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Sensuality on the set Rock musical “Spring Awakening� dabbles in concepts such as teenage sexuality, death and abuse 4

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The romantic and sexual relationship climaxes between Wendla and Melchior, played by Molly Wetzel and Preston Pounds, respectively.

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Online tutoring options offered

eTutoring is now available to Otterbein students and offers assistance in several subjects ment), we are only open for so many hours for students,” she said. Another advantage is live This fall semester, a new pro- tutoring via eChat, which allows gram called eTutoring has been students to meet with a tutor added to Otterbein University’s during one-on-one sessions and variety of academic tutoring have an interactive, virtual resources. environment. The online program assists One more advantage of students in a range of subjects. eTutoring is “offline questions,” More than 31 colleges and uniwhich allows students to leave versities in Ohio are members of specific questions for an eTutor the eTutoring community. and receive a response within 48 Two tutors will be involved hours, but usually sooner. on each of the 31 college Kasulis said that one of the campuses, and the tutors of the disadvantages of eTutoring is subjects might be undergraduate that the number of subjects students, graduate students or available are limited. faculty members. “In the future, the eTutoring Ellen Kasulis, the senior inCollaborative hopes to increase structor in the Academic Support offerings depending on Center, said that eTutoring adds demand,” she said. another source of assistance that Barnett said that another might be particularly attractive to disadvantage is that the website is nontraditional students; students still a work in progress and that it who cannot might sometimes make it to cambe a little conpus so easily; fusing at first to In the future, the and students maneuver. who need “Also, with assistance after eTutoring Collaborative any technolhours, when there is hopes to increase offer- ogy, academic no face-to-face services are no ings depending on communication longer available. between tutor Kasulis said demand. and student,” that the tutors Barnett said. “So are selected by students might their universities not understand and trained by Ellen Kasulis the response the the eTutoring senior instructor in the tutor gives and Collaborative may have to wait Academic Support Center personnel for a reply rather during the than getting one summer instantly from a months. face-to-face tutoring session.” This new program offers Adam Brown, senior a variety of online resources, athletic training major, said, “I including an online writing lab as hadn’t heard of eTutoring ... but well as eChat, where students can for my major specifically, I probhave an online chat with ably wouldn’t use it because it’s tutors about a specific subject easier to find an upperclassman they are struggling in. or a professor. But I might use The online writing lab allows it for something more universal students to submit a draft of like an INST class or math or their paper to a tutor and receive language class.” feedback within 24 to 48 hours. Interested students should go Jenna Barnett, one of the to the Academic Support Centutors for Otterbein, said that the ter’s website for information on writing lab is a big advantage. how to access eTutoring as well “Students can submit their as other support services. papers anytime and receive help, t&c while in the Writing Center and (the Center for Student InvolveBY JON BOZEKA SUSANNA HARRIS Staff Writers



eTutoring Offerings

 Otterbein students will have access to help in math (developmental level through Calculus II), accounting, anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, statistics and writing. Assistance in these subjects is subjectspecific, not course-specific.  Online writing lab — allows students to submit a draft of a paper and receive feedback within 24 to 48 hours.  Live tutoring via eChat — allows students to meet with a tutor in virtual one-on-one tutoring sessions.  Offline questions — allows students to leave a specific question for an eTutor, who responds in 48 hours.


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When the laughter died down, she continued with a more serious statement: “Everything I do is driven by that curiosity.” Skloot concluded her address by reminding students to discover their passions and train themselves to notice and search for their own curiosity. When Skloot opened the floor to questions, the lights went up, almost immediately

erasing the intimacy in Cowan Hall. During the question-andanswer session, some members of the audience left while others appeared disengaged. Some students’ apparent lack of interest seemed ironic given Skloot’s main message and emphasis on the importance of cultivating curiosity. Behind the podium was a woman who found her passion by asking one simple question, while out in the audience were college students spending enormous amounts of time and money trying to discover what their passions are. “Is this the first audience in history with no questions about this book?” Skloot asked. A brief moment of awkward confusion occurred when no one in the auditorium seemed to know exactly how to respond. One daring Otterbein student finally got out of his seat in the front row and stepped up to a nearby microphone. He asked, “What are the Lackses up to now?” Rebecca Skloot knew not only the answer to the question, but also the importance of asking such simple questions.


According to the Otterbein University Police Daily Crime Log, the following has been reported from Oct. 13 to 17.

10/13 Drug abuse, paraphernalia and underage consumption were reported at the lower Service Department parking lot. 10/17

The side window of a vehicle was reported broken at the Cowan parking lot. information CompileD by Katie taggart graphiC by Kristen sapp


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Approval of the Department of Equine Science Proposals

In a 1988 college biology class, author Rebecca Skloot asked a simple question. Driven by a sincere and occasionally reckless curiosity, Skloot asked her professor about a topic — more particularly a woman, who was the subject of her professor’s lecture. “He said, ‘If you’re curious, go do a little research,’ ” Skloot told Otterbein students in Cowan Hall on Thursday at the Common Book Convocation. The woman whom Skloot asked about was Henrietta Lacks, and the “little research” that she did turned out to be a 10-year devotion toward telling Lacks’ story. That 10-year devotion led to a New York Times bestseller, as Skloot’s book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” gained recognition from scientists and literature enthusiasts alike. This year, Skloot’s novel was selected as the Common Book at Otterbein. Each freshman was given a copy of the book and was assigned to write a paper on one of four main topics. At the convocation, Skloot credited her success to the curiosity that led her to ask about Lacks almost 25 years ago.

The audience laughed when Skloot explained a situation in which her curiosity led her to question how and why surgery was being performed on goldfish. “Who pays for that? How do you anesthetize a goldfish?” Skloot asked.


BY DEREK SELF Staff Writer

Senate Bill 12/13-1

Author cultivates curiosity Senate Meeting: Oct. 17, 2012 Rebecca Skloot discusses the importance of an inquisitive mind The first reading of a proposal to Revise the Otterbein University Bylaws.

a. Add EQSC 4100 Contemporary and Emerging Equine Issues to the equine pre-veterinary medicine/pre-graduate major. b. Increase the minimum grade of a “C-” to a “C” in all the required courses of the equine pre-veterinary medicine/pre-graduate major and the equine veterinary technology major.

Introduction to the Otterbein ADVANCE Project: Equity through Inquiry — An academic team including Michele Acker, Sarah Bouchard, Carrigan Hayes, Paul Eisenstein and Victoria McGillin has received $79,898 from the National Science Foundation. information CompileD by emmy Wells


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Rock musical portrays sex, suicide and coming-of-age ‘Spring Awakening’ puts multiple taboo topics front and center in the Pit Theatre BY KENDRA SCHWARZ Staff Writer

Sex, homosexuality, suicide and abortion are just a few of the themes the Otterbein Theatre Department will be presenting to the audience in its latest production, “Spring Awakening.” Director Melissa Lusher describes the musical as a story of what happens when kids are awakened to their sexuality and their adolescence, and

what happens when they have to do so in the dark. Written in 1891 by Frank Wedekind, “Spring Awakening” brings to light the issues that adolescents face and the pain that can come from choices teens make every day. “It’s really about truth and just being honest with yourself about who you are,” junior musical theater major James Scully said. Scully will be portraying Moritz, an adolescent trying to figure out life.

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With rock anthems to heartwrenching ballads, “Spring Awakening” taps into many emotions and earned eight Tony Awards in 2007, which includes the award for Best Musical. “I think it’s such an important tale to tell these days,” Lusher said. “Kids are getting information from all sorts of very impersonal sources, and I think it’s so important for adults in particular to see this production.” This play also marks the first time an Otterbein student has choreographed a main stage production. Lusher said senior musical theater major Lili Froehlich was given this responsibility because of her talent and professionalism. “It speaks to her incredible talent and her level of professionalism that we are entrusting her with such an important role ... and she is doing spectacular, phenomenal work,” Lusher said. Student costume designer Julianne D’Errico, described by Lusher as “gloriously talented,” said she loves immersing herself in the storyline of the musical. “I have fallen in love with the characters through my research and design process,” she said. D’Errico has spent much of her time designing costumes, painting shoes and even cutting the actors’ hair to help them become fully immersed in the character. “This is our dream show,” said Preston Pounds, who will be playing the role of Melchior. Melchior is a teenage boy trying to navigate the ins and outs of life and dealing with the everyday emotions and circumstances of youth.

With its underlying message of moving from adolescence to adulthood and all the lessons and heartache in between, “Purple Summer” seems to be the overall favorite piece of the show. Senior Molly Wetzel, who plays Wendla — the love interest of Melchior — is looking forward to performing the show and seeing how the audience responds to the suggestive topics. “I’m really looking forward to telling this incredible story,” she said. Because such a racy show might put spectators off, Pounds encourages viewers to “come in with an open mind and be prepared for everything, and bring a box of tissues.” Scully added, “See the whole show ... and allow yourself to be taken back to that time in your life ... and to experience that anxiety and wonder — then the show can be a really powerful, gripping experience.”



Spring Awakening

Campus Center Pit Theatre  Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.  Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.  Oct. 26 and 27, 8 p.m.  Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 8 p.m.  Tickets: Each student gets one free ticket with a Cardinal Card. General admission is $20. 

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The young-adult characters in “Spring Aw


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wakening� deal with a variety of tough issues throughout the story, such as sexuality, adolescence and suicide.

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Candidates f ight for the college vote T&C opinion editor examines the presidential candidates’ views on issues important to college students

I know that the last thing most of us want to read about right now is politics. This year’s election has consumed the media for months now, and few states are hit harder with political ads than Ohio. The outDENNISON come of this SLEEPER election will be largely decided by how Ohio votes, and specifically, the greater Columbus area. While Cleveland tends to vote Democrat and Cincinnati tends to vote Republican, Columbus and its surrounding suburbs is one of the hottest battlegrounds in politics. That’s why President Barack Obama has been visiting Ohio State, while Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been (sort of) visiting Otterbein. You know what I would rather do instead of watching the debates? Shave my face with a rusty butter knife while riding a mountain bike through a black diamond trail, all while being chased by a pack of rabiesinfested badgers. Because at least the badgers have clear intentions, and the butter knife would still be marginally less painful than listening to the rhetorical jargon both candidates vomit all over this nation every four years.

But because it’s important — and also because I’m somewhat of a masochist — I allowed myself to be hurled on this year to bring readers the facts on our election, with a focus on how each candidate will affect college students. As a country, we are facing a massive student debt problem that is in excess of $1 trillion, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. More than 37 million students and dropouts owe money. Crippling student loan debt keeps many students from purchasing homes and limits job opportunities that aren’t local. While the Democratic Party has been pushing to reduce the cost of student loans, the Republican Party insists this is not possible unless public education funding is slashed. Keep this in mind as you read each candidate’s profile.

Mitt Romney

During the Republican Convention, Romney was often subdued and allowed his other incumbents to bury each other under vicious mudslinging. As the election nears, Romney has become a much more outspoken and confident figure. His father was the head of the American Motors Corporation, a multiterm governor in Michigan and a member of President Nixon’s Cabinet.

Mitt Romney’s net worth is estimated at more than $250 million, not counting offshore bank accounts. Romney’s former company, Bain Capital, was a consultation business that came into local businesses, eliminated jobs and outsourced many more. He has been criticized for setting up shell companies in the Cayman Islands to reroute money through, avoiding American taxes and saving him money. His vast wealth and extremely privileged childhood have led to criticism about how well he can relate to the American people. When Romney visited Otterbein, he not only bussed in his own supporters, but he only allowed one small class of Otterbein students to visit and ask previously approved questions. He drew fire for suggesting that students “borrow money from your parents” to pay for school and start a business. Recently, tapes were released where Romney says, “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That, that’s an entitlement.” Unfortunately, this 47 percent includes us college students. Not

all of us have a multimillionaire father who is also a governor and helps us pay for Harvard. And it is terrifying to think that a man could be elected who could ignore almost half of the entire country as being “entitled.” At another point he said, “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.” War veterans who depend on disability, poor families trying to find jobs, mentally and physically disabled victims — what exactly aren’t they taking responsibility for, the fact that they were born into different situations? This country is founded on principles of equality. Romney can’t pretend that half of the nation doesn’t exist or doesn’t matter because they don’t fit into his equation.

Barack Obama

Obama was born in Hawaii to a black father and white mother. His family was middle-class and he graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude. He came into office on messages of hope, change and massive expectations. Inheriting a national debt of 85.2 percent of our gross domestic product, as well as a 9.3 percent unemployment rate, Obama had huge obstacles ahead of him. At the same time, the Senate soon became Republican-

controlled, making it nearly impossible to pass laws. Obama’s strategy of appeasement with the Republican Party brought criticisms from all sides, as he sacrificed important measures of his Affordable Health Care Act to get it passed, but that ultimately weakened the program. Despite drastic measures with his bailout plan, the employment rate has only increased to 7.8 percent and is showing few signs of improvement. Although Obama opposes the Republican strategy of slashing education funding to reduce student loans, he has offered few solutions. His liberal supporters have become discouraged at many of Obama’s broken promises, such as reducing the support of Guantanamo Bay, removing all forces from the Middle East, promoting environmental policies and promoting marijuana legalization and marriage equality. The best situation if he is elected for a second term is that, now being unconcerned with reelection, he makes bold moves to fix the economy and debt his way, as well as improve the health-care system. The worst case is that we get four more years of indecisiveness and false promises.



Check out this week for a gallery of photos from the upcoming musical “Spring Awakening.”

DiviDeD over Debt:

Obama and Romney differ on how they want to cut student loan debt.

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Freshman finds her stride at Otterbein



Megan McCabe starts her career strong BY JAZMYNE FLOWE Staff Writer

Penn State Altoona might have been just another tournament for the Otterbein women’s soccer team, but for freshman Megan McCabe, it was her soccer debut. The freshman forward from St. Francis DeSales High School in Lewis Center, Ohio, helped the women’s soccer team move to 12-5 in the season. She also earned the Ohio Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week award for the week of Sept. 10. “It was an incredible accomplishment, and I’m honored to have earned it, but it doesn’t stop there,” McCabe said. “I still have to work to improve every day.” Before becoming OAC Player of the Week in September, McCabe had to decide which school she wanted to attend. Soccer was an important factor in the decision; McCabe sought a school that would let her play competitively and study preveterinary at the same time. “Ever since I was four, I absolutely loved playing soccer,” McCabe said. “I loved high school soccer, but I didn’t think I had the skills to play at

the next level. At the same time, I couldn’t imagine not playing in college, but I knew I wanted to play for Brandon Koons.” McCabe said she and her teammates have great chemistry. “My teammates are amazing,” she said. “We all work hard for each other and pick each other up when we need it most, but we also offer praise for accomplishments.” Senior midfielder Rachel Denz said she thinks McCabe has been a great addition to the team. “She’s helped us out a lot offensively because she’s been dangerous in creating opportunities for us to score,” Denz said. “She just has a way of finding goals, either by putting them in the back of the net herself or by assisting on them.” McCabe assisted on the gamewinning goal against Hiram before posting three goals and two assists at the Penn State Altoona Tournament. She leads Otterbein with 15 points. “I knew I had been having a pretty good season so far but didn’t realize how well I was actually doing,” she said. “But … I still have a lot of work to do to achieve my goals.”

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eyes on the ball:

McCabe looks to travel down the field with the ball in her possession against Marietta.

The Cardinals’ overall record is 12-5. After their 2-0 victory against Marietta College, the team is now regular-season OAC champions. This is the fourth championship in five seasons for women’s soccer.

The team hosts Capital University Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. This is also Senior Day, when the team will honors its seniors. “With the help of my coaches, teammates and family, I

am able to build the confidence I need to continue what I love,” McCabe said. “Coming to Otterbein to play soccer (might have been) the greatest decision I have ever made, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” t&c

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Volleyball makes headway

Otterbein has high hopes for the approaching OAC Tournament BY JAZMYNE FLOWE Staff Writer

With a record of 22-7 overall and 7-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, the Otterbein women’s volleyball team has upset many teams this season. The Cardinals’ loss to Mount Union last Friday was the only game they have dropped in the OAC so far, and the opportunity to capture a conference title is still alive. “We’re playing hard right now, and (head coach Monica) McDonald has us focused,” senior outside hitter Michelle Gernert said. “We just need to do our job and play our game in order to come out on top for the rest of our games and the tournament.” Sophomore Tabatha Piper

attributes part of the team’s success to its chemistry. “We only have two weeks left, but I think that we are peaking at the right time and really coming together as individuals and as a team,” she said. Whether they were bonding in St. Louis as the underdogs of the Washington-St. Louis Invitational, defeating Heidelberg, or laughing and talking with each other on bus rides home, the players have found ways to connect with each other throughout this season as well as the past few years. Gernert has also noticed the camaraderie and thinks the team is close to winning a championship. “We have been so close for the past couple of years, but just not there,” Gernert said. “But this year is the year. We have already taken out the very

tough competitors like Heidelberg.” “The program is just growing,” said McDonald, who has been coaching for six years. “It takes time to learn how to win. The hard work that we have put in for the last few years is paying off. I don’t think anything major has changed. I do think the girls who have been around are determined to not repeat in terms of some key losses of years past, but that is probably the extent of the difference.” The next step for the Cardinals is the OAC Tournament. They will face conference teams for what might be Otterbein’s first-ever OAC Tournament Championship. If they perform well, the NCAA Tournament might follow. The Cardinals will have to finish the regular season as well as the postseason strong. “Even though we have a couple of games left, we are starting to get in the mentality for the tournament,” Piper said. The team honored its two seniors, Gernert and Kristen Bennett, last Monday, when the team went up against Denison University. Bennett has 241 kills so far this season, while Gernert is not far behind with 141. The Cardinals are en route to make a third appearance in the NCAA Tournament, with only one game left to conclude their regular season. They faced conference rival Marietta College last night and won the match in three games. The Cardinals will travel to battle crosstown rival Capital University Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. for the final game of the regular season. “We never seem to lose composure, even when we are not playing well,” McDonald said. “As a coach, it is something that I am really proud of. Even when we are off the court, we are a team. We get along and support each other. I couldn’t ask for a better team environment. It isn’t perfect, but I would put our togetherness up against any other team in the country.”


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Junior libero Emily Caldwell looks to add another point.

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Senior Kristen Bennett has a .313 hitting percentage.

T&C - Fall Semester 2012, Week 9  

Check out the new edition of the Tan & Cardinal for a preview of Spring Awakening and an update on Cardinal volleyball's season of dominance...

T&C - Fall Semester 2012, Week 9  

Check out the new edition of the Tan & Cardinal for a preview of Spring Awakening and an update on Cardinal volleyball's season of dominance...