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NOVEMBER 8, 2019


FYE to undergo major overhaul — or disappear By BO RANSOM Senior Editor

Each Fall Semester, Baldwin Wallace offers FYE courses for incoming first-year students that transition students into the college life while developing critical thinking skills that benefit their academics. However, due to budget cuts and consideration from faculty and staff, actions arose regarding

the FYE courses. Provost Stephen Stahl said due to the decrease in enrollment, the funds for FYE have been an issue. “Since 80 percent of our budget comes from funding related to tuition and room-and-board for fulltime undergraduate students, we have to look at how we’re spending our money,” said Stahl. He also said the financials of the course will not be the ultimate deciding factor in FYE’s future. “It’s not just to not spend money

because if we come up with a way that works it should increase retention, which makes money. We don’t want the budget situation to completely drive the solution,” said Stahl. As the reviewal of financials takes place, Academic Chair of FYE committee, Debra Janas, said discussion for revamping FYE occurred before the announcement of the budget cut. “We’ve been looking at revising FYE over the past year,” said

Janas. “Over the summer we were informed that our budget was being cut.” After being informed about the budget cut, she said the action forced the committee to act upon the changes. Though budget cuts influenced the decision to improve FYE, a series of focus groups and surveys with faculty and staff to find out their perspectives on the FYE format occurred before the cuts, said Janas. The result to revise the

BW among schools making efforts to combat climate change

From geothermal to food, an emphasis on sustainability

Microaggressions common on campus When thinking of racial harassment on campus, most people may not think of microaggressions. In fact, many people might not know just what microaggressions are. Still, people may be guilty of using them. CJ Harkness, the chief diversity officer at Baldwin Wallace, said that microaggres-

sions are so frequent, even more so than typical racial harassment. “The number one issue that I hear from students are microaggressions,” said Harkness. “All of us should be more aware in thinking about how it is that the interactions we have with each other impact each other.” A microaggression is defined as an indirect, subtle, or SEE MICRO >> PAGE 2

Rising course caps aim for ‘equity;’ some disagree By KASEY HUGHES Executive Editor

Courtesy of University Relations

Crews work to drill geothermal wells for the Durst Welcome Center in 2011. Geothermal heat is one of many sustainable efforts on campus. “The CIG is heated and cooled with geothermal power, but when you flip on a light switch, it’s from its solar panel array that’s on top of the roof,” said Lebo.

Baldwin Wallace University does not only produce energy for the campus, but SEE GREEN >> PAGE 3




A Harvard professor who wrote the book on implicit biases to speak on campus on Nov. 18.

Professor emeritus Dr. Robert Fowler recently spoke to a Congressional subcommittee about prescription drug prices.

The men’s and women’s Yellow Jacket squads are gearing up for the upcoming season.



S U B T L E , I N D I R E C T. . . P E R V A S I V E

By EMMA BEER Associate Editor

By MARISA NIEVES Contributing Writer

While the world faces the effects of climate change, many colleges are taking a stance to fight it, including Baldwin Wallace University. The university has several initiatives that are based in sustainable practices, from geothermal heating to locally sourcing food for student meals. BW qualifies as a sustainable school through their various ways of creating energy, that includes several buildings on campus that use geothermal energy as a way of heating and cooling, said President Bob Helmer. Some of these buildings include Ernsthausen Hall, the Center for Innovation and Growth, Boesel Musical Arts Center, Davidson Commons, and the Richard and Karen Durst Welcome Center — though not all students may even be aware of it, Helmer said. “You know this grass out here, right outside of Kamm? Underneath that field, there are forty wells that go 300 something feet into the earth and cools the water or warms it up, and that becomes our geothermal [energy],” said Helmer. In addition to producing energy through geothermal wells, the university has also installed solar panels in some buildings. Franklin Lebo, assistant professor of Sustainability, said that Harding House for Sustainable Living has solar panels installed onto the roof. The Center for Innovation and Growth also runs on solar panels.

course showed an “overwhelmingly” large number of faculty and staff that wanted the change, she said. “Faculty had the choice to keep FYE in the same format, revise the transition and academic components, or revise the transition component and eliminate the academic component,” said Janas. “We only had a handful of people that wanted to keep it in the same




On Oct. 14, the Executive Senate addressed the concern of unequal course capacities, or number of students allowed in specific courses, varying between like, or similar, courses. In order to become more efficient with expenditures, the decision to implement higher course capacities was approved. Over the past five years, the number of undergraduate students that attend Baldwin Wallace University has decreased, thus decreasing the

amount of money flowing into the university. In order to be more efficient with how the university spends money, Provost Stephen Stahl said increasing course capacities in certain departments would be strategic in maintaining equity of faculty load. “A big part of what we’re trying to do is look at equity of faculty load across campus,” said Stahl. “People teaching like courses should have about the like load of students. The easiest way to show this is if we switch the conversation over to advising. There are SEE CAPS >> PAGE 3

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STUDENT EDITORIAL STAFF Executive Editor Kasey Hughes Senior Editor Bo Ransom Managing Editors Charlie Egli Katie Kovacs Jesse Kucewicz Alexandra McMahon Hanna Walker Associate Editors Emma Beer Rachel Binder Carissa Ferguson Josh Groves Jake Knowlton Viola Sullivan

BW recognizes transfer students, Micro: Subtle, indirect who often ‘fly under the radar’ harassment persists By HALEY STRNAD Staff Writer

Baldwin Wallace celebrated Transfer Student Week from Oct. 21-25 as a way to specifically recognize transfer students. It was originally created by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students at the University of North Georgia. Lorrie Beatty, the associate director of Adult, Transfer, and Military Student servic-

es, was inspired to bring it to Baldwin Wallace after discovering it several years ago. “It is a population that sometimes doesn’t get the recognition they deserve,” said Beatty. “They kind of fly under the radar sometimes, and it is a mixed population that can include an age range from a traditional college age student to individuals well into adulthood; they can be first generation college students, they can be individuals who work full time or part time, they could have earned an As-

sociate’s degree, or transferred from a two year or four year, they can have five credits or ninety five credits under their belt.” The goal for the Adult, Transfer, and Military Student services, said Beatty, is to make the transition seamless and easier for a transfer student coming into Baldwin Wallace. They offer pre-schedule meetings with transfer advisors to review any class credits


Assistant Editors Emma Rose Lewis MacKenzie O’Brien Copy Editors Emma Prestien Angelique Morell Sydnee Sallee Amanda Shrum Staff Writers Clare Helmer D’Ella Heschmeyer Liam Heslin Justin McMullen Charlie Nash Sklyar Sakonyi Hayley Strnad Sports Writers Christina Roskoph Mike Smith Donald Wilkin Contributing Writers Daniel Boyes Zoe Ryan Hubbard Sarah Lyons Marisa Nieves Advertising Director Nicki Hodgkiss FACULTY ADVISOR Dr. Brandon Szuminsky NEWSPAPER POLICIES The Exponent is the studentrun newspaper of Baldwin Wallace University. The Exponent is funded by the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences as well as advertisements. The Exponent is produced by the student staff on a bi-weekly basis during the academic year. Questions or concerns about the content of articles or other material published herein should be directed to student staff of The Exponent or the faculty advisor. It is the right of The Exponent to print all material deemed newsworthy and gathered in a fair and unconditional manner. No advance copies of stories will be shown, and reporters' notes are considered confidential. First copy free. Additional copies .50 cents. Articles and photographs in The Exponent, letters from readers, columns, cartoons and other elements within these pages do not necessarily reflect the position of Baldwin Wa l l a c e University.

Four members of The Exponent staff and faculty advisor Brandon Szuminsky attended the National College Media Convention. Pictured, from left, are D’Ella Heschmeyer, Szuminsky, Charlie Egli, Viola Sullivan and Jesse Kucewicz.

Newspaper earns national honors By CHARLIE EGLI Managing Editor

With hard work, and a little dedication a lot can be accomplished in a short amount of time, and The Exponent now knows a little more about that. Recently, The Exponent attended the National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C., a conference attended by 1,600 student media students and their advisors from across the country hosted by the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association.

While there, the newspaper won an Honorable Mention in the College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards for student newspapers that publish less than weekly. In addition, the paper took eighth-place in the Associated Collegiate Press’ Best of Show competition in the same category. Since these competitions draw the best of college media and involve over a hundred schools, Faculty Advisor Dr. Brandon Szuminsky said the recognitions essentially mean the paper was judged to be one of the top-five and top-eight papers in the country by two

highly regarded student press organizations. “I think these awards are a reflection of the fact that the staff of The Exponent has worked really hard to produce a newspaper that, when stacked up against the college papers from across the nation, it stands out as one of the topfive, or top-ten,” Szuminsky said. “It’s a testament to a lot of hard work, long hours and I think it is something that can be really encouraging moving forward.” Szuminsky, an assistant proSEE EXPO >> PAGE 5

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unintentional act of discrimination or harassment against members of a minority group. Many times, a person might not even know that what they’ve said or done constitutes a microaggression. Trent Mosley, one of the co-presidents of BW’s Student Diversity Council, agreed with Harkness that microaggressions are one of the main types of harassment on campus. “I’ve certainly been a subject of microaggressions in my time here,” said Mosley. While microaggressions may be hard to understand and avoid at first, it’s essential to educate yourself to avoid them, said Idalis Dixon, copresident of the Student Diversity Council. She said the best way to understand and avoid microaggressions is to educate yourself. “Do some research, know some history, ask informed questions,” said Dixon. “I don’t think a person not of color should make it a person of color’s job to keep them informed and tell them what they should and shouldn’t do when they’re around somebody that is of color…Be a little more conscious of what you’re saying.” “When a microaggression is said or heard, don’t be afraid to correct it or speak out on it,” said Mosley. “At the same time, the person speaking the microaggression, I guess it requires a bit of thinking, you know, realizing what you’re saying. There are some microaggressions that are easier to identify than others. It’s a bit of a two-way street. It’s not all on the person being microaggressed to correct the behavior. There has to be an initiative on the other side to learn more about communication.” Mosley also found that microaggressions had the most impact in the classroom. “You know, we’re all here to get an education,” Mosley said. “It’s important to see more diverse students, but if the university or the classroom can’t support having these students

here, it’s very damaging. I often think of it as like you don’t have a toaster and you want toast. You can bring in more toast, but that doesn’t fix the problem of you not having the toaster to begin with.” Mosley states that just because a classroom may have diversity in it, that classroom may not support the ideas or opinions of diverse students. “A lot of other students won’t value the kinds of ideas you have to offer,” said Mosley. Harkness agreed with the idea that a diverse campus doesn’t always lead to a diverse classroom. “Representation is something we can continue to work on in making sure that we give our best effort and making sure that we have the diversity that is in some corners of campus, in all corners of campus,” said Harkness. Dixon had many similar opinions about being a minority in a classroom. It can be difficult, she said, but she knows it’s important to voice your opinions. “Say what needs to be said,” said Dixon. “Correct others when they say things that can really harm others around them.” Harkness, Dixon, and Mosley all agree that the best way to avoid microaggressions and harassment on campus is to educate yourself. Still, it can be difficult to get started. Many students may not know where to start. Dixon thinks it’s best to start right on campus. “Be on the lookout for advertisements or posters on campus,” said Dixon. “[Diversity events] are for anybody to go to. Don’t just think because it says black or Hispanic or Muslim that you can’t go. You can, and we want you to attend. We want you to learn. Just by being there, you bring in a new point of view.” Harkness said, “I am always all ears and open to having discussions on how we can do things that meet the needs of students.” He encourages students to meet with him at the Center for Inclusion in Bonds.

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format.” Though the majority of faculty and staff voted for a change, Janas said the “goal was keeping the students at the front and center.” Not only did faculty and staff influence FYE’s change, but Stahl said questions arose with FYE because currently, no determining factor completely measures FYE’s success in helping to retain students. “All of the other programs we have out there, we can assess as to their efficacy because we can identify a group that’s taking the program and a group that isn’t,” said Stahl. “In FYE, everybody takes the program,

so we can’t evaluate whether it’s working or not.” Though some ways to determine FYE’s educational impact exist, Janas said the assessment comparisons have been “inconsistent” over the last few years. On Oct. 31, the FYE committee met to finalize the proposal for FYE’s future and all that the program will entail before sending the proposal for final review. Janas said several changes to the FYE course were considered. The proposal implements a 2+1 program, where students obtain two academic credits in the fall semester and one credit in the spring semester, said Janas.

“One of the first things we wanted to do was make it a true first-year experience,” said Janas. “The Fall would still be a two-credit course that would have some defined topics that are identified to best meet what’s best for what’s happening for the current population that’s coming into our schools.” Janas said a few elements in the proposal include wellness, diversity, and career planning. Janas said in some departments, students don’t see the advisor after the FYE course until the following Fall semester, so the new proposal will establish a way for students and advisors to keep in touch. “We are proposing a dual advisor/mentor kind of pro-

cess where the FYE instructor would be in that role of a touch-point for students. In the spring, the idea is to still have the check-in points,” said Janas. “It wouldn’t be formal class meeting times, but individual check-ins, small groups, or online meetings. That FYE instructor would still have that contact with students into the spring.” Regardless of what the future

model holds, Stahl said FYE’s outlook would have two options. “This is our model going forward, going up or going out,” said Stahl. “Either the model goes through, or we pull FYE from an academic course.” Janas said on Nov. 4, the committee presented the proposal to the Core Committee. The plan reviewal currently takes place.


A story in the Sept. 27, 2019 issue of The Exponent incorrectly referenced Danny Cody as the highest draft pick in school history. It should have indicated Cody is the highest Major League Baseball draft pick in school history. Other BW graduates were drafted in higher rounds in the NFL draft. We apologize for the error.



‘Superstar’ researcher, author of For BW emeritus professor, book on implicit bias to speak address to Congress is personal gists to campus. Some of the more famous psychologists include Dr. Philip Zimbardo, of the Stanford Prison ExperiOn Nov. 18, Dr. Mahzarin ment, during the 2000-2001 Banaji will speak about hid- academic year and Dr. Walter den biases at the 25th annual Mischel, of the Marshmallow Harrington Distinguished Test, during the 2016-2017 Visiting Professor Lecture Se- academic year, said Richman. ries to help individuals better When it comes to Banaji, understand themselves, other “she’s just someone who is like people and the communities a superstar in the field and in which they are [BW] thought this a part of. would be so great,” E a c h y e a r, said Richman. the Harrington Banaji has also Speaker Lecture written a book, Series is made “Blindspot: Hidpossible by the den Biases of Good endowment People,” that is very given to the Depopular and is department of Psysigned for all audic h o l o g y f rom ences regardless of Kathryn Grover their background Banaji Har r i ng ton & in psychology, said Robert A. HarRichman. Having rington, said Dr. Stephanie Banaji’s special topic experRichman, assistant professor tise in hidden biases makes of psychology. this material relevant to evThe Harrington fund has eryone regardless of their field been established at BW for of study, said Richman. at least 20 years and the HarAccording to the flyer, “Dr. rington’s are also alumni of the Banaji’s lecture will reveal institution who had the goal of mental blindspots that can bringing well known speakers compromise our personal and to the department when they professional decisions if they made their donation, Rich- are left unattended. man said. Richman has also She will advance ideas been planning the Harrington about where such biases come events for the past four years. from and how to think about “As a faculty, we will meet ‘outsmarting’ our own minds together and talk about who in order to reach the goals we are some prominent psychol- have chosen for ourselves with ogists in the field, said Rich- deliberation.” man. Typically we tend to reThe whole incentive for cruit people who have been in bringing Dr. Banaji onto camthe field for a while so they’ve pus to speak about hidden made kind of significant con- biases is to have “psychology tributions to psychology,” said students see and learn about Richman. people who started where In the past, the department they were and ended up doof psychology has brought ing some amazing things in many recognizable psycholo- life,” Nancy Gussett, associBy ZOE RYAN-HUBBARD Contributing Writer

ate professor of psychology said. “For the general public, understanding your own and others behaviors is so important in so many areas of life,” Gussett said. Due to the different levels of experience and variety of audience members, unique sessions will be available for both groups. For students, classes that conflict with the event times will be cancelled to give students the opportunity to attend. In addition, there will be two sessions offered that discuss the same material to give students enough time to attend as well, said Richman. There is also a lunch session where selected high achieving psychology majors will have the opportunity to discuss things such as research with Dr. Banaji more closely, said Richman. For the general audience members, “the evening talk is kind of the main thing and that is the one that is open to the public and anyone that wants to come,” Richman said. Invitations are also sent out to different departments at BW and the neighboring colleges in the area, said Richman. The main difference between the student sessions vs the general sessions is the language used to describe topics. The goal is to keep the material relative and coherent to everyone who wishes to attend “so that they don’t need a background in psychology to understand,” said Richman. The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18 in Sandstone 3 of Strosacker Hall. For more information, visit

By LIAM HESLIN Staff Writer

Dr. Robert Fowler, professor emeritus of religion, recently had a chance to address a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on health. More than 13 years ago, Fowler was diagnosed with a rare and incurable blood cancer called multiple myeloma. This cancer corrupts the patient’s bone marrow, manifests idiosyncratically in aches and pains, and threatens the structural integrity of a patient’s bones over time. Fowler considers himself to have good fortune surviving as long as he has, as many people who share his diagnosis “are not so lucky.” While his condition is incurable, the symptoms can be treated with specialty drugs such as Revlimid, which Fowler has been using since the summer 2009. In his September testimony, Fowler informed the committee that a year’s supply of his drug costs $240 to produce, but the list price for a year’s supply is nearly $200,000. “Although the out-of-pocket costs were affordable to me, I estimate my employer’s medical insurance plan paid approximately $1.4 million [over 10 years] to cover the drug on my behalf,” Fowler said. Sam Ramirez, BW’s vice president for human resources and payroll services, said that he is unable to comment on any medical issues regarding current or former employees due to HIPPA privacy laws. However, he was able to share that at times, a few medical situations can end up being a large percentage of the total

prescription expenses for the university. “Prescription drug costs are becoming a bigger percentage and dollar amount in terms of total costs,” said Ramirez. Baldwin Wallace has a selfinsured healthcare plan which has weekly assessment and payment of actual costs. These costs are distributed between the university and employees at a ratio of roughly 80 to 20. “The underlying philosophy that I have is that if people need a medication to assist them with their medical issues, we want to make sure that they’re able to afford and take it,” said Ramirez. Fowler said, “I resisted telling people at BW how expensive I was. I am very grateful that BW’s insurance kept me alive. It is a very funny feeling to know you’re on the other of generosity from people who may not realize that they are being generous.” Fowler’s opportunity to speak to Congress was provided by a bipartisan lobbying firm known as Patients for Affordable Drugs. David Mitchell, the organization’s founder, shares with Fowler both a multiple myeloma diagnosis and a strong desire for change in the cost structure of prescription drugs in the United States. “We have a horribly broken system. Everyone seems to agree on that much; Democrats, Republicans, everyone,” said Fowler. Fowler explained that from the time he began taking Revlimid, until the time he retired from teaching in 2019, the cost of the drug had gone up over 100%, despite the drug being the same, both in terms of cosmetics and formula.

In his testimony before the committee, Fowler said, “Revlimid was the costliest drug in the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, draining $3.3 billion from taxpayers’ bank account in 2017 alone.” Fowler said, “The fascination and anger over drug prices is a result of my experience. But once you have it and you see other people experiencing the same difficulty, those stories stand out to me.” While the September testimony represented Fowler’s first foray into Washington as a national drug pricing advocate, he had already been approached by the Patients for Affordable Drugs to speak in front of the Ohio House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee in the Spring 2020. Despite dealing with some side effects from his medication, Fowler admitted he occasionally forgets that he is a cancer patient. He said that his condition “sharpened my awareness of my mortality. I think about things that I assume a lot of people don’t have to think about. But I still think the universe is friendly. I don’t think God is out to get me.” To this day, Fowler wears a wristband from the International Myeloma Foundation, which reads “memento mori” or remember you must die. He views it as both a reminder and a continuous call to action. Fowler ended his testimony in September by saying, “I want to live many more happy years in spite of my blood cancer. To have a shot at that, I need two things: life-saving drugs at an affordable price. We can have both.”

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people on campus who advise seven students and then there are people on campus who advise 60 [but are] both given the same release time and support for it. Our notion is that we need to normalize how people contribute across campus so everyone feels as if they are contributing fairly.” The conversation of increasing course capacities started with the Department of English and spread to other departments, Stahl said. The Department of English looked at courses like English 131 and wondered why its prerequisite, English 111, was being taught at a higher capacity, he said. The solution, as supported by the English and Humanities department chairs, was to increase the course capacity from 15 students to 20, creating a new baseline for all writing extensive classes across campus. However, there are drawbacks, said Dr. Susan Oldrieve, associate dean of the

School of Humanities and professor of English. As the number of students enrolled in certain courses increases, she said, the amount of time professors dedicate to grading increases. Also, students feel less inclined to participate in class discussions and receive less one-on-one attention. “Raising the caps on the writing courses will have the biggest impact on instructors and students,” she said. “Each paper takes the faculty member an average of 30 minutes to grade, so that’s two and a half hours more faculty work for each writing assignment. More students in a class also means less one-on-one attention per student. The more people in a classroom, the less likely that everyone will feel comfortable participating, [and] since participation is important on our campus and often part of the course grade, raising caps can impact a student’s ability to do well, or make them have to work harder and with more anxiety to meet the participation requirements.” Oldrieve said she under-

stands the financial pressure the university, as well as other like universities, are under in regards to the drop in enrollment and lack of funds. The past couple of years, faculty at the university has been working to trim its offerings, but with this years shortfall, it was necessary to raise the capacities on as many courses as possible, she said. Not every department was required to make capacity changes, Stahl said. Natural Sciences, for example, generally has capacities that are driven by affiliated lab sections. He said there were a lot of conversations in Social Sciences and the Conservatory, two departments that have unusual course capacities. With students recently scheduling for the upcoming spring semester, the capacity issue has become more apparent. A factor of this issue is that 85% of credit hours taken by students are taken during six time slots, Stahl said.  Generally, students take five courses, meaning the vast majority of students are scheduling to take classes at

the same time. By increasing course capacities for the common classes, such as Introduction to Political Science and Introduction to Sociology, common Social Science courses, creates more options for students when scheduling for upcoming semesters. “We are in the middle of a significant paradigm shift in higher education,” said Oldrieve. “[There are] fewer undergraduate students but a large market in continuing learners, adults out in the work world who need additional training to meet the rapidly changing needs of the workplace.  We need to meet those additional needs for certificates and MA programs while maintaining a strong, if smaller, undergraduate program.” The course capacities are just one of the many changes the university is working on, she said. The goal is to help ensure that the university remains financially stable while still offering an excellent program that fulfils Baldwin Wallace’s mission. 

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it also contributes energy to the greater community. The school is part of a program called Grind2Energy. Through this program, all the food wastes from dining services are turned into a slurry and stored into a holding cell. Lebo said that once the battery reaches a specific capacity, a company takes the slurry away and uses the methane gas from the food and converts it into energy. The left-over food is then turned in fertilizer. This energy and fertilizer are used all over the community. The energy collected from the food waste is enough to power a home for 5.7 months, said Lebo, and the remains of the food is enough to produce 1.6 tons of fertilizer. Not only does the campus help the community, but the community helps the university stay sustainable. More than half of the food that Baldwin Wallace purchases is locally grown to help to reduce the school’s carbon footprint.

One of the school’s many vendors is Gordon Food Service. This company uses vendors that are local to the area, and they make sure that the food is organic and ethically grown, said Lebo. He also said that the school is working on gathering enough money to build a new greenhouse so they can start growing their food. The university has many plans to continue to combat climate change in the future. The new building that is under construction will be built by using sources from the land that it will sit on, said Helmer. “We’re reusing campus grown lumber. The cite where the building is located had trees on it that were cut down last spring, and those trees, we saved the trunks,” said Helmer. “We put them in storage for the past year.” The wood from the trees will mainly be used to build the structure of the elevator shaft. The university will continue to develop the campus to be more sustainable, said Lebo.


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Counseling Services offers weekly group session in Health Center

By SARAH LYONS Contributing Writer

Jesse Kucewicz, The Exponent

Warm atmosphere of people celebrating culture night while snacking on diverse foods. Culture Night is a public event and welcome for anyone to come and celebrate.

Culture Night event continues the celebration of diversity on campus By SKYLAR SAKONYI Staff Writer

The 22 nd annual Baldwin Wallace Culture Night event will be held in Strosacker Hall on Nov. 15. Although this has been a long-running event, this year will be only the third time Culture Night is overseen by the Office of Residence Life and International Student Services. Culture Night is a public event and is open to all ages. There is no admission fee for this event, but those in attendance are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, said Robin Gagnow, director of Residence Life and International Student Services. “It’s an event that really helps the BW community come together,” said Gagnow. “Especially since this is so close to the holiday season, the canned goods that we collect will go to different food banks in the city of Berea.” To make this event more personalized to the BW community the ballroom is decorated with flags representative

of every international student on campus, said Gagnow. The night begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cultural fair in the Union Lobby, where different Baldwin Wallace organizations set up displays that are representative of their cultures. The doors to the ballroom open at 6 p.m., food will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the performances will begin at 7 p.m. “We try to get different foods from each of the different continents,” said Gagnow. “A lot of times, the food is different than what we’re used to, so that makes it kind of a fun event to attend.” According to Gagnow, the planning committee received a grant from the Health Promotion Grant Board, which assisted in covering the majority of the cost of the evening’s cuisine. Alongside performances by Baldwin Wallace organizations such as Voices of Praise, the Urban Dance Association, and the BW Dance Team, individual students will be involved as a part of the night’s entertainment.

Auditions for individual performers took place on Oct. 16 in Davidson Commons. Participants were asked to bring acts that represented their cultural identity, said Hall Director Jasmine Chappell, who serves on the Culture Night committee. This year, the committee plans on having six to seven individual performances lined up for the event. Chappell said that singing, dancing, and spoken word poetry are amongst the types of acts to be expected that night. As an alumna of BW, Chappell said that this will be her first time working the event, though she attended Culture Night during her time as a student and performed with the gospel choir. “I think Culture Night is a time where BW students, faculty, and staff can come together and just really appreciate the differences amongst one another and find that there are a lot of similarities,” said Chappell. “I like that we open it up to the community as well. I think it’s a really good community engagement.”

Students take part of prestigious opera

By HANNA WALKER Managing Editor

Wednesday and Thursday nights are not typically nights to be out on the town, but Oct. 23 and 24 proved any night of the week could be fun with the two performances of the opera “Dido and Aeneas” in downtown Cleveland. The tragic opera by Henry Purcell is based on Virgil’s “Aeneid,” and follows the love story of the warrior Aeneas and Dido, Queen of Carthage, whose relationship comes to an abrupt end thanks to the meddling of an evil sorceress. The opera featured a Chamber instrument ensemble and

some of BW’s Vocal Performance students, including Elaine Hudson as Dido and Rosie Kamara as the Sorceress. At the helm of the production was Kathryn Frady, the executive director of Marble City Opera in Tennessee. Frady joined the BW community as a special guest director for the show, an honor for the students who got the chance to work with her. The assistant director role was filled by two BW students. Junior Vocal Performance major Mitchell McVeigh was one of the students selected for the role. On his experience working with Frady, McVeigh felt he received the experience of a

lifetime working hand in hand with such a well-renowned opera director. “I got to see all of the interesting parts of the production process as they unfolded,” said McVeigh. “This production made me incredibly proud to be part of the Baldwin Wallace Voice Performance program.” McVeigh said not only were his classmates’ performances impressive, but the show had a full house both nights with a humbling demographic. “The audience was also mostly younger people, which was a nice reminder that classical music and opera are on an upswing in the world. It shows that these works of art really are timeless,” said McVeigh.


New this semester, Counseling Services is providing a weekly group counseling session in the Health Center, specifically aimed to help students better understand the effects of anxiety and how to cope with its symptoms. These hour-long group sessions, held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, educate students on anxiety while offering them the opportunity to share any personal experiences or struggles. Timothy Hall, assistant director of prevention and outreach, said that group counseling has been found to be rather effective and helpful to students in the past. “When you’re in a group, you are afforded the opportunity not just to meet with a counselor, but you also have the ability to connect with other students who may be having a similar experience to you,” said Hall. With BW being such a small school, students are often hesitant to come to a group therapy session, said Dr. Sophia Kallergis, director of Counseling Services. At each meeting, it is made clear that all information disclosed is not to be shared. These sessions are a safe and private space, said Hall. The group sessions allow students to freely discuss feelings of anxiety while giving them the chance to relate to others.

Once students realize that others are experiencing the same struggles, they may not feel as alone or isolated, said Hall. “Sometimes it can be helpful to know that others are struggling in a similar way,” said Kallergis. “It helps normalize it.” Besides making connections between students, the sessions focus on providing a better

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understanding of anxiety and teaching various skills to help reduce symptoms. “There are certain tools you can have in your tool belt for when you’re feeling anxious,” said Kallergis. The failure to pay attention to basic self-care, like sleep, diet, and exercise, often results in the worsening of anxiety symptoms, said Hall. “That’s really the foundation of mental wellness, how you’re taking care of yourself,” said Hall. A resource that may be utilized during the sessions is the online self-help tool, Therapy

Assisted Online (TAO). TAO allows students to explore a variety of tools and modules that help with better understanding their feelings and personal experiences. This interactive module allows students to see which strategies work best for them personally, said Kallergis. “That’s the thing with therapy, there’s no cookie cutter approach,” said Kallergis. “You would know yourself best, you would know what would work and what wouldn’t.” TAO is accessible to students 24/7 and allows for the discovery of which methods of reducing anxiety best suit the user. The online self-help tool and group counseling sessions are great initial jumpstarts on treatment, said Hall. “These kinds of tools don’t replace therapy, but they are the kind of things one can do to be as successful as possible and take care of themselves,” said Hall. All First Year Experience (FYE) courses this semester are required to introduce TAO to their freshman students. During high stress times like midterms and finals, Counseling Services will offer certain resources to help students. Currently, the Center for Alcohol and Related-issues Education (CARE) office is working with Counseling Services to plan BW Stress Less Week 2019. This will include multiple de-stressing stations across campus. There will be more information on this as finals week approaches.

From ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ to ‘Mad Max,’ prof explores feminism in a dystopias By EMMA BEER Associate Editor

On Oct. 24, Dr. Ana de Freitas Boe, professor of English, gave a lecture in Ritter Library as part of Baldwin Wallace’s “Dystopias: Prophecies, Predictions & Paranoia” event. Boe focused on three main works: Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Janelle Monae’s “Metropolis: The Chase Suit,” and George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Boe focused on each of these works, in turn, breaking down the ways that each work illustrated feminism in a dystopic setting. Atwood focused on several different issues women face, among them, “should women be in the workplace?” said Boe. “Issues about sexuality get wrapped up in [the novel] as


well. Obv i o u s l y, the fight a b o u t abortion is really flaring u p … We see these issues percolating through

Atwood’s novel.” Monae’s work dealt with environmental and social devastation while also dealing with feminism. “If we don’t deal with environmental devastation—if we don’t deal with the zombie apocalypse—we won’t have a civilization,” said Boe. The zombie in Monae’s work “is the way in which we all look away from social problems,” said Boe. “We are the daydreamers who need to wake up and really try to

deal with the problems of the world we live in.” Miller’s film illustrated a new dynamic between the male and female hero’s. “Gone are the stereotypes about the male hero and the female damsel in distress,” said Boe. She also said that the film “is a distinctly feminist action movie” in the way it portrays the female characters as independent and strong. “Dystopia is not an excuse for escapism. It is a call for action,” said Boe. “Dystopia shows us the devastation that awaits us in the future if we don’t respond to the social and environmental injustices of today.” Boe decided to give the lecture after participating in the Frankenstein Festival on campus last year. Her lecture SEE BOE >> PAGE 6



Cleveland Orchestra draws large crowd BW’s ‘Kinky Boots’ charts own path By JUSTIN MCMULLEN Staff Writer

The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music rang with the sounds of one of America’s preeminent and most iconic symphony orchestras on Friday, Oct. 25. The Cleveland Orchestra, traveling from their usual home of Severance Hall 18 miles northeast of Berea, performed a concert in Gamble Auditorium on the BW campus. The Cleveland Orchestra referred to by classical music enthusiasts as a member of America’s “Big Five,” a historically revered group of acclaimed symphony orchestras hailing from the major American cities New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Cleveland. Earlier this fall, the Orchestra opened the concert season at Carnegie Hall in New York, performing a pair of concerts which New York Times culture critic Joshua Barone called “virtually flawless.”

The Clevelanders were similarly received in Berea. A nearcapacity audience rewarded the Orchestra with two standing ovations over the course of the evening, one after pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s performance of Franz Liszt’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” and another at the evening’s conclusion, after Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony.” The Orchestra also played “Fanfare for the Common Man” by Aaron Copland and the overture to Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino.” Susan Van Vorst, dean of the BW Conservatory of Music, called the performance “magnificent.” “I hope that the walls of Gamble Auditorium hold that vibration for a very long time,” she said. Erika Haskell, Concerts and Events Manager for the Conservatory, echoed Van Vorst’s sentiments about the success of the event. “It was wonderfully attended — wonderful response from

the audience,” Haskell said, noting the standing ovations. “I was really pleased with the energy of [the audience].” According to data provided by Haskell, student tickets for the concert comprised of 18 percent of total tickets sold—95 student tickets sold out of 538 in total. That is a decrease in the percentage of student attendance at last year’s Cleveland Orchestra concert held inside the Gamble Auditorium. At last year’s TCO performance, students made up 25 percent of the audience. Haskell pointed out that both concerts saw “less than half” of the Conservatory student body attending, adding that she found it “kind of disappointing.” “It’s so easy to come to this world-class orchestra,” Haskell said. “I’d think that everybody would want to experience that.” The Cleveland Orchestra has a long-standing tradition of collaboration with Baldwin Wallace. As for future collabo-


rations, Haskell believes that both sides are open to continuing to work together. “I think there is a desire from both organizations to continue this collaboration,” said Haskell. “And that could be in any of the myriad ways that have already sort of taken shape, whether that’s additional masterclasses or opportunities for our students to learn more intimately from clinician members or if that’s a return of [the full orchestra]. I don’t know what’s happening yet next season, but I know that we’re both interested in continuing those things.” Professor Jack Sutte, lecturer in trumpet at BW and member of TCO, said before Friday’s concert that he believes the future for the two organizations is “wide open.” “I look forward to the next, whatever iteration of [the partnership] is,” he said. Van Vorst declined to comment regarding future initiatives with The Cleveland Orchestra.

Expo: Students honored Week: Event recognizes at national conference transfer students at BW fessor of journalism at Baldwin Wallace, accompanied a group of four students to the nation’s capital where the conference featured 275 different sessions with tips to improve student media. Of the schools attending, BW competed with schools like University of Texas at Dallas and Southeast Missouri University. “If you look at the schools we are ranked with there’s some really big programs, some really big schools and I think it speaks that you don’t have to sacrifice the quality of a small-school education to get a high quality educational experience,” Szuminsky said. “We are able to hang with schools that have 10-, 15-, or 25,000 students and you can get this same level of experience without just being a face

in the crowd.” The four-day convention was featured keynote speeches from Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, NPR’s Nina Tottenberg, CNN’s Abby Phillips and others, as well as the ACP’s Best of Show Awards. While the newspaper has been recognized as one of the top-three student newspapers in Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania by the Society of Professional Journalists, this was the first time The Exponent had entered into the National ACP competition and earning a place in the top-eight is something Szuminsky is looking to build on. “There’s still seven spots to go,” Szuminsky said. “I think that this is a good start in the sense that we now know that we are able to compete but now we need to find the ways to move up the list.”

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they may have from previous classes and talk about the process. “We like helping students understand how and where all that credit falls into their academic programs,” Beatty said with a smile. Transfer students were given the option to submit their stories about their transfer experiences and be entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card for The Buzz on Front. Winners were chosen every day of the week: the winners were Amanda Fakir, Maya Cundiff, Steven Fore, Francesca Yarull, and Jessica Gut. Gut, who graduated from Loraine Community College in 2000 with an associate degree in computer programming, found an advertisement for Baldwin Wallace on a bill-

“Everybody say yeah” because Baldwin Wallace University is kicking up its heels this month with the academic premiere of the six-time Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots.” This premiere diverges from the Broadway production by director and choreographer, Jerry Mitchell. “It’s different than what was done on Broadway. It’s reimagined in some ways, and it’s definitely fresh,” said Gordia Hayes, junior music theater major, who will be taking on the role of Lola. “We had to set the bar since we’re going to be the first school to do it and other schools are going to soon follow, so we really had to bring out all the stops.” “Kinky Boots” follows Charlie Price, who inherits his father’s shoe factory at a time when business is not going well. He meets Lola, a fashionable and fabulous entertainer, who is in need of sturdy heels to keep her going. Through their newly minted relationship, Charlie realizes that Lola may be the perfect person to help him, not only with his failing shoe factory, but to discover who he is inside. The BW music theatre website states, “when you change your mind about someone, you can your whole world.” The show features music and lyrics by Tony and GrammyAward winner Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein based on the film “Kinky Boots.”

“There is a lot of support coming from all over: the BW community, the Berea community and the music theatre community around the country,” said Hayes. “Music theatre students at other universities are buzzing about this and making plans to come support their fellow performers and friends during the two-week run of the show.” The show is double cast for the principal characters. The Lola Cast features Nick Drake as Lola, Charlie H. Ray as Charlie, Nadina Hassan as Nicola, Eden Mau as Pat, Lauren Tidmore as Trish and Kailey Boyle as Lauren. The Charlie Cast features Gordia Hayes as Lola, Andrew Faria as Charlie, Caroline Didelot as Nicola, Eden Mau as Pat, Lauren Tidmore as Trish and Sydney Howard as Lauren. The Lola Cast performs Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Charlie Cast performs Thursday and Sunday. “In today’s day and age, it’s a super important story to hear and is a super important message,” said junior Nick Cortazzo. The BW production is directed by Victoria Bussert with choreography by Gregory Daniels and music direction by Matthew Webb. Beth Burrier is associate music director. Performances run Nov. 12-Nov. 24 at the Mainstage. Tickets are going fast with only wheelchair accessible seats available for six of the performances. Students are able to get discounted tickets at $15 with a valid student ID. Tickets are at the Kleist box office or online.

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The Baldwin Wallace University Brown and Gold club inducted nine former student athletes and a former athletic representative into the Alumni Athletic Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 26. The nominees included Todd Alexander, 2008, Dr. Lou Barone (faculty rep), Geoff Helmlinger, 1999, Laura Leach, 2005, Nicole Loudin, 2006, Matt Luck, 1990 Gino Russo, 2008, Bob Scelza, 1985, Jim Tillotson 1977, and Joe Velky 1987.

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board while driving home. She transferred in 2016. “I always wanted to go back to school and get my bachelor’s, it’s something I had always wanted to do but I had had kids, so I never did it,” Gut, a senior business administration and management major, said. “I saw a billboard sign on the side of the highway that said, ‘From A to B’, and I thought, ‘Well that would be easy, I have an associate degree.” She found the transition process helpful, and the application process straightforward. The process of applying back to school has assisted her in helping with her youngest child’s college application process, which is a bonus. “As a student here, I feel very valued,” she said. “It’s nice to be a name and not just a number.”

Student non-profit hosts musical comedy By CLARE HELMER Staff Writer

On Oct. 26, BWU PRISM sponsored the musical event Misfits. BWU PRISM is an on-campus, non-profit group that is completely student run. PRISM gives students a free creative license to showcase what they are passionate about, said BWU PRISM’s Facebook account. The event was planned by senior Brielle Trussa. Trussa said that the mission of the group is that “of encouraging collaboration between our liberal arts and conservatory students while promoting an overall message of inclusion.” Not considered PG-friendly, this semester’s show was centered around comedy that relates to BW culture, including parodies of popular songs. Auditions for Misfits are were held early in the fall semester and the rehearsals were independently run and included the performers, organizers of the events, the hosts and Eric Hanson.

It is created in large part by the performers, who have a lot of fun and very empowered to express themselves during the production process, said Trussa. “There’s no other show that lets me sing the Drake & Josh theme song, test out my jokes, and just generally have a great time with my closest friends, all in front of an audience, like Misfits [did],” said Trussa. There was an excellent turn out at the event and some attendees had to stand, she said. Several students, both those involved with the conservatory and those who are not, attended the event and had provided positive feedback. One student that attended was Veronica Cator, a music composition major in the conservatory. “Misfits was great. It’s so nice to see students express creativity outside of an academic environment and just have fun. It was well put together, funny and I think everyone in the audience and on stage had a really good time,” said Cator.



Student-faculty study Cyber Security Team provides chance for students to hone skills against stiff competition explores effect of popular

e-cigarettes on pregnancy

By MACKENZIE O’BRIEN Assistant Editor Baldwin Wallace University’s Cyber Security teams have been busy this semester with competing in competitions from a defensive angle. The Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition Midwest Regional took place at Penn State from Oct. 11-13. Although the BW team at this event was not one of the winners, three of their competitors were picked from the region and selected as wildcards to move on to nationals, proving that the competition was steep. Cyber defense entails installing anti-virus, firewalls, and other security controls. “The competition itself on the outset, fills the need for training students in cybersecurity techniques,” said Associate Professor of Computer Science, Kenneth Atchinson. Jacob Jolley, team captain and senior Cyber Security Analyst Major, said penetration tests prepare cyber analysists for their profession.“In the real world, we do penetration tests, where [someone] tries to be a hacker or attacker, but they’re not there to break things. They’re there to find the vulnerabilities and find what the holes in your shield are and tell you how to fix them,” he said. Atchinson gave an overview of what is expected of the students during the competition. “There’s a fictitious sample company, the students then access the security of the network. [Students] try to hack into certain servers to see how far they can get, and then they write up a report and receive grades,” said Atchinson. According to Atchinson, six students go to this competition and he describes the students as the “most talented and veterantype students.” There is technical content involved, in which the students have to find the key data points. There is also a technical form of writing that students will have to follow for their reports. Last year, BW placed 2nd and was able to advance

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Cyber Security Team members — from left, Lauren Driscoll, Ian Walton, Chris Midkiff, Meredith Kasper, and Joshua Neubecker — placed at regional competition where they were faced with various cyber defense tasks. to nationals. “[That] was our first year doing this competition,” said Atchinson. “We’ve been competing since 2009, so up until last year, 2018, we’ve only done one competition. Last year we expanded to three additional competitions. And I think that’s a good thing.” The Cyber Security teams now compete in four competitions annually, said Atchinson. “One of the competitions we go to is University at Buffalo Lockdown,” said Atchinson. According to Atchinson, there is a student-led competition called University at Buffalo Lockdown that BW attends. This year was BW’s third time competing in this event and the team took first place, said Atchinson. On his experience at the UB Lovkdown competition, Jolley said, “I joined competitions about two years ago. This year I am now leading several of the teams. I oversaw the JV team to [UB] Lockdown. Lockdown is more of an introductory tournament, so it’s really great for us to take new people or those who haven’t been a part of cybersecurity or haven’t been to competitions before and introduce them to this chaos and weirdness.” In UB Lockdown, there are two opposing sides. A red team comprised of simulated hackers against our blue team simulated attackers, said Jolley.

“Their job is to break into the environment and mess up our services… to try to take down our website, to deface it; to make it so we can’t accomplish a set of tasks during the time. Everything that a red team would do, attackers would do in the real world,” said Jolley. This team is made up of students from various schools who are not actively competing in the competition, and, instead, Jolley said they are more so facilitating the game. “At Lockdown we were the blue team. Our job was to get into the environment, try to secure it the best we could [and] keep the bad guys out,” said Jolley. To prepare for this competition, Jolley said the team built their environment at school simulating what would happen during a competition, going against each other to make sure everyone was getting better and to walk through any problems. Meetings officially take place “twice a week between an hour and four hours,” said Jolley. “Those meetings are mostly planning, and then whenever we aren’t at those meetings, we’re working, and that all depends on the time you have. An average week for me will be between 10-20 hours of prep.” Regarding BW’s competitors, Jolley said there is a large

differentiating number in competitors. “We’re up against schools that are five times our size constantly, but with a combination of hard work, a couple of really good players and a lot of prep past down from the teams before us we do pretty well,” said Jolley. The varsity team came in first place, and the JV team placed around 5th place at this year’s competitions. Jolley describes competing as “stressful” though “really fun” and rewarding. “Once you get into [it], you get to go there, and you get to learn a lot of stuff, you put your skills to practice, and they’re great for our resumes,” said Jolley. “It’s learning that you can’t get from a normal curriculum. The competitions push cybersecurity a lot faster than the classes do. It sets the people that compete at these competitions apart.” Jolley said the events establish critical thinking tactics related to their skills. “These [competitions] force us to try to think outside the box and to get much better at how we apply our skills, not just learning out of a book, or PowerPoints, or lectures, but we have to go take all of this stuff hands-on, and we have to be good at it. It’s a huge help to put that on your resume and say that I’ve helped stop an attack before,” said Jolley.

A junior Public Health student recently presented a research study conducted with a BW professor on e-cigarettes at the American Public Health Association Expo. Dr. Raed Bahelah, assistant professor of Public Health at BW, is in charge of the study involving e-cigarettes and on Nov. 6, Mallory Walsh, a junior Public Health major at BW, presented her and Bahelah’s findings. Bahelah said he is thrilled for Walsh to be able to present at this conference. It is a large international meeting where people from all around the world come to, said Bahelah. The study looks at the effects that e-cigarettes can have on pregnant women. “We looked into the prevalence of years of e-cigarettes among pregnant women in the United States,” Bahelah said. “Then we looked into what factors are associated with the use of e-cigarettes among pregnant women.” Bahelah said e-cigarettes are becoming more prevalent than regular cigarettes because they are perceived to be safer. Pair that with pregnancy being a condition that can induce stress among women, and we have regular smokers switching to e-cigarettes while they are pregnant because of the perception that they are safer and for that similar sensation, said Bahelah. Bahelah wanted to know the prevalence of e-cigarettes among pregnant women because the topic has not been well studied. “There are a lot of studies that have come out about ecigarettes,” Bahelah said. “But few studies have focused on pregnant women.” Bahelah said one of the ob-

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are you have to be ready,” Hilvert said. “They’re ranked No. 10 in the nation right now, so everyone will have to be at their best. It’s nice we can play a rivalry game like this at home, which is great, and both teams are playing very well.” The two teams will compete in the 31st Battle for Cuyahoga Gold Bowl, a trophy the two teams created in 1988. John Carroll has won six straight, and owns the head-to-head record with 17 wins in the 30 matchups. When John Carroll won last year’s matchup 45-35, it marked the widest margin of victory since 2014 when the

Yellow Jackets fell 45-7. And while the Yellow Jackets have been playing some of their best football, including a near 45-minute stretch when the outscored Wilmington 52-0, Hilvert knows the teams most daunting tasks for the team still lie ahead of them. “Every game is a playoff game for us,” Hilvert said. “You have to take it one game at a time and Ohio Northern is a team that is always ready to play. We’re playing at their place where they’re 3-0, it’s always tough to play on the road but the guys know that, and they will be ready to play.” On the offensive side of the ball, true freshman quarterback Keagan Armitage

eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark and now sits at 1,237 yards in the near five full games he has played, with 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Leading the offensive charge with Armitage, are junior wide receiver Iyan Mitchell and sophomore running back Jon Murray Jr. who both have scored seven touchdowns. Murray leads the team on the ground with 665 yards, and Mitchell leads with 637 receiving yards. “Those guys are obviously our playmakers,” Hilvert said. “But I think our offensive line did really well and we were able to run for over 300 yards against Wilmington. I think that it’s that idea of complimentary football, if

our offensive line is doing well then that sets us up to have a good running game and a good passing game.” Defensively, the Yellow Jackets have been led by juniors Taino Arocho and Sekou Imani who have 10, and 8.5 tackles for loss, respectively. They both also have five or more sacks, and Imani leads the team with 14 quarterback hits, three fumble recoveries and has recorded a blocked kick and a safety. “Sekou and those guys have an incredible knack for getting to the quarterback,” Hilvert said. “They have good hands, they’re very athletic and they have a high motor for getting to the quarterback.”

jectives when doing a study is to submit the finding; one way to do this is to present at a national conference or something more significant, which is precisely what they did. Walsh said she got involved with the research after working in the Public Health department and doing a literature review for Bahelah. She is very passionate about public health research, so being able to collaborate with Bahelah was a great opportunity, said Walsh. Besides the experience and exposure to research, Walsh said her most valuable takeaway from this study had been the opportunity to share her work with professionals of the field. To be able to present at the American Public Health Association Expo means a lot to Walsh. “I want to get into advocacy research,” said Walsh, “and I think this is the first step to that future career.” Dr. Swagata Banik, chair of the Public Health and Prevention Science department at BW, said research done at this campus is essential. He said it helps generate new knowledge, contributes to innovation, gives students hands-on experience, promotes the university’s image, and improves the academic reputation of the university. Walsh presenting at the American Public Health Expo, can spread the reputation of BW to the national and international level, said Banik. “People who are attending Mallory’s session, they now know what BW students are able to do,” said Banik. Banik said that for Walsh, this is an experience she can take with her for life. Articles about research projects that are going on in the Public Health department can be found on the board in the Public health department, said Banik.

this year is based on her class on Dystopia and contemporary fiction. “My chair, Denise Kohn, really encouraged me on teaching that course on dystopian, contemporary fiction next semester,” said Boe. Her lecture focused on the three specific works of Atwood, Monae, and Miller because Boe thought they had thematic overlap, yet they all focused on slightly differ-

ent issues. “I wanted to talk about issues about race, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, issues about environmental devastation,” said Boe. “Those three together allowed me to hit all of those points. They’re similar, but they’re not so similar that it would be boring.” Ritter Library still has ongoing events for the “Dystopias: Prophecies, Predictions & Paranoia” event. For more information, visit Ritter Library, or

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Women’s soccer rebounds after 6-game skid Wrestling places second in New York By CHARLIE EGLI Managing Editor

When the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets Women’s Soccer team dropped six games in a row, including their first four OAC matchups, they faced the tough task of making up for it and getting into the OAC Tournament. Over their last five games, the Yellow Jackets went undefeated, with a double-overtime draw to John Carroll University and snuck into the tournament as the fifth seed. On the way, the Yellow Jackets outscored opponents 10-4, starting with a 4-1 victory at Muskingum. The Yellow Jackets then fought to a tie after two overtime periods against John Carroll. After defeating Wilmington in a pivotal matchup for tournament seeding, BW came

from behind to beat Mount Union with 20 seconds left in an overtime thriller. During the important week of games, senior Goalkeeper Emma Bruno was named the OAC Player of the Week after making nine saves from the 10 shots she faced. The pace of play that the Yellow Jackets showed over their last games impressed head coach Jim Wojtkun. “I think our level of play was good, I think we dictated the rhythm of play,” Wojtkun said. “I think it’s hard to play teams that plays so direct, but we did a great job of staying defensively compact. That victory also marked BW’s first win against Mount Union since 2015. Then, on Seniors’ Night, BW clinched the post season, but again the Yellow Jackets had to fight from behind. Marietta netted the open-

ing goal, but the Yellow Jackets were able to score twice and hold Marietta scoreless for the last 78 minutes of the game. Wojtkun said he knew the team had been in winor-go-home territory even though they were still in the regular season. “We had told the players that basically we were already in the tournament,” Wojtkun said. “Every game is important to us and every game sets up as a chance to continue our season and we wanted to do that so we approached every game like a tournament game.” When their official tournament game came around, the Yellow Jackets matched up against No. 4 John Carroll, less than two weeks after their first match. This match marked BW’s first postseason matchup with John Carroll since 1992, when

Baldwin Wallace entered the tournament as the regular season champion with a 9-0 OAC record. But in the present, John Carroll was able to handle the matchup and shutout the Yellow Jackets en route to a 3-0 victory in their quarterfinal matchup, ending BW’s season. John Carroll scored all three times in the first half and held the Yellow Jackets to just one shot on goal the entire match. The Yellow Jackets may have ended their season in disappointing fashion, but had players competing for top five spots in OAC accolades, as Bruno had the fifth most saves in the OAC with 76. In addition, senior Kenna Poptic tied for the second most saves in the OAC with 10.

Men’s soccer fails to make the playoffs By CHARLIE EGLI Managing Editor

After starting 2-4 in conference play, the Yellow Jackets Men’s Soccer team basically had to win out to make it into the OAC Playoffs. They did just about as much as they could, and fell just short of the highly sought sixth seed, and now marks the fifth straight season that the team has missed the OAC Playoffs. With three games left, and needing three wins the Yellow Jackets went on to win in overtime thrillers against Wilmington and Mount Union but needed a victory at Marietta to sneak their way into the playoffs, unfortunately Marietta needed the same thing. “It’s always close at the end, that’s sports,” head coach Reid Ayers said. “You may under-

value an early game, then you get down to the end and there’s only so many available points because everyone has tightened up. That’s typical, I don’t think it’s just OAC soccer.” Marietta held BW scoreless for the first 50 minutes of the game and scored two goals of their own in the second half to defeat the Yellow Jackets 3-1, effectively ending BW’s season by improving their record to 4-4-1, finishing half a game ahead of the Yellow Jackets who dropped to 4-5 in OAC play. “For us, really going all the way back to August, it was how can we get better?” Ayers said, “At the end of the season you see really how the quality of play across the OAC has grown. There are no soft games in the OAC anymore. It’s very tough, but it’s a lot of fun.” Getting past Mount Union

and Wilmington weren’t simple tasks either, as both games went into overtime, but sophomore Attila Nagy scored his first and second goals on the season in the consecutive overtime periods, leading the Yellow Jackets to two important victories. “It’s amazing,” Nagy said. “There’s nothing like it, but of course I have to thank my teammates. I’m not the only one out there, it’s a team of 11 players, the bench and the coaching staff so I have to give kudos to them.” Nagy and the Yellow Jackets battled more than 205 minutes of action – nearly two and a half games, but pulled out crucial victories, prompting them to go further in preparation. “There was a difference in practice, a difference in games,” Nagy said. “Even in the locker room, guys are dialed in and have the same

goal.” Leading the charge for the Yellow Jackets home stretch was Nagy, whose two goals led the team in their final three games, but he wasn’t alone in timely first goals. Also scoring for the Yellow Jackets was freshman Shaheen Ghahremani, which marked his first collegiate goal. Sophomore Reed Watkins netted his first goal of the season, and sophomore Trevor Hamm scored his first collegiate goal as well. As for the season, the Yellow Jackets had multiple players in the top five of categories. Senior All-OAC forward Danny Ruple led the OAC with 41 points and 17 goals. Senior Joey Geither tied for the second most assists all season, with seven. Lastly, Senior goalkeeper Patrick Mehal had the third most saves in the conference with 69.

leadership roles. Gibbs talked about how the team does not rely on captains or singly rely on seniors. The No. 8 Baldwin Wallace “Everyone in our program Yellow Jackets returned home can and needs to lead for this past weekend from their our program to grow and first wrestling match in Ithaca for everyone to reach their (N.Y.). potential,” Gibbs said. “I feel After a few brief weeks of our upperclassmen are some dedicated preparaof the best leaders tion in the preseason I have coached.” and hard work in off Gibbs also attested season, the Jackets to the wrestling staff were ready to comworking tirelessly to pete and took home recruit and develop second place out of high end talent, on 14 teams. and off the mat. Leading the team BW Wrest ling with first place finwas ranked No. 8 in ishes in their weight the preseason polls, Gibbs classes was senior leaving fans excited All-American Zeckand interested to ary Lehman, who led the team follow the Jackets journey for with four pins, and junior All- another season. OAC Stanley Bleich. For the team—the guys are Bleich was also named the hungry and are focused on Most Outstanding Wrestler in their goals as an athlete and the invitational. as a team. Head wrestling coach, JaBeing ranked well won’t mie Gibbs, said the team feels stop the Jackets from getting this is a good starting point out on the mats and earning to build on because now the their success’s each weekend. team knows where to focus “The men know that noon individually and as a team. body is just going to lay “This following weekend down for them,” said Gibbs. provided a lot of feedback to “Championship are not won the men individually in order overnight, and neither are to prepare them for success championship habits, and in the upcoming next three these men are well aware of meets,” Gibbs said. “Each that.” wrestling match takes a lot In the next few weeks, of physical and emotional Coach Gibbs and coaching preparation, to knowhow to assistants are expecting the perform technically and tac- players to keep up that mentically.” tality and continue working The wrestling squad has hard each day at developing seen a lot of success in their those championship habits, wrestlers—3 being individu- because long term goals are ally ranked who play strong not built over night. roles for the team. The next varsity meet is on Despite this great accom- Nov. 16, as BW will hit the plishment, each wrestler on road again and head to Anthe team takes on a leadership gola, Indiana for the Trine Inrole and is capable of accom- vitational at Trine University. plishment. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the The leadership is well- Jackets will travel to Ohio rounded, and each player Northern for an OAC matchis continuing to grow into up in the ONU Sports Center. By CHRISTINA ROSKOPH Staff Writer

OAC: Team ranked No. 1 Leading: Team looking to improve; replace grads tournament last year and return all of their top players and also brought in a Divi“We always talk about team sion I and Division II transfer, first and really don’t highlight and therefore are listed as the any one player,” Harrer said. favorite. “We have five seniors who Capital and Marietta are all will impact the team in loaded with talent as well. one way or another. Hannah “The league is always inFecht returns as a fifth year credibly tough with the botsenior. As a junior, she was tom team beating the top team a first-team all OAC player on any given night. We will and missed all but 4 games have to be great defensively last year with a broken wrist.  and play really well together,” Lilly had a great freshman Harrer said. year and is a big part of our “We will have to be incredteam, but we have lots of ibly consistent and play really other players who are good well every time we step on the as well and we hope a few of floor. If we become great dethem will step up and contrib- fensively, on the boards, and ute in big ways this year as play really well together we well.” can win the OAC.” Lastly, as the OAC is a We will all get a chance to tough conference, Harrer was see if the Lady Yellow Jackconfident about how the team ets can lead up to Harrer’s will shape up against the other expectations as they open teams in the conference. their 2019-2020 schedule on She was very hopeful yet Friday Nov. 15 in the Chuck realistic as she said, John Car- Ressler Tournament as they roll University won the OAC take on Skidmore College. Continued from Page 8

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nine points and nearly five rebounds per game. Heil said that the whole team will look to improve to replace those two players, “We will certainly miss them,” Heil said. “A lot of guys improved, and we added a recruiting class we are very excited about. No two individual players will replace Kyle and Jay. Our goal is to do it collectively by everyone working every day to continue to improve their game.” Leading the team now are three returning starters from last season. Michael Quiring, who started all 30 games last season returns after averaging over 10 points and led the team with more than three assists per game. Also returning with Quiring is Tyler Colombo, who led the starters with over nine points and five rebounds per game last season.

The last starter returning is Luke Schaefer, who started 22 games, averaging eight points and nearly three rebounds per game. In addition, there are eight total returning starters on the Yellow Jacket squad, whose experience will help guide BW toward another NCAA tournament berth. “Many of our seniors have been a part of a lot of OAC games. The OAC is as good of a conference top to bottom as there is in the country,” Heil said. “We will rely heavily on our seniors to ensure that we work hard to focus on getting better every day and evolving as a team. We want to play our best basketball in February and March. We have a lot of faith in our senior class.” The seniors also have the unique role of leading the team in the locker room and on the practice court. “We have a great group of seniors who we are confident will lead

the way this year,” Heil said. “They will continue to drive the focus on improving each and every day to the rest of the guys in the program.” And while the stars of this team have been seniors, namely Battle last season and Cam Kuhn in 2017, Heil said that there is just as much opportunity for underclassmen this season. “The expectation within our program is that every person is diligently working to improve regardless of their role to ensure that when their number is called, they are ready to play,” Heil said. “I could see several different guys stepping up when they get their opportunity. Those moments are some of the best moments as a coach. Watching a guy that has worked hard get a chance to perform and rise to the occasion is really fun.” Though competing for a spot in the NCAA Tourna-

ment is the ultimate goal, Heil know that the team just can’t look ahead to March basketball, rather March basketball is something that is earned throughout a season. “We have one goal as a basketball program and that is to get better every single time we practice, lift, or watch film and that truly is our goal. If we can do that and have guys that are committed to the team regardless of their individual role or accolades, then there is a good chance we will have opportunities to play basketball in March,” Heil said. “We want to compete on a national level and play and advance in the NCAA tournament. The only way that becomes a reality is if we are committed to improving each day.” The Men open the season at home against Bethany College on Tuesday Nov. 12, they open OAC play at home against Marietta on Nov. 26.


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‘Everything is clicking’ Plenty of ‘good things’ on display in past two games By CHARLIE EGLI Managing Editor Usually when your defense allows just 12 points in two weeks, the defense would be the talk of the team. But since the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jacket’s offense tallied 89 points per game in the same time frame, both sides of the ball are getting recognized. “I think everything is clicking,” Head Coach Jim Hilvert said. “We played complementary football and I think we did a lot of good things and a lot of

guys contributed on both sides of the ball.” After putting up 55 points in the second half of a 72-9 blowout against Wilmington, BW remained home at George Finnie Stadium and the defense led a defensive battle and BW defeated Marietta 17-3 for their fifth win in a row. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets had six sacks and forced four turnovers and recorded a season-high of 92 tackles. The team also improved to 4-0 at George Finnie Stadium this season, a mark they haven’t hit since 2010. “It goes back to our team,

and putting four quarters of good football together,” Hilvert said. “If we can continue to keep improving as a team on offense, defense, and special teams I like our chances.” With a trip to Ohio Northern University on the way and Senior Day happening against crosstown rival John Carrol University, the team has set their target on competing and possibly playing spoiler. “It’s a rivalry game, so it wouldn’t even matter what the records SEE CLICKING >> PAGE 7

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The Jackets offense totaled 89 points in the past two games. Running back Shaun Perry had three of the Jackets five scores on the ground against Wilmington.


Women projected to finish Men’s team ranked fifth first in upcoming season in the ‘competitive’ OAC By DONALD WILKIN Staff Writer

Though they aren’t ranked in the preseason polls, The Baldwin Wallace Women’s Basketball team has been projected to finish first in this upcoming 2019-2020 OAC season based on the Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Head Coach Cheri Harrer enters her 30th season as the coach of the Yellow Jackets, with a 584-221 record and a 27-year streak of winning 15 games or more, winning at least 20 games in 16 of those seasons. Last year was BW’s 14th appearance at the NCAA Tournament under Harrer and she led the team to finish with a 20-8 record, and a 13-5 OAC record. After reaching the NCAA Tournament berth as one of the at-large teams, the team defeated RIT, before falling in the second round to No. 20 Messiah College. Now, the Yellow Jackets have been identified as the team to beat. Despite the success and early projections hyping up her team around her, Harrer stayed realistic, knowing all the work that still has to be

done and knows that her team last year just snuck into the tournament, but still has nothing but high goals for the team this year, “Our goals are obviously really high. Our players not only want to get in, but they want to go further in the NCAA Tournament,” Harrer said. “We have the toughest non-league schedule we have ever had and if we can get six or more wins in that schedule, and compete well in the OAC, we have a shot at another atlarge as well.” Last year, the team was clearly led by their upperclassmen, but freshman Lilly Edwards had a big breakout year. With a lot of room to grow Harrer had nothing but confidence in how Lilly and the team, as a whole, will continue to grow and mature this season. She was confident in her seniors to carry the weight.

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Though they fought their way through a tough OAC Tournament last year, winning three straight games on the road to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament, and eventually falling in the second round in overtime, the No. 22 Baldwin Wallace

Men’s Basketball team opens as just the fifth ranked team in the OAC. Not only is that a testament of losing two starters, the Yellow Jackets are also in one of the most competitive conferences in Division III basketball, “The OAC is incredibly competitive. Last year Otterbein and Ohio Northern did not make the OAC tournament. Both programs have won the national Championship. Otterbein in 2002 and ONU in 1993,” Head Coach Tom Heil said. “Every OAC win is so valuable. If you are not ready to play in this league you will get beat. Every team has talented players and great coaches. As a competitor it doesn’t get any better than competing in the OAC. We have a lot of guys that have been through the battles and we hope that will help us be ready to compete every single night we take the floor.” After losing Jay Battle and Kyle Nader to graduation, the team looks to replace the scoring the ranks Battle at No. 12 in BW’s all-time scoring leaders and replace Nader’s leadership on the court. Nader also averaged SEE LEADING >> PAGE 7


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Hannah Fecht, who was a first-team all-OAC player two years ago, returns after missing all but 4 games last year with a broken wrist.

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Senior Michael Quiring, who averaged over 10 points and led the team with more than three assists per game, is one of three returning starters for the Jackets .

Volleyball hot in time for OACs By MIKE SMITH Staff Writer

As the saying often goes: “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” and that is the case for Yellow Jackets volleyball. BW got off to a rough start in OAC play, but they have flipped the switch recently. After starting OAC play 1-4, the Jackets won their last four matches to clinch a position in the OAC Tournament in head coach Kacie Ehinger’s first season at BW. The Jackets finished the regular season at a 22-5 (5-4). The run began with a sweep at home against John Carroll on Oct. 22 in three sets. Then the Yellow Jackets travelled to Wilmington on Oct. 26 and won 3-0. The following week, the BW had two matches to determine whether they would make the OACs. On Oct. 29, the Jackets dueled Mount Union in a thriller at home on senior night. They split the first four sets before BW won the match. It was the first time BW had defeated Mount Union since 2006. Perhaps the Jackets most impressive win during their streak was against Marietta. BW fell lost the first two sets, but were able to rally to win the next two. It came down to the fifth and final set, which the Jackets won 15-5 to clinch a spot in the OACs. The Jackets, the No. 5 seed in the Tournament, matched up against Heidelberg. Despite having lost to them in October, BW was able to defeat Heidelberg 3-1 to advance to the tournament semi-finals at No. 1 seed Ohio Northern University on Nov. 7. The results were not available as of press time.

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