiling, and an evaluation opment and Management.” submitted,” Rife said. “Work was and estimate was done of the facilities.

scheduled and materials were ordered. Training for volunteers was scheduled and completed. It is anticipated that the work will be completed in time for the team’s fall season.” Senior captain Mark Choinski said this process did not start recently but has been a work in progress for years. “The whole process started when I first got here my freshman year four years ago,” Choinski said. “That’s when [coach] Efrain started moving the program. He was able to purchase us a new competition mat. Then he moved to getting our practice room new mats. Those alone are so much money, the funding was hard to get. Build a list on what we need first based on priorities. We got the mats. We’re building the team, getting more and more people involved, more community involved. It’s been on the agenda for years now.” The list of changes to be done to the wrestling room are centered around the ceiling and athletic equipment. “The ceiling needs to be removed and new LED light fixtures need to be mounted to the deck above,” Rife said. “Of note, there are several conduits that will remain in their current locations; thus this work gains approximately one foot of clear space. Existing radiant heat panels along exterior wall may need to stay as well.” After completing the proper training conducted by UWO EH&S Specialist Lori Welch and handing in all paperwork, the UWO athletes will be able to assist with many parts the renovation process. “General labor for the protection of or removal of all athletic equipment and mats from the affected area(s),” Rife said. “Removal of the ceiling tile and grid as directed, disposal to the dumpster of removed materials as directed, clean-up of the site, painting of the walls and restoration of the athletic equipment back into the space(s) including mats.” Choinski has volunteered to use his personal painting company to reduce costs significantly. “If I wasn’t volunteering my work, this would be a $10,000-$12,000 painting job,” Choinski said. “That alone is going to save our program a lot of

money. Its thousands of dollars we’re saving by us being able to get these safety regulations okayed. This will cut the [wrestling] budget in less than half.” Choinski said the team has begun its part in the renovation process but is still waiting for clearance to move forward with the project. “We’ve done everything we’ve needed to do, and in two or three days we tore it all up ourselves,” Choinski said. “It’s actually going really quick on our end; it’s the other end that we’re waiting for. All the safety regulations and paperwork. This whole [renovation] process started a few weeks ago, but we’ve only put in a few days of work [as a team].” Ayala said the upgrade won’t only benefit the current wrestlers but the future of the program as well. “Any time we can improve our training facilities, people get excited,” Ayala said. “The room has not had a facelift in quite some time so this is very much deserved and needed. It also helps with recruitment. It’s really nice to show off the facilities to new recruits and be proud of our spaces.” Choinski said the renovation will have its pros and cons for the UWO wrestling team. “Height-wise we’re going to have double,” Choinski said. “There’s pros and cons to that. As wrestlers we like the room really hot so we can sweat. Now it’s going to be more chill in the room. Visually it’s going to be a lot bigger.” Choinski said if everything goes as scheduled, the Kolf practice facilities will be ready by the start of the 2018 season. “If we can get everyone else on board it shouldn’t take us much longer,” Choinski said. “We knocked out the floor part of it. The hardest part of it is done. I thought we’d be done this week. Once we get the okay, should be finished in time for the Sidewalk Scuffle on Oct. 13th.” UWO Facility Management HVAC supervisor Tom Giesen will oversee the scheduled timeline of the facility.

UWO Hall of Fame to induct 7 former student-athletes by Evan Moris

UW Oshkosh will be inducting seven former student-athletes into the University’s Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Alumni Center and Wel-

come Center on the south end of the UWO campus. This will be the 45th annual Hall of Fame ceremony. The former student-athletes competed and excelled in several different sports during their time at UWO.

The 2018 Hall of Fame class includes baseball players Andy Pascarella and Jack Taschner, swimmer Cheri (Tiegs) Meyer, cross-country and track and field athletes Kevin Merline and Elizabeth (Woodworth) Kujawa, track and field athlete

Kevin Deering and soccer player Roberto Gutierrez. The 45th Hall of Fame ceremony will include a social gathering at 9:15 a.m., followed by breakfast at 10 a.m., which will prelude the ceremony that begins at 10:30 a.m.

45 Runs

UWO records in 200-yard backstroke & 200yard medle

.345 Batting Avg

2x WIAC Champ 1,500m

6th Round MLB Draft Pick Cheri (Tiegs) Meyer Swimming

Andy Pascarella Baseball (2nd Baseman) 1997-1999



3x All-American

144 Srikeouts

7x WIAC Champ

2.29 ERA 122 IP

7,104 Decathlon (UWO Record)

2nd Round MLB Draft Pick Jack Taschner Baseball (Pitcher) 2000-2004

Roberto Gutierrez Soccer

1996 100, 200yard backstroke D-III Champ

12 Homeruns

(Indoor) 880m, 1,000m Champ



4x All-American

3x All-Amerian

Kevin Deering Track & Field

mony at the UWO AWCC, the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced at J. J. Keller at Titan Stadium during halftime of the UWO versus UW-Platteville football game schedule for a 2 p.m. kickoff time.



Steve Merline Cross Country, Track & Field

Admission will be $15, and tickets can be purchased by contacting UWO Sports Information Director Kennan Timm at (920) 424-0365 or via email by Friday, Oct. 5. In accordance to the cere-

12x All-American

1x All-American

9x Champ (National)

14 Goals

3x 800m Champ (National)

14 Assists

3x All-American (Cross-Country) Elizabeth (Woodworth) Kujawa Cross Country, Track & Field

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