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WHAT’S IN THIS WEEK’S PAPER... DIVERSITY “Cultural diversity is a critical aspect in terms of music, especially in the “melting pot” America.” -P.6

Men’s Soccer Wins PAC Championship PAGE 18


“Now have you considered giving yourself more things to do? As unintuitive as this is, doing more things can be beneficial.” -P.10


“While waiting in The Commons last week, I overheard a conversation regarding the change in the number of seats in ‘baby bio.’” -P.14

SPORTS “The Washington & Jefferson College men’s soccer team hosted the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes in the PAC Championship game on Nov. 9.” -P.18


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In The Life of A VSCO Girl The Artist: Rémy Legrand ‘22 Red&Black Cartoonist

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I am Rémy Legrand, an International student from France. I am currently a sophomore and I look forward to majoring in Political Science, International Studies, and Spanish. On top of that I am the Parliamentarian of SGA, The Vice President of the International Club and a member of ATO.

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Career Services Presents Weekly Security Log Friday, November 8, 2019 2946 – Informational/Fire alarm – Commons 2947 – Suspicious activity/Marijuana/Lit candle – 135 E. Chestnut St

Career Services: US Census Bureau Information Table Date: Time: Location:

Wednesday, November 20th 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

G&T’s Lobby

Bill Van Divner will be on campus to offer employment opportunities to students with the US Census Bureau. The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. Presented by Career Services.

2948 – Disciplinary referral/Possess marijuana and paraphernalia – Washington Hall 2950 – Informational/Suspicious activity – Grant St. lot

Saturday, November 9, 2019 2949 – Informational/Noise complaint – Bica Ross Hall 2951 – Removal/Intoxicated person – Cameron Stadium 2952 – Suspicious person/Mental Health – Ross Recreational Center

Sunday, November 10, 2019 2953 – Informational/Fire alarm/Suspicious activity/Marijuana – 325 E. Chestnut St. 2954 – Informational/Noise complaint – Penn House 2955 – Informational/Unsecured door – Tech Center 2956 - Informational/Unsecured door – Penn House 2957 – Informational/Wellness check – Fillmore Hall


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Spotlight:Chase Weiland Sammy Massimino Red & Black Staff

Chase Weiland ‘20 has made good use of her time, since joining the Washington & Jefferson community. Although she has two majors, holds several leadership positions, and studied abroad in Australia her sophomore year, she is still on track to graduate a semester early in the fall of 2020. Weiland is very passionate about her two majors in Environmental Science and History. She is anticipating to use what she has learned in her studies to attend law school and achieve her dream of being an environmental lawyer, working for NGOs and going to ecological conferences such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. During the fall of her sophomore year, Weiland studied abroad in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, at Southern Cross University. The experience seemed to fit Weiland’s interests perfectly. She described things such as a koala hospital on her campus as well as seeing Kangaroos. She got to take an outdoor education class, where she camped and learned how to survive in the Australian wilderness. In addition to these fantastic experiences, the school had transferable courses perfect for getting her major requirements out of the way. Even having studied abroad, Weiland has played a significant role on campus. She holds multiple leadership positions, such as Link Mentor, Green Club President, Community Outreach Team Leader, NSLS Social

Events Chair and Class Representative in Student Government Association. Weiland has also planned events for campus, such as the upcoming Recycle-Thon and the Earth Day fair last semester. In addition to these leadership positions, she also has active membership in the history club and outdoors club. Weiland has made good use of her time at Washington & Jefferson. And for now, Weiland’s interests and hobbies reside in saving the planet, fighting social injustices, helping her linkings thrive on campus, reading history novels, traveling to new places and outdoor activities.

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Chase Weiland recently enjoyed flower picking at Simmons Farm with friends.

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W&J Club Spotlight: The Outdoors Club

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The Outdoors Club spent the night camping at Laurel Highlands last spring. Club President Jared Heller ‘21 cooked a meal for the group.

Kailee Havrda Red & Black Contributer

The Washington and Jefferson College’s outdoors club is an exploratory organization that seeks to get students on campus involved with a wide variety of activities that are focusing on the outdoors and adventure. This club is headed by Jared Heller ’21 as president, Erin Herock ’21 as vice president, Ben Peticca ’21 as secretary, Tony Columbus ’21 as treasurer and Kailee Havrda ’20 as the SGA representative. The outdoors club provides students with the opportunity to go hiking, camping, white water rafting, sledding, rock climbing or doing any

activities that involve a nature-inspired aspect to it. Last year during the spring semester, the club was renewed after being out of commission for about a year. The club was able to take a group of students hiking at Cooper’s Rock State Park in West Virginia, another group was able to go camping in Laurel Highlands over the weekend and the club participated in Earth Week activities. The club vice president, Erin Herock ’21 feels the club is an important way for “students to connect with the outdoors. As someone who was inspired by nature and hiking in national parks to become an environmental science major, I believe spending time in nature makes people care about it more.” Herock speaks about the club’s purpose at The College: allowing students an affordable opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. This year the club will be taking a group of students to partici-

pate in axe throwing and indoor rock climbing in the colder months. When it snows, the club hopes to run a sledding event with plenty of hot chocolate to warm up the riders. Once it warms up again, the club hopes to take students on more hikes, do another camping event, and take students white water rafting for an affordable price. Officers are planning a volunteer experience for members to give back to the community. The club president, Jared Heller ’21 feels the “outdoors club is an awesome way to get off campus and enjoy everything that nature has to offer. Being outside with your best friends, whether it be going for a hike or laying in a hammock, is the best way to relieve the stress of the semester.” Follow the outdoors club on Instagram to learn more about the members and contact one of the officers or Dr. Kilgore, the faculty advisor, to join them on their next adventure.

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Cultural Diversity In North American Music Genea Richardson Red & Black Staff

Cultural diversity is a critical aspect in terms of music, especially in the “melting pot” America. We, as humans with different combinations of ethnicities and up bringing’s use music to artistically express emotions, political environments, cultural pride, and more. Steadily Musical boundaries are being built and rebuilt, broken, and re-broken. American music relies heavily on this due to their being a variety of ethnicities present, I mean let’s be real, the country was built on ‘diversity.’ The fluidity of the universal language (music), contains just as many positive outcomes as it can negatives. Musical diversity allows for cultural expression and awareness, which consequentially introduces cultural educa-

tion and can aide in inclusive conversations. It also helps connect listeners of different ages through a common interest that can lead to generational conversations or observational cultural boundary growth and changes. With music, we go through a cultural-expression learning cycle that allows us to expand and have a deeper understanding of one another’s through artistic expression(s). However, the continuous expansion of cultural boundaries can lead to ambiguity for an audience with various cultural backgrounds. Artists with no background influence within a culture will temporarily adopt a genre for a song. For example, Justin Bieber paired with Puerto Rican artists, Luis Fonsi, and Daddy Yankee, to remix the single, Despacito. The diversity in this song quickly caused it to grow popularity in the states; however, when Bieber was unable to perform his part of the song that is in Spanish, it backfired equally. Artists are not unique in genre creation, but their choice of lyrics can re-

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The diversity of American music has grown over the years.

flect their cultural diversity. Of course, with every culturally diverse song and genre comes an audience made up of different ethnicities, and they learn the lyrics. The ambiguous cultural boundary is now challenged with the usage of words that may be “selective” to cultures or viewed as offensive when repeated by those of different ethnic

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backgrounds. There is no doubt that cultural diversity in American music promotes awareness and acceptance of different cultures, but progression has a ripple effect, one change has to lead to others. Within a lifetime of redefining music within genres and cultural diversity, every advancement will be countered with challenges of cultural boundaries.

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Essential Things To Bring With You Abroad


It is very easy for student to forget the essentials when trying to pack for living ina different country for the next 4 months.

Genea Richardson Red & Black Staff

Ever had to try and pack your whole life in the one free luggage you’re allowed to bring when traveling abroad? Technically, included in most airline tickets are one free full-sized luggage, one carry-on, and recently, one hand-held bag. Students that are getting prepared to go abroad this upcoming Spring or are just planning to travel in the future

should remember to bring a few of these everyday items that are often forgotten: A mini book bag or travel bag, one or two empty plastic bags, a reusable water bottle and, a first aid kit. While to some, it might seem obvious, and some not so obvious, a first aid kit is handy to bring along with you abroad. Other than the fact that you might need Neosporin or a bandaid from an accidental fall, it is helpful to have a handful of medicine with you. Especially if you are traveling to a country where the language isn’t your first language, and you may not know the correct vocabulary for Ibuprofen or that you might be looking for a particular medicine brand that isn’t sold

in your country of residence. If you put the first aid kit in your mini travel bag, you’ll be less likely to forget it. Bringing along a mini travel bag allows you to have a back-up bag for spontaneous trips that you might take on the weekends without having to unpack and repack your main luggage. And, next time you go to Walmart or Target, save the bags—You’ll be grateful to have two ‘leisure bags’ in case you have wet clothes that you have to take with you for a variety of different reasons. Some countries abroad even charge you to purchase bags for your groceries or other purchases, save yourself a couple of bucks by being prepared and

bringing your own. And don’t forget the water bottle—Bringing a reusable water bottle not only shows your care for the environment by cutting down on plastic use but it also saves you money in the long run. Get your 8oz of water daily by refilling your reusable water bottle instead of using your pocket money to stay hydrated from all the exploring you’ll be doing. There are plenty of more useful packing tips that students should think about, making a list is a great start. Start with the necessities in the base of your suitcase, then try to think of helpful “bonuses” to bring along that don’t take up too much space.

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Staying Informed About The Political World

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It’s important to stay politically informed so that you are aware of things happening in the world that may or may not directly affect you.

Jude Taha Red & Black Contributor

In a world where the personal is frequently disconnected from the political, the current global state is no longer a mystery to solve. Growing up, many were taught to separate themselves from the greater situations of the world. War seemed like a distant narrative that many only heard about from the faint sound of the TV playing in the background, or elections were merely the topic of arguments at dinner that were resolved over a glass or wine or two. Previously, not keeping up with politics was, in a sense, easier. We lived in a world where everything was not

available at the click of a button or a simple scroll down the social media timeline. With everything at our fingertips, not keeping up with global politics seems to be more of a chosen effort. Now the reason it is important to stay informed about what is happening in the political world lies beyond the effort or choice one makes when scrolling or clicking away. Juliana Kaldany ’20 stated, “We are very privileged to be able to access so much information and it’s our responsibility to remember that privilege and do whatever we can to make decisions that make the world a better place.” Politics is now more than a simple vote or belief; it is a representation of values and empathy. Politics is beyond what is happening to the top one percent, five percent or whoever holds the most economic

value. Politics in a world where borders and peace are constantly challenged and crossed, the homogeneity of people is no longer the norm and the choices we make will impact at least someone we know or someone our that person knows to a certain extent. Politics is not just what foreign country is mad at another; it is the people in your class who cannot afford healthcare, the person riding your bus who is worried about being illegally detained, the woman with the headscarf concerned about being called a terrorist or your black friend being scared to driving alone. Beyond being informed about the impact that your knowledge has on your daily interactions, your knowledge regarding global politics allows you to understand asylum, refuge and other international crises.

When asked what her thoughts are concerning this topic, Molly Kilbourne ’21 said, “In our current social climate it is impossible to separate politics from personal life. It is critical to follow politics as your situation allows to ensure that human beings receive the basic needs they are entitled to: equal rights, fair treatment under the law and access to resources. It allows individuals to hold their leaders accountable and protect one another under our government.” On a college campus, being aware of the events of the political world impact the relationships you create and the wellbeing of those around you. It is important to stay informed and do good. Being knowledgeable regarding the conflicts of the world allows you to be more empathetic because, to many, the political is the personal.

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The Difference Between Real and “Fake” News

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With the power of the internet, anyone can access information, and it may or may not be correct information.

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One of the unfortunate truths of media is that it is not often subject to the same level of scrutiny as scientific articles, especially in terms of peer review. It is quite easy to publish stories that never happened, false statistics, and biased testimonials, and to present them as absolute fact. The significant rise in fake news means that consumers of media now more than ever must be aware of how they can try to fight against being misguided. Some questions to consider are the following. Where does the

funding come from? Most scientific studies are funded from outside sources, and these sources may not necessarily be advocating for an entirely accurate result. For example, a survey of the effects of deep-fried food on physical health funded by KFC may not be an unbiased study.How big was the sample size? To draw any substantial conclusions a large sample size is needed. My cure for cancer is 100% effective; it worked on both of the people I tested it on. It is unreasonable to make sweeping claims with small sample size, or a sample size that is not diverse. Who is the author? is a extremely helpful website to help with fact-checking. Unfortunately, not all authors are of equal repute. Consider checking their qualifications relative

to the topic they are discussing. Some people are discredited from scientific and political communities for making false claims, knowing if the author is someone of questionable character is essential. Does it involve testimonials? The source for this is: https://www.forbes. com. Testimonials should be regarded with skepticism at best. The problem is they can easily be picked for only testimonials that support the claims being made, and that testimonials can often have no pre-requisites to stating support for an application.When was it published? There are new avenues of information and new advances in technology daily, and knowing if there were limitations or biases of a study is vital in evaluating if it is unbiased. A 14th-century testimony on the impor-

tance of urine in medical treatments may not be as relevant as a more recent testimony. Is there confirmation bias? Confirmation bias is when someone sets out to research or prove something. The result is biased, as the researcher will actively search for evidence and interpret evidence that proves their point. This will also result in them ignoring all findings in opposition to their claim. Cody Yoder advises that “[You should] fact check regularly. Take everything with a grain of salt.” There are more people now than ever before who have the desire to influence information and your beliefs. Many are willing to lie if it means to support or funding. Be skeptical, be logical, and consult at least three sources.

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The Importance Of Extracurricular Activities Aaron Iwinski Red & Black Staff

Are you bored, overworked, or stressed? Now have you considered giving yourself more things to do? As unintuitive as this is, doing more things can be beneficial. Yes we are busy college students who stay up until the sun rises writing term papers and had five others due seven hours ago and run on pure spite since the coffee shop closed hours ago and to make matters worse now you need to go to class in two hours, and the printer in the tech center is out of paper again and, oh boy, now there is another paper due in two days. As busy as we are, I want to make a case for giving yourself even more things to do. Sports will let you work yourself out physically. With winter and the hibernation season approaching, animals are bulking up in preparation. Unfortunately, humans do the same sometimes. Soon, a lot of public spaces like parks and spots in nature will be a little more challenging to make use of. Get outside while you can, as building a bit more muscle is probably better in the long run than staying up until 4 am like I do. You’ll also sleep better. Have you ever wondered why soldiers can

fall asleep so soundly wherever they are? They get up early and work themselves ragged. You sleep better if you’ve burned off some energy. An article from the Sleep Foundation states that working out may improve your sleep depending on when. Of course, this should be taken within reason. A furious benching session and marathon training a few minutes before bed will get you a bit too worked up, and adrenaline-filled to get a good night’s sleep. However, most people will sleep better after they have done some physical during the day.

Clubs will let you meet like-minded people and develop a good friend circle. More people to surround yourself with means more potential collaborators on the dreaded “group” projects, but also more people to vent to once you’re done doing the group project. Friends are essential, letting you vent, buying you take-out at 11 pm, and waking you up before you sleep through a final. Clubs are an excellent avenue to find others like you. Pursuit if passions. Let’s be honest, not all of us are in classes because we are passionate

about them, we have mandatory requirements for graduation, so I have no doubt some classes are boring or unpleasant. However, a break from these is what you do outside of class. No matter your interest, there is a club for it, or the ability to start a club for it. For people who like skimming, here is the gist of it: Extracurricular activities let you be more physically active, sleep better, develop a friend circle, and pursue your passions without the limitations of class. Join a club. Do a thing, then get back to writing that paper you’ve put off.

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Participating in clubs is a great way to manage the stress of college while doing enjoyable activities.

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This Week’s Video Game Review: ‘Sea Salt’ Aaron Iwinski Red & Black Staff

Have you ever wanted to be a god? No, not that kind, the nice kind. Plenty of games let you be the “pioneer of civilization” or the “guiding torch of humanity.” But have you ever wanted to be some Lovecraftian god, whose will is so absolute that an entire civilization worships you, and that when one does not fall to your will? A place where they are punished with only the most severe and painful fate imaginable as their subordinates are sacrificed to your tireless hordes of cultists, and ocean-dwelling monstrosities whose only existence is to satisfy your whims of dominating all that exists? If yes, then play “Sea Salt.” If not, then consider playing “Sea Salt.” Nothing quite as exhilarating as scratching an itch you never knew you had. The premise of the indie game “Sea Salt” is that you are the god Dagon, whose will over the human populace is absolute. When the Archbishop communes with you and asks who is to be sacrificed, his name bubbles from the pool. The bishop hesitates, surely him, the king of the land, bishop of the church of your faith, a devotee of your will, surely he is not to be sacrificed? No, for all must fall before Dagon. Yet, in his troubled mind, he seeks madness and decides to save himself. Little does he know that his entire kingdom is damned in his selfish quest for survival. The game has you assume the role of Dagon, the Eldritch horror of the deep, and your primary goal is to

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A screenshot from the game “Sea Salt.”

sweep your endless horde of monstrosities across the land, to punish the foolish bishop who has dared stand against your indisputable will. The game’s controls are incredibly simple. You use W, A, S, D to move your horde, space to command your horde to attack, and F to interact with summoning circles and dialogue. The game feels somewhere between a puzzle and a game as you try to find which minion combinations are right against

what enemies, and like a real-time strategy game, you navigate the trapfilled landscape as the humans try to resist your horde’s will. The more bosses you defeat and the more puzzles you complete, the more minion types you can unlock. The game has some replay-ability with significant hidden characters and many alternate paths for your campaign to take. The game also has an arena mode and a hard mode for you to master

if you truly wish to test yourself. The game is somewhat short, with my first campaign finish in at about three hours (mostly because I am quite bad at it) though I would recommend it to anyone who thinks the premise is interesting. Being a god is fun, but being a malicious Eldritch god is surprisingly more fun. Cody Yoder said, “I like the fact that you command a gaggle of morons. The AI is kind of air-headed. But its what made it endearing.”

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This Week’s Featured Story: ‘Butchered’ Jude Taha Red & Black Contributor

The smell of blood manifests from your rubber gloves and the metallic stench hits your nostrils, once again. Your fingers ache and the soles of your feet feel like you’re stepping on thumbtacks. Your knife is sharp and dripping. The occasional drip from the gambrel and the repetitive splash of crimson stains your apron. “Just like your father,” your uncle notes, as you ignore the honing steel and go straight to the whetstone, missing the mildew by a mere millimeter. The edge of your striped sleeve finds your forehead and you wipe the droplets of sweat. The hair tie on your wrist is now leaving a mark. Gripping the wooden handle with three fingers and your thumb, your index finger is on top of the blade. The edge of your knife slices by the bone and through the fat, as smooth as jello. You hold the torso of the lamb and take out the guts, the steel table now sprinkled with drops of red so dark it looks like black, laughing as your uncle flips the light switch on and off and peeks his head and you repeat the phrase “It looks like a horror film in here” with him. You’ve hung a couple hundred sheep, lambs, cows, and some rabbits here and there. You save this lamb’s head for the customer. You drain and clean the blood off the table, you rearrange and

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wash out the guts. You’ve done Kosher meat, Halal meat, and other oddly specific requests, but you forgot to ask the customer what he wanted. Blood reeked off of you. You throw your knife into the soapy water. The sink drain swallows the diluted blood off your gloves. You took off your

apron and switched your “slip resistant” boots, you put on your ballerina flats and your winter coat. You hug your uncle goodbye. You plug in your earphones and play “Today, Explained.” On the metro home, the guy next to you reeks of weed and your nostrils flare. Unlocking your door,

your cat greets you by purring by your feet. First, the shirt hits the floor, then your pants, and you’re half naked still on your way to the shower. The water handle is broken so you twist a few times too many until the water finally starts. (Continued on pg 13)

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This Week’s Story: ‘Butchered’ Continued You get in after a couple of minutes, leaving only after your fingers become like the peel of an avocado that was left to ripen for too long. You wrap your purple striped towel on top of your prickly skin. After moisturizing your legs, you check your phone. 6:34 PM and Lila has sent you a message. You zip up your black dress and sit on your bed to clip your heels, or attempt to. Your palm slips and cuts itself on the miniature buckle. Cursing, you wipe the droplets of blood on your bed sheets. You open the text and see that she’s 10 minutes away from the bar down the street and she’s tipsy already. You put your coat on and pet your cat carefully. Her white fur gets everywhere. You leave and walk on the patchy pavement where your heel gets stuck too often. The bar light flickers blue and pink and it sounds like the metal wings of a moth clapping together. Not having been out in a couple of weeks, you pull down your dress to hide the uncomfortableness. Inside the menu is chalkboard, and not opening a tab is frowned upon. To your corner are people playing billiards, and at the bar Lila is talking to a blonde man while twirling the straw in her cup. Joining her you give her a hug and order a drink for yourself. You both see a redhead on the long chair facing the window, and you both smile. Lila dances and drinks, and you sit and laugh when she twirls in a circle. She’s twenty to but she still dances like she’s six. A tap on your shoulder surprises you and the redhead introduces himself. Lila is still dancing but more of her friends join her after being 15 minutes late. Roy was his name and he puts his hand on your waist and it feels like a raindrop that’s about to slide down

further and further. His smile is misaligned and his left dimple is closer to his nose than his cheek. He tells you he’s a bartender at the student bar across the street and he majors in environmental studies. You peek an Asian tattoo on the brink of his neck, that he says means “beauty” but looks like quite the opposite. His shirt is tight enough to curve around a drip of water but his muscles distract you from the pull. You ask him about what’s the best drink to order, and he says he’ll order it for you. He has a dog but he says he’s fine with cats. Sometimes he slips and says “like” at least twice in a sentence and you try your hardest to like ignore it. The bartender gives you a made-toorder drink and Roy gets a Vodka & Green. Drinking together for a while you learn that he watches soccer, and doesn’t go to zoos. He compliments your hair, even though you know it’s fried and insists that he touch it. Lila is still dancing but she sends you a wink, and you roll your eyes. He notices and asks what’s funny and you say nothing. He’s been to Africa and tells you all about the differences between here and there. The night passes and you call Lila a cab, but Roy asks to take you home, not before reminding you that he’s only had a couple of drinks, so he’s fine. But, you’re a little hungry so you ask to go somewhere to eat, and he suggests a small 24 hour place and you walk. Free The Spork glows an earthy green and you have never been here. You sit in a booth and the menus are already on the table. The waiter comes and leaves and Roy keeps insisting this place isn’t just for hippies. When it comes time for food he orders Edamame and a Salad Wrap. You order a grilled chicken sandwich. You ask him what a salad

wrap is and he tells you he’s a vegan. Nodding with your eyes blinking with spaced time in between, your tongue hits the roof of your mouth and you bite your tongue to keep from laughing. You figure you can tell him but decide against it, for tonight at least. Come on, he compliments your eyes but his don’t leave your chest. Your spine feels a centipede crawling through it, and you have been alone for a while too long. He asks what your do with your spare time, and you bond over swimming! The food is gone and he asks if you want to leave and he pays the bill. On the way home, his hand finds your waist and he calls you beautiful, then he realizes he didn’t ask what you did. And he asks what you do, and you tell him it’s a family business, just until you’re back in college. But, his satisfaction isn’t met and he presses, and you say it’s a meat shop and now he’s confused. So, you explain the job, and all its processes and its humane aspects but his eyes don’t seem convinced. He asks why and about the environment, and his hands ruffle his hair instead of your waist, and you kind of want to laugh, but you don’t. He kind of throws a fit and goes on a tangent, and then he tells you he doesn’t think you should be like this, and you get offended, but try to play it off nice and remind him he works at a bar that serves alcohol, and that’s addictive, but you’re not attacking him. He says it’s different and that he just can’t accept it and tells you can make the choice to stop. He reminds you of a missionary preaching to someone who was about to slam the door in his face, because they didn’t have a minute to talk about Jesus. You told him it’s not that big of a deal to need to change, and he goes off again but this time putting you to

blame for the near death of the planet. Instead of screaming you laugh and tell him you’re two minutes away from the house and that his vegan mindset is not guaranteeing him an invite to meet your cat. Yet again, he asks how you could do that while having a pet and you tell him you don’t understand what his problem is. The silence is thick and you know you could cut it but you thought the slicing would be too loud. You do it anyway and tell him to stop because you reach your apartment. You thank him for walking you home and say that you’re tired. He nods and before he says goodnight you’re at your door and your cat purrs. You take off your shoes and put on your orientation T-shirt from college. You take your phone out and set an alarm for the morning. You couldn’t believe he was this f*cking obnoxious.

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No ‘Baby Bio’, No Worries Courtesy Washjeff

As a liberal arts college, we should promote taking classes of all fields.

Dylan Bertovich Red & Black Staff

While waiting in The Commons last week, I overheard a conversation regarding the change in the number of seats in “baby bio.” Recently, the biol-

ogy department decided that they will limit BIO 100 to freshman and sophomores only. This has led to students scrambling to find a science class that will fulfill the graduation requirement. Currently listed science classes for the spring semester open to seniors are the following: BIO 111, CHM 147, CHM 160, EVS 101 and EVS 150. The interesting point is that some of these classes are intended for majors, and

they are not the non-major classes that non-science students are used to taking. Brendan Troesch 21’, a chemistry and German major, stated, “Sure, it is inconvenient, but we still offer classes like Chem 160 and intro physics classes and Bio 111, and I think that students wouldn’t have to worry about it if they had planned better and could have taken a science class sooner. Plus, it is a missed opportunity to expand your world view by not taking a science class.” Science students are used to taking classes that are not in their field; however, it seems that the non-science students are unable to take classes in the science field. Why is it necessary for the overworked science departments to teach extra classes? The non-science departments do offer introduction classes, but most count for the major in some way. In the science departments, CHM

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147 is not part of the major in any way, so why is it necessary to offer it? Sydney Fischer 21’ stated, “While every class has its issues, I think that science students do have to put in a lot more time, and when the non-science students take a science class, they always complain. Every semester we go through these classes, and non-science students then realize that we actually do have to put in more time and effort.” My friend’s girlfriend is currently in “baby bio,” and she is constantly talking about how hard it is to be in the lab for a long time and the difficulty of the tests and quizzes. In comparison, the question becomes if non-science students can recognize that lab is an extra strain on the students, why can’t the school offer the appropriate accreditation? If science students can take upper level non-science classes, I guess I will see a non-science student in an upper level science next semester.

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Is it Okay to Say ‘Ok Boomer’? Brendan Troesch Red & Black Contributor

I am going to be frank – I will not even entertain the idea that the word “boomer” could be a slur in any possible way. There has been a new viral trend on the internet in which condescending and out-of-touch blanket statements are made by older people towards young people, and these statements are met with a very simple reply: “Ok boomer.” For example, an older person might say: “Millennials are buying too much avocado toast and Starbucks, that’s why they can’t afford homes or college costs!” A young person would then respond with: “Ok boomer.” For some reason, this reply has been causing outrage in older people. Some, as mentioned earlier, are even calling it a slur, such as radio host Bob Lonsberry. Lonsberry tweeted, “‘Boomer’ is the n-word of ageism. Being hip and flip does not make bigotry ok, nor is a derisive epithet acceptable because it is new.” This sparked shock and rightful anger in people. Comedian John Mulaney tweeted, “If you’re comparing the badness of two words and you won’t even say one of them, that’s the worse word.” I do not remember when the title for a generational demographic was considered to be a slur on par with “one of the most offensive words in the English language,” according to a tweet by – especially

one used to describe the generation of folks who boast about the endless hardships they endured and the tough skin they got as a result of that. I am not here to invalidate these hardships that many of them indeed went through; many boomers did indeed have to walk to school in the snow and find books in a brick-andmortar library. I will also admit that having the internet as a tool at my disposal makes my life a thousand times easier, whether it comes to aiding in research or even ordering take-out when I do not feel like cooking. I think boomers tend to forget a few things: scientific advancements are made in order to make the lives of all people easier, and the fact that boom-

ers themselves were the creators and pioneers of the internet. Young people are using this word as a digital eyeroll; they simply do not want to waste their time arguing with someone who does not understand and more importantly does not want to understand today’s issues. Commenting on this issue, Holly Troesch ’23 said, “It’s not a slur; the people of that generation need to realize that things are different now and they need to stop worrying about things that don’t affect them.” Dylan Bertovich ’21 also voiced his opinion when asked, “Is ‘boomer’ a slur?” Bertovich said, “No, it’s literally the same thing as saying ‘millennial.’ I think the whole thing shows

why younger people are saying it. Some Boomers act entitled and poorly all the time. They don’t understand young people and what they are going through right now.” Dylan’s last sentence was exemplified when 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker Chlöe Swarbrick gave an unfazed “Ok boomer” to a heckler who was harassing her about her age during her speech on the climate crisis. The irony of this entire situation is the fact that this retort does not apply to all boomers in the same way that statements beginning with “All men…” obviously do not apply to all men. But usually, if it angers you, then you are part of the problem.

Courtesy CNN

“Ok Boomer” began as a response to dismiss sterotypical attitides attributed to the boomer generation and has since turned into a much greater debate.

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It’s Never Too Early to Celebrate

Courtesy Smithsonian Magazine

Malls around the country become covered in Christmas decorations in anticipation for Black Friday.

Paul Collier Red & Black Contributor

Along with the holiday season, the annual debate on which part of this season each holiday holds has returned. This year’s debate began on Twitter with Demetrius Harmon’s Tweet about why people go straight to Christmas music after Halloween. Harmon Tweeted, “Thanksgiving ain’t even got no platinum records” in reference to the lively Christmas music scene.

The social acceptability of celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving has ended is once again being called into question. While many become emotionally invested in wanting to start Christmas early or hold on to the familial comfort of Thanksgiving, the answer to whether or not one should celebrate Christmas in November is somewhat nihilistic: it is based on each individual’s preferences, and ultimately it does not really matter. The material benefits of celebrating both holidays are enough to argue for an increased celebration period. Thanksgiving kickstarts Christmas shopping, getting 151 million people out into local malls, averaging $320 of gift purchases. This revenue combines with the $11.1 billion in online sales

that boosts America’s commercial economy. Thanksgiving also increases the charitability of its consumers, evidenced by the $116 million donated in the past four years. Christmas is also a major benefit to the economy. The holiday generated $3 trillion in the United States alone and accounted for 768 thousand additional retail and manufacturing employees. While pure numbers alone show that Christmas has the upper hand, it is difficult to disregard a holiday that coincides with so much giving to charity. Both holidays also provide a strong emotional benefit to consumers. While 95 percent of Americans report celebrating Christmas, 54 percent celebrate non-religiously. 95 percent also celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. The fall season correlates with

increased chance of seasonal depression since daylight savings time sends the country into darkness at 5 p.m., so the emotional reprieve enjoyed by so many Americans is integral to maintaining mental health. “[The] excitement generally elevates your mood and leads you to a more positive/optimistic perspective on things,” said Washington & Jefferson College psychology major Ben Heim ‘21. “Someone might be more friendly or agreeable than usual.” While Thanksgiving’s excitement is built entirely into November because of Halloween and Christmas bordering it on both sides, Heim also notes a specific mental health risk to celebrating Christmas early. He notes that there could be “a downside to anticipating for a long period of time. It might predispose someone to a [dangerous] drop in mood right after the event since they no longer have something to look forward to,” said Heim. However, this does not seem to correspond with Thanksgiving celebration. All of this still depends on your individual experiences. If your family tradition is to celebrate Christmas as soon as November hits, celebrate Christmas. If you hate Christmas so much that you do not even celebrate, enjoy Thanksgiving to its fullest and get excited for the New Year. Do what will make you happiest in celebrating each holiday. Everyone has different experiences, both positive and negative, for every holiday, and while the debate may be fun, never force your opinion about a holiday on someone else’s celebration. With holidays as benevolent as these, it should be easy to enjoy the spirit of any holiday and to enjoy it with others.

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Tenure is Meant for Good Professors Aaron Iwinski Red & Black Staff

Tenure has been awarded to teachers who have performed well in their field and have warranted them having their positions solidified. My experience of tenured professors is that they have been excellent educators who have had their jobs solidified after significant scrutiny so they can be more experimental and freer to interact with their students in creative ways. However, my experience of tenured professors is not the same as anyone else’s. says, “Due process policies such as tenure are important job protection that teachers value highly. These policies don’t prevent bad teachers from being fired; they prevent good teachers from being fired for bad reasons. Qualified teachers earn these due process protections after satisfying performance expectations. These protections allow teachers to advocate for their students and to teach controversial and challenging curriculum without fear that they will be punished for doing so by overreaching administrators and others with arbitrary or personal agendas.” Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, has a fair point, in my opinion.I feel the purpose of tenure is to let teachers be a bit more experimental and controversial in their education approach and let them avoid the fear of being fired for petty reasons, but that’s not to

say the system is free of possible abuse. “Teacher tenure creates complacency because it guarantees job safety. Unlike almost every other profession, teachers are commonly awarded tenure very early in their careers, which virtually removes accountability and the incentive for excellent job performance. As a result, public schools are inundated with ineffective tenured teachers who put in minimal effort and fail to adequately educate students,” said Chris Talgo, MAT, Editorial Assistant at the Heartlands Institute. A logical conclusion, though, I guess my counter-argument is that if a teacher

is awarded tenure, who has shown to be a mediocre educator, that fault lies more with the insufficient peer review of the administrators. When asked how they feel about tenure, one anonymous W&J student said, “While I think bad teachers could use it, they hopefully don’t get tenure in the first place. I assume the college thinks about who gets tenure, so I hope that they would at least weed out people who don’t deserve it.” Another anonymous student stated, “I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me if they’re bad or not, I’ll complain if I must. In the end, if enough of us com-

plain, won’t they lose it? I mean, if they show that they’re a bad teacher, and enough students say so, they will lose their job either way. As a student, this doesn’t matter. I’ll complain if you’re bad, and that’s the end of it.” To those who have had a negative experience with a professor who has tenure, make your perspective known In the end, tenure can be taken away if you genuinely feel that a teacher is failing to educate their students. Make your dissatisfaction known, after all, got to give the unfortunate people who must read our class surveys something to do.

Courtesy Inside Higher Ed

The purpose of tenure is to safeguard academic freedom in order to allow faculty to best spread knowledge.

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Men’s Soccer Wins PAC Championship Patrick Brunner Red & Black Staff

The Washington & Jefferson College men’s soccer team hosted the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes in the PAC Championship game on Nov. 9. The Presidents entered the tournament as the number one seed after finishing the season with an undefeated PAC conference record. The Presidents matched up against Grove City College in the semifinals on Nov. 6, when the Presidents came out on top in a 2-1, 2OT thriller of a game. Dylan Mayanja ‘23 was the hero for the Presidents in that game, netting the game winner. With a packed crowd and high expectations, the Presidents took the field against the Geneva Golden Tornadoes and did not disappoint. The Presidents started off the game firing on all cylinders, and it took only 13 minutes before Jake Fetterman ‘21 was able to net the first goal of the game off the cross from Alvaro Viadas ‘21. However, the Golden Tornadoes were not deterred, putting in a goal of their own within the next ten minutes. Before the end of the half, Viadas was


The Presidents celebrate their first PAC Championship since 2007.

able to put in a freekick to give the Presidents a 2-1 lead going into the half. The second half belonged to the Presidents, as Micheal Komaniak ‘22 was able to score a top 91-timer off the corner kick from Fetterman. Not long after this, Fetterman was in the thick of it again when he was awarded a penalty kick and he easily scored, giving the Presidents a comfortable 4-1 lead. The Presidents continued to pressure the Geneva defense and looked to capital-

ize on every opportunity. The Golden Tornadoes tapped in a final goal within the last minute, but the Presidents prevailed with a 4-2 victory and earned the title of PAC Champions. Ian Donlon ‘21 started the game in the net, but when he went down due to injury, Sammuel Miller ‘22 finished the game. Ryan Cerbus ‘20 commented on the game saying, “We knew it would be difficult to beat them two times in a row, but the enegy from the crowd

really motivated the entire team. Once we scored our second goal of the game, we all know we would be able to finish them off in teh second half. It was a great tem effort, and now we are looking forward to a new challenge in the NCAA tournament” This is the men’s soccer team’s first PAC Championship win in 12 years, the last time being in the 2007 season. The Presidents have an automatic bid to participate in the NCAA D-III national championship.

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Football Earns 750th Program Victory Reilly Oliverio Red & Black Editor

The Washington and Jefferson Football team faced off against their PAC rivals the Saint Vincent College Bearcats. The Presidents are coming off of their bye week with a record of 5-3 and looking to bounce back from a loss. The Presidents hosted their rivals on a beautiful fall weekend. The game started off with the Bearcats controlling the possession time. Once the ball was in President’s quar-

terback Jacob Adams ’20 he made the opposing defense pay. He connected with running back Jordan West ’20 for a 67 yard touchdown. This put the Presidents up on the board 7-0. The second quarter was controlled by the President’s defense. After letting a field goal in by the Bearcats the presidents shut out St. Vincent’s for the rest of the half. Linebacker Sean Doran ’21 dominated for the Presidents, picking off the Bearcat’s quarterback and running it to the house to pick up his first college career interception and touchdown. Later in the second quarter Doran picked up a football and ran it 48 yards until he ran out of steam. With good field position West was able to run it


The Presidents’ defense was dominant against the Bearcats.

in for his second touchdown of the day. The Presidents ended the first half by three scores on the Bearcats. The second half was equal in accomplishments for the Presidents. The offense exploded with Adams finding Cameron O’Brien ’21 for a big gain, and Payton Skalos ’21 for a touchdown. Finally, late in the fourth quarter EJ Thompson ’21 ran in the last touchdown of the day giving the Presidents a final lead of 42-10 over their PAC rivals. This was the 750th victory for the Presidents football team and another winning season for the team at a record of 6-3. Adams led the day in the air throwing for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns. The rushing attack from West and Thompson combined for 107

yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively Doran lead the team with 12 tackles while Mike Williams ’20 picked up a couple sacks on the way. Doran spoke on the game saying, “Well I thought we started slow but played really well he second half. And we’ve been having fun these last couple of games. There’s no pressure we are just going out playing and having fun because we owe it to these seniors and want to send them out on a high note.” The Presidents look to close out their season next weekend to the Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets. The game will be held at 1pm at Cameron Stadium, the team will be honoring their seniors and the dedication they have given to the team the past four seasons.


Sean Doran ‘21 recorded 12 tackles and a defensive touchdown.

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Last Week’s Scores Nov. 9:

Men’s Water Polo vs Salem University: 8-22 L Wrestling at Washington and Jefferson Invitational: Manny Dolvshek 125 Champion Football vs St. Vincent College: 42-10 W Men’s Swim at Chatam: 79-22 W Women’s Swim at Chatam: 68-157 L Men’s Soccer PAC Championship: 4-2 W

Nov. 10:

Men’s Water Polo vs Monmouth University: 8-7 W Women’s Water Polo vs Connecticut College: 9-8 W


Next Week’s Games Nov. 15:

Men’s Basketball vs Morrisville State: 6:00pm Women’s Basketball vs Case Western Reserve: 8:00pm

Nov. 16:

Wrestling at Waynesburg College Women’s Cross Country at NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Men’s Cross Country at NCAA Division III Midest Regional Men’s Swimming vs Pitt-Bradford Women’s Swimming vs Pitt-Bradford Football vs Waynesburg University: 1:00pm Men’s Basketball at Buffalo State Tournament Men’s Soccer vs #7 John Carroll - 1st Round of NCAA- 2:00pm Women’s Basketball vs Carnegue Mellon 3:00 pm


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