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Administration required students in sexual assault cases to sign nondisclosure forms by chelsea coleman and katie taggart
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Otterbein University has been violating federal law by requiring students to keep alleged sexual assaults secret. Student Affairs staff has been requiring parties of sexual assault cases, including alleged victims, to sign a form preventing them from discussing the incident. It included the following: “Privacy must be maintained and the matter should not be discussed.” An investigation into the practice by the Tan & Cardinal showed that nondisclosure agreements in alleged campus sexual assault cases violate federal law. When questioned about the nondisclosure forms, university officials gave conflicting answers. Robert Gatti, vice president and dean of Student Affairs, told the Tan & Cardinal on May 2, “We don’t have the students sign anything.” Later in the same interview, Gatti said, “We don’t have the students sign any form that says they can’t talk about what goes on in a disciplinary proceeding.” But, Julie Saker, director of Student Conduct and Wellness wrote in a May 2 email, “The students sign a form that includes statements about maintaining privacy by both the students involved and by the investigator.” Saker provided the form (see Otterbein360.com for the form) that students were required to sign. On May 6, the Tan & Cardinal provided the form to Gatti
Knight Chair in Scholastic Journal, vice president and dean of Student Affairs: ism Mark Goodman said that FERPA does May 6 May 2 not require students “I was wrong and to sign nondisclosure “We don’t have the policies. “FERPA is didn’t realize we were a limitation on solely students sign any form what the university can doing this. We will release, not individual that says they can’t talk students,” he said. discontinue the practice about what goes on in Otterbein has also taken a stance of having students sign a disciplinary proceedagainst releasing public information except the a form that declares ing.” minimum required by the Clery Act. privacy.” The practice byuniversities to require and he responded in an email, “I ings involving sex crimes. students to sign nondisclosure was wrong and didn’t realize we Gatti said that the nondisagreements in cases of sexual were doing this. We will disconclosure clause was originally in assault has been challenged by tinue the practice of having stuOtterbein’s form because the students on other campuses. dents sign a form that declares Family Educational Rights and Students at Swarthmore Uniprivacy.” Privacy Act, or FERPA, prevents versity filed a complaint with the The federal law known as the universities and colleges from U.S. Department of Education Clery Act, states that universities releasing individual educational against the university for requircannot require nondisclosure records. ing victims to sign nondisclosure clauses. However, FERPA only limits agreements. Requiring students to sign what the university can release a nondisclosure agreement is a regarding educational records. t&c direct violation of the Clery Act, Kent State professor and according to the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education’s position on the matter is “an institution would be in violation of the Clery Act if a student was required to sign the nondisclosure agreement as a condition of receiving information to which he/she is unconditionally entitled to receive.” In a 2004 case involving Georgetown University, the U.S. Department of Education ruled that universities and colleges must discontinue nondisclosure agreements in judicial proceed-
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According to the Otterbein University Police Daily Crime Log, the following has been reported on April 28 to May 1.
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4/28 Underage consumption and criminal damage was reported at Clements Hall. The glass on the basement door was broken.
4/28 Peanut butter was smeared on the windows, walls and doorknobs at 25 W. Home St. It was reported as criminal mischief.
A burglary was reported at Garst Hall. Nothing was found
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25 W. Home St.
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The ITS Department plans to have Wi-Fi accessible to students all around Otterbein, Uptown Westerville, green spaces, equine center, sports fields and Memorial Stadium.
Otterbein Wi-Fi might spread past campus grounds Working with the city of Westerville, Otterbein plans to help expand Wi-Fi beyond academic buildings By Noelle Ivec Staff Writer
Otterbein’s Information and Technology Services Department plans to expand the university’s wireless network. The network will be expanded to the outdoors around campus and there are further plans to provide a wireless corridor for internet connections from Uptown Westerville to Cleveland Avenue. Completion of this project is anticipated to take about 3 to 5 years. The wireless project would be a collaboration with the city of Westerville, as both the city and the university would expand their own existing networks and share them. Specifically, Westerville would expand the network in the Uptown area. Westerville is looking to expand an outdoor wireless network from Park Street to Home Street in order to have wireless connection for the Fourth Friday events. This new expansion would provide students with the ability to be in Uptown Westerville or
other parts of the Otterbein and student ID number to log in. campus, and still have a connecThe network would remain tion to the Otterbein network. secure and students who were The ITS logged on Department’s would be vision is to protected by A project like this have an outthe Otterbein door wireless would allow for outfirewall. network so This new that students network would door classrooms. It can use their function just laptops, as if students would allow students tablets and were working smartphones in an academic of all majors to spend wherever building on time outside and have they are on campus. campus. Otterbein full-time access to the Currently, ITS and the city Otterbein has of Westerville about 380 in- Otterbein network are now in the door wireless planning stages access points, of the project, but does not but neither Dave Bender have any outhave approved door wireless interim executive director for a budget for access points. information and technology this expansion. The new The current services outdoor netplan is to do a work would test run of the be just like the Otterbein netplan, also known as a “proof of work that students already have concept,” over the summer with access to, by using their name the city of Westerville using a
few access points. This is to test how this plan would work, according to Dave Bender, interim executive director for ITS at Otterbein. The proof of concept will cost about $3,000 and each wireless access point will cost about $700, covering a radius of 250 feet. The system allows for up to 200 wireless connections per access point. If the proof of concept is successful, the ITS Department will request additional funds for full campus-wide expansion of the wireless network. Bender said that if this plan is successful, the ITS Department will begin to expand the wireless network to include green spaces in front of and behind Towers Hall, around the library and wherever else students express an interest in having outdoor wireless connection. The fully completed project would cover the entire Otterbein campus from Uptown Westerville to Cleveland Avenue. It would also include the equine center, sports fields and
Memorial Stadium. “The collaboration between the wireless networks of Otterbein and Westerville would allow Otterbein students to securely connect to the Uptown wireless network, as well as allowing Westerville to come onto our network,” Bender said. “But to the student, this difference would seem transparent.” Some students, including Austin Cooper, a sophomore BA of music, already find the idea to be potentially useful. “I think this project sounds like a great idea,” Cooper said. “It would be great to be able to have classes outside and it would allow students to do a lot more things on the Otterbein network.” “A project like this would allow for outdoor classrooms,” Bender said. “It would allow students of all majors to spend time outside and have full-time access to the Otterbein network.”
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Congratulations, Lindsay June!
You certainly have made the most of your college experience! Researcher extraordinaire, professional nanny, sorority sister and Dean’s List student graduating with honors. Wow! You did an amazing job balancing everything with only minimal melt downs. We are so proud of you! We will all be supporting you as you go on to the next chapter of your journey; Medical School! You make us so proud! Mathew 25:23
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Hope, it seems like only yesterday you were attending orientation at Otterbein and now you are graduating. Congratulations!! We are so proud of you (and all your accomplishments). Savor the moment and may God continue to bless you as you begin a new chapter in life. Love Mom & Dad
With love and joy, Mom, Mark, Lauren and Dad
Caitlin “Rose” Powell Believe in the beauty, the goodness, and the wisdom that are uniquely yours. There is only one you, and this world needs you... just as you are. Congratulations on receiving your BSN. We are so very proud of you! With love always, Dad, Mom and Cara
Congratulations Tyler! I am enormously proud of what you have achieved. Keep on following your dream of becoming a great composer. I’m blessed to have you in my life and I’m sure that God will continue to bless you and direct your path. You are truly an amazing son. Love, Mom
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Thanks for a great year and good luck on your finals! We’ll see you next fall!
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Ashley Carlisle Congratulations, Ashley, on acheiving a bachelor’s degree in equine pre-veterinary medicine! Your family is so proud of you!
Jeremy Kuhn Jeremy, Congratulations on graduation and your new job! We are so very proud of you for all of your hard work and accomplishments.
I am a very proud MoMa, and not just because you’re graduating; but because you’re you. Fine day, Sunday...
Love, Mom & Dad
Jeremy Robert Morgan Jeremy,
Words cannot express how proud and honored we are to be your parents today! You are now equipped and ready to take on what lies ahead. What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.
Congratulations, Josh! We are so proud of you and your accomplishments. We love you very much! Mom, Dad, Jonathan & Taylor
Much Love! Dad and Mom
You have come a long, long way and we are all so proud of you. Your mom is looking down on you with such a big smile.
Kaitlin my Dear……... you’ve been a scholar from the beginning! Moving upward and onward!
You have a wonderful future. Take pride in your hard work and prepare for the plan that God has designed for you. We love you.
CONGRATULATIONS! We’re so proud of you and your accomplishments! ~ Keep trottin’ Love, Mom & Dad
Tim, you knew at a young age that working with computers was what you wanted to do, we are so proud of you!
With fullest joy and the promise of a better future, we extend our warmest congratulations to our daughter and niece Sarah Valero, for achieving her Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies.
Love, Mom, Dad, Brandon and Kellie
May life’s journey bring her success and peace of mind. From, your parents and auntie.
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A visit to Otterbein’s archives provides history of the newspaper’s transformations By Danielle lanning anD BuDDheesha PahathkumBura Copy Editor and Staff Writer
For 96 years, the Tan & Cardinal Newspaper has upheld a tradition to provide news, inform and engage the Otterbein community. From its beginning as a humanities paper focusing on essays, to what you hold in your hands now, the paper has gone through numerous transformations. Archiving the information from past years in the form of newspapers is important, according to Otterbein archivist
Stephen Grinch. It’s necessary, he said, to have past issues he can look back on to see what was happening on campus at a specific time in history. At the end of each academic year, all published issues of the newspaper are collected and bound in a hardcover book to be archived. As part of the T&C’s last newspaper issue before transitioning to a magazine, the arts and entertainment page is dedicated to the evolution of the T&C. Grinch and senior creative writing and literary studies major Bridgette Wilterdink provided information and access to the archives. t&c The history of the Tan & Cardinal predates to the year 1880 with the publication of The Record, published by the Philophronean literary society. Otterbein’s other literary societies: Philomathean, Cleirohetean and Philalethean, were also involved with The Record and contributions were only from the society’s members.
A rival paper to Aeg The Review, was pu the Philophronean S Review contained n alumni and their mi as getting married, s and having children
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The Record ceased publishing in 1890 and the Philophronean society started another publication called Aegis. Similar to today’s Aegis, the humanities journal, the original had longer essayistic articles but also included news and sports updates.
Both publications came to an end. Tan Cardinal began Sept. 17, 1917, as the fir newspaper on campus open to the entir student body for involvement, instead o being affiliated only with a student litera society. In addition to news and sports, Tan & Cardinal included alumnals, hono rolls, calendars and cartoons. Few photo were included in beginning issues.
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In the 1920s there were different story segments in the paper including: “Campus Chit Chat,” “Rumors and Rumors” and “Diary of a Cochran Hall Girl.”
Diary of a Cochran Hall Girl Nov. 29, 1920 vol. 4 no. 11 Monday 22: “I cut bangs today. I don’t know what the style is in Paris, but I do know that if you don’t have a captivating spit-curl in the middle of your forehead, or an elaborate set of bangs over one temple, you’re not in it at Otterbein. Now I have both, and I feel distinctly elite.” Rumors and Rumors Nov. 29, 1920 vol. 4 no. 11 “They say — that the juniors who sit under the balcony are going to buy Professor Cornetet a megaphone for Christmas.” “They say — that George Heitz objects to the joke that was in the T. and C. last week. He says Miller wouldn’t know to make such a remark.” “They say — that “Hard Boiled” Miller once had a steady girl, for two weeks.”
During World War II, issues of the Tan & Cardinal were condensed and not published each week because of low student enrollment and few activities or events happening on campus. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Otterbein’s President Howe, wrote a letter published in the Christmas issue on 1941. Otterbein students were being drafted and taken to war. During this time, the paper reported on international news more often and didn’t solely focus on Otterbein.
On Nov. 11, 1932, the T&C reported that Pi Beta Sigma lost all social privileges for the remainder of the year because the fraternity held a dinner and dance. This was a violation of a college rule that prohibited dancing. The president of the fraternity was suspended from all classes and extracurricular activities.
National and international news again made their way into issues of the Tan & Cardinal with events like the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Beginning in the ’50s, the Tan & Cardinal published an April Fool’s edition for the issue that came out each year around April 1.
1960 The stories were focused around arts and entertainment before transitioning to become more news oriented in the ’60s. After the shift in story focus, the Tan & Cardinal began to morph into more prominent sections similar to recent years, such as news, arts & entertainment, opinion and sports. Stories also began to have segments and separation between pieces instead of continuous columns of text. During the 1960s, the Tan & Cardinal staff coordinated “Miss T&C” contests. This Christmas issue was in color of green and red ink including the text. This was a rare format, as printing in color is and was not cheap.
The publication of the Tan & Cardinal as a newspaper will change to a magazine in fall 2013. “T&C Magazine” will take an in-depth look into issues in and beyond our community. Otterbein360.com will be more frequent in reporting day-to-day news, activities and events on campus.
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Chelsea Coleman Chelsea, We are so very proud of your hard work and accomplishments over the past four years. Your dedication to excellence shows in everything you do. We are all excited to see the paths that you will take in the future and where they will lead you. You’re so smart, beautiful and have such a kind heart it makes us proud to call you our daughter.
Hobbs, on four successful years! Good luck at your new job! We are very proud of you! Love, Your Family
Love, Mom and Dad
Chelsie Shae House We are so proud of you! All of your hard work and dedication has paid off!
Our dearest Lauren, Congratulations! We are so proud of you for all your accomplishments. You are an amazing young woman. God bless you as you enter the next stage of your education and career.
May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. – Psalm 20:4 Love, “Mama”, Dad & Halie
With love, Mom, Dad, Hayley and Ian
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Congratulations Julia! We are very proud of you!! Love Mom, Dad, Megan, Kevin & Nick
Katie Miller Awesome job Katie!! We are so proud of you! Love you, Dad, Mom and Brittany
Caylee Whipple Sweet Caylee, This chapter of your life has gone so quickly. We are proud of your leadership, academic excellence and dedication. Just think, you created Otterbein’s first OtterThon to raise money for sick children. Hopefully, it will become an annual event. Congratulations graduate! Love, Dad and Mom
Kathryn-Jean Tornes Mowery (Ciuni) Kate,
Congratulations, T&C seniors! Blythe Malone Josh Adkins Ally Nagle Mike Cirelli Chelsea Coleman Laina Thompson Lindsey Hobbs We wish you all the best as you start this new chapter in your life.
Jason MacLean Jason,
We are extremely proud of your hard work and accomplishments!!!!! God has blessed us with a beautiful and talented young lady!!! We are honored to be your parents and wish you all the success and happiness!!!!
“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.” Dag Hammarskjold Congratulations on a job well down! Best wishes for success at U of L. Your proud, loving family
Love You!!!! Mom and Dad
Christopher Dunphy Chris: Mom, Lindsay, Tony, Sarah and I love you and are very proud of you. I’m sure Brandy is also wagging her tail for you. You will do great things in life because you are a man of character, integrity and intelligence. Enjoy graduate school, work hard and be happy!
Kahla Johnson Kahla. We figure the day you were born, God smiled and said “Watch this one, she’s gonna leave her mark!” From “swish” “swish” pants to H.S. class president to Otterbein’s Homecoming Queen to magic video #147...You’ve brought a smile to many people! Congratulations! Love, Dad, Mom, Koty, family and friends
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Athlete comes out
wednesday, may 8, 2013
Professional NBA player announces he’s gay
The WNBA’s Sheryl Swoopes. Former 49er Kwame Harris. Columbus Crew winger and forward Robbie Rogers. Retired NBA player John Amaechi. This list offers just a few of the American professional athletes that have Clark come out of Tieman the closet in the last decade, but none of them remained professional while identifying as homosexual. This, of course, was before the Washington Wizard’s Jason Collins came out two weeks ago in the May issue of Sports Illustrated, sending shock waves throughout the professional sports community. Across the board, a theme of retirement is seen when addressing openly-gay pro athletes in the United States, especially when looking at the “Big 4” leagues: the NBA, the NFL, the MLB and the NHL. Those male athletes who have come out of the closet either retire before making their decision, such as David Kopay, who retired from the Green Bay Packers in 1972 and came out in 1975, or come out and immediately terminate their contracts, like the aforementioned MLS player Robbie Rogers.
On the other hand, Collins, the 34-year-old California native, has yet to announce his retirement from the NBA. This makes him the first gay and active pro ball player in American history, though he is admittedly a free agent at the present time. A gay ball player in the National Basketball Association? When I was growing up, the idea of a gay public figure — besides maybe Elton John, but he doesn’t count — was a stretch. Now, gay marriage is becoming legalized in more and more states. Gay characters are common and often popular in TV shows and films. Lately, gay and lesbian politicians are being elected in local, state and national government. Even hip-hop and R&B, which are notoriously homophobic genres, are starting to open up with Macklemore’s successful “Same Love” video and Frank Ocean’s disclosure of his sexuality. So a gay pro athlete is just the next logical step. This isn’t such a big deal, right? Wrong. As progressive as our society seems to have become in the last few years in terms of gay recognition and rights, the world of sports has been particularly reluctant, especially men’s sports. In the testosterone-heavy environment of athletics, retired, gay athletes regularly talk about how there would be little-to-no
This is a Twitter feed of different expressions and reactions on Jason Collins coming out as gay.
support of the homosexual lifestyle in the bullpen. So I’m sure, when Collins outed himself in Sports Illustrated this month and immediately became national news, that he was nervous about what his fellow athletes would have to say. “We are proud [Collins] assumed a leadership mantle on this very important issue,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern in a statement on April 30. Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant tweeted, “proud of @jasoncollins34. Don’t suffocate who u r [sic] because of the ignorance of others.” Fellow Laker Steve Nash said, “The time has come. Maximum respect.” As for his teammates? Two Wizards players have provided their support for Collins, also via Twitter.
“Much respect to my teammate,” said Garrett Temple. And Bradley Beal said, “Great teammate, mentor and better person.” Of course, as one could expect, not everything has come out smelling like roses. A church which had scheduled Leroy Butler, a former Green Bay Packer and motivational Christian speaker, terminated their speaking engagement after Butler tweeted his support for Collins. “They said, 'If you ask for forgiveness and remove the tweet and you say something to the effect that you don't congratulate Collins, then we'll let you do the engagement and get the speaker's fee,’ and I said I'm not doing that," Butler told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. I, personally, am very proud
of the surprising turn of support the world of sports has taken these past several weeks. Whether or not you support gay rights, or are a sports fan, or whatever, this moment will go down in pro sports history. "Jason Collins has forever changed the face of sports," said the Human Rights Campaign. There is some postulating that Collins will retire from the game soon, regardless of the support of the league and his teammates. But the buzzer’s gone off. Overtime’s just begun, and I, for one, am looking forward to who comes out the victor. Clark Tieman is a junior musiC and publiC relaTions major and a sTaff wriTer for The
What do you think Jason Collins’ coming out means for professional sports?
“I give him a lot of credit for doing so, and I feel like everyone in the NBA respects him as well.”
“I think it’s great he had the courage to be himself in a world that tried so hard to make him someone else.”
–Drew Agler sophomore health promotion & fitness
–Chad Kozman freshman undecided
“I think it’s great he felt comfortable enough to come out. As far as professional sports, I don’t think it should have an impact on the game. –Chelsea Cannon senior sports management
“It’s great to see someone stand up for himself...even in a sport that has not necessarily been kind to LGBTQ.” –Sarah Metzger junior women’s, gender and sexuality studies
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Senior prepares for life with foxhunting career After graduation, senior Aleyna Hamilton plans to become a foxhunter By Evan MatsuMoto Web Editor
A group of horses stand silently in the middle of a treelined field in Gahanna, Ohio. Hounds anxiously scamper around the horses’ feet, weaving in and out, avoiding their heavy steps. The air of the informal season is chilly and the atmosphere is electric with the anticipation of the hunt. The sound of a horn slices easily through the cold air and echoes into the woods surrounding the field. Then, all at once, the hounds’ ears pin back as they bolt toward the tree line. The horses, each mounted by a rider, charge after the escaping hounds and every bit of energy that was built up in the middle of the field is released like a flood. The foxhunt is on. Aleyna Hamilton, a senior graphic design major at Otterbein, belongs to Rocky Fork Headley Hunt foxhunting club located in Gahanna, Ohio and wants to eventually be a professional foxhunter. Organized foxhunting has been around Franklin County in various organizations since 1903 when the Columbus Riding Club was established, according to the Rocky Fork Headley Hunt website. Foxhunting originated in England as a form of pest control. Riders would take their horses and hounds into the woods to track, and kill, foxes. Killing a fox is now illegal in England, but the sport and traditions of foxhunting still remain. Hamilton rides her horse, Echo, on the club’s weekly hunts. Echo is a 10-year-old Percheron, Paint Horse cross. “She’s really big,” Hamilton said. “Kind of like a heavier type of horse. (She) doesn’t feel fragile, like I’m going to break her doing any of this.” Hamilton bought Echo from
Otterbein after she leased the horse for a summer. She also owns two other horses, Hank, 35, and Jack, 28, on her parents’ five-and-one-half acre farm in her hometown of Hilliard, Ohio.
You can tell (if you’re following a coyote) based on the path the hounds take through the woods.
Aleyna Hamilton senior, graphic design Foxhunts take place every Wednesday and Saturday at Rocky Fork and last about two hours. Now, Hamilton said, most hunts chase coyotes because the coyotes have taken over fox territory. “You can tell (if you’re following a coyote) based on the path the hounds take through the woods,” Hamilton said. “Coyotes tend to run in straight lines.” But both foxes and coyotes have tricks for shaking the hounds off their scent. On one of the club’s hunts, Hamilton found the hounds chasing a coyote’s scent. This coyote ran until it found a different scent, at which point it turned on the trail and threw the hounds off. “Next thing we knew we were chasing a deer,” Hamilton said. Rocky Fork owns three pieces of land, called fixtures, in Gahanna, in Granville and near Pataskala. The club allows anyone who owns a horse and is interested in foxhunting to pay a one-time fee to cap, or try it out. Anyone can cap up to three times before
they are expected to become a member. Preparation for each hunt begins well before the first horn blows. Riders begin by cleaning their horses, attaching studs, for traction, to the horseshoes and placing the saddle. Each rider dons a specific outfit depending on which season they are in. For the informal season, Hamilton tucks her short hair under a black helmet and puts a tweed jacket over her tall frame. The formal season requires a black jacket. In either season, however, Hamilton must wear a stock tie, a neck tie that traditionally doubled as a bandage or sling in case of injury. The color of the stock tie also varies based on which season the hunt is in. After the hunt is over, riders put their horses away and clean them again. A tea follows every hunt, when riders eat, drink wine and talk about the day’s events. Afterward, Hamilton heads home to go to bed, though once a week she loads up Echo and drives to Otterbein. “On Wednesdays, I take the horse trailer after hunting and stick (Echo) in the parking lot of the Comm building and go to class,” Hamilton said. “As long as she has hay, she’s good about it.” While there have clearly been modern adaptations to the sport, the tradition of foxhunting goes back hundreds of years. Some say that it is a sport that cannot be fully described until it is experienced. “No pen can reproduce the rides over a period of 20 years, as the ozone in the air, the tingle in the blood, the intelligent companionship of your horse, the communing with your fellows and with nature, would all be missing,” said Frank Tallmadge, the first chairman of the organization that preceded Rocky Fork.
sports Seniors look back on legacy
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In four years, the lacrosse seniors went from a losing season to the playoffs By Neil BrowN Staff Writer
For the group of five seniors that have been with the program since day one, the results this season are why they stuck with the team through its building years. Through their first two seasons in 2010 and 2011, the Cardinals went 11-21 before earning a 9-6 season in just the third year of the program’s existence. This year, the team ended their regular season 12-5 and earned an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. The Cards will face Adrian College, who they beat earlier this season at home 13-7. “Making the tournament has been our goal since day one and making it a reality this year has made these past four years that much sweeter,” said midfielder Juan Contreras. Four years of hard work and sacrifices have paid off for the senior class who knew sticking together over the years would pay off. photo by bri amposta “Getting to play from day one dedication: Senior Mike Spatafore plays defense in a win over Whittier.
was key,” defender Mike Spatafore said. Goalie Adam Hatchard, who has started 62 of the 64 games the Cardinals have ever played, said it was a rough start. “We saw improvements from the very beginning and knew the rough start was only temporary, and we could only get better,” Hatchard said. Midfielder Graham Shippy seemed to know from their first day on campus that this group would stay together for all four years. “As a group, we go way back, and it has only made this journey that much better,” Shippy said. “We were all new to the school at the same time and we spent so much time together that if one of us were to quit, then it wouldn’t have been the same,” he said. For these five, it’s been a lot of hard work and dedication that has been put into building this program and yet the future still seems uncertain to some. “It’s hard to tell now what our impact on the program may be,” midfielder Jake Ritzenthaler said. “Down the road, being able
to say we helped to start a winning program will mean something big,” he said. Of course, this is just the beginning of what the senior class sees as a long and storied history of Otterbein lacrosse. Hatchard said he believes that in five years, they will be major competitors in Ohio, and with the improved turf field their training and performance will only get better. “We will be tournament qualifiers every year down the road especially with it becoming an OAC sport,” Spatafore said. Over four years, the group of five seniors have developed a lot of great memories. One of their favorite memories was from their overtime victory of Fontbonne University in 2010, the team’s second victory. In that game, former Cardinal, Adam McGrath scored his fourth and final goal of the game with 29 seconds left in overtime. “Obviously making the NCAA tournament is the best way to end our careers and the ultimate memory,” Contreras said. “This will be something we will never forget.” t&c
Hunt seat takes seventh place
Hunt seat team leaves nationals in top ten after a record breaking season By Tyler DuBiak Sports Editor
After making it to their first ever nationals appearance, the hunt seat team received seventh place this past weekend. Nationals, which took place in Harrisburg, Pa., hosted sixteen different teams from all over the country including Stanford University, LSU and Purdue. “It’s a little bit different,” said head coach Tenley Struhs. “The venue is much larger, there’s more teams you’re competing with (and) it’s a bigger crowd.” Before going to nationals, the hunt seat team had won six out of ten shows during the season and became regional champions. Then, the team traveled to W.Va. for Zones where they took first place, earning them a trip to nationals.
The team is also considered to be very young for going to nationals, as it includes four freshman, two sophomores, and one junior. “It is kind of unique in the fact that every rider competing at nationals is a junior or below,” Struhs said. “It really is amazing that we even got to nationals with such a young team.” Each day of competition, the team would wake up and arrive at the show grounds before 6 a.m. just to watch the horses. “Every morning they would set the jump course so we’d know what the course was going to be,” Struhs said. “Then we watched the horses warm up and try to do as much preparation as we could till it came down to those two minutes in the ring.” On Thursday, freshmen Sam Psanis, Kayla Bean and Mat-
tie Boyd competed in various classes, but only Psanis received a placing, earning fourth in novice over fences. Bean and Boyd did not receive an official placing due to not making the top ten in each of their classes. On Friday Bean competed again, but in a different class called intermediate fences. This time, Bean placed fourth and gave the team its second placing of the weekend. Freshman Ryan Thornsberry and sophomore Sarah Hayes also competed on Friday, but only Hayes placed fourth in the walk/ trot/canter class. On Saturday, junior Jane Sarosy and sophomore Madi Rohl competed but only Sarosy placed fourth in her class, open fences. At the end of the weekend, after having four of their seven
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The hunt seat team poses for photo in ring at nationals.
riders place in fifth or better, the team received seventh place. Seventh place was a great placing for the teams first time to nationals considering there are 393 hunt seat teams around the nation and only sixteen get to go to nationals, according to Struhs. Freshman Mattie Boyd said the journey throughout the season had the most impact on her at nationals.
“Going from a team that has never been to Nationals to placing in the top ten was a truly awesome feeling,” Boyd said. But even after all the success the team has had this season, Struhs said she is already looking ahead to next year. “I would love to make it to nationals again, that would be amazing,” she said.