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Former UWO student may be forced to destroy professor’s investigative report by Christina Basken A former UW Oshkosh student who was news editor of the Advance-Titan may be forced to destroy an investigative report into a former UWO business professor Willis Hagen’s behavior after the UW Oshkosh record custodian mistakenly provided the document without redactions. Alex Nemec, who graduated in December 2017, could face a restraining order and permanent injunction, prohibiting him from

“publicizing, printing, or sharing, in any manner, whether verbally, in writing, or otherwise, the contents of those portions of the records subject to redaction and furthering order Nemec to delete and destroy any and all copies” of the records. On Oct. 4, the Department of Justice filed an emergency motion to reopen the matter and a motion for injunction after learning the documents were released without redactions. Hagen’s attorney, Peter Culp of Dempsey Law Firm, LLP, wrote a letter to the judge in full support of the

motion. A telephone conference has been scheduled for Oct. 19 in Branch 6 of the Winnebago County Circuit Court. Hagen was mysteriously removed from one of his classes early in the spring 2017 semester and students were told the class was canceled. His course load was redistributed and other teachers took over those classes. The Advance-Titan subsequently filed a Freedom of Information Act request. On May 3, 2017, Hagen went

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COLS full-time profs forced to teach more


The annual Run With Cops 5K kicked off on Pearl Ave. at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. on UWO campus. For more photos and the story, see A2

UWO professor sues Board of Regents

Ex-art prof faces sex claims 5 years late

by Christina Basken A former UW Oshkosh art student is demanding a trial and a finding of unlawful sex discrimination and sexual harassment against a former UW Oshkosh assistant professor of art. According to a criminal complaint filed Oct. 3 in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Michael Beitz violated university sexual harassment and consensual relationship policies that occurred over a period of three years with the former student. Beitz was 13 years older than the student and married. According to Beitz, he had an open relationship with his wife and she was OK with his actions, yet he directed the student to keep

their relationship a secret. According to the complaint, the defendant, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, took no formal action against Beitz, but instead allowed him to finish out the semester teaching art after the student reported Beitz when the relationship soured. Beitz was an employee at UWO from September 2011 until June 2015 when he resigned and pursued a teaching position at the University of Colorado Boulder. According to CU Boulder strategic media relations Candace Smith, Beitz resigned from teaching there effective May 2019. CU Boulder stated they were unaware of the misconduct findings at UWO when they

by Christina Basken An independent board of directors announced on Monday the creation of a new alumni-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to raise money to support student scholarships and other needs. The Titan Alumni Foundation was created to raise money to support more than 16,000 students’ education at UW Oshkosh. It is a separate organization from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Founda-

tion, which has been in place since 1963. The UWOF continues to contribute to academic excellence for UWO students, but it is at the center of several court cases, including a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Both the TAF and the UWOF are separate and distinct legal entities from UWO and qualify as tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The TAF was proposed in fall of 2017, formed shortly after on Dec. 19, and available for student scholarships starting Sept.

by Neal Hogden The College of Letters and Science at UW Oshkosh is proposing to increase teaching loads in 2019-20 in an effort to overcome a $1 million budget shortfall. Under the plan, announced Wednesday morning by email to the COLS faculty and instructional academic staff, full-time professors on curriculum modifications must teach at least 21 credits in 2019-20 versus the 18 credits they currently teach. The plan comes as part of a series of budget cuts to deal with declining revenue, decreasing state funding and lowered enrollment numbers. Advocates of the move say it will allow the University to continue to offer a variety of classes while not laying off any fulltime faculty, while opponents say it will hurt student research opportunities and worsen faculty morale. A three-year recovery plan that was introduced last year called for the COLS to cut $1 million during the 2019-20 fis-

MICHAEL BEITZ hired him. The student was enrolled in classes taught by Beitz each semester from 2011 to 2013. She also worked as his sculpture studio assistant and as his personal assistant from March 2012 to June 2013. According to the criminal complaint, when Beitz first began teaching in 2011, he would go to local bars with students, ART, PAGE A2

by Calvin Skalet A UW Oshkosh associate English professor has filed a complaint to stop the release of a investigatory report requested by a “yet unidentified person” after allegedly telling that person to view the documents. Dr. James “Duke” Pesta has filed a lawsuit against the Board of Regents to prevent documents from being released. UWO records custodian and Chief of Staff Kate McQuillan said UWO English professor Roberta Maguire made the Freedom of Information Act request. Maguire acknowledged making the request after Pesta told her about quotes that were at-

tributed to her. “I filed [the open records request] under recommendation of Dr. Pesta,” Maguire said. “He told me that in the investigation of the complaint, there were things said that were attributed to me that didn’t sound like me.” Maguire said she’s concerned the statements in the investigation findings were misquoted. “He told me what he saw and I said, ‘Whoa, that doesn’t sound like me,’” Maguire said. “I was concerned about things that were being attributed to me that I didn’t say. I filed the open records request to get the copy of the investigation to see what was being attributed to me.” Maguire said the request was made earlier this year, and she

cal year. According to COLS Interim Dean Colleen McDermott, this is the second year in the three-year plan. “The first year of the cut is this year, academic year ’18’19, and the academic units cut 30 percent of their total share of the cut,” McDermott said. “The second year, ’19-’20, we’re supposed to do 50 percent of the cut. Then the third year would be 20 percent. Right now, we’re working on the cuts we need to make for ’19-’20, and that’s where this $1 million number comes in. That’s about half of the total cut that the College of Letters and Science had to take.” Multiple factors have played a role in the need for budget cuts across the UW system. Declining enrollment rates have hurt UWO and other UW colleges in recent years. According to an article released by the Chancellor in early 2018, UWO’s undergraduate enrollment has fallen by 1,624 students, a 15-percent drop, from 2012 to 2017. However, in fall 2018, freshman enrollment was up nearly 200


JAMES PESTA still has yet to receive documents. “I filed an open records request at his recommendation last February,” Maguire said. “I still don’t have anything.” Maguire also said she notified Pesta after making the request. “I told him about my records request,” Maguire said. Pesta’s lawyer, Peter Culp, said he could not confirm that his client told Maguire to file an open records request.

The Titan Alumni Foundation offers academic funding 12, 2018. According to the UWO Financial Aid Office, of the 82 percent of students who apply through FAFSA, more than 75 percent receive some type of assistance. “The purpose of the Titan Alumni Foundation is to provide a predictable place for alumni and other friends of the University to contribute funds toward the mission of the University,” said Scott Barr, a UWO alumnus, Appleton lawyer and president of the new foundation. Barr said there was a call to

action for another foundation to be put in place. “We were hearing from alumni and others through various channels that they were reluctant to make contributions [to the UW Oshkosh Foundation] because they could not predict whether the funds that they were contributing were going to be used for intended purposes,” Barr said. Barr said that due to the current litigation surrounding the UWOF, alumni came forth and organized the TAF. “We hope that the UW Os-

hkosh Foundation will come through this bankruptcy and will be a strong functioning organization again at that time,” Barr said. “I expect that will be several months, if not years from now. There is no real way to predict that, which is why we needed to take action now so that there’s some place during this interim period for people to make contributions.” According to Barr, members of the TAF board will meet once a month to look at how things are going. “If and and when they come

through bankruptcy, then we’ll address how the two organizations will work together, will merge together, one replaces the other, one goes out of existence — who knows what that will be,” Barr said. Lynn Kleman, UWO interim associate vice chancellor of development in the Office of Advancement, said UWO alumnus Jerry Gonyo came forth with a donation to help get the TAF started. “It was not a gift that was


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UW Oshkosh hosts annual Run With the Cops 5K

by Megan Behnke Special Olympics Wisconsin, in partnership with the University Police and many law enforcement agencies all over the state, hosted its fifth annual Run With the Cops event on Oct. 4. UP Capt. Christopher Tarmann said they offer a unique experience starting from the moment people arrive and register to when they run or walk the 5K on top of hanging out with law enforcement personnel who want to get to know their community members. “People can race against the laser to see how fast they run,” Tarmann said. “They can check out the inside of a prison bus, climb into a SWAT vehicle and try on gear, take photos in a mock cell, get into a battery-powered squad car and vote on their favorite squad car.” Special Olympics Wisconsin member and event coordinator Holly Schultz said that with the turnouts every year, they raise a lot of money for Special Olympics. “We usually get close to a thousand registers,” Schultz said. “All of the money that’s donated from different businesses and registrations goes entirely back to Special Olympics.” Lightning McQueen with the Piston Cup and Mater from “Cars” were displayed in Kolf lot No. 13, and Culver’s mascot Scoopie was walking around, interacting with families and

people of all ages. Runner Amanda Diedrick said that she runs with her family and has done Run With the Cops a couple times. “I work for a police department, so we’ve been doing it as a team effort,” Diedrick said. Runner Audrey Stevens said the 5K brought many families together, including her own. “My dad is one of the cops,” Stevens said. “I think it’s a good combination. I do these events with family and friends.” Run With the Cops supports Special Olympics in many different ways, Tarmann said, with proceeds going directly to Special Olympics Wisconsin. “By raising $100 we help to provide one anti-bullying campaign at a local school or 20 medals that Special Olympics athletes earn for competing in their favorite sport,” Tarmann said. “Raising $250 allows Special Olympics to provide a free health exam for an athlete, a free medical item such as prescription glasses or pays for an athlete to compete in their favorite sport for an entire season.” The run takes place all across campus, Schultz said, with squad cars being placed throughout the run course area to light the run and guide participants with the activated lights. “It’s a 5K, three miles,” Schultz said. “It goes through campus and then kind of cuts back so it will start and finish [in lot No. 13].” Stevens said she wishes there were more events similar to Run With the Cops so more


LEFT: Team Triumph is in the lead during the Run With Cops 5K against competitors UPD Sergeant Chance Duenkel and a UWO student. RIGHT: UPD Lieutenant Trent Martin participates in the 5K. people can make donations to Special Olympics Wisconsin tion and second being that the area Police Department takes reached out to UP when they way we decided to build the part in, Tarmann said, Run With great causes. “I think it’s a really good were volunteering at a different event would ultimately bring a the Cops being an event that large number of law enforce- they have a very large part of idea,” Stevens said. “I think event, Tarmann said. “We thought the concept of ment personnel together with bringing to life. there should be more than there “We also do a Cops and Vets this event was a great idea for our community members, ultiis.” The idea for Run With the many reasons,” Tarmann said. mately creating strong positive Cornhole Tournament in March and a Cops versus Vets Softball Cops came six years ago when “First being that Special Olym- relationships.” There are many events the game in April,” Tarmann said. pics is an exceptional organiza-

Assault offenders await hearing by Calvin Skalet





including the student he had relations with and her boyfriend at the time. During those outings, Beitz showed signs of being inappropriately affectionate toward her. In February 2012 the student confided in Beitz that she was upset about a breakup with her boyfriend. Beitz invited her to his apartment, served her alcohol and had sex with her. According to the complaint, Beitz and the student carried on a sexual relationship over the next three years, which became “unwelcome and created an intimidating, hostile and abusive employment and educational environment” for the student. In December 2012, Beitz arranged a trip to New York City for a small group of students from his Sculpture I class, which included the student he was having relations with. During the trip, another student found out about the relationship and confided in her mother. The mother sent an email to the chair of the art department, Gail Panske, complaining about the trip and Beitz’s inappropriate relationship with one of the students. In

A preliminary hearing has been set for Nov. 12 for two Green Bay men accused of assaulting four UW Oshkosh students on Sept. 8. The two men are alleged to have been involved in three separate assaults near the UWO campus. According to the criminal complaint, in the first incident, a male UWO student told police he saw three men walking toward him on Lincoln Avenue. After the student crossed the street, he heard one of the men say, “Look at this guy trying to walk away from us.” The man approached the student and punched him in the face, knocking the student to the ground. The man then struck the student three more times in the head. The men ran off shortly January 2013, another student sent Panske an email complaining about the situation. Panske spoke with Beitz about the email from the student’s mother, but ultimately did not take any action to investigate the two complaints or refer them for investigation and instead deliberately ignored them, the criminal complaint states. According to the complaint, in January 2013, the student was hospitalized for severe depression and anxiety caused by the relationship with Beitz. In spring 2014, she withdrew from her classes early because of severe depression, suicidal thoughts and deterioration in her physical and mental health caused by a coerced and emotionally abusive sexual relationship with Beitz. During spring and summer of 2013, the student became involved in a serious relationship with someone else and tried to separate herself from Beitz. According to the complaint, Beitz became threatened by the student’s new relationship and directed unwanted sexual advances toward her. In fall 2013, Beitz vandalized an important sculpture of the student’s, a plaster bust of her head she had completed in a previous sculpture class. Be-

after, according to the criminal complaint. The student suffered a mild concussion after losing consciousness during the attack. In the second incident, a male UWO student was walking on Lincoln Avenue and said “hi” to the group of men on the other side of the street. According to the criminal complaint, the student admitted that he had been “intoxicated and just being friendly when he said ‘hi.’ However, the next thing he knew he was knocked to the ground and was getting hit and kicked by the group of males.” Shortly afterwards, the student realized his wallet was missing. In the third case, two UWO students were approached by a group of men on Wisconsin Street before being physically assaulted by the group, causing

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ASSAULT, PAGE A4 itz drilled holes in the ears and into the mouth and proceeded to have sexual intercourse with the plaster bust and then ejaculated into it. Afterward, he showed the student the vandalized bust. Beitz had also made a drawing of the student sleeping prior to that, ejaculated on it and showed it to the student. The student reported that she felt threatened by Beitz’s behavior and felt a clear power dynamic. In March 2014, the student contacted Panske by email and told her about the inappropriate relationship with Beitz. The student also sent the same email to another professor, Trina Smith. Panske then forwarded the email to Terri Gohmann, assistant dean of students, and Assistant Vice Chancellor Sharon Kipetz. At the time, no action was taken against Beitz for blatant violations of the University’s Consensual Relationships Policy and its Sexual Harassment Policy, the complaint states. In 2014, Beitz learned of the student’s plans to file a complaint and ultimately convinced her to retract her complaints. Beitz also told the student during this time that when she stopped going to school, he had smelled her perfume

and searched the building for her. According to the complaint, he also told the student he loved her and would stalk her if things ended with his wife. In mid-October 2014, the student ended all conversations with Beitz, and on Nov. 21, 2014, she filed a formal complaint of sexual harassment with the Office of Equity and Affirmative Action. When the student decided to move forward with an official complaint, Beitz took to Tumblr to post pictures of a sexual nature labeled “bitch.” In its investigation, the University found that the inappropriate sexual activities and comments introduced into the work and learning situation by Beitz included: — Drinking with the student at bars, along with other students, and in spring 2012, serving her alcohol at his home and having sex with her when she was his student. — Engaging in sexual activity with the student on campus. — Drawing a picture of student sleeping, ejaculating on it and showing it to her in fall 2013. — Reporting to student in fall 2013 that he drilled holes into the plaster bust she created of herself, performed sexu-

al acts on it and ejaculated. — Trying to kiss student in fall 2013 in the Arts & Communication building when it was not welcome. — Trying to kiss student in fall 2013 in her new apartment when it was not welcome. — Demonstrating inconsistent behavior and treatment toward student in the classroom, especially in fall 2013 when student was trying to separate herself from their relationship. — Coercing student in Madison in fall 2013 to have sex with him and to take the day-after pill. — Continuing to talk to student in fall 2014, after being told by University officials not to, and by coercing sexual conversation with her, including receiving and storing nude photos of her. — Contacting student in fall 2014 even when she specifically told Beitz not to contact her. — Telling student in fall 2014 that after she stopped going to school he had smelled her perfume and searched the building for her. The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System took no formal action against Beitz, but instead allowed him to finish out the semester teaching art.

In the criminal complaint, the student demands a trial by jury on all her claims and relief as follows: — Compensation for physical and psychological injuries and emotional distress. — Compensation for loss of earning capacity, both past and future. — Compensation for medical and educational expenses and other pecuniary losses. — Punitive damages. — A finding of unlawful sex discrimination and sexual harassment in violation of federal statutory and Constitutional law. — A finding of unlawful retaliation in violation of Title IX. — Prejudgment interest. — Reasonable attorney fees and costs incurred in this action. — Any other relief the Court may deem just and proper. According to the investigative report, “The investigators also express concern that Beitz appears to demonstrate no remorse or sense of responsibility for what has happened. He seems not to understand as GEN 1.2.(7)(2c) makes quite clear: “The individual with the power in the relationship will bear the burden of accountability.”

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by Nikki Brahm

Who will be the new vice chancellor, provost? by Bailey McClellan After the University spent the past two weeks meeting with the four finalists in interviews and open forums, a new provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at UW Oshkosh is expected to be announced within two weeks. According to the position description, responsibilities of the provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs include leading the development and implementation of the strategic plan and initiatives, leading the strategic resource allocation process and ensuring it is aligned with the University’s mission and priorities and overseeing all academic and administrative policy development, adoption and implementation. The finalists include John Koker, David Starrett, Marcella David and Helena Wisniewski. Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said he intends to consult with students, the access campuses, UWO faculty and community members.

“It’s going to be a difficult decision to make, but it’s going to be a well-informed decision,” Leavitt said. Leavitt said despite their differences, the finalists are similar in that they are all accomplished. “All of them come from very different places, but at the same time show a great body of work, which would serve them well in this role of provost and vice chancellor,” Leavitt said. “I really have enjoyed the level of experience and the collegiality that each of them bring.” The open forums, which were held in Sage Hall, were open to all University faculty, staff and students. Finalists presented briefly on topics of their choosing and opened the floor for questions. Forums were also held at the UW-Fond du Lac and UW-Fox Valley campuses. Staff from all three campuses were also involved in the search and screen committee, according to the committee’s chair, Kelli Saginak. “We’ve worked together on this search as three campuses, one University,” Saginak said. “I think that this

particular search is probably the very first big collaboration that we’ve done across the three campuses.” Leavitt said the decision to have all three campuses involved was made before the merger took effect. “We started this process long before we were merged with the UW-Fox and UW-Fond du Lac,” he said. “We made the commitment then, Kelli and I together, that we would include representation from those campuses even though they were not a part of this University.” That decision has paid off, Leavitt said, with both the Fox Valley and Fond du Lac campuses being very engaged in the search process. “I think we’re going to get a better result because of the collaboration,” he said. Senior Carson Werlein, who transferred to UWO from UW-Fox Valley, said they’re glad the two campuses were able play a role in this process. “I think it’s great that Chancellor Leavitt and Kelli Saginak had the forethought to include the [access] campus’

staff in their search,” Werlein said. “It’s a great example of leadership by working together so that we can get the best candidates who feel like they belong.” According to Saginak, the recruiting process was set in motion last semester and was led by Witt Kieffer, a Chicago-based executive search consulting firm. “They were here mid-spring to conduct an open forum to gather community interest in what the community was looking for, needs that the community had,” Saginak said. After that, the committee drafted the position description and a rubric for reviewing applicant files. Saginak said the firm then began an intensive search for qualified professionals, resulting in a “a very rich and diverse pool of applicants.” “Once we broke for summer, the entire search was in the hands of the search committee and they went to work on the ad strategy. I think they said [there were] over 2,000 files that they went through and hundreds of people who they contacted.”

These applicants were then reviewed at the end of August by the 18-member search and screen committee, which narrowed the pool down to eight semifinalists, Saginak said. The committee conducted video conferences with each of the semifinalists; Leavitt was also involved in those interviews in a separate room. “At the end of the weekend, we had four finalists,” Saginak said. Saginak said though she’s relieved the search and screen process is coming to an end, she’s glad to have been a part of it. “It’s just been very rewarding and energizing,” she said.

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Guest speaks about environmental justice

by Holly Gilvary

UW Oshkosh’s Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations hosted the 2018 Earth Charter Community Summit on Tuesday in the Alumni Welcome & Conference Center. The featured speaker was Kimberly Wasserman, executive director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago neighborhood Little Village. Wasserman spoke about the LVEJO and about environmental justice. The LVEJO, which was founded in 1994, works to create environmental justice in Little Village. Getting a bus line, building a public park and shutting down a dangerous power plant are a few of the achievements of the organization that Wasserman mentioned. However, the LVEJO’s achievements didn’t happen overnight. Wasserman also talked about the struggles they have faced getting projects done; for instance, it took 20 years for Little Village to get a park in their neighbor-

hood. The LVEJO also had These “pillars,” Barron to fight against a warehouse said, are environmental susbeing built in Little Village, tainability, including being which would have worsened environmentally friendly, sopollucial justice tion in the and living I think that there is a sustainable neighborway out of the conun- lives which hood and drum of climate change that i n c l u d e s exploited its com- we’re in; it’s just the ques- m a t e r i a l , m u n i t y tion of folks being able to o c c u p a members, empower themselves with tional, soaccording the right tools to be able to cial, comto Wasser- engage in conversation and munal and support communities. man. physical Through well-being. — Kimberly Wasserman Wa s s e r “To me, Executive Director of the Little man’s disthe topic Village Environmental Justice cussion of of environOrganization the strugmental jusgles the tice is so LVEJO has faced in creat- important for our campus being a more environmentally cause it addresses two of our sustainable community, she foundational elements from emphasized the importance our strategic plan, which are environmental justice has in sustainability and inclusive sustainability. excellence,” Barron said. Dr. Elizabeth Barron, as- “And it’s where those two sociate director of SIRT and things meet, is environmenthis year’s Earth Charter tal justice.” event coordinator, also menJim Feldman, director of tioned the importance of en- the environmental studies vironmental justice in terms program, said he believes of sustainability. Environ- sustainability is often talked mental justice is where, what about but only as an environBarron called, the “three pil- mental thing, as in nature, lars of sustainability” inter- resources and fossil fuels. sect. However, it’s more compli-

cated. “It involves also economic security and social justice, and environmental justice is sort of the point where all those three things kind of come together,” Feldman said. Wasserman mentioned the importance of students being knowledgeable on environmental justice. “It’s important for us to come into a space with future professionals to say – think about these things, as you go out and get educated and you go out into the world, to make sure that you aren’t replicating the same problems all over again,” Wasserman said. Wasserman said he believes that students can get educated, come prepared and lend their support to contribute to environmental justice. “I think that there is a way out of the conundrum of climate change that we’re in; it’s just the question of folks being able to empower themselves with the right tools to be able to engage in conversation and support communities,” Wasserman said.

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LEFT: Sage Hall hosted visitors for a national solar tour, run by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. RIGHT: Sage hall displays solar lights.

Solar tour displays UWO’s commitment to sustainability by Joseph Schulz UW Oshkosh invited visitors to tour Sage Hall on Saturday when visitors could tour the solar panels and talk to professors about renewable energy technologies. The event ran from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; tours were conducted by UWO’s sustainability director Brian Kermath and Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations Director Kevin Crawford. The solar tour was a national event, and the Wisconsin arm was run by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, featuring 150,000 participants and 5,000 solar energy sites statewide. Kermath said the purpose of the tour was to generate interest


in solar energy. “Obviously if you’re interested in a solar tour, you might be interested in solar energy; maybe you want to put solar panels on your house or something like that,” Kermath said. “It’s also to make people that aren’t thinking about it to maybe start thinking about it.” Crawford said sustainability is important because it forces us to look at how we are using resources. “The main idea behind sustainability is thinking about how we use resources and using them in ways that allow us to be successful but also allow future generations to be successful,” Crawford said. Kermath said the current sustainability movement has deep roots in the environmental movement of the 1960s and


to court to stop the release of those records, but on Sept. 22, 2017, a Winnebago County judge ordered the re-


dacted records be released to Nemec. Hagen then appealed the decision, and on June 21, 2018, the Court of Appeals upheld the Winnebago County Circuit Court decision. On Aug. 15, 2018, Nemec received the records from a UWO record custodian who mistakenly provided the


students. In 2013, Gov. Scott Walker enacted a tuition freeze that prevents state colleges from raising the price of their tuition. If re-elected in November, Walker has already said he would extend the tuition freeze at University of Wisconsin campuses for four more years. That would mean the state universities would be facing 10 years of tuition freezes. This, as well as close to $500 million in cuts to the UW System budget, has crippled UW Oshkosh and other UW schools financially in recent years. McDermott said the college has worked to do the best it could to cut the budget without harming students’ experiences at UWO. “We’ve tried to be as lean and as efficient as possible while still getting students through the curriculum and allowing them to have a successful academic career.” History department chair and Interim Director of Student Research and Creative Activity Stephen Kercher said the added workload for professors in COLS will hurt the students more than the teachers.


most of the plumbing fixtures so all the toilets on campus use less water than they used to. Those are things that aren’t readily visible like the solar panels are.” Crawford said UWO does more than utilize renewable energy and sustainable technologies. “We’ve also been consistently reporting data to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability, which is a national ranking system that allows us to see what we’re doing, and it allows other people to see what we’re doing,” Crawford said. “We have also added sustainability into our curriculum.” Environmental studies Program Director Jim Feldman said he hopes that more businesses will begin switching to renewable energies, but his more pessimistic side believes that they

documents without redactions. After learning of her error, the record custodian instructed Nemec to destroy any and all copies of the unredacted records that were sent to him. But Nemec refused to destroy the documents and has continued to push for the right to publish the contents of

“Faculty are going to have even less time than they normally have to work with students on research,” Kercher said. “The only way that student research succeeds at a University like ours is if faculty are able to have the time they need to do research on their own and with students.” Kercher said the change in policy could also be very harmful to the research that is done within COLS. While professors might be frustrated by the policy, students are ultimately the ones that are damaged by it, he said. “We’ll have to teach more,” Kercher said. “We’ll survive. We’ll research less. Students are the ones who are going to be hurt.” Kercher said he believes a change in the policy that determines the teaching load at UW Oshkosh is tricky and potentially harmful. “It’s like messing with the college DNA,” Kercher said. “Research is very much a part of what professors at the college do. We have a very strong program of student research and we’ve been making gains. We’ve been improving and catching up to some degree [with] some of our sister institutions in the UW system that I’m afraid that changing the teaching load of faculty in our college will deal a very big blow.” Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor

as a positive thing,” Potts said. “Really, the intent at the truest form is to help students with scholarship dollars in the future. asked for; it was a gift on behalf We on the University side feel of him and his love of the insti- thankful that this is a partnership that is going tution and to help our his want Really, the intent at the students in to further truest form is to help the future.” this initiaRepresentive,” Kle- students with scholarship tatives from man said. dollars in the future. the UWO “This was — Mandy Potts Foundation completely Director of Communications did not realumni drivspond to an en.” attempt for UWO Director of Communications Mandy Potts said she is a comment. Students can apply for scholexcited about the new foundaarships through the TAF on the tion. “We want this to be viewed Academic Works website.

’70s. “We see things like global climate change and biodiversity loss around the world as being problems that the solutions in the ’70s aren’t addressing; the sustainability movement grew up to address those big global issues as well as local issues,” Kermath said. “Unfortunately, we seem to be peeling back regulations that are necessary to clean up some of the issues of the past.” Kermath said UWO’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond the solar panels outside and on top of Sage Hall. “We’ve retrofitted a lot of the older buildings with more efficient air handlers and heating and cooling systems and lighting,” Kermath said. “We’ve replaced inefficient energy technologies; we’ve changed out


won’t until forced. “When solar and other kinds of renewables are less available, people will continue using carbon,” Feldman said. “Our economy is really set up for carbon energy.” Feldman said he believes one of the reasons more people haven’t switched is a perception of sacrifice associated with switching to renewable energy. “There’s economic opportunity in retrofitting buildings for solar and investing in other forms of renewable energy,” Feldman said. “If people looked at renewables as an opportunity rather than a sacrifice, more people would switch.” Crawford said students can help make society more sustainable by changing their consumer habits. “When a company releases

the documents. Hagen has continued to fight Nemec over the release and publication of documents for one year and seven months. Nemec has been advised by his lawyer not to make any comment regarding the case. However, in the court documents, his attorney, Christa West-

a new cell phone and everyone is running out to buy it even though their existing cell phone is just fine, things like that, do you really need to replace that thing now?” Crawford said. “I would like to see more repairable things and more options for repairing things.” Kermath said students can help society become more sustainable through collective action. “Vote for people that will make public policy that will make a difference,” Kermath said. “We need more public transportation, and we aren’t going to get that by being an individual; we have to do that collectively. We have to agree to do big things collectively. I think that’s the biggest thing we can do.”

erberg of Pines Bach LLP, wrote, “We believe reopening the case is premature, and the Court’s involvement will ultimately be unnecessary.” Hagen did not respond to several attempts for a comment from the Advance-Titan.

John Koker said this is just the COLS way of doing its part to help the college regulate its budget. “Decreases in enrollment and cuts in state subsidies over the last five years have lowered our revenue,” Koker said. “We need to bring spending in line with revenue. The College of Letters and Science is working to meet their reduction with as little impact on students and course offerings as possible.” In a statement released to COLS faculty and instructional staff, McDermott said this should be a temporary change and after the budget has been regulated, the staff could go back to having lighter teaching loads. “I fully understand the hardship that this change may present to faculty and instructional academic staff,” McDermott said. “We have exhausted every other route of cost cutting for the college short of laying off faculty or closing programs. Please remember that this is a temporary adjustment to teaching loads and the COLS dean’s office is committed to a return to the original spirit of the curriculum modification policy once University ‘right sizing’ has been accomplished.” UWO Chancellor Andrew Leavitt will be holding budget open forums next week.


the female student to go unconscious. Initially, the three men approached the male student and asked for his Snapchat, so the student handed one of the men his phone. As the student put the phone back into his pocket, one of the perpetrators struck him in the face, and the other two started assaulting him, hitting him in the head. The female student was taken to the hospital shortly after and was diagnosed with a concussion and a brain bleed. The student was released from care

at Aurora Bay Care on Sept. 9. According to Wisconsin Circuit Court records, Domonick D. Strope, 20, has been charged with three counts of substantial battery, 20 counts of bail jumping as a repeater and theft off a person. As a condition, he must adhere to absolute sobriety and cannot leave the State of Wisconsin. Strope has nine additional open cases against him, including four felonies, according to online court filings. The court records also show Nasir J. Jackson, 18, has been charged with three counts of substantial battery, theft from a person and party to a crime.

by Nikki Brahm

Campus Connections

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Jack Tierney - Campus Connections Editor

Keys to surviving Pub Crawl by Jack Tierney

1 Know your limits

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement. The air is crisp, the sun is shining and the beer is flowing. You’re dancing, people are shouting, your shirt is off and your mom calls. Reality comes crashing down. You haven’t looked at the clock in hours. The sun is lower now than it was last time you checked. The 30-pack of beer you bought is empty, and what’s that? It’s coming, it rises from down low and percolates up, up through the stomach, through the chest, out the throat, onto the ground and you realize you have puked. Don’t be that person. Know your limits.

2 Have a buddy

People are malicious. It’s sad to say, but they are. Keep a buddy close. You never know when, why or what will happen. Best of all, it’s nice to have a buddy to share the good times with.

3 Dress appropriately The weather for this year’s Crawl looks perfect, 50 degrees and sunny. That doesn’t mean it won’t get cold later on. With your fully-charged phone, you’re going to want to take those selfies we were talking about earlier. And what looks worse in a picture than somebody else’s sweatshirt? Nothing. Make sure you have all your appropriate clothing: boots, hoodies, pants and for the audacious, a beanie.

4 Have fun

Pub Crawl only comes around twice a year. You work hard; you deserve this. Meet new people, challenge yourself on the dance floor, go for the quan, hit that na na, be you. Keep yourself and your best interests in mind. Remember these important steps and we’ll all have fun.

Homecoming Events Oct. 15 Packer game showing 7:15 p.m. Titan Underground Oct 16. Talent Show with “Mean Girls” Daniel Franzese 7 p.m. Reeve Union Ballroom 227 Oct 18 Homecoming comedian: Drew Lynch 8 p.m. Albee Hall Oct. 19 Journalism 50th Anniversary Celebration 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sage Hall Oct. 20 Journalism 50th Anniversary Celebration 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Alumni Welcome & Conference Center By Lee Marshall

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Opinion Advance-Titan

Lauren Freund - Opinion Editor

Student sexual health is important Student Health Center provides several services for student use by The Advance-Titan Staff The UW Oshkosh Health Center offers many health care services to students including services related to sexual health. As young adults, sexual education and health is important for students to know in college but also in high school. Kristin Walker, K-12 Oshkosh Area School District health coordinator, said the schools in Oshkosh work to provide as much sexual education as they can to students. “We talk about their bodies changing, sexually transmitted diseases, abstinence and birth control,” Walker said. “We talk about everything.” Walker said they dicuss sex in depth and what comes with it once a student decides to take that step. “I think we have a broad spectrum of what we have to talk about and what we do talk about,” Walker said. “We talk about the legal ramifications and the law, dealing with being sexually active; we talk about media; we talk about emotional changes.” The school district also has speakers come in from Reach Counseling and Christine Ann Domestic Abuses Center and offers suggestions for counselors if needed. Although Oshkosh schools provide an in-depth education on sexual health, that may not be the case everywhere. UWO freshman Madison Signor said her high school sexual education classes were fine despite being broad.

“They were pretty good,” Signor said. “I mean they weren’t in depth but they were pretty good overall.” UWO senior Danielle Beelow said her experience of sexual education in high school was very brief. “It was kind of broad and short,” Beelow said. “I don’t really remember it because it was kind of irrelevant.” Fifth-year student Sarah Leverance said her sexual education came more from friends and not a class. “I had one sex ed class when I was in ninth grade. It was awkward and uncomfortable,” Leverance said. “Everything else I basically either learned from friends or through other people.” UWO Health Promotion Coordinator Juliana Kahrs said the Student Health Center focuses on sexual education in April the most. “We do regular sexual health education every year during April because during that time, the Student Health Center usually provides free STI testing for a week in April,” Kahrs said. Outside of April, Kahrs said Student Health 101 and the Red Zone talks are also ways they teach sexual education on campus. One topic they have discussed is on healthy relationships. “This is what defines sexual violence but here’s the opposite, here’s what a healthy relationships looks like,” Kahrs said. “That may or may not include sex or sex acts but it’s still important to have decided your own boundaries and if you are going to take that step, what are

the things you should be considering.” According to the “NCHA-II Web Spring 2018 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” report, about half of the student population had one sexual partner in the last year. 52.2 percent of students had participated in oral sex, 56.3 percent had participated in vaginal sex and 5.5 percent had participated in anal sex within the last 30 days of the study. However, UWO students have a higher average use of contraceptives than the national average of 55.9 percent of students as of 2017 and UWO was reported at 64.2 percent. In addition to sexual education, the health center also provides birth control, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception and Badgercare. The campus provides cheaper options for students including emergency contraception, which can be $50 at a Walgreens or CVS but only $20 at the health center. Kahrs said the student health advocates at the center provide a more personal experience for students. The student health advocates will answer questions and provide further resources if a student chooses to take birth control. “The reason that it’s a benefit to get it from a health advocate instead of going to the store is that student can educate you,” Kahrs said. “If you go to the store and buy it, you’re just trying to get in and out.” Kahrs said the questions help a student decide which is the

sity system has been questioned and, sometimes, denied. For this reason, I believe that changing attitudes about the humanities is critical for students’ future well-being. UW Oshkosh English professor Robert Feldman said he thinks that a lack of funding and dismissive attitudes are both major problems facing the humanities right now. “The humanities are suffering because we’re not getting enough funding, and we need that,” Feldman said. “The attitude in our nation in terms of our culture has always been that the humanities are frills. That is to say, they’re not essential for a college student to have in order to get a good-paying job.” UWO English professor Christine Roth said she thinks that doubts about the usefulness of humanities degrees contribute to these attitudes. “People see the humanities as a luxury. The humanities are something that you study when the job market is really good because it is a luxury,” Roth said. “And if you’re responsible, you study STEM or something that immediately leads to a job.” The belief that getting a humanities degree is tantamount to signing up for a life of poverty is

unfortunately common. Despite the prevalence of these beliefs, the fact is that the humanities are an indispensable part of our Universities and employment opportunities for students with humanities degrees are not as bad as cynics would have you believe. Feldman said convincing people of the educational value of the humanities will be necessary if we want to see them thrive again. “I think what we need to do, and I say we as a nation, is instill in the minds of our citizenry that the liberal arts are essential, that the humanities are essential,” Feldman said. Roth said she believes that humanities majors can be great assets for businesses due to their natural communication skills and interest in people. “In an age where we communicate via the internet and via email and blogs and online marketing, it’s all writing and visual rhetoric,” Roth said. “And no matter what business you go in to, you’re going to need to be able to communicate and understand other people.” If we can convince people that the humanities still deserve a place in our universities, and have as much ability to succeed

BY ETHAN USLABAR best form of birth control for them. “It’s more about knowing the different types of birth control and if you actually want one, what are the things you should be considering in what type is best for you,” Kahrs said. Students are overall grateful for everything the school provides to them. Signor said she likes how much the school provides for students. “I think that it’s really good that the health center has a lot of

stuff, and I know in Evans Hall they offer like condoms, of the male and female variety, and birth control pills,” Signor said. Leverance said she and her friends utilized the free testing through the health center and that there are more things for students than in high school. “I know my freshman and sophomore year in college in the dorms, there was always condoms available,” Leverance said. “Your community adviser was always helpful if you had any questions.”

Although there are a lot of services provided, Beelow said the school should work on promoting the services more. “Maybe they can have more informational talks or seminars and have stuff around campus that reminds students that they have this stuff,” Beelow said. Although high schools do briefly educate students on sex, the education and services provided on campus should be acknowledged and utilized by all students.

Humanities degrees deserve recognition Graffitti is an art form

by Jesse Szweda Jesse Szweda is a senior English major. His views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. At the end of this semester, I will be graduating with an English degree, along with other students at this University. Studying the great works of literature that humanity has created throughout the centuries has left me with knowledge I will treasure for the rest of my life. However, there are some who would dispute the value of such study. In fact, many would say that getting an English degree, or a humanities degree of any kind, is a waste of time. The humanities are fields of study that focus on human beings and their culture, such as literature, art, history and philosophy. However, in recent years, their value to the Univer-

in the job market as their peers, it could go a long way in changing the way the humanities are perceived and possibly lead to an increase in interest and funding. UWO philosophy professor Robert Wagoner said he believes that the effort to change people’s attitudes toward the humanities is already underway. “One can find many op-eds, studies and so on online arguing, in one way or another, that people’s impressions about humanities majors and the employment opportunities associated with them are all mistaken,” Wagoner said. “Perhaps in time, this way of thinking will have an impact on the general population.” Universities have traditionally included the humanities for a reason. It is because they, more than any other fields of study, connect us with the questions that set us apart from all other creatures on earth. You can’t put a price on questions about truth, goodness and beauty, and if someone like me can see the value the humanities have in terms of answering these questions, there’s no reason that others can’t come to recognize it as well.

by Courtney Schuna Courtney Schuna is a senior English major. Her views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. Everyone has seen various types of graffiti around the world. Some believe it is vandalism, but it is actually a way for artists to express themselves. In his article “Is Graffiti Art?” Edward A. Brown said he believes that graffiti is just another art form people can take part in. “Art is what we call something when it carries significant human symbolic expression,” Brown said. “It’s all a question of degree, and there is good art, great art and bad art.” UW Oshkosh freshman Alyssa Bates said she believes it

is all about creativity. “I think it can be an art form because it depends on how you want to portray your graffiti,” Bates said. “If it’s from an artistic level it can be a good thing. As long as you’re creative it doesn’t matter.” UWO junior Anna Walker said she understands both sides of the argument on whether graffiti is an art form or vandalism. “I’m from California where there is a strong culture of graffiti,” Walker said. “But I think in certain situations it can be extremely disrespectful.” According to Brown, there is a way to remedy the debate. “More sites that are legal should be encouraged, with a percent for art made available by the owner of the space in the same way that new buildings in some states give a percent for art as a mandatory requirement,” Brown said. “The owner needs to be a collaborator. With this plan, there would be no end of space to choose from.” Artists should be able to use graffiti as an art form if they choose as long as they do it in a acceptable context and location.

Film, TV and video game creators should avoid reboots

by Joshua Mounts mountj53@uwosh. Joshua Mounts is a senior journalism major. His views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. Nostalgia.

A concept that

captures the hearts, attention and wallets of society easier than just about anything else. Nostalgia is no foreign concept to businesses and content creators. In fact it’s been an extremely prevalent tool for them in the recent years. Rebooting, reimagining, republishing, remastering and other forms of re-releasing content has been occurring overwhelmingly over the last few years. Content ranging from movies, TV series, video games and more have been filling the shelves in increasingly higher quantity. Movies such as “Tarzan,”

“The Jungle Book” and “Beauty and the Beast” saw rereleases or reimagined releases in 2016 and 2017. All three of these were live-action adaptations from their original, animated counterparts. It almost seems that more remasters of video games have come out these past couple years than new, original content. The “Crash Bandicoot” series, which began release in 1996, saw a remaster in 2017. “Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” which originally released in 2007, saw a remaster in 2016. The “Spyro” series from 1998 is said to see a remaster later this

year. The massively popular game “Skyrim,” originally released in 2011, has seen itself rereleased in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. These are just a few examples of game series being remastered for a rerelease. A big factor or reasoning behind remastering games is the fact that the new-generation consoles often don’t have the capability to play the older games. Developers remaster the games, giving the audience the ability to play the older games with new and improved graphics and on their new console systems.

The issue with this trend is that it’s keeping the creators from developing fresh, new and original content. Overall, it is somewhat risky in these markets to go forward with a new, original project as video games and films can be extremely costly. It is much safer for a developer to take a series that they know the audience will love and buy and remaster that for redistribution. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing content from my childhood being available in better quality and with the capability of new technology, but there is a

line that must be made that stops this from happening constantly. Without new content being released, content is becoming creatively stale. I do respect the level of creativity that the creators possess in regard to some of the reimagined content, but the endless stream of remasters is just lazy and is taking advantage of consumers. All of this type of content has its place here and there but it is definitely saturating the industries, which should be less tolerated in hopes to deter creators from continuing the trend of regurgitating content to fans.

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Evan Moris - Head Sports Editor Neal Hogden - Assistant Sports Editor


No. 10 Titans fall to No. 8 rival Warhawks 20-0 by Evan Moris

the Titan 31-yard line as the first quarter came to a close. Second quarter

vs The UW Oshkosh football team fell short Saturday at the hands of the UW-Whitewater Warhawks 20-0. The No. 10-ranked Titans were unable to produce a single point on Saturday against the stout No. 8-ranked Warhawks defense. The Warhawks dominated the Titans on both sides of the ball being out-dueled on offense 202 yards for UWO to the Warhawks’ 371 yards. The Titans could not score on the Warhawks’ defense, only averaging a total of 2.8 yards per play and punting nine times.

After taking over deep in UWO territory, UW-Whitewater was able to produce a field goal attempt but was kicked wide left once again. The Titans gathered the ball on their own 20-yard line, but the Warhawk defense halted UWO, forcing a punt. The Titans failed to block a Warhawk defender as the punt was blocked and fielded at the UWO 6-yard line. The Titans’ defense held the Warhawks at their own 6-yard line, forcing them to attempt another field goal. This time the kick was good, putting the

Warhawks ahead 3-0. The Titans took possession after the ensuing kickoff at their own 20-yard line. UWO was able to make slight progress up the field and were forced to punt again to the Warhawks. Warhawks received the ball at their own 18-yard line. On the next play, Warhawks quarterback Cole Wilber found his wide receiver JT Parish for an 82-yard touchdown, putting the Warhawks up 10-0. The Titans’ drives had stalled in their own territory for the remainder of the half and they were not able to enter Warhawk territory in the entire first half. UW-Whitewater tacked on another field goal with 22 seconds left in the first half, putting the Warhawks ahead

of the Titans 13-0.

Third quarter The Titans’ started the second half, driving the ball into the Warhawks’ side of the field for the first time but had to punt once again. On the third play of the ensuing Warhawk possession, Wilber found Parish again for a 76-yard touchdown, making the score 20-0 Warhawks. The Titans were unable to enter Warhawk territory for the remainder of the third period. Fourth quarter In the fourth quarter, the Titan de-

First quarter The Warhawks received the ball to begin the game only to punt the ball to the Titans after five plays. The Titans did the same on their first possession, five plays and a punt back to the Warhawks. During the Warhawks’ second drive, the Titans could not slow the UW-Whitewater offense as they drove the ball down the field 66 yards to the UWO 12-yard line where the Warhawks’ place kicker Wojciech Gasienica’s kick attempt went wide left with 4:39 left in the first quarter. UWO gained possession after the failed field goal attempt but was able to advance the ball far up the field to its own 38-yard line where the Titans attempted a fake punt that was spotted by the Warhawk special teams, giving the Warhawks the ball at the UWO 31-yard line. The Warhawks began their drive at

UW-Platteville Oct. 13


UWO sophomore defensive back Kollyn Beyer lines up across from a Warhawks wide receiver.

Remaining UWO Football Schedule UW-La Crosse Oct. 20

at UW-Stevens Point Oct. 27

Titans run well on ‘sloppy’ course by Billy Piotrowski The UW Oshkosh cross-country teams competed in the Gene Davis Invitational at Reid Golf Course Saturday, Oct. 6 in Appleton. Both teams performed well, with the women placing fourth out of 11 teams and the men placing third out of 10. The Oshkosh men’s team sat out their top eight runners in order to give the other Titans experience leading the group. Junior Henry Laste talked said he approached the race knowing he would be running in less-thanideal conditions. “I hadn’t had a lot of good races leading up to Lawrence, so I came in focused on fixing issues I thought I’d been having,” Laste said. “I wanted to prove any doubts I had in my head wrong as well. It paid off, and I was able to run a personal best

on a muddy course.” The men’s team all placed within 32 seconds of each other on Saturday. Fabian Salinas finished 12th with a time of 26:58 and Noah O’Neill followed close behind with a time of 27:02 in 14th place. Spencer Muffler placed 21st, Laste 23rd and Kiernan Koepke 24th with times of 27:26, 27:29 and 27:30 respectively. The UWO women’s cross-country team had two runners finish in the top six places. Hannah Lohrenz finished in fifth place with a time of 23:33 while teammate Amanda Van Den Plas followed four seconds behind to take sixth place. To round out the top five, Ashton Keene placed 29th (25:00), Megan Berg took 32nd place (25:12) and Tayah Cunningham (25:49) took 40th place. Head coach Eamon McKenna said her team’s attitude and ef-

fort was great over the weekend. “I was impressed overall by our group,” McKenna said. “We continue to do a good job of getting out of our comfort zone. Some big keys to being successful competitors in distance running are being willing to get accustomed to being uncomfortable and accepting pain.” The course was not in ideal conditions on Saturday. Van Den Plas said the race was a good test of adversity. “My mentality going into the race at Lawrence was to just get another tough race in,” Van Den Plas said, “considering the sloppy conditions.” The UWO cross-country teams will host the UW Oshkosh Open at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne on Friday, Oct. 19. The women’s team will start at 1 p.m. and the men’s team will follow at 1:45 p.m.

UW-Eau Claire Nov. 3

fense held the Warhawks offense in check only allowing 48 total yards. The Titan offense did show an ability to move the ball against the Warhawks in the fourth quarter. The Titans compiled a 12-play drive that started at their own 10-yard line. The Titans were able to get the ball to the Warhawks 2-yard line before an arrant snap, followed by a targeting penalty that ejected Titan tight end Tommy Noennig, from the game. A delay-ofgame penalty pushed the Titans back to the Warhawks 26 yard-line where UWO quarterback Kyle Radavich was forced to the throw a hail mary that fell incomplete. Titans head coach Pat Cerroni said his team faced a great opponent, a loud crowd and failed to execute on Saturday. “Tough place play; they’re a very good football team and we didn’t play very well,” Cerroni said. “Doesn’t take anything less away from what we’ve accomplished in the past, take anything away from what we can do in the future. It was just a bad day; everyone has them. Heck, you’re a Packer fan-what’s the difference? Good days and bad days; wasn’t our day.” Titans sophomore defensive back Kollyn Beyer said the Warhawks executed big pass plays on Saturday that ultimately gave them the victory. “Those are the type of plays that win you big games. They made them, and we didn’t.” The Titans will be back at J. J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium for the first time this season Saturday. Beyer said the team is happy to finally play in front of the home crowd. “We like the challenge of playing on the road,” Beyer said. “But it’s definitely nice to be home.” Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. versus UW-Platteville at Titan Stadium.

UW-Stout Nov. 10

Tennis drops Pointers by Evan Moris The UWO women’s tennis team coasted past hosting UW-Stevens Point 8-1 to improve to 2-2 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 4-2 overall. Alyssa Leffler and Michelle Spicer won No.1 doubles over the Pointers Leah Hollander and Kaylee Woelfel 8-1. Leffler also won her No. 1 singles match 6-0, 6-1 against Hollander. Spicer won the No. 3 singles match versus Woelfel 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, UWO won its final two doubles matches 8-1. The Titans’ Samantha Koppa and Jenna Peterson dominated in their win over Anna Dobbe and Angie Hernandez of UW-Stevens Point in the second flight. The third flight of doubles saw UWO’s Monica Micoliczyk and Ashlee Polena cruise past Lea Beckman and Rebecca Goska 8-1. The Titans also saw victories from Koppa in No. 2 singles match. Polena won No. 5 singles and Ireland Slattery in the No. 6 singles match. Titans’ junior Koppa said she did not try to do

to much Thursday to help her win both her singles and doubles matches against the Pointers. “My mindset heading into Stevens Point was to stay focused in both doubles and singles and to finish the point when I had the opportunity to,” Koppa said. The Pointers’ lone victory came from Hernandez as she defeated UWO’s Micoliczyk 7-6(6), 6-1. Titans head coach Robert Henshaw said the team matched up well against the Pointers, which led to the victory. “UWSP has had some similar opponents to us throughout the season, and on paper we lined up quite well against them,” Henshaw said. “Most of the players on our team went on to the court with a plan and worked hard to realize that plan.” Henshaw said he hopes his team plays to their full potential this Friday against UW-Stout. “I hope that we can play some of our best tennis against Stout,” Henshaw said. “They always seem to compete very hard against us, and it is a match that we will need to play well in to win.” The Titans will face UW-Stout Friday, Oct. 12 and UW-Eau Claire Saturday, Oct. 13.

Hannah Braun wins WIAC Championship, team takes third by Neal Hogden

The UW Oshkosh women’s golf team took third as a team, and UWO junior Hannah Braun won the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship over the weekend. Braun needed a tournament-high 74 to secure the victory as she trailed by four strokes heading into the final round. That 74 was the ninth-highest score ever posted in WIAC championship history. Braun finished the tournament one shot ahead of UW-Whitewater golfer Ashley Hofmeister during the threeday event. Braun said her strategy was to

block out other competitors and focus on what she can do to help the team. “Going into Reedsburg I knew the competition was tough and what we were going against,” Braun said. “I decided to just play the best golf I could for our team to do the best we could. I took the course day-byday and didn’t worry about scores or where I was placed. I let my game take care of itself, and everything fell into place.” Head coach Liza Ruetten gave props to Braun for sticking to her game plan. “It was a well-deserved victory for her,” Ruetten said. “She is extremely focused during her pre-shot routine and rarely varies from her game plan for every course she plays.”

The team went on to take third place out of eight teams with UWStout in second and UW-Whitewater taking home first place. Senior Kayla Priebe, playing in her final WIAC championship, came home in sixth place shooting a 236 during the tournament. Kayla also earned the WIAC Judy Kruckman Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2018 season. Kayla said she was happy with the way she played over the weekend and said the field has gotten more and more competitive as her career has gone on. “I am very proud of my sixth-place finish this weekend,” Kayla said. “Although that is my worst place finish at the conference tournament over

my four years, it is one of my best scores, which just shows how strong and competitive our conference has become in only a few short years.” Not far behind Kayla was her sister, Erika Priebe, with a score of 238, good enough for seventh place. The top-five Titan finishers were rounded out by freshman Margherite Pettenuzzo in 26th place and junior Dianna Scheibe in 37th place. Ruetten said she thought the team was as prepared as could be as they entered sloppy ground conditions. “This team has great chemistry and went into the championship with a fantastic game plan,” Ruetten said. “The weather is something that we can’t control, and it proved to be a formidable additional opponent this

past weekend.” The Titans will enjoy a break over winter as they prepare for their spring season. Kayla said although it is nice to have a break, the team can also enjoy some time off and work on its game through the off-season. “During the off season, I think it is important to take a break, spend more time with family and friends, and focus on academics,” Kayla said. “However, it is also important to continue focusing on golf as we look forward to spring season. We can always hit golf balls inside to continue working on our swings throughout the winter. One of our juniors, Sophia Mazurek, has also organized optional team workouts to help us become physically stronger and healthier.”

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Soccer beats UW-Stout, stumbles vs Duhawks

by Calvin Skalet The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team went 1-1 last week after it defeated UW-Stout 2-1 and fell to Loras College 2-1. Loras College started the game strong after scoring the only two goals in the first half. In the 10th minute of the match, Loras senior forward Gretchen Schulz scored for the Duhawks. Loras forward Emily Perhats added the final goal of the first half after scoring off a corner kick in the 36th minute of the match. UWO freshman Kylee Brown added the lone goal for the Titans after the forward found the back of the net in the 86th minute of the game. The Titans defeated UWStout by a score of 2-1 last Saturday at Titan Stadium. Sophomore Mallory Knight had her first multiple-goal game in her career after the forward found the back of the net twice in the match. Knight scored on a 25yard kick during the match’s 17th minute. Knight also scored later in the game to break the 1-1 tie with her score from 15 yards out in the 54th minute. Knight, who owns a team-leading five goals on the season, got assists from sophomore Delaney Karl on her first goal and Brown on her second. UWO sophomore Emily Burg said the team turned it around after they were defeated by UW-La Crosse in a 5-0 shutout. “We used the loss against La Crosse as a huge boost of motivation to turn our season around,” Burg said.

“The team has an incredi- roles as a center back now.” ble amount of passion and UWO head coach Erin drive, so deciding to step up Coppernoll said while the and play as a complete unit five-game losing streak of girls who want to succeed wasn’t ideal, she was conwas not difficult. We have fident the team could turn it the skill to be an extreme- around. ly competitive team espe“We’ve been playing good cially going soccer, we into conferjust haven’t I have to work to ence, we just gotten the needed to be the best version of results yet,” get out of the myself and a big piece Coppernoll losing streak of that has been working said. “I tried we ended up on my shape and closing to encourin so that we age them can have the space on attackers. The and show results to more space that you give them the someone with the ball prove it.” good things M o r r i s the more likely they are that we are said the los- to take it to goal and get doing. We ing streak just needed was a great a good opportunity. to clean up teaching some mental — Maddie Morris mistakes.” moment for UWO junior midfielder the team The UWO early in the women’s season. soccer team will head to the “We have more confidence western part of Wisconsin to in ourselves personally, and face WIAC rival UW-Eau I feel that we have confi- Claire this Saturday, Oct. 13. dence as a group,” Morris The Blugolds are currently said. “That is a big thing for fifth place and one spot beus. Being able to go forward hind the Titans in the WIAC as a group and work together Conference standings. is a huge thing for us.” Burg said the team will Morris said moving to look to bounce back after the center back along the de- loss. She said the energy is fensive line has been a chal- prevalent, and they need to lenge, but it has forced her focus on their style of play. to grow both as a player and “We just need to keep teammate. the drive and passion we “I’m growing as a player have had the last couple each and every day,” Morris of games,” Burg said. “We said. “I have to work to be need to make sure as a unit the best version of myself we are remembering the baand a big piece of that has sics by playing smart while been working on my shape also quick so we can control and closing space on attack- the speed of the game. We ers. The more space that need to try to be less reacyou give someone with the tive to what the other team ball the more likely they are does and instead make them to take it to goal and get a react to our play.” good opportunity. Closing that space is one of my main


Sophomore Addie Schmitz tries to scoot around a couple of UW-Stout defenders in UWO’s 2-1 victory over the Blue Devils at Titan Stadium on Saturday.

Volleyball goes 1-2 in St. Louis

by Neal Hogden The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team went 1-3 over the past week with their win coming against Augustana College (Ill.) as part of the WashU Invitational. The Titans dropped a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match against UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday, 3-0. The loss drops UWO to 0-4 in the WIAC, tied for sixth in the conference. They sit at 10-12 overall. The team took a trip to St. Louis over the weekend, where they went 1-2 at the WashU Invitational. The first game of the weekend pitted UWO against the Washington University Bears. The Titans lost the game three sets to none. The first set saw the Bears jump into the lead early as they jumped out to a 15-7 advantage. WashU went on to win the set 25-14. After the Titans held a 2625 advantage, Washington University went on a 3-0 run to win the game. UWO held the advantage for most of the set, but they ultimately dropped the set 28-26. The third set was close throughout, but the Titans couldn’t rebound from the heartbreaking loss in the second set. The Titans then faced Augustana College and picked

up their only victory on the weekend, beating the Vikings 3-0. Freshman Taylor Allen led the Titans with eight kills. Fellow freshman Emma Kiekhofer led the team with 26 assists during the game. Junior libero Rachel Gardner led the team with 17 digs during the game and added 18 more throughout the weekend. In the second set, Augustana led 24-22, and the Titans rattled off four straight points to win the set 26-24. In similar fashion, the Titans took the third set by scoring three straight points to overcome a late 23-22 deficit. In the final game of the weekend, the Titans played close sets with Colorado College, but they ultimately lost to the Tigers 3-0. Two out of the three sets were tight as UWO lost to Colorado College 25-23 in both the first and third sets. Gardner said the weekend didn’t go how they wanted it to, but valuable lessons were obtained by the team during the trip. “Over the weekend in St. Louis, playing against two top-15 teams in the country, we tried to focus on having nothing to lose and just playing Oshkosh volleyball,” Gardner said. “We didn’t prevail like we had hoped. However, our team chemistry and court appearance improved a lot, which is super valuable heading

by Neal Hogden



Senior Tina Elstner powers through a ball against UW-Stevens Point as senior Carly Lemke looks on. into the closing half of the season.” The Titans will go on to play at UW-River Falls on Oct. 12 and play two games

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Senior Kayla Priebe earned the 2018 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Judy Kruckman Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Award. Priebe earned the award at the women’s golf WIAC championship meet where she placed sixth out of 61 competitors. The accounting major was given the award for her performance on the course and for her 4.0 GPA in the classroom. Priebe received a second-team all-WIAC award a season ago and first-team all-WIAC recognition in 2016 and 2015. Priebe also won WIAC Player of the Year and finished second at the WIAC championship in 2016. The Fox Valley Lutheran High School (Appleton) graduate has never finished lower than sixth in the WIAC cham-

pionship. Her other finishes in the event include two second-place finishes in 2015 and 2016 and a third-place finish in 2017 to go along with her sixth-place finish this year at the event. Priebe said she is excited to come back in future years to watch her younger sister and the rest of the team compete. “This entire final season, especially playing with my sister, will always have a special place in my heart,” Priebe said. “It has been so fun playing alongside her, and it has been especially fun with both of us having very successful seasons. I’ll miss playing with her, but I can’t wait to come back and watch this team over the next few years because they have so much potential.” Head coach Liza Ruetten said she was proud of her senior leader for coming into the season focused and ready to compete. “Priebe came into this year with a mindset of placing herself at the top of the leaderboard for the entire season,” Priebe said. “It was fantastic to watch this senior reach that goal and help lead this team to one of our most successful seasons in the past seven years.” To be nominated for the award, athletes must have at least a 3.5 GPA, be in their last year of competition and have competed for at least two years.


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