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VOLUME 136, ISSUE 18
Activist shares social change strategies SEA collaborates with Keystone XL protest organizer By SAM STEPHENSON Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
CODY MILLER/THE CAMPUS Writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben led Students for Environmental Action’s Activism workshop Thursday evening prior to his main presentation for the Year of Sustainable Communities.
Environmentalist Bill McKibben led a workshop yesterday to help Allegheny students and local community members combat local environmental issues, as well as give advice on how to be better activists. The activism workshop, hosted by Students for Environmental Action, focused on a local grassroots effort to prevent the construction of a tires-to-energy facility in Crawford County. McKibben used his past experiences organizing the non-profit 350.org to help students and local community members strategize a
movement against the tires-toenergy company and any other issue about which they may be passionate. McKibben, who has been called the “the world’s best green journalist” by Time Magazine, has gained international notoriety for the Keystone XL Pipeline protest in Washington D.C., which he organized. The Keystone pipeline is an export pipeline travelling currently traveling from Alberta, Canada to southern Illinois, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The new expansion would add 1700 miles of pipeline, take a more direct route from Canada. Twenty-seven Allegheny students attended the Key-
stone protest, which sparked McKibben’s interest in the college. “I figured there must be a real core of good principled folks out your way,” McKibben said in an email. SEA attended and contributed to several of McKibben’s grass roots organizations in the past and plans to in the future, said SEA president Maranda Nemeth,’12. SEA hopes to use the strategies from the workshop to begin starting their own campaigns. “It’s getting advice from the best of the best. I hope coming out of it SEA and everybody
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Composter reduces waste, cuts costs By CHELSEA FLEISCHMAN News Co-Editor email@example.com
The compost system behind Robertson Field saves the college an estimated $51,000 annually by reducing food waste, according to Sustainability Coordinator Kelly Boulton. The green machine, Pennsylvania’s first college-owned in-vessel composting operation designed for food scraps, composts about 1000 pounds of food each day, including paper compostables, raw kitchen food prep from McKinley’s and extra food from Brooks Dining Hall. Acquired through a state grant nearly 11 years ago, the in-vessel composter and its operating facility cost $247,000 at the time of purchase, according to Boulton. Other supplies were included in the compost operation purchase as well, including the building and cement pad where the composter now resides, according to Boulton. “Because of the compos-
CHELSEA FLEISCHMAN/THE CAMPUS LEFT: Compost operator Rick Porter operates the mechanism that lifts compost bins into the composter. RIGHT: A steaming pile of compost sits outside the facility. ABOVE: The composter re
ter, I think we’re far ahead of other campuses when it comes to food waste,” said Boulton. “Certainly we waste some, but we turn it into a valuable fertilizer for the campus.” Environmental Science Professor Rich Bowden said the
process is not much different from his own at home composter. It’s just on a much larger scale. “It’s a big meshed box and in it goes and I don’t care how long it takes to rot and every once and a while I just pull
What's in a meme?
Allegheny memes page surges in popularity By DAN BAUER Editor-in-Chief of Web firstname.lastname@example.org
It was last Thursday when senior Loren Horst started the group which would soon take over the news feeds of Allegheny College students. With no class on Friday, Horst logged onto Facebook to alleviate his boredom. He stumbled across posts that his friends had shared from the Millersville University Memes page. “I checked it out, I laughed, and I decided that we needed that,” said Horst. “It really took an hour, and then it blew up from there.” At the time of writing, the page had reached almost 15,000 people.
Communication Arts professor Julie Wilson, who teaches a class on digital culture, said that she was surprised localized memes hadn’t hit colleges sooner. “It’s a way to demonstrate your savviness,” said Wilson. “At the same time, you get the likes, you get the validation that we all wait for when we post things on Facebook.” Wilson drew an association between the growth of memes and sarcastic cultural personalities such as John Stewart. “There’s actually a lot of value placed on being snarky,” said Wilson.
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stuff out,” he said. “But here, we have so much going through that you want to make it happen a little faster.” After each day’s worth of waste is mixed at the top of the machine, it is dropped onto one of 14 trays that rotate it
through the composter as a solid block. The process takes approximately 21 days because of the stainless steel machine’s internal temperature and moisture control. The compost is maintained at about 65 percent
moisture and an optimal 132 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Rick Porter, compost operator. The benefits for composting are three-fold: compost tea, top soil, and reduced garbage
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Basketball faces key injury By COLLEEN PEGHER Sports Editor email@example.com
The women’s basketball team fell to Denison on Saturday, as they struggled with turnovers and ultimately lost key player Erica Restich to a torn ACL, as well as their position in the conference. The Gators turned the ball over 29 times in Saturday’s matchup, falling to 9-5 on the season. The loss leaves the squad tied with Denison and Kenyon for second in the conference. The team will have to finish the season without Restich, a player who last week earned the team’s first triple double in over 12 years with 18 rebounds, 14 points and 10 assists and was named NCAC player of the
week. Restich described her injury, saying that she was hit by a Denison player who bumped into her planted leg. She then felt a pop in her knee and a pain that indescribable. “As optimistic as you try to be, I knew the feeling and at that point realized what had happened almost instantly,” Restich said. Restich had surgery to repair a torn ACL on Wednesday morning in Pittsburgh. The injury has a long recovery time, possibly keeping Restich out into next season. She plans to return to class next Monday, but won’t be on the court for at least six months. With such a long recovery ahead, Restich said that the decision as to
when exactly she will return will have to be made in the future. “I know I have more basketball left in me and have so much more to accomplish with this program but will have to see how my body feels come the fall.” The loss of Restich accompanied a heartbreaking, overtime loss for the squad, who led going into the half 38-35 after holding the Big Red to 33.3 percent shooting. In the second half, the Gators struggled with turnovers, allowing Denison to tie it up at 64 with 6:13 remaining in the half. Allegheny regained control, leading by five with 24 seconds left. Denison’s Jane
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QnA aims to educate campus community with speaker next week in GFC.
“Be the Void” surprises music reviewer Cody Miller with psychedelic folk style.
Taylor Throckmorton shatters his own 200 meter and 400 meter records at the Valentine Invitational.
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“It’s a way to say something relevant and novel in order to show your cleverness.” The most “liked” meme on the page is the first, posted by Horst himself. It features screenshots from “The Lion King.” “I think that was one of my weaker ones,” Horst said. “But it was so broad and so common that i think people were able to relate to it.” Senior Jack McCready posted the third most-popular meme on the page, which combines a picture of (Gene Wilder’s) Willy Wonka with a play at the tendency of Pittsburgh natives to brag about their sports teams. “I thought of Allegheny stereotypes and that was the first one that came to mind,” said
McCready. “The whole meme thing is about being able to make fun of yourself,” said McCready, who is from Pittsburgh. He said the memes page tapped into commonalities between Allegheny students. “I think that mostly everyone feels a little bit overworked at Allegheny,” said McCready. “Everyone is willing to make fun of the whole ‘Unusual Combinations’ thing, and everyone is willing to make fun of how awkward people can be on campus.” Each meme doesn’t necessarily play off of pre-existing Allegheny stereotypes, however. One, featuring Horst himself, came directly out of the group. “Good Intentions Loren” pokes fun at the fact that
the memes group took over so many people’s nights on Thursday. “I forgot to realize that everyone else had class on Friday and that their weekend wasn’t beginning already,” said Horst. Interest in the page fell dramatically over the weekend, from 2,163 unique visitors on Friday to 839 on Sunday. “I figured... it would last two or three days and then die out, which it pretty much did,” said Horst. But he also expressed hope that people would continue to post on the page into the future as ideas came along. “I’m a senior, I’m trying to leave a legacy, and what’s more important than something that’s popular on the Internet?”
What is a meme?
A meme, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” Internet memes generally repurpose images from popular culture by adding humorous captions to give the images new context. Allegheny College Memes and other college meme sites sprouted up in the last few weeks, localizing memes that were already popular throughout the Internet and creating their own. ABOVE: The top five memes (by amount of likes) on Allegheny College Memes. FROM TOP LEFT: Loren Horst (216 likes). TOP RIGHT: Mack Flaherty (161 likes). BOTTOM LEFT: Jack McCready (140 likes). BOTTOM MIDDLE, RIGHT: Zach Frink (126 likes, 128 likes).
McKIBBEN will be inspired and feel that they have the capability and ability to confront issues,” Nemeth said. As a professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, McKibben’s experience with students helped him understand the role of college campuses in the ongoing battle for a more sustainable planet. “Colleges are key because so many people pass through them for a few years--so whatever happens there, good or
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bad, is highly educational,” McKibben said. “If you serve bad institutional food three times a day, that’s one lesson; if you serve good local food, that’s as important as any class. The same with everything from lights to boilers.” Kelly Boulton, Allegheny’s Sustainability Director, is a part of the organizational committee that brought McKibben to campus. When discussing what speakers would fit well into this year’s theme
of Sustainable Communities over a year ago, McKibben’s name came up as the top choice. McKibben’s organization 350 focuses on reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere to a sustaining level of 350 parts per million. McKibben’s keynote speech concentrated on the science behind this number and what it means for the world, and our community. “Our global community needs to be aware of what the
science of climate change is and what the consensus is of where we are as a civilization,” said Boulton. “Allegheny is doing a lot about that. Our goal is to achieve climate neutrality by the year 2020. We’re doing this by retrofitting lighting, switching electricity, and many other things so we as an institution are reducing our carbon footprint.” Nemeth hopes that more students will begin to organize, not necessarily for a more sus-
tainable community, but for what they believe in. “I hope that students have that confidence to achieve change. That they organize correctly and these strategies, they can bring people together, speak up together, and be an activist,” Nemeth said. “That’s how I hope people feel when they leave.” McKibben wanted to leave students with confidence that cooperation is a key to success in being an activist.
“I want them to know that they’re powerful—that working in solidarity with others they can make a real and meaningful difference,” McKibben said. “Global warming seems such a huge problem that it’s hard to imagine you can make a difference. And by yourself you really can’t. But with others? For sure.”
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Speaker to address bisexual issues By KERRY BORNSTEIN Contributing Writer email@example.com
Queers & Allies will host a speaker next week that will address issues surrounding bisexuality, something the group has seen a need for in recent years. Fiona Hensley, ’12, treasurer of QnA, first saw this need her freshman year, when a peer asked during a panel discussion whether bisexuality was a myth. Speaker Casey Schroeder’s visit to campus has been in the making ever since. Maura Matvey, ’15, Public Relations chair of QnA said that
Congratulations to AJ Crofford and Elaina Mercatoris! Both were honored with 2012 Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. AJ won first place in Feature Photo and Elaina won an honorable mention for her column Elaina's Eats
Congratulations! CORRECTIONS From the 2/10 issue Dumbledore’s Army was founded in Fall 2010, not Spring 2011 as the article stated. Also, the Phoenix Formal is scheduled for March 30, not March 13. (From “From Hogwarts to Allegheny: Dumbledore’s Army”)
CRIME BLOTTER February 10 - North Village II Two students were found smoking marijuana in their room. February 11 - Ravine Hall Two students were found smoking marijuana in the building. February 12 - Ravine Hall An underage female fell and injured her head while intoxicated. She was taken by ambulance to the Meadville Medical Center. February 12 - Baldwin Hall An underage female was intoxicated and taken to the Meadville Medical Center by ambulance.
she thinks there is a need for a speaker like this and that she hopes the talk will clear up the fabrications that surround bisexuality. “Even though Allegheny is such a wonderfully inclusive environment, being an LGBT identified student is still tough on campus,” she said. “The first step to acceptance is education.” Hensley said that Schroeder is the ideal speaker to address this topic because of her experience working for activist organizations. The two met working in Cleveland
helping to pass a transgender non-discrimination ordinance. A Ph.D candidate in sociology from Case Western Reserve University, Schroeder will talk about bisexuality as an identity and look at issues that concern bisexual students as well as the myths that surround bisexuality. Eight years ago former organization Allegheny Gay Pride hosted the last speaker on bisexuality, Robyn Ochs. “[Schroeder] is a speaker that will make an important issue a lighter conversation. Its an identity, so it’s really hard to sit back and let other people
talk about your identity,” Hensley said. “That’s where tensions could run high.” Although the talk is sponsored by QnA, it addresses an issue that affects people from all different groups on campus, according to Paige Slaughter, ’14, Historian of QnA. “Even though bisexual students are a big population on campus, they are an unrecognizable one,” she said. Schroeder will speak February 22 at 7p.m at Grounds For Change.
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transportation costs. Ten feet from the in-vessel composter is a “tea-brewer.” “We actually put compost in there, and it runs on those fish tank pumps,” Porter said. “You add different food that makes the microorganisms expand. You’re flushing out the compost into the tea, just like a tea bag.” He said the compost is also used as topsoil for the numerous construction areas on campus, and also in fertilizing the plants and trees. “Our ‘back of the envelope’ calculation showed a $51,000 savings annually due to not having to pay hauling costs, not having to purchase chemical fertilizers or topsoil,” said Boulton. Rick Porter is the compost operator. He said that the ratio of wood chips to food by volume is two to one, but because the food weighs so much more, there’s actually more food than wood chips. The average food tote weighs in at around 150 pounds. He’s had bins that were closer to 300 pounds, though the stress of the extra weight causes the bins to snap as they are lifted into the compost mixer. “I have lost them into the mixer because they’re just so heavy,” he said. “So they’re only allowed to fill them so far, and that makes it so much easier because it would be hard to get enough wood chips into the machine to equalize 300
pounds of food.” Every day, Porter drives around to each of the four loading docks and collects the food or paper filled “totes”. He said there are about 60 totes that circulate between the docks and the compost site each day. He said that in one day he typically picks up three or four totes from Brooks, one food tote from McKinley’s, and two or three compostable-paper filled totes from McKinley’s as well. He also picks up bins of animal remains from the rat labs in Carnegie and Steffee halls. Both Boulton and Porter said that McKinley’s has too much paper waste for the composter to handle. “If we have too much paper it just simply goes in the dumpster because there’s nothing we can do with it. It would just keep piling up there.” said Porter. He said there has been talk of purchasing a shredder or grinder for all the paper waste, which would eliminate the need for local wood chips; however, too many students continue to throw glass bottles in the compost bins. “Because if we get them in there and run it through a grinder, to make the paper less bulky, then we’re breaking that glass and there’s no way to get the glass back out of the compost because it would just keep getting finer and finer,” he said.
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ASG cuts Winterfest By CAITLYN NEIDIG Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Allegheny Student Government canceled Winterfest plans this year in order to put more focus on the major concert, according to ASG Chief of Staff John Hecht, ’13. For the last two years, the event occurred within the first few weeks of the semester. Hecht explained that since the major concert is scheduled early in the semester, ASG opted late fall semester not to hold Winterfest. “If we were to do that and Mac Miller at the same time, it would have been too difficult,” he said. All six members who would have been in charge of planning Winterfest are involved in the planning for Mac Miller. They didn’t want to stretch themselves too thin, Hecht said. In past years, Winterfest has been like a smaller scale Homecoming or Springfest, involving laser tag and other games in the Wise Center, along with activities and food in the Campus Center, said ASG Co-Director of Concerts
and Special Events Alina Meltaus, ’12. Meltaus’ counterpart, Kyle Trogstad-Isaacson, ’13, said all the money that could have been spent on Winterfest is now going toward Springfest. Winterfest cost less than $1,000 last year, according to ASG Treasurer Chris Daczkowski. He explained that the Winterfest money would have come out of the concerts and special events fund, which also funds Homecoming, Springfest, and the major event. Daczkowski said he could see this event being a larger scaled event if it was something the student body was more interested in. Meltaus agreed, saying the event is not on the same level as Springfest. Senior Christian Plourd said he did not know what Winterfest was. “If it was advertised better, I might have gone,” he said. Although Winterfest will not happen this year, TrogstadIsaacson still sees a future for the event. “I don’t want to make this a habit of skipping Winterfest,” he said.
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Dr. Dog album a pleasant, indie folk surprise By CODY MILLER Music Reviewer firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll be completely honest – I’ve never particularly cared for Dr. Dog. There was always something about these college rock folkies I found irksome – maybe it was that their folksiness seemed so contrived or that the vocal duo between bassist Toby Leaman and electric guitarist Scott McMicken never really worked within the sphere of their psychedelic, folksy baroque pop. Or perhaps, most importantly, it was that the band hid behind this veil of psychedelic folk to begin with. To me, they always projected the illusion of originality – sonic tinkering galore, the oftused low-fi ‘sheen,’ heavenly, pitch-perfect baroque pop harmonies. In many ways, this veil was caustic to the band’s past material in that the core of their work on Fate and to a lesser extent, Shame, Shame sounded rather vapid. Yet, color me surprised! Not only have these Western Pennsylvania indie rockers crafted something actually substantive, they have also managed to deliver what is unexpectedly one of the finest albums so far this year. Be the Void, Dr. Dog’s seventh album, channels the same psychedelic tinkering found in the band’s previous work. But behind the tinkering is a collection of twelve songs
that are rustic, effortless, lucid, and above all, absolutely infectious. The Creedence Clearwater Revival-esque, swamp rock on the opener “Lonesome,” evokes images of lackadaisical summer days. However, it also sounds and liberating, paradoxically carrying with it the same spirit of Son House and Stephen Malkmus. It is an intriguing, peculiar combination, but the piece sounds so unrefined that the fusion sounds like it was leisurely stumbled upon. There is a certain halcyon aura underlying these pieces that sometimes forces one to smile. Emblematic of this, “Do the Trick” ends with a succulent, catchy motif bolstered by a gliding, supple vocal harmony. The direction of the track, and really of the entire album, seems to be instinctive. It’s not that what they are doing is in, any way, revolutionary – we’ve heard the indie-folk harmony spiel before (see Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, etc.). It’s just that few bands can sound this organic or this effortless, in the way that Dr. Dog manages on Be the Void. Dr. Dog takes their psychedelic rock influences, and in lieu of hiding behind them, channels them into memorable and remarkable compositions. It marks an evolution in the band’s songwriting, first seen on their previous work Shame, Shame.
For the first time, the band has now managed to sound inspired without seemingly like a cheap facsimile of these influences. This album is the sound of a band finally locking into their stride then unabashedly and swiftly running. In light of some of this year’s releases, it’s refreshing to see a band that knows it’s limits. “These Days” immediately hits with a Strokes-influenced garage rock riff and a dynamically rising verse before breaking into a frantic mini-epic of an ending. Everything sounds tight and calculated, as if the band has locked into a thudding, rhythmic groove. The track is joyous and triumphant, but it also never makes the mistake of sounding pretentious. It’s a track that could have easily been derided by clouted, misguided ambition. Not to say that ambition or grandiosity are bad, but rather that they are appropriate within certain contexts. It takes a good songsmith to realize this – and that is exactly what Dr. Dog has done on this album. I’ll never assert that what Dr. Dog has done is revolutionary. But, then again, not everything piece of music needs to be groundbreaking. What they have done however is release a collection of pieces that resonate with rawness rarely seen in modern indie pop.
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Did you miss us? ‘Safe House’ stands
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as action film staple By BEN DAUBER Movie Reviewer email@example.com
Ryan Reynolds has finally left his Van Wilder roots behind. He and Denzel struck espionage silver in “Safe House.” I say silver because although Reynolds created a believable CIA agent aura, he’s still no Jason Bourne. Denzel, on the other hand, was predictably phenomenal as the enigmatic and extremely dangerous Tobin Frost, the exCIA double agent that drives the film. Although the CIA doublecrossing conspiracy film genre has been milked harder than any of us feel comfortable with, “Safe House” packs enough star power, shoot-outs and spy mystique to earn a solid B/B+. If you sat down and really thought about the plot of this film you would realize that it’s predictable as all hell, but when actually watching, the star power and loud noises help you to forget about all that. Reynolds is a rookie CIA agent (if there is such a thing) stationed in Cape Town, South Africa, when disavowed wanted man and ebony box office magician Denzel Washington lands in his lap. What ensues is like a hybrid of “Training Day” and “The Bourne Ultimatum.” That’s really the best way to describe it. Denzel does his thing just like always. Reynolds shows that he’s got some chops as he sheds a few tears and kicks a little ass. The most rewarding aspect of the film is the sort of begrudging mentor-like relationship that develops between Reynolds and Washington. For the most part, the film remains somewhat on the superficial side of entertainment (car chases, spy intrigue, etc.) but the director chose to delve a bit deeper when it came to the relationship between the
two stars. Although director Daniel Espinosa did not make his Alist debut with this film, he did a very solid job handling both his actors and the spy-film context, which can easily become convoluted or just plain boring if you’re not careful. The runtime of 115 minutes gives the film adequate time to develop but doesn’t leave you running for the door when the credits roll like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and the like. The main success of the film is in moderation. It had all the raw materials to make a solid flick, and Es-
pinosa did a great job stepping aside and letting the story tell itself. When it comes down to it, the film delivers what it sets out to. Excellent actors in a highbudget environment with some high caliber action and the added bonus of some character development make the film a solid Saturday night watch. If you are fan of either actor, it’s a must see. If you’re a fan of action, you’re gonna see it anyway. And if you’re bored, then you should certainly consider seeing “Safe House.”
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Windler hit a jumper, and a missed free throw by Daryl Ford, ’13, would gave the Big Red one more opportunity to tie the score. With their two best shooters covered, Denison looked to Kinsey Bryant-Lees, who earned her only three points in the game with a shot from deep to send the game into overtime tied at 78. “I really wasn’t thinking,” Bryant-Lees said. “I was just like hearing the clock countdown and like I just knew that I had to shoot it.” The shot gave the Big Red momentum, allowing them to take the victory at a final score of 91-85. The loss of Restich would prove devastating for the Ga-
tors, who were never able to bounce back after that. “Anytime a player goes down it’s going to be a hard for a team no matter how much they try to rally behind that,” Costanzo said. “It takes a lot out of you as a team. Every person on our team has an important role. To watch a friend go down like that, it’s hard to bounce back.” Denison Head Coach Sara Lee believes momentum played a big role in her team’s ability to come out and excel in overtime. Costanzo also emphasized defense as her squad prepared to enter overtime. “We got lucky to get in there because we made that big shot at the end so I think that we had the momentum and I just told them okay, now we need to really play a good defense,” Lee said. “Focus on the defense and the offense will come.” The Gators were able to bounce back on the road at Wooster, dominating the Fighting Scots 69-47. The Gators will battle Kenyon in their final home game on Saturday at 1 p.m. They lost to Kenyon in January, 55-78. “We need to get Kenyon here at home, which is going to be a tough one,” Costanzo said.
“When you are confident it sort of takes the pressure off you. There are no nerves.”
AJ CROFFORD/THE CAMPUS Restich earned the first triple-double for the Gators in over 12 years last week, but a knee injury will keep her out of action for at least six months.
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n the course of four hours on Saturday afternoon, senior Taylor Throckmorton left his mark in the Allegheny track and field record books by breaking his own records set last year. Throckmorton set school records in the 200 and 400 meter dash from at Boston University Valentine Invitational. He previously set both records one year ago at the same meet. In Boston, Throckmorton competed with athletes from Division I and II. “It’s an atmosphere that is unlike any other track meet,” said Throckmorton. “If you race against fast people, they drag you on to better times.” Head Coach Brent Wilkerson said he had every bit of confidence in his senior sprinter going into the competition. “I knew that he was going to break the record probably about halfway through his run,” said Wilkerson. “It was really impressive to see him run like that.” Junior Bobby Over was in the hotel resting for his 5k race when he was informed by Wilkerson through a text message of Throckmorton’s new school records. “Taylor is very motivated with his senior year. He wants to make the most of it,” said Over. The 400 meter caused a bit of trouble for Throckmorton. As he entered the break he was caught behind two runners, causing him to slow his pace and, in a race that moves so quickly, he lost valuable time.Throckmorton still broke the line in 49.09 seconds, breaking his first record for the day in front of both family and friends that had traveled from Ohio to see him compete. The focus shifted to the 200 meter after a three-hour break. Throckmorton credited little food and lots of fluids for replenishing his body in addition to a burst of confidence that mentally prepared him for his next race. “When you are confident it sort of takes the pressure off you,” said Throckmorton. “There are no nerves.” From the starting gun to crossing the tape, Throckmorton said he knew that the record was his. His finishing time of 22.29 seconds trumped his previous record by almost a second. Throckmorton said he had every intention of going to Boston to improve on his best times. By competing in the same meet last winter, he was more prepared to run the 200 meter banked track to perfection. Throckmorton also placed 25th overall in the long jump in a field of 38 competitors. The senior enjoyed his night in the spotlight but knows there is still an outdoor season beckoning in the spring and more work to be done. “My training is set up that I will run faster times outdoor than indoor,” Throckmorton said. Throckmorton’s speed could take him onto the national scene in the spring if he continues to improve. The thought of a Taylor Throckmorton highlight poster hanging in the Wise Center brought a smile to his face and a one-word response: “Maybe.”
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“We always like going into singles play with a 3-0 lead because it takes the pressure The men’s tennis team be- off and allows us to play with gan their season with a con- confidence.” Despite the tough loss for vincing 7-2 win over John Carthe women, Luteran was still roll last Sunday. able to see positives from the Allegheny swept doubles match. competition to take a 3-0 lead “This is a wake-up call for before the singles competition, us, and I have been where they won 4-2. happy how the team Sophomore caphas responded,” Lutain Patrick Cole won teran said. “That rehis singles match and sponse has been the combined with freshteam coming back man Kevin Kacer This [last determined to get to win the doubles better by hitting with match, 8-2. week’s coaches and playing Cole emphasized game] is a matches amongst the importance of themselves. “ winning doubles. wake-up call On the men’s side, “Sweeping doufor us, and Coach Luteran said bles and taking a 3-0 he hopes to see his lead gave us a huge I have been team improve on momentum boost,” happy how their consistency. Cole said. Conference play The women’s team the team has begins for the men also played against responded. this weekend as they John Carroll. Ultitravel to Ohio Wesmately, in a five and a That response leyan. Th e women’s half hour match, the has been team also plays Ohio team fell 5-4. Wesleyan but beDespite going the team cause of the division down 1-2 in doubles coming back set up of the North play, the Gators were Coast Athletic Connot discouraged as determined ference, the match seniors Elyse Schmitt to get better does not go directly and Janna Dickerto their conference son won their singles by hitting record but does efmatches. with coaches fect seeding for the In addition, CaroNCAC Conference lyn Shetter, ’13, won and playTournament. her singles match, and ing matches The men’s team the doubles pairing of had a common opsophomores Laura amongst ponent with Ohio Steele and Kathleen themselves. ” Wesleyan in John McBride provided Carroll. Both Ohio the rest of the Gators’ Wesleyan and Alscoring. legheny were victoriCoach Luteran atous by a 7-2 score. tributed the differJared While the womence results of the Luteran en’s teams have no matches to the results common opponents in doubles competi- Head Coach they have faced each tion. After doubles, other individually in the men had the game the Intercollegiate Tennis Asin hand with a 3-0 lead, while the women’s team had to climb sociation (ITA) Tournament in the fall. out of a 1-2 hole. Last year, the women’s “We played a good match team was victorious 8-1 when overall last weekend, but it will they faced Ohio Wesleyan. be important for us to start off Both teams will look to stronger in the doubles matchplay strong this weekend and es so we have more momentum gain momentum for the heart going into singles,” Dickerson of conference play. said. By DAN MARCUS Staff Writer email@example.com
SENIOR SPRINTS TO NEW RECORDS
Men’s basketball struggles offensively in loss at home By JIMMY KETTERER Contributing Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
In a game with six lead changes and a tied score nine times, the Gators dropped their third consecutive game on Saturday to Denison. The Big Red left Meadville with a 68-65 victory. Head Coach Jim Driggs believes his squad was outplayed. “They were able to outexecute us down the stretch,” said Driggs. “They exposed a few of our weaknesses.” The Gators won the tipoff that was followed by several lead exchanges in the first half. The largest deficit saw Allegheny down by eight, but they battled back to come within five at the half. Turnovers marred the offensive possessions and contributed to the deficit. “I don’t think we necessarily played bad,” said guard Devone McLeod, ’13. “I think that we just didn’t execute.” The Gators tied it up at 33 in the second half with 17:55 remaining. At 14:52 in the half, Allegheny took a 43-33 lead. “Shots that weren’t falling the first half started falling the second half,” McLeod said. After the Allegheny run, Den-
nison responded by calling a timeout and pulling all five starters. This risky strategy paid off as the Big Red bounced back to a 50-47 lead. “We got a lead. It looked like we were going to pull away,” said John O’Donnell, ’14. “You know they came back and made a nice run. They executed more down the stretch then we did.” It came down to the final seconds and the Big Red’s shots were falling. Denison’s 18 offensive rebounds proved an advantage, with the Gators grabbing only seven. “Ultimately, you give up 18 offensive rebound, it’s tough, tough to win,” Driggs said. “Especially in a close ball game.” This loss puts pressure on the Gators going into their final two games against Wooster and Kenyon. “We dropped a huge game and now we need to win two in a row,” said senior forward James Ness. “We’re not in a great spot.” As for preparation for the final games, Coach Driggs doesn’t intend to change anything specific. “Things don’t change,” Driggs said. “We just go about our business and prepare like
AJ CROFFORD/THE CAMPUS Senior James Ness scored 12 points in Saturday’s matchup, shooting 5-15 from the floor.
any other game after we know we need to win, two [wins] would probably be nice.” The Gators travelled to Wooster on Wednesday for a
game at 8 p.m. where they fell to the Fighting Scots, 91-61. They will play their last game of the season Saturday at home against Kenyon at 3 p.m.