The Wooster Voice VOL. CXXXIII, ISSUE III
A STUDENT PUBLICATION SINCE 1883
FRIDAY, September 13, 2013
“Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justiﬁed, is not a crime.” - Ernest Hemingway
Large intro classes test limits of student learning
Madeleine O’Neill News Editor
This semester, two classes of unprecedented size are being taught on campus — one section of Foundations of Biology holds 55 students and a section of Introduction to Psychology lists 87 students on its roster. These classes, according to Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement Henry Kreuzman, are part of a pilot program to determine whether introductory classes can be taught effectively to large groups. Traditionally, Wooster class sizes fall between 17 and 20 students. U.S. News and World Report lists the College’s current faculty-student ratio at 12:1 even including the two recently added large classes. Although enrollment has been on a steady upward swing for the past several years, Dean Kreuzman claims that the large classes have not been created out of need or financial difficulty. Rather, the classes are an experiment to see whether resources can be better allocated in those departments. “Last fall in the EPC [Educational Policy Committee], we were looking at pressures in the psychology department,” Kreuzman said. “...One idea that emerged was ‘what if we had a large, double or triple size psych section and then compared the learning outcomes there to what we saw in some of the smaller sections?’” The Educational Policy Committee, which is made up of administrators,
faculty and two student representatives, hopes that increasing class sizes at the intro level will make more professors available to teach small, intensive higher-level classes. For the time being, however, the EPC is mostly focused on determining how student learning is affected in large classes. Kreuzman explained that students in the large sections will be assessed at the end of the semester and their content acquisition compared with that of students in traditionally sized intro classes. Assessment of the large classes may include some sort of quantitative comparison of student learning as well as consideration of student evaluations. Professor Amber Garcia, who is teaching the large Intro to Psychology section, said, “Our plan is to try out the large intro model for this entire academic year and then make a decision as a department, in consultation with the Educational Policy Committee, about how to proceed in future academic years.” Garcia was an original proponent of the idea of large intro classes in the psychology department. On an EPC visit to Swarthmore College, Garcia spoke with faculty who found large intro classes to be more effective for a number of reasons. “The psychology department is fully staffed, but we do have a large number of majors,” said Garcia. “One of the things I am concerned about is the experience of psychology majors. By deploying our resources differently
Students in the 87-person section of Introduction to Psychology must meet in Lean Lecture Hall to ﬁt the entire class in one room (Photo by Angela Neely). at the 100-level, we are able to offer an additional 200- or 300-level course and hopefully provide more opportunities for smaller (15 -20 person) seminars.” Mariah Joyce ’17, who is in the large psychology section, said, “I was surprised when I heard that it would be as big as it is. I think I went in expecting it to be different than my other classes but it’s really not.” Garcia is optimistic about the potential benefits of large intro class-
es. She believes that by increasing class sizes, the psychology department will be able to ensure consistency among incoming students who might normally be split into several sections with different professors and perspectives. The success or failure of the large classes will determine whether they are continued in the future. Kreuzman explained that, even if these classes are found to be successful in main-
taining student learning, individual departments might decide not to implement them. “I don’t even know that we’d continue in the current classes,” he said. For now, Professor Garcia is focusing on keeping her large intro class interactive and efficient: “There are some practical issues that I need to sort out--like how do I hand back 87 assignments? But, otherwise, I think it is going well,” she said.
Students, administrators take steps to curb sexual assault The College updates discrimination policy, institutes online reporting service; student advocacy group redoubles efforts Wyatt Smith Features Editor While most of the College was on break over the summer, some members of the campus community were working to address issues related to preventing sexual assault and harassment on campus. The result is a diverse mix of interconnected and ongoing initiatives, some of which were conceived last spring, although most have been in development for an extended period of time. Summer workshops for faculty and staff In June, the College hosted workshops led by an organization called the Association of Title IX* Administrators (ATIXA). The sessions covered issues related to sexual assault, harassment and misconduct, with an emphasis on case studies. The administration made an effort to have representatives from many different offices and departments of the College present at the workshops. However, only a small percentage of the attendees were from Wooster. “We had 221 participants from 43 different colleges and universities from 11 different states,”
said Secretary of the College and Chief of Staff Angela Johnston. “This is a big issue for a lot of colleges and universities across the country.” “Quite honestly, it’s the best training I’ve had at the college,” said English professor and Director of The Center for Diversity and Global Engagement (CDGE) Nancy Grace, one of the 20 Wooster faculty and staff members who attended the workshops. “It puts us in a position to do serious investigations that protect all parties involved at the college. It provides advocacy for students and other members of the college community.”
*Reader’s note: Title IX deals not just with athletic programs, but rather any form of gender discrimination in all federally-funded educational institutions.
Updated discrimination policy ATIXA thanked Wooster for hosting their workshops by giving them permission to incorporate the organization’s model discrimination policy into the College’s rules and regulations — a privilege that institutions normally must pay for. This new policy features up-to-date legal definitions and clear language, and covers sexual assault in addition to all manner of discrimination. Despite the impending adoption of the new policy, Johnston holds that the rules and regulations of the college will, from the point of view of the campus community, remain largely the same. She views the change as a clarification, not an alteration, of college policy.
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Student groups and administrators at colleges across the country have ﬁelded a strong response to complaints about policies regarding sexual assault (Photo courtesy AP). Before it can be added to the official college rules, the ATIXA policy will be reviewed by legal counsel, Campus Council and a variety of faculty and staff committees, as well as the campus community as a whole. Online reporting The College is also working on developing an anonymous online reporting form to offer victims or witnesses a clear and safe way to
report instances of sexual assault or harassment. The online form could be ready to use in as little as a week, according to Johnston. Many feel that the form addresses a clear need in the college. The hope is that the form’s accessibility will encourage people to report incidents, thereby making the campus safer. “Students and faculty and staff had come to [the CDGE] with concerns about how to actually
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report and what the college was doing to make sure that the campus climate was as safe as it could be,” said Grace. “We want anybody in this campus community to come forward if they’ve been a victim of assault or harassment or discrimination,” added Johnston. “That’s really the most important thing.”
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Gareth McNamara ’14 urges students to be more respectful toward Mom’s employees. Ellen Skonce ’15 ponders the questionable new Oxford English Dictionary Online additions.
Brooke Skiba ’14 and Anya Cohen ’14 explore the best places off campus to study and let loose, respectively.
Laura Merrell ’15 discusses the College of Wooster Art Museum’s current exhibit, “RACE: Are We So Different?”
Ben Taylor ’16 recaps the Wooster football team’s season-opening loss to Washington & Jefferson University.
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later served as its medical director for 23 years, passed away on August 28 at age 99. As the namesake of Wooster’s Viola Startzman Free Clinic and the College’s medical director from 1956 to 1979, Robertson has earned a reputation as a pioneer and a lifesaver. After earning her bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the College, Robertson received her master’s from Western Reserve University in 1941 and an M.D. from Western Reserve School of Medicine in 1945. “Dr. Viola Startzman was indeed an amazing woman in many ways,” said Stanley Gault, chairman emeritus of the College’s board of
Congress to vote on military Sexual respect cont. intervention in Syria President Obama said Tuesday he would seize one last diplomatic opening to avoid military strikes on Syria but made a forceful case for why the United States must retaliate for its alleged use of chemical weapons if the effort fails. In a nationally-televised address from the White House, Obama cautiously welcomed a Russian proposal that the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad give up its entire stockpile of chemical weapons, signaling that he would drop his call for a military assault on the regime if Assad complies. But with little guarantee that diplomacy would prevail, Obama argued that the nation must be prepared to strike Assad. Facing a skeptical public and Congress, the war-weary president said the United States still carries the burden of using its military power to punish regimes that would flout long-held conventions banning the use of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. Source: The Washington Post
INTERNATIONAL Iran to restart nuclear talks at United Nations General Assembly Iranian president Hassan Rohani said his government plans to restart nuclear talks with world powers in New York, where he will attend the United Nations General Assembly this month. The “serious talks” should help lead to a “win-win” final outcome in the dispute over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program, Rohani said in an interview on Iranian state-run television yesterday. The negotiations will involve the International Atomic Energy Agency and the so-called P5+1 group, made up of the five permanent UN Security Council members in addition to Germany, he said. “The nuclear issue will be resolved soon if the other side is serious,” Rohani said. “The final result should be a winwin. We are ready for it.” Source: Bloomberg
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Summit County may give mediViola Startzman Robertson, a cal benefits to domestic partners 1935 graduate of the College who Summit County Council is considering legislation that will ensure the same health insurance benefits provided to spouses is available for domestic partners and their children. Summit County borders Wayne County and represents the Akron-Canton area. “Given the position the county has taken on prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender equality, we do not believe it would be consistent for us to continue to not provide these type of health insurance benefits to domestic partners and they should be treated on the same basis as... spouses,” said Jason Dodson, chief of staff for County Executive Russ Pry. Source: Akron Beacon Journal
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New special assistant to the president Starting this school year, Susan Lee became the special assistant to the president for diversity affairs and campus climate, leaving her former position as the associate dean of students for multicultural affairs. According to the 2013 convocation booklet, Lee is now responsible for “develop[ing] programs and events to encourage a campus climate that is respectful, welcoming, inclusive and free from discrimination, intolerance, racism and sexual harassment.” Prominent among Lee’s new duties is initiating conversations and events related to sexual respect. For instance, she is organizing a visit by Black Women’s Blueprint — a Brooklyn-based civil and human rights organization dedicated to ending racial and sexual discrimination — in late September
trustees. “Especially during these recent turbulent economic times, it is difficult to imagine how many people would not have had the opportunity for medical consultation or attention [without her contributions].” She was well loved among students during her time as medical director. “She was greatly trusted by students at a difficult time,” said history professor Hayden Schilling, who began working at the College during the Vietnam War in 1964. “She had the confidence of everyone I knew. She was a remarkable person.” She has also been hailed as a feminine role model in a time when men dominated the medical field. “She was incredibly compassionate and competent,” said Wooster alumna Bobbi Douglas, who attended the College while Robertson was medical director. “I admired her
to lead workshops about sexual respect, hook-up culture and consent. Lee also created an ad hoc committee — a mix of students, faculty and staff — tasked with educating the campus community on issues related to sexual respect, via the creation of a brochure and short film. Student advocacy The administration isn’t the only group at Wooster trying to change the sexual climate on campus. A student group called k(NO) w, which was created last spring, seeks to educate the campus community about sexual respect, rape culture and consent. “k(NO)w is about changing the culture at Wooster” said Gina Christo ’14, a founding member of the organization. “It’s about engaging everybody.” Members of k(NO)w kept in
Viola Startzman Robertson (Photo courtesy Viola Startzman Free Clinic). greatly. She went to medical school when that was not an easy thing to do. She was a true visionary and had a strong belief [that] everyone should have access to health care.” After her retirement from the College in 1979, Robertson dedi-
cated her time to the community. Former Wooster mayor Clyde Breneman asked Robertson to lead a committee dedicated to finding a way to provide medical care to people without medical insurance. The committee led to the founding of the Healthcare 2000 Community Clinic, which opened in August 1995. The name was changed to the Viola Startzman Free Clinic in 2000. Startzman has received numerous awards and honors, including the Speaking of Women’s Health Achievement Award from the Cleveland Clinic Center for Specialized Women’s Health; the American Medical Association Foundation’s Jack B. McConnell, M.D., Award for Excellence in Volunteerism; and the Woman of Achievement Award from the city of Wooster. She was named The Daily Record’s Citizen of the Year in 2001.
touch over the summer to plan for request services such as pap smears, the school year. This fall the group birth control and STI testing. hopes to hold a panel and talk to first k(NO)w also plans on creating a year semicharter, which nars about We want anybody in it must do in the terorder to beminolog y this campus commu- come an official of sexual student organiadvocacy, nity to come forward if zation. in order “The most to help they’ve been a victim i m p o r t a n t students thing...is that identify of assault or harass- we are not talkinstances ing about some of sexual ment or discrimination. remote, irrelassault evant concept and rape That’s really the most as it occurs in culture. other places,” Furtherimportant thing. said Ellie Klem o r e , ber ’14, a memk(NO)w - Angela Johnston ber of k(NO)w. wants to “We are specifiopen a discally directing cussion with the student wellness our educational efforts to things center in order to address reports of that happen at this school every slut-shaming when female students single day.”
Security Briefs Accident
Two suspects found in possession of beer outside, 20 and 22
9/7 — 4:23 a.m. Spink & University Sts. Suspect scraped car against 9/7 — 9:54 p.m. pole Hider House Guest of student drank too Alcohol much, taken to ER, 18 8/30 — 11:28 p.m. Westminster House 9/7 — 10:07 p.m. Three suspects found in possession of beer outside, Kenarden Lodge Six suspects found in possesunderage sion of beer outside 8/31 — 12:15 a.m. Assault Kieffer House Two suspects found in pos- 8/26 — 7:30 p.m. Beall Ave. session of beer outside, 19 Victim reported having a and 21 water bottle thrown at her 8/31 — 2:32 a.m. Disorderly Soccer Field Suspect admitted to drink- 9/7 — 10:10 p.m. Hider House ing, 20 Suspect arrested for behavior issues 9/1 — 12:35 a.m. Bornhuetter Hall Suspect admitted to drink- Fire Alarm 8/27 — 8:05 a.m. ing, 18 Stevenson Hall Bad smoke detector caused 9/4 — 11:04 p.m. alarm Babcock Hall Suspect cited by Wooster 9/3 — 8:04 p.m. Police Department for Stevenson Hall open container, 22 Alarm possibly caused by drug use 9/5 — 12:46 a.m. Kieffer House
9/5 — 2:19 p.m. Holden Hall Two suspects activated smoke alarm with cologne
Victim reported bike stolen and recovered, witness reported seeing someone with the bike
9/8 — 6:08 p.m. Armington Hall Burnt food caused alarm
9/5 — 3:24 p.m. Lowry Center Witness reported smoke in restroom, small fire put out by extinguisher 9/8 — 12:47 a.m. Stadium House Wooster Police Department broke up large party at house
9/3 — 8:06 p.m. Stevenson Hall Suspect found in possession of drug paraphernalia
9/2 — 7:40 a.m. Beall Ave. Suspect reported being followed by a car
8/31 — 3:34 a.m. Stevenson Hall
8/27 — 7:17 a.m. Lot 25 Suspect found going through the dumpsters
8/27 — 9:24 p.m. Pine St. Witness reported graffiti on electrical box 8/29 — 8:10 a.m. Andrews Hall Witness reported damage to wall in basement 9/1 — 6:19 a.m. Scheide Music Hall Benches placed in fountain 9/7 — 12:28 a.m. Lowry Center Push bar missing from exterior door 9/7 — 2:21 a.m. Lowry Center Suspect broke sign at Lowry, yelled at students
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Mom’s and Buckets of Shame Do me a favor, will ye? This week, preferably Friday or Saturday (cos weekend drinking) or Wednesday (cos alliteration drinking), take a walk over to Mom’s at just after three in the morning. They’re officially closed at Gareth McNamara that stage so you won’t be let in, but you can press your face up against the window to see what I’m on about. See, right after Mom’s closes, the staff who have put up with you cutting the line, stealing other people’s food, trying to start fights with other patrons, drunkenly insisting that you’d like to order something that’s not even on the menu, dropping your rubbish and food waste wherever you see fit and loudly bitching them out because somehow you didn’t realize that the line out the door might make your fries take a little longer to arrive, don’t get to pack up and go home. Once every customer has vacated Lowry, permanent and student staff then get to begin the delightful job of cleaning up after you. Stop by and take a look at the state of the place, at what they have to deal with before they can go home and rest before coming back to do it all over again. Now, I’m sure some of you have held summer or high school jobs in food service, maybe even the soul-crushing world of fast food service. Those of you who fit into this bracket know exactly what it’s like to have an inconsiderate, messy or intoxicated customer. You know how much more difficult they can make your life. You know how every staff member and every other customer hates them (those people suck). Tolerating them is not fun and you, along with the whole restaurant, can’t wait to see the back of them. But how often did you have one of those customers give you attitude because you asked them to stop eating off other people’s plates? How often did you have one throw something through a window and then bail out rather than take responsibility? How frequently did you have to deal with a customer screaming in your face about his order not being ready then storming out without even waiting for his food? I have a strong sense that it wasn’t a consistent occurrence, that it didn’t happen multiple times a week. I can say with almost 100 percent certainty that the same customers didn’t come in and do the same stuff every week because in other establishments this is the kind of carry-on that gets you asked to leave or barred. Better still, how many of you have ever pulled any of that at any other restaurant, bar or fast-food place? How many of you act like you do at Mom’s when you’re in any of
those establishments? That’s what I thought. There are a couple good reasons for this. One: as a reasonably intelligent person, you recognize that acting like that is stupid, selfish and not remotely becoming of an 18-22 year old person. Two: you’re probably aware that in any place other than Mom’s all other patrons would rightfully judge you for behaving like a particularly spoiled child. They’d most likely be annoyed by you or embarrassed by you. Check out the comments section on any YouTube video of an adult hulking out in a McDonald’s for a flavor of what other people think of this self-absorbed cack. Even if our own filters won’t always stop us from acting like douchebags in public, social embarrassment will keep us in our place. My friends at home in Ireland have a party tradition I’ve always found particularly useful. A bucket (usually of the empty KFC variety) is brought to all parties where alcohol is available. If anyone overdoes it to the point that he’s behaving unreasonably and/ or physically ill from what he has consumed, he’s handed the bucket of shame and placed on the porch or in a lonely corner of the kitchen (to work it out). Unless they’re dying nobody gives them any sympathy. We have very few repeat offenders. Yet here, we don’t call out or shame people when they’re utterly out of line. We whoop and applaud as they puke their guts out outside the door of Mom’s, forgetting that someone is going to have to clean it up. We get offended when people suggest that liberal arts students are all spoiled or privileged, but our weekend antics are doing very little to challenge the stereotype. What I find most amazing about all of this is how incredibly forgiving the staff at Mom’s is. How little they complain is astounding given how much they have to deal with, night after night. But the fact that they can put up with it and stay professional isn’t carte blanche to go ahead and keep it up. I’m not asking for much here, lads. I just want you to act the same way in Mom’s that you would if you were out in any other restaurant. For God’s sake, even if you could muster up the cotillion-standard etiquette I’m sure you display at Taco Bell, it’d make for a massive improvement. And, if you’re already doing this, next time you see a friend or acquaintance getting shirty with people who are on their feet from dinner time ‘til four in the morning, do the right thing and call him out. If need be, point him towards the cold embrace of the bucket of shame. Gareth McNamara is a Staff Writer for the Voice and can be reached for comment at GMcNamara14@wooster.edu.
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The world is changing; why can’t language? In August of 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary Online announced some of the words they intended to add to the dictionary in its quarterly update, including: “selfie – n. a photograph that one has Ellen Skonce taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website;” “srsly – adverb, short for seriously;” “twerk – v. dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance;” and, my personal favorite, “derp – exclamation, used as a substitute for speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action.” Whenever I tell people about these new “official” words, I generally get the same reaction: “The English language is dying.” “The world is becoming void of culture.” “People are so dumb.” I will admit, when I first heard some of the new words, I, too, had that mentality. Like the people around me, I thought that these new words were detracting from the English language rather than adding to it. However, the more that I thought
about it, the more I realized that there is no harm in having a dictionary definition for the word “selfie,” which I am almost certain that all of us have used at one time or another. After the infamous performance that Miley Cyrus gave at the VMAs this past month, it is almost impossible to use the Internet without coming across the word
In an ever-changing world with ever-changing language, it is cruial to accept change with open arms and an open mind. “twerk” a few times. Even “derp” has found a place in this world, as many of us have probably muttered it under our breaths about people in our class discussions. These words are already in our every day vocabulary, so why is it so wrong to legitimize them? The world is in a constant state of change, and with these changes come evolutions in language. There were probably college students who were annoyed when words like “Internet” and “website” first made their way into the Oxford English Dictionary. I’m sure that plenty of scholars in Shakespeare’s time were annoyed that so many of the Bard’s
made-up words made their way into everyday life. Heck, there were probably some people who were annoyed by the Great Vowel Shift from the 15th to the 18th centuries! In an ever-changing world with ever-changing language, it is crucial to accept change with open arms and an open mind. The purpose of language is to communicate. Sure, it would be nice to communicate our thoughts in an eloquent and sophisticated manner, but as long as these thoughts can be conveyed from one person to another, then language is doing its job. Soo lyke dont b that guy who is all “omg ur illiterate” on facebook b/c it’s n informal website n ppl rnt tryin to be grammatically correct all da time. Altho id suggest not typin like dis b/c employers will look at you and be all “smh.” Srsly. Whether or not we want it to, language is always changing. It is up to us to decide whether we want to stay grounded in our ways and live in the past or accept and embrace the changes so that we can all just move on with our lives and speak the lingo of the 21st century. Don’t be that guy who refuses to know the meaning of the word “twerk.” You’ll look like a derp. Ellen Skonce is a Staff Writer for the Voice and can be reached for comment at ESkonce15@wooster.edu
Why isn’t composting common? People are creatures of consumption. We gain energy from consuming food, yet rarely do we consider the result of the scraps of food we leave behind. We must eat to stay alive, yet how often do we consider the effects of Ryn Osbourne our living? A popular topic among students this fall is the College of Wooster’s composting efforts. Composting allows nutrients from food waste to return to the soil from which the food came. Energy is recycled rather than wasted in a process that ends with waste in a landfill. Wooster is a composting campus. Leftover food from both students’ meals and food preparation in the dining halls goes to Paradise Lawn Care. For student use, there are three green bins marked for composting: two outside of Lowry (the front and back entrances) and one outside of Kittredge, all of which provide students a place to dispose of decomposable materials such as take-out boxes and food scraps.
These bins must be emptied everyday for sanitation purposes, and the contents are taken from the bins to loading docks located outside of Kittredge and Lowry. While this system seems successful, students have expressed the desire for additional composting bins in different locations. To-go meals are taken and eaten away from the dining halls, thus the remnants of boxes are likely to be disposed of in the trash. It is especially difficult for students living on the quad to access the bins, and hoarding a to-go box or two in one’s room to throw away later is unhealthy. In order to have more bins on campus, additional help would be needed emptying the bins and taking the bags to one of the two loading docks every day. This would require additional labor, time and resources at the College’s expense. Trash and recyclables are emptied into large dumpsters spread out across campus. Even if campus acquired compost dumpsters, the problem would arise as to how the contents of these dumpsters would be transferred to Paradise Lawn Care, and, again, additional re-
sources would be required. Composting is such a sensible thing, yet it seems to involve much effort. Many of us are so used to the idea of trash disposal that it is second nature to us, including the fact that all of our trash collects in a landfill. If composting becomes an equally common part of our lifestyle, I think more efforts would be made to make composting accessible. Using plastic, reusable take-out boxes to replace our paper ones may be one solution, but would students be willing to give these a chance? Other students have suggested using some of the College’s compost for its own organic garden, but is our garden large enough to take a significant amount of compost? The idea of composting presents a simple way to make a positive impact. We, as students, must keep the conversation going by continuing to brainstorm ways in which composting can become common on campus. Ryn Osbourne is a Staff Writer for the Voice and can be reached for comment at KOsbourne15@wooster.edu.
Of friendships: holding on and letting go So, I have this friend. Actually, she’s my best friend. She’s a ginger (obviously soulless), she has a real knack for photography, and she’s also one of the most interesting and mature Megan McGinley people I have ever known. We became good friends our sophomore year of high school. I was going through a bit of a hard time, and she made me talk to her about it. After that day I ended up telling her about pretty much every aspect of my life over the rest of our high school career. Then came graduation. I was terrified that I was going to lose her to distance and new friendships. But I knew I had to hold onto this friendship – it was different than any other friendship I had ever had. So, I made it my mission to stay in touch. Interestingly, over the past two years (and a few weeks) of us being at our respective colleges, our friendship has
only gotten stronger. This didn’t come from just seeing each other over breaks, but from letters, random life updates and a lot of effort from both of us. You might be wondering where I’m going with this. A long-lasting friendship is more than hanging out and having numerous inside jokes. It’s about the distribution of effort that goes into it. A friendship where one person gives 75 percent of the effort and the other person gives 25 percent will not last and is tremendously unfair and painful to the one giving more effort. I am obviously still learning this, considering I only have one close friend left from high school. There were many others that I had considered to be among my best friends, and I tried to connect with them initially, but there was no effort from their ends. I haven’t talked to most of them in months, even a couple of years for some others. However, because of this, I learned that if I am not a priority to someone, he or she doesn’t have to be a priority to me, and that’s okay. This is a harsh reality. It’s scary to
think about letting go of someone – especially if at one time this person meant a lot to you – but sometimes it’s actually what’s best for you in the long run. It isn’t wrong to look out for your own well-being (something I learned from my aforementioned best friend). I guess what I’m trying to say is this: if you have a friendship that you deeply care about, give the effort necessary to maintain it, but if the other person is not putting in enough effort it may be time to move on. Don’t put yourself through the pain of trying to hold on to something that’s broken. I’m lucky that I have made so many close friends since coming to Wooster. I know that maintaining these friendships will take a lot of effort, but I’m willing to do what I have to do to in order to stay friends for a long time. However, if I find myself putting in a disproportionate amount of effort to the other person, I will also do what I have to do. Megan McGinley is a Staff Writer for the Voice and can be reached for comment at MMcGinley15@wooster.edu.
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A definitive list of the best places off campus to... Brooke Skiba Features Editor
go to study
go to let loose
Anya Cohen Managing Editor
Is anyone else starting to find studying on campus monotonous and often stressful? Sometimes the only cure to “campus fever” is getting away for offcampus study sessions. If you have access to a car or are willing to take the shuttle, then the following places should definitely be on your list of study stops. Wooster County Public Library While our campus library does offer a productive study environment, sometimes it’s nice to get away from all the stressed out, homework-focused students to an off-campus space that has the potential to be just as productivityinducing. The Wayne County Public Library in downtown Wooster offers exactly this study spot. The library is beautifully constructed with unique The front of Woo Brew’s (photo courbrick architecture and large windows tesy Yelp). that let in a great deal of natural light. The staff is always tremendously helpful and friendly – making it very easy to get a library card and to check out books as needed. The library also offers free Wi-Fi, which is easy to access. Julia Hart ’14 suggests working in one of the armchairs on the second floor, where it is quiet but not too isolated. The atmosphere in general is quiet, creating a place to work that allows students to connect to the community and get away from the hectic college environment. Hart concludes, “I would certainly recommend visiting the library to anyone looking for a pleasant space to work away from some of the distractions on campus.” 220 W. Liberty St. Woo’s Brews “If you like a private space with background noise, awesome fairly-priced coffee drinks, personable employees and comfy chairs,” then, according to Scott McLellan ’15, employee of the downtown coffee shop, Woo’s Brews is your study spot. Woo’s Brews is located in a quiet part of downtown, so the café does not receive large amounts of distracting traffic. It does, however, offer the intermittent background sounds — the coffee bean grinder, espresso machine, blender, etc. — that allow the focused studier to avoid going stir-crazy from absolute silence. Woo’s Brews provides a very relaxed environment with free Wi-Fi and free refills on regular coffee drinks. Another great perk of Woo’s Brews is that you are able to order custom coffee drinks. McLellan even described a time when he made a customer an “iced cappuccino,” which, as anyone familiar with making coffee knows, is not really a thing. McLellan claims that the place, while relaxing and private, is also “hoppin’”; professors and students often choose Woo’s Brews as their work location, particularly on the weekends. While the café is not currently open on Sundays, this may be changing in the near future. 131 Market Street. Panera Bread Similar to Woo’s Brews, but with a slightly different environment, Panera Bread could be the study spot for you. If you’re looking for a location that is slightly more social for a group project, or a place for an all-day study session, Panera will fulfill your needs. The best part of studying at Panera (besides the great food and coffee) is that the restaurant is set up in a way that offers flexibility. If you’re looking to seclude yourself but are still a fan of background noise and people watching, you can find a corner booth or table in the restaurant to do just that. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a space to meet with a group, Panera doubles as a social space; the large tables and comfy booths offer the ideal space to work through a stressful group project. Not to mention that Panera, with its free Wi-Fi and coffee refills, also has a large number of outlets. Anyone who has studied at a McDonald’s for a long period of time knows that this is not a benefit to be taken lightly. The advantages of having Panera food on hand would be another article entirely, but I definitely recommend the establishment to anyone looking to get off campus to study and still be around other people. 3934 Burbank Rd. Spangler Park If you’re looking to be inspired while working on a creative writing piece or just want a relaxing place to read, Wooster Memorial (“Spangler”) Park is the place for you. While all of Wooster’s parks offer a similarly peaceful outdoorsy atmosphere, I have found that Spangler presents a unique study experience that has helped me to be both productive and creatively influenced. Spangler Park is a vast forest that contains several walking/ hiking trails and overlooks. Generally, hiking and homework do not mix, but in the case of Spangler, they create a unique hybrid study/exercise experience. When I go to Spangler Park to study, I generally walk to the first bench, write or read until a specific point in my work, and then move on to the next bench to do the same. The endorphins help keep my mind active and Wooster Memorial Park, a.k.a. “Spangler” fresh while the breathtaking (Photo courtesy Memorial Park website). scenery — a beautiful ravine, creeks and a variety of woodland vegetation – inspires me to keep working and keep a positive, stress-free attitude. I definitely recommend a trip to Spangler Park for any student who needs an escape into nature to get work done and return to campus rejuvenated. Township Highway 4.
Are Woo Wednesdays becoming one big homework or alcohol induced blur? Are weekends starting to feel like the same party, only a different outfit? While we hate to call Wooster’s nightlife repetitive, any student would surely point out our B.S. if we praised the campus for its ragers. But before you get the Wooster bubble blues, let us kindly remind you of an alternative option oft forgotten. Plenty of local Wooster restaurants regularly host events including karaoke, trivia, political debates and finger-licking food and drink specials. So before you opt for a night in, claiming there is nothing worth doing in this teeny, tiny town, mix it up with one of these off-campus evening activities. Trivia night at Buffalo Wild Wings Your Wooster educations may just pay for itself — depending on how often you dine on chicken wings — with the coupons that you can win from trivia at Buffalo Wild Wings. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday, this greasy spoon will test your knowledge and serve up great deals on wings A Buffalo Wild Wings location, but not necessarily the — buy five, get one in Wooster (photo courtesy Buffalo Wild Wings). six free or buy 12, get 12 free of traditional wings, valid with your COW card. There’s no cover charge and no fee to play, so round up the gang and see who’s smartest. 4122 Burbank Rd. Karaoke night at Olde Jaol Tavern Scientifically speaking, we all sing better with a little alcohol in our system, right? The tavern at the Olde Jaol clearly kept this fact in mind when they priced their drink menu for Wednesday night karaoke. From 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., you can test your vocal chords — and the eardrums of the audience — alongside a live DJ, while sipping on $1 draft beers and $2 Long Island iced teas. Appetizers are half price, so order up pretzel bites and potato skins to munch on. 215 N. Walnut St. Beer and wine tasting at Spoon Market Unfortunately, as college students, our knowledge of wine and beer often doesn’t extend much further than taste bud searing Keystone and Yellow Tail. But now, thanks to Spoon Market’s beer and wine tasting, there is a fun and affordable fix to our unsophisticated pallets. Once a month, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Spoon Market offers four different wines or beers to taste for $10, along with hors d’oeuvres a plenty. Trivia is played, prizes are won and a wacky theme will dictate the evening. Join the eatery for their next tasting and trivia on Oct. 5, themed in honor of World Teacher’s Day. 147 S. Market St. Karaoke night at The Shack I’ll be darned if there is any combination better than cheap drinks, good food, karaoke and no need for a designated driver. At The Shack, on Wednesday nights, you can stick a checkmark by all the aforementioned descriptors. Starting at 9 p.m., swing by the basically on-campus joint for $4 Long Island iced teas, five Rolling Rocks for $5, dirt cheap pizza and nachos and the chance to belt out “Bye Bye Bye” with the weird kid from your math class. 21+ get Spoon, lit up at night (Photo courtesy Daily in for free, and those who aren’t quite of age have a $5 cover. 437 Record). E. Pine St. Public debates at The First Amendment Public House For all y’all pre law students — or those who just like to spit argument game — come learn, listen, speak your peace and enjoy tasty grub and drinks at First Amendment’s monthly public debate. Held at 7 p.m. on each month’s third Thursday, this eatery brings in guest speakers to help conduct a debate on a predetermined relevant issue, which, in the past, have ranged from gun control to birth control. Join them this month for their debate on Obama Care to fill your noggin with pertinent and useful healthcare knowledge. 150 W. Liberty St.
Environmental tip of the week While the days are warm and still full of sunlight, I hope you are ﬁnding your way around town! There’s lots of fun places to explore. My favorite is probably Local Roots, the grocery store full of local products. It’s past Matso’s greek restaurant on Walnut Street. This cooperative not only supplies local fruits and vegetables, but cheeses, meats, jams and jellies, honey and syrup, breads and baked goods! You should also try their café selections like salads, sandwiches and pizza. If you’re looking for more local food, there’s a farmer’s market every Saturday morning 8 a.m.-noon downtown. Other fun places to discover down town include Spoon Market, the Parlor diner, Wooster Natural Food store and Thai-1! Now, how do you get down there? You don’t have to borrow your roommate’s car, and you don’t have to wait for your parents to visit: just hop on the bus! The Wooster Hospitality Transit stops at Lowry twice every hour, and it’s free when you show your COW card. It takes you uptown and downtown: a map and schedule are posted in front of Lowry on the encased bulletin board. Times are 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and in the morning 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Whether you bring some friends or travel solo, enjoy exploring the city of Wooster! -SB Loder, Sustainability Coordinator
Friday, September 13, 2013
The dangers of constant computer usage The physical and mental consequences of the pervasive role of technology found in the college lifestyle
Wyatt Smith Features Editor Much of college life — studying, writing, researching and relaxing — revolves around computers. College students spend roughly eight and a half hours a day on the computer, according to a 2006 article in the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Journal. All of this time spent staring at a screen can influence one’s physical and mental health. This article is not about the all-too-common laments of how technology is undermining interpersonal interaction and the very fabric of society. Such naysaying is endlessly subjective and often unfounded. Rather, the focus here is about objective, empirically supported information on how computers — as well as other recently developed forms of technology — influence one’s well-being. A few years ago, a spat of scientific research on the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle caught the attention of the mainstream media. One of the more commonly cited studies was by an Australian re-
search team led by Dr. Hidde van der Ploeg. Using longitudinal survey data from over 200,000 adult subjects, van der Ploeg and company found that sitting too much accounts for almost seven percent of deaths, mostly due to reduced metabolic activity. This finding was independent of physical activity and the Body Mass Index, meaning spending too much time sitting down has negative health effects even for people who exercise regularly. The risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle relate directly to computer usage because time spent using electronics is a strong indicator of how much one sits. In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the authors even viewed time spent sitting and time spent in front of a screen as more or less synonymous. This second study, led by Dr. Emmanuel Stamatakis of University College London, looked at recreational screen usage independent of other factors, including physical activity and use of computers at work. The researchers found that those who spent over four hours on computers recreation-
The risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle relate directly to computer usage because time spent using electronics is a strong indicator of how much one sits.
WOODOKU! Fill in the missing numbers. Numbers must be between 1 and 9 and must not repeat in the same row, column, or 3x3 region. (Courtesy of dailysudoku.com).
The Voice staff lays out this week’s paper, a process which happens entirely on computers. This is just one of the many possible activities in the life of a college student which requires the use of computers (Photo by Angela Neely). ally were 48 percent more likely to die and 125 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular-related event (such as heart attacks, strokes, etc.) over the course of the study than those who spent less than two hours on screens. The results of this article demonstrate that choices people make in their leisure time can greatly influence their health even if they sit while at work. Computer usage can also have deleterious effects on eyesight. According to a 2005 review article in the journal Survey of Ophthalmology, vision issues are the most common computer-related health problem. Common symptoms include eye strain, irritation, burning sensation, redness, blurred vision and double vision. These problems are often worse for people who wear contacts.
However, the researchers said that these symptoms are temporary and can often be prevented by occasionally looking away from the screen. Extended computer usage can affect not only one’s body, but also the mind. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy and University Hospital tracked the mental health of Swedish college students over the course of a year. They found that intensive computer use and constant text messaging were correlated with perceived stress and depression. Many other studies corroborate these results, although few successfully establish causation. It could very well be that stressed and depressed individuals use computers more, instead of computers causing these mental health problems.
Not all research is wholly negative. A group of California State University researchers, led by Dr. Larry D. Rosen, found mixed psychological effects of computer and social media usage in their adult American sample. For instance, use of social media was linked to narcissism, while number of Facebook friends was inversely correlated with depression. Furthermore, the study found no link between occupational/educational uses of computers and negative psychological effects. In an August article in the magazine “Entrepreneur,” Dr. Rosen recommends taking short breaks from computers every 90 minutes and setting limits on how often one checks social media to combat the negative psychological effects.
Interested in writing for Features? We’re looking for dedicated students who are interested in contributing to the section! Email Brooke Skiba at BSkiba14@wooster.edu or Wyatt Smith at WSmith14@ wooster.edu for more information.
Recipe of the week: Chefs Maddie & Emily There’s nothing to eat in Lowry! Again! So you think... But thanks to Chefs Maddie Petersen ’14 and Emily Turnbull ’15, you won’t have to go hungry. Their Zesty Teriyaki Stir-Fry is sure to stir up excitement in your taste buds while satisfying your need for a meal that differs from the typical food you find at Basics every day. Zesty Teriyaki Stir-Fry Step one Grab a bowl and fill it with your favorite veggies. I usually go for spinach, broccoli, peas, chickpeas and snow peas. Step two Go up to the stir-fry station and ask for stir fry with a little bit of teriyaki sauce and a little bit of zesty orange sauce (emphasize little) and add rice!! Step three While this is cooking, go to the grill and get a fresh piece of grilled chicken (do not add it in the stir-fry because it will get soggy) and cut it up into bit size pieces.
Step four When your stir-fry is complete, add the grilled chicken pieces and enjoy! Want to share your culinary creations with the campus? Anyone can be the featured chef of the week. Just email Brooke at BSkiba14@wooster.edu or Wyatt at WSmith14@wooster.edu.
(Photos by Maddie Petersen)
friday, September 13
Professor Seeds presents research leave project Dani Gagnon A&E Editor
We’ve only been back for three weeks and already the Department of Theatre and Dance is gearing up for their first performance, a staged reading of “Cards and Letters from the Dakota War.” Although it may feel very early in the semester, this has been a long time coming for Professor Dale Seeds of the Theatre and Dance Department, the playwright who spent his year-long research leave crafting the script. On Sept. 19, Seeds will present a lecture as a part of the Faculty at Large Lecture Series to act as a precursor to his staged reading that will be presented Sept. 27 and 28 in the Shoolroy Theatre at 8:15 p.m. “Cards and Letters from the Dakota War” deals directly with arguably the shortest, most violent and least commonly known conflict, the U.S. and Dakota War of 1862. Seeds describes that the play is “set against the backdrop of the U.S.-Dakota War and follows a young Dakota woman, who discovers broken fragments of her past through an unlikely
combination of cyberspace, her grandmother’s memories and an encounter with a white researcher.” Seeds’ lecture aims to provide additional background information to situate the viewer within a historical context and discuss the challenges of writing about the war and tensions that have been passed through generations. Over his research leave, Seeds delved into the historical narratives of the U.S. and Dakota War. The War of 1862 was the inevitable result of U.S. expansions led by Andrew Jackson and the broken promises of the U.S. government, both of which left the Dakota without resources to survive. In August 1862, the killing of a white family by four Dakota men sparked the five-week war. Approximately 600 white civilian settlers were killed, 38 Dakota warriors were hung in the largest mass execution in U.S. history, and nearly 1,700 Dakotas were marched to St. Paul, Minn. where they were interned in the stockade at Fort Snelling. After devoting
hours to research, Seeds came to the realization that no fact is undisputed about the war between the distinctly different White and Dakota narratives. On his initial trip to Minnesota, Seeds visited the physical landmarks of the war and its aftermath. He visited
Seeds struggled with the challenge of how to tell the story without appropriating the Dakota voice. However, in finding that there are two intervening narratives of white and Dakota, Seeds hoped there might be a dialogue with both voices, which could serve as some kind of reconciliation. Seeds and guest director Thomas Riccio aim for the lecture and reading to provide some reconciliation and awareness of a part of U.S. history. So often in U.S. history classes we look at the American Revolution and the Federalist papers — the best moments of our country’s history. We’ve even come to terms with our country’s role in slavery, so far as to teach it in public education, yet there is this gap, a blind eye turned to what happened in our nation. However, through the medium of text and theater, Seeds hopes to shed some light on a moment in history and the effects that are still felt today. Seating for the staged reading will be limited; please call 330263-2241 for reservations.
“Cards and Letters from the Dakota War” deals directly with arguably the shortest, most violent and least commonly known conflict, the U.S. and Dakota War of 1862. Fort Snelling, the site of the internment camp where the Dakota people were exiled, Mankato, Minn. where the 38 Dakota were executed and he even attended a memorial pow wow. A tremendous influence and primary resource for Seeds came from recently translated letters that were sent to missionaries from the imprisoned Dakota people asking for help.
Art exhibit presents interdisciplinary approach to race Laura Merrell A&E Editor This fall, the College of Wooster Art Museum (CWAM) is hosting “RACE: Are We So Different?” an exhibit which complements the 2013 Wooster Forum, “Facing RACE.” The forum uses a multifaceted approach to address race through legal, political and social perspectives, including this art exhibit. “RACE: Are We So Different?” also uses an interdisciplinary method, which, according CWAM’s website, gives visitors “the tools to recognize racial ideas and practices in contemporary American life” in three ways. The exhibit looks at race in the United States through history, current scientific research and the everyday ways we encounter
it through institutions such as education, laws and traditions. The Science Museum of Minnesota, partnering with the American Anthropological Association, created this traveling exhibit roughly a decade ago, its most recent stop being Ann Arbor, Mich. before heading to Wooster. This current exhibit, a part of a cycle within CWAM that started with “Posing Beauty in African American Culture” last spring, will culminate this coming spring with “Willie Cole: Complex Conversations.” Visitors can read information on panels that ask questions such as “How are we alike and different?” and “What is race?” Other highlights include an eye-opening section on the history of the census and an interactive kiosk that asks visitors to match a voice to a face. There are also video interviews
This exhibit has been touring museums all over the United States (Photo by Maddie Petersen).
This installation examines race in an everyday context focusing on the intersection of privilege and race (Photo by Maddie Petersen).
screening in another room across from the main exhibit. There are many chairs and sofas scattered throughout the space where people can sit and reflect on their visit. Kitty Zurko, director and curator of CWAM, finds the section on trade routes particularly interesting, as it uses a scholarly approach to conclude that the speed of travel has helped create race, by comparing traveling slowly overland to sailing on a ship. With so many different ways of looking at race, there are multiple entry points with which visitors may engage in the exhibit. Discussing race can be very uncomfortable and sensitive, which is illustrated by the “Daily Show” clip link on the CWAM’s website, which shows how relevant these conversations still are. The experience is meant to
Showcasing personal style on campus
Kelsey Williams ’14 (left) and Alexander Hawk Jameson, temporary Wooster resident (right) show off their personal style on Wooster’s brick runways.
create surprising moments for visitors by taking a concept or event they thought they knew and shedding new light on it. The exhibit is not meant to be negative, but rather to initiate important conversations that are often difficult to start. Zurko sees these discussions as a crucial way to unearth underlying issues and remove preconceptions. The art show is best experienced over time. Plan to take several short, consecutive visits to get the most out of the experience. The museum is open Tuesday- Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is also open on the weekend from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. All exhibits are free and open to the public. With so many different perspectives and angles on race within the exhibit, there is an entry point for everyone to begin an important conversation about race.
section editors: Laura Merrell Dani Gagnon
New EP: CHECK IT Out If you’re into any sort of happysounding music, you’ve probably heard of a band called The Mowgli’s. (Yes, the apostrophe was intentional. Part of their artistic vision, I suppose, so I won’t question it.) Chelsea Carlson P r o b a b l y most famous for the track “San Francisco,” The Mowgli’s are known for their catchy, upbeat sound. If you haven’t heard of them yet, definitely check them out. They’ll put some sunshine in your cloudy day. Regardless of whether or not you’ve heard of The Mowgli’s, I’m sure you’ve heard of Mumford & Sons. You even may have recently seen them on tour. (If you have, please know that I am extremely jealous.) Now combine The Mowgli’s with Mumford & Sons, and what do you get? You get a band that produces songs for dancing, as well as songs for relaxing. You get a full-bodied sound and mature lyrics. You get music that has the pep of The Mowgli’s, mixed with the mellowness and seriousness of Mumford & Sons, and songs that feature a trumpet instead of a banjo. The band goes by the name The Evening Guests, currently located in Los Angeles. The members are from all over the world. Bass guitarist John Lin hails from Taiwan and singer Jokull Jonsson comes from Iceland. Because of their diverse origins, the band features influences from Arcade Fire to Bruce Springsteen and beyond. Their newly released first EP is titled “Not In Kansas Anymore.” The album features five songs, starting with “Wouldn’t You Like to Know.” If you listen to anything at all on this album, try that song. It begins with a strumming guitar, followed by an excited shout from the rest of the band. With an upbeat tempo and extremely catchy chorus accompanied by Ken Hirako on his trumpet, you can’t help but fall in love with it. You’ll be dancing and singing along in your room, in your car or on the way to class. In contrast to the first track, “Village Fools” takes on a mellower feel. With a lot of the song’s strength coming from Hirako’s trumpet, it adds an appropriate sense of sadness and angst to the tone. Jokull wrote the song from an insider’s perspective on society’s view of musicians: the poor village fools. A short interlude and “What a Show” come next, featuring a muted, bluesy trumpet and a generally darker feel. The EP’s title track, “Not In Kansas Anymore,” is the last song on the album. It’s written in 3/4 time, better known as a waltz. In this song, each member shines in their own way: each guitar can be clearly heard, as well as the percussion and keys, with the trumpet occasionally chiming in. You’ll be dancing and singing along to this one, too. All in all, eight out of 10 for a very well done first EP that clearly showcases all the talent that each member brings to the table. Take a few minutes today and have a listen. I can promise you, it’ll be worth it. Chelsea Carlson is a staff writer for the Voice. She can be reached for comment at CCarlson16@wooster.edu.
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Section Editors Sheamus Dalton Ben Taylor
friday, September 13
First-year field fills big shoes, long road yet to walk Sheamus Dalton Sports Editor The women’s soccer team has left nothing to be desired in their first four games of the season. The Scots have notched convincing wins against Mount St. Joseph Academy, Washington & Jefferson College, Marietta College and Defiance College en route to their first 4-0 season start in six years. The women’s team, currently ranked sixth among all teams in the NCAA Div. III Great Lakes Region, has picked up right where they left off from last season. The girls finished 12-6-1 in 2012 with an unfortunate season-ending loss to Denison in the NCAC semifinal game. This left the Scots with a successful foundation on which to structure their youthful team for the upcoming season. “I think that with losing eight seniors that really had a presence on the field has made everyone change their mindset and improve their game,” said defender Paige Madden ’14. “We have been working a lot of defense and working together as a team and I think that we have done really well for how young our team is.” As Madden explained, the team is a primarily young squad consisting of eight first-years and nine sophomores. However, it has been the young players who have provided much of the early success; Kennedy Payne and Kathleen Kalafatis have led the Scots in scoring with three goals and one assist apiece.
Katherine Tuttle ’15 and Kyrsten Kamlowsky ’14 embrace after a goal as Liz Kantra ’16, Lauren Borwn ’15 and Kennedy Payne ’16 look on (Photo courtesy Shelley Kamlowsky).
three freshmen keepers tend goal successfully. In the midfield, first-year intensity will be balanced by the return of Krysten Kamlowshy ’14, Jessica Friesen ’15, Lauren Hancher ’16 and Lily Mohre ’16. Collectively, Hancher and Mohre combined for 42 shots, five goals and five assists last season and will this year look to be the center of all attacking chances for the Scots. Arguably the most significant loss the team felt in graduating its 2012 seniors is the spot left behind by forward Erika Kay. Responsible for nine goals and four assists last season, Kay will be replaced by a combination of first-years and upperclassmen. Kalafatis has lead the way in this effort early on but is supported by Abarca, Crystal Chavez ’15 and Katherine Tuttle ’15 in the attacking third. The Scots will look to improve on their positive 14 goal differential from last season with this core group of attacking midfielders and forwards. This season, communication and chemistry will be qualities the women’s team will focus on to reach success against their difficult upcoming schedule. Cooperative and balanced play will be necessary between the successful returning players and the developing first-years who have lit up the pitch in the season opening matches. Madden finished her thoughts on the team this year by adding, “The upperclassmen have accepted their roles as leaders and it is translating well to the younger players.”
Midfielder Isabel Abarca ’16 has been impressed with the play of the first-years thus far in the season. “They definitely bring an attacking mindset to the team and have scored a majority of our goals this season. The firstyear class brings a high level of intensity and urgency that has inspired all of us to work harder
as a team and in effect, has made us a strong team.” While first-years have provided the initial spark that the team used in their first four victories, key returning players from last season will provide a backbone for the team as they move on to more difficult conference play. Madden will be joined by Ra-
chael Davis ’16 and Kimberly Seidell ’15 to recreate a defensive unit that only allowed six goals in eight conference games last season and only three goals this season. The Scots also graduated their only goalkeeper last year and the veteran knowledge that these upperclassmen bring to each game will be crucial in helping one of their
Wooster did manage to amass 387 yards of total offense. Washington & Jefferson, though, nearly equaled this total with passing yards alone, going for 329 yards through the air. The Scots led in almost no positive statistical categories other than possession, fourth down efficiency and fumbles recovered. H o w e v e r, they did lead the game in sacks allowed, interceptions thrown and penalty yards. This is not meant to paint a bleak picture concerning the rest of Wooster’s season; Washington & Jefferson, while not nationally ranked, received a number of votes to be ranked, so the discrepancy in talent between the teams put Wooster at a disadvantage from the get-go. Additionally, Wooster received a number of contributions
from freshmen and sophomores, who can only be expected to improve as the season continues; the top three receivers for the game were all underclassmen. Among these was wide receiver Darrian Owens ’17. Owens led the team in catches with three for 41 yards and a touchdown. Despite the lopsidedness of the score, Owens expectations for the rest of the season have not been diminished. “I thought the game went well for our first with the new coaches,” he said. “We played a great team with a lot of experience and really saw what we needed to get better at. My hopes for the rest of the season are to finish strong, [win the] NCAC and hopefully make a solid run in the playoffs.” The Fighting Scots certainly have a long road ahead of them if they hope to achieve such lofty goals, but if the young players keep producing the way they did in the opener, success will not be far behind. Wooster next plays Oberlin College during homecoming weekend at 1 p.m. on Sep. 21.
Keir Pace ’16 moves the ball against Washington & Jefferson. Pace finished the game with two catches for 41 yards (Photo courtesy woosterathletics.com).
Presidents power past Scots football team
Ben Taylor Sports Editor
The Fighting Scots football team began their season last Saturday evening with a lackluster performance against Wa s h i n g t o n & Jefferson U n i v e r s i t y, losing 58-21 and not scoring at all in the final quarter. The Wooster defense allowed touchdowns its first three times on the field. The Presidents scored every time they touched the ball in the first quarter save their final possession, during which they lost a fumble on their first play. The first half saw Wooster down 42-14, and, though Washington & Jefferson slowed down their output in the second half, things never significantly improved, Wooster losing the second half 16-7.
“We played a great team with a lot of experience and really saw what we needed to get better at.” -Darrian Owens ’17
IT’S TIME FOR SHEA TO CALL THE PLAY
“Johnny Football” Manziel Affects Us All Johnny Manziel is a man among boys on the field and a boy among men off. Manziel, more commonly referred to as “Johnny Football,” broke numerous passing and rushing records of both the SEC and the FBS variety in Sheamus Dalton his first season with Texas A&M. Not including his Cotton Bowl victory against Oklahoma, Manziel finished the 2012 season with nearly 3,000 yards passing and over 1,000 yards rushing. Oh, and he won the Heisman trophy as a freshman. The boy can play and has, without a doubt, earned his nickname. Almost as impressive as his statistics on the field is his conduct off of it. Manziel succeeded in remaining aloft in the public eye for the majority of his offseason. Images of Manziel in party settings, alcohol in hand and promiscuous women
aplenty, coursed through sports media, revealing a side of his persona that most high profile college athletes would deny having. Even after he was dismissed from the Manning Passing Academy for having missed events due to his alleged “dehydration” (a.k.a. hangover), Manziel never seemed to repent for his actions or recreate a positive image of his off field lifestyle, or at least, he never seemed to do so in a convincing manner. In my opinion, Manziel is an exception. Most of the top college athletes, those who have to live their lives in full view of the public eye, seem to take special care to promote themselves as people of strong character off the field. I have never gotten this impression from Manziel. I instead understand Johnny Football to be a prominent college athlete who intends to enjoy his college experience, parties, drinking and bad choices included. As college athletes ourselves, how can we identify with Manziel and many other prominent college athletes
before him? Should we be placed under the same scrutiny? Should we be expected to rise above the temptations and disregard the vibrant Wooster nightlife simply because we are students who wear the College’s jerseys? I mean, we only play Div. III, right? SportsCenter won’t be mad if we have a few PBRs and slam a handle with some bros, right? This is a tough question. I think that athletes have to decide this for themselves. Everyone holds his or her own personal values that he or she can use to judge the significance one is willing to place on the social scene versus one’s athletic obligations. Regardless of this ideology, I still have my own opinion, one that everyone should take into account as they evaluate their own social choices. As DIII athletes, we are not the cream of the crop. We will most likely never make a living playing our sport or even watch highlights of our play on ESPN. We do, however, have a common passion for athletics. We play because we want to and we love to.
We do it for the fellowship, the fitness for life; we do it for the fun of it. This is what I love about being a DIII athlete, and it is something I think we all should handle in a serious manner. None of us want to do anything to hurt our ability to play, to enjoy playing the sport we love and the success of our team. However, sometimes drinking can have this effect. If we were all to choose between a win and “Woo Wednesday” I think we would all take the win. With little more to play for than the pride, we should all go to great efforts to perform at our highest level. If we are all truly dedicated to our teams, we need to ensure that we are acting in ways that will establish a culture of winning and commitment. We are also very much products of our coaches, teams and school. Our actions on and off reflect all those involved in our training and education. So, yes, that Wooster jersey should mean something. We have obligations to act appropriately as Wooster athletes and to represent our
school athletic program in a positive manner. We may never have our social lives exposed to the public, but this doesn’t mean that we should disregard this responsibility. We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard. I do not think that this argument is lost on most of the athletes here on campus. The majority of the athletes I know share this opinion and take their athletics as seriously as I believe we should. While I am not saying we must refrain indefinitely (I will be the first one to admit I have placed my social life ahead of my athletic responsibilities once or twice), I think we all owe it to ourselves to think hard about our social decisions during weekends and the occasional Wednesdays. We are all part of something greater than ourselves. Let’s not squander our opportunities to put Wooster ahead on the scoreboard. Our drunken, disorderly and unathletic friends can celebrate for us when we do.
Friday, September 13, 2013
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Bite-Sized Sports MLB INDIANS MAKE A PUSH FOR THE PLAYOFFS The time is nigh for the Cleveland Indians as the MLB approaches October. After a familiar early season high and mid-season slump, the Indians (77-66) have placed themselves on the brink of a playoff berth. They are currently 4 1/2 games out of the division but only 1 1/2 behind the Rays for the second and final wild card spot. The remaining schedule for the Tribe is relatively tame, including advantageous games against Houston and the Twins, so Indians fans can be optimistic about the team’s chances of making the post-season. (ESPN.com.)
NFL Janet Zahorsky, Women’s Golf Major: Political Science, Political Theory Concentration I.S. Topic: The Power to Repress v. The Power to Produce: A Foucaultian Power-Analysis of the Punishment, Law and the Judiciary in Colonial and Post-Revolutionary America.
Matt Naticchia, Men’s Soccer, center back
Rachel Appleton, Women’s Tennis, Swimming
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Majors: History and Communication Sciences and Disorders
Favorite Sports Memory: Last year we beat John Carroll in overtime [at Papp Stadium]. It was a crazy game and a lot of fun to be in. The bad part was I had a biochemistry exam the next morning.
I.S. Topic: The “Deaf President Now” protest at Gallaudet University (a school for the deaf in Washington, D.C.).
FOOTBALL HAS RETURNED The past weekend marked the official opening games of the 2013 NFL season. Every NFL season is much anticipated, and this was no different. Notable games included an exciting Eagles victory over the Redskins (3327), a close Jets win over the Bucs (18-17) and a Broncos whomping of the Ravens (49-27). Broncos’ Peyton Manning finished the game 27-42 in passing with 462 yards and 7 touchdowns. Anquan Boldin also made a memorable debut with the 49ers, pulling in 13 receptions for 208 yards. The Browns lost another opener. (ESPN.com.)
Most Hated Sports Rival: Wittenberg!
Fun Fact: I was the first to tee off in our program’s history.
Most Hated Sports Rival: Wittenberg is our biggest rival.
Other Campus Involvement: The Moot Court team owns my heart.
Other Campus Involvement: I’m a part of PUSH, am a part of West View Manor program house, am a chem tutor, am a Severance building monitor and have been a research assistant with Dr. West since freshman year (and two times over the summer).
Last Word: This year’s team is the strongest that we have had in the four years of our program’s history. It should be a really great year!
Photos courtesy woosterathletics.com
USMNT CLINCHES A TICKET TO BRAZIL The U.S.A. men’s national soccer team clinched its ticket to the FIFA World Cup Finals on Tuesday after its 2-0 victory over Mexico and Honduras’ 2-1 win over Panama. The US game, which was held at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, was a definiteve statement by the USMNT that they belonged in the World Cup. Eddie Johnson put the U.S. ahead in the 49th minute and Landon Donovan finshed the game with his goal in the 78th minute. (CONCACAF.com.)
Favorite Sports Memory: Walking into the pool on the last night of Conference with my team behind the bagpipers. Other Campus Involvement: Women’s Athletic and Recreation Association, Communication Club, National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
6 p.m., Hillel Yom Kippur dinner, Lowry 247/248 8 p.m., Craft Night, Lowry Lounge 8 p.m., Don’t Throw Shoes, Douglass Basement
2 p.m., Women’s Soccer vs. Wilmington
11 a.m., Wake Forest Business School recrutiers, APEX 4:30 p.m., Men’s and Women’s Tennis vs. Malone 5:30 p.m., Field Hockey vs. Washington & Jefferson 9:30 p.m., Juggling comedian Ivan Pecel, McGaw Chapel
11 a.m., APEX Senior Days: Foreign Languages, Fine & Performing Arts, Social Sciences
8-10:30 p.m. Craft Night, Lowry Lounge
1 p.m., Football vs. Oberlin 1 p.m., Women’s Soccer vs. Transylvania 7:30 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. Capital 10 p.m., Homecoming Bash
11 a.m., APEX Career Planning in Pre-Law, Scovel 105
8 p.m., UG Bingo
11 a.m., APEX Senior Days: Humanities, Sciences & Math
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