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Minimum wage increase has mixed effects on students, businesses JACOB BAUMGART Senior Reporter
n one of Main Street’s tucked away coffee shops, three college-aged workers laughed with their manager as about a dozen students sipped their drinks and studied. While the three workers used to have a regular work schedule, they may start working fewer hours at their shop, Brewed Awakenings, because of a statemandated increase in pay. Delaware’s minimum wage increased from $8.25 per hour to $8.75 per hour on Oct. 1 as the first of two scheduled pay raises, fostering mixed effects for student-workers and local businesses went into effect. The next scheduled minimum wage increase, which is set to take effect on Oct. 1 of next year, will further raise pay to $9.25 per hour. “Obviously it’s going to cost us more money,” Chris Champion, manager of Brewed Awakenings, said. “If our cost goes up, we have to generate more income or reduce our cost … Because we are a small business and we operate on a relatively narrow margin, the way we are going to handle it CONTINUED ON PAGE 3
Major financial announcements and a protest: from the university’s Board of Trustees Retreat
Mitchell Patterson & Alexis Carel City Editor & Senior Reporter
he university’s Board of Trustees enjoys a great deal of privacy while wielding significant power over the direction of university projects and programs. The Board of Trustees gathered for their annual retreat on Thursday and Friday at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel on North Campus. There, in addition to updating the trustees on finances and ongoing projects, executives and officials outlined their vision for the future of the university. It was announced on Thursday that the university’s operating budget provided by the state would be $121 million for the next fiscal year. This included increased funding for laboratory renovations from $5.5 million to $10 million. The university is also currently seeking additional state funding for scholarships given to Delawarean students. University President Dennis Assanis also announced that the Spectrum Scholars Program, a new enrollment initiative designed to attract prospective students on the autism spectrum, will be funded by a $7.5 million grant CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 ARTICLE ON PAGE 3
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A Breach of Faith: A local look at the impacts of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal Leah Campano Staff Reporter
eatly situated in the streetfacing corner of the St. Thomas More Oratory, Father Ed Ogden’s office is modest and unembellished. A MacBook occupies the center of a faded wooden desk, joined by a single picture frame and simple lamp. Two large windows look out onto Lovett Avenue, where students lazily meander to class. Two windows, two unassuming architectural features most think nothing of, but, to the Roman Catholic church, these are a mandated assurance of transparency, candor and trust. In the past seven decades, at least 1,000 children have been sexually abused by more than 300 Catholic priests. At least — two small words that mark thousands more probable, unreported accounts of misconduct. These facts come from a gut-wrenching Pennsylvania grand jury report, piling onto an unfathomable number of already existing sexual abuse cases against the church worldwide. But, to Catholic priests like Ogden, grand jury reports and scandal encroach on the principled life he has built for himself and the parishes he leads. “You question it in a sense that you say to yourself, ‘What am I doing here?’ It’s a question of, ‘What is going on here? What am I doing?’” Ogden said, in considering the absoluteness in his choice of dedicating his life to an institution currently enveloped in disgrace. “But, I wasn’t ready to walk away. It came up in my head, but it didn’t get to a point of despair because I have to go back to why I chose to do this five years ago,” he added. Ogden’s frustration with the church is sufficient, but he has a prudent take on the gut-wrenching epidemic. In an introduction to the
chilling report, the Pennsylvania grand jury investigation unfolds the systemic, recurrent instances of manipulation. A domain where “rape” is “inappropriate contact” and forced removal of a priest is “sick leave.” “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this. We know some of you have heard some of it before. There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.” The report scrutinized six dioceses, which covered every district in the state, with the exception of Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown, which were previously examined by a separate grand jury. Priests, monsignors, auxiliary bishops, bishops, archbishops, cardinals — positions of power across the church have been guilty of such crimes, yet, “the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all,” according to the report. Pennsylvania is not the only state riddled with scandal. The revelation of clergy sex abuse was initially reported on by the Boston Globe back in 2002, creating an avalanche of cases, and systematically chipping away at the ivy-covered towers protecting the abusers in the years since. In the past two weeks, the Brooklyn diocese, in one of the largest settlements by the Catholic Church, paid $27.5 million to four men sexually abused by a religion teacher. “I don’t want to wear my collar going down the street for fear someone will throw an egg at me,” Ogden said. Ogden’s two windows are purposeful. The necessity of
windows in a room where any member of the Catholic ministry — whether it be a priest or a catechism teacher — can be in with a child is just one in a set of standards in the 2002 Dallas Charter, curated by U.S. Bishops in response to the initial reports of sex abuse. “Everyone now, since 2002, does FBI background checks for any position: my college students becoming CCD teachers, every teacher in a Catholic school — everybody gets a background check,” Ogden said. “Others are, I cannot drive a minor home — nobody can, alone. But if a minor does need to be driven home, we would have to have permission from the parent and two adults would have to accompany that drive home. Other standards approach the question of what is appropriate touch with children. You’re not touching a child on their legs or their butt, you have to be mindful about where touch is appropriate. These are the new standards that help clarify these boundaries.” Priests need these boundaries, it seems, to salvage the reputation of the church. “There is so much disgrace in the Catholic church right now,” Julie D’Agostino, a university student and longtime Catholic, said. “But, there is more to Catholicism then this scandal. There is still a community of people who do good.” A report released by the Pew Forum in 2015 found that Catholicism was losing the members of its parishes at a faster rate than any other denomination. At this time the Pew Center found, “the total number of Catholics in the United States dropped by 3 million since 2007, now comprising about 20 percent — or one-fifth — of the total population.” Since this study, the
population has continued to decline. It’s easy to believe why this is, given the scandal shrouding the religion. In recent years, more and more Catholic churches have been forced to merge, due to a serious decline in churchgoers. According to the Hartford Courant, the Hartford Archdiocese has experienced a 69 percent decline in church attendance since 1965. In June 2017, a restructuring plan in the Hartford diocese shrunk 212 parishes into just 127 — nearly half were closed. With a lack of practicing Catholics, financial burdens become heavier. Top it off with a dwindling decrease in men becoming priests, and it becomes near impossible for many of these parishes to keep their doors open. Yet, there are those that are still devout. There are the Catholics that still wake up on Sundays and head to mass. There are those that grew up Catholic and still feel a very strong, familial link to the church. Whether it be Sunday mass, baptisms, First Holy Communions, Confirmations, or so on, many parallel their faith with family. There are deep, ancestral roots in Catholicism that are unwavering for some. “Good people make bad choices and you can’t generalize the whole population,” junior Clare Bondi said. “Not all Catholics are like that.” For Ogden, the commitment to the church is about genuineness. “I have to go back and say three things to myself as a priest,” he said. “One is I have to remember the commitment I made. There is an invitation to everyone, priest or not a priest, about being authentic to who we say we are — there is an invitation to dig deeper, and to grow.” Then, the church’s sacraments bind him tightly to the values of the church. He has only been in
the priesthood for five years — a newcomer amidst all this distress — but he stands steadfast. “There’s nothing like being able to sit with someone on their deathbed and celebrate the sacrament of the anointing of the sick with them, and prepare them for eternal life. I’m standing here knowing I have a lot of life left in me — I think I got a good 20 to 30 years,” he said. “Those moments are privilege to me, and one of the reasons I became a priest.” It was easy for Ogden to become discouraged with his faith, but he ultimately did not let this impede his responsibility of being a leader for his parish. “When the abuse came out in the grand jury report, one of things I had to do here — well, what I chose to do — was to, in the name of the church, as the face of the church for this parish, I needed to stand up for them because I wear the collar, and apologize for the sins of my brothers,” he said. “It was a very, very difficult thing to do — and I didn’t do anything. But, I needed to be a compassionate voice for them to hear that the church is sorry for this.” It remains to be seen what effect the stains left on the Catholic church will have in the aftermath of the sex abuse scandals. Ogden has hope for his community, and for him, apologizing was the inaugural step in attempting to renew faith. “It overwhelmed me, it’s a very simple thing to do; but, I didn’t realize the impact that it would have on the parishioners here, to hear someone who is wearing black just apologize and help people move forward,” he said.
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Michael Yakes, Naval Research Lab, 10:30 p.m., ISE Lab 322
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Students say KavaNAH to Supreme Court confirmation at campus rally VICTORIA ANASTASI OLIVIA ROGAL Senior Reporters
hortly after the news broke that Brett Kavanaugh was likely be confirmed into the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon, The Green was filled with students and community members, protesting the nomination and speaking out for survivors of sexual assault. Their protests went unheard. The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote on Saturday. As the last few students were shuffling home after class, an echo of “No justice! No seat!” bounced between a single megaphone and a growing crowd of sexual assault survivors, allies and others opposing Kavanaugh. The rally began with Jo Sampson, the program coordinator for violence
prevention in the office of Student Wellness and Health Promotion. “In the words of Sara Bareilles, say what you want to say and let the words fall out, honestly,” Sampson said. She followed with a trigger warning and made the crowd aware of the resources on campus if they ever need someone to talk to, including Sexual Offense Support and the Counseling Center. She reminded students of what to do if a friend discloses sexual assault: “Tell them ‘I believe you, I support you, it’s not your fault.’” Thereafter, members of Generation Action read a series of anonymous stories about sexual assault, harassment and violence. Around a dozen students took the opportunity to take the megaphone and share their own story. Samantha Fortunato, a junior, took the chance to share her own
Minimum wage increase has mixed effects on students, businesses most likely is to cut hours.” Champion also said Brewed Awakenings is experimenting with closing at 9 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. He said 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. is the least profitable part of the day because students come to the shop, buy one cup of coffee and stay to study. Champion said he hopes Brewed Awakenings will save money by avoiding one hour of the least profitable time of the day. “That $2 cup of coffee that they buy doesn’t generate enough income to cover the $8.75 that the staff has to be paid for that hour,” Champion said. “When minimum wage goes up, it’s going to be harder to stay open at slower times.” While the spike in minimum wage will increase Brewed Awakenings’ operating costs, Champion said he does not plan on raising the shop’s prices. “The hope is that by maintaining a competitive price, you can increase sales, which will cover the cost, but if it doesn’t, if you can’t cover the cost, then the only option that you have is to increase your prices,” Champion said. Although Brewed Awakenings expects to feel the effects of the increased minimum wage, the change may have a less significant impact on larger businesses. Todd Bundy, general manager at Main Street’s Lieberman’s Bookstore, said his workers already earn more than $8.75 per hour, so the increase will not affect them. “It’s important to show you appreciate the work that people are putting in,” Bundy said. “Obviously there are a bunch of other places you can work around here, so we want people to know we appreciate them … putting forth the effort to being here.” While Bundy said this round of minimum wage increases will not affect Lieberman’s Bookstore, he said the pay increase in 2019 will raise the salaries of some of its newer employees and temporary workers. However, he said he does not believe the 2019 increase is enough to force Lieberman’s to change its prices or hiring practices. Students who will not lose hours because of the increase in
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minimum wage welcome this pay raise. Addison Reich, a sophomore working at the café in the Barnes and Noble on Main Street, said she does expect to lose hours because of the increased operating cost. Reich said she thinks Barnes and Noble will be able to absorb the additional cost because they are a sizeable chain, but she does believe the increased pay will force other local businesses to reduce the hours they offer their employees. Although the $8.75 per hour may be difficult for some businesses to cover, Reich said her new pay will help her cover living expenses. “Over the summer, I had to pay rent by myself, and it’s so hard with the $8.25 to live comfortably, especially as a college student.” Reich said. “Even just 50 cents is going to make a big difference in my opinion. “I think it will definitely help because $8.25 sucks.”
story of sexual misconduct for the first time, citing the strength of the group of other survivors, attendees and organizers. “I feel like everyone on this campus has been touched by sexual assault in some way,” Fortunato said. “Either you know someone on your team or in your sorority. For some reason people don’t want to talk about it, it’s so hush-hush here… We need to have events like this because it does create awareness and make people want to step up. Sexual assault, people assume it’s only rape, it can only be male on female, but there’s so many different degrees of it and people aren’t aware State Sen. Bryan Townsend (D-District 11) spoke at the rally of his support for survivors and distaste for Kavanaugh. Townsend is a former graduate of the university and, like Kavanaugh, a Yale Law School alumnus.
“This isn’t just about Ford, and I’m sure she knew that the minute she said anything,” Townsend said. The senator remained at the rally for the entire duration of it and lended an open ear for anyone who would like to talk. “He doesn’t deserve that seat,” he said. “I don’t care what law school he went to. It doesn’t make you a Democrat or Republican to say that.” Sarah Bernstein, the vice president of Planned Parenthood Generation Action at the university, came up with idea for the “Support Survivors #KavaNAH” rally earlier that week in one of her classes, when her political communications professor admitted that she did not know whether or not Kavanaugh would advance to the Supreme Court. “People need community at a time like this,” Bernstein said, remembering a speak-out during
her freshman year where anyone could come and share their stories. “Now that I’m an upperclassman and have really cool leadership positions I think I have an influence on this campus,” she said. “It’s really special to be able to do that for younger students.” As students at the rally held colorful, homemade signs, declaring “Stop Kavanaugh” and “Nasty Women Vote,” a small crowd of students stood yards away, their own posters reading “Witch Hunt” and “Confirm Kavanaugh.” The counterprotestors declined an interview. “I think with everything there is going to be a counter protest but just ignore them,” Matt Wade, a junior at the rally, said. “With such an emotional issue, they’re trying to get a response, and when you just ignore them, they’re going to go away.”
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from the J.P. Morgan & Chase banking company over the next decade. Econsult Solutions consulting firm calculated the university’s economic impact from its operations on the City of Newark, the state and the surrounding region. They estimate that the university annually outputs $1 billion to the City of Newark, $1.3 billion to New Castle County, $1.4 billion to the State of Delaware and $1.7 billion to the Northeast corridor. The university reportedly generates approximately $86 million in state tax revenues, according to a economic impact statement. According to Gina Lavery, a director at Econsult, the average visitor and student spending on campus (not including housing, tuition, dining, etc.) amounts to $146 million in revenue annually. This money goes both directly to the university via food and merchandise and indirectly via local merchants. “UD is driving economic activity throughout the entire Northeast corridor,” Lavery said. “Every dollar we get from the state turns into $23 back to the
PETA demonstrators stood at the back of the conference room for nearly a half hour and held signs demanding that Assanis fire Roth immediately. One demonstrator wore a full-body rat costume. Katerina Davidovich, a PETA campaigner sent to the retreat from its Los Angeles office, claimed that Roth had wasted $2 million of taxpayer money on cruel experiments of no benefit. She said the protest only demanded that Assanis fire Roth and end any cruel experimentation on rats. Rats are exempt from the federal Animal Welfare Act of 1966. Friday morning, the Board of Trustees reconvened and held a much more mellow session. No rat costumes were found in the Marriott that day, merely a series of presentations by representatives from the Student Government Association (SGA); Graduate Student Government (GSG); Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC); accounting Professor Jennifer Joe; and Chris Williams, the president of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. Joe, a Whitney Professor who receives her endowment from the Board of Trustees, presented excerpts of her research, including an amalgamation of studies she conducted on the issue of auditors being blamed for financial crises. Following Joe’s presentation, SGA President Kevin Peterson presented an outline of his MITCHELL PATTERSON/THE REVIEW organization’s The Board of Trustees gathered for their successes to the annual private retreat on Thursday and Friday Board. His speech at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel on North also brought attention Campus. to problems within the university’s state and other communities.” transportation system. Assanis spoke at length about Peterson proceeded to stress the Delaware First fundraising the need for the university to campaign. According to Assanis, properly respond to sexual $635 million of the $753 million assault allegations. Peterson goal have been collected. offered a brief anecdote of his According to the university’s own experience being sexually Master Facility and Budget Plan, assaulted. He noted the lasting the new Graduate College is trauma of the incident, claiming slated to open on Jan. 1, 2019, that this was only exacerbated pending the approval of the when he recalled the episode Faculty Senate. to his teachers while trying to A group of silent protestors recover his grades after absences also appeared at the retreat. from classes. People for the Ethical As the room fell silent at Treatment of Animals (PETA) Peterson’s words, he continued staged a demonstration at his speech by explaining how he the retreat against associate believes the university simply professor Tania Roth’s allegedly does not do enough to prevent cruel treatment of rats during sexual assault and called for experiments. stronger action when assault on
campus occurs. The President of the GSG, Michael Bush, spoke after Peterson with a detailed overview of his organization’s mission. The underlying purpose of the GSG is to connect graduate students that are normally focused on their personal research and studies in their respective fields with other students of different disciplines, according to Bush. He also supplied a brief list of their accomplishments, which included the EmPOWER Peer Mentoring Program, created to aid graduate students in breaking the stigma around mental health by teaching skills to ease stressors. SAAC President and lacrosse player Kevin Sheahan and sprinter Maame Bema Kyeadea-Amponsah presented the committee’s efforts to aid student athletes in their quest for success at the university. They noted their student athletes’ achievements and campus engagement, including their current involvement with the university’s Police Department to promote the LiveSafe app. They also mentioned the need for better transportation on campus, as missing one bus can leave students stranded until the next one comes. Many student athletes choose to carpool to South Campus for their practices. Assanis interjected after this second mention of the need for better transportation, remarking that increased spending on buses means fewer scholarships available. The conference concluded with a presentation from the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, led by Chris Williams. After a detailed overview of the committee’s importance to the university, including the Senate’s “three-legged chair” philosophy (the success of the university only being certain with a compilation of teaching, research and service), Williams mentioned the committee’s recommendations to the Board of Trustees. These recommendations included the establishment of an Ombudsman Office, meant to create a resource to target and resolve campus-related complaints directly, promoting College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) organic foods and planting native plants on the Science, Technology & Advanced Research (STAR) campus and offering free tuition to prospective Delaware students whose parents were fallen first responders.
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Analysis: Long battle comes to a contentious end, Kavanaugh confirmed
JACOB WASSERMAN Senior Reporter
he Supreme Court is back at full capacity. This past Saturday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as an associate justice with a 50-48 vote. It concluded what is likely the most partisan and divisive confirmation process in decades, if not in history. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) was the only Democrat to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski R-Alaska) was the only Republican to come out against confirmation. She asked that her vote be recorded as “present” as a courtesy to fellow Republican, Sen. Steve Daines (R- Mont.), who was not present as he was attending his daughter’s wedding in his home state. Daines would have voted in the affirmative if he was present, so Murkowski paired her vote with Daines’ vote, using a procedure outlined in the rules of the chamber. Things were contentious as soon as Kavanaugh’s name was announced this summer, but once allegations of sexual assault were made public, first and most notably by Christine Blasey Ford, things were taken up a notch, to say the least. The Senate vote
was interrupted several times by protesters in the gallery. On Sept. 27, when Ford and Kavanaugh separately testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the polarization was taken to a level that possibly even surpassed the Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill hearings of 1991. Ford’s emotional recounting of what she said was a sexual assault by Kavanaugh from when they were in high school was even described as “a very credible witness” and “compelling” by President Trump. Kavanaugh’s testimony was fiery, and included what many saw as overtly partisan statements. For instance, he claimed the allegations were “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.” Many who initially supported the nomination saw this as disqualifying, like former Republican-appointed Justice John Paul Stevens. Many senators, including Murkowski, saw such statements as too partisan for a Supreme Court justice. “Even in the face of the worst thing that could happen, a sexual assault allegation … the standard is that a judge must act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary,” she said while
explaining her “no” vote this past Friday on the Senate floor. To add to the drama, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, President Trump seemed to mock Ford’s inability to remember specific details about the night in question. That drew criticism from many Senate Republicans, including Murkowski and two Senators previously thought of as possible swing votes against Kavanaugh: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). Both of those Senators eventually voted in favor of confirmation. The final wrench in the process was the unprecedented step taken by Kavanaugh himself, when he wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Oct. 4. It was very clear that Flake, Murkowski, Collins and Manchin were all laboring over their decisions. Any Supreme Court confirmation can make or break careers — for the nominees themselves, and for the senators voting on them. That is magnified when election day is just over a month away. There are ten Democratic senators that represent states that President Trump won in 2016. Some of them are a sure bet for reelection, but some of them are not. Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-
Mo.), Jon Tester (D-Mon.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) all fall into that category. All have genuine general election challenges and all came out as “no” votes, in the order in which they are listed above (Tester and Donnelly were on the same day). Out of all of the Trump-state Democrats, Heitkamp has what, according to polling, is the highest chance of defeat in November, facing current Rep. Kevin Cramer (D-N.D.). Heitkamp and Donnelly, along with Manchin, were the only three Democrats who voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Court last year in what was a 5445 vote. None of the three Republicans who were in question — Collins, Murkowski and Flake — are up for re-election this year. Collins will be up in 2020, Murkowski in 2022 and Flake is retiring from the Senate this January (his seat, however, will be up for re-election this year). This confirmation battle has also given the Senate delegation from Delaware a bit of exposure. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) has long been a “no” vote on this Kavanaugh nomination, and due to his friendship and deal last week with Flake, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), who is also a firm “no,”
has been getting a lot of national press attention. Coons and Flake did a joint interview on 60 Minutes this past week and spoke together at The Atlantic’s “The Constitution in Crisis” forum as well. Senators on both sides of the aisle have decried the process that led them all to this point. Coons is certainly part of that group, as is Murkowski. “I truly hope that we can be at that place where we can move forward in a manner that shows greater respect, greater comity,” Murkowski said on the Senate floor after she announced her position. “We owe it to the people of America to return to a less rancorous process.”
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No Lost Generation holds petition signing event for refugee scholarship fund DYLAN DOMBROSKI Senior Reporter
mid the hustle and bustle of the weeks approaching midterm season, there is one group on campus that is still trying to bring student minds to topics of greater moral and social implication. This Monday and Tuesday on the North Green, the Registered Student Organization (RSO) No Lost Generation held an awareness and petition signing event, including a virtual reality experience to give passersby a taste of life as a refugee. The group, established in 2016, has the goal “to raise awareness about access to education and refugee status across the globe,” according to their online forum. Its booth, set up on The Green just outside of Gore Hall throughout the several sunny afternoons, helped provide the group with opportunity for grassroots engagement. Students who strolled past were asked to sign the group’s petition to the university for the purpose of establishing a scholarship fund,
intended to pay for the educationrelated costs of ten refugees students. During their double header this week, the petition received well over 200 signatures. According to Casey Moore, the president of No Lost Generation, this is only the beginning. “We eventually want to meet with student government, Faculty Senate and other administrators,” Moore said. The senior international relations and public policy double major was clear in her advocacy for support of those who are in need. Her time as a world scholar, as well as various academic excursions abroad, have afforded her intimate experience with the topic. She has visited refugee camps in Rome as well as Chalkida, Greece, and even worked with the refugees in the later camp during this past summer. “When you get to know people and have a conversation one on one, you realize there is so much more in common between you than there is different,” Moore said. She added that “we all deserve the right to an education.”
The aim of this support is fitting, according to those who know the topic well. Professor Malasree Neepa Acharya, a faculty member of the university’s Department of Political Science and International Relations and the Horn program for entrepreneurship, studies international migration. Acharya has published several works in recent years regarding the topic. According to the professor, the university would do well to offer its hand to the global community regardless of the political implications. “Whether you’re hard line right wing or left wing [politically], if there are people in need, from the doctrine of our campus being an open community, I think we need to make sure that we try to be global citizens,” Acharya said. She noted that the work being done by groups like No Lost Generation promotes a process of “decolonizing” our minds. According to Acharya, this is a means by which people can come to see each other as human beings, rather than citizens of different nations, a perception of the world through a scholarly,
MINJI KONG/THE REVIEW rather than a partisan, lens. Even a step as seemingly small as signing a petition to allow refugees to have a quality education can still have a profound impact on both the signer and the refugee. After all, Acharya said, “we’re all part of one world.”
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5 Assanis speaks to student success and university progress at October Faculty Senate meeting OCTOBER 9, 2018
ALEXIS CAREL Senior Reporter e s . t he Faculty Senate reconvened
on Monday, Oct. 8, for its e monthly general meeting. e President Assanis kicked off the ”meeting with a presentation that eincluded several announcements rand expansions on institutional epriorities for students and faculty. An overview of general s student success led to a comment on how state-supplied financial aid for Delawareans has been at a stagnant $10.4 million over the past four years, but university-supplied financial aid has been steadily increasing — from $11.4 million in 2016 to $17.1 million for 2019. This was asserted due to the university’s goal that no student will have loans in excess of 25 percent of the cost of a fouryear education. Assanis also expressed how the university is an “engine for economic development”: for every $1 invested by the state, the university generates $23 in Delaware’s economy. He proceeded to rehash some upcoming projects mentioned in the last Senate meeting, including the Spectrum
Scholars program and new faculty hires. Continuing on the point of student excellence, he announced that the for the second time, the university had received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, for enhancing diversity and inclusion throughout the campus community. Assanis also spoke of “building the campus of tomorrow,” beginning with a revamping of the McKinly Laboratory, the first step of the campus master plan, which promotes a connected, amplified and translational campus. As for the question of funding, the university’s state supported operating budget is $120 million for the fiscal year 2019-2020. After Assanis’ presentation, the Faculty Senate began discussion on six proposed resolutions: five centered around changes to the faculty handbook and one on a change to the Senate’s constitution. Then, the Senate voted to pass a resolution on the issue of better recordkeeping for student attendance so that “financial aid is given to people that are actually here.” The new amendment also read that
“If a student is responsible for committing an act of academic dishonesty, the faculty may impose a grade penalty,” a proposed change from the original automatic “F” issued by the Student Judicial System. This was in conjunction with the second resolution passed, regarding student class attendance and excused absences. “In order to be in compliance with federal financial aid regulations, the university requests that the instructor for each course identify to the registrar’s office students who have never attended class or participated in any class activities by the last day of add/ drop.” The following three resolutions passed were all in regard to faculty-related issues, including the change of the numbering of the promotion and tenure section regarding workload, the promotion process schedule and the foreword to the actual handbook. The final resolution passed centered around the constitution of the faculty, wherein the senate debated who could participate in its proceedings. The proposed changes included an addition of up to three other
administrators holding a fulltime faculty appointment and four elected student senators — two graduate and two undergraduate students. Lastly, Professor Tammy L. Anderson from the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice gave a brief presentation on the role of the Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) and Faculty Board on Athletics (FBA), wrapping up the Senate meeting until next month.
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hey wield more power than any administrative position at this university. They exert control and influence, both formally and informally, over the university’s every affair. They’re the apparitions, nameless to most and faceless to nearly all, that dictate your college experience, per the university’s state charter. They’re those trusty Trustees. There are 28 of them. Some of them are appointed by the governor, several are state and university officials, and the rest are elected by the Board itself. Many, if not all, of them are extremely wealthy, either currently or formerly holding top positions at corporations with a large stake at the university (think DuPont and JP Morgan). According to the university’s charter, they are responsible for “the entire control and management of the affairs of the University.” Those powers encompass a thick chunk of impenetrable text, but the Board essentially controls everything. Whether it’s the president’s job or your tuition, the Trustees have the ultimate say in all matters relating to personnel and finance. So who are they? It would appear that they don’t want you to know. Last week, the Board held its annual fall “retreat” to discuss the fate of the university. But, like most retreats for the wealthy, it was, for all intents and purposes, an exclusive event, tucked away in the Marriott’s
conference rooms. Only an intentional squint would spot the retreat’s advertisement, made several days beforehand at the bottom of UDaily. But, had the event been better advertised, and had students actually attended, they wouldn’t have been able to contribute much. The meeting agenda, distributed to attendees, was very clear about the public’s role in university affairs, stating explicitly that “there is not a public comment component of this meeting.” Traditionally, the highestranking members of the Student Government Association (SGA)
have been the only students with any access to the Board, and SGA’s input, of course, is only a formality. While the Board might listen, it certainly doesn’t have to. And, over the years, SGA has hardly proved itself an accurate representation of the student body. That leaves us, the students, those who shovel thousands per year into the university and give this corporation a reason for its existence, completely alienated from the decision-making process. When Board members can be appointed without any clear connection to the university, and when the nomination and
appointment process is left to Delaware politics, there is no reason to believe that the Board is qualified to make decisions for the university. The Board, it seems, has no interest in hearing your voice, and, it would follow, no vested interest in learning anything real about the university it controls. So long as it continues to operate discreetly, holding events that are only nominally public and closed to comment, that won’t change. So tell them how you feel. You’ll find their names and biographies here. They all have university email addresses (although each address appears
to go to one central account). The Review encourages students, faculty and staff to be vigilant and to make sure that these elite few hear your voices. But this burden should not fall entirely on the university community. If the Board is going to determine the fate of educations and faculty and staff careers, it has an obligation to hold more public meetings, to allow for public comment, to adequately advertise these events and to make an effort to get in touch with this campus. The Board must come out of the Marriott conference rooms and step onto The Green.
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CALEB OWENS Editor in Chief
good ten seconds. Then he out a strained croak.
y summer job involves going door to door with a clipboard and, in many cases, raising people’s taxes, serving my county through the Porter County Assessor’s Office. Somebody’s gotta do it, but I can’t call myself a “civil servant” without a chuckle. One day this summer, though, about mid-July, I knocked on the door of a man who, at age 20, actually served his country in a meaningful way. He was shaky, his eyes were empty. He answered the door and stared me dead in the eyes for a
“When I was about as old as you, they sent me to war.” He repeated that last line, “they sent me to war,” a few times, shaking his head, the life absent from his eyes. “Korea.” Shortly thereafter his wife walked up and shooed him away. “He’s losing his head,” she told me. I hadn’t thought much of it then. Just another vet. As with most 20-year-olds in this country, war is foreign to me. Though there’s a constant threat of “a war,” it won’t be a war that myself or most others will have to fight in.
It’s an especially distant concept on this campus. I’m sitting here, on a bench outside of Morris Library, and it’s serene. The setting sun bleeds through the clouds, and the breeze, just cool enough for a sweater, brushes against my arms. There are some people out, but not too many, and they seem content enough. The bricks look nice for the first time. We live in a wonderful world. But, in a different time and place, at age 20, I could’ve been looking at an area like this — lush, quiet, serene ― and blasting craters in it from 5,000 feet in the air. Like millions of other American men, I could’ve been dropped into a small, peaceful jungle and told to “kill kill kill.” I could have, and probably would have, killed innocent civilians, under orders, without thinking twice, brainwashed into thinking they were “the enemy” — some mixture of communism, racism and testosterone. Or, like the old man, I could’ve been in Korea, killing people and watching comrades get killed in the unforgiving Korean terrain. In the not-so-distant past, I could’ve been stationed in Baghdad, fighting an uphill, mostly fruitless war premised on faulty intelligence. But I’m here, sitting in the comfort of a university. Here, we feel immune to all that. We look forward, we see progress everywhere we look. We see
modern history as a fruitful period of intellectual progress, not a bloodbath that used the same ideas and technologies spawned at universities to kill. We don’t think about having to kill. Or whether we have the will to stop others from killing. We don’t have to think about the ever-looming threat of death. We quite literally cannot imagine these things. And that terrifies the hell out of me. As history goes out of fashion, with enrollment dropping in history departments here and nationwide, we don’t study them. We forget that they happened. That it’s possible. Too possible. That man, though I couldn’t see too far into those opaque, glossy eyes, understood war in its full horror. As do most veterans. But today, and this is a good thing, there are fewer young people serving in active combat than before. It means fewer people are going to war. Fewer people are going to know people who went to war or died in war. As time moves forward, fewer people than ever in this country are going to understand war like that man and other veterans do. The more disconnected we get from war, the easier it becomes for us to treat it as an abstraction, especially here in a numbersdriven, STEM-dominated college world. War becomes a matter of strategy, an economics problem, a subject for a new ethical theory,
for the account of the accused. This culture has created a toxic precedent of “guilty until proven innocent.” After discussing this issue with several individuals on campus, I kept hearing the same argument over and over: “We need to believe women unconditionally.” Any disagreement or even questioning on my part was met with anger and hostility. “Don’t you support women’s rights?” I was asked. “Why are you such a sexist?” another queried. I found my values overlooked and discredited, not just because I’m a man, but because I dared to suggest that a woman was even capable of telling a falsehood. False rape accusations are rare. A widely cited study by the University of Colorado, Boulder, states: “False allegations are 5 percent of all rapes reported to the police.” However, this number overlooks the vast amount of rapes that go unreported. “At least 90 percent of rapes are not reported to the police,” the article says. “[This] suggests that of all rapes … 0.005 percent are false allegations.” These numbers clearly indicate why women should be given the benefit of the doubt. But while the false allegation percentage is small, it shows proof that men can be falsely accused. I will always support women coming forward with accounts of sexual abuse. To put them down with claims of nonbelief would only enable their abusers to continue their heinous actions. I’m in no way calling for suspicion or the discrediting of any individual who has the courage to tell their story. However, I will give a cautionary statement. We need to carefully review both sides of the story. To ignore an opposing party’s testimony would undermine the system of due process that makes our country a bastion of freedom and justice. I ask that we judge each individual on a case-by-case basis. Otherwise,
we risk potentially destroying the reputations and lives of good people. The unquestionable belief in one gender is not feminism. It is not equality. It is oppression, plain and simple. My hope is that we will continue to empower women to come forward with accounts of abuse. We need to create an environment that prevents men from taking advantage of women. I want to live in a country where I can raise a daughter without fear of rape or assault. However, I also want to live in a country where I can raise a son to not fear the sting of a false abuse allegation. Only when both options coexist will we be able to live in a land of true equality and freedom. To report or receive help regarding sexual assault on campus, please call the UD sexual support hotline at (302)-8311001. Jack Rutman is sophomore at the university. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That old man probably thought I was a naive, privileged college kid. He’d be right. But the least us naive, privileged kids can do, if we’re going to end up ruling the world someday, is take our education fully and seriously. To do that man some justice and study, thoroughly and intentionally, the wars that he and countless others fought in and died for. To make sure, 70 years from now, there are no people, anywhere, who suffered for a lifetime because of our reckless agenda. History makes this stuff real. It throws you into the blood and guts of our past and forces you to face it. Most students can complete a degree here without taking a single history course. But I sure didn’t learn this in any of the STEM courses I’ve taken.
How much is my humanity worth?
Opinion: We need to believe the truth exual assault is a raw subject for many on campus. In a 2016 survey(CONF.) conducted by the university, 9.5 percent of women surveyed reported having been sexually assaulted on campus. On top of that, a staggering four percent of women surveyed reported having been raped. I find these numbers disgustingly high. Several friends of mine have confided in me their personal experiences dealing with sexual assault and rape. Having listened to their detailed accounts, I learned the appalling truth of what truly goes on in the darkest underbelly of our school. It’s clear that this problem is pervasive, and needs to be addressed more thoroughly. I’m a strong supporter of gender equality. When I was young, I watched my mother go into work every day to support our family. While my father was working from home and taking care of me and my sisters, my mother was out working at DuPont breaking traditional gender norms. She raised me to have an unconditional respect for women. Her example taught me that there was nothing a man could do that a woman couldn’t. My upbringing made me a staunch supporter of the #MeToo movement in 2017. I felt nothing but pride and respect for the courage thousands of women displayed in bringing down Hollywood and Washington, D.C.’s biggest monsters. While I’m incredibly proud of the strides made during #MeToo movement, I’ve started to notice a troubling trend with today’s rhetoric surrounding survivor reporting. Because of the serious nature of assault allegations, along with a strong movement to empower survivors to tell their stories, a kind of infallibility has surrounded public accusers of sexual abuse. News outlets will report an alleged account as if it is fact. They give little regard
a poli-sci paper. We can easily become the reincarnations of Robert McNamara and “the best and the brightest,” strategizing about killing from a hemisphere away, convinced that what we’re doing is right as we reduce millions to mere numbers. And as automated warfare (think drones) grows more sophisticated, and as Big Data reduces us all to numbers, war will grow more impersonal and we’ll be able to kill more people with less people. As the world and its conflicts get bigger, that will be easier than ever to do.
BRIDGET DOLAN Copy Desk Chief smoked two cigarettes on Saturday. The first was in the afternoon, right after I got the New York Times breaking news notification that Brett Kavanaugh had been confirmed to the Supreme Court by the Senate. The second was later that night, when I still couldn’t believe it had really happened. Smoking isn’t a habit of mine, and I don’t plan on making it one. I bought a pack of cigarettes and a lighter a while ago simply because I could, but I didn’t plan on opening it. Until Saturday. Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court. It really happened. Fifty people decided that he is suited to one of the most powerful offices in our country. A man who yelled in his job interview, who deflected when asked if he’d ever blacked out from drinking, who did not show the temperment you would expect from a Supreme Court justice. Fifty people decided that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her didn’t matter. That multiple other women’s allegations of sexual misconduct weren’t enough indicators that he’s not suited to sit on the Supreme Court. Fifty people — half of the Senate — decided that partisan politics matter more than the word of sexual assault survivors. And then people wonder why survivors don’t come forward more often. One of my closest friends was raped by her ex-boyfriend. She never reported it because she didn’t want to “ruin” his life. I was sexually assaulted nearly 10 years ago by my best friend at the time. I never said anything because it took nine years for
me to process what happened, and coming forward now would change absolutely nothing. Kavanaugh’s confirmation shows that maybe my friend wouldn’t ruin her ex-boyfriend’s life — Kavanaugh made it to the Supreme Court, after all. His confirmation shows that me coming forward now really wouldn’t make a difference, just like I suspected. Kavanaugh’s confirmation tells survivors that coming forward will not get us the justice. That coming forward doesn’t matter. That the people who attacked us will continue to walk around and face no consequences for their actions. That our humanity is worth less than political games to our government. Bridget Dolan is one of The Review’s Copy Desk Chiefs. She can be reached at bmdolan@ udel.edu.
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Internship scams: I got my fake website on Handshake JENNIFER WEST Senior Reporter
I almost halted account creation when the form asked for my alma mater, certain that I would be declined if I left the field blank. But I clicked next, and with that, my fake website had an official Handshake account. It was only a month ago that I found out my internship was a scam — a clickbait site that had slipped through the cracks of the vetting system of Handshake, the university-recommended job search website. After being fooled by a seemingly legitimate posting, I wondered how simple it was to surpass university background checks and create a fake internship of my own. I already had a parody website run through GoDaddy that I decided could easily serve as my Handshake “business.” Before beginning the Handshake account creation process, the only thing I’d altered on the site was the addition of a “Careers” page that featured two (fake) internship opportunities, a writing intern and a social media intern. The GoDaddy account already included an email linked
to the site, a phone number run through the GoDaddy app and a fairly convincing logo. These features carried me through the preliminary application process. But before creating “job opportunities,” the university had to approve my account for their personal Handshake system. Within one hour of my application request, I received
an alert that the university had reviewed my profile and accepted my request to recruit from their pool of students. I never received a call or email verifying the accuracy of my information. With this approval, I created a vague job posting for a social media intern, who would “be responsible for maintaining an active and engaging social media
presence.” In recruiting, I could select which documents I would like to receive from applicants, including resumes, cover letters, transcripts and “other documents,” documents that could, if I deemed necessary, require the disclosure of more personal information. It was then up to the university to approve my job
JENNIFER WEST/THE REVIEW And with just a click of a button, I put myself on the receiving end of personal information from unwary students placing their trust in Handshake.
listing. Yet, just nine minutes later, the “Employer Relations Team” permitted me to begin accepting applications. I logged into my personal Handshake account to ensure the opportunity was listed, and there it sat, requesting interns for a company of just “one to 10 employees” who “have a lot of opinions.” Nervous that I would actually begin receiving personal information from unsuspecting students placing their trust in a university-approved site, I terminated the opportunity a half hour later. Although both Handshake and the university claim to offer their own vetting processes for employers and job listings, each check failed, and I could begin scamming students in under two hours. So diligence in job applications truly lies in the hands of the students, as university safeguards failed and the Career Services Center performed less-than-basic security checks. Still, my website remains unflagged, without follow-up calls or emails.
Seek, and you shall not be found: Five places to hide when you and a couple of beers are the only witnesses to a sexual assault RYAN RICHARDSON Copy Desk Chief
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Brett Kavanaugh, a former circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, was nominated to the Supreme Court by a historically narrow 50 to 48 vote, which was divided almost exclusively along party lines. After Christine Blasey Ford, a professor and research psychologist in California, came forward with allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, the confirmation process, and the attention swirling around it, shifted from a partisan dispute over an important judicial seat to a national referendum on sexual assault and misconduct. For over a month, this process has scorched headlines and galvanized an arsenal of politicians — Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) likened it to a “caricature of a gutter-level political campaign” in an impassioned speech on the Senate floor; Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, charged that Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was “better suited for Fox News.” The process has also engendered a screeching cacophony of emotions and reactions from the American public. Some have taken to haranguing senators in
elevators on Capitol Hill, while others — namely, President Trump — have attempted to deride Ford’s credibility. In light of Saturday’s vote, many expressed
times urging Brett on and at times telling him to stop.” It was, in fact, Kavanaugh and Judge’s “uproarious laughter” that is most etched into Ford’s memories from that night. The Washington Post discovered Judge’s hiding spot on Sept. 24. “How’d you find me?” Judge demanded, at which point the reporter beckoned to a car in the driveway that c o n t a i n e d a package addressed to him, as well as hordes of clothing and RYAN RICHARDSON/THE REVIEW S u p e r m a n A trove of Mark Judge’s missed hideaway opportunities comics. in Newark. Despite Judge’s failed attempt to sequester h i m s e l f anguish, exasperation in Bethany Beach from and hopelessness; others the “media firestorm” rejoiced, sipping brews and surrounding Kavanaugh’s hashtagging #Beers4Brett on confirmation hearings, we at Twitter. The Review have not given The initial reaction to up hope that there are plenty hide out in a friend’s beach of scarcely-trafficked hiding house in Bethany Beach, Del., places in Delaware. In fact, however, was almost certainly there are five that come to restricted to one man: Mark mind at the university alone. Judge. Judge was the other individual alleged to be in the 1. Graham Hall. room during Ford’s assault. Of all the university’s “[Judge] seemed aggressive, Brutalist ambivalent,” Ford testified structures, Graham Hall, before the committee, “at by far, bears the closest
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to find the door consistently locked.
4. Worrilow Hall. Has anyone ever actually heard of this place? If you have, please inform us, so we can amend this list. If you haven’t, it’s located on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Campus. Worrilow’s remote location and overall inconspicuousness among university students render it a perfect hideaway for a few days, weeks or even a month, if need be.
5. Finn McCool’s on a Thursday night. Last, and quite possibly least, while the once-but-nolonger-Catherine-Rooney’s pub has not completely eliminated “Pitchers” — its singular, Thursday night feature that offers patrons a full pitcher of any mixed drink for $5 — it has managed to run off much of the evening’s former clientele. There are various locations inside Finn McCool’s on a Thursday night that will provide a sufficient degree of seclusion, but you can’t go wrong hiding underneath one of the empty tables that now occupy the former dance floor, just to the left as you walk in.
HARD OUT HERE What it’s like being a woman in sports journalism.
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CAM A. JOHNSON Staff Reporer
The p-word, or “p---y,” is a term that sometimes raises red flags to the average listener’s ears. Whether used in a biological or descriptive context, this word can stop a person in their tracks. In the popular HBO TV series “Insecure,” the main character, Issa, played by Issa Rae, an American actress and writer, performs a song called “Broken P----.” “Love rookie / she give ‘em all a cookies / by cookies I mean p----” is a verse from the song that can be deemed rather crude but uses the p-word in a very loose way. In the English language pussy is used as a noun, an adjective and, in rare context, a verb. It’s defined as a cat, a coward or weakling and the female vulva or vagina. Is this word demeaning or empowering? That’s the question that I as a woman definitely stop to ask myself a few times a day. Personally, I remember the first time I heard the word. I was in middle school and I remember being rather confused but intrigued by its usage. It was not until I realized it was used as an insult and to describe the female genitalia that I felt uncomfortable. Children are exposed to this word rather innocently by the “Shrek” movie series. Puss in Boots, a cat that appears throughout the movies, became immensely popular without many children realizing the negative connotations behind it. The p-word has been
Demeaning or empowering? A closer look at the p-word receiving a lot of media attention over the past couple of years, especially since the television broadcast of a tape featuring President Donald Trump uttering his infamous words, “Grab ‘em by the p----
source of empowerment. The word has been popping up on T-shirts, social media pages and signs all over America as a source of rebellion against a misogynistic society. Some feminists have decided to
reproductive health in politics and the #MeToo movement, I think this word has certainly become a part of the American political landscape,” Boyadjis says. “I found it troubling that such
GRACE MCKENNA/THE REVIEW This word is causing offense in many others, but some feminists are rising up to reclaim the phrases its involved with
-.” These words revitalized the feminist movement, galvanizing a million citizens to attend the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C. to advocate for women’s reproductive rights, immigration rights and more. The recent politicalization of the term many have created organizations such as Kittens Against Trump to strike back against his cruel words. Due to the recent rise of this feminist movement, many women see the word as a
take back the word’s power and view it as a positive thing, while others still believe the word shouldn’t be used. Paige Boyadjis, a junior English education major and a proud feminist, believes the word has been desensitized. A New Jersey native who actively hears the word on campus, Boyadjis is disturbed that the word is now being used to repress women. “With the new wave of feminism, increasing discussion of sexual and
the word used in day-to-day conversation, it makes me uncomfortable. However, I believe the word is pretty neutral compared to other slurs,” Leung says. “I’m pretty indifferent toward the politicalization of the word. I usually stay away from topics about politics.” The word has now become one that is regularly tossed around to describe female anatomy and contorted into something vulgar and cruel. Some believe that this word should only be used to describe the female anatomy in the right context. Antonia Bartel, a grad student who studies agricultural science education, hopes the word becomes retired. She says she was sheltered when she was younger and did not hear the word until high school, but she still has strong opinions about it. “I personally don’t let the word bother me, I’m pretty indifferent about it,” Bartell says. “I think it’s very unnecessary and childish to use it. The word only holds power if we give it power.”
topics have become the focus of political leaders because a woman’s body, in my opinion, should be no one’s business and responsibility but her own.” Boyadjis is not the only student who believes the word has become desensitized. Anthony Leung, a sophomore computer science major, believes the word doesn’t hold a strong meaning. He believes the word should be used scientifically and not in everyday conversation. “It bothers me to hear
Apocalypse and short scripts: E-52’s SAST one-acts give student writing a stage JENNIFER WEST Senior Reporter Jesus Christ runs a marathon to make sure no one else comes in last; a jellyfish, a shark and a squid team up to stop humans; two directors jump out of the audience, both claiming the show being performed is their own. This fall, E-52, a student theater group, has worked to put on their 15th production of Short Attention Span Theater, or SAST, a series of themed, student-written and -directed one-acts. Since 2005, E-52 has put out a call for student actors, writers and directors to bring their original work to the stage. With only one month between auditions and production, students can dabble in the theater scene with a lesser time commitment than normal productions. “This cast, people come in, they don’t know what their roles are,” Jessica Selle, a junior and writer and director, says. “They don’t know what exactly SAST is, but then they bond just, like, over getting to know each other and working together on these student-run projects.” This year’s theme, “The SAST of Us,” forced the one-acts to toy with their interpretation of the apocalypse, whether that be nuclear fallout or the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. The production featured six one-acts of varying lengths, most centered around the theme, and all filled with a lighthearted quality that resonated with the low budgeting. Despite minimal props, the perfected costumes and wholesome, minimalistic set garnered intimacy and
connection with the characters, especially when some of those characters interacted with the audience themselves. “SAST is special because it’s very personal,” Selle says. “A lot of other shows, they’re professionally written, and
people are kind of scared to make changes. But with SAST, it’s all student written, and it’s a lot of working together.” The night opened with a one-act directed by Kevin Johnson, “ApocoLIPS Now,” which featured two young
adults facing the horrors of the post-apocalyptic world, and the dread of not yet having a first kiss. Other shows included the performance “St. Jared,” directed by Bradley Leifheit, which considered a societal
downfall in 2020, in which works of charity are considered old-fashioned miracles, and everyone spends their time distracting themselves from the terrors of reality. Thy do so even if it means blindly following hipster Jesus. For those in need of a lighthearted reminder of impending doom, and the doomsdays of days-past, SAST provided a lively, playful distraction. As SAST comes to a close this weekend, E-52 prepares for their two upcoming performances: “A Doll’s House,” which runs Oct 12-14, and 1984, which runs Nov 4-6 and again Nov 8-10.
JENNIFER WEST/THE REVIEW SAST gives students a rare opportunity for a fully student written and run production
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Brand ambassadors: When the personal is professional LEANNA SMITH Creative Content Editor
If you are following any of the Kardashians on Instagram, you have likely seen an Instagram post with “paid partnership” in the header and #ad in the caption. Recently, companies have turned to a new way to market to and through college students: brand ambassadors. Alyssa Kuchta, an alum of the university and the founder of eff.Y.bee, a New York-based jewelry line, mobilizes the power of strong networks through her brand ambassador program. Kuchta started eff.Y.bee when she was a student at the university in 2011. She credits her sorority /sisters as a huge source of encouragement and inspiration during her first trunk shows. According to Kuchta, that network was part of what motivated her to create a community of girl power within eff.Y.bee. “It started as being about having these girls represent the brand on campus,” Kuchta says. “Now it is a huge part of our company and our mission. It’s not just about us, it is about what we can do for the girls — our program is really focused on mentorship, networking opportunities and a chance to boost their resume.” At the university, there are over 42 eff.Y.bee brand ambassadors; nationally, there are over 106 eff.Y.bee brand ambassadors, according to Kuchta. Responsibilities include posting once a month about eff.Y.bee on Instagram and hosting trunk shows on campus. A portion of the pro
ceeds from trunk shows are donated to a charity chosen by the host. The position is not paid, but after a certain amount of sales are made using a personalized discount code, the brand ambassador is rewarded with a free product. Kuchta, a millennial herself, understands the anxiety and pressure that some university students feel about curating posts on Instagram. “Now there is so much pressure around an Instagram post and I think it is important to understand the mind of a college girl and not expect her to post so much,” Kuchta says. “And every post doesn’t
have to be ‘shop, shop, shop eff.Y.bee.’ There are little ways to incorporate it, like wearing bracelets with friends and tagging us. We just give them a guide of suggested content ideas, but really what is important to us is getting the exposure and having it be organic and creative.” According to Kaitlyn Giori, a senior marketing major and the campus manager of eff.Y.bee, authenticity is what makes the brand ambassador program successful. “I feel like it is more wholesome,” Giori says. “A lot of girls post about eff.Y.bee because they want to post and get excited about it, not because they
ing was not the best way of reaching her target audience, because most of her friends no longer lived on campus. In order to connect with first-year students and others living on campus, she visited residence halls, hosted tabling events and held TV-watching parties. Although future employers were impressed by her event planning and marketing experience as a brand ambassador, Humphreys often had to explain the details of her job to parents and friends who thought that being a brand ambassador was only about social media. “There is a stigma about brand ambassadors that it is kind of an easy job to get,” Humphreys says. “For this, I had to apply, I had to be interviewed — both online and over the phone — and I ended up getting paid. There was more planning on my part than being told what to do, so I think that is different from the stereotypical brand ambassadorship.” Although many people believe that brand ambassadors are like Instagram models and influencers who post on Instagram and get free products, it is not that simple. “A lot of people don’t realize that you don’t just get free jewelry for posting on Instagram,” Giori says. “You do have to earn it through sales. It isn’t easy — you really learn how much advertising and social media marketing it takes to get your name out there.”
Album Review: Rebirth and renewal on Pinegrove’s “Skylight” EDWARD BENNER Staff Reporter
Evan Hall, the frontman of Pinegrove, sings, “I draw a line in my life / Singing this is the new way I behave now,” in the opening line of “Rings,” from the band’s newest album, “Skylight.” These words of reconciliation and self-renewal are particularly meaningful in light of sexual coercion accusations raised against Hall in Nov. 2017 that caused the band to go on a nine-month hiatus. After posting an ambiguous public statement and delaying the release of “Skylight” late last year, audiences everywhere wondered if the events that transpired signaled the demise of one of the most promising bands of the independent music scene. Pinegrove has returned and made clear that they never had any intention of breaking up, and reaffirmed their unwavering support for Hall. In his time off from touring, Hall underwent a process of intensive therapy, reflection and reconciliation to make peace with the accuser and himself. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, he clarified that the accusations were never physical in nature, were originally intended to be private and that the intervention of the organization Punk Talks only complicated matters, causing further harm for all parties involved. Even though “Skylight” was recorded before any of the events occurred, its lyrics
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Some of eff.Y.bee’s brand ambassadors (pictured here) set up trunk shows on campus, where they sell eff.Y.bee’s jewelry and raise money for charity.
are forced to.” Accepting a position as a brand ambassador often not only means posting on Instagram more frequently, but also overlapping a professional identity with a personal identity on social media. Shannon Brady, a senior fashion merchandising major and brand ambassador for Cotton Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes the use of cotton, says that she has learned how to find a balance between the two. “At the beginning of the position, it was kind of a transition because I had never used my personal social media for anything like that before,” Brady says. “It taught me that employers really are looking at your social media. They’re going to see your Facebook and they’re going to see your Instagram. Now I know how to send a message professionally with my social media, even if it is mostly personal.” As a brand ambassador for Cotton Inc., Brady’s job is to promote the company’s educational resource, CottonWorks, by speaking with professors, hosting events and making posts on social media. But for some brand ambassador programs, social media is the least important aspect of the job. This was true for Kara Humphreys, a senior marketing major, who was a brand ambassador for Xfinity, a free TV streaming service available to all students living in on-campus housing, when she was a sophomore. Humphreys decided that social media market-
are eerily applicable to the aftermath and process of moving forward in the face of uncertainty. It calls for the listener to consider their treatment of the self and others, while simultaneously offering a refreshingly positive message of understanding and resilience. Relationships serve as the overarching theme in “Skylight” — be it personal, environmental, between
friends or between lovers. Some examples are the songs “Paterson & Leo,” an ode to committed friends, “Intrepid,” a look the impact of distance in relationships making feelings fonder and more complicated and “Portal,” which chronicles the complicated process of looking back on a past love. An emphasis on time, place and interaction in the lyrics evoke a certain sense of safety and warm nostalgia. They are direct enough to form defined
images, but vague enough to be filled in with everyone’s personal narratives. Listeners are encouraged to reflect on who and what has made an impact on their lives and how they would be different without those experiences. The warmth of words is matched by a warmth in tone, giving a tender voice to the emotions felt. Reverbladen rhythm and slide lead guitars, cathartic instrumental buildups and Hall’s exceptional
vocal performance make the album truly special and easy to connect with. His vulnerability, imperfection and honesty in delivery make it sound intimate and beautiful. The title-track, “Skylight,” and the closer, “Light On,” both adopt a metaphor of escaping the clutches of mental darkness by finding the strength to rise up toward the light in bettering yourself. Hall reassures that “whatever you’re feeling is natural,” and that you must “let you / let go.” Belief is placed in us and serves as a reminder that we are united, strong and capable of love — an essential message for these divided times. Pinegrove will return to touring in a few weeks and has made the decision to donate 100 percent of the profits from “Skylight” to Musicares, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Voting Rights Project as a sign of their commitment to positive social activism.
EDWARD BENNER/THE REVIEW “Relationships serve as the overarching theme in “Skylight” — be it personal, environmental, between friends or between lovers.”
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The battle of the smartwatch: Which watch reigns supreme? NUSHI MAZMUDAR Staff Reporter
Technology has become essential to our generation, with life practically unimaginable without advanced gadgets to guide us through the day. With the ever-growing popularity of products dedicated to health and wellness, technology has evolved to help us fulfill our fitness goals. In particular, the smartwatch has surged into prominence recently, as it aids many college students in improving their well-being. With new watches and brands offering a wide variety of options to the public, choosing one watch to fit your lifestyle may seem difficult. However, there are plenty of options such as lines from Fitbit, Samsung and Apple. Fitbit is especially catered to fitness, with its primary focus and design based on activity tracking. Unlike other smartwatches, the Fitbit line focuses more heavily on the diet aspect of health by including a food tracking app that counts your daily caloric intake. In addition, many users praise its long battery life. The design of most of their devices is simple with a rectangular screen, and most bands are interchangeable. Newer versions have additional features such as calling and texting, and heart rate. The Samsung Galaxy Watch, like those from Fitbit, features various fitness capabilities such as activity and exercise tracking, but strives to offer a more technologically advanced package.
watches, possibly due to its expensive price tag. The most popular watch is the Apple Watch. Like the Samsung Galaxy it features numerous technological capabilities, specifically designed for iPhone users. While the Samsung Galaxy Watch allows users to sync the watch to IOS and Android, the Apple Watch is only suited to the iPhone. The watch boasts many fitness features, such as fitness rings, which track whether users have reached their move, exercise and stand goals. The watch also allows users to track specific forms of exercise such as cycling, running or swimming. The Apple Watch, however, has a significantly lower battery life compared to its competition, lasting up to only 18 hours. Overall, finding which watch that best fits your needs depends on what you are looking for in a watch. The Fitbit is best suited for those who are simply looking for a fitness tracker that will not break the bank, with costs from $59.95 to $329.95. The NUSHI MAZUMDAR/THE REVIEW Samsung Galaxy Watch is “Fitbit is especially catered to fitness, with its primary focus and design based on activity more expensive, costing tracking.” upwards of $200, but it offers many more features This watch works with a to pay virtually. The watch may and is especially useful plethora of apps such as Spotify also last for four to six days for those who do not own an and Uber. It’s especially smart, without charge. The design is iPhone. The Apple Watch is the as it may even control other quite unique compared to other most expensive option, costing technological devices, such as smartwatches with a round face between $220 and $500, but the TV remote, robot vacuum and sleek band. Despite the offering the same features as cleaners and air conditioners. array of impressive qualities the other smartwatches. There is also no need to carry a the Samsung Galaxy boasts, So, when choosing a wallet, as this watch allows you it is one of the less popular smartwatch to fit your lifestyle,
do not worry too much about the outcome, because with such an extraordinary array of options to choose from, you are guaranteed an excellent deal.
Students gain first-hand experience at New York Fashion Week NICOLE KHANUTIN Senior Reporter When New York Fashion Week is brought up, images of famous supermodels, glitz and glamour come to mind. However, many fashion week workers are college students just like us. Many students have the chance to “shadow” professionals and be immersed in the hectic, sometimes insane yet rewarding fashion world. But how do they deal with all the pressures from being both a full-time college student and being involved in the fashion industry? Three college students shared their experience with the world-famous New York Fashion Week (NYFW). One student was a model in the show, another helped out behind the scenes and the last one met with designers and their business teams during that week. NYFW is a week where fashion defies all the norms. Izabella Zalewski is currently a freshman at Fordham University majoring in global business with a concentration in global marketing. For this year’s Fashion week, she walked down the runway for two shows — one for Vivienne Hu and another for Sania Maskatiya and Patricia Wijaya. In spite of walking in multiple shows, Zalewski was able to find a balance between modeling and academics.
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“For me, fashion week wasn’t as stressful because I made sure school was a priority,” Zalewski says. “I wanted to go to more castings, but I made sure to tell my agent that college was first. I only went to two castings, but it was because I never wanted to miss a class.” Her typical show day would start at 6 or 7 p.m. and would end at 10 p.m., after the
15-minute show was over. She would have to sit through hours of makeup and hairstyling just to be on the runway for a quick photo. Zalewski finds it more stressful to walk on the runway wearing a heavy, beaded dress in front of hundreds of people than to sit in a classroom waiting for a test. For her last show, the designers decided last-minute
that she should walk on stage without any shoes. Without the work behind the scenes, the show would never happen, which is where university students Sabrina Romanko and Abby Treers were able to get hands-on experience with the fashion industry. Romanko, who is currently a junior at the university who is studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City to earn an associates degree in fashion business management. She was able to go to FIT through a fashion program that the university offers. Her job during fashion week was being a dresser. “A dresser is responsible for preparing the clothes and dressing the models and making sure everything looks good up until the very last second,” Romanko says. For Romanko, dealing with the stress of being a full-time student while working to gain connections in the fashion industry was “definitely insane.” She had to make sure she wasn’t missing any classes while volunteering to work shows. “Basically, during fashion week, it comes down to homework and then fashion shows and maybe a quick bite to eat somewhere between that,” Romanko says. On the other hand, Treers
was involved with the business side of the fashion industry. She attended NYFW through the IMG College Licensing fashion program, which she was nominated for by the university’s Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies. IMG College Licensing and IMG’s fashion events division partnered together to provide 15 students with an opportunity to experience NYFW and the fashion industry. She attended a Macy’s brunch and a presentation by the brand’s team about their opportunities and merchandising teams. Meeting important people from the fashion industry, such as Elaine Welteroth, who was a former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, was also on the agenda. Many of the students that are involved in the fashion business know that keeping up with stress from classes and shows is what makes NYFW a phenomenal experience. As Treers says, “NYFW is an experience in itself.”
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A compliment you don’t have to accept BRENNAN WEBER Staff Reporter
[Your name here], Someone complimented you! Click here to find out who! The bait appeals to some of your most basic instincts. Maybe this is a new type of social media? You begin to wonder if you’re being watched while walking around Newark. Many people across campus have reported to apple that they’re receiving these texts, as seen by their consumer helps page. The text says that you have a compliment waiting for you, but you don’t know who it’s from. So what do you do? “I just ignore them,” Malachi Karim, a university student who has received scam texts before, Malachi Karim, says. Sean Courtney, a senior at the University says, “Yeah a lot of people have been talking about how they’ve been getting these text messages, I don’t pay any attention to it, just another thing to distract me from this coming season.” University Tech Engineer Korey Mitchell says these two are doing exactly what they should. But when it comes to this latest text message popping up on phones, he says, whatever you do, do not click on the link. “Whatever that link takes you to, it has the potential to install something and you
BRENNAN WEBER/THE REVIEW Many students recieved texts like these and had to decide the best form of response. would have to click to find out what it is, it’s not going to be good,” Mitchell says. This text isn’t coming from just one but multiple different phone numbers from different states. I tried calling each one, but didn’t have much luck. Mitchell tells me that also makes it hard to block any of these numbers. “Blocking the numbers would be a waste of time in my opinion,” Mitchell says. So I did some extra research and found the mass spam texts are stemming from a new smartphone application called “In Real Life.” But reviews online say
once you share your contacts, it uploads everything from your phone into their system. The app’s website goes into detail about why you might be receiving one of these texts. It says it happens, if you were nominated by a friend, invited to the app by a friend, or someone who had your phone number added you as a friend in the app. Despite these texts being for the most part harmless, it’s important to use your best judgement when you receive unfamiliar messages on your devices, and remain vigilant.
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HEAD COACH DANNY ROCCO EARNS 100TH CAREER VICTORY AS DELAWARE FOOTBALL ROLLS OVER RICHMOND MEAGAN MCKINLEY Senior Reporter One hundred is a nice, solid number. It speaks of wealth, experience and significant accomplishment. Saturday, in Richmond, it was a victory for Head Coach Danny Rocco ― the 100th of his career. “I’m incredibly proud of my team for how they fought today and had my back,” Rocco said of Delaware’s 43-28 victory over the Richmond Spiders. It was also an accomplishment for the team, even a test. The message all season, and particularly since the loss to North Dakota, has been about getting the ball back into the offense’s hands in good field position. They passed that test with flying colors, coming up with six turnovers that
the offense converted into 24 points. Of the Blue Hens’ total 421 yards, only 90 were on the ground. Quarterback Pat Kehoe completed 11 of 20 passes for a career-high 291 passing yards to go along with two touchdown strikes. Senior Joe Walker also had a 100, his second career 100yard receiving game, finishing with 113 on two receptions. Senior Kani Kane rushed for two touchdowns, while classmates Vinny Papale and Charles Scarff both caught touchdown passes. Colorful, at least a bit more than the solid white ensemble worn in North Dakota, were the white jerseys, new blue pants and the ever-present, goldwinged blue helmets. And those winged helmets apparently gave some of the boys wings of their own. Delaware had
COURTESY OF DELAWARE ATHLETICS Joe Walker reeled in a Delaware game-high 113 receiving yards
interceptions by Charles Bell, Nijuel Hill, Ray Jones and two by Nasir Adderley, of which several were mid-air catches. Adderley also had an essential
pass breakup on a fourth-and-1 which thwarted a Richmond scoring chance at the Delaware 6-yard line. Redshirt sophomore Colby Reeder also had a fumble
return for a touchdown in the first quarter. “We talked all week about taking the ball away and we were able to do just that,” Rocco said after the game. “We did a lot of good things today offensively and some good things defensively, but this is just a stepping stone for us. We have to keep on getting better each week.” It wasn’t all recoverable play, though. Delaware had two players ejected: starting cornerback Adewusi, for unsportsmanlike conduct, and back up linebacker Johnny Buchanan, for targeting. They will both sit out the first half of Delaware’s next game. The Blue Hens return to Delaware Stadium Saturday, Oct. 13, on Parents and Family Weekend to face Elon at 3:30 p.m.
SEVEN THOUGHTS FOLLOWING DELAWARE’S 43-28 WIN AGAINST RICHMOND BRANDON HOLVECK
Executive Editor Delaware football
defeated Richmond 43-28 to earn their first conference win of the season and Head Coach Danny Rocco’s 100th career win. The Blue Hens forced six turnovers, which they turned into 24 points, and posted a season-high 331 passing yards en route to their first road win of 2018. Here are 7 observations following the game: Explosive Plays Delaware had six completions of more than 20 yards, five of which led to scores. Delaware only recorded one such play in their 38-10 loss against North Dakota State. Teams have stacked the box against the Blue Hens to defend the run and have challenged Delaware to throw downfield. In their wins, they’ve taken advantage, completing a combined seven passes for more than 20 yards against Lafayette and Cornell. Joe Walker is the team’s most explosive threat. Walker made a 43yard reception in the first quarter and flipped the field in the third quarter with a 70-yard catch from the Blue Hens 6-yard line. He also completed his first pass attempt of the season, finding Jamie Jarmon for 46 yards on a trick play. In the loss at NDSU, Walker caught one pass for four yards. The more he can be
involved moving forward, the better. Takeaways With six interceptions, Delaware doubled their takeaway total for the season. The mark entering the game tied Delaware for second-fewest in the CAA. The six turnovers led to 24 points for the Blue Hens and allowed Delaware to steal the momentum on the road early. Delaware’s plus-11 turnover margin in 2017 (26 takeaways overall) ranked 15th nationally. Giving the offense short fields will help make up for shortcomings in the run game and the occasional deficiencies of the team’s aerial attack. Slow day on the ground The turnovers and explosive players covered up another poor performance on the ground by the Blue Hens. Delaware entered the game averaging 3.2 yards per carry. Against Richmond, they averaged 2.4 yards per carry. The longest run of the day was a 13-yard scamper by Kani Kane. This season’s averages come in stark contrast to the success of the running game in the past few seasons. Delaware has ranked second in the CAA in rushing in each of the past three seasons. In two of those seasons, they averaged over
200 yards per game on the ground. The Blue Hens have done it with a revolving door at running back. If today is any indication, the door might swing again. Changing of the guard Dejoun Lee took the first carry for the Blue Hens and led the team in carries and rushing yards with 17 attempts for 64 yards. Kani Kane, Delaware’s starter in the first four games of the season, carried 12 times for 35 yards. Kane reached the end zone twice. Lee provided a spark against Lafayette, rushing for 93 yards on 11 first-half carries, but has been utilized sparingly since. Compared to Kane, Lee is the shiftier and quicker option. If Lee takes over as the lead back, Kane may be relegated to the role he first managed for the Blue Hens: the goal line bruiser. He scored three touchdowns on five carries against Cornell last season in his first true game action last season, before taking a larger role in the following games against James Madison and Stony Brook. Odds are Rocco still wants both backs, and sophomore Khory Spruill, involved. Mr. Consistency Troy Reeder was in the middle of the action all afternoon,
registering 12 tackles (eight solo). The potential NFL draftee has been among Delaware’s top three leading tacklers in every game this season. Against Richmond, Reeder became the 48th player in school history with 200 career tackles. Holes in the secondary Nijuel Hill recorded Delaware’s third interception, but that was about it for the highlight reel for the redshirt sophomore cornerback. Richmond quarterback Joe Mancuso targeted Hill deep repeatedly to great success. Hill yielded Richmond’s first touchdown, an 80-yard touchdown catch by Tyler Wilkins. Hill made contact with Wilkins and fell down, leaving the receiver wide open on a fly route down the sideline. Later in the second half, Cortrelle Simpson caught touchdowns of 57 yards and 37 yards with Hill in coverage. Hill was in decent position on the second play, but Mancuso dropped a dime. Delaware allowed a seasonhigh 489 passing yards. Next week’s opponent, the Elon Phoenix, love to run the football, but 2017 CAA Offensive Rookie of the Year quarterback Davis Cheek is good enough to take advantage. That being said, Richmond was extremely aggressive down the field, especially once they fell behind by more than 20. They moved the ball,
but at the cost of six turnovers, Delaware’s secondary still came out on top. Delaware should work on getting Hill more safety help.
Brace yourselves The Elon Phoenix come to town for the first time since 2014 next Saturday on Parents and Family Weekend. The Phoenix, already ranked inside the top 10 on multiple national polls, pulled off perhaps their greatest regular-season win in program history, going on the road to defeat No. 2 James Madison 2724. JMU had won a CAA-record 20 consecutive conference games (22 if you count the postseason) and had won an FCS-best 19 straight home games. The Phoenix will be ranked inside the top 10 and perhaps the top 5 heading into the game in Newark, and the Blue Hens might eke their way into the bottom of the rankings to make it a matchup of top 25 teams. Even if they don’t, it will be an exciting game with CAA implications aplenty. Last season, Elon made the FCS playoffs for the first time since joining the CAA. In Head Coach Curt Cignetti’s season, they’ve already done what no team has been able to do since 2015. They’ll be hungry for more against Delaware.
FORMER BLUE HEN BILAL NICHOLS LIVES OUT NFL DREAM DAN ROSENFIELD
Chicago Bears rookie defensive tackle Bilal Nichols made a surprise visit to his alma mater on Wednesday during Delaware football practice. Nichols, a Newark native, used his bye week to come back to his roots. Nichols has played in three games for the Bears, who are coached by former Blue Hen Matt Nagy. His most notable game was against the Buccaneers where he accumulated four tackles, one assisted tackle and 0.5 sacks. The 6’4”, 290-pound defensive end certainly has not taken life in the NFL for granted. “It’s surreal,” Nichols said. “Sometimes when you go out there you’re like, wow I’m really playing in an NFL game. And you see those logos on the helmets and you see a guy you that you’re lined up across might be a guy you’ve been watching
COURTESY OF DELAWARE ATHLETICS Formerly No. 92 for the Hens and current defensive end for the Chicago Bears, Bilal Nichols, paid a visit to Delaware.
for years even when you were a child. At the end of the day, it’s
truly a blessing.” Nichols was
defensive lineman at Delaware. In his four year career, he accumulated 128 total tackles, 12 sacks and two interceptions. He’s a three-time All-CAA selection, including a first team nomination in 2017, when he was also named third team All American. Nichols is just the 28th player in Delaware history to play in the NFL. Of those players, many UD alums in the league have reached out to Nichols to congratulate him, including Nick Boyle, Zach Kerr, Paul Worrilow and Joe Flacco. The Chicago Bears have boomed out to a 3-1 record in the early part of the season. This is largely credited to their stingy defense, led by possibly the best defensive player in the NFL, Khalil Mack. “He has great practice habits,” Nichols said when discussing Mack. “He’s a guy that comes to practice every day,
doesn’t take a play off. He just works hard. He’s really teaching everybody to go after the ball. He brings that mentality of, let’s get that ball out.” There are a few Delaware players on the current roster that have hopes of living Nichols’s dream. At practice, he gave some advice to his fellow Blue Hens on what it takes. “Don’t ever take a day off,” Nichols said. “Just continue to get better and better. When you do get that opportunity, just make sure that you make the most of it and control what you can control. Some things aren’t always going to go in your favor and some things will be out of your control but you need to be able to control what is in your control.” The Bears return from their bye week next Sunday when they take on the Dolphins in Miami.
DELAWARE MEN’S SOCCER LOSES IN DEFENSIVE BATTLE TO HOFSTRA
score an equalizer but couldn’t capitalize. Delaware forced 14 fouls and produced seven corner kicks. Delaware is now 3-8 overall and 2-2 CAA play. They have a must-win CAA game on tap Wednesday, Oct. 10 against Drexel. “We have been good in conference, middle of the table,” Campbell said. “If we win this (game against Drexel), it will push us upwards in the regular season.”
TYE RICHMOND Senior Reporter
The Blue Hens knew this was going to be a tough game, and the Hofstra Pride didn’t disappoint. The Hens lost at home 1-0 on Saturday evening. The loss could be contributed to missed opportunities on the Hens behalf, especially in the second half. The team saw chances to score, but just couldn’t get the ball in the net. Hofstra extended their shutout streak to eight games with the win against the Blue Hens. It’s the longest active streak in the nation. Hofstra is now 19-12-1 and has won their last five games against Delaware. The game throughout was a defensive battle with limited shots on goal. Junior midfielder Robert Campbell had two attempted shots. John Schroeder, Noa Benninga, Timo Hummrich and Fede Prieto, all had one. “Coach just told us we knew they were going to play direct and drop off us,” Campbell said. “So we played in front
COURTESY OF DELAWARE ATHLETICS Junior Robert Campbell had two attempted shots against Hofstra, but couldn’t get one in the net.
of them and tried to be more aggressive but couldn’t break them in the last minutes of the game.” The Blue Hens goalkeeper Todd Morton had three saves,
while the Pride’s Alex Ashton had to make none in the net. At 13:37 minutes in, Hofstra’s Oscar Ramsay scored the first and only goal of the game.
In the second half, the Hens’ mindset appeared to shift. Delaware’s pace picked up and held the majority of possession keeping Hofstra’s score at one. The team had chances to
A HARD-EARNED REWARD FOR MEN’S SOCCER KEEPER TODD MORTON ‘ MEAGAN MCKINLEY Senior Reporter
Senior goalkeeper Todd Morton is listed at 6-foot-4. He doesn’t look it until he’s folding himself into one of the lounge chairs in Perkins Student Center. He also doesn’t look like a school-record-holding goalkeeper — 26 career wins — until he’s asked to talk about it. Then his eyes are thoughtful, considerate. “I guess it was a nice reward … it was tough at times because we’d struggled a bit.” And when complimented he smiles, obviously pleased, but almost bashful as well. Morton set the new school record in an overtime 2-1 victory over College of Charleston on September 22. The victory earned Delaware a 1-0 start to CAA play. Now, they sit at 3-8 overall with a 2-2 record in conference play. The goal, obviously, is a CAA championship and a berth to the NCAA tournament. Morton has worn the Blue Hens uniform in two CAA Finals appearances since transferring from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) after a freshman year, in which his
COURTESY OF DELAWARE ALTHLETICS Senior Todd Morton holds a school record for 26 career wins.
Retrievers made a College Cup Final Four appearance. Though the Blue Hens lost in the CAA Finals in 2015, they scored a spot in the NCAA tournament as CAA Champions in 2016. Morton would like to wrap up his last collegiate season on top. After college soccer, most young athletes dream of going pro. Morton is no exception. “Depending on how the rest of this year plays out there may be opportunities after to play professionally,” he said. But he hasn’t thought too much about where he could play. He doesn’t want to jinx it, though he did say it would be cool to play for his hometown Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. As a student, he’ll wrap up his college years with a degree in English. “Teaching and coaching,” he said is what he thinks he’ll do when his soccer career meets its end. This year is his third year as the goalkeeper coach at Kirkwood Soccer Club, where he works alongside Delaware Head Coach Ian Hennessy.
game,” Morton said of coaching. “And I’m also learning a lot about myself and the game.” Morton struggled with settling into a career path, as so many students do. Originally, he was a history major and found he liked the more creative side of writing too much to be a history student. Writing influences why he wants to teach too. “I think I would enjoy reading other students’ work and what they can come up with,” he said. Maybe to better phrase it, why he wants to be a coach in the classroom, not just on the soccer pitch.
“It’s a good way to give back to the
SPORTS COMMENTARY: IT’S A WOMAN’S WORLD HANNAH TRADER Managing Sports Editor As a woman pursuing sports journalism, I find myself looked at and treated much differently than the men around me, and while I feel uncomfortable at times, I try not to let it show. Men look me up and down while I walk on the sidelines, simply trying to report on a game just like many male reporters around me. Men explaining to me what the “red zone” or “downfield” is during an interview, even though I’ve known these terms since I was eight. Men compliment my appearance before I even ask one question, limiting my ability to do my job to the way I look. I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to pursue a career in sports in some way, and it was when I came to college that I decided to combine sports and journalism. I grew up idolizing women like Erin Andrews, Samantha Ponder, Lesley Visser and many more. As a young
girl, it never occurred to me the many obstacles these women had to face to get to where they are, obstacles they tried to break down for women like me. Visser is one of, if not the, most accomplished woman sports journalist. As a pioneering sports journalist, she accomplished many firsts for women, like being the first woman to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which was not until 2006 — the Pro Football Hall of Fame started in 1963, for a little perspective. Visser said that “Men don’t have a genetic blueprint that allows them to understand or love sports,” and that’s something I remind myself often. I’d be lying if I said it’s never intimidating walking into a press conference or press box and typically being the only girl, and if that’s not the case, then being one of maybe two women. But I continuously tell myself that I deserve to be here just as much as anyone else in the room, and
herself that as a woman in this field, you need to work ten times harder than the men around you. Any small mistake will be used against you as a woman. Accidentally saying the wrong number in an interview or slipping up on positions could all be quickly fixed and laughed at for a man, but for me it would just add to the list of reasons why I don’t know what BRIDGET DOLAN/THE REVIEW I’m talking about — the list Managing Sports Editor including that I’m a woman … and that’s it. However wrong this stigma is, it’s the way things are that any small intimidation I feel right now, and I don’t say that with now, the women before me felt it defeat, I say that with hope. twice as much. Amazingly strong women I’m not blind or naïve to the broke into this industry and way things are in this industry. changed it for the better. I’m sure Andrews, a highly accomplished these women all knew that they NFL sideline reporter, said so weren’t changing every single man’s
perspective, as much as they’d like to, but what they did do was show up every day. They showed up and did their job twice as well as any man could. They studied, learned the stats, learned the players and executed perfectly. Through their hard work, regardless of any outdated and frankly meat-headed view of some men, no one can deny their knowledge and skill and most importantly, their resilience. “Make people take you seriously. Prepare like crazy and when you do that people realize you know your stuff,” Andrews said. That’s how this industry is going to change. That’s how women will feel more and more comfortable in this field. Through women never backing down and always being ready. Through our many efforts and countless words. Because regardless of if players laugh at us, stare at us or doubt us, we’re going to keep showing up and keep kicking butt.
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