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Up on the housetop Leasing terms change for Commons apartments 3 catching some rays:
Columbus nightlife offers change of scenery 4
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Back in September, there was nothing but trucks and blacktop. now: Construction is underway as bricks are laid and signs are put up.
Community supports new Walmart By Katie taggart News Editor
Last fall, Westerville residents created a petition to prevent the new State Street Walmart. Now, some say they are looking forward to the supercenter. Construction for the Walmart began in fall 2012 after the Westerville City Council approved the plans of George Hadler, CEO of Hadler Realty Company and developer of Westerville Square Shopping Center. Andrew Bounds, the general store manager of the incoming Walmart, said the building process is going well and he will be able to take possession of the store early July. After filling the store with fixtures and stocking the shelves, they will be able to open August 14. In October 2012, the T&C reported that 1,643 local activists opposing Walmart signed a
petition to stop the building of the new supercenter, but their petition was short 36 signatures. Bounds said since then, there hasn’t been anyone against the construction. “I’ve gone throughout the community and met with all the different community leaders: the mayor, the police chief, the fire chief, the city council,” Bounds said. “A lot of people said that they were worried, but now they are excited. I’ve been able to build some relationships and I think people are excited about us coming in now.” Bounds said he does not think the Walmart will take away any business from Uptown Westerville because they are unique shops. He said the Walmart company is not trying to drive out businesses but to save customers money. Kriss Rogers, owner of Uptown store Outside Envy, agrees with Bounds’ statement.
According to the Otterbein University Police Daily Crime Log, the following has been reported on April 1.
4/1 Drug abuse and paraphernalia were reported at the Home Street Commons.
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“I don’t think anyone in Uptown is in fear because we’re unique, and what Walmart has isn’t going to be like what we have here,” Rogers said. Incoming Otterbein freshmen may benefit from the new store. Bounds said he met with Kathy Krendl, Otterbein’s president, to discuss ways to partner up. “We’re looking at maybe during the freshman move-in period, having some type of transportation from the university to the Walmart store and back.”
The new Walmart is planned to hire up to 230 people in the upcoming weeks. Bounds said the hiring could include Otterbein students. James Prysock, program coordinator for Otterbein’s Office of Diversity said he thinks the Walmart is a good opportunity for Otterbein students. “It’ll be beneficial, job wise,” Prysock said. “Also, I know a lot of people who shop there and it’s a good one-stop place to shop.” t&c
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A change in the Commons leasing policy causes students to either pay more or find a new group of roommates By Noelle Ivec Staff Writer
Students looking to share a lease in the Home Street or Park Street Commons must now rent for the same length of time, according to a new university policy. In the past, roommates had the option of individually deciding to pay for a summer + academic year lease or just an academic term lease. According to Laura Farley, administrative assistant of Residence Life at Otterbein, students looking to lease an apartment in Home Street Commons or Park Street Commons must sign the same lease link in order to rent an apartment as Otterbein makes a shift back to previous residency contracts in the apartments. Otterbein has transitioned away from mixed lease lengths, which were available for the past two years, where students could
and can only be signed for acasign different lease lengths and still live together in an apartment. demic year leases. Apartments This shift to II, III, and IV signing the same lease lengths will The goal of living in an for both Home Street Combenefit the unimons and Park versity by making apartment as an upStreet Comapartments leases easier to process. perclassman is that you mons are open year-round and Students have the choice of living require students renting for the to sign a sumacademic year will mer + academic pay an estimated with your friends and year lease. $6,044 for the full being able to live on a “If roomacademic year, mates are which would be looking to live $3,022 billed at different lease. together, but the beginning of only one of the fall and spring sefour roommates mesters. Students Liza Wilensky is taking a sumwanting to rent junior, equine business and mer class, all the apartments four roommates over the summer art double major must pay the would have to pay summer charge for renting the an additional $755. apartments,” Farley said. Apartment I for each comIf students are not taking plex is closed over the summer
summer classes but decide to room with another student who is taking a summer class these students can move their belongings into their room at any time in which the lease is active. The student’s belongings can remain in the apartment over the summer even if the student is not living there until the beginning of the academic year. If a student is attending a study-abroad program they will only pay rent for the apartment for the duration of time they are spending in the apartment. “Students also have the option to not be charged for the time they are abroad by having another student take their place in the apartment during the time they are abroad, but then the student would have to remove their belongings from the apartment to make room for another student picking up the lease,” Farley said.
The university also prevents students from subletting the lease. This means that under the lease agreement, students cannot find someone else and charge them to live in their apartment when they cannot be there. Subletting is a common practice on university campuses across the country and helps students to rent out their lease to another student. Liza Wilensky, a junior equine business and art double major said she does not like this new idea and thinks it’s unfair to students. “The goal of living in an apartment as an upperclassman is that you have the choice of living with your friends and to be able to live on a different lease,” Wilensky said. She is now facing the problem of one roommate wanting to stay for the summer while everyone else is going home. t&c
Tan & Cardinal
arts & entertainment
wednesday, april 10, 2013
Nightlife outside Otterbein By Morgan Hendrickson Laina THoMpson and JosH park Staff Writers and Arts & Entertainment Editor
When it comes to weekend shenanigans, the campus is somewhat limited as to where students can go to have a beer, dance and meet non-Otterbein folk. Unless it’s at Jimmy V’s, Old Bag of Nails or an off-campus house, our nightlife activities throughout the year begin to feel like routine. However, for those of us with cars, or even graced with friends with cars, a broader nightlife experience awaits beyond the campus borders.
1. Diesel Club Lounge 51 Vine St. Columbus, OH 43215
This chic dance club has a large LED fixture on the dance floor ceiling that moves to the rhythm of the music, and the wall behind the DJ accompanies LED lights flowing to the music’s beat. Low seating borders the dance floor with small candles on top of the tables. Leather low-
stool seating accompanies the low-leveled tables. The bartenders are all friendly. There are also a couple of flat screen TVs that sit behind the bar.
2. Park Street Cantina 491 N. Park St. Columbus, OH 43215
This club offers a touch of Latin flavor with a half-outdoor bar and half-indoor bar. The indoor bar is the place for dancing, with a large dance floor, and a fog machine that goes off periodically. The large $5 cup of Sangria is deceivingly potent because it is so fruity and flavorful. The outdoor area of Cantina allows for mingling with alternative rock music playing instead of the club music that plays indoors. A white swing hangs from a tree next to the porch-type seating for the outdoor bar. During the winter, a large part of the outdoor bar is closed with heated lamps for those who need fresh air from the usually crowded club or a smoke break. College night, for students 18 years and older, is every Wednesday beginning at 10 p.m.
Have you listened to some of our new programming this semester?
3. Axis Nightclub
775 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43215
Axis is a gay club located in the Short North, right across from Union Cafe, a cocktail lounge that also caters to the gay scene. The club has a dancing stage, a main dance floor and two individual platforms adjacent from the bar. There are screens hanging on the walls above the dance floor that play music videos that accompany the music on the speakers. A side room near the entrance hosts small drag shows and male strip shows. Axis is known for hosting numerous local celebrity drag queens as well as queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” who are featured on the main stage. On Sunday nights, the club performs “Church,” or all-male revue, which is a male strip show. The club is open to people 18 and older.
4. Classic Pizza & Sports Bar 742 N. State St. Westerville, OH 43081
Classic’s operates four chains in central Ohio and the closest one to Otterbein is in the Giant Eagle plaza on Maxtown Road. Classic’s is a great place to go if you want to have a slice of pizza, drink some beer and watch a game. Each location is different, but all have comfortable and clean atmospheres. They also all have TVs in the double digits, multiple pool tables and various arcade games. The Westerville location, as well as some of their other locations, have a covered patio, dart boards and an internet jukebox.
5. Crazee Mule Saloon 6188 Cleveland Avenue Columbus, OH 43231
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The Crazee Mule is a fun bar located behind DreamGirls on Cleveland Avenue, just south of I-270. The atmosphere is relaxed with bright lighting that gives it more of an uplifting feel than an average bar. There is a large variety of beer and alcohol for mixed drinks. The food is delicious and the chef seems to take pride in his work. The rest of the staff is friendly and so are many of the
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regulars who hang out there. There are also several dart boards and pool tables for those who want to play a few games. Several TVs play various sporting events and news programs throughout the bar. The patio is nice for having a smoke and is also heated in the winter.
151 N. Hamilton Road Gahanna, OH 43230
Gatsby’s is just a fun place to hang out, and grab some food and drinks with friends. Gatsby’s offers live entertainment most days of the week as well as activities such as a Wii bowing league. In the summer, they host volleyball matches as well. Their menu is large and full of affordable, satisfying food like burgers and sandwiches.
7. FM All-American Bar & Grill 154 N. Hamilton Road Gahanna, OH 43230
The bar and grill has decently priced drinks as well as a small dance floor. In the backdrop, there’s a picture of John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever.” A mechanical bull next to the dance floor costs $5. A separate room from the bar has pool tables and dartboards. Usually, an older crowd mingles at the bar.
& Editor’s Note
In last week’s issue of the Tan & Cardinal, a photo from the article “Festival to showcase student productions” was attributed to the mime performance “Exploracion” when it should have been attributed to “The Invention of Theater.”
vol. 94, issue 22
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The weather is amazing.
Graduation is 39 days away. The Drag Show is this weekend. It’s officially baseball season. Columbus was rated most intelligent city
in America by the Intelligent Communities Forum.
Germany reported 5.5 tons of Nutella were stolen from a trailer.
North Korea. March Madness is over. Four weeks until finals. Margaret Thatcher, Lilly Pulitzer and
Annette Funicello died this past week.
Double standard housing policy Student looks into how traditional dorm policy may be unfair to heterosexual couples College is a time when you get to go out, break free from your parents and make your own rules, right? Wrong. One rule has already been made for you that lasts at least three years after you’re out of the house and attending Otterbein University. You may not julia share a dorm robideau room with, nor have your significant other, spend the night in your dorm room — if you’re straight. Otterbein requires same sex rooming. If you are gay or lesbian, how could the university tell you that you may not share a room with your boyfriend or girlfriend? They can’t. For a small, liberal arts college located in a conservative community, Otterbein is relatively GLBTQ friendly. Therefore, I don’t really understand why they will not give heterosexual students the same treatment they give gay or lesbian students. Sure, it might be considered more complex, but fair is fair. According to Laura Farley, administrative assistant of Resident Life, there is no policy in place that allows coed dorm rooms. At this point, you may be thinking this is a bad idea because at this age you’re too young to live with someone you’re in a relationship with since there is a small chance you’re going to stay together or because it’s against your beliefs. While all this may be true, there are valid points to consider alternatively. The first being what others do has no effect on what you choose to do, you may think couples living together may cause drama for you, but not if the university deemed a certain building as the “coed dorms.” That way you wouldn’t have to see it, be around it or hear it. Secondly, college is a time for new experiences. This includes relationship experiences. If the university were to allow
you to live with whomever you wanted, you would learn rather quickly what works in a relationship and what doesn’t. It would be essentially the same learning experience as an individual not getting along with their assigned roommate. Students switch dorms all the time. Although there might be more emotional obstacles, chances are even if it might not have been a fun experience, it was probably insightful in some way. Additionally, how many friends do you have who spend the night at their boyfriends or girlfriends dorm all the time? You probably know of at least one. If the school allows men and women to share a room, there would be less rule breaking and give the Resident Assistants a chance to step back. Wouldn’t it be less complicated to be able to stay the night with whoever you wanted to, whenever you wanted to? Another valid point, that I’m sure is ringing in your head right now, is the infamous topic of choice: sex. Letting boyfriends and girlfriends live with each other would not be a sign of the school giving them the thumbs up to have as much sex as they want, because let’s face it — it’s happening anyway. Couples have sex. In dorm rooms. At Otterbein. It happens whether we like it or not. Just because it’s a school rule that heterosexual couples can’t spend the night with each other doesn’t mean people always follow it. We have all broken rules, and this is a common offense. Something else that some should be reminded of is the fact that not all couples have sex. There are celibate couples on campus and they should have the right to live with each other, too. The point is that if you are in a relationship and living in a dorm together, all your choices as a couple are still your own. And if things don’t work out living together, there is always the option of moving out and living in separate dorms. I simply don’t see a problem. If we are giving lesbian and gay couples the opportunity to live together, why shouldn’t we
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Currently, homosexual couples are able to live together.
have the same rules for straight couples? There could be, and should be, rules regulating this if it were to be come a reality. We could be sure that if it became a problem in any way, Otterbein would find a professional way to step in and make a change. But other than that, straight couples would sign the same agreement, with a few minor
changes, that every other student signs when they come to Otterbein and live in a dorm. In the mean time, if you’d like to see coed dorm rooms as an option, Laura Farley noted any student can go before the Student Life Committee and make their point. julia robideau is a senior journalism major and a staff writer for the t&c.
Check out Otterbein360 for a photo gallery of students enjoying the spring weather.
Lgbtq Awareness Week 2013 Mapping Genders & Sexualities April 15-19 Monday, April 15 • •
SafeZone: Lgbtq 101*
Asterick (*) events are Inst and FYE approved
1-2pm. Roush 114
Reading circle: The Geography Club*
2-3pm. Towers 235
Tuesday, April 16 • •
Open Minds, Open Spaces: Faculty Workshop
3:30-4:30pm. Library 124
In Our Own Words: LGBTQ & Ally Experiences
9:30-10:30pm. Gender & LGBTQ Resource House 46 Home St.
Wednesday, April 17 • •
Ribbon Cutting: Gender Inclusive Bathrooms
1:30-2:00pm. Otter Bean
Reading circle: Next Fall*
2-3pm. Towers 235
Thursday, April 18 • •
Otterbein’s Day of Silence Speak Out*
The LGBTQ Advisory Commission
5-6 pm. CC Quad. Rain Location: CC Lounge
Friday, April 19 •
Night of Noise 8-10 pm. Roush 114
“The body as home, but only if it is understood that place and community and culture burrow deep into our bones.” – Eli Clare
vol. 94, issue 22
Freshman talks tennis success
Freshman Sammi Kruger won OAC player of the week after 11-2 start By JacoB Barker Staff Writer
Freshman Sammi Kruger received OAC player of the week for women’s tennis April 1. This marks the third week in a row that an Otterbein female athlete has received the award. A graduate of Cincinnati Sycamore High School and an early childhood education major, Kruger has compiled an individual record of 11-2 this season. Her record places her second on the team behind junior Julie Stroyne, who is undefeated and won OAC player of the week prior to Kruger. “I was really excited about it,” Kruger said. “I was kind of surprised when I got the award because there is not as much to base it off of than as a player who has been here longer.” Kruger has also performed well in doubles play earning a record of 10-3 with her two partners, freshman Adrien Leatherwood and Stroyne. “It is very encouraging for me and is indicative of all the hard
work we have put in as a team this season,” Kruger said. Some of that hard work has been the result of the Insanity Workout that Kruger and her teammates participated in between fall and spring seasons.
Sammi is one those athletes every coach hopes for.
Pat Anderson women’s tennis coach Kruger said the Insanity Workouts and the spring break trip to Orlando, Fla. have been instrumental in developing team chemistry as well as her adjustments and success with her teammates. “Going to Florida and living with them for an entire week was so much fun,” Kruger said.
“They’re some of the greatest people I have met.” In Florida, the team participated in a series of five non-conference games in which Kruger went 4-1. Kruger said she has adjusted well to the changes of playing tennis at the college level compared to high school. “Coming from high school, I knew it would be difficult to adjust, both with the coaches and college in general,” she said. Kruger said she owes a lot to head coach Pat Anderson for her success this season. “She’s been so encouraging and so positive,” Kruger said. “She’s great at picking out what I need to work on.” Anderson said being a freshman with little experience has not deterred Kruger during her first year. “Sammi is one of those athletes every coach hopes for,” Anderson said. “Being player of the week and having an 11-2 record are just the tip of the iceberg for Sammi and her tennis career here at Otterbein.” t&c
Hunt seat goes to nationals
Hunt seat team heads to first ever nationals after placing first at zones By Tyler DuBiak Sports Editor
The Otterbein hunt seat team is heading to nationals for the first time in program history after taking first place at zones this past weekend in West Virginia. “It’s very exciting,” said head coach Tenley Struhs. “It’s been a really good season. We’ve gotten farther than we have in a really long time.” Struhs, currently in her first year as head coach, and local trainer Lindsay Yinger have led the hunt seat team on a historic run. “Our goal was to do the best we can,” Struhs said. “I came in trying to take it one show at a time and build off every win for (the) next show.” So far, the team has won six of their ten shows during the season as well as taking first place in the region, edging out Miami University of Ohio.
On March 10, the team sent 21 riders for individual competition to regionals, which was hosted at the Sid Griffith Equestrian Center in Hilliard, Ohio. Out of those 21 riders, Madi Rohl, Nicole Heskett and Annie Hankins qualified and competed with the team at zones, which were hosted at West Virginia University. The team competed against three other schools including the University of Kentucky, University of Findlay and Albion College. They took first place at the end of the weekend while Rohl qualified for nationals individually in the intermediate flat competition class. Along with competing individually, Rohl will also be a part of the team heading to nationals. The team will consist of seven riders, five of them freshman, two sophomores and just one junior.
Junior Jane Sarosy, who won in the open fences class this past weekend, said it’s very unusual for a team to send younger riders to a show, especially nationals. “A lot of schools don’t even let their freshman show, so it’s actually very rare to have mostly underclassman going,” she said. The hunt seat team will be one of 16 teams, still yet to be determined, to compete at nationals. Sarosy said the team will be prepared. “We are going to practice a lot more,” Sarosy said. “We are thinking about going to another school to ride a couple of their horses so we can practice riding different horses that we don’t ride all of the time.” According to Sarosy, the team’s goal is simple. “We want to win,”she said. Nationals competition will take place May 2 through 5 at Harrisburg, Pa.
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Freshman Sammi Kruger is 10-3 in doubles play.
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