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Otterbein student and Governor’s Smokeshop employee Ben Willis smokes a cigar at the shop’s new location.

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news Campus receives students for spring

wednesday, feb. 6, 2013

An increase in adult and transfer students for spring reflects results of reorganization By Kendra Schwarz Staff Writer

Toughing out the brisk, cold weather, new faces are showing up around campus. The crowded sidewalks are due to the increase in students transferring to Otterbein. Students said they transferred to Otterbein for different reasons. Some of these include financial reasons, course selection and sports opportunities. Others said they transferred to Otterbein because it is where they felt they best fit. “We’ve seen bigger increases in the traditional age transfer students,” Mark Moffitt, the director of adult and transfer admission, said. “In the fall, we saw an increase of 28 students from the prior fall. ... This spring we had 16 new (traditional) transfers compared to last year.” Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Bob Gatti said that the recent increase is a direct reflection of the reorganization effort that took place last year to create the office for Adult and Transfer Students. Moffitt said the change with the program began in 2011.

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Moffitt and the staff combined both the transfer enrollment services and adult enrollment services together to make the Adult and Transfer office what it is today. “We used to have a continuing studies office and they worked solely with adult students coming back to Otterbein,” Moffitt said. “We just merged the transfer enrollment and the adult enrollment together.” Otterbein offers many options for the traditional student who ranges in ages 18-22, adult students who are 23 or older, and the non-degree seeking students who are taking classes for selffulfillment purposes. “The majority of our incoming transfer students tend to be on the freshmen level in overall hours,” Moffitt said. For transfer student Hannah Fowler, a freshman psychology and art double major, transferring to Otterbein from a small school in North Carolina was a way she could have more realworld experiences due to the location of large city nearby. She said it was also an to opportunity to live near her family.

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New students take a look at what Otterbein has to offer.

“Being so close to a large city means that there are so many more opportunities when it comes to entertainment, arts, food and resources,” Fowler said. Fowler first attended Warren Wilson College near the town of Asheville, North Carolina. Warren Wilson has about 900 traditional students and is a triad school. A triad school is based around three pillars: work, service and academics. According to Fowler, students were required to work 15 hours on campus, but instead of receiving a paycheck, it went towards their tuition. “We were on small crews and did practically every job on campus except teach classes,” Fowler said. Freshman business administration major Kara Barnes transferred from Baldwin Wallace to Otterbein because of athletic opportunities. “I transferred to Otterbein because I didn’t like the softball

program at my previous college,” she said. Not all transfer students change from one school to another. Some start their college career and decide to devote their time to other areas of life and come back to school later down the road. “We work with students who have stopped out several years ago, whose life got to them ... And now it’s their time to come back and finish their degree,” Moffitt said. Advice from both Moffitt and Gatti for new transfers is the same: get involved. “Get out there and seek out the different clubs and organizations that Otterbein has,” Moffitt said. “We encourage (them) to email and make appointments with their academic advisor almost immediately, and we encourage them to come back. We may not always have the answer, but we can get (them) into the right place.” t&c

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Members Kendra Schwarz, Hannah Ewald and Brianne Buletko sing away their Sundays during a Crossroads meeting.



OCF gets ready to spend extra time together after their official meeting.

New Christian group on campus

Crossroads provides another religious opportunity for students By Sam Dematteo Staff Writer

As Otterbein continues to grow and flourish, a new Christian worship group has surfaced on campus to provide another option for students, in addition to the already existing Otterbein Christian Fellowship. Crossroads is a religious group associated with Church of the Master United Methodist. The group was established to offer a more inclusive worship to students of all faiths, ethnicities and sexualities through scripture, songs, personal testimonies, multimedia and modern technology. Gregory Moomaw, a junior sports management major, who helped get the group started said he hopes that students will come to Crossroads to find a warm and welcoming place. Crossroads was formed at the beginning of summer 2012 and held its first service in August. Many people helped to get this group up and running, among which are sophomore women’s gender and sexuality studies major Hannah Ewald and Bev Pancoast, the director of Next Generation Ministries.

“We just wanted to provide another option for students,” Moomaw said. “Maybe students’ Thursday evenings are busy ... or maybe they just feel uncomfortable with faith altogether. All we wanted was to provide another option and create a sense of passion and

I personally believe that regardless of what type of religious group it is, it should be embraced by the campus.

Mary Julien sophomore, education inclusiveness. We felt like one option for an entire college was a little ridiculous,” he said. Crossroads meets every Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Church of the Master. In contrast to the new worship group, OCF is a religious

group that has been on campus for more than 20 years. The organization offers Bible studies throughout the week and scheduled events to help students grow in their faith or lead a more spiritual life. OCF offers services on Thursdays in Roush at 8:30 p.m., and is open to everyone. Ruth Payne, a senior broadcasting and public relations major is a member of OCF. “Our main purpose is to make Jesus famous,” she said. Though the two groups have a similar focus, there is no competition between them. “God speaks to people in different ways,” Payne said. “Some people meet with God at Crossroads, some people meet with God at OCF and some people meet with God at church. The important thing isn’t where you meet God, it is what you do to meet God,” she said. Mary Julien, a sophomore education major, said “I personally believe that regardless of what type of religious group it is, it should be embraced by the campus.”


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4 Cigar shop becomes new hot spot Tan & Cardinal

Governor’s Smokeshop offers community, relaxation and networking for students By Clark Tieman Staff Writer

Visitors should not be surprised when an outgoing, red-bearded man makes a point to open conversation with them regarding the stripper pole he has yet to install in his cigar shop. Governor’s Smokeshop, or Governor’s Smokes as it is often called, has been catering to the Westerville area’s cigar needs since its opening in 2011. One of the shop’s owners, Justin Richards, a Westerville native, said the infamous pole installed at the previous location on State Street will be placed in their newest spot. The cigar shop has been steadily gaining a following of

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not just Otterbein students, but area professionals, Columbus smokers and people from all over the country. The new location at 33 E. College Ave., the former Serendipity Ice Cream & Coffee House storefront, was purchased because of the larger space. The Smokeshop has been able to increase their storage space and the size of their humidor, which is the humiditycontrolled room where cigars are contained and displayed. The addition of a second floor also offers more chances for recreation than what was available at the State Street location. This location allows the shop to utilize multiple floors while still keeping the comfort-

able and laid-back atmosphere that Richards was aiming for. The ground level opens into a sitting room with a television and several couches, where customers can smoke and talk to one another. In the sitting room there is also a table, which can be utilized for further conversations or card playing. The cash register and humidor are on the ground level as well. The upper level is currently undergoing some construction in preparation for the events to come in the next few weeks. Additionally, more TVs, as well as a fully-operational barber shop, will be installed in the upper level within the next few months, according to Richards. One of Richards’s employees, Otterbein junior art and philosophy double major Ben Willis has been working at the shop since summer 2012. In addition to his salesman position, he is responsible for some of the renovations, particularly repainting the walls and wooden floorboards found throughout the upper level. Willis said he believes that the location and the business itself have a lot to offer, crediting the shop’s owners for its success. “They really pour their whole entire hearts into this place,” Willis said. Richards, 31, was a former Otterbein student but was detoured by other plans and did not graduate. He later spent nearly 13 years as a sales representative in Georgia for a Dominican cigar manufacturer. After returning to Westerville, he and co-owner Justin Hanas purchased Uptown Cigars on State Street and used Richards’s expertise to grow Governor’s Smokeshop into a nationally recognized cigar vendor. During his career in the cigar industry, Richards developed an expertise, which he exhibits when helping his customers. “I can tell you about any cigar in this shop, or any shop

for that matter. Filler, wrapper, binder, all the things that go into it. I can tell you about humidity and what region the cigar is from,” Richards said. He explained that he works to improve the cigar industry and get rid of stereotypes. “When you think cigars, you don’t think of a 21-year-old black college student,” Richards said as he nodded toward Willis. “You think of a white-haired, stuffy old guy. But we’re trying to break barriers.” Willis said he sees diversity in the clients as well. “Here, you get to just come in and sit down with a bunch of guys or girls,” Willis said. “Because, really, girls do come in here quite often. So it’s not just a guy spot. It’s nice to see some diversity in smokers, and we have that here.” On a Thursday afternoon, for example, one can find older locals, young Atlanta businessmen and university students all sitting together, watching TV while smoking and laughing. Tyler Stegall, a junior finance major, is a regular customer at Governor’s Smokes. “Initially, I wasn’t really interested in smoking at all,” Stegall said. “I just came to hang out. After a little while, I got to know the guys, and I’ve

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been pretty regular ever since.” Otterbein students, like Stegall, are often seen in the shop alongside other students and working professionals from all over Ohio and other states. Willis described Columbus as a microcosm of the world. He said there are all different walks of life where one can hear great stories, get good experiences and learn something. According to Richards, the shop acts as a networking tool

as well. Colum sionals, like C ly-ranked surg to sit and smo and other you “We have character that that door,” R have the CEO companies, an guys who driv hotels. To wa sit down and other, and tal

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The new location of Governor’s Smokeshop includes a sitting room with televisions and also tables for card games.

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chards (left) employed Otterbein student Ben Willis (right) last summer.

mbus-area profesCEOs and nationalgeons, are known oke with students ung adults. every kind of t walks through Richards said. “We Os of Fortune 500 nd then we have ve the shuttle at atch those people talk amongst each lk to college stu-

dents … it’s just great networking.” Richards said that students and other young adults have even been hired by visiting professionals that have entered Governor’s Smokes. Sometimes customers are unaware they are preparing a mock interview or networking with employees when talking with complete strangers. Richards said he’s had employers hire people right out of

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the shop. Employers sometimes ask Richards if he would recommend a certain customer for a job. More often than not, Richards would say yes. All of this variety results in a casual but unique atmosphere, according to Willis. “We have a very strong following here in Uptown Westerville, and we really benefit from word of mouth,” Willis said. “We’re the only cigar shop in Westerville, especially within

ntrolled room where cigars are stored. The shelves stretch from wall to wall.

walking distance from campus.” “The connections that are made here are unlike any other,” Willis said. “You get a really business-like feel at other cigar shops, but here it’s like you’re coming home, and everyone’s ready to embrace you. Basically, you can just be yourself.” Stegall said Otterbein students come to the shop to play poker and a lot of euchre, as well as watch movies. “This place gives me a chance to get away from campus,” Stegall said. “It’s really relaxing here.” Upcoming events will include open houses, featuring student jazz musicians from Otterbein’s music and theatre departments. These will be scattered throughout the upcoming year, according to Willis. Richards said the shop will also be sponsoring several charity events in the next few months, working with Goodwill, the United States Armed Services and Otterbein’s local Phi Delta Theta chapter on several different projects. Governor’s Smokeshop also holds regular events, including an upcoming affair co-hosted by the Drew Estates, a cigar manufacturing company out of Miami. The event will be presented at the shop on Thursday, Feb. 9, and will feature live music. All of this ambience, as well as the feeling of relaxation that Stegall and Willis referred to, is what Richards said he believes puts his locale above the other Columbus-area cigar shops. “You can buy a cigar anywhere,” Richards said. “But you can’t get this experience everywhere. Everyone has their charms, and every shop has their own business models; I don’t look down on anyone.” The friendly atmosphere of the shop brings back customers, Richards said. “There are shops that have been around for years, a lot longer than we have for sure,” he said. “But, you know, you’re going to go back to where you’re comfortable, and I think that that’s something that we have in spades. Plus, what other cigar shop has a stripper pole?”

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opinion 6 Tips for new transfer students Tan & Cardinal

wednesday, feb. 6, 2013

Junior offers helpful advice for students new to Otterbein’s campus By AnnA SchiffBAuer Managing Editor

Welcome to campus, transfer students. In the short time you’ve been here, it has swung between warm, no-jacket weather to 20 degree, bundle-up-like-the-Michelin-Man weather. (If you are new to Ohio, welcome to Ohio weather.) In order to make your transition a little easier, though, I’ve come up with some things that I would have liked to have known

my first semester at Otterbein. Hopefully, you will find some of them helpful. Long lines between classes at the Roost Express in Roush and the OtterBean in the library are the norm around lunch time. You might have trouble getting through the line in time to get to your next class. If you get in line in the first few minutes of the gap between classes, you will probably get in and out with no trouble. (An aside: if you have evening classes in Roush, get a

Check out the photo gallery of the Otterbein cheer team and the men’s basketball team.

pick-me-up snack during your break from Noreen.) Another bit of wisdom that you might already know: buy books from the campus bookstore only if you want to spend more money. I bought all of my books from the bookstore my first quarter here. (We were still on the quarter system.) I spent about $430 for those textbooks and novels. In the three years and 28 classes since, I haven’t spent nearly that much. Order used textbooks from, Barnes& and Chegg. com, and you might save a couple hundred dollars a semester. The last two semesters I have spent $134 and $92 on textbooks. I must confess that I buy the previous edition of the book unless the professor specifically asks for the current one, which saves a lot of money. Even online, used copies of the latest editions can get expensive. If it is possible with your major and the class, look into getting an older edition. If you have a car on campus, don’t go near the Main Street crosswalk during the 15 minutes we have between classes. This is the section of Main where Courtright Library and Towers are across from each other. The crosswalk has a steady stream of students and faculty who continue their noble quest to absorb and impart knowledge. Few cars get through in the height of the rush. It looks more like a parade of people that have car spectators lined up to catch the candy thrown to them. Save yourself some time and take the side streets. I like to use West and Home streets. There is still some congestion with pedestrians, but it’s much less frustrating.

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The third floor of the library houses Tennessee Williams.

If you have some free time (or are annoyed with the Main Street crosswalk,) meander around the second and third floors of the library. You’ll happen upon some books that you never knew existed and find, sometimes quirky but always informational, books on familiar topics, authors and titles. My favorite spots so far: the Tennessee Williams aisle with “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ” and the aisles with the old volumes of Time magazine and Life magazine. Study time is much more enjoyable when I spend it looking at old issues of Time and Life. Recently I discovered books that compile print ads from the 1920s to the 1980s. Talk about a

lesson in history. Ads are a window into the attitudes and values of the time. Exploring the library is a pleasant way to spend free time (or study time,) and you’ll likely wander through some cool areas. Just make sure you remember where your favorite finds are. I’ve had trouble finding things again. I hope these tips might have made the wild swings in the weather more welcoming for your first weeks on campus. Maybe you’ll find them useful and save you a headache and a little money. And if you have some tips for me, please pass them on — I am all for fewer headaches and more money. You can find me reading in the Tennessee Williams aisle. t&c

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sports 7 Tennis teams get ready for spring season with big goals

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The men’s and women’s tennis teams focus on improvement in the spring season By Jaylin Kennedy Staff Writer

all in the wrist:

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Tyler Gibbons prepares for doubles play this spring.

This past fall both the men’s and the women’s tennis teams got off to an impressive 2-1 start and each team looks to continue it throughout the spring season. At the end of the 2012 season both teams finished in third place in the OAC conference. This year each team will look to compete and win an OAC title but will have to improve. According to women’s head coach Patricia Anderson, more improvement will be a challenging task for the women’s tennis team. “Improving on last year’s third place finish will take plenty of hard work and dedication and that won’t be a problem,” Anderson said. “The strength of our team is work ethic and a sense of camaraderie,” Anderson said. “Our team spends the majority of the time together.” Junior nursing major Julie Stroyne, who didn’t appear in a match as a sophomore but earned freshman All-OAC Honors, said she believes that the women’s team has a legitimate shot at winning the conference. “It will take a lot of hard

going for it all:

work,” Stroyne said. “We’ve been engaging in a pre-practice cardio workout, and by doing this we hope to go into matches in immaculate shape.” Anderson said she believes this team is good enough to be a top contender in the conference. “I expect us to finish in the top four of the OAC this year,” she said.

The strength of our team is work ethic and a sense of camaraderie.

Patricia Anderson women’s tennis head coach

On the men’s team, head coach Mark Anderson said he is very optimistic about his players and the overall team this season. “I’m very impressed with the way they’re playing right now,” Anderson said. “We’ve got five new singles players this year but I think all of them have a tremendous amount of potential and we have two

strong doubles teams returning,” he said. One of the doubles teams returning includes the junior duo Tyler Gibbons and Ryan Shutt who said they believe the strength of this team relies on their closeness. “Our sense of togetherness comes from having common goals and having no egos,” Gibbons said. The duo said they feel strongly that they can compete with the top teams. “We look to finish in the top three of the conference again,” Shutt said. In fall 2012, Gibbons and Shutt participated in two of the three matches and earned a record of 1-1. Both Gibbons and Shutt said they feel confident that they can compete with the top teams. The men’s team faced off against their first opponent, the College of Wooster, on Saturday, Feb. 2 earning a 6-3 victory over the Fighting Scots. The men’s spring season will continue as the women’s begins on Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan. The time is still to be determined. t&c

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Sophomore Emma Krummel gets ready for spring after going 2-0 in singles during the fall.



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Athletes show talents on and off the field After this past fall season Otterbein had a total of 25 athletes from various sports teams named to the Academic All-OAC list By AliciA contrAscier Staff Writer

Otterbein’s fall athletes won an OAC regular season championship, made it to the NCAA tournament and accrued multiple individual athletic recognitions, but they also achieved major awards away from athletics. A total of 25 students were awarded Academic All-OAC, which means each of them maintained between a 3.5 and 4.0 GPA, were at least sophomore level, and achieved varsity status. The sport that came in first, with nine players, was the women’s soccer team. Those that made the list included Emily Bates, Rachel Denz, Sara Wolfe, Jess Yaney, Amanda Case, Jill Knox, Emily Burton, Lindsay Henderson and KyLee Tuchfarber. Head coach Brandon Koons expressed the importance of

academics to his team. “I remind my players why they are at Otterbein in the first place: academics,” Koons said. Junior defender and business administration major Amanda Case explained her experience as a student-athlete. “(It’s) difficult at first when trying to find the right balance between class time and field time but keeping a strict schedule is the key element in being sucphoto by stephanie parker cessful,” she amanda Case said. Junior Koons defender also said that he loves the fact that the older girls are making a positive influence on the rest of the team. “Kids who do well in the classroom, do

well on the field,” Koons said. In second was the women’s volleyball team with seven players including Kristen Bennett, Michelle Gernert, Kim Barker, Emily Caldwell, Annie Juenger, Liz Palmer and Kendel Kellogg. Women’s volleyball Assistant head coach Colleen Leonard explained how important academic performance is to their program. “Academics come first and volleyball second,” she said. “It’s all about time management,” Liz Palmer, junior middle blocker and middle childhood education major, said. “The coaching staff is very understandphoto by ed syguda ing, and it’s Liz paLmer important that Junior my teammates

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are extremely supportive as well.” During the season the volleyball team was awarded the American Volleyball Coaches Association award for maintaining a grade point average of a 3.3 or above which Leonard said is a “cool award.” Men’s soccer finished in third with five players. They included Dusty Kiaski, Tim Sedgwick, Mitch Maletic, Conor Holland and Kojo Otchere. Senior midfielder and accounting major Dusty Kiaski explained how it is easier for him to manage time during the soccer season. “Dealing photo by stephanie parker with soccer, dusty kiaski recording senior my music

and studying for school makes it easier to plan out my days in advance,” Kiaski said. Football rounded out the list with four including Aaron Kingcade, Zachary Guillozet, Ty Compton and Ryan Thombs. “Playing sports and balancing school has potential to be difficult,” Ryan Thombs, sophomore quarterback and political science major, said. “After practice I photo by stephanie parker come back ryan thombs and watch Csophomore SPAN which Q uarterbaCk helps me excel in my classes.”



Cheerleading team preps for Open Championship

On Saturday the cheerleading team will compete in the AmeriCheer Nationals By neil Brown And tyler duBiAk

Staff Writer and Sports Editor

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The cheerleading team practices a routine for Nationals.

In her first year as Otterbein’s cheerleading head coach, Liz Rossetti is preparing to take the Cardinal cheerleading team to levels Otterbein hasn’t seen in years. Rossetti, president and founder of AmeriCheer, is currently prepping the Cardinals to compete at the Winter Open National Championship on Feb. 9 at the Columbus Convention Center. “The competition is a way of showing their athletic achievement and showing their athleticism by competing so it’s really a confidence builder,” Rossetti said. “It gives them a chance to be a team and accomplish a goal for them as a team,” Rossetti said. Some of the cheerleaders expressed their goals for the event. Junior Mitch Kaeser said, “Our

goal is that we want to come in first.” Sophomore Victoria Noble said, “This is our first year so we just want to do our best and get more experience with competitions.” At this competition, the Cardinals will compete against other Division II and III schools from all over the Midwest. Their routine will last two and a half minutes but will be very challenging, according to Rossetti. “They go full out, and at the end they’re breathing really hard because of all the high intensity tumbling, jumps, cheering, dancing and performing,” she said. Rossetti said she hopes that this is just a stepping stone for things to come. “We hope to go to a bigger event next year … our goal in the future, in the next two years, is to go onto a much larger scale of competition,” Rossetti said.

According to Rossetti, the team is full of young men and women who are enthusiastic, positive and role models for the school. Rossetti added that to be a cheerleader, athleticism is critical, but personality and commitment to the school and community are the most important. “When someone makes the cheerleading squad, they are committing themselves to working through the school and performing and being at games,” Rossetti said. As they head into the competition, the team’s preparation consists of the same routine with lots and lots practice according to junior and team member, Ayla Starcher. Before the team goes on, Rossetti has already planned her message for the team. “Be yourselves, give 100%, and have fun with it because cheerleading needs to be fun,” she said. t&c

T&C - Spring Semester 2013, Week 2  

Check out this week's copy of the T&C for news on the newsest Christian group around campus, the cigar shop's new location and more.