November 8, 2018 INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH VOL. 124, NO. 9
Democrats take control of the House by Joseph Schulz email@example.com Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives while republicans maintained their majority in the Senate after Tuesday’s midterm elections. Tony Evers became the 46th governor of Wisconsin after defeating republican Scott Walker. Democrat Tammy Baldwin won her re-election bid in the Senate, defeating republican Leah Vukmir. UW Oshkosh student Gabrielle Newman said many students participated in the midterm election because the 2016 presidential election made students understand how important voting is. “I think it’s important for college students to know that [the midterm election] is important even as much as presidential elections, if not more so…,” Newman said. “These are the issues that directly affect us in Wisconsin; they affect how much tuition we pay, the roads we drive on, and those are direct Wisconsin things.” According to unofﬁcial returns from the Associated Press, about 2.7 million Wisconsinites voted in the midterm elections. Executive Director for Campus Life Jean Kwaterski said in an email that 1,602 votes were cast on campus this midterm, up nearly 4 percent or 59 votes from the 2014 midterm election. UWO political science professor David Siemers said high voter turnout is a trend that could continue in Wisconsin. “Where the stakes are higher, there’s more turnout, and people are perceiving the stakes of politics to be higher these days than in the past,” Siemers said. “I wouldn’t expect that to change in 2020.” UWO student Matthew Gill said it’s important that students on both sides go out to vote. “It’s important that students feel like they’re represented because we have a representative government,” Gill said.
UWO students wait in line at Reeve Memorial Union to cast their vote in the 2018 midterm election.
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Governor-elect Tony Evers thanks Wisconsin. Siemers said democrats controlling the House is important because it gives them oversight power. “Investigations of the administration have been languishing under the republicans,” Siemers said. “Now expect investigations into the Trump administration to be much more serious, including possible corruption in his cabinet and potential tax eva-
sion by the president himself.” Benito Cruz-Sanchez, organizer for NextGen Wisconsin, a voter registration group, said the democrats taking control of the House is important because they can put checks on President Trump. “Young people — college students — aren’t comfortable seeing kids in cages, we’re not comfortable hearing rhetoric from
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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin reacts to winning. the president about women, we don’t like that,” Cruz-Sanchez said. “We feel with democrats taking more seats there’s going to be more representatives and people standing up to Donald Trump.” Patricia Malesa, membership chairwoman for the Winnebago County Republican Party, said democrats taking control of the House could make Congress
UWO earns a ‘red light’ rating by Christina Basken firstname.lastname@example.org
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education recently rated the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with FIRE’s worst “red light” rating for severely restricting students’ speech rights on campus. FIRE was founded in 1999 by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties attorney Harvey Silverglate. According to FIRE’s website, their mission is “to defend and sustain the individual rights of students and faculty members at America’s colleges and universities.” FIRE rates 461 of America’s largest universities as “red light,” “yellow light” or “green light” based on how much protected speech their policies restrict. A “red light” policy is given when a policy is considered to be a clear and substantial restriction on protected speech. The analysis FIRE conducted reported that UWO earned its rating for several reasons. One example provided in the report stated, “All members of the University have a responsibility to promote and a right to expect an environment that is free of harassment and free of insulting and demeaning comments and epithets based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status, socioeconomic status, family status, or political views; and consistent enforcement of federal, state, and university protections against discriminatory treatment yet is free from any ofﬁcial speech codes.” Senior program ofﬁcer at FIRE Laura Beltz said the organization also informed UWO of its “red light” rating through letters that were part of a campaign targeting “red light” schools in both 2015 and 2016. “FIRE had discussions with administrators about recommended policies; we hope the administration will eventually revise these speech codes to better meet First Amendment standards,” Beltz said. FIRE also recently published an article on their website regarding a conﬂict at UWO between a former Advance-Titan news editor and a professor.
The conﬂict resulted when a professor was mysteriously removed from one of his classes in spring 2017 and Alex Nemec, who graduated in December 2017, requested documents pertaining to the situation. On Aug. 15, Nemec 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 all copies of the unredacted records that were sent to him. Nemec eventually destroyed the documents. According to documents obtained by the Advance-Titan, Nemec 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.” The pending restraining order against Nemec is set for an oral decision hearing on Nov. 21. In the article, FIRE stated, “...the lawyer for the professor has also asked the court to impose a similar prior restraint on Nemec. That motion has not been withdrawn, and if granted it would clearly abridge Nemec’s First Amendment rights.” However, Beltz said the article did not play a part in the decision to give UWO a “red light” rating. According to Beltz, FIRE only relies on a university’s written policy when giving spotlight ratings. Director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program and author of the article aforementioned, Adam Steinbaugh said he reported on the conﬂict because he feels that it is important to look out for the First Amendment rights of student journalists, even when they’ve graduated. “Government ofﬁcials can’t tell you something and then, once they’ve realized they’ve made a mistake, demand that you not tell anyone,” Steinbaugh said. “The government sought a speciﬁc court order that would make it unlawful, perhaps even criminal, for a journalist to discuss what’s in government records.” Beltz said UWO earned its rating based on the University’s speech code that infringes on free speech.
“When you have vague terms that don’t have legal deﬁnitions like ‘insulting’ or ‘demeaning’ comments, that’s really subjective,” she said. “It depends on the listener’s perception, and it doesn’t have an objective element to it, so really whatever kind of speech the school thinks is insulting could be punished under this policy.” Beltz explained which policies FIRE examines when researching a university. “We take a look at all the policies at the school that regulate expression on campus, so that’s things like demonstrations policies, but it could also be something like harassment policies that are written overbreadth that could include protective speech,” Beltz said. “So we look at all those policies and we rate based on First Amendment standards the extent to which it restricts protected expression,” Beltz also said FIRE works with universities to revise policies to better meet First Amendment standards. “When schools learn they have a “red light” rating, we just invite those schools to work with us on the policies so they can reach the things they’re going for,” Beltz said. “Obviously UWO is trying to protect students from harassment so we would be happy to work with UWO to revise this policy so it bans harassment according to the legal standard set forth by the Supreme Court.” UWO student Ireen Mbekeani said she encountered a problem on campus last year that was not addressed properly. According to Mbekeani, the problem could have been resolved if there was a better policy in place regarding harassment. “Last year I was in student government, and they talked about at few issues they were having in the dorm, like racial slurs being said and being written on people’s dorms,” Mbekeani said. “I even brought it up to the NSAC government and said, ‘Hey, we should raise awareness about this and let people know this is a safe place they can come,’ but nothing ever happened, there was never any initiative to do anything.” UWO Chancellor Andrew Leavitt and Director of Communications Mandy Potts declined to comment.
even more gridlocked. “I don’t know that I would want to put a check on [Trump]; look at what he wants to do to the economy, look what he wants to do to protect the country from our southern borders especially,” Malesa said. UWO student Kaitlyn Walker said she voted for Tony Evers for governor because of his previous experience as an educator.
“As a future teacher, I don’t think it’s smart to have people making decisions on education that have never been a part of that community,” Walker said. “There’s a lot of things that people don’t understand when they aren’t involved in it.” Winnebago County Democratic Party Volunteer Coordinator Pam Henkel said Tony Evers becoming governor is a good thing for Wisconsin because he will put more funding toward education. “Evers and Mandela Barnes will reach across the aisle and they will work with the republicans on infrastructure, as long as they [the republicans] work with them,” Henkel said. Malesa said she doesn’t think that Evers will work with republicans. “With how he feels about open borders, how he feels about a one-party system of health care, I don’t know that he would really truly work with anyone from the conservative party,” Malesa said. Evers will have to work with republicans if he wants to pass state legislation because the republicans held their control of the state Senate and Assembly. Siemers said that having a divided state government means that both parties will have to work together in order to pass legislation. “Everything in the state moving forward will be a result of negotiation and compromise and ﬁghting between the two parties,” Siemers said. “We’ll have a less partisan outcome, but more partisanship in politics.” Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, who lost his re-election bid to democrat Josh Kaul, said he hopes both political parties put their differences aside to pass legislation. “If you go back to when [republican] Tommy Thompson was governor, both sides of the state legislature were controlled by democrats and were able to get things done, and I would like to see that again,” Schimel said.
Candles are lit to honor the victims of the shooting.
UWO honors victims of Pittsburgh shooting by Neal Hogden email@example.com The UW Oshkosh Campus Center for Equity and Diversity held a community vigil for victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting Oct. 27. Students honored the 11 victims by lighting a candle for each of them, followed by a moment of silence and other ceremonial events. Chancellor Andrew Leavitt said the hatred displayed in Pittsburgh should have no place in this world. “Hatred and bigotry should have no safe harbor and it certainly should not have safe harbor here in Oshkosh,” Leavitt said. “So when we see something like this we must speak out as a community to certainly condemn it and to work together to try and address the under-
lying causes of it.” Leavitt and UWO religious studies professor Kathleen Corley Schuhart gave short speeches as part of the vigil. Andy Solomon of the Congregation B’Nai Israel led the crowd of about 30 to 40 people in a blessing and the ceremonial Mi Schebereich while the crowd’s candles lit up the patio above Albee Hall. UWO sophomore Emily Bailey said people need to be more aware of what has happened. “Even though we’re a smaller community and it happened far away, we need to spread awareness around campus and all over the world,” Bailey said. “People need to be more aware. There’s a small Jewish
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LEFT: UWO students and community members honor the victims by joining together for a candlelight vigil. RIGHT: A candle is lit for each shooting victim.
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On Oct. 27, UWO students and Oshkosh community members honored the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting by having a candlelight vigil. Andy Solomon from the Congregation B’Nai Israel gave a blessing in honor of the victims whose lives were taken.
PITTSBURGH FROM PAGE A1 community here, but other faiths and other communities need to be aware of Judaism and what happened.” Event coordinator, UWO communications professor and Chair of UW
Oshkosh Interfaith Dialogue and Education Alliance Jennifer Considine said there are two reasons UWO hosted the vigil. “I think for me there are two purposes: one is to allow people to mourn,” Considine said. “I think anytime when we encounter a tragedy like this, particularly one that was inspired by such hate, we need to come together and
We need to come together and stand together as a community.
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stand together as a community. Certainly, it’s to allow us to mourn, but also to recognize that we have Jewish students, faculty and staff and a synagogue that is our neighbor right here in this community.” Leavitt said there are changes that need to be made to ensure that shootings like these do not prosper in the world.
“There are always very complicated situations,” Leavitt said. “There are a number of facets to it including access to ﬁrearms, to mental health issues along with creating an environment where hatred can ﬂourish and grow. So that’s what we need to ﬁght against is that environment.”
Black Thursday Agenda Wednesday, Nov. 14
Chancellor remarks and presentation (Chancellor Andrew Leavitt) Closing remarks (Dr. Sylvia Carey-Butler) 8:30-10 p.m. - O'94 Reception (Pollock House)
3-5:30 p.m. - Chancellor’s office (Meeting with Chancellor Andrew Leavitt) 6-7 p.m. - Reception (Arts and Communication Center, Allen Priebe Art Gallery Thursday, Nov. 15 7-8:30 p.m. 10 a.m.-noon - Campus Tour and Welcome Community Riding Tour Dr. Sylvia Vice Chancellor of Academic Noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch Support Blackhawk Commons Black Thursday Remembered (Included for O’94 members; $8.70 for dramatization others) (Dr. Stephen Kercher) 1- 2:30 p.m. - Conversation with current Black Thursday Video - Where Are UW Oshkosh students They Now? (Multicultural Education Center) (Grace Lim) Graphic by: Ana Maria Anstett
Political issues are discussed before the night of the midterm election. by Joseph Schulz firstname.lastname@example.org Over 100 students came to Reeve Union Ballroom to watch the College Democrats and Republicans of UW Oshkosh debate issues such as gun control, education and immigration the night before the midterm election. The College Democrats were represented by Emily Miller, Aaron Wojciechowski and Brandon Colligan, and the College Republicans were represented by Jennifer Perrault and Isabella Olson. The event was organized and moderated by the American Democracy Project, an organization that tries to help college students become informed and active members of the democratic process. Debate moderator and American Democracy Project intern Ian McDonald said the debate was important because it educated students on candidates the night before the midterm election. “When you have an educated electorate, like our founders thought, they are going to vote for the best people,” McDonald said. “If we educate our voters on who we think are the best people and we vote on who we think the best person to do the job is, then the American experiment will live on.” Perrault said the event was
important because most students get their news from social media sites, and the debate helped dispel many theories that appear on social media. “College Democrats said they don’t want open borders, but that’s what I was hearing on social media, so I kind of thought the democrats wanted all the illegal immigrants to come here,” Perrault said. “I think this gives the real picture and not the Facebook picture.” The College Democrats and Republicans had widely different opinions on gun control. Perrault said mass shootings can be prevented by more ordinary people having concealed carry permits. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Perrault said. Wojciechowski said he wanted to dispel the rumor that democrats are looking to take away all guns. He went on to say that mass shootings can be prevented by stricter background checks and more regulation. “Ninety percent of people agree that we need universal background checks,” Wojciechowski said. “These are simple solutions we can do, same with closing loopholes like buying guns at gun shows, where no one records that.” The College Democrats and Republicans agreed that Wisconsin needs to strengthen its public school system, but they
differed when it came to private school vouchers. Wojciechowski said public education should be a priority because local communities have been passing referendums to fund local school districts due to a lack of funds from the government. “[Tony Evers] is going to put money back into the fund that has been taken out to go to tax cuts that don’t beneﬁt us,” Wojciechowski said. “He wants to appoint regents who will push policy that helps students.” Perrault said funding private school vouchers should be a priority because parents should have a choice in their child’s education. “I think the voucher system gives low-income people a chance to get a good education,” Perrault said. “It doesn’t restrict you to the one high school in your neighborhood.” Wojciechowski said even though both parties have disagreed on many issues, he believes that democrats and republicans will unite to pass meaningful legislature within our lifetime. “I think millennials, the younger generation, as we get older will agree on more social issues like cannabis reform, immigration and the #metoo movement,” Wojciechowski said. “I think a lot of it has to do with civility and working together.”
UWO to host Black Thursday Remembered: 50 years later
by Christina Basken
email@example.com UW Oshkosh will host the “Black Thursday Remembered” event on Nov. 14 and 15 to honor the 50th anniversary of a historic event that took place on campus in 1968. On Nov. 21, 94 African American students attending UWO marched into the university president’s executive ofﬁce of Roger Guiles with a list of demands to better the treatment of African Americans on campus. These students took matters into their own hands after months of feeling ignored and disrespected by campus administrators when the president told them he couldn’t help them. In response, 12 of the 94 students reacted by engaging in vandalism. The day became known as “Black Thursday” when all 94 students were arrested and expelled from the University System. According to the Associate Vice Chancellor
for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence Sylvia Carey-Butler, Black Thursday will not and should not ever be forgotten. She also said she is proud of the students helping to prepare for the upcoming event. “During rehearsal was really the ﬁrst time that I literally got chills,” Carey-Butler said. “Students said that it ﬁnally came alive to them and they thought about what they were reading, and they realized there were students that were their age that this was happening to; going into town and being refused service, and how that made them feel.” On Nov. 14, students will have the opportunity to meet and talk with 34 of the “Oshkosh 94” members. Presentations will be given by Chancellor Andrew Leavitt, Sylvia Carey-Butler, Chair of the Department of History Stephen Kercher and journalism adjunct professor Grace Lim. Leavitt will also be presenting the surviving 34 members with medallions on Wednesday night.
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LEFT: A dancer participates in the UWO Inter-Tribal Student Organization Wisconsin Hall of Fame Powwow in Albee Hall Saturday. ABOVE: Native American veterans begin the grand march. BELOW: People participate in the UWO powwow, an American Indian gathering focused on dance, songs, family and friends.
ITSO hosts the Wisconsin Hall of Fame Powwow by Holly Gilvary firstname.lastname@example.org UW Oshkosh’s Inter-Tribal Student Organization hosted the Wisconsin Hall of Fame Powwow last Saturday at Albee Hall. Though it hasn’t been hosted consistently, the powwow on UWO’s campus began in the spring of 1986. The powwow was a day-long event, with doors opening at noon and the ceremonial grand entry happening both at 1 and 7 p.m. In addition to these powwow sessions, there was a presentation for the induction of Julie Hill from Oneida into the Wisconsin Powwow Hall of Fame, along with a giveaway and a feast. Vendors were also at the event, selling au-
thentic Native American crafts. The powwow itself included Native song, dance and drumming. The head dancers were Abaigeal Elizabeth Lyons and Joey Metoxen, with Medicine Bear as head drum along with co-drums, the Wind Eagle Singers and the Wildcat Circle Singers. Multiple dances and songs were performed. Participation in the powwow was open to non-Natives as well; there were a few rounds of inter-tribal dance, where everyone, especially UWO students, was encouraged to come up and participate in the dancing. ITSO co-advisor Dr. Heidi Nicholls emphasized the importance of participation in the powwow. “The moment you enter those doors, you’re a part of the powwow,” Nicholls
said. “[We encourage] people to come out and do the inter-tribals, go and visit the vendors, enjoy the food.” Following the ﬁrst powwow and the induction of Hill into the Wisconsin Powwow Hall of Fame, Native elders, Native veterans, the dancers and the drum groups participated in a giveaway, where they were given an opportunity to take a gift as a sign of gratitude for their time and commitment to the powwow. According to American Indian Student Services Coordinator Dennis Zack, the giveaway is a tradition that they have been trying to continue at the powwow. “In American-Indian culture, it’s really about giving more than it is receiving,” Zack said.
The feast, which largely consisted of traditionally-prepared Native American foods was another way in which ITSO expressed its gratitude to guests and incorporated the idea of giving. Additionally, ITSO President Nicholas Metoxen mentioned the importance of hosting the powwow on campus. “I think showing that Native students have a presence on campus is a huge thing, and I think it’s important particularly to have on campus because it gives that sense of pride for other students that are here as well,” Metoxen said. ITSO member Kim Boyer said it was great to see students being exposed to other cultures. “A lot of times, the culture of the Native Americans is forgotten, and we don’t really see an impact here on
campus very much,” Boyer said. “This event just really brings it all around, and it brings in vendors and people of the actual Native communities.” Zack said the powwow also provides a community aspect at UWO. “[The powwow is] a community-building thing, and especially on campus here we want people to come that have never experienced it,” Zack said. “We want them to feel welcome, we want them to understand a little bit about the powwow.” Zack said another goal is to get people to understand that American Indians are not a vanishing race. “American Indians, yes, are the minorities of the minority, but they’re still here,” Zack said.
Faculty union opposes UWO to host mental health events increased workloads Thursday, Friday events to focus on breaking stigmas by Nikki Brahm email@example.com Concerns regarding faculty research and beneﬁts are at the forefront of conversation among the College of Letters and Science faculty and staff, especially for the United Faculty and Staff of Oshkosh, a union formed in spring of 2018. UW Oshkosh staff and faculty in the COLS are facing increased work loads and potential cuts due to the threephase ﬁscal recovery plan, which started in September. The plan includes a $937,000-plus cut to COLS spending coming in 2019-20. For UWO political science professor Jerry Thomas, the threat is personal. Thomas said students don’t see that faculty work on valuable research at UWO. Thomas is currently working on a research piece that is coming out in a journal in December titled, “Fag Child Tools: Softening the Body Politic and Sexualizing Paul Ryan in a Pussy-Grabbing Era.” This is one of many pieces of his research regarding sexuality, law and politics. “The bottom line is this: In this climate of cuts to education, it’s more than just the tangible things that we see, like this person is losing her job. It’s also what research ideas are we impeding that come out of this University?” Thomas said. “This is not just a place where we mill people through. This is an intellectual and cultural center of our state, and cuts to education are strangling the ideas that we’re able to generate and work with students to cultivate.” Thomas said he relates the silencing of his research to the AIDS pandemic, where an entire generation of gay men died along with their ideas. “I’ve committed myself to try and pick [their research] up, to pick up where they’ve sort of left off, to keep continuing this pursuit, and now they’re saying
to me, ‘Sorry Jerry, you’re just going to have to do another class and you’re just going to have to set your research aside,’ as if to say, ‘Go ahead, die Jerry. We just don’t really care about you,’” Thomas said. “So it’s very personal to me.” UFSO President Jim Feldman said many faculty are not interested in taking on the extra workloads. “Whether that means I refuse to teach more, and I insist on my same salary,” Feldman said. “Or there are some faculty who … ask that we investigate the option to simply leave their teaching loads where they are and accept a slightly lower pay as a result. How that looks is something that is very much still in consideration with the administration and the University and human resources. I think that gets technical very quickly.” Feldman said that due to the union’s policy, he cannot disclose union member numbers to non-members; however, the union is steadily growing. Last spring, the union created a petition to discourage COLS from increasing workloads for about 150 faculty members and to oppose cutting academic staff in 2018. Feldman said the University decided to back down from their decision and to revisit the question in fall of 2018. “So about two weeks ago, the college announced that for the fall of 2019, the same thing would happen, that they would expect the tenured faculty to increase the amount that they are teaching so that they cannot renew the contracts for academic staff,” Feldman said. Feldman said Wisconsin Act 10 stopped public sector employees from having collective bargaining rights, or the ability for the union to negotiate with the University or employer on behalf of the faculty at large. “So that has been the law since 2011,
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by Jordyn Schraeder firstname.lastname@example.org “I feel there are many negative stigmas attached to mental health among all groups,” said Michelle McChesney, a graduate student in the Professional Counseling Program. “In general, people see mental health challenges as a weakness. Many people who struggle with mental illness feel ashamed of who they are.” According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, approximately one in ﬁve adults, or 43.8 million people in the United States, experience mental illness in a given year. One in 25 adults, or 9.8 million people, experience a serious mental illness that interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. In an attempt to combat the lack of discussion and negative stigma associated with mental health, two events will take place on campus: Question, Persuade, Refer Training and Youth Mental Health First Aid. At QPR training, which is sponsored by the UW Oshkosh Women’s Rugby Club, attendees will learn how to question, persuade and refer a person who may be suffering from suicidal thoughts. QPR training will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8 in the Reeve Memorial Union Theatre. Mariah Koenig, the coordinator of the QPR training session and a member of the UWO Women’s Rugby Club is working with Lynnsey Erickson from the Winnebago County Health Department to put on the event. “People will learn how to of-
fer hope to friends and family who may be suicidal and possibly save lives,” Koenig said. Koenig said she wants to provide hope, to not just people struggling with their mental health, but also the friends and family around them. “There is something you can do. You don’t have to sit by. You can decide to [get] the person help and work through a dark time in their life,” Koenig said. Sydney Denk, a member of the UWO Women’s Rugby Club who plans to attend the QPR training, said she believes there is a negative stigma attached to mental health. “Mental health can be an intimidating topic to bring up, but this training is put in place to help be prepared to confront it,” Denk said. “QPR training can empower people to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training.” UWO women’s rugby coach Cat Lewis said she believes that mental health is an issue that can affect any student, athlete, family member or friend. “As a team, we are supportive on and off the ﬁeld, and it’s important to recognize warning signs for those who may need help and are struggling with depression,” Lewis said. “Any training that we can get to help potentially save a life is important to our club.” The second event aiming to raise awareness and educate about mental illness is Youth
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Simulator provides realistic police training by Bailey McClellan email@example.com Two ofﬁcers approach a man in an underpass ﬁlled with grafﬁti where there have been reports of an adult male waving a gun and exhibiting disturbing behavior. The man turns around, revealing dark circles around his eyes, the Marine Corps emblem on his tank top and a handgun tucked into his waistband. The ofﬁcers begin raising their guns as he continues to yell incoherently, ignoring orders to put his hands up. Suddenly, he draws his weapon, and there’s sound of gunﬁre. The man drops. The three massive projection screens darken, and the simulation ends. Criminal justice students learned how to make split-second decisions in a series of real-life simulations at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Public Safety Department in Green Bay on Nov. 5. The 180-degree simulator includes a selection of more than 700 scenarios designed to train ofﬁcers how to appropriately de-escalate high-stress confrontations. The equipment was used by students as part of a lecture about use-of-force in the criminal justice program’s police deviance course. The professor of the course, Durmus Camlibel, said being exposed to real-life scenarios gives students the ability to quickly determine what type of situational force is appropriate. “In here, maybe using a taser will not be very logical for them, or using pepper spray, because the subject has a gun in his hand and he is threatening and he wasn’t really cooperative,” Camlibel said. “Whenever he pulled his gun, students, they’re given a split second decision: ‘What do I have to do? Shoot or not shoot?’” Camlibel said these scenarios also train students to identify more subtle red ﬂags.
“He looks like a frantic or not-mentally-stable person, but he also has a Marine Corps T-shirt on him,” Camlibel said. “So that’s also another indicator. Maybe he knows how to use a ﬁrearm.” Zachary Radde, a student participating in the program, said just communicating with people in the simulation could impact the course of the scenarios. “Obviously, it is not like person-to-person interaction, but the simulated characters that we were interacting with were able to respond to our commands and change their actions based on how we were performing,” Radde said. “The instructor in control of the simulator was able to change how the person would act or react to our actions.” Camlibel said this teaches students how to communicate appropriately in a variety of situations. “Police presence and verbal command is important,” Camlibel said. “So in here, students ﬁrst use their verbal skills.” In another scenario, students are brought to a warehouse where a burglary has been reported. An unknown man emerges from underneath a counter, claiming to be an employee. With his hands concealed behind the counter, he repeatedly commands the simulation users to leave, then pulls out an unidentiﬁable object. Camlibel said his goal is to prevent fatal mistakes from being made on the ﬁeld. “You have to wait and see what he’s going to show you,” Camlibel said. “Maybe it might be a gun, maybe a cell phone, maybe he wants to call his boss or supervisor, right? You never know, but this is also a very stressful situation for the police ofﬁcer. In the media, we see ‘Police shoot and kill unarmed person.’ Why? Because when you ask them, they felt that there was a gun.” UWO student Hunter Tank, who
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A new simulator in the criminal justice department allows students to practice use-of-force. also participated in the simulation, said he felt it provided a fairly accurate representation of what police ofﬁcers encounter in the ﬁeld. “The people conducting the simulator had hundreds of possible situations, such as active shooters, car accidents, child dispute cases and trafﬁc stops, among many more,” Tank said. “The only thing I didn’t like about the simulation was the fact that people on the screen couldn’t really respond to what you were saying to them. I believe in some cases, I could have intervened to better control the situations if it was actually in real life, instead of being forced to ﬁre my weapon.” Radde said he thinks this type of equipment should be made accessible
to the public. “For the amount of backlash that cops get, it would give people an understanding of why they do what they do,” Radde said. “Sometimes force is needed, and it is unavoidable. The public, I believe, would have a better outlook on police if they saw a glimpse of what they have to deal with.” Another participant, Dellas Vandenberg, said the simulation is valuable because it conveys what it’s like to be involved in such high-stress confrontations. “Just like what the public does, it’s easy for us to say they should’ve done that or something else from what they did,” Vandenberg said. “But when you get put in the simulator, you have
to make the same decisions that the ofﬁcers make. Everything happens so much faster when you are in the simulation.” Camlibel said in the future, he’s hoping to have this equipment brought to campus to be used by his class in a week-long lecture. “A simulator’s use would add a level of realism to the student experience that they could not get any other way in traditional classroom lectures,” Camlibel said. “I am planning to integrate the use of force simulator into my CJ 315 police deviance course beginning fall 2019, and this would be the ﬁrst time a simulator would be used in our criminal justice program.”
UW Oshkosh to host business model competition by Megan Behnke firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UW Oshkosh will host the Culver’s Business Model Competition on Nov. 14 for student entrepreneurs, where the top three students will receive a split of over $50,000 in cash and prizes. Student entrepreneurs will present their business models to an audience of investors, entrepreneurs, students and community members. Director of the Alta Resources Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Dan Brosman said each contestant will have four minutes to present their business, followed by two minutes of Q&A with the panel of judges, touching on the problem/ solution, market strategy, team dynamics, revenue model and competitive advantage(s). “Along with the cash prize, winners will also receive a spot in the 2019 Titan Accelerator Program, which gives participating teams up to $5,000 in additional funding for their business,” Brosman said. “The overall winner will earn the op-
UNION FROM PAGE
so our union is not trying to seek collective bargaining rights, because that’s not something we’re legally allowed to do,” Feldman said. “We’re trying to give faculty and staff a voice in the working conditions and the teaching conditions at UW Oshkosh.” Overall, Feldman said he feels the issue is a legislative issue rather than a University issue. However, Feldman said he doesn’t feel that the University is being transparent. “There is a lot of questions about how the money is apportioned to the different colleges that seems unclear, and how the decisions about how those budgets are apportioned is not transparent,” Feldman said. “There have been suggestions that the University is building a reserve fund … at the same time that we’re ﬁring people who are longtime employees of the University, and sacriﬁcing the quality of education that we’re offering; (that) seems
portunity to compete in the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament in April 2019.” Brosman said eight to 10 students of all majors will be competing. “The competition is open to all students — undergraduate and graduate — enrolled at UW Oshkosh, UW-Fox Valley or UW-Fond du Lac,” Brosman said. “Almost half of the applicants this year were non-business majors.” Contestant and UWO engineering major Robert Fricke said he entered the competition with his idea of an electric bike to create awareness about current electric transportation technology. He said his electric bike has superior battery design for those that want to travel faster, more conveniently and at an affordable price. “The technology to ease trafﬁc and travel for less is here today,” Fricke said. “I would like to see it become more available.” Contestant and UWO supply chain management and information systems major Sara Martin said she entered the competition because she felt she had ideas that could help make a differvery unwise. But it’s hard to get straight answers about whether that is happening or not.” UWO senior Brandon Colligan said although the state economy has recovered considerably, funding for higher education and other priorities in the state have been ﬂatlined and that we have seen no substantial commitment to reinvesting in higher education. “It shows where our legislators’ priorities lie at the moment,” Colligan said. “Wisconsin has long had a bipartisan tradition of upholding the UW as the asset that it is for our state. Studies show that the UW System has a $24 billion impact on the state’s economy alone. That only measures economic impact and does not keep into consideration the intellectual capital it creates for our communities and the work that our professors do for our University. With the election of a new governor and a booming economy, it is as important as ever for the state, particularly the legislature, to make it a funding priority once more.”
ence in her community. Martin’s idea is called Swift Cuisine, a plan for food trucks to partner with existing restaurants in need of expansion opportunities and to provide a way for them to test new markets, all while limiting expenses. “The Culver’s Business Model Competition seemed like a great way to bring my ideas to light and bring a new model to the business world,” Martin said. Fricke said everyone should launch an independent venture at least once. “Starting a business is about more than just ﬁnding an avenue to monetize a good or service,” Fricke said. “All entrepreneurs will have to learn how to overcome obstacles, especially early on.” Martin said she always knew she would eventually like to start her own business one day, ﬁguring it would be further down the line after she established herself in a career. “Being a student here at UW Oshkosh, however, has helped me change my mind because I want to make a difference in this community and create change,” Martin said. “This competition is an added bonus because it
helps bring forth an opportunity to put my ideas out there in front of people and get support for my idea.” Fricke said that his e-bikes are just the beginning, and all proﬁts will be used for charitable causes, research and development of new, green technology. “Chicago is starting to rely on bicycle couriers to get things where they need to be,” Fricke said. “Some places are beginning to burrow underground to create more room for transportation vehicles. I believe that demand for lightweight, electric vehicles will continue to grow. I hope Wright Bike will continue to grow with it.” Brosman said students participating gain skills in public speaking, business development and even negotiation tactics. “We hope to kick-start the entrepreneurial journey for many of the students competing and excite them enough to apply for other programs offered at the CEI,” Brosman said. “Many of our alumni have told us that the reason they are where they are in their career is because of the knowledge and resources gained while participating in the CEI’s programs.”
MENTAL HEALTH FROM PAGE A3 Mental Health First Aid, taking place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Nursing/Education Room 230. Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training course designed to give members of the public key skills to help an adolescent who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. McChesney said she attended Youth Mental Health First Aid training over the summer and beneﬁted greatly from the program. As a result, McChesney organized a Youth Mental Health First Aid training session for the campus community. “Today, many of our youth are experiencing crises daily, but many people don’t know how to respond,” McChesney said. “This training will educate participants on how to remain calm and take the proper steps to help youth.” The eight-hour course will introduce mental health challenges that youth commonly face, review the typical adolescent development stages and teach a ﬁve-step plan for how to help youth in crisis and non-crisis situations. Attendees will learn how to help when someone is having a panic attack, contemplating suicide or struggling with substance use. “This training will educate on how to remain calm and take the proper steps to help youth,” McChesney said. “Attendees will learn what steps to take when a mental health crisis is recognized and be provided resources to connect youth to professional help.” The free training is funded through the Department of Public Instruction Project AWARE grant. Youth Mental Health First Aid training will be led by two trained professionals. “Many people who struggle with mental illness feel ashamed of who they are,” McChesney said. “I hope this training helps make our community more comfortable with mental illness and enhances our understanding of how to help.”
Martin said she hopes the project will continue to develop and grow over the next several years. “Compared to past presentations, this is at the beginning of conceptual design and planning/development,” Martin said. “That means there is plenty of steps to look forward to seeing. This particular project is something I would love to see develop because of the impact it could bring to the business world.” Brosman said the opportunity to enter the competition is one of a kind, and a student’s idea could potentially be the next big thing. “Expect the stakes to in-
crease,” Brosman said. “Students are getting involved with entrepreneurship at younger and younger ages nowadays.” Brosman said students interested in business and entrepreneurship should take advantage of the competition and get valuable feedback. “Even if it’s just an idea, we will work with you to teach the process and build your idea into an actual business,” Brosman said. “The competition allows students to get in front of an audience and present their business, with the potential of winning seed funding to move the business forward.”
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Chris Moon visited UWO Friday to give a lecture and take students on a ghost hunting adventure.
Students and staff joined together at Titan Nights last Friday as ghost hunter Chris Moon led them on a quest for spirits around campus. UWO senior and human services leadership major Clara Hewins said hunting for ghosts is an opportunity students are not typically given. “This was an event unlike any other that brings out a curious side of students that draws them to participating,” Hewins said. Moon gave a lecture to nearly 300 students eager to learn more about ghost hunting techniques. After the lecture, 50 randomly-selected students roamed the campus for signs of ghost activity with stops at the Oviatt and Pollock houses. Hewins went on the adventure and said she was a little apprehensive to go, but only
because she didn’t know what to make of it. “I believe in ghosts to an extent but wasn’t sure how the hunt was going to go,” Hewins said. “I wouldn’t say I was scared, but nervous might be a good word to explain how I felt.” Reeve Union Board and Late Night Programs adviser Dylan Bram said he and his staff have been looking to bring a ghost hunter to UWO ever since author and inspiration to the “Conjuring” movies Lorraine Warren visited years ago. “It’s the one thing, when I started here three years ago, [that] my staff has always suggested,” Bram said. “So it’s always been something that I’ve been watching for, someone to fill that part.” According to a 2009 Pew Research Center survey, 18 percent of U.S. adults said they have seen or been in the presence of a ghost, while 29 percent said they have been in touch with the dead.
For the benefit of those who don’t communicate with the dead, Moon brought his selfmade telephone to the dead. The telephone is a sound box that picks up waves of communication brought on by “an incredible variety of spirits,” according to Moon’s website. The telephone to the dead was inspired by one of Thomas Edison’s least-successful endeavors, dial-a-ghost. Unlike Edison, Bram said Moon was picking up on ghost activity with his telephone. “I’m not sure if it was activity coming out of the houses or spirits following the students that were with us,” Bram said. “But the machine was letting out static-like sounds.” Hewins said she also heard sounds coming out of the sound box. She said those sounds added to her unsettled feeling. “The static and the voices coming out of the box had a very eerie sound and feel tied to them,” Hewins said. Bram said he was blown
away by Moon months ago after he performed a palm reading on six of his staff members at the National Association for Campus Activities convention. Bram said he knew then they had to get Moon to UWO. Moon travels to college campuses nationwide and gives lectures on ghost hunting techniques that are backed by positive evidence, according to his website. Bram said he is happy that students are having fun at Titan Nights events, and the turnouts represent their goal of giving students what they want. “Our numbers this year have been higher than they were last year,” Bram said. “Our average turnout is about 75 to 100 people higher every month.” Bram said his staff is mostly seniors, and anybody who has a great personality, loves to have fun and wants to make a little money while doing it should sign up to be a part of the Titan Nights staff.
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Birthright citizenship executive order opposed by The Advance-Titan Staff firstname.lastname@example.org Last week, President Donald Trump said he was preparing an executive order to eliminate birthright citizenship, which is currently considered a constitutional right. However, this plan has been met with backlash, some of it even coming from Trump’s party. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a strong supporter of the Constitution, is one person who has objected this order, saying that Trump will not be able to end birthright citizenship. The biggest argument against this executive order is that it would violate the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment states that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” UW Oshkosh sophomore Haley Murphy said she can see the positive and negative side to Trump’s plan. “I can understand that there’s got to be some sort of practice if someone is just crossing the border and having a baby right then, that’s not entirely fair,” Murphy said. “But I don’t think that if someone has been in the country for such a long time, they were born here, I
don’t think it should be taken away.” UWO junior Drew Kules said she doesn’t pay attention to politics but said this plan shows that more people, including herself, should pay attention. “We should be more aware,” Kules said. “I’m kind of sad that I didn’t vote when Trump was there and I regret that now because it’s pretty bad with what’s happened.” UWO freshman Marko Quinones said the 14th Amendment should be upheld because if someone is born in the United States, they are a citizen. “If you’re born in the United States you should have citizenship, right?” Quinones said. “It’s personally what I believe.” Along with Paul Ryan, students also don’t see the plan being executed. Murphy said the backlash and the steps it would take to carry out the order would be the biggest obstacles. “There’s so much opposition to it, and [Trump] really can’t control everything,” Murphy said. “There’s a lot to go through to get to that point.” Kules said she hopes the plan doesn’t get passed, but if it is passed, it would be unfair to people who are from immigrant families. “That’s not fair to people who work just as hard as we do,” Kules said. “I get all this
BY ETHAN USLABAR stuff given to me and they don’t. It’s just not fair.” Quinones said he doesn’t see birthright citizenship being changed due to the amount of steps it takes to change an amendment. “He said he wants to get rid of it, but I don’t really think that he can,” Quinones said. “So I personally don’t think it holds any water.” Kules said she doesn’t
agree with Trump’s stance toward immigrants and that it is cruel and wrong. “It’s like he doesn’t even care about anybody,” Kules said. “He just sees people as not even a human being. They have lives and children, and they need to support others and get money too, and they can’t.” Quinones said he can see where Trump is coming from
on some points for immigration but he can’t agree with this plan. “I don’t really want to go too much into it but some things I can and some things, this included, I don’t agree with at all,” Quinones said. Murphy said Trump is handling the immigration issue in the wrong way and that is why there is so much backlash.
“The way he talks about it is not a good way to do so,” Murphy said. “I think there are some things that he should focus on a little bit more, like the people in the country.” Overall, people do not agree with this plan and don’t think it will be able to be executed due to the pushback and violations to the 14th Amendment.
Men’s centers should be considered on all college campuses
by Jesse Szweda email@example.com Jesse Szweda is a senior English major. His views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. If you’ve been a student at this University for any amount of time, odds are you’ve probably heard that we have a Women’s Center. Our campus is not unique in this regard.
All around the nation, campus women’s centers seek to serve the student population by offering support for female students and hosting educational programs on issues related to gender. But if we have so many women’s centers, where are the men’s centers? The mere suggestion that universities should have men’s centers tends to create puzzled expressions. Many question why a university would even need a men’s center in the ﬁrst place. Even so, the question seems fair enough. If universities are providing women’s centers as a resource for their female students, why wouldn’t they have a similar center for men? I personally believe that young men are increasingly in need of spaces where they can discuss their issues. While men’s centers might not be a practical option for most universities, we should be open to exploring ways to support our male students in whatever ways we can. One argument against having men’s centers
is that campus resources like the Women’s Center and LGBTQ+ Resource Center are aimed toward historically marginalized groups. Given the fact that men as a group don’t ﬁt this description, having a resource center speciﬁcally for them seems unnecessary. UWO sophomore Emily Miller said that the need for a women’s center outweighs the need for a men’s center. “Men don’t need that center,” Miller said. “Women need it more because we’ve faced so many years of oppression and not having the same rights as men.” Other students have doubts about the necessity of any of these resource centers, whatever group they are supposed to help. To them, the cost of paying for these centers only adds to an already long list of unnecessary items in the university budget. UWO senior Aaron Knoll said that both women’s centers and men’s centers place an unnecessary strain on university budgets. “Whether or not you should have a men’s center, it’s similar to whether or not you should
have a women’s center,” Knoll said. “For me personally, I don’t want to have to pay for either one.” Despite the lack of support for men’s centers in particular, some students remain open to other resources for male students. UWO sophomore Megan Olson said that having a resource for men on campus is a worthwhile goal. “I deﬁnitely think that there should be a place that a man can go to if he feels like he has questions,” Olson said. “There should be a resource for men.” Ultimately, there are a lot of reasons to be reluctant about having men’s centers on college campuses. Between ideological hang-ups and ever-increasing problems with funding, men’s centers, at best, are something that universities might consider in the distant future. But in the meantime, the student population can do its part to support male students on campus.
Hyperpartisanship caused by both political parties
by Joshua Mounts firstname.lastname@example.org Joshua Mounts is a senior journalism major. His views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. Tis’ the season — election season, and since it is the
season, why not talk about our two-party system? The trend of hyperpartisanship has led to a virtual stalemate within American politics. Both sides of the political aisle have essentially become so stubborn that neither side allows for any compromise on most issues within our country. A cruel and hard pill to swallow about modern American politics is that everyone and everything is essentially run by money. As is the case with most things, there are some excep-
tions to the rule, but overall this statement is fairly accurate. The process of running in a political campaign is expensive, so much so that it’s impossible to do by yourself. Candidates seek donations from people or organizations to help pay for all the expenses that come with running a campaign. Due to the fact that candidates rely so heavily on funds from other people, politicians sometimes ﬁnd themselves in a bind. Some of these donors seem to take advantage of the fact
that these politicians need their assistance so much, that the donors can keep policticians hostage under their control. Essentially, if a candidate does things that the donors don’t like, they can withdraw their donated funds — leaving the candidate unable to carry on with their campaign due to the loss of ﬁnances. This may not be the most common practice, but it’s deﬁnitely apparent that it does happen in our political system. Some of these situations may be happenstance or co-
incidence but both parties in our system are responsible and guilty of this hyperpartisanship, and that is just unacceptable. The whole point of a democracy like ours is to allow for conversation and change to be made when things aren’t right. When the lawmakers are so caught up in voting one way or another to maintain their seat, support and party afﬁliation, then the compromises which make our country so great are lost. Many people complain about how the government
never gets anything done, and part of the reason for this is because no one is willing to talk about the issues at hand. Unfortunately, I don’t have an overarching one-step solution to ﬁx all the issues in our government, but I think that stepping away from this would be a great ﬁrst step. It’s all up to the ofﬁcials; that is what it boils down to. They really need to open their eyes and be willing to discuss, civilly, with one another to make the changes that the nation wants and needs.
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UWO visits Madison for preseason opener by Neal Hodgen email@example.com
vs The UW Oshkosh, men’s basketball team lost a preseason game to the Division I Wisconsin Badgers, but UWO junior forward Adam Fravert led all scorers with 20 points in the 82-70 loss at the Kohl Center in Madison on Friday. The Titans had four players in double-digits and limited the Badgers to 25 percent shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. After trading the lead back and forth with the Badgers, the Titans tied the game up at 14 with 11:41 to play in the ﬁrst half. From there on out, the Badgers did not relinquish the lead. The Titans kept within striking distance with the score at 22-18 in favor of the Badgers, but Wisconsin went on a 10-0 run to pull away from UWO. The ﬁrst half lead balloon up to 23 for the home team, but UWO was able to grind it down to 19 at the break. Head coach Matt Lewis said having loved ones at the game made for a great atmosphere. “It was a lot of fun,” Lewis said. “It was a little bit of an L.A. Dodger crowd. [The fans] showed up midway through the ﬁrst half but once they were there it was a really cool atmosphere. It was fun because a lot of our family and friends were in attendance.” Wisconsin senior Ethan Happ, who garnered a preseason ﬁrst team All-American selection this year, was held relatively quiet by his standards. The 6-foot-10-inch Milan, Illinois native, was held to just 13 points and ﬁve rebounds while dishing out four assists. Fravert talked about the challenge Happ brought to the Oshkosh defense. “He’s fast,” Fravert said. “He wasn’t much taller than me but he’s just quick and really smart with the basketball. His post moves are really good.” Over the course of the second half, the Wisconsin lead got as high as 27 and stayed above 20 for much of the half. As the clock wound down, Oshkosh showed their ﬁght as they whittled the lead down to just 12 by the end of the game. Other Titans in double-ﬁgures were seniors Brett Wittchow with 12 points on 1-6 shooting from beyond the 3-point line and Ben Boots with 10 points.
Brad Davison led the Badgers with 16 points shooting 7-8 from the free-throw line. Junior guard David Vlotho scored a career-high 17 points in the victory and said the experience as a whole was amazing. “It was awesome,” Vlotho said. “This was actually the ﬁrst time I had got down there to play on the court and it was just really cool.” Vlotho hit on seven of his 11 shot attempts including a 3-7 clip from 3-point land. Vlotho also reeled in seven rebounds including two on the offensive end in only 25 minutes of play. Vlotho’s performance warranted praise from his head coach after the game. “Dave is great,” Lewis said. “He grey-shirted. Now he’s in his third year of playing with us and his fourth year in school. He’s really worked for everything that he’s gotten. So we’re excited for Dave to have that experience on Friday and play that well.” Lewis said although UWO graduate Charlie Noone can’t be replaced, Vlotho did a great job ﬁlling into that spot-up shooter role that Noone played last season. “It’s really hard to replace what Charlie brought to us,” Lewis said. “His leadership, maturity and conﬁdence in what we were doing. Dave has given himself a chance. It’ll be a myriad of guys probably. We’re not at the point where we can say, ‘Alright, you’re replacing Charlie Noone.’” Lewis said he was proud of the way his team battled back despite being down by 27 at one point. “I think a lot of teams would have bagged it,” Lewis said. “They would have been done with it midway through the second half. Our guys got in the huddle, they looked at each other and they said, ‘No we’re gonna keep playing.’” Lewis said the game against a tough D-I opponent helps the character of his team going forward. “I think that speaks volumes to who they are,” Lewis said. “We had it several times last year in the national tournament where we were down six, eight points later in the game and we battled back. I think that is good preparation for what we’re going to face again this year.” The Titans will open up regular-season play against Piedmont College (Ga.) on Nov. 16 as part of the Lee Pfund Classic in Wheaton, Illinois.
ABOVE: Senior Ben Boots dribbles past Badgers forward Khalil Iverson. BELOW: Junior Adam Fravert shoots a hookshot over Badgers Nate Reuvers and Walt McGrory on his way to a game-high 20 points.
UW Oshkosh struggles against Blugolds, playoff hopes gone by Evan Moris firstname.lastname@example.org
two plays as UWEC running back Brycen Froehlic took a run 58-yards for a touchdown to tie the score 7-7 with 11:00 minutes remaining in the ﬁrst quarter. The Titans and Blugolds traded three possessions each to close out the ﬁrst quarter. Second quarter
The UW Oshkosh football team fell to UWEau Claire 20-14 in its ﬁnal road game of the year on Saturday. The Titans headed into the matchup versus the Blugolds coming off a disappointing loss to UW-Stevens Point the week prior that effectively knocked UWO out of playoff contention. The Titans’ offense struggled to move the ball against the Blugolds, only completing a total of ﬁve passes for 49 yards. UWO third-string running back Chris Hess had success running the ball and carried the ball seven times for 96 yards. The Titans’ defense stood its ground, producing seven points and holding the Blugolds to only 20 points. The Blugolds led time of possession 41:07 to 18:53 against the Titans. UWO was also outgained by the Blugolds 160 to 358 in total yards.
UWO had the ball to begin the second quarter from their own 39-yard line. The Titans were able gain 44 yards running the ball. UWO’s drive stalled at the UWEC 17-yard line. Titans backup kicker Jaydon Haag’s 33-yard ﬁeld goal attempt was blocked with 12:41 left in the second quarter. The Blugolds took the ﬁnal possession of the second quarter at their own 25-yard line with 5:54 remaining in the half. With little time left, the Blugolds ran 14 plays and moved the ball 74 yards to the UWO 1-yard line. The Blugolds passed on a ﬁeld goal attempt and decided to go for a touchdown before halftime. Eau Claire failed to convert and the score remained tied at halftime, 7-7.
The Blugolds received the ball coming out of halftime. On their opening drive, they marched down the ﬁeld on a 10-play, 63-yard scoring possession that was capped by a Procter pass to wide receiver Leeshaun Evans to move the Blugolds ahead of the Titans 7-14. The Titans’ ﬁrst possession of the second half started at their own 31-yard line with 9:34 left in the third quarter. The ﬁrst play was a three-yard pass to Titan wide receiver Dominic Todarello. An unnecessary roughness penalty was called on
The Titans began the game on offense but were forced to punt on the opening series of the game. The Blugolds took over at the their own 25yard line. On the third play of the drive, Oshkosh forced a fumble on Blugolds quarterback Scott Procter. The ball was recovered by Titans linebacker Logan Heise and returned for a touchdown putting UWO ahead 7-0. The ensuing Blugold possession lasted only
the play, moving the Titans into Blugold territory. The next play from scrimmage, the Titans were granted with another 15-yard penalty (pass interference), moving the Titans to the UWEC 35-yard line. Two plays later, on his ﬁrst career carry, Titan running back Joe Franks ran the ball 25 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 1414 with 8:02 remaining in the third quarter. The ensuing Blugolds possession took the ball 45 yards on 11 plays to set up a 40-yard ﬁeld goal attempt for Blugold kicker Brad Goetsch. The ball was knocked through the uprights to make the score 14-17 in favor of UWEC with 2:25 left in the third quarter. Fourth quarter After a short punt from the Titans, the Blugolds began their second drive at the UWO 47-yard line. UWEC compiled a 16-play, 40-yard drive that took 9:17 off the clock. The drive resulted in a 25-yard ﬁeld goal, putting the Blugolds ahead 14-20 with 2:23 remaining in the game. The Titans started their ﬁnal drive from their own 38-yard line. After an incomplete pass and a quarterback sack, the Titans faced a fourthand-16. Radavich found wide receiver Mitchell Gerend for a 19 yard gain. On the next play, Radavich completed a 16yard pass to wide receiver Riley Kallas to move the ball to the UWEC 33-yard line. Following another sack, Radavich and the offense faced a third-and-17. Radavich attempted a pass toward the sideline and was intercepted by Blugolds defensive back Jared Churak to end the game. The Titans’ record slipped to 5-4 on season with only one game to play. Head coach Pat Cerroni said his team has faced adversity with injuries this season but failed to
exhibit energy versus the Blugolds. “It was a lack of attendance,” Cerroni said. “I don’t even think we showed up [to play]. We’ve got a lot of problems right now. There’s no kind way to say it. We’ve been able to overcome some things. Right now, we’re not here mentally.” Despite the late-season woes from his football team, Cerroni said he could not be more happy with this senior class. “I just want to say this,” Cerroni said. “I don’t want to take anything away from this senior class; they’ve accomplished a great deal. Two conference championships and these guys were all a part of it, they all played. They’ve done everything they’ve possibly done for this program. I am very proud of them.” Titan senior defensive back A.J. Plewa reﬂected on his career as member of the UWO football team and said the four years here are something he will never forget. “[I have] been apart of three great teams,” Plewa said “My freshman year was one of the ﬁrst years we went to the playoffs other than 2012. Sophomore year we got to play in the national championship. Last year we had a great team as well. It’s awesome to be a part of that culture.” Senior safety Taylor Ripplinger said the team’s mindset is positive going into the ﬁnal game but wants to to see the culture of UWO football to continue to grow through returning players for next season. “Guys have other responsibilities,” Ripplinger said. “There’s no guarantees that everyone who was on the roster this fall will be on the roster next fall. Everyone has that mindset to enjoy it, giving everything you have and try and go out on a positive note.” The Titans season ﬁnale at J. J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium is this Saturday versus UW-Stout.
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UW Oshkosh falls to Badgers
Women’s basketball faced oﬀ against the NCAA Division I Wisconsin Badgers in an exhibition matchup. Erin Vande Zande led the Titans with eight points. The Badgers owned advantages in re- 18 of 62 attempts while converting on 4 of bounds (48-35), assists (19-7) and steals 24 from beyond the arc. email@example.com (11-6), while the Titans managed to presFreshman point guard Brooklyn Bull, sure the Badgers into 20 turnovers and ﬁve who posted seven points in the contest, blocks. said this experience proved just how comFischer said despite the result of the petitive their team can really be. matchup, the Titans deserve to be play“Something to take away from the game The UW Oshkosh woming in games against is that we can compete with anyone,” en’s basketball team lost high-caliber teams like Bull said. “Even though we did not win, The score doesn’t 79-51 in an exhibition Wisconsin. I thought we kept up with them at certain matchup against NCAA indicate how well we feel “The score doesn’t points in the game. If we can make more Division I University of like we were able to com- indicate how well we of our shots that we took on Sunday, our Wisconsin on Sunday at pete. feel like we were able team will be hard to defend and beat.” the Kohl Center in Madto compete,” Fischer ison. —Brad Fischer said. “We have had a reThe Badgers secured UWO Women’s basketball ally good program that The Titans kick-start the 2018-19 a 12-0 run early in the head coach has won 20-plus games regular season on Friday at 7 p.m. ﬁrst quarter until the Tifor six straight seasons, tans answered with nine so we feel like we have against Loras College at Kolf Sports straight points to advance the score 12-9. Center. earned the right to play in games like this.” Erin Vande Zande came off the bench UWO shot 29 percent from the ﬁeld on to initiate the Titan run with a three-point play 6:35 into the ﬁrst. UWO’s Katie Ludwig then hit a 3-pointer on the next possession, allowing Leah Porath to cap out the 57-second, nine-point run with another UWO 3-pointer. Porath spearheaded UWO’s efforts with seven points, nine rebounds and two steals. Titan head coach Brad Fischer said Porath’s performance was a key representation of her tenacity out on the ﬂoor. “For her to get nine boards at 5 foot 7 inch on the wing shows her toughness,” Fischer said. “She’s got a lot of technical things to get better at but effort isn’t one of them.” UWO opened the second half down 4222. The Titans then added 14 points in the third to bring the score within 24 heading into the ﬁnal quarter of play. The Badgers held their largest lead over the Titans 75-42 with 5:22 left in the fourth until UWO responded with their second and ﬁnal scoring run to conclude the game, 79-51. Senior guard Chloe Pustina said her team was pleased with the outcome considering the competition. “We were pretty nervous coming into this,” Pustina said. “We thought it might CALVIN SKALET/ADVANCE-TITAN get out of hand pretty quick, but we were actually very surprised at the things we Leah Porath led UWO with seven points, nine rebounds and two steals. were able to do.” by Ally Gwidt
Volleyball season ends in semiﬁnals UW Oshkosh held advantages over the second-seeded UW-Whitewater Warhawks in kills, digs and blocks. by Colan Treml firstname.lastname@example.org The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team lost a highly contested match against UW-Whitewater in the semiﬁnal round of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference league tournament last Thursday. Ranked fourth in the NCAA Midwest region, UW-Whitewater came into the postseason tournament as the second seed and overthrew the sixth-seeded Titans in set scores of 26-24, 25-22, 24-26 and 25-22. UW Oshkosh senior Tina Elstner recorded a match-high 18 kills and 28 digs while senior Carly Lemke had 12 kills along with seven blocks. junior Rachel Gardner also captured 23 digs, which pushed her career total over the 1,500 mark. The Titans, who were making their ﬁfth-straight semiﬁnal appearance in the WIAC tournament, concluded Thursday’s match with advantages in kills (58-56), digs (10392) and blocks (15-11). Both teams recorded ﬁve aces while UW-Whitewater held the advantage in hitting percentage .162 to .136. Freshman Taylor Allen said the team’s game plan heading into the match was relatively clear and simple. “Block them strong, stay disciplined on defense and play your heart out,” Allen stated.
UWO and UW-Whitewater traded points throughout the match, keeping the scores close. The largest margin of victory was three points in a match that was tied on 19 different occurrences. Despite losing close sets, sophomore Rebecca Doughty said that she’s not disappointed with her team’s efforts and that they left it all on the court. “We fought extremely hard,” Doughty said. “We played really well and so did they, so sometimes that’s just the way it goes.” The Titans fell short of continuing their historic run in their attempt to be the ﬁrst sixth-seeded team to ever play in a WIAC championship. The Titans, who won at UW-La Crosse during the ﬁrst round of the league tournament last week, was the ﬁrst sixth-seeded team to win a match in postseason play since 1997. Gardner said she is very optimistic in next year’s team as she returns for her senior year. “The season did not start out the way we were hoping with multiple injuries and uncharacteristic losses,” Gardner said. “However, as a whole, I think that it is preparing us for the future because now we are prepared for whatever and we know we can adapt to just about any kind of challenge that comes our way.” The Titans will be returning all but four players next year as they seek to continue their success in 2019.
The Advance-Titan print edition from November 8, 2018.