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Suspects in armed robbery at large

by Nikki Brahm An ATM security guard was involved in an armed robbery outside of the entrance of Reeve Memorial Union near the UW Credit Union at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday. University Police Chief Kurt Leibold said during a news conference that two armed men targeted a daily Thillens ATM cash courier. The courier didn’t have any money on him and doesn’t typically travel with money on campus. The men took the courier’s gun, but did not physically harm him. According to Leibold, the company has been targeted three other times in the Madison area since September. Leibold

said he believes the suspects are heading back to the Madison area and that the suspects appear to be the same crew from the previous robberies. According to Leibold, the men were waiting to rob the courier near Horizon Village. Following the robbery, the men ran past Horizon and up the staircase by the dumpsters. “Then they went down Elmwood, took a left down Amherst where the car was waiting for them,” Leibold said. The two armed men fled the scene on foot, then got into a tan, four door, late ’90s vehicle, traveling away from campus. “Based on our viewing of surveillance cameras, it appears that these men may have been casing the area for some time

prior to the robbery,” Leibold said. One suspect is described as a thin, short black male with dark jeans, a dark hoodie and Adidas shoes with a red symbol and red bottoms. The other suspect is a white or biracial male with a black jacket, light hoodie and a brown ski mask. Both suspects are described to be in their early 20s. The driver of the getaway vehicle is also described as a white or biracial male. “We immediately worked with the Oshkosh Police Department,” Leibold said. “We saturated out neighborhoods and attempted to find the suspects before they fled the scene.” Information has been given to



Pictured above are images captured from video surveillance of the suspects and their get-away vehicle. No one was harmed during the robbery.


The Chancellor’s Medallions are lined up and ready to be handed out during the ceremony.


RIGHT: Chancellor Andrew Leavitt hands out the Chancellor’s Medallion and award plaque to an ‘Oshkosh 94’ survivor. LEFT: Vice Chancellor and Provost for Academic Affairs John Koker helps congratulate 34 of the 94 Black Thursday participants. Black Thursday events will continue throughout today.

34 particpants in Black Thursday share their experiences by Joseph Schulz Chancellor Andrew Leavitt presented 34 surviving members of the ‘Oshkosh 94’ with the Chancellor’s Medallion at an event remembering Black Thursday’s 50th anniversary at the Arts and Communications Center Wednesday night. Journalism professor Grace Lim presented a short film depicting the lives of the Oshkosh

94 after their expulsion from UW Oshkosh, and history professor Stephen Kercher presented a dramatization of the events of Black Thursday. The event exceeded capacity, causing the staff to open other rooms in the A&C, allowing visitors to watch a stream of the event. Leavitt said the ceremony was important because it promotes healing between the school and the Oshkosh 94.

“We’ve been in a process of healing with the Oshkosh 94 for many years,” Leavitt said. “This is an important milestone in terms of that reconciliation, remembering the 50th anniversary of this event.” Leavitt said students should remember Black Thursday because if we forget history, we are doomed to repeat it. “It’s important for our students to know what past students have done to help create the kind

of environment we have today,” Leavitt said. “It’s because of the action taken by the Oshkosh 94 that really began this process of trying to create a more inclusive environment.” Leavitt said giving the members of the Oshkosh 94 in attendance the Chancellor’s Medallion is fulfillment of a promise that was unkept by the University. “They came here to learn, to grow and to get a degree, and

they were met instead with intolerance, indifference and finally expulsion,” Leavitt said. “This is our small way of acknowledging that they were part of a life-changing event, not only for them but for the institution.” Oshkosh 94 member Henry Brown III said he doesn’t see receiving the medallion as reconciliation. “The Chancellor’s Medallion is an appeasement,” Brown said. “I had to wait 50 years to hear

the truth about how I was treated. But I’m happy because I see the lives of my classmates; they turned lemons into lemonade.” Lim said interviewing members of the Oshkosh 94 for the documentary she made was an honor because they’re real-life heroes. “They may not have known it then, but I sure hope they know it now,” Lim said. “Their actions


4 juvenilles, 2 adults charged in connection to campus burglaries


Frosty the snowman makes an appearance at the annual Oshkosh Holiday Parade. Read the story on A2

by Nikki Brahm Six people, four of whom are juveniles, are being charged in connection to the nine burglaries that occurred from Sept. 9 to Sept. 27 near the UW Oshkosh campus. One burglary on Wisconsin Street resulted in $1,647 worth of stolen property. The stolen items included two flat-screen TVs, two pairs of wireless headphones, a set of headphones and a cable cord. Things taken also included everyday items such as mesh shoes, a backpack, two blankets, milk and cereal. According to the police incident report, although a substantial amount of property was recovered from the burglaries, it is unlikely that some items will be located, such as laptops

and TVs. Based on information from several defendants, these items were destroyed or thrown away. Walter Brooks, 20, is being charged with two counts of receiving stolen property worth less than $2,500. According to the criminal complaint, Oshkosh Police Department officers issued a search warrant and discovered stolen property. Two of the juvenile defendants stated Brooks had been involved in burglaries and helped carry heavy items. Text messages were recovered from Brooks’ phone by the OPD an hour after one of the burglaries, which discussed items that were similar in description to the stolen property. Demari Webb, 22, is also being charged with one count of receiving



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LEFT: Wacky Wheeler entertains the crowd with his stunts at the annual Oshkosh Holiday Parade. RIGHT: The grinch entertains the crowd on top of a float.

Oshkosh parade kicks off holiday season by Christina Basken Community members, UW Oshkosh students and kids of all ages braved temperatures hovering around 20 degrees to watch the annual tree lighting, followed by the holiday parade on Tuesday night in downtown Oshkosh. The night kicked off with the annual tree lighting in Opera Square. Children jumped up and down in excitement, guessing what color the lights on the tree would be as the mayor of Oshkosh counted down from 10. According to the downtown Business Improvement District manager, Cassie Daniels,



the county and state patrol in order to assist in finding the suspects. Leibold said he plans to work with the courier to have less of a routine in his visits. In a campus-wide email, Chancellor Andrew Leavitt called the incident unsettling and aberrant. “Aided by eyewitness accounts and surveillance footage, University Police also quickly determined the perpetrators had immediately fled campus and posed no ongoing threat,” Leavitt said. “At no time did I feel that the campus was in jeopardy,” Leibold said. “This robbery, we knew right away, was a targeted event, and based on surveillance information and witness statements, we knew that the suspects had fled immediately.” Leibold said every situation needs to be looked at individually with decisions made in that moment. “And that’s often what I have to make our citizens, our community, understand; we have to make decisions, oftentimes very quickly with limited information or ambiguous information, still knowing, oftentimes, that the information we are getting isn’t going to be correct,” Leibold said. Leibold said in this situation, they were able to respond quickly because the scene was so close. They immediately found the victim, who reported that he wasn’t surprised be-

60 entries was to be the maximum amount of participants in the parade, but they allowed for 75 floats and organizations to participate in the parade. Some organizations included Beaming-UWO Nursing, the Oshkosh YMCA, Wisconsin Herd, EAA, title sponsor The Howard and Santa himself. Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Art Munin said he was present at the event with his family. “Events like this remind us that we are part of a greater community,” Munin said. “We all can get stuck in our own little worlds and forget we are connected to something greater. After all, the city and our University need each other to thrive.

cause his company had been targeted several times over the previous month. “At this point, knowing that it’s not a random robbery, that they’re not just targeting anybody who just happens to be walking by, that brings the urgency down just a bit,” Leibold said. Leibold said a Titan Alert was sent out to the campus within minutes after the incident occurred. “It was my decision not to put a ‘shelter in place message’ because I didn’t think there was a threat to this campus anymore, and I was concerned that that would elevate the fears more on this campus.” The Fox Valley Technical College Riverside campus and Reed Elementary had lockdowns following the Titan Alerts. “They were making decisions based on our Titan Alert, our initial information we put out,” Leibold said. “They didn’t have all the information we had, so they made those decisions based on what they felt they had to do.” Leibold said it’s difficult to lock down a campus this big. “If we felt it was really necessary, we would have told the students and staff to shelter in place, which means remain where they are or get where they’re going to be,” Leibold said. “But we knew immediately that these suspects had fled campus and were no longer a danger to this campus.” Leibold said it’s unfortunate that these incidents are com-

BURGLARIES FROM PAGE A1 stolen property worth less than $2,500. According to a criminal complaint, Webb was named a suspect by a participant in the burglaries. A list of pawned items consistent with items stolen was also found in his possession. The four juveniles, which include three 15-yearolds and one 13-year-old, are facing charges in connection to the burglaries. However, their criminal complaints were not available to the Advance-Titan because they are minors. According to the incident report, a 15-year-old defendant indicated he was involved in six of the burglaries, sometimes occurring when residents were home. The defendant said he was living in a Cherry Street apartment that was supposed to be

mon in the urban area of America. “And it’s horrible when it happens on our campus, and I get it,” Leibold said. “ But we can’t confuse this incident with an active shooter; it was a different set of circumstances.” Sodexo worker Judy Scott was in Reeve when the incident occurred and said she found out about the robbery through her daughter. “My daughter goes here and, well, she’s not here today, but she was calling me, texting me, asking if I was OK because she had heard about it from the Titan Alert,” Scott said. “But I don’t understand because we didn’t get them, and we’re signed up for them. And they said that they didn’t want to alarm us or worry us so that’s why they didn’t come around and tell us.” Scott said she feels 100 percent that the building should have been locked down. “Your manager should come in and talk to you and tell you, like gather up or something, so everybody knows,” Scott said. UWO freshman Brooklyn Nettekoven said she feels that teachers need a plan for armed incidents such as this one. “I know there was one person who was in class while it happened and the teacher was like, ‘I don’t know. Do I shut the door? What do I do?’” Nettekoven said. “So when stuff like that happens it’s freaky, but it seems like the professors don’t exactly know what to do. They have numbers to call, but what do you do?”

vacant after finding keys in the cupboard. The defendant also claimed a second 15-yearold and Webb stole a truck and discussed “going to Milwaukee to junk it for money.” The defendant was later given a juvenile court referral in connection to six of the burglaries. A 13-year-old defendant also admitted to assisting in some of the burglaries. The defendant said he would scout houses by knocking on the door first to see if anyone was home. A third 15-year-old defendant is also being charged in connection to the burglaries. The defendant said he observed the first 15-year-old defendant break a stolen laptop in fear of being caught. A plea and sentencing hearing for Webb is set for 9 a.m. Nov. 26 at the Winnebago County Courthouse. Brooks’ pre-trial conference is set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 28, and his plea and sentencing hearing is set for 8:45 a.m. Dec. 13.

This is just one of the many events that exemplifies why our relationship is so special.” Daniels said the BID took over planning the annual parade two years ago from the Oshkosh Chamber. A team of volunteers and committee members helped organize the holiday event. According to Daniels, planning for the parade starts as early as June. “A lot of planning goes into it, a lot of logistical things — as most people know, there are a lot of one-way streets and drawbridges and the fire station and a lot of construction this year — so we work around a lot of elements. But in the end, I think the whole community enjoys it, so it’s worth it,” Daniels said.

Daniels said the most exciting part of the parade, apart from Santa, is the amount of bands present. “We have six bands, two are on floats — the Oshkosh Area Community Band and Copper Box, and then we have Oshkosh North, Winneconne, Oshkosh West Lourdes marching bands, and they always bring great entertainment to the crowds,” Daniels said. UWO student Sara Sterk said this was her first time going to the event, and it did not disappoint. “I’ve never been to the parade or tree lighting, but I’ve heard a lot about it,” Sterk said. “I was surprised how big the parade was; some of the floats were pretty elaborate.”

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light, and even when it’s green for vehicles to go, students still go in the crosswalk,” Leibold said. “And I think they think they have the right of way. They don’t. If it’s a green light, the vehicle has the right of way.” Leibold also said he sees issues midblock, where there is no crosswalk, on which students cross the street. “It’s legal to cross the street midblock as long as you don’t impede traffic because the cars and vehicles still have the right of way there,” Leibold said. Leibold said the other issue on campus he has seen is at the crosswalk across from Reeve. “Even though that has a pedestrian light that flashes, that’s still an uncontrolled pedestrian walkway,” Leibold said. “So pedestrians are still supposed to wait until traffic clears and then cross the street.” Leibold said they have had previous initiatives in past years to get people to follow pedestrian laws, such as handing out UP tokens to students so they could redeem prizes. This year, he said UP will be aggressive and they will be enforcing the laws not only on students, but on faculty, staff and other community members. “We want to probably do a big media campaign; we’ll do social media also to let them know, because I want to give them a fair warning,” Leibold said. “I want them to change their behavior rather than make us make them change their behavior.” Leibold said they will start issuing warnings and then citations following the media campaign. “The citation fines are pretty expensive, they’re big,” Leibold said. “Most likely we’ll keep track of who already has warnings, and if we have to warn them again, the second time will be a citation.” UWO junior Elizabeth Sanderfoot said she feels it’s the driver’s responsibility to watch for people. “I think jaywalking, it’s not the safest, but at the same time a lot of our streets are one way, so you only have to look for traffic one way,” Sanderfoot said. “And if there’s clearly no cars in the area, I don’t really see if it makes a difference if you’re walking diagonally or if you’re crossing a street.” Leibold said overall, the goal is safety, and he’s hoping UP doesn’t have to issue any citations. “I want students to set the example,” Leibold said. “Push the button, encourage other students to push the button. Use those crosswalks. It’s for their safety.”

University Police plans to enforce pedestrian laws The University Police Department will be working on an informative media campaign on jaywalking in the spring semester and plans to strongly enforce pedestrian and driver laws by issuing tickets. UP Chief Kurt Leibold said the initiative was spurred by a study by a criminal justice research methods course on campus. Victoria Beck, a criminal justice professor, led the study. The study found that in spring 2018, 87 percent of students jaywalk at the crosswalk in front of Reeve Memorial Union and at the crosswalk in front of Sage Hall. This is a large increase compared to fall 2017, where 31 percent jaywalked at the Reeve crosswalk and 20 percent jaywalked at the Sage crosswalk. However, Beck said she believes that semester’s data is incorrect due to student error and that the number was actually much higher. In fall 2016 and spring 2017, the study found that jaywalkers were among 90 percent of students crossing or higher. Student groups collected the data each semester for one hour between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Beck said she has perceived jaywalking as a problem when she’s driving on streets surrounding the campus. “For me, this behavior is particularly worrisome when it is dark and the jaywalkers are wearing dark clothing making it difficult to see them in the road,” Beck said. “With the exception of the one semester, the data collected by students in my research methods course do indicate that jaywalking is prevalent at the controlled crosswalks in front of Reeve and Sage.” The tickets UP plans to start issuing range from $150.10 to $326.50. The pedestrian laws come from several Wisconsin state statutes: 346.38 (2), which states pedestrians cannot cross a crosswalk unless they have a crosswalk signal; 346.24 (2), which states pedestrians cannot cross an uncontrolled roadway when a vehicle is so close it would be difficult to yield; 346.24 (3), which states drivers cannot cross through an intersection when a vehicle is already stopped to allow pedestrians to pass; and 346.25, which states pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to cars when crossing an uncontrolled roadway. Leibold said he’s seen many violations himself, especially across from Dempsey Hall. “[That is] where there’s a stop-and-go

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Black Thursday Remembered: 50 years later


The front page of the Advance-Titan on Dec. 5, 1968, after Black Thursday.

by Christina Basken On Nov. 21, 1968, 94 African-American students attending what was previously known as the Wisconsin State University at Oshkosh demonstrated for racial equality on campus. That morning, the students marched into University president Roger Guiles’ executive office with a list of demands to alleviate the problems many African-American students were facing on campus. 90 of the students ended up being arrested and imprisoned. Black students had become fed up with the housing discrimination, harassment in dormitories, lack of African-American history courses, professors and the unfair grading policies they were being subjected to. 1968 WSU-O student and Advance-Titan reporter Sandra McCreary said she experienced many instances of unfair treatment due to the color of her skin. “I never knew what a university experience was supposed to feel like,” McCreary said. “The second year, no papers had been filled, nothing had been processed, I didn’t get a room, I didn’t get books, I don’t even think I got a regular set of classes until they were all picked over.” According to documents obtained by UWO history professor Stephen Kercher, the list of demands included hiring black instructors, implementing courses in the areas of history, literature and language pertaining to black culture and activating a Black Student Fund that would be used to secure black speakers, purchase black literature and aid the financing of the Afro-American Center. 1968 student and member of WSU-O football team Geoff McCreary said he felt like he was never a part of a team. “I felt very alone,” McCreary said. “I considered the other people on the team more of the opposition than the team we had to play against. I had experiences where … I don’t know if was

a cheap shot or what, but he actually cracked a few of my teeth, and I had to go to the dentist.” The students who appeared in Guiles’ office on Nov. 21 also made a prior effort to submit a list of demands in October. According to Kercher, when no action was taken, the students decided to make “a more forceful and determined list” and hand deliver it. According to the Black Thursday website created by Kercher and several other UWO members, when the students appeared in the executive offices with the list of demands, “Guiles steadfastly refused, claiming that he did not possess the authority alone to take action. What happened next has been disputed for 40 years.” One of the ‘Oshkosh 94’ members, Gladys Coleman, whose dreams of attending college ended on Nov. 21, said none of the students who appeared in Dempsey Hall that day could have predicted what would happen. “I don’t think any of us expected the response we got … ‘You’re criminals, you don’t belong here, get out,’” Coleman said. According to Guiles and a second administrator present at the scene, a directive to “do your thing” issued by one of the students signaled a, “brief but intense bout of vandalism, with typewriters thrown to the ground, desks overturned, ink spilled onto carpets, windows broken and administrative files and records strewn about.” McCreary said he wasn’t aware of any plans to overtake Guiles’ office. “We tried to do it in a respectful way, but he wasn’t respectful to us,” McCreary said. According to the website, Guiles explained to the black students that he could authorize nothing until he received a report from the committee of faculty and administrators who were coincidentally meeting that same morning to discuss the demands the students had sub-

mitted earlier. The students vowed to sit and wait in the executive offices until the committee issued its report and a timetable for subsequent action was reached with President Guiles. “I can give up a few hours of my life for my future,” one student said as she prepared to wait. A line of police in riot gear appeared, following Oshkosh Police Capt. Robert Kliforth’s order to vacate the offices. The students were escorted outside of Dempsey Hall by helmeted police and were then herded into rented Hertz trucks waiting outside to take the students to the Winnebago County Courthouse. According to the website, the students were formally charged with unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct, arraigned and then distributed to prisons as far away as Green Bay. According to Kercher, two central questions concerning the treatment of the black student demonstrators emerged in the early phases of their civil trial and the campus disciplinary hearings: Would the students be prosecuted as a group or as individuals, and, in the face of bitter public enmity, how would students’ procedural rights be protected? Milwaukee civil rights attorney Lloyd Barbee, representing a great majority of those arrested, insisted that the black student defendants — all of whom faced the possibility of two-year prison terms — receive individual trials. A similar plea to the WSU administration and Board of Regents was rejected, thus triggering a long and complicated legal battle that ended up in the U.S. District courtroom of Judge James E. Doyle. On Dec. 6, Doyle ruled that WSU-O had to hold a hearing by Dec. 20 in order to determine the students’ futures at the University. During the hearing, only one of the Oshkosh 94, Willie Sinclair was able to testify about his



TOP: Police line up and down Dempsey hallways, ready to escort students to idling vans. TOP RIGHT: Pictured is the destruction that occurred in the office of Roger Guiles. BOTTOM RIGHT: Students peacefully wait for President Guiles’ decision in Dempsey.

Black Thursday remains significant 5 decades later by Christina Basken Although the events that transpired on what came to be known as “Black Thursday” occurred 50 years ago, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus continues to preserve its memory. UWO Director of the Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence Byron Adams said Black Thursday is just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. “The students that engaged in the dramatic demonstration of Black Thursday did so to fight for what they knew was right when their requests for equal rights and inclusion were ignored,” Adams said. “Those tactics were no different than what we saw during the civil rights movement to the Black Lives Matters demonstrations of today.’” People of all ethnicities, race, gender and sex are targets of hate crimes. According to The Statistics Portal, the most victimized racial or ethnic group is African Americans. Adams said he thinks Black Thurs-

day is arguably one of the most import- issues they were having in the dorm, ant events to occur not only at UWO, like racial slurs being said and being but in the community at large. written on people’s dorms,” Mbekeani “By retelling the story of Black said. “I even brought it up to [campus] Thursday, we can recapture the causes government and said, ‘Hey, we should and repercussions of the demonstra- raise awareness about this and let peotions waged by the Afriple know this is can-American students a safe place they in 1968 that still affect can come.’ But I have hope because I nothing all of us to this day,” Adever haprun into people all the ams said. “As UW Osh- time who look different, pened, there was kosh continues to grow love differently than me never any initiaincreasingly diverse, it and I don’t feel that dis- tive to do anyis important that we re- tance. thing.” member and confront its According to complicated racial past the Associate — Sylvia Carey-Butler so that we can become a Vice Chancellor Associate Vice Chancellor truly inclusive communiAcademic for Academic Support of for ty today.” Support of IncluInclusive Excellence UWO student Ireen sive Excellence Mbekeani said she enSylvia Carcountered a problem on ey-Butler, UWO campus last year that was not addressed has made great strides in making the properly. campus more inclusive. “Last year I was in student gov“This fall, we increased the students ernment, and they talked about a few of color on this campus to 15.7 per-

cent,” Carey-Butler said. “In 2013, we were at 11.4 percent.” Carey-Butler said despite the positive changes, the University still has a long way to go. “We have no African-American faculty members,” Carey-Butler said. “You can’t be what you can’t see. There are very few folks of color here who can really also be a role model just by virtue of their presence, just to say you can do this because I’ve done it.” History department chair Stephen Kercher said the importance of inclusiveness doesn’t stop at UWO. “It’s more than just the University, it’s about the city and the community,” Kercher said. “We’ve never been an island all by ourselves. I remember many of the ‘Oshkosh 94’; some of them would say it wasn’t so bad on campus, but the minute they would step off of campus and they went to a bar or restaurant, it was bad.” Carey-Butler said she is working hard to make students of color feel wel-

comed outside of the University as well. “We partner with the mayor and many other individuals, the school system, the district attorney, as we have put something in place called ‘Unity in the Community,’” Carey-Butler said. “It is an event in April where we can all come together to learn something about each other, to learn about the different cultures that reside in the community, to create space outside of the University where students feel like they are welcomed and affirmed as well, so we can’t be an island by ourselves because our students are living and working in this community.” Kercher said the 2016 presidential election and the correlation of the racial hate acts that happened after needs to be examined. “The last couple years have been a speed bump on my hopefulness, but I never give up on hope completely,” Kercher said. “I think this is one of the great questions that we have in this


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ROTC cadets ruck for suicide awareness by Jordyn Schraeder According to the United States Veterans Affairs department, 20 active service members and veterans commit suicide every day. This equates to around 6,132 veterans and 1,387 service members who take their lives annually. On Saturday, 15 cadets from UW Oshkosh Reserve Officers Training Corps marched 20 miles carrying 20-pound rucksacks to honor those lost by their own hand. People from across Wisconsin attended the fourth Helping Out Our American Heros Wisconsin’s 20 Mile Veteran Suicide Rucksack March to raise money for suicide awareness and prevention for veterans and individuals still serving. This year, the Rucksack March was held at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Jacob Banfield is one of the 15 UWO ROTC cadets who attended the Rucksack March on Saturday. “[The Rucksack March] means a whole lot to members of our armed forces currently serving because money raised goes towards helping current armed service members and veterans who have served our country to the highest degree,” Banfield said. According to Banfield, the Fox Valley Battalion has raised over $1,000 for the Rucksack March, which will help those suffering from mental illness and suicidal thoughts. H.O.O.A.H. Inc. put on the Rucksack March; their mission is to lend support toward deployed servicemen and women, their stateside families and returning veterans with a high level of un-


A guest speaker who lost her fiancé to suicide, hiked with her husband’s rucksack on her back. She intended to do the race for two miles, but later decided to do the full 20-mile ruck, all with his pack.

me realize that this is a very huge issue that could affect me in the future.” Samantha Fassl, another ROTC member, said she was touched by a story shared by one of the speakers. Her fiancé was a veteran who committed suicide, and to honor him she completed the 20-mile march carrying his rucksack. George said she enjoyed participating in the Rucksack March, especially when it came to bonding with fellow cadets. “The best part of the Ruck March was looking at my fellow cadet, Jacob Banfield, and saying ‘Let’s race.’ Banfield and I sprinted the last mile to finish the ruck,” George said. “To be able to make my body sprint after 19 miles was something beyond me. Honestly, the best part was knowing I can do this.” During Veteran Appreciation Week, Nov. 10-15, the Veterans Resource Center and Student Veterans Association are hosting a series of activities to celebrate veterans.


A friend supports the 15 cadets at the ruck march.


ROTC Cadets participate in the ruck march.

derstanding, compassion and empathy. Melissa George is a senior ROTC member who participated in the Rucksack March. George said she feels that mental illness is overlooked, especially in the military.

“My father and many family members are veterans, and I need to know there are resources out there for them,” George said. “I am hoping to go active duty when I graduate and commission so I also hope that there are resources for me to turn to.”

George said that during the event, she was humbled when she was able to network and listen to stories from veterans and their families. “This ruck gives me access to vets and current military members, to be able to

network and hear these stories of survival and loss,” George said. “Hearing these stories about all the people and families affected by this epidemic is so frustrating. Mental illness needs to be talked about especially in the military community. It made

be having, but I want to make sure there’s a very clear line of communication from the students to me as the chancellor.

Association is the one who approached me and said “We would like you to do this,” and I’m happy to accommodate, of course.

minds at the time. For the most part, I think it’s pretty good attendance, though.

how students are experiencing the University.

Q. How often does the Student Town Hall meeting occur?

Q. How many students typically show up?

— Thursday: The SVA is hosting a 2.2-mile suicide awareness march for the 22 (now 20) veterans who commit suicide each day. The march will start in front of Polk Library at 6 p.m. — Friday: Veterans will enjoy a free Veterans Appreciation Lunch, hosted by the VRC from noon to 2 p.m. in Dempsey Hall, room 130.

Q&A with Chancellor Leavitt on town hall meeting

by Holly Gilvary Q. What is going to be happening at the Student Town Hall meeting?

A. One of the things I look forward to every semester, every year, is my opportunity to interact directly with students on the issues that are of concern to them. So I’m there to listen. I’m there to listen to students concerns, the opportunities they might

A. I’ve done one every year. There were some years that I needed to do one per semester. It really just depends on what the students want. The Oshkosh Student

EXPERIENCES FROM PAGE A1 on that fateful day had a positive ripple effect that is still felt today.” History professor Jeffrey Pickron, who was on the planning committee for the 50th anniversary event, said having the Oshkosh 94 back on campus gives current students a glimpse into the past.



involvement in the demonstration. According to the website, “in the end, neither the testimony of Sinclair, the protestations of the students’ attorneys, the presentation of facts nor the sanctity of due process itself were any match for the Board of Regents’ determination to punish the Oshkosh 94.” Sandra McCreary said she felt the trial was unfair. “They didn’t research or ask for input from any of the students; they were just there to condemn us,” she said. On Dec. 20, Regent W. Roy Kopp of Platteville delivered the board’s unanimous decision to expel 90 of the Oshkosh 94. Four other students were only suspended since their attorneys were able to prove that they were not in Dempsey Hall when the damage occurred on the morning of Nov. 21. 1968 social studies professor Claud Thompson said some members of the ‘Oshkosh 94’ were in a class he taught. “Two of the takeover participants were in my social studies methods class, and I was very

A. Sometimes it’s been a packed house; for instance, we were in the third-floor theater in Reeve, and I had every seat filled. And other times, fewer. It just really depends on what’s on people’s

“It’s so important to make them feel important because they did a lot, and I really admire the 94,” Pickron said. “The fact that they’re here 50 years later and feel that people have come around and that they appreciate them, that’s as important as it gets.” Pickron said interviewing members of the Oshkosh 94 taught him a lot about overcoming adversity. “[Black Thursday] was in many ways a defeat for them, but many of them remained

sorry that they were expelled, since they were probably roped into the action,” Thompson said. One of several white students, John Schuh, charged with the task of notifying the parents of ‘Oshkosh 94’ students of their imprisonment on Nov. 20 said the actions taken were unnecessary. “In my view, institutions can either manage the events and respond appropriately or as the old cliché goes, bring gasoline to the fire, and I think in the case of what happened in 1968,” Schuh said. “I’m afraid the senior leadership brought gasoline to the fire.” In February 1969, due to the large amount of student protest demonstrations, members of the student government voted in favor of a strike, which would force the University to shut down. According to Kercher, Guiles managed to prevent a strike by promising the WSU-O students a special investigation into the Black Thursday demonstration. Allegations that professors in the departments of history, English, political science and international studies who sympathized with the Oshkosh 94

were being fired or intimidated by the WSU administration. Members of the UW Madison Black People’s Alliance approached their campus administration with a list of demands asking “that the University use all influence with the Oshkosh administration to re-admit those students … and failing this [see to it] that they be admitted to the University of Wisconsin next semester without prejudice.” Ten months after Black Thursday, WSU-O committed itself to making a series of improvements for black students on campus. According to the website, it recognized a new black student organization, the Afro-American Society, and converted the campus Intercultural Center into a new Afro-American Center. Under the direction of new black assistant dean of students, Curtis Holt, the Afro-American Society and Center began sponsoring a speakers series, music festival and a black theater workshop. Faculty members such as Virginia Crane began offering classes on black history and literature. Many of the ‘Oshkosh 94’ still continued to face hardships

Q. Why should students attend this? A. I think students should attend this so they can be a part of our never-ending efforts to create a better University. Unless we have student input to that, I truly don’t know how the students think. This is my opportunity to listen and to understand

Q. Will there be anyone else answering students’ questions at the Student Town Hall? A. Typically, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Cheryl Green, [would] be there for this. And of course in [Green’s] role, she’s really there to support students. So it makes all the sense in the world for us

proud of it and continued on and did great things with their lives,” Pickron said. “It tells you the importance of standing up for what’s right, and you can’t expect to be rewarded immediately, maybe you won’t be rewarded at all, but it’s still the right thing to do.” UWO student and Black Student Union member Idonis Curtis said Black Thursday was a milestone, despite its effects not being felt until much later. after Black Thursday. A 1968 music student at WSU-O, Henry Brown, was one of them. “UWM had accepted me for the January semester, and I had attended classes for about a week and then they came back and said, ‘Wait a minute, this guy went to Oshkosh, we can’t have him on our campus.’ Then they revoked my admission after I was going to school and everything,” Brown said. Thompson said he was aware of obvious tension between students after the Black Thursday events took place. “My perception is that most white students were hostile to those students who took over the chancellor’s office,” Thompson said. Editor’s Note: Many of the facts and interviews presented in this article are contributions from Dr. Kercher and the Black Thursday website, which can be found at http://www. blackthurs.html.

to answer questions together. Q. Is there anything else you’d like students to know about the Town Hall? A. I hope they come. We need to be bursting at the seams. It’s important for me as the chancellor to know and understand how they’re experiencing the University. And you can’t address issues that you don’t know about, so that’s one of the good reasons why we’re doing this.

“[Black Thursday] created the foundation for other students to be on campus and have faculty and courses to be taught about them amounts to so much,” Curtis said. Brown said that despite the progress made in society to eliminate racism, there’s still work to do. “There’s still plenty of work to do in this country,” Brown said. “It’s up to your generation. You’re the leaders now; you have to be the boots on the ground.”

BLACK THURSDAY FROM PAGE A3 country is how do we understand what happened in 2016; is it race or is it class or what is it? The way people are arguing, we still don’t know. How much did race really matter in 2016, and there’s a good case to be made on both sides.” Carey-Butler said she maintains her hope because she sees more than violence occurring in the world. “I think all across the country, this is a very difficult time,” Carey-Butler said. “But here’s what I believe: I think there are so many people who are committed to not only diversity but inclusion that those voices are being drowned out, and I think that were going to discover that during this event. I have hope because I run into people all the time who look different, love differently than me and I don’t feel that distance.” Kercher said the election of former President Obama was a huge step in the right direction for our nation. “Ten years ago, Barack Obama was elected,” Kercher said. “I had spent an entire year researching Black Thursday, and I remember thinking ‘god, this community is nuts’. I remember seeing Barack Obama when he came to this campus in October that year, I was standing outside of Kolf and you couldn’t get in, the place was packed to the rafters. The mere fact that this community that I had been studying all showed up was really remarkable. That’s why I still have hope.” Carey-Butler said Black Thursday is a great excuse to examine the past and the present in order to make a greater change. “There’s an African bird, San Kofa which means, you look back to look forward,” Carey-Butler said. “I think this is an opportunity for us [as] an institution to pause and reflect on a horrific tragedy that took place because it changed the lives of these 94 students, but it’s also saying we are not who we were. We still have some distance to go; we’ve made some great strides.”

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ABOVE: Nathan Krueger settles in to character during dress rehearsal. BELOW: Amanda Petersen Fails sells her infamous meat pies. The four-day show will start today at 7:30 p.m. in Fredric March Theatre. Tickets start at $5.


The musical thriller Sweeney Todd provides music, mirth and murder for all.

‘Sweeney Todd’ brings departments together by Jack Tierney

The theatre department and the department of music join together to present “Sweeney Todd,” a musical thriller Nov. 15-18 at Fredric March Theatre. The UWO symphony orchestra will be joining the theatre department in their second production of the year. The orchestra will be a 60-piece ensemble featuring student musicians. Theatre department professor Merlaine Angwall will direct the cast through Hugh Wheeler’s story. She said the musical itself is challenging and complex, but the most rewarding thing about the production is the collaboration between the music and theatre departments. Dylan Chmura-Moore, director of orchestra activities, will conduct the orchestra through music written by Stephen Sondheim. Chmura-Moore has conducted the ensembles of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. He said if you want to invest yourself in a story and in a scene, then you have to live in that world.

weren’t here there would be a huge void in that aspect of people’s lives.” Chmura-Moore said the musical has presented many challenges for his performers. He said the biggest challenge has been facing the realities of exhaustive rehearsals. Chmura-Moore said the musicians have dedicated countless hours to rehearsing and perfecting notes, but the challenge starts now, with conducting. “Now comes the hard part and my part, the pacing,” Chmura-Moore said. “I have to see that and I have to catch that and help the actors transport themselves into the next scene.” Krueger said Sweeney Todd is a complicated character, somebody who is tormented by his past and returns to London with revenge on his mind. He said there are many darkly comedic moments within the grim story. He also said the character is a cross between a Shakespearean tragedy and a pulp horror character. “He wants to find out where his wife and daughter are, and he finds out quickly things did not go well after he was unjustly sent away

and he immediately turns to revenge,” Krueger said. “He goes to great lengths and dark places, which has been a challenge to me.” Fails said Mrs. Lovett is very fixated on Sweeney Todd and has a clear idea of what she wants out of their relationship. She said Mrs. Lovett is an outsider, somebody on the fringe of society who has a profound obsession. “She’s such an interesting character,” Fails said. “She runs a pie shop, but she’s basically a terrible cook that can’t afford to buy the correct supplies.” Krueger said working with the orchestra and nailing down the technical elements while progressing with his fellow cast members has been rewarding. “We’ve been rehearsing since the beginning of October and just having everything come together is exciting,” Krueger said. He said the student orchestra has handled the difficult score well. “Most [of] the rehearsals, we’ve been working with just the pianist,” Krueger said, “And so as we get closer to opening, we’re getting to hear the music in its full potential, ... which is really







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Community actor Nathan Krueger, a baritone who has appeared in numerous concerts and recitals across North America, will play Sweeney Todd. He said this is an ambitious show for a university. Community actress Amanda Petersen Fails, a UW-Stevens Point graduate who has played the role before and is co-founder of Oshkosh theater performance company Hysterical Productions, will play Mrs. Lovett. Fails said working under the direction of Angwall has been rewarding in many ways, but it’s the director’s ability to work with all experience levels that stands out most to her. “[Angwall] has a very clear idea of what she wants on stage, and it’s really cool to see her work through that with a wide range of people’s experience,” Fails said. Angwall said the theater department was looking for something challenging for this season’s productions, something that featured a bigger cast and ultimately something that would appeal to the audience. “For the people of Oshkosh, we are a venue for quality artistic entertainment,” Angwall said. “If we

exciting.” Angwell said the challenging script and score has required 75 hours of rehearsal, but the benefits make up for the time spent. “You’re always learning something new,” Angwall said. “Because this musical you learn this year is completely different from the musical you learned last year and from the musical you will learn next year.” Angwell said she has seen actors, technical workers and musicians come together and build a relationship that is formed from shared experience. “We’re working really hard,” Angwell said. “We have been rehearsing for five weeks, five nights a week three hours a night.” Krueger said he is encouraged by everyone who has worked on the musical because of the way they have risen to the challenge of a complicated score and script. “Things have been going great,” Krueger said. “It’s a really exciting show, it’s a big show, it has a lot of components.” Angwall said nearly 100 people contributed to the production of the musical. She said a commitment like that proves the department’s

desire to provide entertainment. “With that many people working on it, I think it really is a testament to our people and what we are willing to do to bring quality entertainment to Oshkosh and the Fox Valley,” Angwall said. Chmura-Moore said as an audience member, people, including himself, see the scene and the set as a television. He said sometimes people don’t recognize the work behind the production. “Because of the intimacy of the room, its very easy to divorce yourself from what’s happening on the stage,” Moore said. “If I was asking anything of the audience it would be don’t take anything on the surface.” Angwall said that any production is done with the intent to expose the core of the story to the audience in the best way possible.

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Titan seniors cap careers with win vs Blue Devils


UWO matches up against UW-Stout at the line of scrimmage en route to a victory in the season finale. by Evan Moris

vs The UW Oshkosh football team won their final game of the year on senior night versus UW-Stout last Saturday 27-13 to make their record 6-4 on the season. UWO scored 21 straight points to secure a 27-6 lead, putting the game away with just over four minutes left to play. The Titans were led by senior wide receiver Dominic Todarello who compiled eight receptions and 94-yards receiving against the Blue Devils. The Titans replaced starting quarterback Kyle Radavich with freshman Steven Makinen who put up 283 passing yards and a touchdown on 1826 passing First quarter UWO began their first drive

of the game from the Blue Devil 45-yard line. After an 8-yard pitch and catch from Radavich to Todarello, a 15yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was called to move the ball to the Stout 16-yard line. Four plays later, running back J.P. Peerenboom ran for a five-yard touchdown, putting the Titans ahead 6-0. Kicker Peyton Peterson’s extra point attempt was blocked. The Blue Devils were able to tack on three points following a field goal late in the first quarter. Second quarter At the 11:03 mark in the second quarter, Todarello fumbled on the Titan 35-yard line, giving the Blue Devils short field position. Seven plays later, Pearson evened the score at 6-6 after a 34-yard field goal. With 4:04 left in the first half, the Titans put together a seven-play, 55-yard scoring drive that included a 31-yard reception by Riley Kallas from Makinen and a drive capitalizing one-yard rushing touchdown by running back Joe

Franks. Third quarter During the third quarter, the Titans and Blue Devils shared five possessions each with no scores provided. Fourth quarter The 10:10 mark in the fourth quarter was the beginning time of two consecutive touchdown drives for UWO. Makinen led the first drive from the Stout 39-yard following a Kollyn Beyer interception. This nine-play, 39-yard touchdown drive was capped off by a two-yard pass from Makinen to Todarello putting the Titans ahead 20-6. The second scoring drive of the fourth quarter was set up by a AJ Plewa interception. The UWO offense put together a five-play, 35-yard drive to send Joe Franks into the endzone with a one-yard rushing touchdown to put the Titans up 21 points with 4:09 remaining in the game. UW-Stout was able to score a touchdown by Blue Devil

running back Josh Nitek with three minutes remaining in the game. Titans finished off the Blue Devils 27-13 finishing the season with a 6-4 record. Despite playing while knowing that playoffs were out of reach, head coach Patrick Cerroni said he could not have been more pleased with how his team performed to send the seniors out on a high note. “I am happy for the seniors,” Cerroni said. “All of them played extremely well. Offensively we had flashes of what we could do, which was nice to see. Cody Moon got a couple big catches, Dom [Todarello] scored, it was awesome. O-Line looked good. Defensively, I think we played outstanding, which was awesome.” Cerroni kept it short and sweet addressing the senior class after their final collegiate game for the black and gold. “I told ‘em I loved ‘em.” Cerroni said. Senior linebacker Derrick Jennings Jr. said when game was over, the underclassmen on the team showed the utmost

Titans defeat Blugolds to open WIAC play by Ally Gwidt UW Oshkosh wrestling owned 12 place winners at the Dan Gable Open on Saturday and defeated UW-Eau Claire in its first scoring match of the season on Tuesday. The Titans, now 1-0 in conference play, dominated its last three matches to break a tied score and defeat the Blugolds 27-15 on Tuesday in Kolf Sports Center. The match stood still at 15-15 before UWO’s Colten Cashmore captured a 5-2 win over Grant Balconi in the 184-pound weight class. The Titans advanced their lead over the Blugolds to 21-15 when freshman Beau Yineman edged Jordan Blanchard 12-8 in the 197-pound matchup. UWO sophomore Jordan Lemcke executed a match-seal-

ing 3:22 pin over Austen Hakes in their 285-pound contest to earn the Titans their final six points of the night. UWO head coach Efrain Ayala said the home season opener packed with 420 fans in attendance served as an electrifying start to the year for his team. “It was a great kick-start to the season,” Ayala said. “The boys came to play and performed well in a great atmosphere.” The Titans placed 12 athletes as they faced off against 97 wrestlers at the Dan Gable Open held Saturday in Kolf Sports Center. Yineman won all four of his matches to sweep the 197-pound title for the Titans while Ben Kitslaar, Patrick Reilly and AJ Schoenfuss finished second after falling in the championship contest of their respective weight class. Yineman pinned his first two opponents within two min-


Titan senior wrestler Mark Choiski and junior Colten Cashmore pose with the Chanchellor’s Cup.

respect and gratitude toward him and the fellow seniors for what they had done for the UW Oshkosh football program. “After the game, guys would come up and say, ‘Thank you. You taught me how to lead. You showed me what it meant to be a leader.’” Jennings Jr. said. Reflecting on the the 2018 season, Jennings Jr. said this season created memories that he will never forget. “The locker room was always fun,” Jennings Jr. said. “We played hype music. Certain guys would always be dancing around. There’s specific songs that in the future whenever I hear them I’m sure I will get a little amped up.” Jennings Jr. said he learned life lessons from Cerroni and the coaching staff and they have made a huge impact on his life. “I’ve never had a relationship with coaches like I’ve had here at Oshkosh,” Jennings Jr. said. “They taught me a ton about football and being a great person in general.

Coach [Cerroni] specifically, he taught me how to being real with yourself and not sugar coating certain things in life. It’s bigger than just football.” Junior defensive back Kollyn Beyer said that playing with this senior class was beyond the sport of football. “The group of seniors I was able to play with and the relationships I built with them,” Beyer said. “You can learn from anything. When it comes down to it, it’s not wins and losses. At the end of the day, the relationships are just as important as any record or championship you can win.” Heading into offseason, Beyer said the senior class plans to rebound and put the work into making sure that come next fall, the team is in place to improve their record. “We have a pretty general idea that we got a lot to prove as a class,” Beyer said. “Coming off a 6-4 year, we don’t have any All-Americans in our class returning. As a group, collectively, we’ve got a lot to prove.”


UWO running back J.P. Peerenboom protects the ball on one of his eight carries against UW-Stout.

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UWO sophomore Ben Kitslaar holds on opponent.

utes apiece before posting a 14-3 victory over UW-Stevens Point’s Jerry Lipke. Yineman then secured his first-place finish after Kitslaar went down with an injury in the first round of their title match. Coming off of his grey-shirt season, Reilly registered a 3-1 record in the 184-point weight class after his narrow defeat in a 7-6 decision to unattached Joshua Becker in the championship contest. UWO junior Husam Alabed finished third in the 174-pound weight class. Alabed claimed a 12-7 victory over UW-Stevens Point’s Tara Holland in the third-place match to tally a 3-1 record overall. Alabed said his one 11-10 loss to Harper College’s Juan Quiroz zeroed him in on preparing for the rest of the season. “My loss opened my eyes to what I need to improve on as the season moves forward,” Alabed said. “As a team, we were

as motivated as it gets. We just need to fix the little things.” Reilly said UWO should be excited about the Titans’ early success this season. “The early success of the team is a great sign to see, especially from some of the young men already doing as well as they are,” Reilly said. “We really hope to open some eyes this year and draw a big crowd to our duals.” Ayala backed Reilly and said UWO is performing at the top of their game right out of the gates this season, and he does not expect their dominance to stop anytime soon. “The boys are ready to get after it at their next conference dual,” Ayala said. “We will be 2-0 in conference play after next week.” The Titans face off against UW-Stevens Point in another Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference dual meet on Tuesday in Stevens Point.

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UWO women’s basketball defeats Loras College in season opener by Alexis Durkee UW Oshkosh women’s basketball came out strong with a 83-75 victory over Loras College during the season opener on Nov. 11. The Titans have won nine consecutive season openers. Scoring the first three possessions of the game, the Titans were on fire from the start. Senior forward Isabella Samuels went 7-for-8 from the field scoring 15 points, making her the leading scorer for UWO. Among Samuels, senior forward Melanie Schneider tallied 12 points with nine rebounds and five assists. “I definitely think Friday night’s win was achieved by working together as a team and everyone doing their part,” Schneider said. Friday’s game was without a doubt a team effort, with four players scoring double-digits and 31 points coming off of the bench. The Titans maintained a double-digit lead for all but six minutes of the game. The Duhawks continued to play tough the entire game, hitting six out of seven 3-point attempts during the fourth quarter, outscoring the Titans 29-19 in this period.

“We spent a lot of time practicing their defense during practice,” Schneider said. “Loras is a good, aggressive team, so we knew it would be challenging at times. We overcame the pressure by staying composed and trusting in each other to be in the right spot and to take care of the ball.” The Titans averaged 11 turnovers per game last season, making them No. 1 in the country. With 16 turnovers against Loras, coach Brad Fischer said that carefully watching play film and paying attention to which plays worked the best is crucial to making sure that the turnover rate decreases before the next game. The Titans prepare for both The College of St. Scholastica and Ripon College. Fischer said he feels like there is an advantage going into Friday’s game, as Scholastica has not had a game yet this season. “There are a lot of new girls playing for Scholastica,” Fischer said. “With new players comes nerves, and also figuring out their kinks.” The Titans will play The College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) on Nov. 16 and Ripon College on Nov. 17 at UW-Eau Claire’s Zorn Arena.

Three Titan runners to compete at Division III National Championship by Neal Hodgen


ABOVE: Isabella Samuels shoots a layup among Duhawk defenders. BELOW: Sophomore Nikki Arneson passes the ball to freshman Brooke Freitag.

The UW Oshkosh cross-country team will be sending three runners to the NCAA Division III National Championship this weekend at Lake Breeze Country Club in Winneconne. Graduate student Evlyn Noone and sophomores Lucas Weber and Cody Chadwick qualified for the meet via at-large bids after their performances in the Midwest Regional meet in Colfax last weekend. Noone finished in eighth place overall out of 255 runners with a time of 22:06, less than a minute behind event winner Hannah Roeske of Wheaton College (Ill.) who posted a time of 21:22. Noone said being able to run in the national championship on a familiar course will be a cool feeling. “I’ve been running on this course since I was a freshman in high school, or even before that during middle school cross-country,” Noone said. “It’s pretty cool that my first year in cross-country, I make it to nationals and it’s on our home course. Almost like everything is coming together in a full circle.” The women’s team came in 10th out of 36 team’s with 306 points. After Noone, the Titans top five included junior Amanda Van Den Plas in 44th, sophomore Hannah Lohrenz in 50th, junior Ashton Keene in 88th and freshman Alexis Reichardt in 119th place. To advance to the national championship individually, runners had to place as one of the top-seven runners that will not be advancing to the national championship meet as part of a team. From the Midwest Regional meet, the University of Chicago, UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, Washington University in St. Louis and Wheaton College will all be advancing on the women’s side. Noone will be joined by both Weber and Chadwick

who placed 20th and 26th, respectively, on their way to atlarge bids to the NCAA D-III Men’s Cross-Country National Championship. Chadwick said it came down to a test of will during the middle of the race. “The thing I think I did the best on was making the right decision when it hurt the most during the middle miles of the race,” Chadwick said. “Cross-country races can really be decided on a couple of moves in the middle of the race when some people are willing to hurt more than others.” Chadwick said he is proud to represent UWO in the national meet hosted by his team. “It’s awesome to be able to host nationals on our home course,” Chadwick said. “I don’t think it is a huge advantage when the gun goes off, but it is still really exciting to represent the Titans at our home course at nationals.” The men’s team placed eighth on the day with sophomore Michael Juarez coming in 38th, freshman Steven Potter crossing the finish line in 67th and senior Justin Skinkis finishing in 79th. Head coach Eamon McKenna said he was proud of the effort the men’s team put in as they ran one of their better races of the season. “Our runners did a great job of mentally preparing to compete hard in those conditions,” McKenna said. “The men did an excellent job of executing their plan and in racing together. We have been hit pretty hard on the men’s side for the past three years with injuries and some other losses to the team, so it is exciting to have a young group of guys step up and start the process to making us relevant on the national stage again.” The national championship will begin at 11:15 a.m. with the women’s 6,000-meter race. The men’s 8,000-meter race will begin at 12:15 p.m. at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne.

Titans fall short to Warhawks Soccer’s Knight and Schumann by Colan Treml The UW Oshkosh men and women’s swim and dive team lost a well-fought meet to UW-Whitewater 164-68 on Friday in Albee Hall. The Titans combined for four first-place victories as well as a collection of second-place finishes, topping off a successful night for the swim and dive team. UWO secured first place in the 400-yard medley relay as freshman Hannah Cunningham, freshman Alex Schuster, sophomore Jennifer Lutz and junior Sydney Challoner powered their way to a 4:15.62 finishing time. Challoner also took first place in the 400-yard individual medley posting a 5:00.80 time. UWO sophomore Matt Wilke took first place in both the men’s one- and three- meter dives, posting scores of 288.83 and 304.72, respectively. Throughout the night, six Titans secured second-place finishes including one in the men’s 100-yard freestyle by junior Michael Gerondale and another in the women’s 200yard fly by Lutz. The other second-place finishes were captured by sophomore Jarrett Lieder in the men’s 500-yard free, Challoner in the women’s 500-yard free, Schuster in the women’s 50-yard free and Cunningham in the women’s 100-yard free. Despite losing the overall meet on Friday, the Titans had some impressive feats and put together several incredible races and dives. Schuster and her 400-yard medley relay team started the meet by putting together a great first-place victory.

“There’s always the hope that you start the meet off on the right foot and the [400yard medley relay] helped set a positive tone for the team and rest of the meet,” Schuster said. “We feed off of each other’s energy, and the mood for that race was to hit the water and dominate.” Along with this, Challoner said she raced in an event she hadn’t swum in over three years and still managed to pull out the victory. When asked how she felt heading into the race, Challoner said she was calm and collected. “I came into the meet on Friday with an open mind,” Challoner said. “I knew that I was swimming events I haven’t swam since high school and really had no expectations for myself. This took a lot of pressure off of my races and allowed me to do well in the 400 individual medley.” Head swim and dive coach Christopher Culp said he was

happy with how the Titans competed during the meet. “I was pleased,” Culp said. “Traditionally, Whitewater is typically large in numbers, and I think we didn’t let that distract us from racing. Whitewater may be twice our size but we can certainly still be competitive.” The UWO swim and dive team takes action again on Saturday as they take on several teams at the Lawrence University Gene Davis Invitational.

UW Oshkosh vs. Lawrence University Time: 11 a.m. Location: Appleton When: Saturday


The UWO swim and dive team combined for four firstplace finishes despite the 164-68 loss to the Warhawks.

named to All-WIAC First Team by Ally Gwidt

tory over UW-Whitewater on Oct. 3. Schumann said this achievement is dedicated to the time and effort she and her teammates gave this season. “It was a lot of hard work from me and my teammates,” Schumann said. “You get out what you put in and with the help of them, I was able to do my job on the field.” Head coach Erin Coppernoll said Knight and Schumann’s consistent performances this year allowed them to be recMALLORY KNIGHT ognized as all-conference worked really hard and defi- players. nitely deserved it as well, so I “They both deserved it and feel really lucky to have been it is a great honor for them,” chosen as a sophomore.” Coppernoll said. “They exhibit outstanding play day in and day out, and I really look forward to having them for two They both deserved it and it is a great honor more years.” For the second consecufor them. tive season, UW-La Crosse —Erin Coppernoll captured both of the WIAC’s UWO Women’s soccer highest individual recognihead coach tions as senior midfielder Margaret Harings and senior midfielder Maya Schmitt earned Offensive and Defensive PlaySchumann was only one of er of the Year, respectively. five defenders named amongst UW-La Crosse finished first the WIAC’s finest a statement in the WIAC standings with a that she said she still can’t be- 6-0-1 record while UW-Stelieve. vens Point completed their “It feels amazing to be one season second in conference of five defenders to get this with a 5-0-2 record. Following award,” Schumann said. “I the Pointers in the standings was in shock when I found was UW-Eau Claire in third out, and it is truly incredible.” with 4-2-1, UW-Whitewater Schumann appeared in all fourth with 3-4, UW-Platte19 of this season’s matches, ville fifth with 3-4, UWO sixth including eight as a starter. with 3-4, UW-River Falls sevShe defended the Titans to enth with 2-5 and UW-Stout five shutouts and managed to eighth with 0-7. record one goal in a 2-0

TORY SCHUMANN Of the 208 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer athletes, UW Oshkosh sophomores Mallory Knight and Tory Schumann were among 22 players named to the 2018 All-WIAC First Team. The first-time all-conference award winners aided the Titans to their sixth-place conference finish with a record of 3-4 and an overall record of 7-11-1. Knight, who was one of nine forwards selected for the first team recognition, led the Titans in goals scored this season with seven of UWO’s 23 goals. The Neosho native also piloted the Titans with 16 points and 29 shots on goals in 18 matches, including 17 as a starter. Knight said being only one of eight sophomores to be selected for the all-league recognition was a bit surprising. “It is a huge honor that I was not expecting,” Knight said. “A lot of the girls on this team

A8 | November 15, 2018

Opinion Advance-Titan

Lauren Freund - Opinion Editor

Purpose of Women’s Center misunderstood by many by The Advance-Titan Staff

Women’s Centers are a common component to many college campuses, UW Oshkosh included, that offer promotion and education on gender equity. The Women’s Center is a campus resource that all students should be aware of during their time at UWO. However, students know very little or nothing at all about the center. UWO senior Allison Hansen said she only knows about what they have done with other organizations on campus. “Well, they work with a lot of different organizations on campus, I know that,” Hansen said. “I don’t know a whole lot about it actually, to be honest.” UWO freshman Sylvia Peterson also said she knows very little about the center. “I know that it’s a place for women to go to get help doing things, I think,” Peterson said. UWO fifth-year student Shannon Gaffney said she learned about the center freshman year but doesn’t know a lot about it. “I know it’s a resource for kids on campus, but that’s about it,” Gaffney said. Although students have little to no knowledge about the Women’s Center, they do want to learn more about it. Peterson said she would like to know when they have their events. “How often are events hosted by the Women’s Center? Because I know there are some, but I don’t know when or where or which ones are sanctioned by them,” Peterson said. Gaffney said she would like to know more about what the center offers to all students.

“What are the resources that they have for kids on campus, both freshmen through fifthyear seniors like me?” Gaffney said. Director of the Women’s Center, Alicia Johnson, said the center focuses on being open as much as they can. “We are a physical space,” Johnson said. “We try to be open to be a space for people to come and hang out, to come study.” The center provides a lot to students, including computers, a TV and PS4, menstrual hygiene products and safer-sex products. The center also hosts many discussion series including Masculinity Mondays which promotes healthy masculinity and Woke Ally Wednesday that focuses on learning to be a better ally to women of color. Johnson said the Masculinity Mondays range anywhere from six people attending to 15 or 20 people. “So they’re smaller discussion groups, which is kind of great because there’s more opportunity for people to share their perspectives,” Johnson said. Johnson said that along with hosting discussions, the center provides crafts and a relaxation room. “We have a lot of self-care activities,” Johnson said. “We like to be an area of comfort, and people need it because we know student life is stressful.” One annual event that the center hosts is Voices of Titan Men, which was held Monday night. Johnson said Kyle Tran Myhre, a poet, advocate and educator, performed several pieces, which were then discussed. For example, one of Myhre’s poems is about handshakes and

how strongly men are expected to shake hands. The group then discussed how other things also exemplify toxic notions of men having to be dominant. Although the place is called the Women’s Center, Johnson said men often come in and are welcome. “I would say that we have a fair number of men, or people who identify as men, come to this space and see it as a space for them even though we’re called the Women’s Center,” Johnson said. “It’s a space for them to ask questions about how they can be a better ally to women, how they can work to reduce and prevent sexism and also to

be their authentic selves.” Johnson said that although we have a Women’s Center, it doesn’t mean we should be opposed to a safe space for men. “I think our initiative such as Masculinity Mondays and Voices of Titan Men demonstrates our commitment to create those spaces,” Johnson said. “We support additional spaces being created for men to be their authentic selves, to seek help if they need it.” Overall, Johnson said she wants students to know that the center is open to everyone no matter their race, gender or sexuality. “I would say we take the approach of promoting gender eq-

uity,” Johnson said. “We come from the philosophy that we can’t dismantle sexism without everyone on board.” Johnson said they look at systems of oppression and how they are connected to explore how we view the world and what our place is in it. “We also recognize that systems of oppression are interconnected, so we look at how sexism intersects with racism and homophobia and transphobia and ableism,” Johnson said. “Our ultimate goal is just to promote equity, and we start from that place of promoting gender equity.” These services that the center provides are beneficial but seem

BY ETHAN USLABAR to lack the awareness. Johnson said they work with faculty to get the message out even more to the students using syllabi. Although students don’t know a lot about the center, it isn’t due to a lack of promotion from the Women’s Center or the University. As a whole, students should take initiative to learn more, take that extra step to use the many different forms of information and learn about the center’s services and philosophy. Although the center is called the Women’s Center, it is important to know and understand that it is a center for all students.

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