The Advance-Titan 10/25/2018

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The curious case of Hagen unfolded


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Leavitt, Roberts to submit to questioning after allegedly directing donations away

by Christina Basken A federal judge has ordered UW Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt and an aide to submit to questioning by UWO Foundation attorneys for allegedly interfering with pledges made to pay for the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center. On Oct. 11, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley ordered Leavitt and Robert Roberts, interim executive director of advancement, to appear at the offices of the foundation’s lawyers and hand over all records pertaining to the new Titan Alumni Foundation. On Tuesday, the judge threw out the state’s objections and said that Leavitt and Roberts can both be questioned. In addition, the court granted interim compensation for all UWO Foundation fees and costs for the period April 17, 2018 to Sept. 18, 2018, which amounts to $62,332.59. According to documents obtained by the Advance-Titan,

Leavitt instructed a donor to send a large donation intended for the Welcome Center campaign to the University of Wisconsin Foundation instead, a separate foundation in Madison, Wisconsin. Allegedly, Leavitt and Roberts also instructed donors on two other separate occasions to re-route their pledges specifically intended for the AWCC. UWO Foundation President Tim Mulloy said the foundation has incurred nearly $800,000 in legal fees but continues to protect donors’ contributions. “We have not jeopardized the endowment funds or donor funds in any way, shape or form; we have survived through this process without touching those funds,” Mulloy said. “We’ve used our revenues from other sources to survive these legal fees.” A new alumni-driven foundation, the Titan Alumni Foundation, was introduced on Oct. 8 to raise money to support student scholarships and other needs.

In a previous interview with the Titan Alumni Foundation president, Scott Barr said the new foundation was put in place because there was a call to action. “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. Mulloy said the UWO Foundation is still continuing to support students, and adding in a new foundation creates confusion. “They can do whatever they want, but I guess in the future we’ll just have to compete for those same donor dollars,” Mulloy said. “But I’m not sure that makes the most sense longterm because you create confusion amongst donors, and we’ve




by Christina Basken A former UW Oshkosh student who was news editor of the Advance-Titan was forced to destroy documents pertaining to an investigative report on UWO business professor Willis Hagen’s behavior after the UW Oshkosh record custodian mistakenly provided the documents without redactions. Hagen was mysteriously removed from one of his classes early in the spring 2017 semester, and students were told the class was canceled for the day. His course load was redistributed and other teachers took over those classes. The Advance-Titan subsequently filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records related to any closed investigation involving Hagen. On Aug. 15, 2018, Alex Nemec, who graduated in December 2017, received the records about a previous incident from a UWO record custodian who mistakenly provided the 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. Nemec originally refused to destroy the documents and continued to push for the right to publish their contents. On Monday, the Advance-Titan received the same documents that Nemec had received, except they were redacted. They document a previous complaint against Hagen that dates back to 2013-15. The Advance-Titan immediately filed a Freedom of Information request for all documents pertaining to the most recent investigation, but has yet to hear back. According to the earlier documents, Hagen made a faculty member feel threatened and uncomfortable. On Nov. 10, 2015, the Office of Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs charged professors Stephen Kercher and Roberta Maguire with the task of investigating a complaint against Hagen. According to the complaint, Hagen made threats against the Department of Accounting for dropping one of his courses. Allegedly, Hagen said, “That’s right...I am going to destroy accounting on this campus. I taught business and ethics

in the graduate program for 30 years, and now they decide to not offer it anymore. It’s payback time!” According to an unnamed source in the complaint, Hagen threatened three or four times to retaliate against any modification in the graduate program by telling 100 students to not major in accounting. According to the documents, Hagen sent an email to several members of the department, threatening to get the provost, chancellor and Gov. Walker involved. Then, UWO College of Business Dean William Tallon replied to the email, stating, “Somehow we’ve got to find a way to control this guy. The poor guy needs help.” In a letter dated Oct. 12, 2015 that was sent to Provost and Vice Chancellor Lane Earns, Hagen stated that be believed the complaint contains misstatements or statements that were taken out of context. In a Dec. 13, 2013 heavily-redacted email, Hagen apologized for sending the emails and noted he had been under a lot of stress. “It is not representative of who I am,” he wrote. According to the complaint, the investigators believed that Hagen acted in a “hostile and threatening” manner. They also found it “odd and inappropriate” for Hagen to express concerns about the accounting major directly to students without addressing those concerns with the chairs. Maguire, who was also the chair of the department of English at the time, explained the complaint process exists if a problem can’t be resolved at a lower level, such as in the appropriate University department. “For a complaint arising from a member of an academic department, the provost’s office will first do an informal investigation to see if there seems to be some merit for looking at this as a complaint,” she said. “If it is decided that there seems to be enough substance there, the office will set in motion a formal investigation of the complaint.” The provost usually appoints one or two people as investigators, and they receive a copy of the complaint and any related materials as well as talk to the people involved, Maguire said. Maguire also said that it is


Politico, Axios founder started at the bottom with a 1.39 GPA

by Calvin Skalet He may have co-founded Politico and Axios media companies, but Jim VandeHei said he was a late bloomer. “I was not a very good high school student, sorry,” VandeHei said in his keynote presentation during the Department of Journalism’s 50th Anniversary celebration on Oct. 19. In fact, VandeHei said attending UWO after high school wasn’t an option without first going to UW-Fox Valley in Menasha and proving he could handle college work. VandeHei’s motivation as a student finally hit rock bottom in 1991. “I was coming off a 1.391 grade point average,” VandeHei said. His first encounter with the media wasn’t exactly ideal, either. Although VandeHei made it into the news, it wasn’t from breaking a major story. “My first brush with the media was not one that made my mom super happy,” VandeHei said. “I finally made the front page of the Oshkosh Northwestern. However, it was because I was protesting the drinking age and I was the only buffoon you could see standing there.” VandeHei said that incident made him realize it was time he figure out what he should do with his life. And once he figured it out, his career took off. VandeHei was one of about 50 journalism

alumni who came back to UWO to present during a day of pro talks and media panels that celebrated the media. During his keynote address, VandeHei discussed his journey to becoming one of the more powerful journalistic voices in the United States, as well as the importance of facts in today’s tech-centric society. He first thanked the many individuals who helped him along the way. “There’s nothing that I’ve done where someone didn’t nudge me, push me or do something [for me] that they didn’t have to do,” VandeHei said. VandeHei said his first idea was to become a sports writer. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” VandeHei said. “I knew I was a good writer and I loved sports so I thought, ‘Hey, I’ll be a sports writer.’” After realizing he wasn’t becoming the next NBA beat writer at ESPN, VandeHei picked up the phone and called every newspaper in the state of Wisconsin and asked if he could work for them for free. After reaching out to newspaper editors throughout the state, VandeHei drove to Brillion, Wisconsin and asked for a job at the Brillion News. Little did he know that the newspaper owner would end up asking the then-19-year-old to run the entire publication for the summer. “He looked at me and said, ‘I have an editor who needs three months off; I need you

to run the paper,’” VandeHei said. “I had only taken one journalism class.” Not only did VandeHei get a paid summer job, he was also given a car to use for transportation and a lake cottage where he could live, complete with a mini-fridge that he said was always stocked full of beer. VandeHei said that’s when he really found his passion for journalism. “I learned more in those three months than I’d learned in years,” he said. VandeHei went on to graduate from UWO in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He said his goal was to eventually cover political leaders in Washington, D.C. “I thought if I could cover leadership at Roll Call, a small newspaper that covered Capitol Hill, then I’d accomplish everything I’d wanted to accomplish,” VandeHei said. He landed a job at Roll Call, and after covering more and more stories, VandeHei created a name for himself. Notably, VandeHei said he was the first person to figure out that Republicans were meeting in the basement of the Capitol to plan the impeachment of then-president Bill Clinton. Then, in 2000, as a young journalist in his mid-20s, VandeHei got a job offer from the Wall Street Journal as a Congressional and White House reporter. VandeHei said once he started working for the Wall Street Journal, his career took



Axios CEO Jim VandeHei makes a point during his Department of Journalism keynote address.

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Annual safety walk with Chancellor Leavitt


LEFT: UW Oshkosh police officers Trent Martin and Chris Tarmann and UWO Chancellor Andrew Leavitt listen to students concerns during the annual campus safety walk. RIGHT: University Police Chief Kurt Leibold discusses ways to stay safe on and off campus and answers student’s questions along the walk. by Joe Schulz UW Oshkosh students voiced their safety concerns at the annual campus safety walk with Chancellor Andrew Leavitt and the University Police. Leavitt said the walk was important because it gave administrators a chance to listen to students about their safety concerns. “It’s good to do it every year because when you have new students come in, they have new sets of eyes,” Leavitt said. “In previous years we have definitely made corrective actions based on

what we learned in the safety walk.” UP Chief of Police Kurt Leibold said it’s important that students feel safe on campus. “Fear is just as relevant as actual crime or disorder; if people don’t feel safe it won’t be a good environment for them to learn and live,” Leibold said. “The No. 1 priority for us is the safety of students and staff on campus.” Leavitt said the University’s relationships with city officials are crucial when reacting to the recent assaults and burglaries near campus. “Clearly that’s not the campus, but the University has a vested interest

in making sure surrounding areas are safe because that’s where our students live,” Leavitt said. “We are definitely engaged with the city to make sure the right kinds of precautions are taken to mitigate that.” Leibold said the student perception is that there had been more assaults and burglaries near campus than in previous years. “Usually it’s in the red zone time, the first six weeks of school is when students are more likely to be victims of assaults, not just sexual assault but also street assaults,” Leibold said. “We really pay attention to that part of the year,

but we can’t be there all the time.” UWO student Nik Klessig said assaults near campus scare him because he will be living off campus next year. “It makes me fear for my roommates, who are all girls next year,” Klessig said. “It’s no surprise that women are targeted more.” Leavitt said the University has taken steps to prevent predators, like former volleyball coach Brian Schaefer and former art professor Michael Beitz, from obtaining positions of power within the institution. “In recent years, because of my insistence and [the Schaefer and Beitz]


Fake news: ‘a cancer on society’ by Jordyn Schraeder The founder of Politico and Axios described fake news as “a cancer on society” that will be difficult to cure. Jim VandeHei, who graduated from UW Oshkosh in 1995 with a journalism degree and received an honorary doctorate from the University in 2011, was one of the speakers on the Department of Journalism’s 50th Anniversary media panel on Oct. 19. Paul Anger, the retired editor of the Detroit Free Press and Barbara Benish, the Advance-Titan adviser and the internship coordinator for the Journalism Department, were also part of the panel, which was moderated by 2014 alumnus Brody Karmenzind, partner manager at Facebook. “If you look at polls now, anywhere from 50 to 60 percent of people don’t believe what our industry writes,” VandeHei said. “And that’s a big problem.” VandeHei said that “fake news” will disappear if four

things happen: — Politicians need to stop using the term “fake news.” Discrediting news sources drives a wedge between the public and the truth. — News organizations should ban their reporters from sharing their opinions on social media. — Social media should regulate the flow of disinformation, much like TV stations and newspapers. — Individuals need to use a variety of trustworthy sources. Anger, a 1972 alumnus, said, “Real fake news examples would be hoaxes, propaganda, storylines built on demonstrable lies and stories that might be called yellow journalism, ones that seize on a meaningless issue and blow it out of proportion.” Allegations of fake news and actual fake news stories impact the credibility of news sources and puts journalists under fire. It also distorts the truth and the public’s level of trust in journalists. VandeHei argued that main-

taining a free press is a vital part of a successful democratic society but fake news poses a threat to both. “When you chip away at truth, you really do start to hammer away at democracy,” he said. Fake news and allegations of it have discredited a number of journalists and news publications, and in many cases, misled the public. Because of this, it is important to educate both future journalists and practicing professionals on how to steer clear of accusations and publish credible stories. “Students not only need to learn how to report on news fairly, but they also need to know how to consume news and ensure that their media sources are balanced and fair,” said Benish, a 1983 alumna. “We’re living in times of ‘alternative facts’ — so students should be encouraged to consume media from different outlets and then come to their own conclusions if we are to have a well-educated public.”



Trump faces 1st Amendment suit

views as hostile,” the complaint continues. “As a result, journalists who report on the president or his administration reasonably believe they face a PEN America, represented by the nonpartisan, credible threat of government retaliation for carnonprofit Protect Democracy and the Yale School rying out the duties of their profession. President Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, Trump has thus intentionally hung a sword of Dafiled a lawsuit in federal court against the president mocles over the heads of countless writers, jourof the United States on Oct. 16. nalists and media entities.” According to PEN America, the suit seeks to PEN America seeks a remedy for the president’s stop President Donald Trump from using the unconstitutional actions aimed at suppressing machinery of government to retaliate or threaten speech. “It seeks the entry of an Order (a) declarreprisals against journalists and media outlets for ing that Defendant Trump’s retaliatory acts violate coverage he dislikes. the First Amendment, and (b) enjoining Defendant PEN America is a registered 501(c)(3) organi- Trump from directing any officer, employee, agenzation with a community of over 7,200 novelists, cy or other agent or instrumentality of the United journalists and publishers with the mission to “pro- States government to take any action against any tect free expression in the United States and world- person or entity in retaliation for speech that the unite writers and their allies to celebrate President or his Administration do not like.” creative expression and defend the liberties that UWO communication studies professor and make it possible.” faculty advisor for the American Democracy ProjAccording to PEN Charter 1948, PEN declares ect, Anthony Palmeri, said Trump violates the first for a free press and opposes arbitrary censorship. amendment when he moves forward on threats It believes that the necessary advance of the world against the press. toward a more highly orga“Like any citizen, President nized political and economic Trump has the First Amendorder renders free criticism of This is a disturbing fact ment right to be critical of the governments, administrations of the Trump presiden- free press,” Palmeri said. “He and institutions imperative. cy that all lovers of liberty, abuses that right when he moves According to the complaint regardless of their politi- from mere criticism to makfor declaratory and injunctive cal affiliations, should re- ing and sometimes following relief, “President Trump has nounce. through on active threats.” First Amendment rights and is Palmeri said Trump’s actions — Stephen Kercher are disturbing. free to criticize the press vehemently, but he is not free to use “The First Amendment proProfessor and ADP Advisor the power and authority of the tections of free speech and free United States government to press are necessary in order punish and stifle it.” to hold our government acIncidents cited in the complaint from PEN countable,” Palmeri said. “While presidents have America include Trump personally lobbying the always had rocky relationships with the press, U.S. Postal Service to increase the shipping rate for President Trump is unique in the way he not only parcels because he does not like the calls journalists he does not like ‘the enemies of way he is covered in the Washington Post, which the people,’ but he seems more than willing to do is owned by Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos. Trump’s what he can to silence them. This is a disturbing threats of government action alone caused a pro- fact of the Trump presidency that all lovers of libnounced dip in Amazon’s stock value in July 2018. erty, regardless of their political affiliations, should In 2016, when Trump learned that CNN’s par- renounce.” ent company, Time Warner, planned to merge with UWO student and Winnebago County Board AT&T, he publicly threatened to use the Justice Supervisor Aaron Wojciechowski said Trump’s Department’s antitrust merger review process to behavior is unacceptable. retaliate against CNN for its news coverage he was “Based on the article and what we’ve been seenot in favor of. ing since President Trump first announced he was In July 2018, the White House banned CNN re- running for president is a lack of compassion and porter Kaitlan Collins from a Rose Garden press respect for our free press and journalists,” Woconference for asking questions the White House jciechowski said. “I’ve seen multiple verbal atdeemed “inappropriate.” tacks on journalists trying to do their job and find In the complaint they touched on the importance the truth to important questions. I think this lawsuit of the First Amendment by referencing Benjamin is warranted and sends a strong message that we Franklin who identified freedom of speech as the should uphold the First Amendment. No one is “principal pillar” of a free society and the primary above the Constitution, not even the president of bulwark against tyranny. A leader with “the power the United States. His comments toward journalto punish for words,” he wrote, “would be armed ists and news outlets is egregious and sets a danwith a weapon the most destructive and terrible.” gerous precedent on how political leaders should According to the complaint, “President Trump react to the press.” has directed his threats and retaliatory actions at specific outlets whose content and viewpoints he TRUMP, PAGE A2 by Christina Basken

Jim VandeHei, Barbara Benish, Paul Anger and moderator Brody Karmenzind took part in the journalism department’s fake news panel discussion on Friday.

issues, we’ve gotten the University system to look at the consensual relationship policy and change it; it’s gotten a lot stricter,” Leavitt said. “We need to make sure there’s training on campus for all employees that when you see something, you say something.” Leavitt said sexual assault and harassment is an issue that the University takes extremely seriously. “We act in the best interest of what the victim wants to do in that case…” Leavitt said. “The times of people being afraid to report because they’re afraid of

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Women’s Center awaits possible $300,000 grant

by Nikki Brahm The director of the UW Oshkosh Women’s Center and the associate vice chancellor and dean of students are partnering to apply for a $300,000 grant that would educate students on sexual assault. The grant, offered by the Office of Violence Against Women, is a national grant that had 57 awardees in 2018. While the deadlines are not yet posted, the grant submission should be due sometime around March 2019, and UWO would be informed sometime around October 2019. The Office of Sponsored Programs at UWO is assisting in the process of applying for the grant and other things, such as how the funds can be used. Women’s Center Director Alicia Johnson said the majority of the

funds would be used to hire a fulltime sexual violence prevention professional. “You know, it seems like a large grant,” Johnson said. “So the grant is up to $300,000 for three years. So you get about $100,000 a year, but in that is a full-time person’s salary plus all the programming expenses, so money goes really quickly.” Johnson said the work the new hire would do is now dispersed across many people. “[It] is good in some capacities because then there are more people that are involved in the prevention, which is necessary, but I think to really grow the potential of building a strong prevention program, we need somebody, a dedicated person, to kind of facilitate all of that,” Johnson said. Johnson said the specialist would be dedicated to coordinating the efforts across the entire campus and

working with different departments. “I think it’s also important to keep that spirit of collaboration across campus alive,” she said. Johnson said the first objective would be having trauma-informed care trainings because students need a supportive space. “So what I’m passionate about is the classroom learning environment as well as the student overall experience, of course,” Johnson said. “One of the things that I would work on is helping make classrooms trauma-informed settings so that faculty and instructors understand the impact of trauma.” Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Art Munin is a co-principal investigator on the project alongside Johnson. “We would seek to train a small group of faculty and staff on trauma-informed care so that those professionals could train student, staff


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already got that going on out there.” The UWO Foundation is sitting on $22.5 million in assets that are currently locked in a legal battle with the UW System. According to Mulloy, the foundation continues to serve its mission and has processed nearly $800,000 in scholarships during September. The legal battle between the UWO Foundation and the UW System dates back to April 16, 2017, when the Wisconsin Department of Justice filed criminal charges against former UWO Chancellor Richard Wells and former Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services and Chief Business Officer Thomas Sonnleitner. The charges include improper financial transactions that occurred under their former administration from 2010-2014 related to five real estate projects. According to the original criminal complaint, the two administrators funneled $11 million in taxpayer money into five UWO Foundation building projects, including the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel in downtown Oshkosh; the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center; two biodigesters, which turn animal waste into electricity; and the Oshkosh


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off. Suddenly, the journalist who was at one point flunking out of school was now covering the President of the United States. “It’s crazy, you literally had a front row seat to the president,” VandeHei said. “You just get this lens into the world that very few people get. I was always very appreciative of that. One day he’s on Air Force One, and you’re sitting next to him interviewing him.” VandeHei went on to cover every story imaginable, from 9/11 to intense election coverage. In 2006, then working for the Washington Post, VandeHei saw a breaking point in the media before anyone else did. “There’s no Facebook, no iPhone, no Snapchat, no Huffington Post,” VandeHei said.

and faculty units and departments on all three campuses,” Munin said. Johnson said the grant is specific in what percentages can go toward initiatives. For example, up to 20 percent of the grant can go toward direct support for survivors. “So what we would like to do with that 20 percent is grow the trauma retreats that the Counseling Center does and maybe expand them to be more focused or specialized in terms of either type of trauma or population,” she said. “So maybe a trauma retreat specific for LGBTQ+ populations, persons of color, etc.” Johnson and Munin said existing initiatives on campus could be expanded with the grant money, including bystander intervention training and funding for the Red Zone Initiative. Munin said awareness and education on sexual assault can always be improved upon.

Sports Complex, which includes Titan Stadium. In January 2017, the Board of Regents and UW System asked the Department of Justice to pursue civil charges against the two former administrators. Both parties made their initial appearance on June 11 in Winnebago County Court. Meanwhile, the criminal case is still ongoing. Legal observers say that the state is contradicting itself by arguing in civil court that no obligations exist and arguing in criminal court that Wells and Sonnleitner did create obligations of the state. The criminal case is set for Dec.10 to go back to Winnebago County for a hearing and possible consideration of a motion. According to Richard Wells’ lawyer, Raymond Dall’Osto, the civil case could be extended for another year, depending on if the University decides to appeal. According to court documents, the former chancellor and vice chancellor stated at a UWO Foundation board meeting that they had authority to guarantee the debts that the foundation would incur. Debra Birkin, vice president of financial affairs for the University of Wisconsin System, was present when Wells and Sonnleitner made their promises, and she did not dissent or raise any concerns about the

“But you could feel it in the air that something was going to happen that would change the industry.” With very sparse digital content, VandeHei said he saw an opportunity to change the industry. Politico was created after a simple conversation with a colleague. He compared the creation of the company to the New York Yankees. “I said, ‘Why don’t we take a New York Yankees approach to this?’” VandeHei said. “Let’s get the five best journalists, and we’ll be off to the races.” Six months later, VandeHei created Politico. From there, VandeHei and company would go on to create one of the biggest media companies ever. He eventually left Politico to start Axios in August 2016. Along the way, VandeHei said he has seen the political world turn upside down.

“Whether it is the Red Zone Initiative, Take Back the Night, Rape Aggression Self-Defense courses or our Bystander Intervention Initiative, there are a plethora of ways members of our community can get directly involved in this work,” Munin said. “This is an issue that affects every member of our community, and a community response is what is needed to eradicate this from our campuses.” Graduate student Brooke Berrens is a co-director of the Women’s Advocacy Council and volunteers to help the Women’s Center. She said she believes programming and prevention efforts are already great, but it would be helpful to have a sustainable and consistent full-time resource. “To just have one central person or place to do it will be a lot better,” Berrens said.

guarantees the University made. By the time the case wraps up, Mulloy said he expects the UWO Foundation to incur close to $1 million in legal fees, money that could have gone toward scholarships. In a previous interview from September with UW System Foundation lawyer Paul Swanson, he stated the foundation remains financially strong. “We continue to fund scholarships; we continue to serve the University community,” Swanson said. The foundation closed the sale of one of two biodigesters on Sept.11 for $8.25 million, which paid off the $6.1 million that the foundation owed on it. Mulloy said it is his hope to come out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings by 2019. According to the Oshkosh Examiner, the standoff between the two foundations comes at a time of increased financial distress for the University. State records show that UWO lost $7.1 million in the last fiscal year after losing $10.3 million in the prior 12 months. The school has announced a plan for “right-sizing” that will mean job losses as well as increased workloads for many remaining staffers. Leavitt said it is the practice of the University to not comment on matters related to ongoing litigation.

“Politics in media used to be normal,” he said. “Your political consumption was 10 percent of your time. People just worried about living their lives rather than worried about politics and media.” VandeHei said with all of the negative connotations that politics brings, it’s important to realize the need for democracy. “As imperfect as we are, we are by far and away the most perfect experiment in government in the history of humanity,” he said. “There’s something about democracy and capitalism that works.” VandeHei took to his own publication to continue the discussion in an Axios column where he discussed the importance of media outlets holding their reporters responsible for their statements made on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. “News organizations should ban their reporters

from doing anything on social media — especially Twitter — beyond sharing stories,” VandeHei said. “Snark, jokes and blatant opinion are showing your hand, and it always seems to be the left one. This makes it impossible to win back the skeptics.” VandeHei also discussed the danger with the public having zero trust in journalists that cover political policy. “The worst thing for a country is having people believe lies or trust nothing,” VandeHei said. “One day soon, something bad will happen, and it will take faith in information to fix it. You erode trust at our collective peril.” VandeHei said that he will never forget the people who nudged him in the right direction. “Don’t underestimate how much you can do, or what people can do for you,” he said.

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LEFT: Jeremy Piper, co-founder of the new, UWO club Titan Students for a Cleaner Community, poses with garbage collected by students on and around campus. ABOVE: From left, Emily Eresh, William Nebus and Natalie Kostman pose with garbage collector equipment. BELOW: From left, Natalie Kostman, Jeremy Piper, Elizabeth Armstrong, Miklyn Armstrong and Emily Eresh present a large amount of garbage collected during an outing to clean the campus.

Q & A with Hunter Armstrong, co-founder of SCC Q. How often does Titan SCC meet?

by Neal Hogden Q. What’s the goal of Titan Students for a Cleaner Community? A. The goal of Titan SCC is to clean the community block by block in an effort to bring the true beauty and potential out of the neighborhood and increase citizen’s and student’s motivation to take that second out of their day to stop, bend over and pick up that loose plastic bottle and dispose of it properly. Future goals of Titan SCC include spreading the reach of our organization to other areas of the Oshkosh community and eventually expanding on to other campuses throughout the State of Wisconsin. The Phoenix SCC (UW-Green Bay), the Badger SCC (UW Madison), the Pioneer SCC (UW-Platteville), etc...



understood that the role of the investigator ends after the report is delivered. “After investigators complete the investigation and submit their report, the investigators are no longer a part of the process,” Maguire said. “They do not learn how their report was received or whether or what action was taken.” Hagen was ordered to

FAKE NEWS FROM PAGE A2 When it comes to remaining objective Anger said, “If you have a bias, and all of us do, check it at the newsroom door. Perception of bias matters, too, so remember that even in your personal life, you are always representing the First Amendment and freedom of the press.”

A. Since our creation in March of last spring we have met one Sunday each month. Obviously when there is snow covering the ground it is difficult to find trash and even more difficult to motivate people to walk around for two hours if it’s frigid outside. That is why we would like to transition Titan SCC into more of a community volunteer group during the winter season. As we add more students to our roster we will most likely meet with more frequency and quite possibly end up regularly meeting on a weeknight that works best for our members. Q. How can students get involved with Titan SCC? A. Any students that want to get involved and help build up their community and University, please find and message Titan SCC’s page on Facebook (

have no contact with the complainant except through the chair. 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. On Oct. 19 during a telephone conference, it was decided that a motion to reopen the case would be scheduled for Nov. 2. Nemec could face a re-

straining 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. The pending restraining order against Nemec is set for an oral decision hearing on Nov. 21.

Although fake news has tested journalists, Benish argued that it has had a positive impact on the industry, making journalists better reporters. “I also believe that all too often news is deemed ‘fake’ only because it is unwanted coverage,” Benish said. “More than ever, journalists need to be watchdogs for the public and cover stories that otherwise would not be

told.” “No matter what backlash journalists receive while reporting the truth,” Anger says, “We just need to keep doing our work, guaranteed by the First Amendment, and keep doing it well. Over time, the vast majority of Americans will understand there’s nothing fake about that.”

tanSCC) or get ahold of me through email at We plan on reaching out to preexisting organizations like SEAC, Green Fund and the Campus Sustainability Council to find the best ways to expand, develop efficiency and become as inclusive a group as we can be. Q. What has gone into the process of getting Titan SCC recognized as a student organization so it can gain traction with the student body? A. The process of getting Titan SCC recognized by the Oshkosh Student Association started last March when my roommate, Jeremy Piper, and I decided to create a student-operated organization that was dedicated to picking up trash and recycling in the community right off campus. We hosted our own events through the use of our Facebook page, @OshkoshTitanSCC, and picked up over 100 pounds of refuse over the summer. The project for the fall was getting Ti-

tan SCC officially recognized by the OSA. New organizations are required to have at least four students on their roster as well as a faculty or staff adviser. Titan SCC reached out to the superintendent of the University, Frank Mazanka, who has proven to be more than accommodating in regards to assistance with the disposal of the collected trash. After getting paperwork approved, new organizations must also appeal to already-existing student clubs during OSA Assembly as well as appeal to OSA senators, who will then sponsor and vote your organization into existence or reject your organization in extreme circumstances. Q. Do you have anything else to add about the club? A. It is up to all of those who would identify as human to take care of this planet. We can start the change here. Help us better our city, our state, our planet, our home.

Chancellor names Koker provost, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs by Nikki Brahm

The decision to appoint John Koker as provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs was announced Wednesday morning after a series of screening processes involving four candidates for the position. Koker previously served as the interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at UW Oshkosh. In a campus-wide email, Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said he is proud of the University community and its search and


screening process. “Dr. Koker is the right leader to guide us through our current financial challenges related to enrollment,” Leavitt said. “He will also help us collaboratively develop the next distinctive strategic vision and mission to strengthen our University’s identity and trajectory into the future.” Leavitt also said the position will include more responsibilities and serve in new ways because UW Oshkosh is a multi-campus institution. “The duties of vice chancellor of Academic Affairs will


what will happen, those days are gone.” Leibold said student safety is a bigger issue than just preventing crimes on and around campus. “It’s also about environmental safety, so keeping an eye on when sidewalks are cracking or when sidewalks are covered in ice,” Leibold said. “That’s the information we need also, and we’ll make sure we have the right resources in place to make sure everybody is safe walking around campus.” UWO student Madison Renard said her biggest safety concern on campus was lighting and visibility. “I feel like some darker parts of campus could be lit up more,” Renard said. “So, when kids are walking from night classes, or theater rehearsal, or clubs they can feel safer walking to their cars.” Renard said that crosswalks and cars driving



UWO student and Co-President of the Society of Professional Journalists Morgan Van Lanen said this is a difficult time to be a journalist, but you have to be prepared.

demand oversight of the Division of Academic Affairs and implementation of the academic mission,” Leavitt said. “I am confident Dr. Koker will excel at both and serve this institution admirably.” According to the email, governance groups, the access campuses, collegium chairs, the search and screen committee and the Chancellor’s Cabinet were involved in the decision-making process. “Participants in the provost candidates’ open forums shared some of the most insightful feedback,” Leavitt said.

through campus pose safety concerns. “I think what we have in front of Reeve and Sage is very effective, the buttons and everything,” Renard said. “But I think in front of the Scotts and Gruenhagen, those crosswalks could be improved.” Leibold said students could improve their safety by downloading the UWO Mobile app. “With that, there’s a virtual blue light where they can hit the button and connect right to our dispatcher, they don’t have to physically get to a blue light to do that,” Leibold said. “That is key, they can contact the police, and we can be there in minutes or seconds.” Leavitt said students can improve their safety when going out at night through the buddy system and bystander intervention. “There was a great case of that over a year ago where a student was attacked, and students around them were able to intercede and stop that attack,” Leavitt said. “What it means to be a Titan is to look out for one another.”

“Journalists choose to be journalists,” Van Lanen said. “No one forces you to become a reporter, you choose to be one. And, as unfair as it is, getting scrutiny from the president for how you report on him is just part of the job in today’s world. I’m not saying it’s right or that

it’s wrong, I’m just saying it comes with the job right now, and reporters have to be prepared for it.” PEN America did not respond to an attempt for an interview, and all quotes from PEN America are taken directly from PEN America’s website and the complaint.

October 25, 2018|A5

Campus Connections Advance-Titan

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TOP LEFT: Participants start their march down Algoma Blvd toward the Christine Ann Center. TOP RIGHT: Marchers show off their signs in support of Take Back The Night. BOTTOM RIGHT: Participants honor those lost to sexual assault outside of the Christine Ann Center with a moment of silence. BOTTOM LEFT: Campus and community members share the night together with candles in hand as they condemn sexual violence and pledge to support victims.

Take Back the Night celebrates 28 years in Oshkosh were included. Alicia Gehrig, community outreach coordinator at Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, said The 28th annual Take Back the Night was held that TBTN is about people making themselves in Reeve Union Ballroom Wednesday night to heard. “The march is, in a way, taking back the streets,” raise awareness on sexual assault, domestic violence and unhealthy relationships in our commu- Gehrig said. “We’re going to stand up to violence. We’re allies to survivors who need us.” nity. Gehrig said that TBTN comes just two weeks Nationwide TBTN events strive to bring awareness to the problems of sexual violence while after what is known as the “red zone” period of spotting allies and supporting those who have sexual assaults on campus. “Individuals ages 18-24 are the biggest populabeen victims of sexual assault, according to TBTN tion of where domestic violence occurs,” Gehrig website. Victims who lost their lives last year in sexual said. “The first six weeks on campus they call the assault and domestic violence cases were honored red zone, and that's when the most sexual assaults with a candle-lit march to the Christine Ann Do- are happening, that first part of the semester.” Radley said that events like TBTN are a remestic Abuse Center. Purple silhouettes representsponse to what goes on in the ing those lost had their names read It’s about making community. “Sexual assault and domestic off by marchers in a moment of sure people in the violence happens everywhere,” respect. community know what Radley said. “This is just a way A Native American jingle dance resources are available to focus locally on what the issues was introduced this year. The for survivors. are in Oshkosh and bring together dance was done in traditional jingle dance regalia and is symbolic — Marianne Radley the partners who respond to it and of healing and resilience, accord- Advocacy Program Director try to work to end and treat it.” Radley said that survivors and ing to Marianne Radley, advocacy those close to survivors may not program director and volunteer know their options; TBTN and coordinator at Reach Counseling. Local artist Michael Wartgow concluded the many other agencies in our community are here event over hot chocolate and coffee in the Gail F. to help. “It's about making sure people in the community Steinhilber Art Gallery, located on the third floor of Reeve Union. Wartgow’s exhibit depicted sur- know what resources are available for survivors,” vivors and their stories and the artwork was given Radley said. “I think a lot of times folks hang on to these issues and either don't know where to go, to the survivors whose stories were told. Other activities such as temporary tattoos, pho- don't think there is anyone available to help or feel to booths, sign decorations and voter registration like there is not support out there.” by Jack Tierney

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Study breaks are good for health

by Joshua Mounts mountj53@uwosh.

Joshua Mounts is a senior journalism major. His views do not necessarily represent those of The AdCollege is tough. That’s plain and simple, every college student learns that, whether it’s early in their college career or closer to their graduation date. Making time to study and complete assignments is definitely one of the biggest stressors for those attending college. Katie Reilly wrote a story for Time titled “Record Numbers of College Students Are Seeking Treatment for Depression and Anxiety — But Schools Can’t Keep Up,” which addresses the issue of students and stress. “In spring 2017, nearly 40% of college students said they had felt so depressed in the prior year that it was difficult for them to function, and 61% of students said they had ‘felt overwhelming anxiety’ in the same time period, according to an American College Health Association survey of more than 63,000 students at 92 schools,” Reilly said. Of course, an easy and pretty obvious tip is to take time away to study and do your school work, but a tip that you may not hear nearly as often is to take time away from school for yourself. Debatably, this could be almost as important as scheduling study time throughout the week. Taking time to relax and unwind a bit is extremely important for students to maintain their sanity.

Mental health is just as important as physical health, and by doing something such as hitting the gym, you can kill two birds with one stone. Working out is often considered one of the best ways to relieve stress, and by doing that, you can also keep yourself in physical shape. You can unwind in any way as every single person is different from the next. Everyone has different hobbies and relaxes in different ways. Whether it’s hitting the gym for a quick workout, taking a jog or bike ride along the river or strolling through a park, cracking open a good book, jumping into some sweatpants and throwing on Netflix or playing Xbox with some friends — as long as you’re relaxing, you’re doing it right. It sometimes feels that you shouldn’t be allowed to take time for yourself in the midst of such a busy schedule. The truth of the matter is that there should always be time for that. Taking “you” time out of your week to spend on yourself is important. Mental health is a topic that is given a fair amount of publicity nowadays and that’s because it’s an ever-increasing issue that people need to be aware of. Students are no different from anyone else and suffer from mental health problems just as regularly as anyone else. With the added stress of all the assignments and work that you’ll endure, this puts you at an even higher risk of developing certain health issues. It’s easy for someone to lose track of their own well-being when they have so much going on, but it’s important to keep your mind in mind. It doesn’t matter what you do to unwind, but taking time every day for yourself and to relax is an important part of your week.

Take time for mental health BY ETHAN USLABAR

by The Advance-Titan Staff

Sleeping and eating are both healthy habits that should be considered important for college students to do throughout their time in school. However, not getting enough sleep and not eating seems to be more prominent for students and can sometimes be glamorized. A study by the University of Georgia stated that college students get an average of six to 6.9 hours of sleep per night while the suggested amount is eight hours. Lack of sleep can affect physical and mental health or can also lead to lack of awareness when driving or doing daily activities. A Washington Post article by Caitlin Dewey, “The hidden crisis on college campuses: Many students don’t have enough to eat,” stated that 36 percent of students also don’t get enough to eat. “They’re skipping meals, or eating smaller meals, because they don’t have enough money for food,” Dewey said. Weight loss is one side effect that is shown in the article by a student, Caleb Torres, who lost seven pounds his freshman year because of not eating enough. “A first-generation college student, barely covering tuition, Torres ran out of grocery money halfway through the year and began skipping meals as a result,” Dewey said. UW Oshkosh fifth-year student Heather Tice said not getting enough sleep is something that seems to be common in college. “I do feel like it’s kind of a competition,” Tice said. “It’s like, ‘Oh, I only got four hours of sleep. Oh, well I only got three hours of sleep.’” Tice said college is perceived as a place

where students are going to have hectic schedules. “I feel like it’s something that none of us are getting enough sleep or eating healthy enough,” Tice said. “We always heard, ‘In college you’re kind of a mess,’ and we’re experiencing it first-hand.” UWO fifth-year student Ben Blum said not getting a lot of sleep and gaining the “freshman 15” contribute to a lack of sleep and poor eating habits. “The idea that if you can stay up all night and still get good grades while not sleeping seems like an achievement in a way,” Blum said. “There’s that expectation that you’re going to gain those 15 pounds your freshman year.” Blum said he personally sees the benefits of sleep but also recognizes the other side of it. “I see the good side of sleep and how it helps get better grades, but there is that general idea that maybe it is seen as glamorous to get good grades while still not sleeping,” Blum said. UWO sophomore Olivia Swanson said having busy schedules is one reason students don’t get enough sleep or don’t eat. “A lot of people either skip breakfast or don’t eat other meals and I think that does take a toll on their health and their mindset,” Swanson said. During midterms and finals, it seems to be more of a problem for students to maintain healthy habits as they push their limits to get a good grade. Tice said projects especially lead to a lack of sleep and not eating because they take up a lot of a student’s schedule. “You have to do something a lot more indepth and you’re working with other people; you’re trying to find time to work together,” Tice said. “I think it’s a little more stressful because projects are so much more

in-depth than just an exam or paper.” Blum said procrastination for studying and working on assignments is a major part of the lack of sleep during midterms and finals. “A lot of people are cramming for all of those exams,” Blum said. “People tend to pull all-nighters.” Although this is a problem, there are a few things students can do to ensure they get enough sleep and food. Blum said planning out meals each week and starting to study early can help students get the sleep and food they need. “Don’t wait until the night before to study,” Blum said. “That way you can get good sleep each night and prioritize your things each night. If you plan out what you want to eat, it will help you have healthier options.” Swanson said putting physical and mental health first is a good step to making sure students have healthy sleeping and eating habits. “Obviously study and do your work, but try to prioritize your health and your mindset,” Swanson said. “Get as much sleep as you can. Try to eat breakfast or at least eat a little something here and there throughout the day.” Tice said time management is important for students to practice to help maintain a healthy lifestyle while in school. “I think that’s something we don’t really learn a lot of in high school and going into college we have to figure it out for ourselves,” Tice said. “Work smarter, not harder to make sure that you’re getting everything done to make sure you get adequate time to sleep.” Although grades are important, it is essential for students to remember to get enough sleep, eat every day and focus on their health.

Student votes are important in determining results of midterm elections

by Jesse Szweda Jesse Szweda is a senior English major. His views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. I’m going to do something a little bit unusual for the opinion section and share a personal secret. Ready to hear it? I did not vote in the 2016 presidential election. Scandalous, I know. But to

be fair, I was far from the only one. In fact, research has shown that young people tend to vote less when compared to the older portion of the population. In this regard, I guess you could say I was a typical college student. But it is precisely this lack of political involvement on the part of college students that prevents important progress from being made. And though there are many factors that contribute to low voter turnout among college students, it is essential that we break the current trend and show up to vote in the midterm elections this November. There are lots of reasons why college students tend not to vote as much as other demographics, and one of the biggest reasons is their lack of knowledge about politics.

UW Oshkosh senior Megan Olson said a lack of education about relevant issues makes some college students hesitant to vote. “People don’t feel educated enough to make a decision,” Olson said. “I feel like I haven’t been able to vote because I don’t know enough to give an educated input.” Not knowing a lot about politics, of course, is going to make someone less likely to vote. That being said, the internet has made learning about political issues easier than ever before. Access to accurate, unbiased information is only a click away if you’re willing to look for it. But even with this unprecedented access to information, it would be inaccurate to say that nothing stands in the way of

college students becoming more involved in elections. Many students on campus have strong opinions about how these barriers affect students. UWO sophomore Emily Miller said politicians often neglect college students in their campaigns, leading many students to question whether the issues really matter to them. “Not enough campaigns are coming to campuses and talking to the college students,” Miller said. “They like to talk about how they’re trying to help the UW System, but they’re not coming and visiting us and telling us their plans. They’re not really including us in politics, so I think that’s the biggest factor and why young people aren’t interested in voting.” UWO junior Alicia Obermei-

er said the outdated nature of the voting process dissuades a more tech-savvy generation from participating. “For me I think it’s about lack of [accessibility] and how it’s very outdated,” Obermeier said. “So I think that it has to do with the lack of technology in the whole voting process.” UWO senior Aaron Wojciechowski said that inconvenient voting hours negatively affect financially struggling students. “We’re voting on a Tuesday, and granted the polls are open basically all day,” Wojciechowiski said. “But you have classes, you have work, you have things to do, and sure, you can leave work, but for college students who can’t afford anything, missing two hours of work is a lot to them. So doing it during the day

of the week is not great.” Obstacles like these can and do keep a lot of college students from voting, and it’s not necessarily hard to see why. The cost is that our unique perspective on important issues is lost in the process. Alhough exploring ways to make voting easier for college students is important, it does not absolve us from our responsibility to participate in the political process. The fact of the matter is that we have a midterm election coming. Given the state of our country at the moment, this election will arguably be one of the most important ones in American history. So I implore you, students of UWO, to do whatever it takes to get your vote in on Nov. 6. The future of the country we all call home depends on it.

Faculty and class cuts are the wrong solution for budget cuts

by Courtney Schuna Courtney Schuna is a senior English major. Her views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. It’s no secret that faculty workloads are set to increase next year due to bud-

get cuts here at UW Oshkosh. The biggest question in response to this is how this is going to affect the students’ education on campus. UWO senior Jessica Dybul said she does not believe the increased workloads are a positive change for the students here at UWO. “I think that it will affect us negatively because our professors will have less time and energy to meet with us,” Dybul said. “The professors could also get stressed by a heavy load and not be able to put as much time preparing for our classes as they used to.” UWO alumna Shannon Berg said this change will negatively affect students’ education. “Fewer adjuncts means higher cred-

it loads for full-time faculty to teach,” Berg said. “But those extra however-many credits, whether it’s three, six, or nine extra credits per full-time faculty member in addition to the nine to 12 credits they’re already teaching, faculty will be spread thin with their time and energy.” Cutting professors and increasing workloads should not be the answer to solving the issue of the budget cuts. “I do not think that they should make cuts that are going to interfere with our quality of education,” Dybul said. “In the long term, I don’t think it’s an effective solution for budget cuts because as I said, I don’t foresee this being a sustainable solution only with fulltime Letters and Science faculty teach-

ing excessive courseloads,” Berg said. “Not all, but some of them may leave for more competitive positions or even less fulfilling work if it means they’d be treated properly and not treated like robotic teaching machines.” The issue of budget cuts isn’t solely in the hands of the UWO officials, but rather a bigger governmental issue. “I do understand that this is not what the University of Oshkosh would’ve chosen if they thought they had a better option,” Berg said. “I do think the solution lies not in the hands of University officials; this falls directly into the hands of the Wisconsin state government and leaders who view post-secondary education as a means to an end: get the degree then become a meaning-

ful contributor to the state economy.” Dybul said she agrees that the solution to the budget cuts is with the state legislature and with the campus officials. “I think that the governor should bring back all the state funding that [Walker] cut from the UW System in 2014,” Dybul said. “Furthermore, we should increase tuition and fees by a very little amount each year, maybe by $100 or $200, to prevent these cuts from happening.” If UWO goes down the path it’s going, we will lose many great staff members to other schools because of the heavy workloads the school is providing.

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Sports Advance-Titan

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Soccer takes down UW-River Falls, St. Norbert by Ally Gwidt The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team went 2-0 last week after defeating UW-River Falls on Saturday and St. Norbert College on Wednesday. The pair of wins advance UWO to a 7-9-1 record overall and a 3-3 record in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. UW Oshkosh recorded their fifth shutout of the season as the Titans defeated the Green Knights, 3-0. Senior forward Alexis Brewer accounted for UWO’s first goal of the night in the 10th minute of play. Brewer was assisted by sophomore forward Mallory Knight. Forward Hannah Zacher then extended the Titans lead to 2-0 in the 43rd minute off an assist from freshman Alyssa Gunderson. Aided by Brewer, Gunderson then clinched the game early in the second half with the Titans third and final goal, coming in the 58th minute of play. UWO goalkeeper Madelyn Runyan ceased all six of the Green Knights shots on goal, while St. Norbert’s goalie Ally Magiera stopped five of eight shots on goal. On Saturday, the Titans defeated UW-River Falls 2-0 in their last home game of the regular season. After heading into the second half 0-0, the Titans took a 1-0 lead as forward Delaney Karl connected from 20 yards out during the 75th minute of play. Karl’s goal served as her second goal of the season and was assisted by Zacher. Knight then advanced the match to a 2-0 UWO lead with a game-sealing goal in the 86th minute of play. Knight, who recorded only one goal last year, leads the team in goals scored with seven so far this year. Knight said her success this season goes far beyond her newfound confidence.


Senior Alexis Brewer dribbles around a UW-River Falls defender on Saturday night. The Titans came away with a 2-0 victory, improving to 3-3 in the WIAC. “Being confident on the ball and in my play has helped me make the most of the opportunities I’ve been given from the rest of

the team,” Knight said. “I wouldn’t be having this success without the great plays and balls from them; I owe them my success.”

Volleyball goes 2-2 over week by Christine Bjornstal

The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball season is quickly coming to a close. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the Titans took on fellow Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent UW-Platteville in the Kolf Sports Center, winning 3-0 on senior night. UWO controlled the matches throughout the night. The Titans took the first set 25-18, dominated second set winning 2515 and routed the Pioneers in third 25-17. Titan middle blocker Taylor Allen ended the night with five blocks and five kills. UWO defensive specialist Katie Hodges had a match high 14 digs. Head coach Jon Ellmann struggled to find words to explain what this group of seniors meant to him. “It’s really hard to sum up what seniors mean to you in a couple sentences,” Ellmann said. “We look at our seniors as a group of girls who have been here for four different coaching staffs. One of the most important things is that they were open to change, they bought in and their work ethic never wavered from freshman to senior year.” UWO outside hitter Samantha Jaeke said she was glad to send the seniors out the right way with a win. “I honestly tried to play the best I can to make sure they didn’t go down with a loss,” Jaeke said. “I was very close with all the seniors, so it was a hard night to realize they are leaving us. I’m really happy they had a great game.” Senior Tina Elstner said the team faced adversity early in Wednesday’s match but were able to pull it together. “I think we struggled a little bit in the beginning, but a win’s a win, and we figured it out at the end,” Elstner said. Over the weekend the Titans traveled to Mequon for the Concordia University

Head coach Erin Coppernoll backed Knight’s ascendancy from freshman to sophomore saying she expects Knight to continue this type of play into the postseason. “[Knight] has put a lot of work into her game, and you can tell that she was really hungry to be a dangerous play for us this year,” Coppernoll said. “She’s done a great job in the final third [of the season], and I still think she’s got plenty of goals ahead of her this season.” Sophomore goalie Erin Toomey secured yet another UWO shutout, while the Falcons goalkeeper, Haley Crosby managed to save nine of UWO’s 11 shots on goal the most for the Titans this season. Looking forward for the Titans, Coppernoll said she feels comfortable with where the team is at and hopes to win their last conference game before the postseason. “I think we are playing really good ball right now,” Coppernoll said. “We still have one game left to deterI think we are play- mine where ing really good ball right we land, so hopefully now. We still have one game left to determine we can score the third or where we land. fourth seed to host.” — Erin Coppernoll The TiWomen’s soccer head tans now coach sit in fourth place in the WIAC, a half game behind UW-Eau Claire. If the Titans win their last game of the regular season, they could potentially move into third place in the WIAC. UW Oshkosh will play their last game against UW-Platteville on Saturday at Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium before starting the first round of the WIAC Championship on Tuesday.

Wisconsin Invitational. On Friday, the team took on the host team CUW and swept the match winning three sets to zero. The Titans were able to snap CUW’s 13-match home-winning streak due in part to Elstner who had a match-best of 11 kills in the match off 28 total attacks. UWO out-blocked the Falcons with 14 total team blocks compared to CUW’s four total. The Titans won the match 2521, 25-17, 25-23. The second day of the tournament consisted of the Titans facing off with the No. 15 nationally ranked Illinois Wesleyan University and Cardinal Stritch University. In the morning, UWO took on Illinois Wesleyan, and the Titans couldn’t find a way to get past another nationally ranked opponent. Illinois Wesleyan had several

players hitting above .333, and although the Titans had seven total team blocks, they couldn’t stop the hitters. The team was swept in three with scores of 16-25, 20-25, 21-25. UWO was able to rebound and focus in on their next opponent Cardinal Stritch University after the morning loss. Each of the sets were played to close scores within two or three points. The Titans were able to pull the sweep to win its fourth 3-0 win in five matches. UWO hit .261 overall in the match. Elstner had eight kills off 21 attacks, while hitting .238, while Jaeke had seven kills off 13 attacks and hit .462. UWO won the match 25-22, 25-22, 25-23. The Titans have one final regular season match before the WIAC Championship, with the first round beginning on Oct. 30.


UWO women’s volleyball attacks the net during Wednesday’s match.

Swim team competes at College Showcase by Neal Hogden

The UW Oshkosh swim and dive team participated in the Wisconsin College Showcase last weekend in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. The meet was a non-scoring meet so no team scores were recorded during the event. UWO sophomore Matt Wilke led the Titans as he recorded second-place finishes in both the one- and three-meter dives. Wilke said his key to placing well every week lies in his practice habits. “My major goal is just to stay out of my head as much as I can,” Wilke said. “I know for me, that was probably my biggest weakness last season. Diving is all a mental game, like a lot of sports are, that’s something in every practice and every meet I’m constantly trying to improve on.” Sophomore Jarrett Lieder continued his strong 2018 campaign with a 14th-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle. Top-10 finishers for the women were senior Sydney Challoner in three events and sophomore Jennifer Lutz. Challoner finished in seventh place in both the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley and ninth place in the 100-yard breaststroke to pace the Titans. Challoner said competing

against Division I athletes and taking top 10s in those events are what she strives for. “My goal is to be top 10 in every event,” Challoner said. “Especially competing against D-I athletes, it’s good to see where I’m at competing against them.” Challoner said hard work in practice and pushing herself is key to putting her best swims together for meets. “[It takes] hard work in practice every day,” Challoner said. “You have to make sure you push yourself, even if someone next to you isn’t going the speed you want to go.” Lutz swam to a 10th-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:25.80. Head coach Christopher Culp said he was proud of how his team performed at the Wisconsin College Showcase. “This was probably the best Wisconsin [College] Showcase meet that we’ve had since I’ve been the coach,” Culp said. “We supported one another really well; we were engaged the whole meet. … I thought we raced really well, and typically at this time of the season you never know what you’re going to get. But we raced well and the whole bus ride home, I was in a good mood.” The Titans’ next event will be a dual-meet with Carroll University on Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in the Albee Hall pool.

Women’s tennis takes 4th at WIAC Former UWO wide receiver to attend Spring League Showcase by Colan Treml

The UW Oshkosh women’s tennis team finished fourth at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships in Madison last weekend, totaling a score of 32 points, including eight championship points. Michelle Spicer captured third place in No. 5 singles, and Hannah Peters and Samantha Koppa secured a fourth-place finish in No. 2 doubles, which propelled the Titans to their overall success. The Titans qualified for the WIAC team tournament in the spring for an opportunity to have an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championships in late April. UWO also had a series of fourth-place finishes by ju-

niors Alyssa Leffler and Koppa in the No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Head coach Robert Henshaw said he was extremely happy with how his team performed over the two-day weekend. “I am exceptionally pleased with the leadership both on and off the court from our juniors and seniors,” Henshaw said. “They all played spirited tennis and played as well as I have ever seen.” UW-Whitewater finished the weekend claiming the first-place title with a total of 62 points while UW-La Crosse finished second and UW-Eau Claire finished third with 52 and 47 points, respectively. UWO freshman Ireland Slattery, who recorded a 1-1 record in singles over the weekend, said the Titans are exactly where they want to be

despite not finishing in first place. “Our team still accomplished the goal we set out for, which was to qualify for the spring tournament,” Slattery said. “Everyone gave it their all, and at the end of the day, that is the most important factor.” However, the work continues as the team gets ready for their spring season and the WIAC team tournament. Spicer said there’s still a lot of room for improvement. “As a team I think we could just work on helping each other get better as much as possible so we can have that opportunity [playing in the NCAA championships] in the spring,” Spicer said. The Titans start their spring season and continue competitive play on March 16 at Coe College in Iowa.

by Neal Hogden Former UW Oshkosh wide receiver Sam Mentkowski will be heading to Miami for The Spring League Fall Showcase. The Spring League is a developmental football league that is used as a scouting event for professional talent that will take place from Nov. 6 to 9. Mentkowski, a 2017 graduate from UWO, attended the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars rookie mini-camp in May 2018 but was eventually cut. Mentkowski said during his mini-camp experience in Jacksonville, he got in his own head. “In Jacksonville, I think I put too much pressure on myself to try to be like the guys that got drafted or the guys that got signed already, and it kind of threw me off my game,” Mentkowski said. The 6 feet one inch wideout impressed scouts at the Wisconsin Badger pro day last

year, recording his 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds, the best time out of the athletes at the pro day. Mentkowski caught 67 passes for a UWO-record 1,477 yards and 13 touchdowns during his senior season as a Titan. He also led the nation in receiving yardage during his senior campaign. Mentkowski said this opportunity is just another way for him to prove doubters wrong. “I’ve been training and still working and haven’t really had an opportunity in a long time to get in front of scouts and show people what I can do,” Mentkowski said. “I’m very excited to get this invite and get in front of scouts and see if I can make something happen out of it.” If Mentkowski has a good showing at the Spring League Fall Showcase, he could get recognized by NFL scouts, be invited back for the Spring League season or work his way into another proffesional football league.

A8|October 25, 2018

Sports Advance-Titan

Titans hail over La Crosse in Homecoming game


LEFT: Junior JP Peerenboom (6) gets the handoff and takes it downfield while following his blocker, sophomore Tommy Noennig (85), at Saturday’s Homecoming game against UW-La Crosse. RIGHT: Sophomore Mitchell Gerend is shoved out of bounds by a UW-La Crosse defender while trying to gain a few extra yards. by Evan Moris

vs The UW Oshkosh football team took the field Saturday against Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe UWLa Crosse. The Titans defeated the Eagles 24-13 to improve the UWO record to 5-2 on the year and 3-1 in WIAC play. The Titans capitalized on huge play opportunities in the first half from running back Mitch Gerhartz and wide receiver Dominic Todarello to propel them past the visiting Eagles. The UWO defense held the Eagles to 284 yards of total offense, intercepted the ball two times and forced the Eagles to punt five times. The Titan offense compiled 408 yards of total offense led by quarterback Kyle Radavich’s 235 yards passing and Gerhartz’ 111 yards rushing. UWO elected to go into the wind in the first and third quarters in a decision that would have great impact on the game during the fourth and and second quarters. First quarter The Titans’ and Eagles’ first drives both stalled and resulted in punts to the opposition. UWO’s second drive of the game began at their own 36-yard line. After picking up first down on a third and short on a Radavich pass to wide receiver Mitchell Gerend for five yards. When the Titans had a first and 10 from their own 49-yard line, the Titans handed the ball off the Gerhartz, who

streamed down the sidelines for a 51-yard touchdown, making the score 7-0 Titans. In the ensuing Eagles’ drive, UW-La Crosse quarterback Ben Schramski marched the Eagles down the field completing five passes. The Eagles had a second and goal from the UWO 2-yard line. On third down, the Eagles’ Schramski dropped back to pass and was sacked by UWO safety Cole Yoder, forcing a UWL field goal attempt that was kicked wide left. UWO stalled again after the field goal attempt and punted back to the Eagles. UWL completed a deep pass play to wide receiver Dominic Labellarte, taking the Eagles to the UWO 12-yard line. Facing a fourth and six from the UWO 8-yard line, Schramski found his wide receiver Devonte Amos in the back of the end zone to even the score 7-7 as time expired in the first quarter. Second Quarter The teams switched sides of the field in the second quarter, giving the Titans the wind at their back. On the second drive of the quarter for UWO, Radavich found Todarello for a 85-yard pitch and catch, making the score 14-7 Titans. The Eagles were unable to get into the Titans’ side of the field after the 10-minute mark in the second quarter. UWO was able to get in field goal range late in the second quarter after UWO linebacker Derrick Jennings Jr. intercepted the ball. Titan kicker Peyton Peterson knocked home a 39-yard attempt, putting the Titans ahead 17-7 going into the half. Third quarter

The Titan defense refused to be scored on in the third quarter. The Eagles had four drives in the third quarter and were only able to cross half field twice before punting back to the Titans. The UWO offense didn’t fair well in third as well only able to punch into La Crosse territory twice as well. Fourth quarter UWL had their most successful drive of the second half early in the fourth quarter. The Eagles strung together a 10-play, 52-yard drive resulting in a touchdown to pull within four points with just over ten minutes left in the game. In the ensuing Titan drive, Radavich and the offense marched down the field on a nine-play, 70-yard ending with a third down touchdown pass to a wide open Mitchell Gerend for 22 yards in the back of the end zone putting the Titans ahead 24-13. The Eagles received the ball for the final time with 7:13 minutes left. On third and 10, Schramski dropped back to pass and was intercepted by Titan defensive back Kollyn Beyer for his first interception of the year. The UWO offense was able to drain the remainder of the clock ending the game with a score of 24-13. The Titans’ defense has been extra strong in the red zone this season. Head coach Pat Cerroni said play calling and experience have led to the success. “I think its a couple things,” Cerroni said. “Our guys don’t get too flustered down there. Then schematically were doing some things different. We changed coverage a little bit. [We’ve] found something that might actually work.” Beyer said the defense bends

but does not break when the field gets short. “We lock up across the board,” Beyer said. “It comes down to one-on-one plays and we have been doing our jobs.” With windy conditions last Saturday, the offense didn’t seem to struggle versus on athletic Eagles defense and weather. Titans wide receiver Ryan Hayes said the offense found its rhythm against UW-La Crosse. “The wind definitely played a factor,” Hayes said. “We didn’t throw the ball as much, but our offensive line was able to get a good push and we were able to run the ball.” The Titan offense has slowly found its identity this season after returning a shell of last years offensive unit. Hayes said the group has come together as a group to produce the results we see on the field. “We’ve all fed off of each other,” Hayes said. “Dom [Todarello] and Riley [Kallas], being senior and junior leaders, have really got the young guys going; [they have been] on everyone in practice all the time. Kyle [Radavich] is just a great leader. Always in the the receivers’ heads in practice, making sure everyone is on the same page.” The Titans will head to UW-Stevens Point this Saturday, Oct. 27. The Pointers have struggled this season, but Cerroni said he is not taking them lighty as an opponent. “You look at the stats and you think they’re not very good,” Cerroni said. “Think of it this way, [UW-Stevens] Point, all they have to do is put together one week out of 10 and they could beat us. We have to be good every week; Point just has to be good for one. We just gotta make sure we do our job.”

UW Oshkosh Open moved to Whitewater, both men and women teams take second by Billy Piotrowski

The UW Oshkosh cross-country team is gearing up for the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship this Saturday. The Titans had one last stop on the road to the championship last Friday, Oct. 19, at the UW Oshkosh Open on the UW-Whitewater cross-country course. It was a good day for UWO as both the men and women placed second in their respective races. Head coach Eamon McKenna talked about the performance of both teams and how the conference lineups are shaping up. “We were using Friday to finalize our conference lineup and to continue our goal of improving on a weekly basis,” McKenna said. “It was also the last race of the season for some of our student-athletes, so it was nice for them to be able to compete one last time this season.” McKenna said his expectations were met by the runners who don’t normally get a

chance to compete. points behind seventh- and “Both teams performed eighth place finishes from well, and I was pleased that Scheld and O’Neill. The both the men and the women women finished second out of were the top conference team five teams with 59 points, with at the meet. We sat out our Van Den Plas and Reddeman top-10 men, and it was nice to finishing 14th and 15th. have a number of strong perScheld, went into the UW formances from the rest of our Oshkosh Open facing the poscrew.” sibility that it could have been Several UWO runners the final race of the year. ran for individual bests and “Heading into the race on achieved a Friday, I spot on the knew it could Heading into the varsity ros- race on Friday, I knew it potentially be ter McKenna my last race could potentially be my said. of the season “ P a r k e r last race of the season if if I didn’t set Scheld and I didn’t set myself up for myself up for Noah O’Neill a conference spot on the a conference ran very team. spot on the strong races team,” Scheld — Parker Scheld said. “In my to earn spots Sophomore cross-country head I knew on our conrunner I had nothing ference team, and Andrew to lose and Rathkamp ran a great race to gave it my all.” set a new personal record,” For the women, senior HanMcKenna said. “We sat out nah Thorn finished 23rd. With our top-three women, and in the season entering its last few that race, Breanna Van Den races, Thorn said the team’s Plas and Elizabeth Reddeman mindset has helped them grow set new personal records with this season. awesome performances.” “We all just wanted to put The Titan men finished sec- out a hard effort before conond of four teams, with 51 ference this weekend,” Thorn

said. “I think our group dynamic and mindset has been the best improvement we have made this season. We are a lot more positive and supportive this year than we have been in the past.” McKenna said he also noticed the support the teams have been giving each other throughout the season. McKenna noted how that is just one of the many improvements the teams have made this season. “Both teams have demonstrated an improved attitude toward work ethic, consistent hard work and competitiveness,” Mckenna said. “Those are things we were looking to target this season, and both the women’s and the men’s teams have grown together in order to raise their level of competitiveness and their positive attitude toward hard work on a daily and weekly basis. It will be fun to see the results over the last month of the season.” The Titans will compete in the WIAC Championship meet this Saturday, The meet will be held at the Whitetail Golf Course in Colfax, Wisconsin with the first race starting at noon.

Beyer beware

The Titan cornerback has been lights out since returning from injury by Evan Moris

UW Oshkosh football defensive back Kollyn Beyer played every snap versus UW-La Crosse last Saturday. He was only targeted four times out of the Eagles 44 pass attempts. Of those four targets, he had one interception, one KOLLYN BEYER pass break up and zero balls were caught by the Eagles receivers he defended last Saturday. Beyer said the defensive scheme and studying film allowed him to shut down the Eagles on Saturday. “All of it comes from our coaches putting us in the right spots,” Beyer said. “Cerroni will call out plays before they even happen. As the game goes on I figure what they’re trying to do which makes it easier to play certain offense plays.” Beyer dropped a potential pick six in the first quarter but that play Beyer said, allowed him to intercept the ball in fourth quarter. “I was jumping routes early in the game,” Beyer said. “They saw that so they thought I would jump again. I baited them into it and sagged off, cut underneath and picked it off.” Head coach Pat Cerroni was excited to see Beyer intercept the a pass but was quick to critique him. “I was happy for Kollyn to get a pick, but you don’t realize is that five plays earlier he did the wrong thing in the same coverage,” Cerroni said. “So you yell at him, he does the right thing and he gets the interception.” Beyer is part of a UWO secondary that is beginning to make a name for themselves. The Titans starting secondary consists of defensive backs AJ Plewa, Calvin Shilling, Kollyn Beyer and safety’s Cole Yoder and Taylor Ripplinger; combined the secondary has eight interceptions and two touchdowns. The UW Oshkosh football team prides itself on defense. This season the Titans are only giving up 11.4 points per game in the 2018 season largely due to the play of the Beyer and the rest of the secondary.

Oshkosh Open leaders Men

7th place 27:44 minutes PARKER SCHELD


6th place 24:43 minutes ALEXIS REICHARDT