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TOP: UWO students and community protest President Trump. BOTTOM: Student Aaron Wojciechowski shares his thoughts.


ABOVE: Student displays homemade sign and joins in the protest for transgender rights.

Conversion therapy for minors ban fails

by Christina Basken The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors failed to pass a proposal to ban conversion therapy for minors. UW Oshkosh student and Winnebago County Board Supervisor for District 16 Aaron Wojciechowski submitted the resolution to the board in 2016. On Oct. 16, the board voted 19 in favor, six no and nine absentee votes, which were counted as no. The resolution needed a three-fourths vote in favor in order to pass. According to Wojciechowski’s proposal, conversion therapy is considered any practice that seeks to change an individual’s gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic feelings toward individuals of the same sex. The proposal stated that conversion therapy does not include counseling or therapy that provides acceptance, support and understanding of the in-

dividual or the facilitation of an individual’s coping, social support and identity exploration and development. This includes sexual orientation-neutral interventions to prevent or address unlawful conduct, unsafe sexual practices or counseling for an individual seeking to transition from one gender to another. The goal of the proposal called for Winnebago County supervisors to advocate against conversion therapy practices with an individual who is under 18 years of age in Winnebago County. Wojciechowski said his goal was to let people know that the Oshkosh area is an inclusive place for people of diverse backgrounds to visit and live. “I thought bringing attention to it at a local level would encourage more counties or city councils and it would send a message to the state legislature to say this is an important topic, and we want it banned,” Wojciechowski said. Board member Bill Wingren said he voted absentee because there was

Trump takes action against trans people by Christina Basken “One, two, three, four Donald Trump, no more! Five, six, seven, eight fight the bigotry! Fight the hate!” These words echoed throughout the UW Oshkosh campus on Monday night in response to the president’s attitude and actions regarding transgender people. On Oct. 21, The New York Times leaked a memo they obtained stating that the Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” According to the memo, the Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance. According to The Williams Institute, an estimated 1.4 million Americans identify as transgender. On Oct. 21, hundreds of people gathered at the Washington Square Park in New York to protest against the proposal, using the hashtag #WontBeErased on social media to attract more people

to the protest. The hashtag was also used on the UWO campus to attract people to a protest, which was hosted by the Students for a Democratic Society. SDS President and UWO alumnus Ryan Hamann said he organized the protest because he felt a call to action to “fight back.” “I think it’s disgusting quite frankly,” Hamann said. “Trans people are people just like everyone else.” UWO student and founder of Q+ Unity Xan Hammel said she was at an Appleton protest on Saturday and came to the UWO protest to express solidarity and spread awareness. “Well, I’m trans ... and we’ve only just recently gotten the rights that we have with housing, with jobs, but he [Trump] wants to make sure that we will no longer be protected under Title IX,” Hammel said. In April, the Trump administration also announced plans to roll back a rule issued by former President Barack Obama in 2016 that prevents doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people. In July, the president announced a ban on transgender people serving in the

not enough research presented in the proposal. “I was in favor of this; I thought conversion therapy was wrong,” Wingren said. “However, I asked the question, ‘How does conversion therapy affect Winnebago County?’ and the sponsor said they didn’t know.” Wojciechowski responded by stating, “If it’s happening to one person, it’s happening to too many.” Wojciechowski said he has seen the negative effects conversion therapy can have. “When I was in high school, one of my friends, I found out his parents sent him to conversion therapy when he came out to them,” Wojciechowski said. “He described it as three months of him trying to pretend that he wasn’t gay. You can definitely tell the emotional drain and the psychological damage that it’s done to him.” According to the Movement Advancement Project, 14 states have banned conversion therapy for minors. Reintegrative therapist David Pickup said he has been practicing what

was once known as reparative therapy for over 10 years in California. Pickup said he uses a combination of psychodynamic therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy on his clients “who are not gay identified, through their own belief systems, but they know that homosexual feelings for them have risen in childhood for three main reasons: a very severe case of gender identity inferiority or actual dysphoria; severely unmet needs for affirmative approval and affection; and many times, between 50-70 percent of the time, sexual abuse by older same-sex people or pedophiles.” According to Pickup, the bans are doing more harm than good. “Why this is actually abusive is for several basic constitutional reasons,” Pickup said. “It actually bans professional therapy for unwanted homosexual feelings caused by sexual abuse further leading a child into more depression and more anxiety. It robs the client to choose for himself who


The New York Times leaked a memo stating that the Trump administration wants to define gender. SDS member Landon military. According to a tweet the Klein, who was present at the protest, president sent out said he is on Twitworried Trans people are ter, Ameri- people just like everythat things can military one else. will only get worse forces could for the not afford L G B T Q + the “tremen— Ryan Hamann dous mediSDS President community. “I think cal costs and it basicaldisruption.” ly tells a Healthgood chunk care for transgender people in the of the population that they military would cause about don’t matter,” Klein said. “I a 0.13 percent increase in think this will enable bigots health care spending, ac- to be more brazen with their hatred and bring more harm cording to the Rand study. According to the Military toward trans people and the Times analysis, the military LGBTQ+ community.” spent roughly $41.6 million on Viagra alone in 2016.

he truly is. It robs parental rights for minors to have no input whatsoever to the developing sexual and gender issues that a child has. This ban only serves one purpose, to further LGBTQ philosophy. It doesn’t care a lit about other children’s lives that are very different than folks who believe they were born gay or transgender. It disrespects a child’s right to get the therapy that leads to their most authentic self because the therapy really does work.” Pickup said he has a high success rate, but the outcome is entirely up to the client. “I have gay clients walk through the door and disagree with my view on sexuality, but we still have a very trusted, compassionate relationship,” Pickup said. “They can be gay; that’s their choice to believe what they believe. I think that trauma is at the bottom of homosexual feelings, but I don’t push that or force that on that, I don’t tell them who they are.” According to Psychology Today,


COLS announces cuts by Bailey McClellan Budget cuts could mean changes to tuition pricing, the loss of academic instructors, salary cuts and increased faculty workloads, according to College of Letters and Science Dean Colleen McDermott. The three-year financial recovery plan, which took effect in September, calls for a $6 million reduction to general-purpose revenue spending, of which about $4 million will come from academic affairs. This amounts to about a 10 percent reduction in spending across all colleges over the three-year period. The cuts are distributed unevenly over this period with 30 percent of the cut occurring this year, 50 percent occurring in 2019-20 and 20 percent occurring in 2020-21. The plan also aims to develop and implement revenue-enhancement strategies as soon as possible. McDermott said plans to increase University revenue will likely involve students paying separately for interim courses. “There have been several ideas,” McDermott said. “One of them is removing interim from the tuition plateau for the students. That has gone forward to the System. I think that will be approved, but it’s not likely that it will occur very soon. So we’ve been told that January 2020 interim will be on the plateau.” McDermott said the University is also considering changing the pricing structure of tuition.

“The other idea was to charge students by credit rather than have a plateau at all,” McDermott said. “That was calculated to result in anywhere from $1 million to $4 million in revenue per year. That has not moved forward to the System. We’ve been told that we need to sort of hold back on that one. That requires lots of approval through the legislature and so forth, and this may not be the ideal time for that.” McDermott said with the $937,000-plus cut to COLS spending coming in 2019-20, salary reductions are inevitable. “The number that we’re going by in the checkbooks is the absolute minimum that the department has, and it could go up,” McDermott said. “And I know it’s not a pleasant situation to be in. I have empathy, but there is no alternative to cutting salaries. Because this is the earliest we’ve ever given checkbooks to departments by months and months and months, there’s still going to be that wiggle. We don’t know how much increase we’re going to have.” Reducing instructional academic staff will play a large role in meeting the 2019-20 budget cuts. Many course sections currently taught by IAS will either be eliminated or tacked on to faculty workloads, according to McDermott. “I’ve had people ask me, ‘Well, how can you add all those extra courses?” McDermott


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Rec Plex to host dome viewing at open house

by Megan Behnke UW Oshkosh’s new Rec Plex will hold an open house on Nov. 6 to give students an insight on the new facility. The Rec Plex is a 4.35acre recreational complex with lighted, multi-use synthetic turf, a 3,000-plus square foot support building and a seasonal dome from approximately November through May to allow yearround recreation. The Rec Plex has only been open since the start of the semester, but it’s already being put to good use with many different clubs and activities taking advantage of the new facility. Associate Director of Student Recreation Tony Dirth said that within the couple months the facility has been open, there have been many activities taking place on the field, including club practices in the evening. “We’ve had athletic practices in the mornings and some afternoons,” Dirth said. “We’ve had open dropin recreations so students would come in and kick the soccer ball around or play football, frisbee, that kind of stuff.” Women’s Lacrosse Club President Alexandra Fischer said that she goes to the Rec Plex about three times a week for practice and that it’s an amazing asset to the school compared to the other field the lacrosse team has

had practice at. “Before, my team had to practice at the East Hall Fields, which, with the landscaping there, it caused a lot of injuries,” Fischer said. “It also took a lot of time to paint fields. The Rec Plex solves all these problems for my team, and I’m sure other teams and programs that have had to use the East Hall Fields.” Ultimate Frisbee Club Vice President Jason Hataj said with the turf, he no longer has to worry about muddy, slippery or frozen fields. “The lights work great as well,” Hataj said. “They are very bright so that outdoor sports can easily be played an extra for hours in the evenings, which is fantastic since most students aren’t available for sports during the day.” The Rec Plex is adjacent to the Gruenhagen Conference Center and has the same hours as the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Dirth said the open house will consist of different people talking about the facility, including the chancellor, as well as a possibility to see the new dome that will be on the field for winter. “There will be a chance for a question and answer, then to kind of just walk around,” Dirth said. “By that time the dome should actually be up so we will have a chance to show that off and let everyone see what is possible,


Pictured above is what the UWO Rec Plex will look like during the colder months with the dome up. come winter time, with the dome like it is.” Fischer said she believes the more students attending the Rec Plex open house, the better. “There are so many opportunities and access students get included with their tuition that they don’t know about,” Fischer said. “The more educated students are, the more they will get out of

attending a university.” All a student has to do to use the Rec Plex is to swipe their TitanCard at the welcome desk. Dirth said that any student is able to use the field, depending on whether or not it’s reserved for a club. “The only times that it wouldn’t be open is if it is being reserved for one of those other programs,” Dirth

said. “But in general, any time where there’s not something scheduled, it’s open for students to come in any time.” Hataj said he highly encourages students to use the Rec Plex because not many students or schools have an indoor turf field they can use during the winter. “I’ve always found that exercise and sports are a

great stress reliever for me,” Hataj said. “And the fact that I’ll get to play sports on a full-sized field rather than a cramped gym this winter is amazing.” Hataj said the open house will be a great way to learn all that the facility has to offer because club sports and intramurals will be able to utilize the facility.

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Bus route changes for students and staff by Holly Gilvary Recently, there have been multiple changes in busing for UW Oshkosh staff and students. UWO Parking Services announced Monday that there will be a change in the bus service available to students and staff through GO Transit. Currently, students and staff are able to get free rides on GO Transit buses by showing a valid TitanCard. However, starting Jan.1, 2019, Parking Services will purchase bus passes, which will then be distributed to those interested in using the free GO Transit service. The GO Transit bus service will still be free for staff and students, and its current route will not change. Another change to student busing is the recent switch in the late-night route for students. Previously, the latenight bus route, provided on Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., was through the bus company Kobussen. In the beginning of October, this bus route was switched over to a new late-night bus service called Safe Route. Oshkosh Student Association Chief of Staff Alex Novak said Safe Route will provide the same service as the previous late-night bus


UWO students Jordyn Martinez and Jennifer Kamrath prepare to depart on the GO Transit bus route. route for students, but it is now driven by two community service officers in a UWO shuttle. Safe Route will still run Friday and Sat-

urday nights from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. “[Safe Route] goes around the campus to get students home safely so they don’t

have to walk in the cold, or they don’t have to drive when they probably shouldn’t be driving, if they’ve been drinking too much,” Novak

said. “It’s just another way to try and get students home safely.” Novak also addressed students’ potential worry that

they could get in trouble if they utilize the CSO-driven shuttle while they are under the influence. “Students might fear that, ‘Oh, I can’t get on this CSO shuttle because I’m under the influence, and I’m not 21, so I’ll get in trouble,’” Novak said. “And that’s not the case. [The CSOs] are not looking to get anyone in trouble; they’re just trying to get you home. So students shouldn’t have to fear getting in trouble if they’re on the bus and they’re intoxicated. [We’re] just worried about getting them home safely.” According to Novak, there’s been a higher turnout for Safe Route compared to the previous late-night bus route. “We’ve had it going on for a couple of weeks now, and our first couple weekends we hit a pretty good turnout,” Novak said. “I think we had about 40 to 50 students use it for those first couple of weekends, so so far it’s a success.” Novak encouraged students to utilize Safe Route if they need it. He said Safe Route is simply “another avenue to be more financially responsible, to save money, to give more student involvement and to make sure students are safe.”

Student governance works with UW Fox and Fond du Lac by Megan Behnke The Oshkosh Student Association at UW Oshkosh has started working with the Student Association at UW-Fox Valley and the UW-Fond du Lac Student Government Association. OSA is the student government that represents all students regarding issues and policies relating to academic and non-academic scores. FSA President Taisto Oney said the goal of the organization is to advocate for student needs and concerns on campus and doing it through their Senate, including discussing and passing bills and resolutions to meet the needs of their constituents. “Our Segregated University Fee Allocation Committee handles the approval of club and organization budget proposals,” Oney said. “And our outreach committee works on volunteering and fundraising opportunities for our organization.”

OSA Chief of Staff Alex Novak said since the University is merging with both institutions, it’s important to work together. “To make sure student voices are heard from all three campuses as we are to be seen as one University,” Novak said. “Maintaining transparency will help with communication and to build trust.” SGA President Patrick Caine said each member of the association benefits in different ways, whether it be through the camaraderie or the fact that it looks great on a résumé. “Each member of our group is different,” Caine said. “We each bring different strengths and opinions, which allows us to be diverse and be involved in so many great aspects of college and communal life.” Oney said the organizations are in their preliminary structure where they meet biweekly to discuss things happening on all campuses. “This system will be in place until next year,” Oney said, “when we

CONVERSION FROM PAGE A1 youth who identify as sexual minorities are two to seven times more likely to die by suicide when compared to heterosexual youth. UWO religious studies professor Kathleen Corley testified before the Winnebago Executive Board in favor of the ban. “As a professor, I have had very young students who are struggling with their sexual orientation attempt suicide,” she said, adding that most were freshmen and 18 or 19 years old. “I remain concerned for those under this age who are struggling also, who would be psychologically damaged by conversion therapy and driven over the edge to suicide as well.” According to Wojciechowski’s proposal, the Human Rights Campaign rated Oshkosh a 13 out of 100 in its 2016 Municipal Equality index, which examines how inclusive state, county and city laws, policies and services are of the LGBTQ+ individuals who reside and work in Winnebago County.

have an actual governing structure in place that the Student Governance Working Group is working on finalizing.” The OSA mission statement said the organization works collectively toward ensuring a prosperous collegiate experience for each student by representing, safeguarding and promoting students’ interests and rights throughout the pursuit of knowledge. Caine said the organization accepts all students, no matter their intended major, allowing the student government association to be diverse. “[We are] able to reach so many different aspects of our campus and our community,” Caine said. Novak said students are benefitting from OSA because it offers various services for them, such as Student Level Services, Readership Program, Titan Transit Services and the Titan Discount Club. He also said it allows students to have their concerns heard, gives

UWO LGBTQ Resource Director Liz Cannon said when a person is forced to do something against their will, it is not helping that person. “I have heard personal accounts of the harm that this type of therapy can do to a person,” Cannon said. “We have to ask ourselves if someone seeks to change their sexuality what societal forces are causing them to experience such self-hatred, and if a person is being forced or coerced into such therapy, how can that not do further harm?” Pickup also said the work he does with his clients is not harmful. “The therapies that they say we do just don’t exist; no professional therapist does the kind of horrific things that this ban suggests,” Pickup said. Corley said she will not stop advocating for the rights of transgender minors. “More education of the public needs to be done in order for there to be a groundswell against the use of conversion therapy for minors,” Corley said. “I am committed to participating in this process moving forward and continuing to add my voice to those seeking to ban this harmful form of ‘therapy.’”


leadership opportunities and gives a chance to make a difference. Oney said not much has changed since working with the other campuses. “So far we have essentially operated the same as before the restructuring, although that will change when the new structure comes next year,” Oney said. Caine said they have a group that consists of members from all three schools that discuss important topics related to the campuses. “Otherwise, there are working groups throughout the University that members of each of the student governments are a part of,” Caine said. “I am fortunate that I have been a part of three of these work groups.” Novak said there are three big takeaways from being part of the OSA, which are learning about UWO, having a say in important decisions and real-life work experience. Oney said members have gained


said. “It is not adding extra courses. It is replacing instructional academic staff hires, and it will result in $600,000 to $675,000 in savings. That goes a long way to get us to that $900,000.” History professor Gabriel Loiacono said reducing IAS might skew the ratio of faculty and staff to students. “We’re being told that we lost 1,800 students since 2012, and therefore we should be able to shrink our faculty and staff to match them,” Loiacono said. “As is, faculty and staff is perfectly proportionate to the number of students. As if all the students have neatly put themselves into the same sections that we can then cut, and it’s not true.” McDermott said meeting cuts in departments that don’t have IAS or that have more specialized courses may require more creative solutions. “If you have another creative idea that will get us the same savings within your department, if you have to have 50-student sections of one course and you want to put them together and one person teaches 100 students, that person doesn’t have to do an extra course then if we can do the same things that way,” McDermott said. “All of that is up for consideration. Talk to your associate deans if you have those great ideas, but it has to be approved by your

a lot from being a part of the organization. “There are quite a few people who are really driven to make a difference on campus, and I’m glad they have an outlet to do that,” Oney said. “It has also created strong, lasting relationships, both personal and professional, between all of our members.” Caine said his biggest takeaway from being part of the organization is the respect from peers. “It’s the aspect that we are respected and held to a higher standard,” Caine said. “By not only our peers, but also our professors and other members of the administration.” Students interested in joining OSA as a senator or committee member can email or call (920)424-3202.

department.” McDermott said rules for how cuts can be made were introduced by Provost Koker earlier this year, one of which states shifting funding between budget categories is not allowed. “If you’ve ever looked at budgets, you can’t go from one column to another,” McDermott said. “You can’t shift supplies and expense money into salary or vice versa.” McDermott said budgeting to meet reductions with increases in revenue is also not allowed. “We can’t make this by trying to just increase revenue,” McDermott said. “Increased revenue is great. It will help, but it’s not the way we can take all of our reductions.” Furloughs, the placement of an employee in a temporary non-duty, non-pay status for budgetary reasons, also cannot be counted toward the required budget reduction. Loiacono said it’s important to recognize the COLS administration is forced to operate under a lot of restrictions. “You’re told, “Here is a million-dollar cut, but you can’t do all of these creative things”,” Loiacono said. “And I guess I would suggest that as a faculty we might push back in support of [the COLS administration] and say, ‘Hey, why all the handcuffs? Why can’t we do these things?’” History professor Michael Rutz said he wonders if the projections on which the bud-

get has been based are accurate. “We have to meet five percent,” Rutz said. “No flexibility there at all? Maybe since we are starting to see an uptake in students, maybe that projection was made a couple years ago and doesn’t make sense anymore. I mean, I think we really keep pushing on the administration to say we need more information about where the demand for this extreme cut is actually coming from and whether or not real projection might suggest there’s more flexibility there going forward.” McDermott said there have been discussions about the flexibility of the budget cut requirements. “Truthfully we’re not at the full 50 percent for next year,” McDermott said. “We’re still looking at things, if someone else resigns, if someone else retires, we have ways to save. We also are in negotiation with the provost and Jim Fletcher to say, ‘Can we stretch this and not take 50 percent of this year?’” McDermott said though the COLS staff are working hard to make the best of a tough situation, they can only do so much with what they are given. “Our college gets an allocation,” McDermott said. “I can only distribute the allocation. I cannot distribute more than the allocation. So that’s what we can do. It’s a tough situation, and it’s not pleasant for anyone.”

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LEFT: UWO student and Oneida Nation member Nick Metoxen shows off his display. RIGHT: Pictured is part of the exhibit featured in UWO Polk Library.

Lands We Share showcases student research by Joe Schulz The Lands We Share Exhibit in Polk Library showcases student research produced from oral history interviews conducted by Quest III students and student researchers. Oral history interviews are longform interviews used by historians to gain perspective on how people viewed and experienced life. The exhibit showcases the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, small-town farming in Allenville, urban farming in Milwaukee, a German dairy farm in Jefferson County and the first certified organic Hmong farm in Wisconsin. The exhibit is stopping at UWO before traveling to the Oneida Nation, the Hoard History Museum, UW-Whitewater, UW-Milwaukee and UW Madison. Co-curator and UWO history professor Stephen Kercher said the exhibit was designed to foster a dialogue between rural and urban Americans.

“This exhibit really is meant to kind of create a dialogue and discussion that will be relevant to both sides,” Kercher said. “That will say there is common ground; we all share the land, maybe uncomfortably sometimes, but we all have ties to farming. Even people in cities have ties to farming.” Kercher said the Oneida project is fascinating because it involves a legal battle between the town of Hobart, Wisconsin and the Oneida Nation. Kercher explained that the Dawes Act of 1887 reduced the amount of land Native Americans had, and once gambling was legalized, the Oneida Nation began buying their land back. Once the Oneida bought their land back it was put into a trust, meaning it was no longer taxable land. “In places like Hobart it doesn’t sit well with them because it’s tax money they no longer get for their community,” Kercher said. “The tension between Hobart and the Indian community is very pronounced, and that goes back to the question of the land and

how important land issues are.” Student researcher Jennifer Depew said one of the things that shocked her was when the research team went to a Hobart town hall meeting in June. “[Hobart] had a lawyer come in and talk about the legal tactics they were using to keep their taxable land base,” Depew said. Student researcher and Oneida Nation member Nicholas Metoxen said the group encountered racism at the town hall. “[The Oneida] were nothing but respectful in trying to ask questions, and people were swearing at us and walking out when we were talking,” Metoxen said. Metoxen said that Hobart tries to oppose the Oneida through the local media as well as through legal means. “[The Oneida] have an amazing apple orchard; we have an Apple Fest each year at the peak of picking season,” Metoxen said. “A few years ago, the paper ran it as Apple Fest, a huge success in Hobart. They didn’t men-

Students encouraged to vote in next Tuesday’s election by Nikki Brahm Citizens in Oshkosh and across the United States will be performing their civic duty and voting in the 2018 fall general election on Nov. 6. In the 2016 presidential election, about 18 percent of UW Oshkosh students voted on campus and about 15 percent of students voted off campus, with overlap of nonstudents that live close to campus. That equals about 33 percent of students who voted in the presidential election. For the Nov. 6 general elec-

tion so far, Election Aide Emily Karl of the City Clerk’s office said 18,038 people have voted by mail and 2,002 have voted in their office since Wednesday, which equals about 30 percent of Oshkosh residents. Executive Director of Campus Life Jean Kwaterski said she thinks it’s important for students to vote in this election because there are several positions on the ballot that affect issues in their lives. “For example, the governor,” Kwaterski said. “The governor plays a large role in deciding the funding for public education and

the funding of the UW System.” Kwaterski said she believes some students think it doesn’t matter whether they vote or not. “Recent elections prove that it does matter,” Kwaterski said. “Many elections have been won by a small number of votes.” UWO junior Rachael Larson said she plans on voting in the election. “I actually don’t know who I’m voting for yet,” Larson said. “I haven’t really looked into the candidates at all and I need to do that.” UWO junior Aj Zemke said it’s important to vote because

tion the Oneida apple orchard, they just called it the Hobart apple orchard.” Metoxen said the Oneida also face police discrimination, which he has personally dealt with. “I know I’ve personally gotten pulled over a lot when I had tribal [license] plates,” Metoxen said. “I ditched tribal plates for Wisconsin plates and haven’t been pulled over at home since.” Depew said students should go to the Land, Farming and Identity panel on the Oneida Nation on Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Reeve Union Theatre to learn more about the Oneida Nation. “Not only is it a compelling story of land theft and movement and cultural preservation and perseverance, but it’s also a story that’s ongoing,” Depew said. Kercher said each display features different problems associated with farming, and the Allenville display features the struggles of small family farms. “These types of small farms with small herds that used to proliferate this

area years ago are now becoming extinct,” Kercher said. Depew said Allenville was a tightknit farming community before corporate farms bought out many of the small farms in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. “Now when you drive through, there is the church, but the schools have been closed. Kids in Allenville bus to Winneconne. There isn’t a good community center there. People don’t know their neighbors anymore,” Depew said. UWO history professor Jeffrey Pickron said students should pay more attention to where their food comes from because buying locally grown food gives back to the community. “It’s those small producers, those small-business people, who make up a lot of our community,” Pickron said. “The health of our community is essential; hopefully [the Lands We Share Exhibit] provides people with an opportunity to understand why that’s valuable.”


Reeve Memorial Union will be a voting location for students on Nov. 6. the people citizens vote for are making decisions that affect our daily lives financially, personally, socially and more. “If you don’t vote, then I feel like you have no right to com-

plain afterward about any of the decisions that are made by those people,” Zemke said. “I will be voting for Tony Evers; I think that he demonstrates a lot of the values that I hold and I think that

he would do a great job as governor.” UWO senior Shane Thomas said citizens have a civic


UWO clubs, organizations push to get student allocation funding by Bailey McClellan UW Oshkosh clubs and organizations look to secure funding for the 2019-20 academic school year. The deadline to submit funding applications for clubs and organizations is Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. Funding is granted on a yearly basis through the Student Allocations Committee, a student-run committee dedicated to the distribution of allocable segregated fees to student clubs and organizations recognized by the Oshkosh Student Association. Gail Goodacre, president of the UWO Student National Association of Teachers of Singing, said a lot of preparation goes into getting approved for funding. “You first need to be registered and approved through OSA,” Goodacre said. “There then is a training conducted by OSA that a representative from your organization needs to attend. This year’s just happened about two weeks ago. At this meeting you are guided through the process and given materials to help you with writing your budget. After you finish writing your budget, you need to submit it to OSA for approval.”

SAC Controller Leo Spanuello said the time this process takes can vary between organizations. “The amount of time depends on the size of the organization,” Spanuello said. “Many clubs have gone through the process multiple times and can easily change their budget from the previous year. The approval process happens between November and December, and clubs are notified in March.” Reeve Union Board Budget Manager Haley Teniente said renewing the organization’s budget from year to year is more tedious than it is difficult. “Given that OSA has a specific budget format they’d like organizations to use is very standard and easy to read and enter information, it’s just taking the time to re-enter the numbers and updating a few things here and there that make the application challenging,” Teniente said. Clare Hietpas, Interactive Web Management Club president, who is working on applying for funding through the SAC for the first time, said navigating the process without experience requires care. “I am currently getting help on the

process since we have never gone through it before,” Hietpas said. “I think the most challenging part is that, since we have never done it before, I’m working hard to make sure I go through the process right.” Spanuello said all OSA-recognized organizations are eligible to receive funding. “SAC does not deny funding to any organizations that follow the guidelines established by OSA and the policy and procedure manual,” Spanuello said. “It is only when the group does not follow the guidelines or [is] not open to all students.” Goodacre said a major challenge for organization leaders that are new to this process is getting used to these guidelines. “Writing the budget does take a fair amount of time,” Goodacre said. “There are a lot of guidelines and rules for allocated funds that make it challenging for a new budget writer.” One of these guidelines, which are outlined in the 2018 SAC policies and procedure manual, requires that funding for food at regular meetings be limited to two meetings a year with a maximum

cost of $5 per person. Another guideline prohibits the use of funds to purchase clothing for advertising purposes. The complete manual can be found online at the SAC website. Spanuello said any students who are intimidated by the process can reach out to SAC for guidance. “The best step for an organization to have a smooth budgeting process is to seek direct advice from SAC through the chair and controller,” Spanuello said. “Both myself and the chair meet with organizations frequently and help them throughout the process.” After being approved for funding, organization leaders must stop in at the OSA office to make purchases using the office credit card or to seek reimbursement for purchases. Goodacre said making time to stop in during these hours can be difficult. “I, like many other students, have very busy days,” Goodacre said “I find it a huge challenge to make it to the office during open hours so I can use the school credit card to use funds. It would be much easier for me if there were a way to work on these things in the evenings when I have more time. It would

be more convenient if these funds could be transferred into the organization’s bank account.” Goodacre said despite the challenges, University staff work hard to help accommodate the needs of students and organizations. “Our organization depends on funds to send our members to conferences and competitions and to bring in guests to give lectures and master classes,” Goodacre said. “It is a big process, but the good thing is that the people in the OSA office are willing to meet with you and help you through it.” Teniente said funding is important to student organizations because it allows them to provide opportunities to students that work to enrich the UWO community. “Receiving the funds is crucial for RUB, because without it, we are not able to entertain, engage and involve the students here at UWO,” Teniente said. “We not only give students weekly entertainment, we give them college memories. The funding that goes to RUB is not for our organization; it goes right back to the students.”

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LEFT: Students take notes as the panel discusses women in politics on TV. RIGHT: Former WI state senator Jessica King talks about Leslie from Parks & Rec.

Women in politics analyzed in pop-culture panel

by Neal Hogden The UW Oshkosh Women’s Center hosted two politically themed events on Monday to help educate students on the struggles and success stories of women in politics. The center hosted their 2018 pop culture panel about women in politics on TV on Monday. The panel discussed the roles of wom-

en in TV shows like ABC’s “Scandal”, NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and CBS’s “Madam Secretary,” where politics are at the forefront. The panel then dissected the character’s roles in the show. The panel consisted of former Wisconsin state Sen. Jessica King, Deputy Mayor of the City of Oshkosh Lori Palmeri, UW Oshkosh political science professor Dr. Dru Scribner, Oshkosh Student Association President Ron-

isha Howard and women’s and gender studies professor Morgan Stewart. King said the barrier of women in politics is breaking down, but the numbers are still low. “Women are eight percent of national leaders, two percent of the world’s presidential posts and 23.3 percent in legislative positions,” King said. “There’s a great opportunity for young women to find their space, own their

voice and participate.” Women’s Center Director and Event Coordinator Dr. Alicia Johnson said she hopes students realize that they can be represented if they just go out and vote. “We decided to have this be the topic because we’re a week ahead of the midterm elections, and we want students to be reminded of the power of their voice and to be sure that their voice is heard by going out and vot-

ing,” Johnson said. UWO graduate student Brooke Berrens said students need to take a deeper look at who the candidates they are voting for are and what they represent. “Representation is really important,” Berrens said. “Who’s being represented by the candidates? Just kind of keep that in mind when you’re viewing media and actually voting and making change in your community.”

The Women’s Center also held their bi weekly Masculinity Monday which is the center’s discussion session on the effects of society on men and the way they act towards women. This week’s topic was fitting as it looked into political campaigns. The next Masculinity Monday installment will be on Nov. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Women’s Center.

Meet the candidates for the election on November 6



by Nikki Brahm U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Democrat Baldwin was elected to the U.S. Senate on Nov. 6, 2012. She is the first Wisconsin woman and openly gay woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. In the Senate, Baldwin has worked to strengthen the middle class economy, has invested in education and workforce readiness, worked for quality health care for everyone, worked on building a strong manufacturing economy and on ensuring retirement security. Baldwin’s top priority is to address student debt and college affordability. Leah Vukmir, Republican Vukmir is a conservative from Madison, Wisconsin. She is pro-life and 100 percent pro-gun. Vukmir strongly believes in improving Veterans Affairs, placing stronger efforts toward homeland security, having tougher penalties for violent criminals, starting construction of a wall at the Mexican border and enacting a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. She also believes Obamacare should be repealed.



responsibility and obligation to vote, not just a right, and it’s important to vote because the United States is a leader in a lot of international conflicts. Thomas said he will be voting for incumbent Gov. Scott Walker. “When he came into office at the time there was a big deficit, and he was able to create a big surplus,” Thomas said. “And last August, I believe he was able to create more tax breaks for people with kids who were going into school … As a student, it’s been hurting with the budget cuts at the universities, but I think overall he was able to come in and fix the budget for Wisconsin.”


Scott Walker, Republican Walker was elected as governor on Nov. 2, 2010. He has supported the Wisconsin Fast Forward program with the goal to increase jobs for the working class. Walker also proposed the 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 bill and he supports a tuition freeze. He has a four-act plan to support small businesses and has introduced legislation to support farmers. Walker supports the Second Amendment, is pro-life and works to increase veteran employment. In addition, he does not support Obamacare. Tony Evers, Democrat Evers’ priority is increasing funding in education, and he supports early childhood care, investments in technical and UW schools, faculty research and student loan refinancing. Evers’ other top priority is funding Wisconsin road work. He believes in opening access to affordable healthcare by accepting federal Medicaid expansion dollars. He supports racial equity, LGBTQ+ rights, natural resource protection, job creation, criminal justice reform, increased minimum wage and workers’ rights.



Maggie Turnbull, Independent Turnbull is running as an independent because she does not believe in the two-party system. She believes in cleaning rivers and lakes, increasing road work, legalizing marijuana, forming a Statewide Commission for Equity in School Funding and implementing restorative justice programs. She believes in increased gun regulations, stronger science programs in pre-K and K-12 classrooms and elimination of excessive standardized testing. Phil Anderson, Libertarian Anderson believes in increased local control without interference from the state. Anderson supports eliminating the income tax, reforming the criminal justice system, rolling back federal healthcare and the federal welfare system and promoting a market economy free of government interference. He believes that private, public or no education systems should be available for everyone. He is pro-marijuana legalization and resists sending those in the National Guard to unconstitutional wars. Michael White, Green Party White focuses on social, economic and environmental justice. He is



pro-marijuana legalization and believes in single-payer healthcare, increased public school funding, increased road work and pharmaceutical and drug reform. White believes in accepting no money from corporations, lobbyists or political action committees. Arnie Enz, Wisconsin Party Enz is running in the Wisconsin Party because he does not believe in the two-party system. His website states his three main platforms: taking back the government, reforming environmental policies and being kind. Enz supports comprehensive campaign and election reform funding, including voting district reform. He also supports environmental reform over economic reform. Also on the ballot in the Oshkosh area: — Attorney General: Democrat Josh Kaul, Republican Brad Schimel (incumbent) and Constitution Party candidate Terry Larson — Secretary of State: Republican Jay Schroeder and Democrat Doug La Follette (incumbent) — State Treasurer: Republican Travis Hartwig, Democrat Sarah Godlewski


and Constitution Party candidate Andrew Zuelke — U.S. Representative District 6: Democrat Dan Kohl and Republican Glenn Grothman (incumbent) — Assembly District 53: Republican Michael Schraa (incumbent) and Democrat Joe Lavrenz — Assembly District 54: Democrat Gordon Hintz (incumbent) — Winnebago County Sheriff: Republican John Matz (incumbent) — Winnebago County Coroner: Republican Barry Busby (incumbent) — Winnebago County Clerk of Courts: Republication Melissa M. Pingel (incumbent) In addition, two referendums will be on the ballot including the Winnebago County Dark Store Referendum, which asks whether the state legislature should propose legislation that closes the Dark Store loopholes, redistricting, asking if the state legislature should create a nonpartisan procedure for preparing a legislative and congressional redistricting plan. For more information on candidates and race, go to www.wisconsinvote. org/candidates-and-races.

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UWO responds to Trump’s proposal to define sex by The Advance-Titan Staff

Last week the Trump administration announced a proposal to legally define gender as a “biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” The proposal has faced backlash from the LGBTQ+ community with rallies being held over the weekend. There have also been several social media posts made by members of the transgender and nonbinary community using the hashtag #WontBeErased. UW Oshkosh senior Autumn Dunsmore said she thinks the proposal restricts people’s choices to be who they want. “I think it’s silly to have a law that defines what somebody is,” Dunsmore said. “I feel like someone should be able to choose.” UWO junior Valerie Newhouse said the proposal would be a downfall for the transgender community. “I do think it’s unfair because the trans people have worked hard to get where they could and then it’s all being taken away by one tiny little act,” Newhouse said. Conversely, Fellowship of Catholic University Students missionary Jacob Tschann at the Newman Center said he thinks sex is determined by genetics. “I would say that sex has everything to do with genetics,” Tschann said. “I think genetically what you are born with and what chromosomes you have would be a very good indicator of what your sex is.” UWO senior Jennifer Perrault said she is mixed on the proposal because she is a biology major. “As a biology major, I know of many conditions where a person’s external genitalia may not match their internal organs,” Perrault said. “Going on a smaller level, the presence of a Y chromosome does not always equal male and some people have XX (female) chromosomes in some cells and XY

(male) chromosomes in other cells, so how should we define these people?” On the other hand, Perrault said she thinks it would be good to define sex for medical reasons. “If a man comes to the ER with abdominal pain, doctors will think of possible digestive tract issues,” Perrault said. “But if a woman comes to the ER with abdominal pain, there’s a whole other set of organs that could be the problem. It might become difficult if the medical records say their gender is male but the patient has female organs.” Director of the LGBTQ Resource Center Liz Cannon said the proposal would take away people’s right to be who they are and would make her job harder to carry out. “My role as an LGBTQ Resource Center director is always to support people of a whole range of genders — because we have more than two — and to do everything in my power to make sure the climate at the University is understanding of how gender works and accepting of people of multiple gender expressions and gender identities,” Cannon said. “I will say that becomes more difficult if we are in a political climate that is not respectful of trans and nonbinary individuals.” Dunsmore said the proposal might pass, but it is up to the people in this country to prevent it. “I think it’s a possibility because people are ignorant, but I really hope not,” Dunsmore said. “Hopefully a lot of younger people go out and vote.” Although Tschann said sex should be defined by genetics, he said he doesn’t see this proposal being passed. “I think it would be very difficult, I don’t know if that’s where things are headed or not,” Tschann said. “It’s hard to say, but right now the way I see society, I don’t realistically see that being passed as a law.” Newhouse said the proposal could lead to negative reactions

and could lead to more problems. “I think there wouldn’t be a good reaction from especially [the transgender] community, it wouldn’t be good,” Newhouse said. “I think it could make things worse if that’s a possibility.” UWO freshman Rachel Mackey said the proposal would garner a largely negative reaction from the country if it is passed. “We’re getting to the point where people are more open and that’s good,” Mackey said. “People are beginning to express themselves more and I think that would go in the opposite direction.” Tschann said if the proposal passed, we would see a lot of negative reactions based on previous laws that have passed. “I think in the same kind of scope of things with same-sex marriage, you see a lot of pushback with that and two very opposing sides to that as well,” Tschann said. “I think you would see a similar pushback

with the forming of these groups to advocate each way and kind of create more separation than unity.” Perrault said the chances of the proposal being passed is unlikely due to election timing and beliefs of both political parties. “Democrats feel strongly about the inclusivity of the LGBT community, as do some Republicans,” Perrault said. “Also with the midterms quickly approaching, I don’t think Republicans would want to pass a proposal like this that could make some of the population angry, and I do not see how this would benefit anyone.” Cannon said she could see both sides but there are already people speaking out on the proposal. “We saw the number of women who came out and marched in the women’s march across the world,” Cannon said. “We’ve already seen a lot of — over the weekend — trans and non-binary and trans allies coming together and making statements.” Dunsmore said if a law is

passed from this proposal, it could potentially lead to more laws passed of the same magnitude. “I think if it passes it could be a bad thing because then they could find other laws to try and pass and basically be more of a parent government,” Dunsmore said. “I think this law could be the gateway if it passes.” Perrault said that if the proposal would be passed, it wouldn’t seem very American to not recognize transgender people, and it can be hard for minds and opinions to completely change. “Social change is slow and it is difficult to get everyone on board and step away from their traditions,” Perrault said. “While I am a conservative and have more traditional views, I think this proposal would be bad for the transgender people in America as well as the people with genetic conditions that do not allow them to just fit in a XX or XY box.” Cannon said the best thing for students to do during this time is to educate themselves on gender


before they lean towards one side. “Increase your understanding of what gender is, and if you don’t know that you have met people who are trans and nonbinary, to recognize that you have and that gender is just a part of who we are,” Cannon said. “One of the things that we do, especially on this campus, is we embrace the whole individual.” Cannon said being in college is the best place to learn about new things and to take the opportunity to utilize resources. “Our purpose here is to learn and expand our minds on things that we don’t know,” Cannon said. “I would recommend that if this really is news to somebody to go to a [Students and Faculty for Equality] training, and that’s a really good way to start your journey toward understanding a variety of different genders.” Although the outcome of this proposal is unknown, it is important to know that it is a relevant and important issue that should be discussed.

Video game industry is growing, gaining more acceptance

by Joshua Mounts Joshua Mounts is a senior journalism major. His views do not necessarily represent those of The Advance-Titan. For years it seems that being a “gamer,” or one who plays video games, has been quite a stigma. Over more recent years, this seems to have shifted a bit. Video gaming and the people who participate in the activity have been held in a negative light in the past. People haven’t considered the “sport” to be a sport; they’ve considered the act of playing video games to be contributed

by Abby Reich Today, women are still struggling to become leaders in their organizations. According to a study by Pew Research, “only 26 women are in CEO roles at Fortune 500 companies, making up 5.2 percent of the female population” even now in 2018. Women are always trying to climb up the corporate ladder and are constantly falling short because many of their male superiors fail to recognize their struggles and support them. Therefore, women feel that they are not being treated equally in their organizations and their voices are not being rightfully heard. Both men and women need to

to a string of negative personal or objective characteristics in the people that play them. Playing video games has been slowly growing more widely accepted and has really picked up in the last five or so years alone. Through the last few years celebrities, musicians, professional athletes and others in the public eye have been open with their video game playing habits on their social media. The 2017 game “Fortnite” has been the forefront leader of the gaming societal integration in the last two years. One of the most notable celebrities who has put himself in the spotlight for video games is the recording artist Drake. Drake very recently invested in a professional video gaming organization known as 100 Thieves, more commonly known as esports. After the investment Drake made, he is now a part-owner of the organization as a whole. Drake knows that investing in an organization such as an eSports team

come together to solve this issue and allow women to move up the corporate ladder. First, women must come together, support one another and use their voices and be heard. Many women are scared of speaking up in their organizations because they don’t wanted to be rejected or belittled by their superiors, especially men. If women start by building a trust system together and giving them someone to rely on in their organizations, it will give them the confidence they need to speak up. This will eventually allow them to garner the courage to move up the corporate ladder. Women know that they are facing these struggles, but often don’t come together to support one another through them.

is a wise business venture as the video game industry has been gradually growing into a viable and legitimate industry in society. Even before Drake made his investment in 100 Thieves, he partnered up with prominent video game streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. The two, with the company of NFL player Juju Smith-Schuster and rapper Travis Scott, played “Fortnite” together and pulled the attention of a whopping 635,000 concurrent viewers on the streaming service Twitch. This new non-tournament record smashed the previous record which had been set at 388,000 concurrent viewers. Events like this, as well as the constant exposure from celebrities and other public figures, have brought video games to a whole new light in the public sphere. Video gaming is being taken to a higher competitive status at the same time. Many argue that video gaming takes similar talents, focus, determination, coordination, even overall athleticism and more, similar to other

sports like football, baseball and soccer. Organizations, such as the one Drake has invested so much into, are gaining popularity and funding for tournaments and events due to their ever-growing vast audiences. Forbes reports that the industry has grown exponentially larger over the past three years alone. “The eSports industry has grown at a tremendous pace over the past few years. Per a report from Newzoo, total eSports revenue jumped from $493 million in 2016 to $655 million in 2017, and total revenue could exceed $900 million in 2018,” the Trefis Team wrote for Forbes. Doing research on any number of tournaments for any number of different games will show just how much money video game players can actually take home. Besides winnings in tournaments, more people are gaining success and making an actual living for themselves in the industry as live streamers on platforms such as Twitch or YouTube. Colleges around the United States


By supporting each other, they will start the movement of bringing reputable women forward in organizations, into positions of management that they deserve as much as their male superiors do. Then, the men of our society, and within these organizations, must hear these women out. Men need to listen to what they have to say, and give them the support and attention that men are always given. After that, they will see what these women truly deserve: equality. So ask yourselves, are there female leaders in your organization? Because there are women all around the world ready to be given the opportunities they deserve.

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are beginning to offer scholarships to young people to get them to play for them in collegiate esports leagues, just like football or basketball scholarships. Video games and esports have even found their way into the sports network giant, ESPN. I always remember my mom telling me to get off my Xbox 360, stop playing “Modern Warfare 2” or “Halo 3” and get to bed so I would wake up in the morning for school. Sometimes I sit, daydream and wonder about if I had kept playing those games back in the day if I could be making a living off video gaming. Whether you’re a fan of video games, esports or not, it seems that they’re essentially everywhere nowadays and are here to stay; not only that but it seems they will only continue to grow for the foreseeable future. So who knows, maybe instead of parents putting a ball, bat or mitt in their kids’ hands it could be a controller, mouse and keyboard that leads them to the major leagues and in the end, the big bucks and fame.

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Off-campus dining breaks health codes Wisconsin Health Space portal makes violations readily available

by Jack Tierney Restaurants in Oshkosh are subject to one unannounced health inspection per year by the Winnebago County Health Department, according to Environmental Health Supervisor. Four trained specialists and one supervisor carry out the health department duties. Winnebago County currently has 624 permanent food establishments. The health department displays the official reports

of each inspection on the Wisconsin Health Space Portal. In the past, these reports were held by the restaurant owners and hard to obtain. Now, they are readily available to those who look. Boyce said some of the establishments in the county have enough violations in their routine inspections to permit a follow-up, and in special cases, three visits will be made in one year. “Those are restaurants and establishments that needs extra attention,” Boyce said. Boyce said that even if

a restaurant has numerous violations in its first, second or third inspection of the year, that may not warrant a closure. “The failures that you are seeing are not life-safety issues,” Boyce said. “It takes quite a bit to close a restaurant; sewage backing up into the kitchen, no hot water, no water at all, those are all closures.” While water is a vital part of any restaurant and sewage demands proper installation, Boyce said that vermin have to be taken into context.

“It is a big deal,” Boyce said. “But [an employee] can open up a backdoor to a restaurant while taking the garbage out and something can come in. Not saying that the place is dirty or unclean or anything like that. It can just be something as simple as a mouse running in.” Boyce said that when inspectors see evidence of infestation, they will call pest control who will correct the situation. Boyce said the Department does not keep track of how many restaurants are shut down or temporarily

closed, but she can recall information based on her time with the Department. “We have not shut anyone down permanently,” Boyce said. “We have had places shut down temporarily mainly due to a fire or no water available. This usually happens one-two places per year and they are reopened as soon as cleanup is completed and/or water is available for dishwashing and handwashing.” Boyce the Health Department’s responsibilities go much further than annual inspections.

“We spend a lot of time on employee health and talking to the operator about food safety,” Boyce said. “That doesn’t show up on the inspection report, the teaching portion.” According to the Winnebago County Health Department website, routine inspections are conducted during normal operation of the food service establishment and are normally unannounced. An inspection conducted on any given day may not be representative of the overall long-term operation of an establishment.

• Cheese in refrigerator near kitchen had no date mark and was completely covered in mold • Interior of ice machine, soda gun holsters, interior of microwave and pizza ovens at bar is visably soiled • Basement contains unnecessary items, which provide harborage conditions for insects and rodents

• Observed food handler place raw burger patties onto grill, then touch buns, onion rings and french fries without changing gloves or washing hands • Grease receptacle and ground surrounding unit located in back facility is heavily soiled • A direct connection exists between the sewage system and a drain from ice machine and food prep sink

• Observed raw chicken being thawed in a mop sink • Inner surfaces of prep cooler are soiled with dust and mold • Fan vents in walk-in cooler are heavily soiled with dust and dirt accumulation

• Molded cardboard observed being used on shelves in walk-in cooler • Inside surface of Professional Services cooler at outdoor bar is soiled with dirt and bugs. Outdoor bar coolers are soiled with dead bugs • Inside of microwave by dishwasher is soiled with food debris • Floor under cook line and dishwashing area is soiled with food accumalation and grease • Ice bin drains at inside bar are visabily soiled with grime and food debris

Graphic by: Ana Maria Anstett Source: Wisconsin Health Space Portal

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Miss UWO raises money for Christine Anne Center by Frankie Rabas The fifth annual Miss UWO pageant brought four contestants to the Reeve Union Ballroom stage last Thursday to increase awareness about domestic violence and raise funds for the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Center. Members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity coordinated the pageant in partnership with the Christine Ann Center. According to Beta Theta Pi member and Miss UWO Event Coordinator Jake Wallner, the Christine Ann Center is Beta Theta Pi’s main philanthropy, and members often dedicate their time volunteering at the center. “We’re really close with them, and many of us are on a first-name basis with a lot of people that work there,” Wallner said. “They just love to see us there, and we just love to help out.” Carly Hirsch, who served on the judges’ panel and is also the volunteer coordinator at the

Christine Ann Center, said she works directly with the volunteers that come to the Christine Ann Center, and they have a strong relationship with Beta Theta Pi. “Their focus is on domestic violence, and they’ve adopted the Christine Ann Center as kind of their primary focus in terms of where they volunteer their time and contribute back,” Hirsch said. “Therefore, we certainly want to have representation here to support that.” Wallner said the event raised just over $1,000, which included donations from raffle prizes, door prizes and contestants raising money. “The main goal is to just raise as much money as we can for the Christine Ann Center, and we did,” Wallner said. “We raised as much as we could.” UWO senior and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority member Eve Jewson won the pageant after three years of competing. “My big [sister] in my sorority actually did Miss UWO and won it the year before I came in the first time,” Jewson said. “But the bigger part of it is the

conversation that surrounded it, and that was very, very impactful for me.” Jewson said she was shocked when it was announced that she won, and she thinks the other contestants did really well. “I was really surprised, and I was really humbled by it,” Jewson said. “I just appreciate everything from the audience and all of the judges there.” The evening began with a spirit portion in which contestants had to show off their UWO pride and tell the audience about their involvement on campus. Contestants then had to show off a talent, which featured singing, dancing and a Vine compilation reenactment. In between categories, a representative from the Christine Ann Center took the stage to give a presentation on the services the center offers. Hirsch said she hopes the audience took away a better understanding of Christine Ann and the services they offer. “Even if they’re not directly experiencing abuse, they have a resource for friends and family

to talk about domestic violence and to really gain a broader perspective on what that looks like,” Hirsch said. Finally, the contestants were asked a series of questions that concerned opinionated, personal and statistic-based matters questions as part of the Q&A and formal attire portion. Sarah Averkamp, the development director at the Christine Ann Center who also served on the judges’ panel, said she was very impressed with the responses the women had to their questions. “I thought they had really just some insightful awareness about things that need to happen within our community in order to bring awareness, to bring open dialogue, to bring education and to actually make a difference on what our world looks like in the future in terms of how the face of [domestic violence] looks for all of us,” Averkamp said. Wallner said the contestants were given a question containing a statistic about domestic violence in advance so the contestants could help educate

the audience. “Domestic violence is not okay,” Wallner said. “It’s obvious and simple. The main purpose of the event is just to make the audience aware of statistics.” Wallner said it takes months to plan a large-scale event like Miss UWO. “The main thing is getting sponsors because it’s all donated stuff,” Wallner said. “So that starts during summertime; just calling up places around Oshkosh and getting vendors to want to contribute to the cause whether it’s just door prizes, silent auction items or catering, which we needed too.” Averkamp said she is grateful that she and other employees from the Christine Ann Center were invited to the event. “This really was an enjoyable evening and a lot of fun, and I was just very impressed by the crowd and the enthusiasm,” Averkamp said. Jewson said she encourages everyone to continue supporting events like Miss UWO. “You can get up and show up and take an hour out of


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your night to attend an event,” Jewson said. “You don’t have to be the person in the spotlight, but just go and show support for other people.” Jewson also said donating any amount of money can make a world of difference to people who are struggling. “Just any little thing helps,” Jewson said. “You think it’s little but it’s really not; it’s making a monumental difference. So, attending and supporting those events and the people participating in them, sharing things on Facebook, getting the word out and being comfortable with having uncomfortable conversations, I think, is super important in order to make change in our society.” Jewson also said that if anyone is struggling in an abusive relationship, they should talk with someone they trust and utilize the resources at the Christine Ann Center or on campus. “I am always here as someone that you can talk to regardless of if you know me or not,” Jewson said.


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Soccer goes 0-2 to conclude the season by Ally Gwidt


ABOVE: Sophomore Hannah Zacher heads a ball towards a teammate agaisnt UW-Platteville. BELOW: Junior Michaela Schenk dribbles around a defender. The UW Oshkosh women’s soccer team concluded its season after going 0-2 last week to UW-Platteville on Saturday and UW-Eau Claire on Tuesday. UWO finished the year with a 7-11-1 record overall and a 3-5 record in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The sixth-seeded Titans fell to the third-seeded Blugolds 3-0 in the first round of the WIAC tournament. UW-Eau Claire’s Mercedes Wilson initiated the Blugold’s lead early on with a goal in the 10th minute of play. The Titans managed to hold the Blugold lead at 1-0 until the 59th minute when Wilson scored her second goal of the night off an assist from midfielder Hannah Schaetzel. UW-Eau Claire’s third and final goal of the match came from forward Emily Sullivan in the 69th minute of action. The Blugold’s victory over the Titans advances UWEau Claire’s conference record to 4-2-1 and grants them a spot in the semifinals of the WIAC Championship. On Saturday, the Titans lost to the Pioneers 2-0 in their last game of the regular season. The weekend matchup remained scoreless until UW-Platteville’s forward Caelyn Steffens hammered one in against UWO goalkeeper Erin Toomey in the 42nd minute of play. Steffens then scored a game-sealing goal after she broke through the Titans backline in the 79th minute. Steffens leads the league in goals scored with 26 this season. UW-Platteville goalkeeper Kathryn Flaherty saved all seven of UWO’s shots on goal, including five in the final 21 minutes. The Pioneers had only three shots on goal, all of which came from Steffens. With her fourth and final season in the books, Titans senior forward Alexis Brewer reflected on how her time with the program has shaped her. “The biggest thing I took from my experiences is playing for something bigger than myself,” Brewer said. “I am going to miss my amazing teammates and second family. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.” Last year, the Titans made it to the semifinals of the WIAC Championship and recorded an 8-8-4 record overall and a 3-1-3 record in conference play. UW Oshkosh also compiled for 32 goals scored and eight shutouts

in the 2017 season compared to 23 goals and five shutouts this season. Sophomore Mallory Knight led the Titans with seven goals scored this year, while freshman Kylee Brown had three. Brewer, junior Delaney Karl and sophomore Hannah Zacher had two and a number of players had one. With 25 of this season’s 33 players being either freshman or sophomores, head coach Erin Coppernoll said she is ready to take on her 16th season with the program as the younger players continue to grow. “This season, we had to replace nearly a complete backline and our goalkeeper, so we had some growing pains in the back this year,” Coppernoll said. “However, being so young it is exciting to think about the future of [UWO soccer].” Junior co-captain Maddie Morris said she hopes the Titans can rally together for a better outcome next year. “This season has been an uphill battle,” Morris said. “As a team, I am hoping that our passion continues to grow and we begin to realize the importance of every minute and every game that we play.” After the first round, the remaining teams in the WIAC Championship are top-seeded UW-La Crosse, second-seeded UW-Stevens Point, third-seeded UW-Eau Claire and fifth-seeded UW-Whitewater. UW-La Crosse and UW-Stevens Point both earned first-round byes and will host the semifinals on Thursday. UW-La Crosse won last year’s tournament against UW-Whitewater in a double-overtime shootout, 4-3.

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Goals Mallory Knight



Delaney Karl


Saves Erin Toomey

Swim and dive records first win Volleyball upsets by Neal Hogden The UW Oshkosh men’s and women’s swim and dive team won its dual meet against Carroll University on Saturday. The men’s team had 10 winners on the day as they defeated Carroll University by a score of 139-47. Sophomores Matt Wilke and Jarrett Lieder and freshman Case Geidl all recorded two wins in events. Leider and Geidl combined with junior Michael Gerondale and senior Ian Sewell to win the 400-yard freestyle relay. Geidl said a different mindset played a role in the team’s success over the weekend. “When we started the race, everyone went into it with the mindset that they’re going to give it their all,” Geidl said. “Some of the meets that we go to, it’s kind of obvious we’re not going to win everything but as long as we’re giving it our all it’s cool to see the individual growth of every person.” Geidl said team chemistry played a huge role in their success last weekend. “At the end of our sets, our workouts, we’re always giving high fives and motivational stuff,” Geidl said. “That carries into the meets. Once we’ve got people doing that, it’s just a big motivational boost. People say [swimming] is a mental sport, and that’s so true.” Other men’s team winners were Sewell (200-yard freestyle), sophomore David Bain (100-yard backstroke) and freshman Alex Jernberg (100-yard breaststroke). The women’s team also picked up a win against Carroll University of 118112. The Titans had seven winners with junior Sydney Challoner winning both the

100-yard butterfly as well as the 100-yard breaststroke. Freshman Hannah Cunningham also had a stellar meet recording her first two collegiate victories by winning the 100-yard freestyle and combined with sophomore Tessa Shorten, and freshmen Rachel Jaworski and Alex Schuster to win the 400-yard freestyle relay. Cunningham said she raced well, was proud of her performance and said it gives her confidence heading into future meets. “I come to every practice, every week and just put your all into practice so you can get out of it what you put in,” Cunningham said. “It shows that I’m capable. If I really want to win something, I can do it as long as I put some effort into it.” Head coach Christopher Culp said he was proud of the way his women’s team battled all the way down to the last race. “Carroll has always been a really good competition for us,” Culp said. “Their girls have talent and we had talent, but they are a little bit deeper and a little bit bigger. They were able to fill up every event, which typically means they’ll get those points … If you leave lanes open, they are able to fill in those spots where you are able to get third, fourth, fifth, which is all worth points.” In a close meet, Culp said it was exciting to watch his team pull it out toward the end. “Really what it came down to was we won the events I thought we’d win but there were just a few key people that really stepped up and got that third or fourth place that really started to add the points in the end,” Culp said, “and then our final relay pulled it over the top for us.”

No. 2 UW-La Crosse by Colan Treml


ABOVE: Diver Johnna Seelman shows her impeccable form entering the water. BELOW: Diver Matt Wilke twists his way to a first-place finish.

The UW Oshkosh women’s volleyball team lost in five sets against UW-Stout on Saturday but ousted UWLa Crosse in four sets on Tuesday night in the first round of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. However, in the first round of the WIAC tournament on Tuesday, the Titans defeated UW La Crosse in set scores of 20-25, 25-15, 25-13 and 25-19. Despite losing the first set of the night, the Titans rallied and secured the final three sets of the match as they collected the first round victory. UWO senior Renee Rush led the Titans in kills, racking up 13, while freshman Emma Kiekhofer totaled 20 assists on the night. Senior Rachel Gardner led both teams in digs, collecting an astonishing 30 and propelled the Titans to victory. As the Titans advance in the WIAC tournament, head coach Jon Ellmann said that in order to continue their success, the team needs to

stay focused on what they’ve set out to accomplish. “We need to believe in our own strengths and trust each other,” Ellmann said. “We need to respond to adversity in a positive way, and we need to be relentless in the pursuit of our goal.” However, Ellmann said he knows the task to keep winning won’t be easy. In fact, Ellmann said he believes it will only get harder from here on out. “In our conference you can’t ever let off the gas, you can’t coast,” Ellmann stated. “Simply put, that last match [against UW-Stout] is fuel for the rest of the way.” In Saturday’s game, UWStout rallied late, scoring the last five points in set five and defeated the Titans for the first time since Oct. 11, 2014. The Titans defeated the Blue Devils in sets 2 and 4 before falling short of victory in the final set. The Titans will go on the road to take on UW-Whitewater in the semifinal round of the WIAC tournament on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.









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UWO journalism alumni talk careers in sports

Pat Stiegman, Shane Arman and Cliff Christl each received the same sheet of paper when they graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. They all pursued careers in the sports industry. From covering Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to helping a young boy achieve his dream of holding the Stanley Cup, see how these three UWO alumni deal with sports in different ways. by: Calvin Skalet

Patrick Stiegman: From A-T to ESPN

Pat Stiegman is the vice president and editorial director at ESPN. Stiegman, who graduated in 1988, is responsible for all content and the overall editorial direction of ESPN’s leading portfolio of digital and print sports properties, including text, audio, video and multimedia content. Stiegman said he got involved early as a student here at UW Oshkosh. He worked for the Advance-Titan as a columnist, sports editor and eventually the managing editor. Stiegman also worked for the Oshkosh Northwestern as a reporter all throughout college. “Obviously I got a great journalism degree, but what amplified me was both the ability to work for the A-T and the [Oshkosh] Northwestern.” Stiegman said he began his writing career covering local bowling scores for the Northwestern. Stiegman said because of those entry-level experiences, he was able to expand his work. Eventually, he started covering the Green Bay Packers for the Oshkosh Northwestern as a college student. “By the time I was a sophomore, I was covering Packer games for the Northwestern. By the time I was a junior I was doing both home and road games for them,” Stiegman said. Stiegman said UWO was the perfect fit because it gave him opportunities that other institutions couldn’t offer. “Had I gone to a different school like Northwestern or Columbia Journalism school, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the opportunity to become a beat writer for an NFL team as a student,” Stiegman said. Stiegman said he had to give up many weekends to cover local high school athletics.

PATRICK STIEGMAN “I spent a lot of Friday nights going to Little Chute and Neenah to cover high school sports while my friends were going out to the bars,” Stiegman said. “I covered girls basketball games, volleyball games; I put in my time covering high school athletics as well.” Stiegman said one of the most memorable moments as a young journalist included covering the legendary basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Stiegman also said he was able to cover icons such as Hank Aaron and legendary UWO baseball coach Russ Teederman. Stiegman said in his time at UW Oshkosh he was able to apply what he was learning in class with the support of the journalism department. “Having those opportunities was awesome,” Stiegman said. “The reason I’m at ESPN today is because I was able to practically apply that education real-time while I was in school here at UWO,” Stiegman said. Stiegman said when he’s at work, he has a


Patrick Stiegman, a 1988 UWO graduate, takes notes during class. responsibility for telling the story, regardless if it’s the team he roots for. “On one hand, the truth is I root for the story,” Stiegman said. “I may prefer a team over the others, but at the end of the day I have to tell the story.” Stiegman said when he looks back at certain influential moments in sports history, the whole time he’s thinking about the best way to tell the story to the fans through sound writing and good reporting. “It’s, ‘What’s the story?’ and, ‘How can I harness our team on the ground of reporters and analysts to be able to pull this story together?’” Stiegman said. One of the stories Stiegman broke was when Brett Favre was being traded from the Atlanta Falcons to the Packers in 1992. Stiegman said he has to be worried about much more than just the main sports you often heard about here in the United States. “No matter what time of day it is in Bristol, Connecticut, it’s noon in one of our additions around the world and someone there is emailing me. Sleep has become optional,” Stiegman said. Stiegman said ESPN has built a global editing team that is constructed of editors that oversee all of ESPN’s content on digital platforms across the globe. Because of the time zone issues, they use a rotation system that ensures people are always on the clock monitoring. “If I’m signing off for awhile, I’m handing it off to someone where the time zone

is more friendly,” Stiegman said. “So when Australia goes to bed, the India team picks up and is managing the Australia site. Same thing in the UK and Africa.” Stiegman said when he’s interviewing for new employees, he looks for someone who will bring something new to the table. “I want somebody who has energy. I want someone who has enthusiasm,” Stiegman said. Stiegman said in today’s world with technology advancing as much as it has, there’s so many ways to view sports content. He’s looking for someone who can change the game even more. “I’m looking for someone who can bring something different to the table,” Stiegman said. “Maybe it’s fantasy sports, maybe it’s esports, an area we are massively expanding in. Find a need and fill it.” Stiegman said at the end of the day it’s about getting experience early and often. “Get the reps,” Stiegman said. “There’s so many more vehicles to get reps at now. I took bowling scores for the Oshkosh Northwestern, I couldn’t just blog from my laptop.” When asked why sports are so popular in today’s society, Stiegman said it’s because it delivers everything required for an entertaining story and gives people an entertaining break from their daily lives. “While it’s communal and unscripted, like any good entertainment, it’s an escape,” Stiegman said.


Stiegman served as a sports editor and managing editor at the A-T.

Packers Historian Cliff Christl talks journey to Titletown Cliff Christl works for one of the most recognizable brands in sports history. His job is to record and interpret the history of the Green Bay Packers organization. Christl said an organization like the Packers makes it easy for him to do his job. “No pro football team has a more storied history,” Christl said. Christl, who went to UW-La Crosse before transferring to UW Oshkosh, said the school didn’t originally have a journalism department. “Five years into college, I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life,” Christl said. “There was no journalism program for much of my time at UW Oshkosh.” Cliff Christl was happily enjoying retirement from working as a sports reporter for over 30 years when he was approached by the Packers organization about a job offer. “Aaron Popkey of the Packers had approached me in late 2013 after I had been retired for almost seven years,” Christl said. “Discussions led to me taking the job, although I loved retirement.” “I’ve always had a great appreciation for history, handed down from my grandmother when I was a young boy,” Christl said. “Researching, reading and writing have always been among my favorite hobbies.” Christl said before becoming the Packers historian, he covered Wisconsin sports for over 30 years. Christl said he’s still covering the sports the same way, but now he’s just using a different lens. “As a newspaperman, I covered the team with a critical eye,” Christl said. “Now, I’m extolling its history.” Christl said his time has switched to delving into the rich history of the Packers organization. “Most of my hours involve research and writing,” Christl said. “I’m currently working on the Packers’ 100th anniversary book.” “I’m still able to do my job as a journalist,” Christl said. “They continue to let me be a reporter, that’s the best part. You would be wildly intrigued with the inaccuracy of some facts about the Packers’ history.” Sometimes the facts get misinterpreted throughout time. Christl said there are many published books that have the facts wrong about the beginning of the Packers franchise. “Just about everything in our early history is wrong,” Christl said.

As an example, Christl said that it has been said that Packers legend Curly Lambeau went to school at UW Madison, when in fact the records show something different. “Lambeau graduated from Green Bay East in 1980,” Christl said. “Just about every book I’ve read says he went to school and played football at UW Madison. There is no record that he ever attended UW.” Another fact that Christl says is often incorrect about Packers history is the Acme Packers involvement as the sponsor of the team. “It was India Packing Company that sponsored the team originally in 1919,” Christl said. “Just about every book I’ve read says that Acme purchased India in 1920 and took over the team in 1921.”

people that they like,” Arman said. Arman said his goal is to get his name as well as the company’s name out to the public. “The more people I know and the more people that know Burns, the more likely they’re going to call us with potential business,” Arman said. Arman said the most fulfilling part of his job comes from the finished product of heartwarming stories that he encounters. Arman said one of his proudest moments came from directing a campaign he helped orchestrate with Discover Card in his time at Burson-Marsteller. Discover was an NHL sponsor that, at the time, had a program every year called, ‘Day With the Cup,’ it’s a program in which individuals are surprised with a chance to see the Stanley Cup in person. Discover is one of the few that get full access to the Stanley Cup for a full day. Arman said a boy named Logan was selected this year, who

had just been diagnosed with cancer and was an avid hockey fan. “One of his last wishes was to spend a day with the Stanley Cup,” Arman said. Burns partnered with MakeA-Wish to bring the Stanley Cup to Logan. Not only did Logan get to see the most glorified trophy in hockey, but he was completely shocked when it happened, Arman said. “We surprised Logan at the doctor’s office with an NHL player and the Stanley Cup,” Arman said. “He took the Stanley Cup to the rink; He was able to skate around with it and his teammates.” Arman said living in that moment watching the joy on Logan’s face reminded him of his love for his job. “You can’t explain it,” Arman said. “To see how happy Logan and his family were in that moment. That will probably be one of the best moments of his life.”

CLIFF CHRISTL Christl said his favorite moment as a Packer fan was during the halftime of one of the games at City Stadium, the Packers’ stadium before they moved to Lambeau Field. Packers co-founder and newspaperman George Whitney Calhoun was honored at the last game in the stadium in 1965. “It also was my first Packers game, or at least the first that I have distinct memories of. I was nine years old,” Christl said. Christl said if you want to be successful in journalism in 2018, it’s important to fill the need for somebody. “Find a niche, that is how you make it in today’s society,” Christl said. Christl said when he recounts his time at UWO, he remembers former Professor Kahl. “When I think about my time at UW Oshkosh, I think about Dr. Kahl. He taught me the basics of news writing,” Christl said. Christl’s advice to aspiring sports journalists would be to always remain true to the job. “Don’t forget the basics. Be diligent and be passionate about your job.”

Shane Arman talks PR campaign, Discover’s ‘Day With the Cup’ How do you affect the sports world without being blessed with a 6’7”, 280 lbs body? Ask Shane Arman. Arman is the senior director at Burns Entertainment & Sports Marketing firm in Chicago. Arman graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2010 with a degree in journalism and an emphasis in public relations. “I’ve always loved to write,” Arman said. “Creatively, as an outlet to get my thoughts on paper, there was something that I found therapeutic in a way.” While at UWO, Arman participated in student organizations including the Advance-Titan, Reeve Union Board and Public Relations Society of America. Growing up, Arman was very involved with sports. Becoming a major sports reporter for a broadcast company was something he originally thought he was born to be. Arman said he became less enthusiastic about that dream after seeing declining opportunity

SHANE ARMAN in the field. “I saw traditional media outlets closing left and right when I was in college,” Arman said. “That’s what turned me away from it. So I decided to pursue a career where I could still use my passion and writing skills.” He pursued a career in public relations with a focus on sports. Arman said he’s always viewed sports through the lens of the fan. “The fan is really at the core of everything that is great about

sports,” Arman said. “It’s that passion, it’s very nostalgic. It’s something that you grew up with that you have so many personal connections with family and friends through competition.” At his job, Arman said he truly gets to see the nuts and bolts behind sports fandom. “I’ve seen a little more ‘under the hood’ in terms how fans interact with different aspects of not just the actual game of sports, but everything around it that creates the unique culture,” Arman said. “I find that really interesting.” Arman said at Burns, the majority of his day-to-day life is spent reaching out to prospective and current clients - PR, advertising and marketing agencies - to discuss their current campaigns and pair celebrities, influencers or popular music with their campaigns. Arman said he and his team are often trying to match up the right celebrity or athlete(s) with the right campaign.

“At Burns we keep in touch with celebrities and their representation, including athletes, to figure out what campaigns they are willing to work on and then proactively recommend them to agencies and brands that would fit well,” Arman said. Another big aspect of his job is client management. Arman said they are constantly working with different clients; they can be working on an old project with a familiar client while negotiating a contract with a new client at the same time. “We always have ongoing projects that are happening in real time,” Arman said. “If something happens out of the ordinary or there is an issue, I work with my team and/or step in to help rectify the issue with the client.” Arman said a strong relationship between his firm and its clients is at the core of their business plan. “As is the case in most business, people want to work with

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Titans upset by Pointers in WIAC’s oldest rivalry tying the game 14-14 shortly before halftime.

by Evan Moris The UW Oshkosh football team took the field Saturday in hopes of improving their record to 6-2 on the season versus UW-Stevens Point, but fell short 27-21 to the Pointers. Despite dominating the game in yards, first downs and time of possession, the Titans were unable to convert on the field goal opportunities while turning the ball over four times. UWO quarterback Kyle Radavich threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns but also tossed four interceptions after only throwing one all season. Wide receiver Riley Kallas collected 11 receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Running back JP Peerenboom had a career-high 14 carries in his first career start filling in for the injured Mitch Gerhartz. First quarter On the first possession of the game, the Titans forced the Pointers into a three-and-out. After a punt by the Pointers, UWO took the ensuing drive 65 yards on only six plays to score a touchdown. A 34-yard pass from Radavich to Kallas put the Titans up 7-0 with 11:02 remaining in the first. After a kickoff return to their own 30-yard line, the Pointers marched back down the field on an eight-play, 70-yard drive that was capped off by a 34-yard touchdown pass from Pointer quarterback Max Herro to his wide receiver Steve Herra to make the score 7-6 (missed point after touchdown) with 7:21 to play in the first quarter. Back in possession with the ball, the Titans charged down the field to the UWSP 12-yard line where the offense was stopped on third down. UWO kicker Peyton Peterson lined up for a 29yard field goal attempt that went wide left. Second quarter The Pointers’ first possession of the second quarter resulted in an interception by UWO defensive back Calvin Shilling, who picked the ball off at the Titan 19-yard line and returned it 36 yards to the Pointers 45-yard line. The UWO offense took advantage of the great field position provided by the defense. Radavich led the Titans on a seven-play, 45-yard drive, putting the Titans ahead 14-6 with 10:46 remaining in the second quarter. UWO forced another punt on the ensuing Pointer drive allowing the Titan offense another opportunity to add to their lead. The Titan offense drove themselves to the Pointer 37-yard line when Radavich dropped back to pass and was intercepted by Pointers defender Omarri Johnson, who returned the ball 41-yards to the Titans’ 28-yard line. With a short field, the Pointers were able to capitalize with a six-play, 28-yard drive resulting in a touchdown and a successful two-point conversion

Third quarter The Titans began the second half with the ball, starting the drive at their own 24-yard line. The Pointers were able to force the Titans into a third and 13. Radavich stepped back to pass and was intercepted by Johnson once again. The Pointers, with another short field opportunity, generated and capitalized on a field goal try from 48-yards from UWSP kicker Victor Ponterio, putting the Pointers ahead 17-14 with 12:12 remaining in the third quarter. The teams traded the next possessions with punts. On the Titans return, wide receiver Dominic Todarello returned the ball 32 yards to the UWSP 15-yard line. They were halted on the fourth down, prompting another Peterson field goal, this time from 26-yards out. The kick was wide left again. UWSP took over at their own 20-yard line with 5:50 remaining in the third quarter. Fourth quarter The Pointers compiled a 12-play, 75-yard drive that the Titans were finally able to stop at their own 5-yard line to force a field goal attempt. Ponterio put a 22-yard field goal through the uprights putting the Pointers ahead 20-14 early in the fourth quarter. On second-and-10 on the ensuing Titan drive, Radavich threw another interception that was returned for a touchdown, making the score 27-14 Pointers. Radavich and the UWO offense closed the gap after the pick-6. The Titans rallied together a 10play, 75-yard touchdown drive ending with Radavich finding wide receiver Mitchell Gerend to pull the Titans with in six points. The Titans defense would stop the Pointers the next two times they had possession, setting up a thrilling finish for the UWO offense. UWO started its final possession of the game at their own 32-yard line with 58 seconds remaining. Radavich found Kallas three straight plays to advance the ball to the UWSP 43-yard line. On the fourth play, Radavich completed the pass to Gerend near the sideline to stop the clock. With less than 20 seconds remaining in the game, Radavich was looking to find a receiver across the middle, but the ball was tipped and intercepted, ending any hopes of a Titan win. Titans’ starting offensive linemen Alex Wendorf said he believed the offense was going to pull off a comeback win on the final drive. “In the last four years that I’ve been here, that every time our offense is on the field that we have a chance to score,” Wendorf said. “I thought we were going to do it on that drive.” UWO was down its starting running back Gerhartz due to injury. Head coach Pat Cerroni said it was a factor but not something to place the loss


UW Oshkosh senior Derrick Jennings Jr. lines up to tackle UW-Stevens Point ball carrier. Jennings had a team high ten tackles in the loss to the Pointers. on. “At this point it’s unfortunate,” Cerroni said. “You don’t want to put your whole team around one guy. Mitch [Gerhartz] is a pretty big part of it. JP [Peerenboom] is playing injured. And I’m not going to make any excuses. [Stevens] Point beat us. We were not good.” Cerroni said players being hurt have been a part of this football team all year, but at this point of the season it cannot justify a loss. “We have won, and we never talked about it,” Cerroni said. “At Davenport [University], we had nine starters out, nine. We have a beat-up football team. Cody Moon’s playing, but he’s not healthy. Brady Hiemer didn’t even play Saturday again. Jason Wright, [the] starting left tackle, didn’t play. Gerhartz didn’t play. I think what you have to say is, we got beat by a team that played better than us. That’s fair.” After the game Cerroni addressed the team. UWO safety Taylor Ripplinger said Cerroni’s message was to keep getting better, and now is not the time to give up. “[Cerroni] said just to keep our heads up, season’s not over, got to keep fighting,” Ripplinger said. “We can’t lay down and let these next two teams take advantage of that. We’ve been exposed a little bit and we’re not invincible anymore. We have to get back to work and still come with that same passion and drive day in and day out.” The UW Oshkosh football team knew they

need to win out for a shot at an at-large playoff berth. With the loss to UWSP, the chances of a postseason run are virtually gone. Ripplinger said he’s going to make the most of the final two weeks of the season. “Taking it all in, enjoying the process of it all,” Ripplinger said. “In the middle of the season you get a little bump in the road, you get banged up a little bit and practice starts to drag on. You have midterms and it’s kind of hard, knowing that these next two weeks could be it. Every meeting session we have, the road games, the overnights, the traveling on the busses, pregame meals, every part of it. In just a few short weeks it will all be done for us seniors.” Wendorf said he wants to leave this football team knowing he’s given all his effort for himself and teammates. “I’d like two wins,” Wendorf said. “Go out on a high note, leave everything on the field. Do everything that I can for this program.” Cerroni said the final two weeks of this season should be played with everything left on the field and sending the seniors out the right way. “Nothing but respect for [the seniors],” Cerroni said. “Like I said, we’re not done here. We would like to win these next two games, get to 7-3 and go off into the sunset and start over. That’s the goal.” The Titans will play this Saturday at UW-Eau Claire. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Lewis takes over men’s basketball Boots first in school by Neal Hogden

MATT LEWIS The morning of May 1 was busy for UW Oshkosh men’s basketball assistant coach, Matt Lewis. The man who brought him to UWO had just announced that he was leaving to take a job at Division III Washington University in St. Louis. Lewis was tasked with moving the team forward after the coach who had spent six years with him at UWO and had recruited everyone on the team was moving on in his own capacity. Although Lewis was there for the players during this difficult time, he said the upperclassmen took the reins on getting better for next season. “Those players did a great job of just bonding themselves together because there was a couple weeks where they didn’t know the future looked like,” Lewis said. “I think just our senior leaders and our upperclassmen in general did a really good job of pulling guys together and getting us focused to move forward again.” Lewis, unlike numerous other college and even professional coaches, was ready to take over the program. He was offered the position as interim head coach on May 17 and immediately began recruiting. Lewis described the unique way he was offered the head coaching position by UWO Athletic Director Darryl Sims. Lewis had been on a post-basketball season vacation in Paris, France with his fiancée and was visiting the Eiffel Tower

when he got an email notification asking him if he would like to accept the job. “I clicked accept when I was in the Eiffel Tower and then we went and celebrated in Paris,” Lewis said. Before coming to UWO, Lewis played college basketball and received a degree in economics and business from Cornell College in Iowa. The 2010 graduate started 52 games during his career while leading the Rams to a 2009 D-III tournament appearance. Lewis also was awarded a first team all-conference nomination in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference during his senior season. After graduation, Lewis served as the director of basketball operations for Tulane University from 2010 to 2012. Lewis then began his career as an assistant coach at Rhodes College of Tennessee in 2010. He also completed coaching internships at Division I Tulane University and his alma mater, Cornell College of Iowa. After going through multiple stints as an assistant coach and going to basketball camps for the San Antonio Spurs, Lake Forest College of Illinois, Lawrence University and Viterbo University, Lewis finally got his shot at a head coaching gig. Lewis said a lot of what he knows about basketball and coaching can be attributed to his predecessor at UWO, Pat Juckem. “He’s one of the most positive guys that I’ve been around,” Lewis said. “He’s always energetic, and we talk about having passion buckets that are overflowing, and he was always just really passionate about everything that we were doing.” Unlike other cases where a coach is taking over for a poor program, the Titans are returning all but two players from last year’s D-III runner-up

team and a plethora of experience. Senior Ben Boots will lead the charge. The guard was chosen as a preseason D-III All-American this year. He will be joined by fellow seniors Brett Wittchow and Alex Van Dyke and returning starters Adam Fravert and Jack Flynn, who are both juniors. In the preseason D3hoops. com rankings, UWO was listed at second in the country due to their success last year and only losing two seniors. Boots said he and the team have full confidence in their new head coach to lead them this season. “Coach Lewis has handled the transition to head coach very well,” Boots said. “He’s done a great job of leading us and not putting any additional pressure on the players throughout the transition. We have great confidence in coach Lewis.” Lewis will be accompanied by one of his former teammates at Cornell College. Casey Korn will be making his college coaching debut as the interim men’s basketball assistant coach here at UWO this season. Korn last coached at Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, Missouri as the varsity head basketball coach for the last three seasons. “Casey has been a successful high school coach the past nine years in both Iowa and Missouri,” Lewis said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge in not only X’s and O’s, but running a successful basketball program. We are excited that Casey has joined our staff and can bring new ideas to the table.” Lewis was also excited to welcome two new coaches to the program. “Ben is a very good young coach with a terrific mind for the game,” Lewis said. “We are a motion offense team, and Ben was an outstanding college and professional player in motion systems. He is able

to help our guards understand the intricacies of what we do. Along with those two, we have Dylan Wurtz and Greg Jahnke. Both Dylan and Greg have been with our program for several years and have my complete trust. These four coaches are invaluable to our program.” Juckem spoke glowingly of Lewis and what he can bring to the table. “I could tell pretty early on in our time together that he had what it takes to be a head coach,” Juckem said. “By our second year, we started bringing in our guys and kind of laying the foundation for where the program is now. Matt is the full package. He has what it takes. He has the understanding of the game. For a guy his age, he’s a tremendous teacher and really effective communicator. He’s passionate about doing it for the right reasons.” Juckem said Lewis was very involved as an assistant coach so now he’s ready to take the reins. “Everything we did from recruiting, development of our players, our in-season program, our off-season program, you name it, Matt was involved in and actually took the lead in several areas,” Juckem said. “It’s always an adjustment when you move into the first seat, but there’s nothing that caught him by surprise, let’s put it that way.” When asked if Lewis would take over as the best-dressed head coach in UWO history, Juckem joked that Lewis might have him there but he still has something over his former prodigy. “I’d give him that award or recognition but I know this: he doesn’t have as nice of hair as the previous coach or maybe not as nice a jump shot,” Juckem said. “He’s certainly a dapper dresser with a strong shoe game.”

history to earn D-III All-American honors by Neal Hogden

BEN BOOTS UW Oshkosh senior point guard Ben Boots has been named a Division III preseason All-American by The honor comes as UWO’s first-ever men’s basketball selection to the All-American team. Boots started all 33 games last year for the Titans and led the team in points per game with 16, 4.4 assists per game and 1.4 steals per game. His team-leading assist numbers were also the best in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and he also led the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio. The senior guard made’s All-Central Region team last year after leading the team to a 25-8 record and taking them to the NCAA D-III National Championship game. The Kimberly, Wisconsin, native is currently 17th in career points scored at UWO. Boots credited his teammates and coaching staff with helping him achieve the selection. “I’m very appreciative of the honor,” Boots said. “Receiving individual recognition of this sort is a testament

to the many people who have impacted my career. I’m very thankful to have a great coaching staff that pushes me on a daily basis and great teammates who are able to make my job easier and bring out my best.” Boots shot 44.4 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from 3-point range and 85.6 percent from the freethrow line during the 201718 campaign. He also had a season-high 36 points in an overtime victory against Augustana College and scored in double-digits in 29 of their 33 games last season. Boots said this is just a preseason award, and he knows he has work to do during his senior season. “I’ve always believed a preseason award is more of an honor based off of the things I’ve accomplished in the past,” Boots said. “I’m looking forward to another year and another opportunity to compete with my teammates and justify the selection.” Boots said there isn’t any added pressure for him this season due to the selection. “For me, I believe that I’ve always set the highest of expectations for myself regardless of what the public’s opinion was,” Boots said. “I don’t feel any additional pressure because I know that my teammates and I are prepared to compete at a very high level and that nobody’s expectations are higher than our own.” The Titans will be opening their season with an exhibition game against the Division I Wisconsin Badgers in Madison on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center.

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