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Vol. 121 Issue 3

December 2016

FEATURED: Take a look at all of the Homecoming festivities! Full story on Page 5!

How We View It The Black & Editorial: Magenta Editorial Staff:

Chris Morgan Editor-in-Chief

Brenna Busby Assignment Editor Page Editor

No matter what, united we stand Chris Morgan Editor-in-Chief

The 2016 election is over, and whether you like it or not, Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States. After campaigns that seemed to only preach division across the nation, we as a people are now left to pick up the pieces and move forward into what comes next. However, the only way that will happen, is if we all join hands and do it together. All across the U.S., there are people that are angry because they didn’t get the result they wanted. There are people who are scared for what Trump’s America will be like. There are also those who are just confused, wondering how we got to this point in the first place. The fact of the matter is, without the support of the nation, nothing will change, no matter Trump’s views.

Without at least some kind of cooperation from everyone, everything that some people thought was wrong with our government, will stay the same. I’m not here to tell you what to do or how you should live your life, but I will offer this sentiment. I’ll admit I supported Hillary Clinton, but if this is going to work, we need to

President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with Vice President-elect Mike Pence as he gives his acceptance speech during his election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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put aside our differences and come together to make a better America. To those claiming that Trump is “not your president,” I encourage you to have an open mind, and give Trump a chance. You don’t have to blindly agree with him, I certainly don’t, but give him a shot. Maybe then we can truly make America great again.

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Page 3 Muskingum Rated Top Five

Page 5 Muskie Homecoming



Page 4 Meet Magnus

Page 6 Captain’s Log Page 7 Athletic Hall of Fame

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Registrar’s Office goes paperless with registration

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Logan Weaver/ Black & Magenta Muskingum University is ranked as a best value university in the U.S. News and World Report Best College list.

Muskingum among top-five best values in midwest United States Logan Weaver Orbit Media Staff Writer Muskingum University was recently ranked the fifth-best in value among Midwest Regional Universities, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges list. Vice President of Enrollment, Jeff Zellers, said he and others who first saw the ranking were pleased with the result. “We have had that rating before but it [has] been a long time,” said Zellers. “It has been a good 15 to 18 years since we’ve had a rating that high.” Zellers said he hopes this ranking makes a positive impact on potential students looking into Muskingum in the future. “We hope it says to…give us a look because we are a really good value and value is the combination of a really good program and a competitive net price,” said Zellers.

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“We are more affordable than our competition.” Muskingum senior tour guide, Ethan Lynch, said he wasn’t surprised by the high ranking, even when he first looked into Muskingum before his first year. “[The ranking] was confirming what I already knew,” said Lynch. “Even being a private university, it’s a lot better in value and gave me better aid, even more so than a lot of state schools I looked at.” Lynch said that being fifth overall in value in the Midwest region is only the tip of the iceberg, as Muskingum is the highest-ranked on the list among the Ohio schools. “It’s a great way of showcasing Muskingum,” said Lynch. Muskingum came behind Valparaiso University, Dominican University, Aquinas College, and Elmhurst College, respectively, in the value category. Muskingum also ranked in the top half of all of the other region schools.

Katie Meddings Orbit Media Staff Writer Through a new process for the 201617 academic year, Muskingum University is cutting out the oldschool middleman for scheduling. Faculty advisors can now fill out an Advising Worksheet online clearing students to register for classes with just one visit to their academic advisor. There is no more need for the paper forms to be picked up, filled out, and brought back to the Registrar Office. The previous procedure brought a lot of confusion and was a hassle to both students and faculty advisors according to Heather Pritchard, Assistant University Registrar. “We switched processes to save time,” said Pritchard. “The students would have to come to our office, get the Advising Worksheet, go to their advisor, get it signed, and then bring it back was a lot of time and paper that we wanted to save.” This switch has been on the backburner for the Registrar’s Office for a few years now, said Pritchard. She said the old process required a lot of tedious record keeping to keep everything organized and in order. “It was also a fairly taxing process for us, because we had to manually remove all advising holds for all 1400 students, and then we had to keep record of those papers,” said Pritchard. According to Pritchard, the timing hadn’t been right in past years to launch this new protocol, but within the last year, things finally lined up. “Over the last spring and summer we were able to get approval to do it, and also we had to figure out how to do it,” said Pritchard. “It took some research on our part, as well as CNS [Computer & Network Services] to help us get everything set up.” The office has a confident outlook on the ways of this new process. “We got positive feedback from upper administration about [the new procedure],” said Pritchard. “And we haven’t had any negative feedback just yet. I’m sure we’ll have some suggestions, but so far, it’s been going well.” The new online advising worksheets can be found on the Registrar’s tab under the Muskingum website.


The Muskie Hi


The New Muskingum University Mascot




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Brenna Busby/ Black & Magenta The new Muskingum University mascot, Magnus, was unveiled to the campus community at the Homecoming bonfire on Oct. 26. Magnus has now replaced the old Muskie as the official mascot of the University.

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Muskies celebrate “Additions to their Traditions” Homecoming 2016:

Katie Meddings/ Black & Magenta President Hasseler, joined by the Homecoming Chairs, and the Homecoming Court, addresses the fans at McConagha Stadium before the Homecoming Game.

Katie Meddings Orbit Media Staff Writer Homecoming Weekend is a time for alumni to take a stroll through their old stomping grounds on the campus of Muskingum University. Homecoming was celebrated Oct. 2830 with week-long festivities. “Today we are saying ‘welcome back’ to alumni,” said Jen Bronner, Director of Alumni Relations. “It is such a great feeling, so much school spirit exuding from everywhere today.” Bronner, being an alumna herself, has experienced the life and customs

that comes along with being a part of the Muskie family. “Muskingum University has really strong traditions and some of those [include] Homecoming,” said Bronner. “For us, the exciting thing, this ‘addition to tradition’ is, we’ve got a new president, who is already really just engaging with our campus and our community…it’s just really exciting to have that part of what we’re celebrating this weekend.” President Susan S. Hasseler continued the Muskie mantra that was preached throughout the week on Oct. 26 at the annual Homecoming campus bonfire.

Submission President Susan S. Hasseler and her husband, Dr. Ken Hasseler, participate in their first Homecoming Parade. They then attended the annual Homecoming football game.

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“I think we all need to remember what a wonderful place this is and how every day is a gift,” said Hasseler. “So, when I say this day like every day is a great day to be a Muskie, I mean that it really is!” The weekend was filled to the brim for President Hasseler, with 2016 being her first Muskie Homecoming. She enjoys festivities that intertwine both past and current students in one celebration. “What’s really exciting about Homecoming is that it is a coming home for alums, but it’s also a way for our alums to connect with our current students,” said Hasseler. “And so it’s a wonderful gathering of people who are coming back and reminiscing, but also our current students who are doing amazing things. And that’s what I really enjoy.” Hal Burlingame, ’62 is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, as well as a Muskie alumnus who founded the campus radio station, WMCO, while he was still at student in 1961. Burlingame returns to campus every year for Homecoming, but said 2016 Homecoming was special nonetheless. “It’s a little different this year because we have a brand new president,” said Burlingame. “Hasseler, [and] her husband Ken, who are riding in the parade, it’s their first time they are experiencing it so that makes it special.” Though the Muskies fell to the John Carroll Blue Streaks 31-3 in the Homecoming Game, the festivities continued into the evening. Muskingum royalty, Matt Triola and Nicole Navicky, were crowned king and queen at Friday night’s Varsity Revue performance and were presented to the fans before the football game. Homecoming 2016 also featured another first, as the new Muskie mascot was revealed at the bonfire. The “old” Muskie took his final march down the steps of John Glenn Gym and passed the torch to new Muskie, Magnus. More pictures from Homecoming are available on


s Sports Opinion Captain’s Log Please Muskies, bring me one more title Chris Morgan Editor-in-Chief

Over the past two years, I’ve been lucky enough to see most of my favorite college and professional sports teams win championships. It all really started with Muskingum Softball bringing home the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament title my first year of college. Then Ohio State won the College Football Playoff. Then New England won their fourth Super Bowl under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. They were followed a year later by the Pittsburgh Penguins hoisting the Stanley Cup. Finally, the LeBron James fulfilled his promise by bringing an NBA championship to Cleveland for the first time ever.

This season, I almost saw another favorite team win a title, but unfortunately, the Cleveland Indians couldn’t finish off the Chicago Cubs in the World Series. That being said, it was still a magical World Series, with Chicago finally breaking their own curse and winning their first title since 1908. With all of the magic happening in the sports world, it makes me ask a simple question to myself. Can a Muskie team win one more OAC Championship before I graduate in May? Muskingum athletics possesses some real talent, but it just doesn’t always translate to the win column. However, Muskie teams have made some real strides just the past two seasons alone. The football team played the best

I’ve seen in my four years here this past season, increasing their win total from last season by three wins. The volleyball team overcame several obstacles during the year to make the OAC tournament. Mens and womens soccer both made strides this year with their play as well. Now as we get set to go into the winter and spring sports at Muskingum, I just have one request. I want to see another OAC title before I graduate. Seeing Muskingum at the top of the conference warms my heart, and really brings out the school pride in not only myself, but around all of Muskingum University’s campus All of the athletes here have the talent and the athletic drive, so please grant this old senior’s leaving wish.

Black & Magenta Archive (Above) The 2014 Muskingum Softball team poses with their OAC trophy after winning the tournament, while the football team (below) raises the Shriners’ Trophy after defeating Marietta in the 2014 season.

Chicago Cubs celebrate after Game 7 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings to win the series 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


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Forever Enshrined


Muskingum inducts four in Athletic Hall of Fame Logan Weaver Orbit Media Staff Writer The Muskingum Athletic Hall of Fame inducted four new members and honored the 1966 Ohio Athletic Conference Champion football team during the Hall of Fame breakfast on Oct. 29. Carla Kampschmidt ’01 and Dani Keiffer-Lamonica ‘01 were both members of the 2001 national championship softball team. Kampschmidt and Lamonica were four-time OAC Champions from 1998 to 2001 and were NCAA Regional Champions in 1998 and 2001. Lamonica helped lead the Muskies’ pitching to the 2001 national championship while Kampschmidt holds the record for most at-bats in a season (183) and a career (641). Lamonica said she was honored to be inducted into the hall of fame. “I would like to thank Muskingum University for this honor,” said Lamonica. “It is exciting to know that whoever nominated me knew the story of the road to the national championship, which was filled with pain, tears, laughter and so many memories.” Former second baseman Shelly DeLucas presented Kampschmidt and compared her work ethic to that of major sport teams. “If only she could get her Cincinnati Reds and [Cincinnati] Bengals to work as hard as her,” said DeLucas. Rudy Visnich ’56 was a co-captain of the undefeated 1955 OAC championship team, playing offense and defense in the final three years of his playing career. Visnich led the team in pass receptions in 1955 before graduating in 1956 with his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. Visnich recalled the final game of his senior season against Mount Union in 1956. “It was the last game and Mount Union didn’t have anything to lose and everything to gain,” said Visnich. “We played not to win. We played to not lose.” Muskingum won the game and fin-

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ished the season undefeated and untied, something the Muskies have done one other time since. Larry Cole ’77 was inducted under the special category of the hall of fame. Cole began his coaching career from 1982-90, coaching the mens and womens track and field teams. Cole also coached 52 conference champions, 15 Division III All-Americans, and four womens conference championship teams before moving on to coach at fellow OAC school Ohio Northern, then to Rose-Hulman.

President Susan S. Hasseler helped to kick off the event by honoring both the 2016 inductees and former inductees that were in attendance. “I believe deeply that everything a student does is a part of their education in and out of the classroom,” said Hasseler. During the event, Athletic Director Larry Shank made a special presentation. He gave Kathy Smith, the Administrative Assistant for the Athletic Department, with a Muskingum Varsity jacket of her own in honor of her upcoming retirement.

Logan Weaver/ Black & Magenta (Above) Muskingum Director of Athletic Training, Ken Blood, presents Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Dani Keiffer-Lamonica ‘01 at the annual M-Club breakfast on Oct. 29. Lamonica was one of four to be enshrined as part of the Class of 2016. (Left) Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Department, Kathy Smith, tries on her new Muskingum Varsity letter jacket at the conclusion of the M-Club breakfast on Oct. 29. Smith was given the jacket by Muskingum Athletic Director Larry Shank to honor her as she gets set for her upcoming retirement.



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The Black & Magenta Vol. 121 Issue 3  
The Black & Magenta Vol. 121 Issue 3  

Editorial, Muskingum Rated Top Five, Registration Changes, Meet Magnus, Muskie Homecoming, Captain's Log, Athletic Hall of Fame