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Senior running back Mitch Gerhartz runs down the field while a group of UW-River Falls defenders try to tackle him. Gerhartz finished with 122 yards en route to UW Oshkosh’s 48-14 victory. The win gave the Titans to 1-0 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference as they try to reclaim the conference title. Read more on A7

UW Oshkosh Police Officer Sabel pleads not guilty to allegations

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Former Sodexo employee Karen Anderson awaits for sentencing on Main Street allowed her to cash the deposit-only check and apply it to the Sodexo account and then forward the rest to the University account. Former UW Oshkosh Sodexo employAnderson said she followed the same proceee Karen Anderson pleaded guilty on Sept. dure each time she cashed a check. Other than 27 to charges of stealing the first two checks she cashed, $308,709.89 from the food no money from the cashed service provider. The stolen money checks went back to Sodexo. Her sentencing hearing is Anderson stated the stolen set for Dec. 3 in Winnebago was used for her son’s money was used for her son’s County before Judge John basketball expenses. basketball expenses including Jorgensen. Anderson faces camps, hotel stays and other a Class G felony, up to 10 miscellaneous payments. —Court documents years in prison and $25,000 The complaint against Anobtained by the Advance derson was filed on March 21. in fines. Titan University Police detective According to court documents, Anderson cashed 159 Michael Bartlein reported on checks made payable to SoJan. 18 that Anderson admitdexo Services from 2010 to 2015. ted to stealing from Sodexo. Anderson started by cashing a deposit-only Anderson made an initial court appearance check because a client paid a bill meant for on April 30 in Winnebago County. Several the University as well as Sodexo. According character references were entered in between to Anderson, the customer paid Sodexo for the July 30 and Sept. 21. catering services and paid the University for Anderson’s lawyer, Mark Kershek, did not room rental. respond to an attempt for comment. Anderson reported that a teller at U.S. Bank by Christina Basken

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A UW Oshkosh police officer on administrative leave pleaded not guilty to operating a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse during his initial court appearance on Oct. 1. Fond du Lac County Circuit Court set Dennis Sabel’s bond at $5,000. According to the conditions of the release outlined in the bail/ bond, Sabel, 52, “must have no violent contact with his wife and adhere to absolute sobriety, which means he can not go to bars or taverns, and must not possess alcohol or dangerous weapons.” Sabel is next set to appear in court on Nov. 6 for a plea/ sentencing hearing. The jury trial is set for Nov. 26 before Judge Peter Grimm. If convicted, Sabel could face nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines for the possession of a firearm while intoxicated and up to an additional 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines for disorderly conduct, domestic abuse. The Fond du Lac County Communications Center received a 911 call on Sept. 23 reporting a male had been

shot. According to the criminal complaint, Sabel and his wife were watching a football game at a family member’s house on Sept. 23 where they had both been drinking. Sabel’s wife stated they had left the residence to get groceries. In the car, the couple “started poking at each other in a playful manner” until Sabel hit his wife across the chest with his forearm. Sabel’s wife told police that her husband had never done anything like that before. According to the criminal complaint, Sabel said he forgot his wife has fibromyalgia and that it hurts her when he touches her. The two continued arguing in the kitchen as they unloaded groceries, and his wife said Sabel called her names and, put his hand in her face and pushed her. She decided to stay elsewhere that night and was packing her bag when their landlord came to their home to collect the rent that was about six months behind. Sabel stated he didn’t know they were behind on rent, and thought they were all caught up on payments. Sabel’s wife went back to

the bedroom to finish packing after their landlord left and then heard a pop in the living room, followed by her husband saying “911, 911.” Sabel had shot himself with a single bullet from a .40 caliber handgun. The bullet traveled through the right side of his torso, exited the left side and then entered his left arm. He was transported by helicopter to ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah but did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and was later released. According to the human resources department at the Fond du Lac County Police Department, Sabel was employed as a Fond du Lac police officer from Dec. 11, 1989 to Aug. 23, 2010. UWO Director of Communications Mandy Potts confirmed Sabel is a University Police officer who is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

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LEFT: UW Oshkosh journalism radio/TV/film and public relations student Ryan Taylor gets to know the local kids while studying abroad. TOP RIGHT: Taylor poses in front of the Sagrada Familia while studying in Spain. BOTTOM RIGHT: Taylor photographs a wild monkey during his travels while studying over seas.

Q & A with UWO student Ryan Taylor on studying abroad by Christina Basken Q. Why did you decide to study abroad? A. I’ve always been interested in traveling and studying abroad provided me an opportunity to do so while also pursuing an education. Q. What courses did you take? A. This past summer I studied for a month in Italy while taking a multimedia journalism course, and currently I am on Semester at Sea, which allows me to take 12 credits while sailing from country to country. I am enrolled in four classes: global studies, film, public relations and astronomy.

Q. What is it like studying abroad? A. Every time I’ve gone abroad I’ve grown as a person. I’ve either learned to appreciate what I have, matured as an individual or come to appreciate a new culture, all while experiencing the beauty of the world. It provides opportunities that no traditional classroom could offer. It allows you to apply what you learn to real-life situations in unique places. You bring those experiences home with you and you carry them with you for the rest of your life, and you can apply them throughout your professional and personal life. Q. What have you learned while being a part of the study abroad program?

A. The true value of an education is the exposure to new and different viewpoints that challenge your own understanding of the world. Seeing how other people in the world live and learning their culture will change how you see the world, and the value of that new knowledge is greater than that contained in any one classroom. Q. Would you recommend studying abroad to other students? Why? A. I always recommend study abroad to people. The biggest limitation is always the financial aspect, but I know there are programs that are incredibly affordable. The second concern is language, and to that I have to say that I am going to Spain, China, Japan and Vietnam. All are countries with different national languages, and I only speak En-

glish. If there’s a will there’s a way; you can always find a way to communicate with people. Q. Do you have any advice for other students? A. If you want to travel, you can. If you’re worried about offending people while traveling, just be yourself and be respectful. People are generally understanding if you’re a foreigner and you make a mistake so long as you are willing to learn from it. Traveling may be daunting, but there is nothing worse than the regret of not seizing the opportunities that present themselves to you. We live in a world more connected than ever before; take advantage of it.

UWO annual security report releases statistics on campus burglaries, sexual assaults, substance and alcohol use


by Nikki Brahm Burglaries on campus and in student housing increased about 86 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report released by the University Police Department on Sept. 24. UP Capt. Chris Tarmann said on-campus burglaries are similar to off-campus burglaries because the cause is usually due to doors being left unlocked.

“Someone will leave their room and they’ll go to the bathroom and they’ll be in the bathroom for 15 or 20 minutes and they’ll come back to discover that somebody was in their room that shouldn’t have been in there,” Tarmann said. “Or they leave their room thinking that their roommate’s at the bathroom, and then they go to class and they find out their roommate actually went to class too and now their room is open.”

Sophomore Cal Swearingen lives in Horizon and said he hasn’t dealt with burglaries yet. “There is always an influx of people coming in and out of our room, so I can see why it’d be an issue and how someone could easily walk in and take stuff,” Swearingen said. “I can see why it probably happens a lot.” Tarmann said the UP developed the “Busted” initiative last year, where Community Service Officers go through hallways to

check if doors are unlocked, and if nobody is in there they leave a “busted” card in their room. “It basically just says on there, ‘Hey, we found your door unlocked. Locking your door is the best way to prevent a burglary, even if you’re going to only be gone for a few minutes, please take the time to lock your door. If we could have broken into your place, so could a criminal,’” Tarmann said. Tarmann said oftentimes when there’s a burglary on campus, it’s one person that commits several acts during a single time frame. From 2016 to 2017, a 75 percent increase in rape offenses and a 75 percent decrease in dating violence was also reported on campus or in residence halls. Five cases of domestic violence occurred in 2017 while none were reported in 2016. “It’s hard,” Tarmann said. “I think we average somewhere around one to 15 assaults every year and I have to look specifically at our numbers to figure

out what they are. But that’s just the police department, I’m not talking about Dean of Students or the Health Center or the Counseling Center getting those reports.” Tarmann said the University has worked to redevelop the Title IX website to provide information and assist in reporting a sexual assault, which also can be found on the UWO Mobile App. “I can say that the development of resources and pushing out information to our campus in appropriate ways and giving people more access to that should actually raise the number of sexual assault reports,” Tarmann said. “Because we know that sexual assault crimes are usually very low in reporting, and so if we can give access to people [to] that information, then they’ll actually report more incidents. Even though it’s not necessarily that more incidents are occurring, it’s that we are giving resources on how to report those incidents.”

Liquor law violations decreased 34 percent from 2016 to 2017. Despite the decrease of liquor law violations, the report presented a 77 percent increase in drug use violation arrests. However, disciplinary actions for drug use violations were 24 percent lower compared to previous years. “I think our drug crimes are trending up a bit, and I think it’s related to marijuana charges,” Tarmann said. “We did do some re-evaluation on how we manage those, but we are not doing anything differently on how we charge or refer those cases. I think our society is changing; there’s states now that are legal, and it’s interesting how that has an impact on Wisconsin where it’s still illegal.” UWO junior Austin Sackett said he believes substance use isn’t as common in the residence halls as it is off campus. “I can see how going off campus to house parties and stuff might have a more prevalent problem,” Sackett said.

UW Oshkosh to host annual study abroad fair by Holly Gilvary

The Office of International Studies will be hosting a study abroad fair from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 in Reeve Memorial Union. Director of the Office of International Studies Jenna Graff said the study abroad fair will showcase hundreds of study abroad, study away, student exchange, service-learning abroad and intern abroad opportunities for

first-year through graduate students. The programs that will be showcased vary in time from a few weeks to a semester or to a full year. Graff said it’s important that students attend the study abroad fair so they can get to know all of the study abroad and study away opportunities that the University has to offer. “The fair is the best place to learn what the full array of opportunities look like and will help students who are just beginning to explore

options.” Graff said. The fair will provide information on costs, financial aid, course options, program timing and more. Graff said what students get out of their study abroad experience differs for everyone, but many of the students experience a lot of growth during their time away. “Most students report that they grow personally in a way that they don’t believe they could have grown without the experience and that they see the world in a way that they could not have en-

visioned prior to their experience,” Graff said. UWO junior Olivia Downs said she had a great experience studying abroad on the Australia and New Zealand Leadership and Culture program for three weeks last January. She was enrolled in Liberal Studies 331. “It’s such a resume-building, personality-building experience,” Downs said. “You grow a ton. You become so humble by seeing the world around you.” Downs also said she encourages fellow students to

keep an open mind about study abroad. “A lot of students walk in [the Office of International Studies] thinking that nothing’s gonna work for them or it’s gonna be too expensive or it won’t fit with their major, but you’d be surprised by the amount of programs that are offered [and] how reasonable things can be as well,” Downs said. UWO junior Cassie Xiong said she hasn’t had the opportunity to study abroad yet, but she’s looking for programs.

“I just think it’s a great opportunity while we’re in an undergrad because for the most part it’s a lot cheaper than going by yourself or in a grad program or something like that,” Xiong said. “So definitely making sure to go to the study abroad fairs, contacting any study abroad counselors or advisers or things like that and also just listening to the experiences of other students that go abroad. They’re always amazing, and it definitely makes me very envious of them.”

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LEFT: Cutouts of Oshkosh residents during World War I are displayed on the third floor of Reeve Memorial Union. RIGHT: Monika Hohbein presents at a World War I event.

UW Oshkosh remembers World War I events by Max Honzik

A World War I centennial event takes place Oct. 2 through Oct. 4 at UW Oshkosh featuring faculty presentations, which examine the time period through many different lenses including art, culture, language and history, ranging from global to local perspectives. According to CNN, this centennial event marks 100 years since the end of World War I, a war that pitted the victorious Allied Powers against the Central Powers in a four-year-long struggle resulting in an estimated 8.5 million casualties. The United States entered the war in April of 1917 and brought an end to the war one year and six months later. Oshkosh Public Museum Board member and history professor Gabriel Loiacono said the desire for such

an event came from a museum board meeting. The centennial is a partnership between the Oshkosh Public Museum and UWO with presentations taking place at the museum and on campus. According to art historian and UWO professor Susan Maxwell, an event like this is worth commemorating. “We remember this war for the major effect it had on society,” Maxwell said. “A lot of things happening today are the direct outcome of that war.” Loiacono said various community members including professors and the mayor of Oshkosh expressed interest in supporting a centennial event to commemorate World War I. “We wanted to get the University involved to showcase the expertise of various community members,” Loiacono said. Loiacono said this expertise comes

from a number of different fields, which is illustrated by the diversity of content the centennial offers. “A lot of my colleagues know a lot about this period,” Loiacono said. “We have a few historians, an art historian, a musicologist, an art professor, a biologist and a couple of literature professors all talking about their different disciplinary perspectives.” Biology professor Teri Shors is giving a presentation on the tragic influenza outbreak of 1918, the year the war ended. In 2001, Shors conducted a study to examine how a particularly deadly influenza strain in 1918 impacted Oshkosh. “It was a horrible strain,” Shors said. “We’ve never seen anything like it before. It spread person to person really well.” Shors said she was inspired to do the study after watching a PBS documen-

tary on the 1918 influenza outbreak. Shors said the study incorporated work from the biology, anthropology and psychology departments, all working to research how the flu of 1918 impacted Oshkosh from different disciplinary perspectives. “I actually went to the courthouse and spent three days there just writing down the names of everyone that had died in Winnebago County,” Shors said. Shors said she is convinced the 1918 influenza outbreak was a strong contributor to the end of World War I. Shors also said the flu hit Oshkosh in two waves and caused schools to close for two months. “Can you imagine?” Shors said. “Oshkosh even had a curfew; bars would close at 5. It was like a ghost town.” Maxwell is giving a presentation titled “Art from the Trenches: German

Artists and World War I” to give an art history perspective to World War I. Maxwell said she plans to cover artists in World War I to highlight the impact the war had on not only artists, but the culture of the time. “War affects culture in really important ways,” Maxwell said. “It’s not just art or music or literature responding to the events but actually being changed by it.” When looking at historical events through the arts, Maxwell said people can better understand the relationship between how art is both affected by history and how it shapes history. “A quote that I am planning on using in my presentation reflects the relationship perfectly,” Maxwell said. “[Bertolt Brecht] said, ‘Art is not a mirror to reflect reality but a hammer with which to shape it.’”

Entrepreneurs to pitch ideas by Bailey McClellan UW Oshkosh is hosting the Elevator Pitch Contest and the Lucas Spivey and the Mobile Incubator event Oct. 17 at the Music Hall Auditorium to help student entrepreneurs bring their visions to life. The event, which will be hosted collaboratively by the art department, the Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the UWO management and human resources department, will start with the Elevator Pitch Contest at 6:30 p.m. and end with a presentation by serial entrepreneur Lucas Spivey at 7:30 p.m. At the Elevator Pitch Contest, each participant will have 90 seconds to pitch their idea to a panel of judges. The winner will receive $1,000 to be used toward their business and earn a guaranteed spot in this year’s Business Model Competition. Dan Brosman, program manager of Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, said the contest’s judges will focus on certain criteria to determine the viability of each pitch. “The biggest thing they’re going to be looking for is what’s the problem, how are you going to solve it and is there a market that’s going to buy this? And they’re also just looking for a great presenta-

tion,” Brosman said. Brosman said the event welcomes spectators and is a good source of inspiration for students interested in entrepreneurship. “It’s really cool to see these students coming up with these really neat, creative ideas,” Brosman said. “It’s something that maybe can inspire them to pursue as far as becoming an entrepreneur or getting involved with the different programs.” Brosman said following the contest, Spivey will share his experiences traveling with Mobile Incubator, a reconditioned camper from the 1950s with a contemporary interior design. Spivey will then share his experiences traveling across the United States to discover thriving artists and organizations. “What he does is he travels around the United States in this mobile incubator,” Brosman said. “And he goes around and he speaks on cultural entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and he helps people, specifically artists, performers, writers, designers, with any business objectives they have and that they want to accomplish.” According to Brosman, Spivey will then be posted outside of Polk Library to talk to students on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 2 to 4 p.m. “It’s really just for students to come in and drop in and say,

‘Hi, what are you doing?’” Brosman said. “They’re going to see this little camper kind of just sat up over by the library, and it’ll be kind of a neat conversation starter, but he’s also willing to meet with people one-on-one with any ideas that they might have specifically within art, design, writing world and possibly help them with getting connected with people he knows.” Brosman said events like this help students refine their business ideas for bigger contests and serve as a stepping stones for many to bring their ideas to life. One example is alumnus Evan Freimuth, who founded Venture Wisconsin, an online service dedicated to promoting businesses and events in the Fox Valley. Freimuth said when he participated in the 2016 Elevator Pitch Contest, his business plan for Venture Wisconsin was rough. “My idea was too broad and untested, which caused me trouble in the pitch,” Freimuth said. “When I moved on to the Business Model Competition, the stakes were higher, and the crowd and prospect of a longer pitch was much more intimidating. I killed the opening, the whole crowd laughed at my joke, and then it all fell apart. I spent a minute in silence before bringing it back together.” Freimuth said he learned


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Burglaries rise near campus by Nikki Brahm The Oshkosh Police Department is warning students to lock their doors in light of recent burglaries surrounding UW Oshkosh. According to a news release issued by the City of Oshkosh Police Department, there have been nine burglaries and three attempted burglaries since Sept. 9. Unlocked cars and houses have been targeted, typically at night. Oshkosh Police Department officer Kate Mann said Wednesday that they are unable to provide additional information because the investigation is still ongoing. “We continue to investigate the burglaries and urge citizens to remember to lock their cars and homes to prevent additional burglaries from occurring,” Mann said. “We ask that people report anything suspicious and re-

port if they have had anything stolen from them.” The University Police sent out Titan Alerts to notify students of the recent burglaries. University Police Capt. Chris Tarmann also said locking homes is important to stop thefts from happening. “But then communicating within a house is important,” he said. “With a lot of these off-campus houses, there are four to nine residents that maybe don’t all understand each other and what their schedules [are] like and what’s going on. It’s about communicating.” Tarmann also said it’s important to be alert when moving around campus. “When you’re in your house, be alert to what’s around you,” Tarmann said. “If you hear weird noises at your house, like something in a garage or something outside your window, check it out. And if you’re concerned as to what it may be, give the police a call and we

can check it out and see what it is.” Tarmann also said it is a good idea to turn on porch lights at night. “It is typically dark when these situations are happening, but do you have a light that you could have replaced or turned on?” Tarmann said. UWO sophomore Annabella Lee said she is anxious about the burglaries because she lives close to campus and she knows that’s where the burglaries have occurred. “I’ve been trying to go home as early as I can before it gets dark and just making sure that I always lock my door before I leave and making sure my roommates always lock the door; I’m very adamant about that,” Lee said. “I also carry pepper spray. I know that they’re just robbing houses, but we also had that incident earlier this year with the people robbing people walking down the street, so I’ve been extra cautious.”

Students learn about new technologies, gain career advantages

by Joe Schulz

UW Oshkosh hosted the inaugural TechTalk, an event designed to educate students about new technologies being used in northeastern Wisconsin. The event featured three keynote speakers: product manager at QBE Insurance Matthew David, who talked about blockchains; information systems professor Ivor Addo, who talked about artificial intelligence; and principal technologies consultant at Skyline Technologies Greg Levenhagen, who discussed virtual and augmented reality. Information systems professor and

event coordinator John Muraski said the goal of the TechTalk was to inform the audience of new technologies and skills necessary to be competitive in the job market. “The big takeaway is that this new technology is right here in Northeast Wisconsin; students can pick up some extra classes or focus their education to work at these companies and use this technology,” Muraski said. “Whether we want it or not, there are more and more companies in Northeast Wisconsin that are very quickly beginning to adopt these new technologies, beyond what we even might have thought.” Muraski said the event was sponsored by northeastern Wisconsin Infor-

mation Technologies Alliance, a nonprofit organization designed to ensure that students have the skills necessary to work in IT. “There’s a huge gap in the United States, across the Midwest and specifically across northeastern Wisconsin, in folks that have technology skills,” Muraski said. During his presentation David explained how blockchains invented the cryptocurrency Bitcoin and how blockchain is being used by businesses to make the supply chain more transparent for consumers. Bitcoin is a form of electronic currency that made headlines in 2017 when people began heavily investing in it.

According to David, Wisconsin companies have begun heavily investing in blockchain programs. During his presentation Addo said dystopian science-fiction stories portraying the horrors of artifical intelligence have gone wrong and have skewed public perceptions of artificial intelligence. “AI is a way to enable people to accomplish more by collaborating with smart software,” Addo said. During his presentation, Levenhagen explained the differences between virtual reality and augmented reality and how augmented reality could revolutionize the way that workers complete tasks.

“Businesses are investing heavily in augmented reality; the financial sector is the only sector that hasn’t,” Levenhagen said. Muraski said most students think that new technologies are exclusively on the West Coast, but they are in Wisconsin as well. “There are skills that you can learn at the colleges and universities right here in northeast Wisconsin,” Muraski said. The director of NEW IT Alliance, Kim Iversen, said technology skills are more crucial now than ever before. “IT is the foundation on which all of our companies reside today,” Iversen TECH TALK,


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UWO students worried about budget cuts Classes cut across majors annoys students and may make it difficult to graduate on time special education major, said it makes scheduling classes harder for students. “There’s less options to fit In January 2018, UW Osthem in your schedule,” Mohkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said he wanted to rales said. “It’s kind of hard decrease the University’s when you’re trying to figure budget by $9.5 million in out your whole plan until the next two years by cutting graduation.” Religious studies professpending, leading to classes sor Dr. Kathleen Corley said being cut across majors. Students registering for the decrease in classes no classes have noticed these longer provides a wide range of choices to students. changes. “It is of course difficult UWO sophomore and anfor students who no longer thropology major Elashia Cartagena,said it can be an- have the breadth of coursnoying to not have certain es in the humanities,” Corclasses available when reg- ley said. “Also, budget cuts have made it necessary for istering. the college “It’s kind I feel like if you’re to charge tuof irritatgoing to cut classes, ition for ining,” Cartterim coursagena said. people are just going to es.” “When I go to the bigger univerInterim first read sities because of more courses were the site, I funding. previously was reading — Elashia Cartagena included in about some UW Oshkosh sophomore the cost for of the classboth fall and es and then spring seI was told, ‘Oh, we don’t have those mesters. Corley said the religious anymore.’” UWO freshman Jina Lee studies major is currently on said although she hasn’t de- suspension. That suspension could becided her major yet, cutting classes can prevent students come permanent after five from exploring different ma- years if not enough courses are offered to meet the needs jors. “I feel like it’s not really of religious studies majors. Corley said although there fair to students who want to is this dilemma, she isn’t expand into other areas of worried that the program their learning,” Lee said. UWO senior Jennifer Mo- will be cut completely. “I feel that we have the rales, a dual elementary and

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support of the chancellor, who would make the ultimate decision about any potential dissolution of the religious studies program,” Corley said. Morales said cut classes could be one of the factors leading to students taking longer to graduate, and they should be aware of that. “First they said I was only going to be here five years; now it’s five and a half,” Morales said. “So it’s not ideal that we want to be here for longer, but sometimes if that’s what you want to do, you’re going to stay here longer to finish it.” Morales, however, said she understands that some people hope to get done in four years.

“I know people want to be in and out in four years,” Morales said. “I have friends that have actually transferred because it would have taken longer here than at other schools.” Cartagena said graduation time could go either way with classes and majors being affected by the budget cuts. “It possibly could take longer just because of what you all have to go through,” Cartagena said. “But also it could speed it up because you know exactly what you need. It’s like a double-edged sword.” For future students, the potential to have classes for their major cut could be a deterrent for choosing to attend

UWO. “I think they might end up wanting to reconsider coming here, especially if that happens,” Lee said. Cartagena said cutting classes could lead to a decrease in new students at the University. “I feel like if you’re going to cut classes, people are just going to go to the bigger universities because of more funding,” Cartagena said. “So if they cut the way the school is now, I don’t think a lot of people would want to go here anyway.” Morales said future students need to be aware of the potential to be here longer but to look at the positives of the school. “You have to be aware of


what you are getting out of the program because honestly I’ve heard good things about every single program here at Oshkosh,” Morales said. Corley said the cuts, although difficult at times, are necessary to ensure the University can continue to run. “The school has been in financial crisis for some time,” Corley said. “It is best for the students to have UWO remain open with cuts that need to be made, rather than closing.” Although these budget cuts are necessary, the University needs to look at how students are affected and how it could affect future enrollment.

Video games aren’t Gen ed classes should be expanded a cause of violence

by Courtney Schuna Courtney Schuna is a senior English major. Her views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. Video games have been debated for some time now. Some people believe they are beneficial, but others believe they cause more harm than good. Some people even go as far to say that video games cause violent behavior. According to studies by researchers at the University of York, video games do not cause violent behavior. “The findings suggest that there is no link between these kinds of realism in games and the kind of effects that video games are commonly thought to have on their players,” University of York researchers said. According to the article by Jessica Conditt, “For the People in the Back: Video Games don’t cause violence,” there is evidence that suggests video games help to reduce crime

and violent behavior. “An economic study published in February 2016 found a reduction in crime in the weeks after major video game releases,” Conditt said. “A handful of similar studies conducted from a range of perspectives have come to the same conclusion.” UW Oshkosh Women’s Center Program Assistant Eliza Farrow said video games create a desensitization toward violence rather than being the cause of violence. Farrow said video games could be used as a treatment for various ailments like anxiety or PTSD. “Some games directly look at mental health issues, and that can help people not only learn about them but show other people that you’re not alone,” Farrow said. Video games are more than an outlet for entertainment; they provide a way for people to escape their problems for a brief amount of time. “‘Depression Quest’ and ‘Hellblade’ do a really good job showing psychosis,” Farrow said. “‘Life is Strange’ shows lots of bullying issues and mental health.” Video games are another way you can learn to actively change how you think about things, get out of depression and accomplish your goals.” Overall, video games can cause desensitization to violence, but violent behavior caused by video games cannot be linked with scientific research.

by Jesse Szweda Jesse Szweda is a senior English major. His views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. General education classes are a significant part of the college experience, whether it’s history classes with the sleep-inducing power of a medical anesthetic or chemistry courses that induce tearful fits of panic before every exam. Life as a college student has its challenges, but nothing seems to compare to the demands of those infamous general education courses. General education classes cover the basic courses needed like math, science, history and English. Students have many complaints about general education classes, but one that certainly demands our attention is the question of difficulty. Is it possible that general education classes are unfairly difficult? And if they are, what can be done about it? General education classes, despite all the bad press, certainly have a place in our University system, and I’m not going to argue that they should be abolished. However, I do think we should be open to exploring ways to provide more choices and make general education classes more enjoyable for students.

When it comes to how universities can make general education classes more accessible to their students, much of the answer might lie in exactly that idea: creating more options. This might mean putting more effort into reducing class sizes so students can learn in an environment that works for them. It might also mean introducing more online study tools so students can get help for classes outside of normal tutoring hours. It might also mean offering more oneor two-credit classes so students can meet general education requirements over the course of several semesters instead of just one if that’s what they prefer. General education classes are frequently subject to criticism on college campuses, but it’s important to keep in mind that not all students view these courses in a negative light. UW Oshkosh senior Ali Hegle said she thinks that general education classes can help students figure out what they want to study. “I think it’s so common for students to think they know what they want to go to school for and then they start doing it and realize they don’t like it,” Hegle said. “And if you didn’t force someone to explore a little bit in other areas, they’d be very stuck not knowing.” UWO senior Alex Novak said he also sees the value of general education classes and that they play a crucial role in the well-being of our society as a whole. “Learning about our political system, about history, about all that kind of stuff, I think is important for advancement, progression, for everybody,” Novak said. Clearly, general education classes have their strengths. The idea of exposing students to a wide range of subjects for the purpose of broadening their perspective has long been a fundamental tenet of the University system’s mission and purpose.

However, none of this changes the fact that many students continue to struggle in these classes. In light of this reality, the case for possible alterations to the way these courses are organized and taught remains fair and reasonable. UWO sophomore Megan Olson said she believes that universities should be more sensitive to learning differences between students and that putting more effort into reducing class sizes could be one way to make general education classes easier for students. “People learn differently,” Olson said. “I don’t learn well in pit classes at all. It’s very hard to concentrate in an hourand-a-half-long pit class when you’re stuck between people, and people can’t find seats.” Despite the difficulties associated with meeting the needs of students, Olson said she thinks that universities are capable of creating more options for how students can complete their general education classes. “I know it’s hard for a university; you can’t cater to everybody,” Olson said. “But they should have more options, especially for a general education course.” These improvements don’t always come easily, but the possibilities truly are endless. If universities can remain open to finding new ways to help their students in their studies, those students might just come to believe that general education classes aren’t that bad after all.


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Farmers market stresses sustainability customers are getting the freshest produce, pesticide free. Creekside Aquaponics, Neenah, grows plants in the water that has been used to cultivate fish. “Every vegetable we have is grown without soil,” said Kaily Cooper and Donna Fritz from Creekside Aquaponics. Fruits and vegetables weren’t all that the market provided. There was even a popsicle stand called Fox Pop. Brandon Pannier from Fox Pop said that all their popsicles are

by Kylie Balk-Yaatenen Sodexo sponsored a Farmers Market at Reeve Memorial Union on Sept. 27. All the businesses in attendance had one thing in common: sustainability. Many of the vendors had lots of sustainability strategies that makes their produce different. A representative of Midwest Foods said they source their products from local vendors and Amish farms to make sure their

homemade and free from dyes and artificial sweeteners, and they taste fresh. The students who attended were excited about the fresh produce and interesting beef jerky. UW Oshkosh students said there was a lot of natural food. “Fresh food is hard to find on campus, so it was nice to have access to organic and healthy foods from smaller businesses,” UWO student Jordan Andell said.

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ABOVE: A customer completes a purchase made at the Farmers Market held at Reeve Memorial Union. BOTTOM RIGHT: UWO freshman Emma Pynenberg poses for an Instagram photo.

comings in her original plan. ITCH “The reason I didn’t win the pitch FROM PAGE contest was that I didn’t have a developer for my app, and when the Busia lot from the experience, and it inspired ness Model Contest rolled around, I had him to get more serious about his busi- found someone to develop my app,” ness plan. Abbie said. “This allowed me to have “After that, I applied for the accelera- more confidence and assurance, knowtor program with the [Center for Entre- ing that I had a more solid plan for the preneurship and Innovation] and con- judges to get on board with.” nected with a mentor in Green Bay ...” Merrill said her advice to students Freimuth said. “This was all about 18 who are considering competing in the months ago, and since then I’ve made competition is to take the leap. over 50 videos, a few videos receiving “Whatever fear or reasons that you over 20,000 views. Our audience had have created in your head from stopgrown from nothing at the time to 5,000 ping you from entering the contest, people across different platforms.” take a step back and realize that if you Another example is Abbie Merrill, already have an idea, there should be who placed second and won $10,000 in nothing stopping you,” Merrill said. the 2016 Business Model Contest with “When you create an idea, it is your her idea for In Our Hands, an app that duty to yourself to follow through beallows people to stay informed on up- cause you have the spirit of someone coming or passed legislature and con- who wants to create and change ... tact their representatives. When you put yourself out there to be Merrill said participating in the El- judged, you never know who is goevator Pitch Contest earlier that year ing to be there and they just might see helped her to identify and address short- your idea too.” to employers who could we are approaching ethical ECH ALK hire them out of school or boundaries, like should we FROM PAGE or shouldn’t we step over as interns.” UW Oshkosh informa- them?” Iversen said. “If we tion systems student Isaac step over them, they need said.“Things that had tradi- Xiong said the Tech Talk to understand what the retionally been in the IT de- gave students an important percussions are.” partment but are now mov- opportunity to see what Muraski said it’s iming out more and more into technology employers use. portant that students unthe business departments.” “I think stuff like this is derstand the technology Iversen said the really important because they use in the workforce TechTalk allowed students employers let us know is very different than the to see new technologies what’s going on,” Xiong technology they use for that aren’t exclusive to said. “We don’t really think leisure. Silicon Valley, the nation’s things like AI or virtual re“We’re so used to havleader in high technology, ality are being used. We ing technology literally in innovation and social me- think it’s so futuristic, but our hands that it becomes dia. it isn’t; it’s happening right synonymous with ‘I com“So many local compa- now.” pletely understand technies are using blockchain, Iversen said students nology,’” Muraski said. “I artificial intelligence and understanding their rela- think we are sometimes virtual reality today in tionships to technology is missing the fact that the manufacturing sites and crucial. technology we hold in sales floors,” Iversen said. “It’s important that stu- our hand is part of a larger “The Tech Talk helps ex- dents understand how the technology infrastructure pose students to see what’s technology works so they that exists in a plethora of here. It helps connect them can make decisions when types of technology.”


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UWO tennis suffers loss to UW-Whitewater


ABOVE: Junior Monica Micoliczyk reaches to return a ball hit by her opponent, UW-Whitewater’s Elise Ha, on Tuesday. BELOW: Doubles partners junior Alyssa Leffler and freshman Michelle Spicer congratulate each other on winning a rally. by Billy Piotrowski The UWO tennis team beat UW-River Falls 8-1 and fell to the reigning Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions, UW-Whitewater, 9-0 over the past week. Due to a rainy forecast, the match against UW-Whitewater was moved to Oshkosh North High School, where the Warhawks swept the Titans 9-0. Head coach Robert Henshaw said he was impressed with the way the Titans played given their current situation. “We have a couple injuries right now, so nearly everybody on the team played out of position; they mostly played up,” Henshaw said. “But that being said to have two players take a set off of this team, we played tough and competed really hard.” UWO freshman Michelle Spicer put up a fight as she pushed UW-Whitewater’s No. 3 opponent, Madeline Slicker, but still dropped the game, 6-7, 6-3. Henshaw said that the scorecard doesn’t always tell the full story of how a match went.

“Sometimes scores aren’t always reflective of how close a match actually is,” Henshaw said. “My five player today lost 2-1, and she was out there for nearly two hours. Those games were obviously very close. If we can translate and win the big point, if we can win break points and game points as opposed to going to Deuce, then we’re doing great things.” The matches against River Falls were close as each player had to battle to come away with the 8-1 team victory. UWO juniors Alyssa Leffler and Samantha Koppa, Spicer, junior Monica Micoliczyk and senior Ashlee Polena all earned victories for the Titans against the Falcons. Looking ahead, the Titans have a quick two-day turnaround and will face UW-Stevens Point on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Stevens Point. The WIAC gauntlet continues as Oshkosh faces UWStout (Friday, Oct. 12) and UW-Eau Claire (Saturday, Oct. 13) before the WIAC Championship in Madison on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, to close out the fall season.


ABOVE: Junior Alyssa Leffler serves a ball to her opponent. LEFT: Freshman Michelle Spicer and Leffler won WIAC Tennis Player of the Week for their efforts against River Falls.

Five Oshkosh athletes earn weekly awards

UWO volleyball loses to UW-Eau Claire by Shelby Howe UW Oshkosh volleyball lost to UWEau Claire on Friday, Sept. 28 in Kolf Sports Center. The Blugolds defeated the Titans with set scores of 25-18, 2513 and 25-18. UWO has lost two of the last five meetings with UW-Eau Claire. The Titans kept up with the Blugolds in the first set until the Blugolds led 169. A kill from junior Samantha Jaeke pulled the Titans within 19-18, but the Blugolds snatched the last six points of the set with back-to-back kills from UW-Eau Claire’s Madelyn Pashibin. In the second set, the Titans couldn’t catch up to the Blugolds 20-8 lead, which led to the set win. The third set was almost tied at 13-12 for the Titans, but was ultimately lost after the Blugolds set up a 18-12 advantage and led of the rest of the set. Sophomore Rebecca Doughty and

freshman Emma Kiekhofer had 15 and 12 assists, respectively for UWO. Freshman Taylor Allen and senior Carly Lemke each had seven kills apiece, while junior Rachel Gardner continues to lead the team in digs with 13 during the UW-Eau Claire game. Gardner said she focuses on each moment in order to make each set the best it can be. “The main thing I do that leads to success is that in each moment I try to improve on the littlest things; whether it is taking pace off of the ball, getting to my line or getting the ball to target with each dig I try to better what I do for the next one,” Gardner said. Head coach Jon Ellmann said despite the loss, the team has shown constant improvement since the beginning of the season. “There are a lot of aspects to each match,” Ellmann said. “We want to improve in all phases. There isn’t a day

that goes by where we don’t try to get better at everything that we do.” The loss dropped UWO to 9-9 on the season and 0-3 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings with four conference games to go before the WIAC championship starting Oct. 30. This was the Titans sixth 3-0 loss already this season after having only six all of last year. UWO also suffered a 3-0 setback at UW-Whitewater on Wednesday Sept. 26 and continues a stretch of three consecutive matches against nationally ranked teams next Friday, Oct. 5 at eighth-ranked Washington University in St. Louis. That game will be a part of the WashU Invitational where UW Oshkosh will also face Augustana College (Ill.) and Colorado College during the weekend.

by Neal Hogden Five UWO athletes were awarded a weekly honor last week. National- and statewide awards are given out to players excelling on the field or court during the week. For football, senior free safety Cole Yoder was recognized on’s Team of the Week for his effort in UWO’s 48-14 victory over UW-River Falls. Yoder recorded six total tackles while picking off two passes and breaking up another in the win. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Radavich earned Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football Player of the Week for completing 15 passes on 25 attempts for a career-high 300 yards and five touchdowns. Two tennis players were awarded the WIAC Women’s Tennis Singles and Doubles Athlete of the Week awards. Junior Alyssa Leffler and freshman Michelle Spicer won

their doubles match against Natalie Nelson and Delanie Otto from UW-River Falls. Leffler went on to beat Nelson in a singles match to propel the Titans to the victory. This was the first time the Titans swept tennis singles and doubles tennis awards since 2011. For golf, Hannah Braun won the Mad Dawg Invitational hosted by UW-Stevens Point last weekend to secure the WIAC Golfer of the Week award. This award is Braun’s third award of the sort as she won the Titan Classic and placed seventh at the Wartburg Invitational earlier this year.

UWO quarterback reflects on strong start to season, career

by Evan Moris UW Oshkosh sophomore and starting quarterback, Kyle Radavich, was named the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football Athlete of the Week for his performance against UW-River Falls. Radavich threw for a career-high 300 yards and five touchdowns against UW-River Falls and said he has never had a game quite like this in his football career. “In high school I threw for 360 yards once,” Radavich said. “I had three touchdowns a couple times, but five

touchdowns is the most I’ve ever had.” Radavich was splitting time early in the season with teammate Johnny Duranso when Duranso went down with an injury at the first game of the season, and Radavich saw his opportunity. “I had a feeling that I would play at Carthage,” Radavich said. “They were trying to get us both to play to see who would start come conference time. Then [Duranso] got hurt and tried to keep playing. I got a couple series and we really didn’t do anything. It was a really boring offensive game for us at Carthage. I tried to prepare like I was the starter every game. When I got my

shot, I tried to take advantage of it.” Radavich got his first career start this year against Davenport University, a team with 35 Division I transfers. Radavich’s debut didn’t go as well as he hoped. “The 35 D-I transfers got to me,” Radavich said. “I kind of made us think about it. It was lack of experience that freaked me out a little bit. I got into my head and didn’t trust everyone else.” A week later Radavich had another shot versus a D-II opponent against Lincoln University in Missouri. “[I was] more comfortable in the pocket,” Radavich said. “[There is]

more chemistry with the guys every week. Being able to play with these guys helps a lot. Getting the main reps helps. Get the confidence that I was the guy.” After his successful game against Lincoln University, Radavich was named as the WIAC Football Athlete of the Week. With a bye week following the Lincoln game, Radavich had an opportunity to build chemistry with his offense. “We have a lot of young guys playing,” Radavich said. “The more reps we get; the more comfortable we get in our offense, the system. Changing things

up and seeing what works helped a lot. Extra reps against our defense, which is obviously really good help.” Radavich said he and the Titan offense used the bye week to their advantage to blow the doors off UW-River Falls, 48-14. Radavich will be under this weekend versus UW-Whitewater. The rambunctious Perkins Stadium crowd in Whitewater has Radavich excited for his first game against the rival Warhawks this Saturday, Oct. 6. “It’s a big stage, really big stadium,” Radavich said. “I think it will be a lot of fun, I’m excited.”

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Radavich, Yoder shine versus UW-River Falls by Evan Moris



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The UW Oshkosh football team opened up conference play in winning fashion on Saturday, rolling over UW-River Falls 42-14. The Titans dominated the game from start to finish on both sides of the football. The Titans’ defense intercepted the Falcons five times, forced one fumble and only allowed 14 total points. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Radavich and the UWO offense compiled a whopping 567 yards from scrimmage. Radavich threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns. In addition, running back Mitch Gerhartz carried the ball 21 times for 122 yards. In the opening drive of the game, the Falcons drove the ball to the Titan 8-yard line. UW-River Falls attempted a 25-yard field goal and missed wide left. UWO took possession at their own 20-yard line. On only five plays, Radavich marched the Titan offense down the field 80 yards to connect with wide receiver Riley Kallas on a 56-yard pitch-and-catch to put the Titans up 7-0. The Titans and Falcons traded possessions five times after the first UWO touchdown. The Titans were able to march down the field once again late in the first quarter on their fourth drive of the game. Radavich found Kallas once again for a 2-yard touchdown pass as the first quarter came to a close, 14-0 Titans. The Titans defensive back Cole Yoder intercepted Falcons quarterback Ben Beckman at the 12:17 mark in the second quarter, but the Titans were unable to capitalize on the turnover. After stopping the Titans and forcing a punt, the Falcons were able to get the ball back with 10 minutes left in the first half. Beckman put together a 9-play, 70-yard drive that was capped off by a 1-yard run by running back Anthony Silva to make the score 14-7. In the ensuing Titan drive, Radavich was intercepted at the Falcons 43-yard line. Four plays later, the Titans defense came up big once again, intercepting Beckman at their own 8-yard line and halting the UW-River Falls drive. The Titans looked to the ground on their final possession of the first half. Starting at their own 8-yard line, UWO ran six straight run plays for 44 yards. Radavich proceeded to complete two passes for 25 yards, a 10-yard rush and a 13-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Dom Todarello, putting the Titans up 21-7 with 31 seconds left in the half. The Titans kicked off to the Falcons who were able to return the ball to their own 39-yard line. Titans forced a third and short for the Falcons when Beckman connected with wide receiver Alex Herick on a 47-yard bomb to


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Senior defensive back Cole Yoder tackles Falcons ball carrier as Tyler Jensen (#43) and Brandon Hughes (#95) look on. Yoder tallied six tackles and two interceptions en route to a 48-14 victory. the UWO 7-yard line with five seconds remaining. On the next play, Beckman found Herick once again as time expired to make the score 21-14 heading into the half. Head coach Patrick Cerroni said he wasn’t worried about any possible momentum the Falcons had built before halftime. “Honestly I didn’t say a word,” Cerroni said. “I didn’t say nothing at half. We [the coaching staff] understand that college football is so different. The fact that the second half is where everything happens. First half really doesn’t mean much.” The second half was all Titans. UWO took the opening drive four plays, 68 yards in 1:42 ending with a 37-yard Radavich touchdown pass to Gerhartz, 28-14 Titans. Two possessions by UWO’s offense resulted in field goals by Titans kicker Peyton Peterson. The Titans’ lead grew to 34-14 entering the fourth. As the fourth quarter began, UWO was unstoppable on both sides of the ball. The first two offensive possessions resulted in touchdowns from Radavich and Max Nowinsky to put the Titans up 48-14. The Titans defense refused the Fal-

cons offense to anything in the fourth. They forced a fumble from Justin Kasuboski, one interception from Tyler Staerkel and a turnover on downs on the Falcons three possessions in the 4th quarter. Cerroni said he nods the success of his team in the conference opener to the preparation during the bye week. “You got two weeks to prepare for a team,” Cerroni said. “Finally, we must have done the right preparation. We did a good job; guys did a good job.” UWO linebacker Nick Noethe said the team took the bye week to get better. “Everyone thinks because it’s a bye week we just go through the motions and don’t have to practice that hard,” Noethe said. “It was actually the opposite of that. It was probably our best week of practice we’ve had all year.” UWO’s defense turned over the Falcons six times Saturday. Radavich said the defense gives the offense confidence when they take the field. “They’re [UWO defense] giving us a short field and getting off the field quick,” Radavich said. “We’re on the field a lot so we may as well score some points while we’re out there.” The Titans will head to UW-White-

water this weekend, and Cerroni said he is preparing the team the same as any other game. “We’ve been in a lot of big games as a coaching staff,” Cerroni said. “We have a group of players around here that have been in some seriously big games. We’ve recruited guys to be in big games. Just another week for us.” Radavich said the team is focused and excited for the game against their Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival. “I’m excited. I’ve never played against Whitewater myself,” Radavich said. “I’m not a senior who has played them for four years. It’s a different edge; it’s a different mindset. More focused.” In 2016, Perkins Stadium on the UW-Whitewater campus was host to 17,535 people, the largest Division-III crowd ever. Noethe said the crowd will be a factor only if the team allows it to be. “Not getting too high or low on good plays or bad plays,” Noethe said. “The crowd is going to be going nuts all game so we gotta maintain it.” The Titans face WIAC rival UW-Whitewater Saturday Oct. 6 at Perkins Stadium in Whitewater, WI.





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Golf wins Mad Dawg Invite, looks toward WIAC championship by Neal Hogden

The UW Oshkosh women’s golf team finished as champions at the Mad Dog Invite this last weekend. This is the Titans final match before the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship next week in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. The Mad Dawg Invitational pitted UWO against six other Wisconsin colleges this past weekend. Junior Hannah Braun led the charge for the Titans as she won the meet coming back

from a two-stroke deficit on the second day of the invite. Braun finished with a 157 on the weekend. For her efforts, Braun was awarded her third WIAC Golfer of the Week award this season. This is her second tournament victory of the year and it came at no better time as the team prepares for postseason play. The Titans out-shot conference foe UW-Stout by eight shots to win the invitational. Braun said even though they see conference opponents like Stout at a lot of the tournaments UWO goes to, their focus remains on playing the

best golf they can. I don’t think we ever will focus on battling with Stout,” Braun said. “Our focus is on our game and how we can improve and play the best golf we as a team can.” Braun said conference will be a battle but the Titans must focus on their own game instead of looking at how their opponents are doing. “Obviously conference will be incredibly close with Stout, Whitewater and ourselves, but our goal is never to beat them,” Braun said. “If we play to our ability and focus on our team, the rest will take care of itself.”

Senior Kayla Priebe took second to Braun by the slimmest of margins, shooting a 158 on the weekend. Priebe was consistent both days as she shot scores of 79 to help the Titans secure the victory. Priebe echoed Braun about the plan to stay focused and only worry about what they can control on the course. “Stout and Whitewater have been great competitors for us throughout my years as a Titan, and this year is no different,” Priebe said. “Our team’s plan for the season is to work hard in practice every week and try to improve at each tournament so that by confer-

ence we will be ready to play our best golf and have fun.” Junior Dianna Schiebe came home in 10th while freshmen Margherite Pettenuzzo and Erika Priebe finished 11th and 14th, respectively. Head coach Liza Ruetten said the girls work well together, which helps them help each other out. “The girls continue to play smart and are excelling at keeping their emotions in check,” Ruetten said. “Their team dynamic also allows them to rely upon one another during the two rounds of the tourney. 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 way the team can succeed is if the team as a whole shoots well. “The key to winning for the team is to have four of the five reaching their individual goals and ideally all five,” Ruetten said. “If each hits their individual goals, the team will come out on top.” The WIAC championship held at Reedsburg Country Club in Reedsburg, Wisconsin will start at noon on Friday, Oct. 6 and continues at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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Titans finish strong in recent races UW Oshkosh women took 10th and the men took 17th at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational as well as first at the Roy Griak Invitational last weekend


UWO sophomore Aaron Dorsey runs with a pack of competitors at the UW-Eau Claire meet. Dorsey finished in 272 out of 430 runners. by Billy Piotrowski The UW Oshkosh cross-country teams competed in multiple races last weekend. The men ran a split squad between Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, and the women ran on the 28th. The men and women on Friday ran in the UWEau Claire Blugold Invitational. The men placed 17th out of 29 teams overall, and the women placed 10th out of 25 in their respective races. The men were down eight of their top runners due to the Roy Griak Invitational being on the 29th. Despite being down, head coach Eamon McKenna said he was very pleased with the men’s performance on Friday. “We weren’t concerned with our team finish on Friday, but were more focused on our men running with purpose, competing as a group and chasing personal records,” McKenna said. “The group that competed at Eau Claire on Friday had a good day overall. Justin Skinkis led the way with a very strong effort, running his second-best

time ever. Fabian Salinas had his best race ever, as did Kiernan Koepke and Parker Scheld. Those four in particular, I was very pleased with -- they demonstrated a lot of focus and an ability to get out of their comfort zone. Zach Molland, Bob Szymanski, Collin Borazo and Aaron Dorsey also had strong efforts.” Salinas finished 101st in the Blugold Invitational with a time of 26:54.3. Salinas said the youth of the team and how they continue to support and push each other the way they do has been a key so far this season. “We are are a younger team and hope to push one other for the benefit of the overall team,” Salinas said. “We host nationals this year and we have big goals as a team, but we know we have to continue to improve on a daily basis to achieve them.” On the women’s side of the Blugold Invitational, the Titans finished 10th and achieved new personal records. McKenna said the women had an impressive performance and continue to improve every race.

Soccer snaps losing streak by Evan Moris The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team went 1-1 last week after being shut out by UW-La Crosse and defeating UW-Whitewater on Wednesday by a score of 2-0. The Titans snapped their five-game losing streak on Wednesday after scoring the only two goals of the match in the second half against UW-Whitewater, giving UWO a 2-0 victory. UWO defender Tory Schumann and forward Kylee Brown both found the back of the net for the Titans. Both goals were unassisted. Schumann, who scored her first goal of the season, scored the first point of the match in the 80th minute. Brown finished the Warhawks off with a goal in the 89th minute of the match.

The Titans opened their Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play with a 5-0 loss to UW-La Crosse on Sunday, Sept. 29. UW-La Crosse, the defending WIAC champions, gained an early lead with the first goal scored just three minutes into the game by Eagles’ forward Cassie Handrick. Margaret Harings then scored for the Eagles at minute 14 of the game. The Eagles’ Natalie Herzog added to the Eagles’ score in the game’s 64th minute (63:14) and Maya Schmitt in the 65th (64:29). The Eagles closed their scoring on a goal by Hannah Beech with five minutes remaining. UWO attempted seven shots, three of which were defended by the Eagles’ goalkeeper, Lily Brock. UWO goalkeeper Erin Toomey stopped six of UW-


La Crosse’s shots. Sophomore Mallory Knight took four of the Titans’ seven shots. UWO midfielder Maddie Morris said with conference play beginning, the team can’t worry about where they stand. “While [conference standing] is important for WIAC play, we have a lot of games left,” Morris said. “There is no reason to fret our results now and worry about the end of October.” Morris said the Titans need to forget about the past and focus on winning conference games one at a time. “While it would be nice to be higher up in the standings, it’s only been one game in WIAC, so there is room to climb,” Morris said. UWO soccer continues WIAC play when they host UW-Stout on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. in J. J. Keller field at Titan Stadium.

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“The women also had some great performances,” McKenna said. “Evlyn Noone led the way, and she continues to grow as a competitor. Each week she learns to be more confident and to compete with better focus. She ran a personal record and finished with a top-10 finish to win an award. Amanda Van Den Plas continues to grow with each race, and she ran her best race ever. Hannah Lohrenz has shown a lot more confidence in her sophomore season, and each week she is working on being more aggressive. Megan Berg, Allie Chen, Melissa Srnka and Sydney Fricke also had strong performances for the women.” Noone finished eighth with a time of 22:17.5, only 11.5 seconds off the lead. Noone said not only improving during practice, but also improving mentally and physically and staying focused on recovery days has been important. “The hard work we have been putting in during workouts and even taking those recovery days seriously is contributing to our ongoing success,” Noone said. “We do a lot of extra exercise outside of just running at practice, which helps us build

strength. I think our mental toughness is improving as well as a team, which is helping during races as well.” Van Den Plas, who finished with a time 23:29.8, said the team has been able to keep a good mindset through the early stages of the season. “This year our team has been doing a great job of staying positive,” Van Den Plas said. “With all the ups and downs we have had in the past, we have learned and are trying to better ourselves every week.” On the following day, Saturday, Sept. 29, eight of Oshkosh’s top runners traveled to the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational. While there, the Titans won their fourth-consecutive Division III Roy Griak Invitational Championship with 34 points. McKenna talked about the strength and challenge of the competition and how the underclassmen were able to secure the victory. “Fortunately, our underclassmen continue to grow as a group in confidence and focus,” McKenna said. “Our top three are all sophomores. Lucas Weber and Michael Juarez ran very aggressive races, and they held on to finish strong. Cody Chadwick ran with patience and demonstrated a strong ability to close. Andrew Muskevitsch and Steven Potter, both freshmen, rounded out our scoring. Muskevitsch was very strong in the middle of the race, which helped our group move forward, and Steven displayed a phenomenal finishing kick to seal our team’s victory. We were happy to set a Griak record by winning our fourth consecutive title there.” Bethel University finished second in the Invitational with 45 points. As the Titans look forward to this Saturday, Oct. 6 against Lawrence University, McKenna said he wants the team to better themselves physically and mentally as the season enters its second month. “Our mantras this season are ‘better every day’ and ‘run for each other,’” McKenna said. “We will continue to focus on these things. As a team, we want to be strong in the classroom, positive with each other and focused on our task each day, whether that be running mileage, being attentive to hydration and nutrition and being consistent with our additional exercises, lifting, etc.” McKenna said the team has a big week of workouts ahead of them and will sit out some of their top runners at the Gene Davis Invitational hosted by Lawrence University in order to gear up for a strong showing at our home meet, the UW Oshkosh Kollege Town Sports Invitational, which is doubling as the Pre-National Meet.


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