otterbein university wednesday, oct. 26, 2011 vol. 93, issue 9 www.otterbein360.com
Who lies beneath? Just in time for Halloween, the Otterbein archivist shares the buried pasts of some of Otterbein Cemeteryâ€™s residents 6
Ohio EPA enters Cowan Hall haunter: Otterbein grad takes lawsuit for Kilgore Does Twyla really roam reins as Wildcatsâ€™ head cleanup dollars 2 Fritsche Theatre? 5 football coach 11
six feet under:
Otterbein Cemetery is the resting place of the Anti-Saloon League founder and the first African American Otterbein student.
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EPA wants ball rolling in cleanup efforts Still no decision on who will pay $4 million to clean military waste from Kilgore property BY LINDSEY HOBBS Editor-in-Chief
The state of Ohio has now entered the ring in the “who pays it” ﬁght for cleanup of the former Kilgore property behind the Otterbein Center for Equine Studies. Otterbein is negotiating with the U.S. Department of Defense policies The views expressed on this page (DOD) to see who will provide do not necessarily reﬂect the views the $4 million in cleanup costs for of the faculty and administration of the 40 acres behind the equestrian Otterbein University. center that was used for disposal of Opinions expressed in signed columns are those of the writer and explosives and other military waste. This suit has been dragging on not of the newspaper staff. Positions since 2008. in unsigned editorials represent a consensus of the editorial staff. In the newest chapter of this The ﬁrst copy of the Tan & series, the state of Ohio, on behalf Cardinal is free to the public. Each of the Ohio Environmental Proadditional copy is $0.50, and payment can be made at the ofﬁce at 33 tection Agency, is ﬁling what Ohio Collegeview, Westerville, OH 43081. EPA spokeswoman Erin Strouse Offenders will be prosecuted. called in an email a “friendly The T&C staff would love to lawsuit” against Otterbein and the hear from you. Write a letter to the DOD. editor and tell us what you’re thinkThe suit is for past and future ing. Letters to the editor are letters responding to a writer or an article costs related to the cleanup republished in the Tan & Cardinal. sponse for the Kilgore Property. Please keep your letter to 300 The other complaints in the suit words or less. It is at the discretion include allowing “hazardous mateof the Tan & Cardinal staff as to rials” to sit on the property while whether or not the letter will be published. Letters attacking an indinegotiations for payment have been vidual will not be accepted. Letters in the court system. must include the author’s ﬁrst and The Ohio EPA’s main concerns last name, signature, phone number, are Munitions and Explosives of address and afﬁliation to Otterbein University. Concern, or old explosives, as well advertising For advertising information, contact Anna Schiffbauer at 614823-1159 or by email at tanandcardinaladvertising@ yahoo.com
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Each area of concern (AOC) was used in some way to dispose of hazardous materials like chemicals and explosives 20 years ago.
as these chemicals seeping vertically into shallow ground water. The materials are allegedly “contributing to water pollution and/ or soil contamination,” according to the Cost Recovery Action submitted by Mike DeWine, Ohio attorney general. Otterbein administration said that this suit was not unexpected because they had hoped to cooperate with the Ohio EPA to speed up the negotiation process for $4 million from the DOD. “I won’t say that we invited them, but we looked for their involvement in this process,” said Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, vice president for business affairs. “Otterbein looked for the EPA’s assistance in the cleanup process, and it actually helps to give us legal standing in our suit against the U.S. Department of Justice.” According to court documents, Otterbein originally ﬁled suit against the DOD for the cleanup costs, claiming that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 gives the government authority to take care of the problem. However, the state is citing a United States Code that says all costs of remedial action “not inconsistent” with the national
plan for emergency cleanup falls to “the owner and operator of a vessel or a facility.” The United States Code also deﬁnes a “facility” as a place where hazardous waste sits. At the end of September, attorneys for both Otterbein and the DOD ﬁled a joint status report that said they have made “signiﬁcant progress” in ﬁnalizing the negotiations and have reached a “tentative agreement.” But that still requires “ﬁnal approval from the appropriate decision makers.” Once an agreement is made about who is responsible, the Ohio EPA can begin cleaning the site. “The order will outline responsibilities in investigating and remediating the remaining 40 acres,” Strouse said. The 111-acre Kilgore Farm was donated to Otterbein in 1962 by the Commercial Credit Corp. after it was used for 20 years by Kilgore Manufacturing. Kilgore used it for “experimental work on explosives and other energetic materials, and the manufacture and assembly of explosives, incendiary items, and detonation devices,” according to the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility study by TetraTech.
TetraTech is the environmental ﬁrm that Otterbein hired to study the property and develop a cleanup plan on behalf of the Ohio EPA. Otterbein’s equine center sits on approximately 69 acres of this land, but was cleaned up under the EPA’s Voluntary Action Program and then approved for use. In its last public presentation in June, the Ohio EPA estimated that it would take 2–5 years to remove all of the hazardous materials from the eight “areas of concern” on the still-contaminated property. These are areas that were used for drainage, experiments, burn piles, underground oil storage and the burial of dangerous materials. Over 40 chemicals like arsenic, lead, mercury and antimony were found in the ground by the EPA, though not every chemical was measured at unacceptable levels. “While we don’t have any data indicating that contaminants are traveling off of the Otterbein property, the university is planning to conduct off-property sampling to investigate this issue,” Strouse said in her email. The next step in process is a public announcement of the Ohio EPA’s “preferred plan” for remedy. This could take several months, according to Strouse. t&c
vol. 93, issue 9
International students share their homeland’s Halloween experiences BY MELISSA KENT AND JOSH ADKINS Staff Writer and News Editor
She said that some high school students dress up and celebrate alone, but only a few. While Schmitz said he has The Ohio leaves are falling dressed up as a woman for Haland the world’s fall celebrations loween, Zhao said she chose kick into high gear. the easier and cheaper route by However, the U.S. isn’t the dressing up as a mummy. only country partaking in celHaane said the main holiday ebrations as the leaves start to celebrated in Germany is called turn. Karneval, during which there are In Germany, Halloween has just begun to become bigger over parades and costume-clad people celebrating in the streets. the last few years, according to While Halloween takes place student and Düsseldorf, Geron the last day of October, Karmany, native Lavinia Haane. neval begins on Nov. 11 at 11:11 “Really all we know about it is what we see in the movies like a.m. each year. Haane said that teachers don’t ‘Means Girls.’ The girls dress like to teach on this day during slutty and the boys like it and this time period because students there are lots of parties,” she run out of their seats, dance in said. the hallways and play loud Koblenz, Germany, native Torben Schmitz said the holiday music. “One time my is not celebrated on a large scale and is mainly for children. Only a teacher locked us in the classroom because he few people participate in it. didn’t want us to leave, “(We) dress up, walk around but we slammed our houses asking for sweets or playing tricks on the people who books on the desks so loud he let us go,” she don’t give sweets,” he said. said. Mengyun Zhao said that The festival ends in people in China know about the February on Ash Wednesmostly American holiday, but day, Schmitz said. don’t typically celebrate it.
“The deeper meaning (of Karneval) is to get rid of negative ghosts and get rid of the winter and celebrate spring,” Schmitz said. “So there is no real meaning behind (it). Just get dressed up, play tricks or get sweets, or if you’re older, get drunk and party.” Karneval is also sometimes referred to as “the crazy days,” according to the Festival Committee of the Cologne Carnival of 1823’s website. Schmitz said that the biggest celebration of Karneval takes place in Cologne, Germany. t&c
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Senate Bill 11/12-1 Senate Bill 11/12-2
From Faculty Council Executive Committee: proposal to amend Faculty Council Article XIX, Section 4 of the bylaws
Senate Bill 11/12-3 photo proVided by LaVinia haane
Senior Lavinia Haane (far right) hails from Düsseldorf, Germany, and said that she and her friends have dressed up as a group each year for the Karneval celebration since they were 16 years old.
From the Curriculum Committee: proposal for the addition of a nutrition minor
From Teacher Education Committee: proposal to amend Teacher Education Committee Article XIII, Sections 1 and 2 of the bylaws
Senate Bill 11/12-4
Susan Millsap as Senate Parliamentarian for 2011-12
From Student Life Committee: proposal to approve the Association of Fundraising Professionals Constitution
Senate Bill 11/12-5
Senate Meeting: Oct. 20, 2011
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news 4 TV star alumnus debuts film
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NBC’s ‘Parenthood’ cast member Sam Jaeger and wife Amber star Sam Jaeger ’99, an Otterbein theatre graduate, is a star on the hit NBC drama “Parenthood.” This week he brought his independent ﬁlm, “Take Me Home,” starring his wife, Amber Jaeger (also an Otterbein alumna), to Columbus. Sam Jaeger wrote, directed and starred in “Take Me Home,” showing at the Arena Grand Movie Theatre through Oct. 27. While at Otterbein, Jaeger worked at Raisin Rack on the corner of Schrock and Cleveland in Westerville. About one-third of the ﬁlm was shot in Ohio. While ﬁlming in Westerville, the crew stayed in the Otterbein Commons Apartments. Many of Jaeger’s professors and friends from his Otterbein days appear in the ﬁlm. Coming from Perrysburg, Ohio, why did you choose Otterbein as a college destination? I knew I wanted to go into acting since age 13. I had been accepted into a couple of acting conservatories, but I liked Otterbein because art should be a reﬂection of what you learn in life. I saw conservatory training as something where the art majors were only surrounded by other art majors, and I thought
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they were neglecting the college experience and outside world. I liked how Otterbein had other things to offer other than just theatre. What activities were you involved in at Otterbein, and how did Otterbein prepare you for an acting career? I wasn’t involved in that many activities. I was kind of an anti-college student. I also was a ﬁlm nerd who watched a lot of movies. That occupied a lot of my time. Otterbein gave me conﬁdence, and I think every career is based on conﬁdence. Otterbein helped me learn how to cope with rejections. I had great teachers, some of the best, which I used in “Take Me Home.” If there’s one thing you could take from Otterbein to Los Angeles, what would that be? One a.m. donuts. My favorite thing to do was walk around Westerville late at night, which was so comforting to me. You were quoted as saying that the NBC hit show “Parenthood,” in which you star, has gripped people like no other project you’ve worked on. What did you mean by that? Most shows on TV are crime dramas. You can pick them up and let them go pretty easily.
“Parenthood” gets under people’s skin. People identify with the struggles of the characters, people make bad choices on the show like in real life and people ﬁnd it comforting to watch other people make similar mistakes. Do you prefer acting in ﬁlms or TV so far in your career? I don’t have a real preference. Movies afford you the opportunity to travel, and they are a ﬁnite experience. I enjoy the opportunity to get to know people who become like a family to me. I try to make it a concerted effort to appreciate wherever I am as best I can. We learn the most from the situations that challenge us. Your ﬁlm “Take Me Home” has won critical acclaim at many independent ﬁlm festivals. Were you surprised by the reaction to it? I was surprised, but the awards were the ones that I had hoped the movie would get. I wanted to make a movie that had hope and took people places, and wanted people to see the movie as a journey across the U.S. I couldn’t have asked for much more based on audience response. How did the “Take Me Home” project come about? What is the ﬁlm’s takeaway? What did you learn?
According to the Otterbein University Police Daily Crime Log, the following has been reported from Oct. 18-23.
A bicycle was reported stolen from Mayne Hall.
Criminal damaging was reported in DeVore Hall.
Criminal damaging was reported in Clements Hall. A toilet paper dispenser was broken off of the wall.
Drug abuse was reported in the east Campus Center parking lot.
Criminal trespassing was reported in Davis Hall.
Vandalism was reported in Engle Hall. A ﬁre extinguisher was discharged.
Vandalism was reported in Engle Hall.
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Jaeger’s advice to students is to stay close to your friends.
I once drove from New York to LA when my friend and I moved to LA together. I like America’s landscape. A large part of this country isn’t seen in movies. I knew I wanted to show that landscape in ﬁlm. I started writing “Take Me Home” about 7 1/2 years ago and we started ﬁlming 2 1/2 years ago. “Take Me Home” is about ﬁnding the right person for you and not trying to force it to happen. I wanted to share with people what I was going through at the time, and what it means to be married — which is a theme throughout the ﬁlm. It’s about being in your mid-20s and trying
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to ﬁgure out where you ﬁt in the world and where you want your life to go. I learned that I don’t want to be the writer, actor and director on a ﬁlm ever again. It was challenging. I could do two out of the three, but by doing all three jobs, I was free labor to myself. What are you most proud of? I’m most proud that we did it, we persevered, we made a movie that had a very small budget but you wouldn’t know it watching it. It’s a pretty large ﬁlm and I think it still has the spirit I set out to capture.
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What’s your flavor?
Who you Gonna CaLL?:
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The story goes that Twyla jumped to her death from the light grid above the stage.
Twyla the theatre ghost
Even with a lack of evidence, mysterious things occur in Cowan BY LINDSEY HOBBS AND STEVEN COLLINS Editor-in-Chief and Arts & Entertainment Editor
Cowan Hall is haunted, or so some members of the Otterbein community believe. As the story goes, a young actress named Twyla, who tried out for an Otterbein performance and became upset over not getting the part she wanted or any part at all, decided to end her life in the most theatrical of ways: She somehow climbed to the light ﬁxtures above the stage in Fritsche Theatre and jumped more than 30 feet to her death. While there are slight variations on the story, Otterbein archivist Stephen Grinch said that the story is false. “There is no truth to this story in the historical record,” he said. There was no one named Twyla enrolled at Otterbein. There was never any death recorded at Cowan and the event supposedly took place 30 years before the building was even built.” While the story may be false, unexplained events have still been reported by Otterbein students both past and present. “Theatre professors, students and even some people who have been in the building at opportune moments have felt a presence,” Grinch said. “A friend of mine from undergraduate days remarked that out of nowhere, a noose appeared hanging from
the (lights above the stage), and no one had seen it before and it wasn’t set for the stage. It simply appeared. Lighting cues will be wiped from the board only to reappear under mysterious circumstances. Things will be moved and weird noises will happen. Not just building creaks either, but things that cannot be explained.” Otterbein professor Ed Vaughan ﬁrst heard about Twyla during his undergraduate days.
Twyla’s presence was well-established when I arrived here for my freshman year in 1967. Ed Vaughan Otterbein professor
“Twyla’s presence was wellestablished when I arrived here for my freshman year in 1967,” Vaughn said. “Any odd noise or gust of wind in Cowan Hall — and there were many — or an odd occurrence in rehearsal or in performance was followed by a brief pause and then someone whispering, ‘Twyla,’” he said. While many people who have been on Otterbein’s campus for many years have had major experiences, current students
haven’t had experiences of the same caliber. “There are creepy sounds, but that’s generally as far as it goes,” junior theatre major Katie Falter said. Twyla is listed in “Haunted Ohio III,” a book written by Chris Woodyard about the various haunted places in Ohio. The book mentions several of the things Grinch noted, but also states that people have slipped on the supposed spot where Twyla hit the stage, doors open and close without warning and supposedly, when the building is very quiet, you can hear Twyla crying. Supporting Grinch’s statement about the missing lighting cues, “Haunted Ohio III” said that right before a theatre performance of “Stepping Out,” all the lighting cues magically disappeared from the board. Lighting designer Rob Johnson had to frantically reprogram them. “Whenever anything goes wrong in Cowan Hall, we traditionally blame it on Twyla the Theatre Ghost,” Johnson said in “Haunted Ohio III.” While a majority of students have heard about Twyla, there are a few that haven’t heard her story. “I didn’t even know there was a ghost in Cowan,” senior theatre major Lili Froehlich said. “I wish I would have known.”
Name: Daryia Carson Year: freshman Major: philosophy Hometown: Columbus What’s your flavor? black raspberry chip If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? Komodo dragon. They’re sweet. If you could have any superpower, what would it be? invincibility Any hidden talents? sarcasm Favorite color: black
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Hundreds of years of history buried in
Located just a few blocks north of campus, Otterbein Cemetery is the ﬁnal resting place for many important ﬁgures in BY STEVEN COLLINS Arts & Entertainment Editor
There is a man interred in the mausoleum at Otterbein Cemetery that once broke up a Ku Klux Klan march in the 1920s by driving his car through the middle of it. For his troubles, he awoke next morning with a burning cross in his yard. The cemetery is located two blocks north of campus on the corner of Knox and Walnut. An association was put in charge of the purchase of the lots, burials and maintenance of the property. The oldest section of the cemetery was divided into 1,959 lots. Two additions were made to provide more burial space. In 1924, the mausoleum was dedicated, which added 290 crypts to the grounds. In 1940, another land purchase, now called the Knox section, extended the capacity by 1,165 additional plots, bringing the total number to 3,414. In 1952, Westerville dissolved the association in charge of the cemetery and took over ownership, and to this day it still holds ownership. The mausoleum was originally supposed to hold 400 crypts and have dimensions of 72 feet by 60 feet, but revisions during construction limited it to the present-day dimensions of 56 feet by 82 feet, which reduced the number of possible crypts. Buried in the cemetery are several former Otterbein founders, professors and staff members and veterans from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. There are also performers and writers and members of the Anti-Saloon League, which successfully lobbied for Prohibition and the 18th Amendment in 1920. Otterbein Cemetery holds the remains of a few thousand people, all of who lived their lives and died, leaving behind fascinating stories. With help from Otterbein archivist Stephen Grinch, Westerville Library’s Local History Coordinator Beth Weinhardt and Westerville Department of Public Service Administrative Assistant Sharon Lytle, we’ve pieced together some of those stories.
Benjamin Russell Hanby July 22, 1833-March 16, 1867 Otterbein graduate of 1858, composer Hanby, a composer, published his ﬁrst song, “Darling Nelly Gray,” in 1856, when he was a student at Otterbein. After graduating in 1858, he worked as a fundraiser for Otterbein. In January 1859, he was granted a license to preach for the United Brethren Church. Hanby was a vocal abolitionist, and because of that and his ideas on music in church and worship for children, his time at the church was not peaceful. He wrote the Christmas song “Santa Claus” (now known as “Up on the Housetop”). He moved his family to Chicago to work for the George F. Root music publishing company. He died of tuberculosis in Chicago. He was buried next to his parents.
Thomas McFadden Nov. 9, 1825-Nov. 9, 1883 Otterbein professor, Civil War surgeon McFadden was a local physician in Westerville when he began his service at Otterbein. First he was asked to be the secretary for the Board of Trustees because of his beautiful handwriting, and then he was asked to be a professor because of his experience in medicine and ﬁnally, he became the science chair for 20 or so years of the institution’s history. He left the university in 1861 along with a brass band to volunteer in the Civil War as a ﬁeld surgeon. He served at the Battle of Shiloh. The war broke him both mentally and physically. He lamented to his wife about wanting the basic tools he had in his ofﬁce at Westerville. He could not save men’s lives and sometimes felt like a butcher because he couldn’t save arms or legs. Certain things could be done in the ofﬁce that couldn’t be done on the battleﬁeld. He returned to Westerville but still wanted to serve in the military. He was then put in charge of a prisoner of war camp until his health deteriorated. He continued to teach until the end of his days.
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Thomas enrolled just before can American student. Faculty comed him with open arms and didn’t stay at Otterbein very lon Thomas decided to enlist in the second battle at Fort Fisher Thomas didn’t return to Otte Carolinas before his retirement After retirement, Thomas m obscurity. He has a Civil War veteran’s out.
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Russell was the founder of place of Prohibition in Wester early 20th century. A lawyer by trade, Russell g Oberlin College. Russell was such a good spe Otterbein students, they saved he spoke. He traveled the country pro League a single-issue cause and against alcohol. Russell is famous for saying, can’t get the whole thing and w
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1842-Nov. 15, 1935 merican student at Otterbein
e the Civil War and was Otterbein’s ﬁrst Afriand students were split on him. Many weld minds. Those that opposed his enrollment ng. n the Civil War and was shot in the arm during r. He had to have his arm amputated. erbein after the war, serving as a lawyer in the t in Central Ohio. moved into a hotel and died in poverty and
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Mausoleum Alzo Pierre Rosselot
Oscar O. Koeppel
Jan 18, 1882-July 18, 1966 Otterbein student and professor
July 25, 1875-Nov. 18, 1946 Distinguished Service Cross recipient
Rosselot played football during his time as a student from 1902-1904 and was an assistant coach from 1905-1911. Rosselot was a French professor at Otterbein for several years after he graduated. In the early days when professors taught multiple subjects, he also taught history and government. He was one of the ﬁrst students to be involved in country clubs, which were social groups similar to Greek Life before it was established. He was one of the proponents of the Greek system becoming formalized on campus. His daughter developed the “immersion courses” that Otterbein uses to teach language and that became a national standard for foreign language courses. He was known for being an outspoken civil rights believer. In the 1920s, the KKK marched through town and he jumped in his car and drove through the parade to break it up. The next day he had a ﬂaming cross on his lawn. Rosselot is interred in the mausoleum.
Koeppel was a member of the Aeolian Male Quartet at Ohio Wesleyan University. He was wellknown as a singer. He was a participant in both the Spanish-American War in the 4th Infantry and World War I in the 42nd Regiment. During World War I, Koeppel received the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest honor behind the Medal of Honor. As the story goes, he was wounded by shrapnel. Against the urging of his men, he directed them across a river while under ﬁre and made sure everyone crossed and that the next person in command knew what to do before he sought the attention of the medics. Koeppel’s third wife, parents and two of his children are buried in the cemetery.
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Nov. 24, 1877-March 13, 1950 Anti-Saloon League publication Editor-in-Chief
the Anti-Saloon League, which was the birthville and subsequently the United States in the
gave up the profession to study ministry at
eaker that back when chapel was mandatory for their two excused absences per year for when
omoting Prohibition and made the Anti-Saloon d a nonpartisan issue, gaining 5 million pledges
, “This is a dry funeral. We’ll take a slice if we we’ll take the crust if we can’t get a whole slice.”
In 1908, Cherrington was the assistant editor of an Anti-Saloon publication that printed 40 tons of anti-alcohol literature a month. A year later, he became the editor-in-chief. He helped form the World League Against Alcoholism in 1919, and in the 1920s, he wrote The Standard Encyclopedia of the Alcohol Problem, a six-volume set of encyclopedias used to educate people about the evils of alcohol. He spent most of his life working for the Anti-Saloon League.
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wednesday, oct. 26, 2011
Correction: The T&C called volleyball player Ally Nagle a senior, but she is a junior. The football record last week was listed as 1-6, but it was actually 1-5. They are now 2-5 on the season.
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TerrorFest, located in the Brewery District, has more than 20,000 square feet of pure fear.
Don’t fear the butcher Columbus area haunted house is scary but lacks central theme BY JT HILLIER Staff Writer
So, OK, some areas of Columbus can be a little scary in the not-so-Halloween, trick-or-treat sort of way, but the Brewery District? Believe it or not, there was a time when this rather traditional neighborhood, now sandwiched between I-70, Pearl Street, Greenlawn Avenue and the Scioto River, was the stomping grounds for one of America’s earliest serial killers: David R. Hoster, better known as the Brewery Butcher. The story is straight out of a Wes Craven ﬁlm (or maybe a John Carpenter). While working as an apprentice at one of the ﬁve breweries in the district at the time (between 1901 and 1905), Hoster slaughtered 38 people in cold blood, usually discarding and incinerating the bodies in vats of chemicals at the Columbus brewery where he worked. His story, relatively unknown to locals, is one of many thrilling thematic platforms for TerrorFest, a 20,000-square-foot house of fear, ﬁttingly located in — you guessed it — the Brewery District. Eat your heart out, Mr. Craven. Whether you know the Hoster backstory or not, an eerie, warehouse-y look and
feel contributes to an unsettling atmosphere while attendees take their long, respective waits in line. The not-so-subtle sounds of dulled chainsaws and prepubescent screams don’t help ease any worries for fear dwellers. It only gets scarier as attendees shufﬂe inside, with wellcrafted scenery and backgrounds adjoined by narrow, cornered hallways on shaky ground establishing the general look and feel early on. The house is divided into two incarnations (and lit by a ridiculous amount of strobe lights). Stage one is the Butcher’s Realm, which features lopsided dining rooms, haunted libraries, unnerving asylums, blood-soaked operating rooms and a few run-ins with the butcher himself. The second stage is a threedimensional circus show thanks to some rather trendy glasses that are handed out to anyone who isn’t covering their eyes or already wearing glasses. The 3-D experience is truly a distinctive feature of this house, which works as a crucial fear factor. The distinction between soaring, crazed clowns on bungee cords equipped with fake machetes, and harmless ceramic props evenly drenched by presumably broken glow sticks becomes increasingly blurred, literally.
But while it’s all scary, if not just confusing, the clowns and the glowing plastic skulls don’t seem to ﬁt with much of the house’s original Brewery Butcher vibe or storyline. I’d say the greatest detriment to TerrorFest was this general lack of thematic focus from room to room, place to place and scare to scare. Overall, TerrorFest is surprisingly a great haunted house, and compared to Pataskala’s Haunted Hoochie or Mansﬁeld’s Haunted Prison, TerrorFest is pretty conveniently located for those of us still living on the outskirts of Columbus. From the makeup to the wardrobe to the performance, TerrorFest certainly had me shaken up enough to not want the 20 bucks back.
Behind 477 S. Front St. Friday and Saturday: 7:30 p.m. to midnight Thursday and Sunday: 7:30-10 p.m. $20 per person, $5 for parking Open through Nov. 1
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Sophomore urges students to protest If nothing else, Otterbein students should be up in arms about inﬂating student loans
Ghosts of the past:
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Apparently, one of these two took Halloween costumes more seriously back in the day.
The holiday isn’t just for kids, but two pasts yield clashing views
For someone who doesn’t even like candy, it’s a bit strange that I’ve always liked Halloween. Yes, I just said I don’t like candy. Yes, that extends to chocolate. Yes, I am a human being and not a cyborg. Every year of my life, whether it was my choice or not, I’ve dressed up for ALYSSA Halloween. COOKWhen I was ALEXANDER young, my mom went with a princess motif, and trust me, she got very inventive with the princess costumes. I went as Snow White and a Japanese princess with an original kimono. If you have seen my skin tone, you can imagine how hard that would be to pull off. Call me a sucker, but as I’ve gotten older, Halloween has always been there to evolve with me to the next stage of my life. When I was younger, there was just something magical about running around with masks. And no matter what, by Halloween, Cleveland always had that crisp fall smell. Even though I do remember one year it snowed. When I got older and decidedly more emo (yes, I was. No, we won’t talk about my poor life choices), Halloween was
my favorite holiday. It gave me a legitimate reason to listen to “Nightmare Before Christmas.” I am totally judging you hardcore, people who listen to “Nightmare Before Christmas” year round. Let it go. “Hocus Pocus” is way better. Whether I am dressed as Death from Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman,” Four from “Doctor Who” or keeping it low key because it’s my roomie’s birthday, Halloween still incites that giddy childish feeling that speaks to all of us. ALYSSA COOK-ALEXANDER IS A
SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS MAJOR AND A CONTRIBUTING WRITER FOR THE t&c.
When I was in ﬁrst grade I wanted to be a Beanie Baby for Halloween. I wanted to be the Dalmatian, and for the ﬁrst time, my mom labored lovingly over the costume: white LEAH sweatpants DRISCOLL and sweatshirt with black felt spots, a headband with felt dog ears and a large cardboard Beanie Baby tag that was safety-pinned to the side of my sweatshirt. And on Halloween night, everyone thought I was a cow.
Despite being my birthday, Halloween’s always been uncomfortable for me, probably because I’ve been socially awkward since birth. Demanding candy from strangers doesn’t feel right. It was just never a holiday that my family got excited about. My costumes usually consisted of things lying around the house. In ﬁfth grade I used my soccer uniform to be — surprise — a soccer player. Another year I used the white dress I’d worn at my uncle’s wedding to be a bride. To this day the only decoration adorning our house Halloween night is an underwhelming but well-loved mechanical ghost named Strobie that vibrates and “woooo”s unconvincingly when triggered by a loud noise like clapping or a door slamming. By high school, I was over Halloween. I gladly passed out candy to children and grudgingly handed over Kit Kats and Snickers bars to kids my age, wearing an old witch’s hat. Nowadays, costume parties don’t interest me. I’m not the Scrooge of Halloween, but I’m no Bob Cratchit, either. If you’ll pardon the terrible pun, I’m happy to watch the spirit of the holiday live in others … except those high schoolers trick-ortreating with pillowcases. t&c LEAH DRISCOLL IS A SENIOR JOURNALISM MAJOR AND THE OPINION EDITOR FOR THE t&c.
The frustration of limited parking availability, the disappointment of Campus Center cuisine on the weekends, a lack of entertainment to ﬁll a typical Saturday night — aside from these miniscule complaints surroundLINDSAY ing college life, Otterbein students LOSHBOUGH tend to submit to a trend of authoritative acceptance. Despite the fact that Otterbein is collegiately classiﬁed as a small, private liberal arts establishment, the students within this college campus are surprisingly unmotivated to participate in any kind of political protest or to ﬁght for their rights. Throughout its history, Otterbein has produced its fair share of students eager to participate in controversial demonstrations. On Jan. 20, 1969, Ohio State University’s student newspaper, The Lantern, published an article documenting the protest of students from various colleges throughout Ohio. Four hundred and ﬁfty students from Otterbein, Oberlin, Kent State, Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati protested alongside the National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam. Anymore, it almost appears as if this motivational mentality has diminished over the years. I am in no way insinuating that Otterbein’s student population should immediately purchase plane tickets directed out east to stage political protests on the streets of Washington, D.C. However, what I am inquiring is when was the last time you, as a college student, stood up for something? When was the last time you acknowledged your entitlement to certain rights or recognized that some of your rights were being infringed upon?
Or maybe you are saying to yourself, “I would stand up for something, but nothing political affects me right now.” Chances are there is, and it’s called subsidized loans. Consider the following information from businessinsider. com: Two-thirds of the student population will graduate with substantial loans (approximately 1,778 individuals of Otterbein’s student population). Today, college is 400 percent more expensive than it was 30 years ago. Student loans have nationally exceeded credit card debt, placing a $1 trillion burden on college graduates. Total loan student debt is increasing in the United States at a rate of $2,853.88 per second. If this is not a situation pertaining to you, consider yourself fortunate, but for two-thirds of Otterbein’s population, this is our harsh reality. So why do we simply accept the thousands of dollars of debt we are dealt as college students? How do we convince ourselves that a 400 percent inﬂation in college tuition over the past three decades is OK? To decrease the urgency of this situation, most college students simply ignore it, leaving the debt as something to “deal with later.” On a global standpoint, the United States contains the second largest quantity of colleges and universities in the world. So, with such a vast amount of students, why not advocate for a change? Circulate a petition, support a ﬁnancial cause or do something to stand up for our fellow students, our generation and our future. t&c
LINDSAY LOSHBOUGH IS A SOPHOMORE ENGLISH EDUCATION MAJOR AND A STAFF WRITER FOR THE t&c.
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wednesday, oct. 26, 2011
Senior jumps through hoops to graduate
Confusion and mix-ups from semester conversion led one student to making four attempts to get papers in order For me, this will be the semester I lost 10 pounds running between different departments just to make sure I’ll graduate in December. Come hell or high water, I’m leaving this university with a piece of paper. Now, whether Otterbein has ALYSSA COOKdecided that I ALEXANDER have completed my major is debatable. The ﬁrst time I tried to graduate from Otterbein, they told me I was applying too early in the year and that people who planned on graduating in December 2011 should apply when we returned to school in the fall. Keeping a cool head, I returned to school knowing that there was going to be mass confusion about graduation. Well, I certainly wasn’t wrong. The close friends I knew that were also planning on graduating in December would tell me their
Registrar’s Ofﬁce horror stories. Things about degree audits telling them they wouldn’t graduate because of missing rudimentary classes or strange new INST requirements. The second time I tried to apply to graduate, the attempt ended quickly. My degree audit showed that I hadn’t taken a sophomore-level journalism class, my creative writing minor credits were incomplete and I was missing an INST history class that I’ve never even heard of. My mild confusion led me to Laurie Mayhew, the assistant registrar for graduate services. In the Registrar’s Ofﬁce, Mayhew has seen too many students to count, but the students that have come to her with questions either showed up at the Registrar’s Ofﬁce or in my case, their adviser pointed them in her direction. When I ﬁrst talked to Mayhew, she explained that the ofﬁce was still in the process of building the transition majors and minors into the system, which is a tedious and slow process.
“We are also dealing with an upgraded system for Banner. We’re still learning that,” Mayhew said. Mayhew was extremely helpful because she went into the system and personally ﬁxed the problems with my degree audit. My degree audit was ﬂawless. The third time I tried to apply for graduation required me to go somewhere else. I was turned away with my degree audit because I didn’t have the ofﬁcial copy of my Individual Advising Plan (IAP). My problem was I didn’t know where to ﬁnd it. The Registrar’s Ofﬁce pointed me in the direction of the Center for Student Success. The Individual Advising Plan functions as a failsafe in case the degree audits of graduating seniors were inaccurate. This pink piece of paper was my ﬁnal ticket to getting out of this place in December. Of course it wasn’t that easy: When I arrived at the Center for Student Success, my IAP wasn’t even on campus at the time.
With the transition, all departments and ofﬁces have been playing catch-up over the summer and fall. Kate Lehman, the assistant dean for student success, has been going through each IAP that students submitted last spring. “Many departments submitted them to us on a rolling basis in the spring,” Lehman said. “The (communication) department was simply one of the later departments to submit, and they submitted a large batch of them at the end of the academic year. I try to keep them on campus at all times. A lot of times I take small batches home with me, and then I take them back to campus. They’re never away from campus for more than 48 hours.” When I walked into the Registar’s Ofﬁce and the Center for Student Success, I could feel the strain and tension. Both ofﬁces seemed overworked. Maybe a possible explanation for the tension is the lack of help. Aside from the Center for Student Success opening, the administration decided not
Ohio plays the blame game
to hire anyone else to help the Registrar’s Ofﬁce or the Center for Student Success. Lehman was already employed to Otterbein before her position was created. “We’re sitting here and we’re converted,” Lehman said. “I think things have gone well. Sure, we could have had a lot more people helping us. I think we’re trying to be ﬁscally responsible and think about what’s reasonable. Students are already sensitive to the cost of tuition, and I think it’s important that we’re responsible with students’ fees.” The fourth time I applied for graduation, Mayhew accepted my packet with a smile. I imagine that if I had problems, who knows how many students have had the same? There’s no way to know. It goes without saying that my journey into graduation has been rocky at best. We will look back on it as the year we wish never happened. t&c ALYSSA COOK-ALEXANDER IS A SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS MAJOR AND A CONTRIBUTING WRITER FOR THE t&c.
Junior considers all sides of the exotic animal deaths in Zanesville
Only about 1,400 endangered Bengal tigers are left in the world, according to Jack Hanna. And because of a series of bizarre, tragic and sickening events last week, there are now 18 less. But who is to blame for the massacre of 49 wild animals that LINDSEY were set loose HOBBS by their suicidal owner in Zanesville, Ohio, last Tuesday? Obviously, the Zanesville sheriff ’s department is the easiest target because they shot and killed them. They had tranquilizers at their disposal. And the Columbus Zoo professionals were on their way to help. However, these were starving and abused animals that weighed hundreds of pounds and that could see in the dark — if you
look at it that way, the sheriff didn’t really have a choice when the big cats and the bears started running for civilization. So, then the deranged hillbilly who owned these wild beasts as pets is the culprit then, right? He clearly could not take care of them properly and had been ﬁned dozens of times for the way he treated his animals. He didn’t have to free them before taking his own life, and the animals may have been spared to zoos and shelters. But then again, he was allowed to own his lions, bears, leopards, monkeys and the like. Ohio doesn’t ban the selling and trading of exotic animals. Ah … yes. There’s the problem now, isn’t it? The buckeye state has some of the most lenient laws against exotic animal trade in the entire nation, and it seems that our mostly agricultural landscape
provides a perfect backdrop for those who are just dying to build their own private zoo — that pun was intended because Ohio also has some of the highest statistics for injury or death from an exotic animal. Maybe the convenience of our landscape is why Gov. John Kasich let the statewide ban on buying and selling these animals, passed by former Ohio governor Ted Strickland, expire in April. Or maybe he simply forgot about it because the paperwork is in his other desk at the governor’s mansion over there in that horrid “ghetto” of Bexley. Or maybe it’s just because he was too busy with stripping away the collective bargaining rights of union members. No, wait. This must be why we’re allowed to carry guns into bars now, right? As protection in case a mountain lion decides to stroll in?
into the WiLd:
Former Columbus Zoo director Jack Hanna urged a panel last week to impose stricter rules on exotic pet ownership in Ohio. But, I digress, because blaming never leads to progress. Jungle Jack, I expect a great new campaign to get a ban on exotic animal trade passed again. Those graphic pictures that were plastered all over the news would probably do the trick.
Next time I see Kasich in Kroger, I’ll hold him hostage in that hippie liberal health food aisle until he’s on board. t&c LINDSEY HOBBS IS A JUNIOR JOURNALISM AND PUBLIC RELATIONS MAJOR AND THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE t&c.
from head-to-head contact during play. Don’t get me wrong. I think the rules do decrease the number of injuries, like concussions, due to dangerous hits. But at the same time, the stricter rules change the way players play the game. “I had a chance to put my head in there, and it looked like he was crouching down,” Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison said in an NFL.com interview. “I didn’t want to get a helmet-to-helmet (hit). I didn’t put my face in there, and he went down, and luckily he didn’t scamper for another 10 or 15 yards.” As much as it pains me to say it, James Harrison can hit. One of the most notorious players for hard knocks was ﬁned $125,000 in 2010 for hits deemed illegal by the League. When the Eagles’ Sheldon Brown hit Reggie Bush of the Saints in 2008 on a quick pass
out of the backﬁeld, I swear the camera shook from the impact. Now it seems that a linebacker can’t breathe down the neck of a quarterback without a 15-yard penalty and a $20,000 ﬁne from Roger Goodell in the mail. The new rules are protecting players, but they are changing the game for the worse. Players like Brandon Meriweather, Harrison and the rest of the enforcers in the League have to change the way they hit and relearn the art that is delivering a cringe-worthy blow. In most cases, this means going for the legs. But if the League is dishing out ﬁnes for big hits, at least these players are making millions of dollars to pay their debts off. So I say keep the hits coming. It is far too common now to watch an entire game and not see one hit that will raise the collective blood pressure on both sides of the ball.
Kish becomes the leader at UA Otterbein grad is the University of Arizona head football coach BY JEREMY MORGAN Staff Writer
For the past 35 years, coach Tim Kish has roamed the sidelines for 10 different football teams, both at the high school and Division I college level. Since the end of his playing days in 1976 at Otterbein College, Kish has now taken the positon as the head football coach of The University of Arizona. “I take in all the stops and experiences I’ve had playing and coaching throughout my career,” he said. Developing is exactly what Kish has done. Ever since his days in the secondary as a defensive back in a Cardinal uniform and all the way through his coaching career thus far, he has esteemed himself as one of the top recruiters in all the nation in college football. So what exactly merits Kish as a top college football recruiter? For starters, Kish abides by an honest and up-front approach
when talking with prospective players and their families. “Recruiting is all about building relationships with the prospective student athletes and their families,” noted Kish. Now, as Kish heads into week eight of the college football season, he has assumed a new role among the coaching ranks, as former head coach Mike Stoops was relieved of his coaching responsibilities at the University of Arizona, leading the way for Kish to take the reins. “Obviously this is not the way I would have chosen to become a head coach,” he said. “But I take a lot of pride in helping to guide and mentor this team in a tough situation.” With a hectic week of preparation, Kish has stayed focused on why he has been awarded this position in the ﬁrst place. “It should be all about the players and the team,” he said. “Our oath we take as professionals is to mentor positively all of our players, both on and off the ﬁeld.”
Recruiting violations have reared their ugly head, as players and coaches have come under the microscope of the NCAA. “The pressure to win, skyrocketing coaches’ salaries, the media exposure available and scholarship limitations have leveled the playing ﬁeld,” Kish said. In last Thursday’s matchup versus PAC-12 rival UCLA, two Otterbein football alumni squared off on opposite sidelines. Former Otterbein defensive coordinator Joe Tresey dialed up the defensive signals for UCLA as he stood opposite Kish along the Wildcats sideline. Now with his ﬁrst head coach victory under his belt in a victory over UCLA, Kish will begin preparation for PAC-12 foe Washington this Saturday in Seattle. “We have accomplished some great things since we came here 8 years ago,” Kish said. “We have been in three consecutive bowl games, sent numerous players to the NFL and improved our graduation rate.” t&c
Saturday, Oct. 29 Home vs. Mount Union 1 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 Home vs. Mount Union 3:30 p.m.
I’ve always been a fan of football — the grind-it-out, hard-nosed, big-hit type of football that is a dying breed in the National Football League today. What’s worse than the lack of EVAN MATSUMOTO a running game is the fact that the League is cracking down on the big hits that come from the other side of the ball. The new rules for hits are trying to protect “defenseless” players, which are deﬁned as a quarterback in the act of throwing, a receiver trying to catch a ball, a kicker or punter during the kick, a receiver who receives a blindside block and a quarterback at any time after the change of possession, according to CBSSports.com. These rules are trying to further protect players
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Saturday, Oct. 29 @ Mount Union 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 @ Mount Union 3:30 p.m.
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Junior Bekah Reese placed third in last year’s OAC conference championship.
around the bend:
Cards set for OAC championship Cross country in line for conference showdown at Ohio Northern BY JORDAN LABATTE Sports Editor
Otterbein cross country will be setting out on an OAC championship meet at Ohio Northern that will be more competitive than recent years. Both teams have been out of competition for two weeks, with their last meet at the Oberlin Invitational on Oct. 15. In that meet the women placed an overall eighth-place ﬁnish out of a 33-team competition. Leading them was junior Bekah Reese with a 10th-place standing out of 282 runners and a time of 22:50, the best time among OAC competitors of that meet. Following her was senior Nicole Elliott with a 31st overall ﬁnish and a time of 23:23, and then sophomore Kaila Cramer at 24:14, leaving her at 80th. The men competed for a 25th team ﬁnish out of a 34-team, 315-runner ﬁeld in the same meet.
Senior captain Tim Williard led the men’s side with a 76thplace individual ﬁnish and a time of 27:14. Behind him for the Cardinals was junior Mark Bayman, who claimed the 149th spot in 28:04, and sophomore Andrew Mantell with a time of 28:05 for the 152nd spot. The previous year, the OAC championship gave the women’s side a second-place team ﬁnish that was due to Reese and Elliott, who ﬁnished third and 17th respectively. The men combined for a ﬁfth-place team ﬁnish with this year’s lead runners Williard and Mantell placing at 27th and 47th. “Our goal is to show the OAC that we are not as ill-talented as they think we are,” Williard said. “Individually we have had great days, but teamwise we have not had one day where everyone is on top of their game.” The competition for both sides will be stiff. Among the OAC competitors for men, Ohio Northern, John Carroll and Heidelberg are ranked eighth, ninth
and 10th, respectively, in the Great Lakes regional team ranking for Division III, according to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Oct. 18. Head men’s coach Scott Alpeter said the men will be content with a team ﬁnish somewhere in the ﬁfth, sixth or even seventh place spot despite being ranked ninth in the OAC. The women will be facing similar difﬁculties, with Ohio Northern ranked third, John Carroll seventh, Baldwin-Wallace eighth and Wilmington 10th. “They’re really good teams,” Reese said. “Obviously Northern has a really good chance at making it past regionals … but I think we just all need to get out and compete.” “Once everyone has crossed that ﬁnish line and they have given it everything, then we’ll come out happy,” Williard said. The meet begins with the women running at 11 a.m. and the men at noon in Ada, Ohio.
wednesday, oct. 26, 2011
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Senior Tim Williard will be key to the men’s chance at a top finish.
On the field, off the field Name:
Favorite athlete: Xavi Hernández
Favorite way to relax: Playing guitar
Favorite soccer moment:
Beating Urbana while recording one goal and two assists as a freshman
first touCh: Junior Dusty Kiaski
is a 3-year varsity letter winner and leads the team in assists, with five.
inforMation CoMpiLed by JereMy MorGan and photo by kristen sapp