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Vol. 124 Issue 4


Volleyball Season Review

December 2019

Students Sam Berka and Harley Hayhurst made a gingerbread house with a Poptart roof during the gingerbread house competition held in the Chess Center on Nov. 23. Photo Credit: Seth Roseberry/Black & Magenta


The New Concord Police Department officially welcomes new officer Krissy Hughes and Dana Parsons New Concord Mayor Brett Essex administered the oath of office to Norco, the New Concord Police Department’s new K-9 officer on Nov. 22. Officer Norco is a Belgian Malinois puppy. Norco’s first unofficial day began Nov. 19 as Traub and Norco performed narcotic runs through New Concord. Norco was officially sworn in Nov. 22 in the basement of Village Hall. Norco was given an officer badge, meant to be worn on his collar. Earlier in the month, Norco had gone through all his training with Merry K9 services located in Zanesville. He had passed all his requirements along with his state training. He has been living with Officer Traub and his family for a few weeks now. Officer Traub has continued to work with Norco on his narcotics detection skills. “I have all the more respect for the training the dogs go through,” said Traub. Chief Mindy Peck has been wanting a K-9 in New Concord since she started on

the department. “This is something I’ve seen a need for and I thought what’s the best way to keep the drugs out of the village? It’s a drug K-9. So, that’s what I pushed for. I’m thrilled. It’s a big accomplishment for the village,” said Peck. The NCPD wants to have an event for the community of New Concord to meet Norco, but doesn’t have an exact time and place. When this event occurs, the department wants to inform the community that Norco isn’t a pet, he is an officer and that’s how he was trained. He gets nervous around big crowds, but is friendly. Donations can still be made to the K-9 fund at Village Hall or to the Muskingum County Community Foundation located in Zanesville. Funds will go towards costs such as veternarian visits, food, and vehicle costs. To donate or to ask questions about the program and K-9, contact Village Hall at 740-826-7671.

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta Officer Traub holds Officer Norco’s official police badge. The badge will be worn on Norco’s collar.

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta Officer Norco was very playful during his official swearing in at the Village Hall. Norco is still a puppy, full of energy, but is ready to patrol the village.

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta Officer Jeff Traub and Officer Norco at Village Hall waiting for Mayor Brett Essex to administer the oath of office for the new K-9 officer.


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News December 2019 Student Art Gallery

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta The December 2019 student art gallery took place in the Louis O. Palmer Art Gallery on Muskingum University’s campus. Works featured in included ceramics, paintings, sketches, wooden sculptures, and electronic pieces.

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta These cups were three of many ceramics by students and featured in the art show. The cups were

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta This piece, by sophomore Thomas Hancock, is named “The Garden of Eden - Oscilloscopes.” The piece included computer screens and painting.

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta Many black and white sketches were featured in the student art exhibition. The show was also a competition with awards being given to students with the best works.

Jennings Java returns to campus Katelyn Mohler Chief Reporter Hosted at Muskingum University’s Boyd Science Center, the owners of Jennings Java coffee talked with students, faculty, and attendants about the history of their local business and advice on how students can get started on their own goals. Jennings Java is a local coffee business that was born out of a Muskingum University dorm room. The presentation was kicked off with the introduction of the discussion of Ignite Zanesville, a branch of the Ignite Initiative, who helps start up small businesses and companies in local areas. The speakers stressed to students they are now at the right age to explore ideas on entrepreneurship due to flexibility in

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their schedules and already having support mechanisms. Daniel Jennings and AJ Kazmierczak, owners of Jennings Java, discussed how the inspiration to start working with coffee got started, some of many things they branched out into since first starting Jennnings and Kazmierczak talked about the events that helped to get Jennings Java’s name out there and helped grow the business, and partnering up with Chapman’s Coffee House. They stressed the importance of time management and staying organized to students. Jennings and Kazmierczak recommended students should write down goals and take advantage of the many opportunities they can find at Muskingum University.

Katelyn Mohler/Black & Magenta Jennings Java, a local coffee company, began their journey in 2016 at Muskingum University. Jennings Java coffee is available online on their web site,



People Poll

‘What is your favorite thing to do during the wintertime?’

Sophomore Kevon Hickman

Junior Cheyenne Hillard

Junior Mary Double

“I like staying in bed with hot cocoa watching Netflix or YouTube,” said student Hickman.

“I like to stay warm with hot chocolate and cuddling with my cats,” said student Hilllard.

“I like lying in bed watching TV,” said student Double.

Community members donate to fulfill children’s holiday wishlists

Photo by Muskingum University Beth Fox, lecturer of Health Science for over 17 years, has been involved in organizing the annual Christmas Adopt-a-Child for the campus community. The event has taken place on campus for 20 years.

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Audra Wills Staff Reporter During the holiday season, the annual Christmas Adopt-a-Child took place at Muskingum University campus for the 20th year. Individuals, organizations, and departments on Muksingum’s campus can adopt a child and get gifts the children would like. The Adopt-a-Child program started 40 years ago in the community for one family who could not afford presents for their children. So, one local woman gathered donations to provide the children with gifts. Since then, the program has grown and was able to help provide Christmas presents for approximately 500 children in the Muskingum County area last year. Names and gift ideas for every child in

the program were provided by local school teachers, community members, churches, and organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters. People interested in providing a child with Christmas presents were given the child’s age, interests and some gift ideas to help provide presents for local kids in need. “There are many ways to give during this season and throughout the entire year, and the overwhelming support from our campus this year has been outstanding,” said Beth Fox, lecturer in Health Science and campus organizer for Adopt-a-Child. The number of children who were impacted grew over last year’s with a total of 740 children provided with gifts to fulfill their holiday wishes. Volunteers will deliver the presents before Christmas.

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‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’: A Muskingum theatre production Katelyn Mohler Chief Reporter Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” asks the question: What would you do if you were just a side character in someone else’s story? Muskingum University Theatre presented another addition to the great Hamlet season with the humorous take on the misadventures of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The duo were mere side characters in the famous William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, friends of Prince Hamlet and pawns of King Claudius, but here in this story they take center stage, literally. Rosencrantz, played by Elizabeth R. Al-

len, is a cheerful and often confused character who is never far from his best friend. Guildenstern, played by Jakob Goins, is the playful, take charge of the two, who often laments the strange happenings that go around the duo. The two are often accosted by The Player, acted by Aliyah Guthrie, and their troupe of actors who claim expertise in all things death, tragedy, and gaudy. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are often confused about the plots and plays that goes on around them, and the two tend to even forget who they even are half the time. The two main characters soliloquies about chance, fate, and how to grapple with

their own mortality. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are pulled and dragged along with the momentum of the famous Hamlet tragedy, and are ultimately unable to escape their fate. “A play of absurdist humor, fate, and the nature of death, this was a laugh for the whole audience, and a fun follow up from the tragedy of Hamlet.” Don’t forget to check out the upcoming Muskingum Theatre productions including ‘Fortinbras,’ held Feb. 13-16 and ‘Living Dead in Denmark’ held April 2-5 in the spring semester.

Katelyn Mohler/Black & Magenta Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, played by Elizabeth Allen and Jakob Goins are heading off to meet Hamlet during the first-half of the theater production, ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.’ “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” was the third production of the five in the 2019-2020 academic year for the theater department.

Katelyn Mohler/Black & Magenta Jakob Goins, Aliyah Guthrie, and Elizabeth Allen played Guildenstern, Rosencrantz and the Player, who knew about their upcoming death while the other two didn’t.

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Sports Muskingum University volleyball concludes best season in 20 years Will Ford Sports Director The 14th-ranked Muskingum volleyball team had its best season in 20 years, finishing 27-4 overall and 8-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC). The Lady Muskies claimed a share of the OAC regular season championship for the first time since 1999. In the OAC tournament, Muskingum lost in straight sets to the Otterbein Cardinals, 21-25, 15-25, and 19-25, in the semifinals. Despite being upset by Otterbein, the Lady Muskies earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament. Muskingum played in the Regional section hosted by Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Mich., marking the 10th time in the program’s history and the first since 2008 that the Lady Muskies qualified for the NCAA tournament. In the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Lady Muskies played against the Wittenberg Tigers, who the team defeated

in the regular season in four sets. Muskingum tamed the Tigers once again, winning in four sets, 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, and 25-17. Junior outside hitters Brooke Fatheree and Maddie McGee led the way for the Lady Muskies with 18 and 13 kills. Junior setter Erin Dickson directed Muskingum’s offensive attack with 38 assists, and junior libero Jessica Cottle held down the defensive backline with 27 digs. The victory over Wittenberg gave the Lady Muskies their first NCAA tournament win since 1999. The Lady Muskies advanced to the Regional semifinal round to take on the Hope Flying Dutch. Muskingum dominated Hope in their early regular-season matchup at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational, winning in straight sets. In the second round of the NCAA tournament, the match was far more competitive. Muskingum dropped the regional semifinal bout in five sets to Hope in Grand Rapids, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 21-25, 11-15.

Fatheree and McGee led Muskingum’s attack again, spiking 19 and 12 kills, and junior Brynn Guist and Dickson each added eight kills. Dickson also aided the Muskie onslaught with 40 assists. Leading the defensive effort for the Muskies was Cottle with 22 digs and freshman Emma Dunham with three blocks at the net. Following Muskingum’s history-making season, Fatheree, Dickson, and McGee received selections to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division lll Great Lakes All-Region Team. The trio was also American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Honorable Mention All-Americans. The Muskingum volleyball team will graduate one player this season, senior defensive specialist Allison Cramer. Fatheree, Dickson, and McGee will return to the court next season for head coach Hallie Cruzen along with a talented supporting cast, as the Lady Muskies will aim to make a deep NCAA tournament run in 2020.

14th ranked Muskingum University Volleyball Team

27-4 Overall

8-1 in the OAC






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Key players for the 2019 season

Brooke Fatheree 13, Outside Hitter

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Received First Team All-OAC honors Led the Lady Muskies with a team-best 367 kills on the season, averaging 3.31 kills per set Ended the year second on the team in digs with 390 and first in points with 377.5. Ended the year ranked second in the OAC in kills and tied for second in kills per set. Recorded her 1,000th career dig, 1,000th career kills, and moved to fifth all-time in career kills with 1,118. Earned OAC Volleyball Player of the Week accolades twice this season.

Erin Dickson 35, Setter

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Won First Team All-OAC awards, guided the Lady Muskies with a team-high 979 assists, placing third in the OAC. Fourth in the conference in assists per set with 9.32. Tallied in 84 kills, 220 digs, and 26 total blocks this season. Climbed to fourth all-time at Muskingum in career assists with a 2,948 total. Has racked up 255 kills, 57 service aces, and 106 total blocks.

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta Junior Erin Dickson sets for junior Jada Briggs in the middle of the floor during their game against Marietta. Dickson had 979 assists this season.

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Maddie McGee 21, Outside Hitter

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Is a Second-Team All-OAC recipient Finished second on the team with 318 kills, putting her at seventh in the OAC. Seventh with 3.12 kills per set, as well. Tallied 68 digs and locked in 45 total blocks in her time at Muskingum.

Photos above courtesy of the Muskingum University Athletic Department

Dana Parsons/Black & Magenta The women of the Muskingum University Volleyball team huddle up in ancipation for their game against Marietta. The Lady Muskies won in straight sets.


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New Concord Police Department K-9 officer, Student Art Gallery, Jennings Java, Muskingum Theatre, Muskingum Volleyball

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New Concord Police Department K-9 officer, Student Art Gallery, Jennings Java, Muskingum Theatre, Muskingum Volleyball

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