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The Osh

The Advance-Titan’s random guide for entertainment and other stuff that rocks

Hear the fun, and crazy, stories of Pub Crawl straight from local bartenders. See B4 for more info.

A letter from the editor: Welcome to the Osh! by A-T staff The Advance-Titan is breaking the norm from the past few semesters and bringing back our entertainment insert. The B-Side ran with the A-T weekly from fall 2011 to fall 2012. Known as “The Advance-Titan’s guide to entertainment and culture,” we’re reviving the special insert this week so we can cover more stories you want to read. Here readers will find student spotlights, club features and listicles on the hottest topics as well as

our traditional puzzle page. This is a unique issue, but we hope to keep this exciting insert going pending your feedback. The campus culture of UW Oshkosh will be explored. Our campus connections team will reveal the newest and most exciting events and stories on campus. We’ll continue the hard-hitting news, print the student opinions and recap your favorite Titan athletes in our regular paper. Have an interesting story or want your club featured? Email us at!

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‘Trifles’ celebrates 100th anniversary by Kellie Wambold UW Oshkosh’s theatre department opens its season with “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell, a classic American play that examines traditional gender roles while two women investigate a smalltown murder. “Trifles” and “Sometimes I Sing” runs on Oct. 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 9. at 2:00 p.m. at the Fredric March Theatre. “Trifles,” which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, takes place at the Wright home, where John Wright has been murdered. While the men search for evidence to convict Minnie Wright, the women piece together the life she lived with her husband. Director Bryan Vandevender said even though the play takes place a hundred years ago, the fact that it has endured for a century means what the piece says about gender roles is still relevant to today’s society. “Gender inequality still exists,” Vandevender said. “The women are often dismissed, not being able to contribute to the investigation, when in fact it’s their knowledge of women’s work and women’s lives that helps to solve the

mystery. That kind of knowledge is still not as valued as it should be and I think that the argument [the play] presents about women’s way of knowing the world is still relevant even today.” Mary Celmenti, who plays Mrs. Peters, the wife of the town sheriff, said the battle between the sexes that the women in the play endure is still present today, even a hundred years later. “The irony of the show is that the men feel like they’re the ones illuminating evidence, and truth be told, they’re actually the ones in the dark while the women find the source of Minnie Wright’s pain,” Clementi said. Along with “Trifles,” playwright and Grammy-nominated storyteller Milbre Burch will perform her one-woman play “Sometimes I Sing” in tandem with “Trifles,” a follow-up piece that explores the life of Minnie Wright after her husband’s murder. “Milbre is a very singular talent and I think audiences are going to be very moved not only by the story she tells but the way that she tells it, and the way in which she is able to make a murderess vulnerable and sympathetic,” Vandevender said. Burch said “Trifles” touches quietly on the issue of abusive relationship,

which is one of reasons she wanted to explore the world of “Trifles” further when she wrote “Sometimes I Sing.” “‘Trifles’ is an indictment of the way men treated women before they were enfranchised with the vote,” Burch said. “Unfortunately some of that disenfranchisement still exists for women who are caught up in abusive relationships in a still patriarchal society.” Vandevender said, in regards to the theatre department’s “A Wayward World” theme, “Trifles” subtlely explores the agents of change and chaos that can throw life out of focus. “I suppose there are stories that we tell in which chaos and disorder are very visible and at the forefront of the dramaturgy, and there are pieces like ‘Trifles’ in which the chaos is more subtlety embedded in the storytelling and you have to peel back the layers to find it,” Vandevender said. “Trifles” was ahead of its time, Vandevender said, because its playwright was not afraid to push boundaries in the early 20th century. “[Glaspell’s] plays challenge conventional sexual relations, relationships between the genders and the kind of political and moral hypocrisy that undergird the American life,” Vande-

vender said. Vandevender added that despite the weight of the material Glaspell compels her audiences to think about, she gives audiences a reason to believe that society can evolve. “I think that in all of her plays there’s a firm belief in the possibility of a just and equitable world and that her characters are frequently critiquing systems of oppression and systems of inequality and that in some ways makes her ahead of her time,” Vandevender said. Burch said Glaspell’s messages are timeless, carrying relevance from the time before Glaspell was a playwright to students today. “Glaspell was a contemporary of my grandmother, Florence Mabel Gregg, who grew up in Minnesota, and like Glaspell [who] rose above the limits placed on her life as a woman at the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th,” Burch said. Clementi said although the play is simple, there is an air of suspense as the woman piece together the event leading up to John Wright’s murder. “But my favorite part of the production is actually feeling the tension and the anxiety…” Clementi said. “It feels very real and that is the goal.”

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Artist spotlight: Mason Lee by Mia Wilson UW Oshkosh music composition student Mason Lee has achieved recent success with his composition piece, “Of Light,” where he was awarded first prize in the 2016 Portland Percussion Group’s National Call for Scores Contest. Lee’s composition, “Trio For Wood” was also selected to be performed by three UWO students this November at the 2016 Society of Composers, Inc. National Student Conference at Ball State University. Lee said a podcast helped ignite inspiration for his pieces. “My piece, ‘Of Light,’ was inspired by a podcast I like called RadioLab,” Lee said. “They always have exceedingly interesting topics and there was an episode where they examine colors through literary history. I began to create motives for each color and as the whole piece went on I tried to blend one musical motive to the next, as the colors do visually. The piece was an attempt at representing an aural rainbow, rather than a visual one.” According to Lee, “Trio for Wood” was outside of his comfort zone, but he was motivated by one driving force. “My piece, ‘Trio for Wood,’ was on the opposite of my compositional side,” Lee said. “Where in ‘Of Light’ I had an abundance of motives and ideas, I tried to work with only one motive that was strictly just rhythmic.” Lee said his love for music began in middle school, ten years ago. “My passion for music first started when I joined my high school’s marching band Sound of Sun Prairie. After my first year of

marching, I was in every available music activity at my high school and I even went to a drum line a couple towns over during the winter to keep playing.” UWO Junior Nicole Pronger said for as long as she has known Lee, he has been involved in music. “He really treats every note with care,” Pronger said. “He puts himself in the music and works very hard.” Though Lee said he has been heavily involved in music during his time here at Oshkosh, he didn’t always know he wanted to do music composition. “I came in as a general Bachelor’s of Music,” Lee said. “Then in my freshman year, I decided performance and composition were things that sounded attractive to me, so I changed my degree.” Lee said when he first started composing, things weren’t going as expected. “But now, after three years of study, I’ve seen quite a bit of success,” Lee said. “My process is about figuring out some musical idea I have in my head and how I can take this small thing and vary it and make it interesting enough for people to play and listen to.” Lee said his decision to stay at UWO has been a continued gift. “I am constantly ecstatic that I chose UW Oshkosh as my college,” Lee said. “The music faculty here is experienced, knowledgeable and supportive beyond words.” Lee said music professor Edward Martin was essential to the completion of “Of Light.” “Dr. Martin helped me perfect my piece, ‘Of Light,’ as I was writing it, with lots of help and input from many other faculty members. Dr. [Alison]Shaw and Dr. [Eliza-

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ABOVE: UWO student Mason Lee is a compsoer and a performer. BELOW: Lee recently won a national title for his composition “Of Light.” beth] DeLamater [have] been instrumental in giving the percussion studio and music department amazing opportunities.” Music professor John Mayrose said Lee is a highly motivated music student who has a bright future in music ahead of him. “He has sought out opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be available to him,” Mayrose said. “He is active as a composer and a performer, which combined is great.” According to Lee, he hopes to continue his education and understands his career could go anywhere, but he has a strong connection to his home state. “In five years I would hope to be still writing and performing music,” Lee said. “I’ll probably continue on to grad school after finishing my Bachelor’s at Oshkosh. No matter where I move or live, I believe that Wisconsin will always be my home.”

Q&A with Oshkosh Bartenders

Every semester, Oshkosh students gather to celebrate pub crawl, a chance for everyone to have fun with their friends at the bars. We gathered four bartenders from various campus and Main Street bars to collect stories, and share their advice for anyone hoping to crawl this semester.

Interviews conducted by Raquel Tuohy


Varsity’s Manager

Johnny Fuentez Molly’s Bartender

Q: What is your favorite Q: What is your favorite aspect of pubcrawl? aspect of pub crawl?

A: “The business is great. I A: “I like that all the students like seeing people get together, come together in Oshkosh. Any no big issues.” house party is welcoming and everyone is outside just enjoying Q: “What is your least fa- their day.”

vorite aspect of pubcrawl?

Q: What is your least faA: “There is definitely over-excessive drinking go- vorite part of pub crawl?

A: “I don’t really have a least ing on. College students over favorite part. I guess I would say consume alcohol, especially that I’m always working during during pub crawl.” that time so I don’t get to have Q: Any stories worth time to go to the parties.”


Q: What is the best part

A: “One time I was ID’ing about bartending? people at the door and I saw a A: “I would say interacting guy put his fist through a win- with people. I have made a lot of dow, completely shattering the friends through my job.” glass. There was blood running down his hand.” Q: What advice do you

have for future crawlers?

Q: Any advice for future A: “Just be careful and be crawlers? smart with your decisions. Have

A: “We try to offer water fun and don’t be stupid.” to people we see struggling. There’s no reason that someone has to get seriously injured or sick during pub crawl.”

John Martin

Peabody’s Bartender

Q: What is your favorite aspect of pubcrawl?

A: “The bars are busy, which is great.”

Q: What is your least favorite aspect of pubcrawl?

A: “I don’t like the littering and damage to property that usually comes with heavy drinking.”

Q: What is your favorite part of bartending?

A: “I would have to say the interaction with people. That’s why a lot of people get into bartending.”

Q: What advice do you have for future crawlers?

A: “Just one thing: please drink within your means.”

Q: Any stories worth sharing?

A: “Last year they had a drum circle going with like 30 guys playing bongos, which was cool.”

Kelly’s Bartender Q: What is your greatest pub crawl story?

A: “ I personally have never had a problem. Although, I few years ago, a girl hit her head on a ceiling fan.”

Q: What advice do you have for future crawlers?

A: “If you are 21, do it. If you are underage, just know that if you get caught, you are making a choice.”

Q: What is your favorite aspect of bartending?

A: “I work with my friends, which is nice. I also make great money.”

Q: Do you love/hate pubcrawl? Why?

A: “I like it. I always have a good time, we run our bar the same, no matter what weekend it is.”

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Student reveals photography passion by Corissa Mosher I am a senior here at UWO. I will be graduating in December and I could not be more excited. I am a journalism major, media studies emphasis, and political science minor. For the longest time I was determined to be a lawyer, but as I had two amazing internships this summer through non-profits, I am changing the plan and will hopefully be going to graduate school to get my MPA.

As you can tell from my Facebook page, I am a little obsessed with photography. I blame it on Dr. Gleason. The only reason I ever picked up a camera was because I took Photo I with Gleason last fall. To be honest, I have yet to put my camera down since! I now have many family photos and a few weddings booked for the next few months, so it looks like I won’t be putting my camera down anytime in the near future.

Photo By Corissa Mosher

ABOVE: Mosher captures the night sky’s illumination created by the Northern Lights in northern Wisconsin. BELOW: Mosher reveals the beauty of frigid Wisconsin winters in this close-up featuring unique icicle formations.

Photo By Corissa Mosher

UW Oshkosh student Corissa Mosher took this photo as part of an assignment for on the Water Magazine. The photo was taken at TJ’s Harbor on Rt. 45.

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Asian student club seeks recognition by Anne Wilhems

A dual focus of helping Asian students build a community and create awareness of Asian culture throughout the UW Oshkosh campus is what drives the Hmong Student Union/Asian Student Association, the organization’s adviser Mai Khou Xiong said during their weekly meetings on Tuesday. “There’s this misconception that this club is only for, y’know, Asian students,” Mai Khou Xiong said. “That’s not really the case. It really is for anyone interested in the Asian culture, and wants to immerse themselves and interact with individuals that also come from that culture. It is really focused on creating awareness, to really promote cultural diversity and inclusion on this campus.” According to Mai Khou Xhong the organization, which consists of two separate clubs that meet collectively, is a group that allows Asian students, or students that are interested in different Asian cultures to get to know one

another and learn about Asian culture. “The organization’s main focus is really helping students build community and a sense of belonging on this campus,” faculty adviser for the organization, Mai Khou Xhong said. Sophomore and secretary of the organization PaHoua Xiong said they want to show that everyone in the group is welcoming and friendly. “I wanted to show them that we’re all the same, that we’re a family here,” PaHoua Xiong said. The group participates in campus wide events that seek to entertain and inform the student body, Group Treasure Sarah Phonisay said. “We do host Asian Heritage month in the springtime,” Phonisay said. “It’s welcome for anyone. Members perform, we sing and dance and show and teach people about the Asian culture.” Even as the group members share their heritage with others throughout the campus, Phonisay said the goal of the group is formalize its place on campus for future generations of

Asian students. The group aims to get recognized formally so students know there are diverse groups on campus. “Recognition for this club would be amazing. Just to let people know that we do exist, and also as a minority group on campus is that we’re not marginalized, we’re not invisible, that we can show our voices and be heard in a way.” Phonisay said. In the mean time, Mai Khou Xiong said the group is happy to exist to showcase the importance of Asian identity at UWO and bring students together around that idea. “My hope is that this organization allows students to really feel that they have a voice on this campus,” Mai Khou Xiong said. “This organization also helps to create community, a community in which individuals can come together, to learn about whether it’s a culture, or a similar interest. The hope is that the group continues to thrive in those areas and to really give back to their community, and to educate the community.”

Music department features national artists by Allison Prusha The UW Oshkosh music department will host a guest recital featuring a flutist and a pianist for their first event this semester. This coming Sat, Oct. 8, there will be a guest recital hosted by flutist, John McMurtery at 7:00 pm in the Arts & Communication Center. He will be performing with pianist, Ashlee Mack. Mack specializes in contemporary music and has performed solo and chamber music with organizations such as the Society for Chromatic Art, Vox Novus, New Music Forum, Iowa Composers Forum, New Music Festival at Western Illinois and many more. According to his website, John McMurtery enjoys a varied career as an orchestral flutist, soloist, chamber musician, teacher and composer. Currently, he is section flutist of the New York City Opera Orchestra, principal flutist of the Peoria Symphony and professor of flute at Western Illinois University. McMurtery said he has been

passionate about music for a majority of his life. “Music has played a central role in my life for the past 30 years,” McMurtery said. “Passion is only the beginning – I worked very hard to discover my purpose in music. I was fortunate to have inspiring teachers who encouraged my progress at every level.” UW Oshkosh sophomore and music major Alyssa Belanger said students will want to come because the recital is different from other music. “I think students would be interested to see how the instruments work together,” Belanger said. McMurtery said he has enjoyed a lengthy career in the music world and has been a guest performer countless times, but there are performances that have left a lasting impression on him. “Performing as guest principal flutist with the Chicago Symphony this past spring was a tremendous honor,” McMurtery said. This semester, the music department will be presenting 30 concerts and recitals for the UWO community. Associate Professor of Music

Linda Pereksta said she is looking forward to Mack and McMurtery performing at UWO. “John McMurtery is a very fine flutist with a great reputation,” Pereksta said. “When he told me that he and Ashlee Mack would be in our area during their fall recital tour, I was eager to have them play here so that our students could have the chance to hear them.” McMurtery and Mack will be playing pieces from various composers such as Nick Omiccioli, Robert Morris, James Romig, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang and Christian Carey. Pereksta said these composers encompass a specific theme. “I would say that there’s an “old and new” theme in the program.” Pereksta said. “They begin and end the program with pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and all the pieces in between are by composers who are still alive.” All UW Oshkosh students are encouraged to attend the recital. The next guest recital is Oct. 17 featuring James Fusick on the saxophone and Karl Larson on the piano.

Big Ideas -What: a guest recital with John McMurtery and Ashlee Mack -When: Sat. Oct. 8 at

7 p.m.

-Where: The Arts

and Communications Center -Who

is hosting:

The UW Oskhosh music department

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Answers from last week will be featured online on the Advance-Titan website. Across 1 Chicken piece 6 “Amazing!” 9 Vineyard picking 14 Reddish-orange salon dye 15 Cleanup hitter’s stat 16 More sick-looking 17 Fancy burger meat 19 Athlete on a Houston diamond 20 When repeated, an African fly 21 Gretel’s brother 23 Jumps on one foot 24 Opposite of NNW 25 Begin serving customers 27 Ristorante shrimp dish 32 Spoils, as food 35 Powerful northern cold front 38 “Messenger” molecule 39 Musical inadequacy 40 Underinflated tire’s need 41 Sch. east of Hartford 43 Bit of gel

44 “30 Rock” co-star 47 One throwing the first pitch 49 Art of “The Honeymooners” 50 Must have 51 Juvenile newt 53 Melville sailor Billy 55 Flowering 58 Happy hour place 61 Remove from the whiteboard 63 Color of a clear sky 65 Raring to go 66 “__ Abner” 67 Blackens, as tuna 68 Earnest requests 69 “__ Miz” 70 Hitter’s statistic, and, when abbreviated, a hint to the six longest puzzle answers

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Down 1 “How about __!” 2 Farm layers 3 “Picnic” playwright 4 Bearded antelope 5 Dish of chopped-up leftovers 6 Small songbirds 7 More than pudgy 8 Michelle, to Barack 9 Valedictorian’s 4.0, e.g.: Abbr. 10 Itchy skin conditions 11 “Good Eats” series creator 12 One sought by cops 13 Love deity 18 Army private’s training, familiarly 22 Johns, to Elton 26 “Downtown” singer Clark 27 Smooths in wood shop 28 Certain Balkan 29 Injury treatment brand 30 NYC subway org.

31 Stereotypical “Arrr!” shouter 32 Attire 33 Broadway title orphan 34 Boy in a classic Irish ballad 36 Boxer Max 37 State-issued driver ID 42 USN officer 45 Mother of Castor and Pollux 46 Stage performer 48 Watery obstacle for Moses 51 Popeye creator Segar 52 Tips caught by a catcher, e.g. 53 Honk cousin 54 Eurasian border river 56 Strike’s opposite 57 Flat-topped hill 58 Spill secrets 59 Vague emanation 60 Part of R and R 62 Ambulance destinations, for short 64 Gambling action

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