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vol. 91, issue 29
Ordinary pub serves extraordinary grub 5 How to catch a bookstore thief
Student calls for more oversight of oil companies 6 Crowning spring sports moments get the rundown 8
THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN
Lady Gaga is coming to Columbus.
Otterbein is looking into a shuttle service for students during the bridge construction.
Facebook reveals new account privacy options.
Not much progress has been made in stopping the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“Lost” is over.
Not all Otterbein dorms have air conditioning. Information compiled by Emmy Beach. Information from www. cnn.com, www.otterbein.edu and www. eonline.com.
Britany Byers Lindsey Hobbs
Smash end-of-year laziness Summer is on the horizon, but we can’t ﬁnd the motivation to make it all the way there We’re in the homestretch, everyone. It’s not week eight anymore, when we still feel like we have another week before the craziness hits, and it’s not week 10, when you know you’ve got to get your rear in gear. Week nine of spring quarter is probably the worst because: We just want summer. There’s so much to do and so little motivation. How can you write that 10-page paper when it’s sunny and 84 degrees? You can still procrastinate for one more week. This may sound great at ﬁrst, but just wait until Sunday night rolls around and you haven’t done jack squat. All the projects, papers, presentations and tests loom over you like a dark cloud everywhere you go. Unless you are lucky enough to be able to push all those deadlines out of your head, you’ll feel like you will never make it to the end of the quarter. Yes, you know you have a lot to do. No, you can’t even think straight long enough to get started on a paper or get a project done. The last thing you want to do now is procrastinate. We all do it, though. It’s inevitable. But just think — the sooner you ﬁnish everything, the closer you are to summer. This week, try to get ahead of all your work. Sometimes it’s not possible, but it’s worth a shot.
t&c editorial staff Editor-in-Chief
News Editor Laina Thompson Assistant News Editor Hannah Ullom Opinion Editor Mike Cirelli Arts & Entertainment Editor Austin Walsh Sports Editor
Andrea Evans & Leah Driscoll Copy Editor Jayme Detweiler Photography Editor Kristen Sapp Assistant Photography Editor Jessica Miller & Rae Reed Business Manager Sarah Douglas Web Editor Justin McDonald
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Just in case you’re having some trouble getting your life together during these last couple weeks, here are some things you can do to help bust the end-ofyear blues — aka ways to help you get all of your crap done. 1. Have your roommate change your Facebook password. Yes, it sounds terrible. How will you ever survive? But think about it. You’re writing a paper and after every other sentence you feel the need to take a Facebook break. No, you don’t PHOTO BY KRISTEN SAPP really need to, but why not creep on someone STATUS UPDATE: Facebook adds to the list of things distracting us from homework. you don’t ever talk to? 2. Take your homework outside. get to the center of a Tootsie the end of the quarter — with The sun is shining and all Roll® Pop?” (364, by the way.) your sanity intact. Instead of you want to do is be outside. 4. Take a break. looking at the big picture, make Pack up your laptop, books and It can’t be healthy to study lists of things you need to acnotebooks, and instead of going for nine hours straight. How de- complish every day. Then you to the library, ﬁnd some spot pressing is it when someone asks won’t feel so overwhelmed. outside to do your work. There you what you did all day and you Anyway, we hope this helps. are picnic tables on campus, or tell them, “Well, I woke up, went You can do it. Just get through just take a blanket and pop a to class, worked on a project, the end of the quarter and it’s squat somewhere. You can work wrote a paper, studied for a ﬁnal, goodbye copious amounts of on your tan, too. wrote another paper and went to schoolwork and high blood 3. Unplug your Ethernet cord or bed.” I pity the fool. pressure and hello free time, turn off your wireless. No matter how busy you are, cookouts and more than four Just because your roommake time for something other hours of sleep a night. Oh, how mate changed your Facebook than schoolwork. Go to Serenamazing it will be. t&c password doesn’t mean that dipity, go play sand volleyball you can’t access about a zillion at the park or watch a movie. A other websites. After studying break will help clear your mind. THIS STAFF EDITORIAL IS A for hours, you get desperate and 5. Set daily goals. CONSENSUS OF THE VIEWS AND start Googling things like “what Taking these last couple OPINIONS OF THE STAFF MEMBERS is spam made out of ?” or “how weeks one day at time may be OF THE TAN & CARDINAL STAFF. many licks does it really take to the reason you can make it to Emmy Beach Cole Hague Daniele Murphy Brittni Pearson
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LUCK O’ THE IRISH:
O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, on High Street in Clintonville, dishes up specialty burgers and homemade fries.
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IN THE NEWS
News briefs from around campus and Ohio
On May 19, Ohio senators announced the launching of the College Access and Economic Opportunity Caucus. Its purpose is to give Ohioans the tools necessary to get an education beyond high school. t&c
Effective July 1, Mitch Davidson will become the associate vice president of Information Technology at Otterbein. Davidson has a master’s degree in computer information technology from Regis University in Denver. t&c
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McPherson had also stolen the backpack that he was asked to leave on the bag drop shelves.
Quick action warrants arrest
Intelligence alert photo triggered bookstore manager’s call to security BY LINDSEY HOBBS News Editor
An alleged textbook thief was nabbed by authorities with the help of some watchful eyes. Shawn Lamar McPherson, 32, of Columbus was arrested last Friday afternoon in the Campus Center bookstore after Ann Morris, bookstore manager, recognized him from an intelligence alert from other Central Ohio bookstores regarding McPherson stealing books. “Ofﬁcer Verne (of the Otterbein Security Department) came to see me around 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon … a call had come in that said a man had stolen about $600 in books from Ohio Dominican,” said Morris. “It was about 3:30 p.m. when I saw him come in.” Erin Cochran, a junior art major, was in the Campus Center lobby for the Starving Artists’ art sale when she noticed McPherson entering and leaving the bookstore several times. “I saw him go in the bookstore and come out once, and I thought there might have been something under his shirt,” said Cochran. “After the second time, he walked out in front of the Campus Center towards the parking lot.” According to Cochran, that was when she decided to alert a
bookstore employee about what she had seen. “As I was talking to the bookstore cashier, I saw him out of the corner of my eye walking back in,” said Cochran. According to Morris, when McPherson entered the bookstore again, he had a backpack.
“He realized he was being watched.” Detective Larry French, Westerville Police Division As a rule, bookstore employees asked him to leave the pack on the shelves just outside of the entrance. He then asked to borrow a pen and a piece of paper and proceeded to the textbook section of the store. That was when Morris recognized him from the alert. “They (Ofﬁcer Verne) had given me a picture and I recognized him from the picture.” Morris said that when she told a bookstore cashier to call Campus Security, the cashier informed her of what Cochran had seen.
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McPherson left the bookstore again before Campus Security arrived and he left the backpack behind. However, according to Morris, he returned moments later because he wanted to return the pen he had borrowed. That was when he was stopped by Campus Security. According to Detective Larry French of the Westerville Division of Police (WPD), McPherson was arrested at the scene due to three outstanding warrants. “The warrant was from the Columbus police for driving under suspension, no operator’s license and a turn signal violation,” said French. French also said that the backpack McPherson had left behind was stolen, but to his knowledge, McPherson did not get away with anything from the bookstore. “He realized he was being watched,” said French. Morris said she speculates that McPherson was stealing textbooks from college bookstores and then trying to sell them to others. “That’s one of the reasons we at Otterbein request a student ID when buying back books,” said Morris. “I was just really thankful that Ofﬁcer Verne got here when he did.” McPherson was transported to the Franklin County Jail. t&c www.otterbein360.com |
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Otterbein offers a solution for bridge bother Construction will begin on the West Main Street bridge this July and is estimated to end in August of 2011 PHOTO BY JAYME DETWEILER
A shuttle service is part of the Franklin County project proposal that would take students and residents around the bridge construction to either side of Main Street.
BY BRITANY BYERS Editor-in-Chief
Students, worry no more. Otterbein is awaiting conﬁrmation for a shuttle service to accommodate students, faculty and staff during the year-long West Main Street bridge construction. Construction is scheduled to begin this July and end August 2011. The construction site will be completely closed to all trafﬁc, creating a detour for those who use the bridge to get to the Art and Communication Building. According to David Bell, director of Otterbein’s Physical Plant, the college looked into a temporary bridge that would have cost $200,000-$300,000. “For a temporary bridge … that just doesn’t make sense,” Bell said. Jim Pajk, Franklin County deputy bridge engineer, approached Otterbein with a
possible transportation solution. The county added a shuttle service into their project bid. Bids opened on Tuesday, May 25, and a contractor will be announced June 8. As of now, the college is looking into one 32-passenger vehicle that would run ﬁve days a week for 10 hours a day. Transportation for students and residents would be free. “I think given the economic times it’s probably the best solution for Otterbein,” Bell said. “Would we like to have a bridge? Sure, who wouldn’t? But it’s just not in the ﬁnancial realm.” Don Foster, registrar, said he wonders about the feasibility of one vehicle. “I don’t know how well that’s going to work,” he said. “I think students who have back-to-back modules are going to end up being fairly late to class.” Otterbein is not included in the funding for the bridge.
However, “Otterbein will be responsible for 20 percent of the shuttle service,” Bell said. “Estimates are that it (the shuttle service) could be as much as $100,000.” The other 80 percent of the shuttle costs would be federally funded. “I’m not sure how the city gets away with not having to put up any money … for that service,” Bell said. “… It’s not costing the college very much, the city beneﬁts from it as well, so good for them.” Foster said the bridge construction is a “missed opportunity” to provide a permanent pedestrian bridge over Otterbein Lake. “It seems to me a waste of money to spend $100,000 on transportation when that $100,000 could have gone into the construction for the bridge,” Foster said. Logistics for run times, pick-up and drop-off locations
cannot be determined until a contractor is chosen. “I hope people’s expectations are not that ‘as soon as I need the service, it should be there,’” Bell said. “There will be a schedule and that’s what people will have to follow.” According to Bell, the college will request that the shuttle runs during class times. “We don’t want to leave students stranded … particularly in the winter.” Mychael Ihnat, junior art, photography and visual communication major, walks to class every day because she does not have a car. Ihnat said she would use the shuttle service if one is provided. Ihnat also said that the shuttle service is a wonderful
solution for student transportation during construction. “I am glad that they (Otterbein) see this being a problem and want to help the students out.” According to Foster, some classes may be moved to main campus next year. These include fundamentals of public speaking, business and professional speech and art history classes. “Those courses, we may try to move up here (main campus), and if we don’t have space, we may rent space from the church across the street,” he said. Foster said decisions for class relocations will be made this summer and there has not been a request to add time between classes or change module times.
For full campus news briefs, a web exclusive story, this week’s security report and a map of some alternative routes around the Main Street bridge construction, please visit www.otterbein360.com.
IF APPROVED, WOULD YOU USE THE SHUTTLE SERVICE PROVIDED DURING CONSTRUCTION? “I would use it. I was concerned about the construction, but I really think this will help students.”
“No, because I have my own car and can come and go as I please.”
“I would use it even when the bridge is built. It would save me gas and be quicker than walking.”
—Erin Cochran junior art
—Brent Ford sophomore broadcasting
—Neil Brown freshman broadcasting
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“Yes, to save gas. And it is going to be really helpful for students who don’t have an option to drive.” —Brianna Stover sophomore art education PHOTOS BY AND INFORMATION COMPILED BY KRISTEN SAPP
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arts & entertainment
Pub overplays familiarity but serves great burgers
The T&C’s resident food critic follows an Otterbein professor’s advice to check out an Irish pub hidden in Clintonville, Columbus BY JUSTIN MCDONALD Contributing Writer
PHOTO BY JAYME DETWEILER
It has been ﬁve months since I signed my personal oath to restaurant exploration. Fortunately, the ﬂow of Columbus restaurants is still rushing by faster than I can keep up with. This week I traveled to O’Reilly’s in Clintonville off of High Street, just down from the Weber Road exit. I was made aware of this local burger joint by Patricia Ryan of the education department. She claims this burger place reigns supreme in Columbus, so I thought I’d check it out. My ﬁrst impression of O’Reilly’s was that of a humble Irish pub. It was hard to locate the entrance, but after walking through the small, inconspicuous entryway, I found myself in the middle of a local bar scene. Literally everyone there seemed to be a regular. It reminded me of Moe’s bar on “The Simpsons.” Everyone was on a ﬁrst name basis, and no one seemed to notice I had entered the room. I got caught up in peoplewatching. After standing around for a bit I caught the bartender Cindy’s eye, and she asked if I was lost. Lost I was. I had entered a new universe. The second question Cindy asked me was what I wanted to eat. I was clueless. I knew I wanted a burger, but past that, I hadn’t seen a menu. I plopped down in a seat and the regulars started to stare. So I did the best thing I could think of: I ordered a beer. There’s no drink menu so I had to look at the case. They had American microbrews, and I got a Great Lakes Burning
River. The place returned to normal. I learned the language quickly and was accepted. Let me make it clear that O’Reilly’s does have a menu. You just have to ask to see it.
bacon and full cracked peppercorns over the top. The jerk burger was good, but I preferred the pepper burger. Great burgers are a good starting place, and the fries and rings were homemade, crisp and hot. They made it worth the trip. My ﬁnal judgment of the burgers was that the meat was different than anything I had previously eaten. It wasn’t greasy, but still very moist. I contributed this to it being higher in quality and lower in fat. Ryan had indicated that O’Reilly’s gets its meat from Weiland’s Market, a well-known and respected grocery store in Clintonville. The meal left me feeling full SIGN O’ THE REILLY’S: O’Reilly’s Pub is and satisﬁed, but locally renowned for its pepper burger. without the usual sluggish sensation I liked the menu. It was that typically follows a burger no fuss and straightforadventure. Dare I say that my ward. You had burgers and meal may have been somewhat sandwiches, fries and rings. healthy in addition to tasting so There’s no messing around great? with salads and veggies. Overall, I can say that it truly I ended up with a pepwas a worthwhile experience. per burger (their infamous I enjoyed the people watching, burger), a jerk burger and the informality, the beer and of an order of fries and rings. course the food. At $15 for evThe service was fast erything, my pocketbook didn’t and friendly. I had multiple suffer either. short conversations with Whether it was the best people passing by, and evburger I’ve ever had, I can’t eryone was very pleasant. say, but you can decide that for My food arrived in yourself. a plastic basket, how I For more reviews from my expected it to be served. I quest to ﬁnd the perfect burger, dived right in. The pepper visit my blog at www.movingburger had a great mouths.blog.com. t&c layer of melted Swiss, real, delicious smoked
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What’s your flavor?
Name: Adam Schalter Year: sophomore Major: musical theater Hometown: East Lansing, Mich. What’s your ﬂavor? dark chocolate, baby. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? ﬂight Favorite place to shop: Sunoco Favorite place to eat: Five Guys Burgers and Fries Favorite actor/actress: Hayden Panettiere
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BP oil spill leaks bigger problem & Workers hired by BP attempt to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This catastrophe, which may continue into early August, is the worst spill in history.
Millions of gallons of BP’s oil have polluted the Gulf of Mexico, but is the U.S. to blame for this disaster? After over a month at sea, downed BP rig Deepwater Horizon is still spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. To date, six million gallons of the sludge, originating from a damaged well, have spilled into the ocean since the rig exploded EMMY on April 20. This BEACH is the worst spill in U.S. history. There has been a good deal of ﬁnger pointing in this disaster to determine the culprit in this
case, but the true reason the catastrophe occurred was because of the U.S.’s lax regulation on oil companies. Decisions on safety are made and enforced by the corporations themselves. Our government sets the safety standards, but lets companies like BP work out the details. So in short, big oil self-regulates. If the U.S. says that rigs need to have better precautionary measures in place to prevent a massive rupture of oil, then it is up to BP to make sure that they enforce regular maintenance on
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parts like the blowout preventer, which is the piece of the rig that failed and caused the massive spill in the ﬁrst place. Even Mexico and Venezuela have tighter restrictions on offshore oil drilling than the U.S. Doug Suttles, chief operating ofﬁcer at BP, has said that the oil could continue to ﬂow until early August at the latest when work on a new well to contain the liquid can be completed. Throughout the past few weeks, researchers for the company have been working to quell the ﬂood, and they seem to be down to their last ideas before the end of the summer. Announcements about new technology come out nearly every day, and their most recent trick, the “junk shot” method, involves shooting garbage, shredded tires and human hair into the blown out well to plug the leak. BP has provided murky reports as to exactly how much oil is actually leaking. They have said that there are 210,000 gallons released into the water daily, but analyses from independent organizations have determined that it could be much more than the giant has been letting on, perhaps even up to 4.2 million gallons daily. After much urging from lawmakers, the oil company has posted a live underwater video of the damaged well, and viewers can log in at any time and see plumes of black liquid rushing
into the gulf ’s deep waters. In its ﬁrst day, there was so much trafﬁc that the site crashed. The idea behind the current regulation guidelines our country has in place is that offshore oil drilling operations know the risks of their business, and how best to prevent disasters. But as we have seen with the events beginning late last month, they have absolutely no safeguards in place in the event of a spill of this scale, much less the power to stop it once it starts. We should stop assuming that they can police themselves. Not only do spills of this magnitude affect the environment and ecosystem of a tremendous amount of wildlife, but they also hurt the economy of those closest to the coast. The tourism industries as well as large ﬁshing operations in the area have already taken a big ﬁnancial dive. Understandably, people don’t want to swim in water with a slick, oily sheen, and they don’t want to eat ﬁsh laced with tar. Our country can’t afford to continue in this way. The businesses and ﬁshermen in states like Florida and Louisiana can’t afford it either. The U.S. needs to shorten the leash on big oil. We’ve certainly let them run too far already. t&c EMMY BEACH IS A SENIOR
BROADCASTING MAJOR AND IS A STAFF WRITER FOR THE
Did you know?
1. At the exact moment the Deepwater Horizon blew up, BP executives were celebrating the safety of the rig in an onboard party to commemorate no accidents for seven years.
2. Kevin Costner sunk $24 million of his own money into developing a machine supposedly capable of quickly separating oil from water. 3. The endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is in danger again due to previously being airlifted from Mexico to the Gulf Coast so they wouldn’t be wiped out by the Ixtoc oil spill in 1979. 4. BP may be charged royal-
ties on every drop of spilled oil. Under the law, oil spilled is the same as oil sold, so BP may end up footing the bill after all.
5. 210,000 gallons of oil leak-
ing per day equals about one olympic-sized pool every three days.
6. Engineers contemplated
stufﬁng the leak with golf balls and old tires to plug holes in the automatic safety. Information compiled by Cole Hague. Information from pbs.org and livescience.com.
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C r o s s w o r d
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BY ARNOLD W. SPIKES
IN COLUMBUS MAY 30
ON DVD JUNE 1
Bret Michaels 6:30 p.m. Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
“Alice in Wonderland”
ON CD JUNE 1
Dress Down Day
CPB End-of-the-Year Celebration Spring Luau 3 p.m. Highland Park
“Sex and the City 2” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”
Taio Cruz “Rokstarr” Jack Johnson “To The Sea”
Information compiled by Britany Byers from www.otterbein.edu, www.experiencecolumbus.com and www.metacritic.com.
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Spring season leaves lasting memories
Thanks to birdies, backhands and bombs, Otterbein’s spring athletic teams provided more than enough to reﬂect on Shortly after I sat down to recap the spring season’s top moments, I realized two things: Austin Curbow is really fast and reminiscing about the season isn’t much fun to do alone. So I decided to talk to Otterbein’s second-year Assistant Sports InformaAUSTIN tion Director, WALSH Adam Prescott. Prescott and I relived nearly three months of sporting events in a mere 10 minutes. Bouncing from sport to sport, we talked about each individual team. Even the teams that didn’t meet expectations on the ﬁeld had memorable storylines. “You look at the baseball team and you had Brian Hiscox who broke a (home run) record that stood for 22 years, and then
one year later our leadoff hitter is chasing it again,” Prescott said. Switching gears, Prescott recalled that as the softball season wound down he couldn’t remember outﬁelder Casey Clarridge recording an out. “She was just a sophomore and she was as good of a hitter as you could ﬁnd in the conference,” Prescott said. We also spent a great deal of time talking about the lacrosse team. Prescott enjoyed the new dimension the team brought, and well, I liked watching games from DeVore Hall’s computer lab windows. I felt like Jerry Jones or Theo Epstein watching from my private suite with the rosters of both teams in my hands. After looking back through stats and schedules, here are my top ﬁve storylines from the spring. t&c AUSTIN WALSH IS A SOPHOMORE JOURNALISM MAJOR AND IS THE SPORTS EDITOR FOR THE t&c.
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5. OC hurdles over competition
Today, sophomore Samie Corbin will compete in the NCAA preliminaries in the 400-meter hurdles. If she advances she will run in the championships on Saturday. Corbin, the lone Otterbein runner to qualify for nationals, wasn’t the only Cardinal hurdler that ran well during the regular season. Junior Sarah Petraitis and senior Stacey Schall consistently ﬁnished in the front of the pack of the 100-meter event all season. On the men’s side, sophomore Austin Curbow defended his 110-meter conference championship, taking his total of OAC titles to four.
4. Baseball team shutout from postseason
PHOTO BY GREG BEERS
Seniors John Quimby and Brittany Rings had stellar spring campaigns.
3. Golf teams tee up at nationals
Head coach Mark Paluszak was named the OAC Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s teams following ﬁrst-place ﬁnishes at the OAC Championships for both squads. Their 13th and 15th place ﬁnishes likely were not what the men and women’s teams wanted to bring home, especially after the men led the tournament much of the second round and the women were looking to ﬁnish in the top ﬁve for the third straight season. Nonetheless, qualifying for the post season, though becoming a regular occurrence for both teams, is quite impressive.
1. Women’s tennis makes its mark
During a season full of individual recognition, the women’s tennis team had their best regular season in school history. Finishing with 19 wins, the team enjoyed marquee victories such as an 8-1 win over defending OAC champion Ohio Northern and a 9-0 rout against Heidelberg on Senior Day. Unable to win the conference, the team fell short 5-4 to Baldwin-Wallace in the OAC title match. Seniors Brittany Rings and Cheryl Thinnes each surpassed 100 wins for their careers and Rings was named OAC Player of the Year.
The baseball team was suspended from its Florida spring trip and failed to post a winning season for the ﬁrst time in 10 years. A perennial OAC Championship contender, the team went 6-14 to ﬁnish the year. Amidst the struggles of the season, senior shortstop John Quimby gave the conference something to watch. On pace to hit 78 home runs after the ﬁrst doubleheader (he hit two in each game), Quimby began his chase to become Otterbein’s single season home run king. Unfortunately, he fell short and the team ﬁnished its season on the outside looking in.
2. Lacrosse team debuts
Otterbein introduced the ﬁrst lacrosse team to the OAC this spring when a group consisting mostly of freshmen took the ﬁeld against Lake Erie College in March. A 4-11 season might not look good on paper, but with nine home games, the team received support from the college and looks to have a strong foundation to build on for next year. “We’ll still be a young program for a couple of years,” coach Colin Hartnett said. “But it’s looking good for us and we’re real excited about the future.” PHOTO BY JAYME DETWEILER
To read interviews
Editor’s with Clyde Lamb Note Award winners Brian
Hiscox and Carly Dent, please visit www. otterbein360.com.
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