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Vol. 124 Issue 3

Reunion Weekend @ Homecoming inside

November 2019

Muskingum’s campus is turning colorful with the season change. This tree, in front of the Roberta A. Smith Library, is turning vibrant autumn colors. Photo Credit: Koya Zhou/Black & Magenta

Reunion Weekend

@ Homecoming 2019

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta Alumni and students weren’t the only ones who enjoyed homecoming. Maggie Marshall enjoyed the attention she recieved at the East Lawn.

Audra Wills/Black & Magenta The Class of 1959 was one of many classes that attended Reunion Weekend at Homecoming. The Parade of Classes, held on the campus quad, mimicked similar first-year events where students got into groups by class in the beginning of the academic year.

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta Muskingum University 2019 Homecoming king and queen was announced during the Oct. 19 football game. The winners, King Brenton Franks and Queen Kamryn Smith, were announced during half-time. Magnus the Muskie, the university’s mascot, stood in for Smith, who was representing Muskingum Volleyball at Baldwin Wallace.

Alumni Poll - Homecoming on the East Lawn “What’s different on campus from your time here?”

Brad Roberts, ‘17 pictured with Elizabeth Bostic, ‘19 Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta Senior defender Julia Prokopchak played hard alongside her teammates during the Saturday, Oct. 19 Reunion Weekend at Homecoming game against Baldwin Wallace. The Lady Muskies fell to Baldwin Wallace, 4-1.


Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta Alumni showed their school spirit during the homecoming announcement of the new Health and Wellness Complex. The complex is slated for completion in 2022 with a cost of $30 million.

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Koya Zhou/Black & Magenta The East Lawn on Homecoming Day was a popular place to be with giant games, food, and organization tables so alumni could visit with current students and other alumni.

“The new people, new faces and stuff. It’s really cool to see all the changes that have gone on with esports in Boyd.”

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Marji Hancock, ‘91

Lisa Zuber, ‘83

“I do come often, maybe every year, but compared to when we lived here as students there’s a lot of new buildings. Where the galleries are [Walter Hall and Palmer Gallery] that’s all new, it’s real exciting to see all the new facilities.”

“I’ve been back a couple times. I’m a Delta, and I was here two years ago for the 100th reunion. There have been a lot of buildings since I left. I certainly like the theatre building [Caldwell Hall]. It’s really nice to see the school grow.”



New Club Spotlight - Without Charge

Jillian Taylor Copy Editor Without Charge is a support group for students at Muskingum University that are interested in writing. This group helps students by allowing them to share their writing, creative or not, with peers to receive or give feedback. This group is also open to non-English majors and students specifically interested in either getting feedback on their writing or giving feedback on another student’s writing. The founder of the group, junior Kamryn Smith, found inspiration to start this

group from Professor Dr. Jane Varley of the English department. “Dr. Varley told me about a writing club she had and how some of them still meet today and that pushed her to keep writing. A lot of them ended up being really successful writers. I wanted to have a place where I can keep writing after the classes that I took here that got me writing,” Smith said. Smith hopes the club draws attention to people that want to find a place to write where they feel comfortable sharing and improving their writing. The group meets monthly in the library.

have been affected and are in need of items. Salvation Soldier member Teara Hill said the group is focusing on mostly canned food items. “As a group, our goal is to raise as many canned good donations to help sustain their hot meals program, open pantry, and their Thanksgiving dinner,” said Hill. Hill said this is important to the members as well as the Salvation Army. “Raising cans is very important to our group because the food that is being donated is going to families and individuals who could be homeless or even struggling financially. For some of them the Salvation Army is the only place they can go to get a hot meal or dinner,” said Hill. The Salvation Soldiers are accepting canned goods and toiletries to give to those in need. The donation boxes will be avail-

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Sigma Tau Delta hosts Poe In The Parlor

Without Charge President Kamryn Smith can be contacted at Jillian Taylor/Black & Magenta Sigma Tau Delta’s annual Poe In The Parlor celebrated different works, including original poetry and writing works. Pictured are the winners of the event, Samuel Cain, Jacob Bourget, Kayalani Cloe, Kamryn Smith, Mac Burton, Emily Fahringer, and Keygan Yonts.

Salvation Soliders gives back to those in need Robbi Moore Reporter Muskingum University’s Salvation Soldiers have started an initiative to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian. The Salvation Soldiers is made up of students Steve Mayernik, Marquis Whiting, Robbi Moore, Cameron Near, and Teara Hill. The group formed from Assistant Professor of Communication Shawn Starcher’s Small Group Communication class. Dr. Starcher tasked students with the project of finding a non-profit organization and helping them with their mission. The group selected the Salvation Army thus creating the Salvation Soldiers. The initiative started by the group has marked donation boxes you can find in buildings across campus. With the recent hurricanes, many people


Katelyn Mohler Chief Reporter To both encourage and show love for literature, public speaking, and original created works, Muskingum students were invited to Poe In The Parlor, where they could enjoy fine poetry sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta. Hosted on Oct. 25 in the Roberta A. Smith Library, Poe In The Parlor is an annual event where students compete for prizes in four categories of readings: Original poetry, original prose, best well-read, and best overall. An atmosphere fitting gothic tradition and the Halloween spirit, Muskingum students wore semi-formal attire and were treated to catering and music before the main event started.

‘The Omlet Murder Case’: A twist on ‘Hamlet’

Submitted by Robbi Moore Sophomore Robbi Moore is part of the group who are collecting items in support of Hurricane Dorian survivors.

able throughout the rest of the semester. The donations will be made to the Zanesville Salvation Army, who will then donate to those who need it.

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Katelyn Mohler Chief Reporter One the most famous plays in Shakespearian tragedies, “Hamlet” is the harrowing tale that follows when the Prince of Denmark is put on the path of vengeance by the ghastly ghost of his father. It was presented in October in the Thompson Theatre. Title character Hamlet ponders death, suicide, insanity, and the consequences of his actions and inactions, as he helps set off a chain of events that spelled doom for the state of Denmark. After being haunted by the restless ghost of his murdered king, Hamlet conspires to confirm the guilt of his uncle Claudius, with a play inside a play. On his path of revenge, Hamlet unknowingly sets another character on the same path with the character of Laertes in the tragic deaths of Polonius and Ophelia. Lashing out at his unwitting mother Gertrude, cruel to his lover Ophelia, and suspicious of his friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Hamlet actions lead to the downfall of many characters in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Hamlet, the lead character, was played by Sydney Campbell, a member of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honorary.

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Katelyn Mohler/Black & Magenta Muskingum University’s production of “Hamlet” was held Oct. 24-27 in the Thompson Theatre in the Philip and Betsy Caldwell Hall. Student actors pictured are, Sydney Campbell, Augusta Kinzel, Noah Janssen, Robin Canales, Kyndal Sensabaugh, and Emily Betterridge.

The original music composed for the characters of Ophelia and the Gravedigger were provided by Eli Branham. The lead up to the play was seen in the first-year production of “The Omelet Murder Case,” a rewriting of “Hamlet” that sees the play as a trashy crime article. The library also displayed the William Shake-

speare’s “Hamlet” play books, examples of movies that were based off Hamlet, and famous quotes that people may not have realized came from “Hamlet”. For information about upcoming productions, visit, or email Professor Cassie King at caking@



Meet the New Concord Mayor-Elect, Jennifer Lyle • Grew up in New Concord and is a 1972 graduate of John Glenn High School • Has been involved on New Concord Village Council for six years. • Served as leader in Renew, a group that works on village development.

New Concord Mayor-Elect, Jennifer Lyle.

Lyle will begin her term Jan. 1, 2020

Q&A: Mayor Elect Lyle Q: “What was the first thing that went through your mind as you found out you were elected as the new mayor?” A: “Almost disbelief. I had no expectations one way or another because the only thing that matters is what the voter does at the voter booth. I really had no idea what to expect. When I saw the numbers, I was overjoyed. Q: “What is the first thing you want to do as mayor?” A: “One of the very first things

I’ll do is meet with everybody on staff at Village Hall. I need to get to know everybody more than I already do. I’d like them to hear from me because this is a big change.” Q: “What are some things that you want to do that will directly impact Muskingum University?” A: I expect, overall, to have a really strong relationship with the university. I would like to have a better understanding of what the students would like and what the university would like.”

2019-2020 Black & Magenta Staff Editor-in-Chief - Dana Parsons Chief Photographer - Christy Bever Assistant Photographer - Seth Roseberry Staff Photographer - Koya Zhou Copy Editor - Jillian Taylor Pagination - Dana Parsons Chief Reporter - Katelyn Mohler


Staff Reporters - Audra Wills, Robbi Moore, Mary Double, Bryan Connor Circulation - Katelyn Mohler Sports - Will Ford Special thanks to Cheyenne Hillard, Brice Lillibridge, Katelyn Mohler, and Christy Bever for their editing work on this edition.

Q: “What kind of businesses do you want to bring into New Concord that will directly impact students?” A: “Number one is restaurants, having a diversity of restaurants. We have very nice restaurants that are open during the day and for casual fast food, but probably a wider variety of restaurants. Number two, stores that specifically serve the needs of younger people. What those might be, I think the Muskingum community will answer that much better than I will be able to.”

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Attending CBI for the first time:

College Broadcasters, Inc. in St. Louis Dana Parsons Editor-in-Chief For some college students, Halloween is filled with parties and costumes, but not for four Muskingum University students. For us, Halloween was filled with panels and learning from skilled professionals across the country. College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) is a national organization that holds a yearly conference that brings both professionals and college students into a learning environment. Students and faculty from collegiate radio and television stations across the nation gather for panels, tours of stations, and roundtable discussions. There is also an awards ceremony which highlights the best work that students and their stations have to offer. Orbit Media students Christy Bever, Brice Lillibridge, Krissy Hughes, and I had the ability to visit the The College Broadcasters, Inc.’s National Student Electronic Media Convention this year, held in St.

Louis, Mo. For Bever and Lillibridge, this wasn’t their first time at the conference as the two attended CBI 2018 in Seattle, Wash. “There was a benefit of going again. When I went the first time I was the music librarian, so I went to everything related to music. In St. Louis, I went as program director. I could go to other classes to better myself as program director and to help my staff become better at what they do,” said Bever. As for myself and Hughes, this was our first time attending and it was quite the educational experience. “It was super beneficial in regards to having and making connections for future careers,” said Hughes. While the conference had many great panels, my favorite was “Small School Student Media.” The session covered how to recruit to managing a staff of your peers. The session broke into an open discussion where participants could tell others about the successes and failures they’ve had as a

station, and how to overcome issues within your organization. The great thing about NSEMC is the opportunity to grow in such a short amount of time. Being able to talk to professionals about writing, broadcasting, sales, and marketing is invaluable. Also, being able to talk to students from other colleges and universities opens our thinking to new ideas on how to run a station and staff. As a senior graduating in May 2020, these connections to other students and professionals are important and will be beneficial when I am ready to enter the (actual) adult world. I want to say thank you to Muskingum University and all that helped in allowing the four of us to attend the convention. As for next year, the convention will take place in Baltimore, Md. I will be graduated and unable attend, but I hope the students who do attend experience the benefits that CBI offers.

Christy Bever/Black & Magenta Students Brice Lillibridge, Christy Bever, Dana Parsons, and Krissy Hughes brought a piece of Muskingum University to St. Louis during their 2019 College Broadcastess Inc. trip. The students visited several different places during the trip including the St. Louis arch, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball stadium, and an award-winning BBQ restaurant, Sugarfire Barbeque.

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta The famous St. Louis, Mo. Gateway Arch was built in 1963-1965 and is 630 feet in height with legs being 630 feet apart. The Arch was meant to symbolize the westward expansion into the U.S. The Arch has a museum, gift shop, and an option to take a tour up into the Arch.

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The Black & Magenta Vol. 124 Issue 3  

Reunion Weekend @ Homecoming, Without Charge, Salvation Soldiers, Sigma Tau Delta, Muskingum Theatre, New Concord Mayor, College Broadcaster...

The Black & Magenta Vol. 124 Issue 3  

Reunion Weekend @ Homecoming, Without Charge, Salvation Soldiers, Sigma Tau Delta, Muskingum Theatre, New Concord Mayor, College Broadcaster...

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