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Musicians and academics recognized on Scholars Day
Nick Hancock leads the band on vocals before presentations began on Scholar’s Day.
By Kelly Morgan The Whetstone Wesley College students celebrated scholarship April 13 and dozens turned out to both present, exhibit and appreciate the work of students. Poster presentations submitted by students were displayed in the College Center Lobby. Jen Lenhardt, senior, said the posters were professionally presented. “They are very educational and well done,” Lenhardt said. “All the presenters were friendly and eager to talk about their research.” Abdul Hameed, senior math major, presented a poster for his first time during Scholar’s Day. “I’m good at presenting, so it’s not so bad,” he said. “I like telling people about things they never knew. I’m helping the knowledge tree grow.” Gabe Fernandez, freshman, presented and will be presenting every year for his Directive Research class.
By Cochise Lucas / The Whetstone “I have to present every year as a requirement [for the class],” Fernandez said. “It’s a great experience. Everyone has their own subjects to present.” The college center was covered with 40 total displays. Twenty-five poster presentations spread across the lobby and 15 photographs covered the walls that led Parker Library. Nine students in Joe Mullan’s photography class contributed to the photo display. Wesley’s Contemporary Music Ensemble and Gospel Choir kicked off Scholar’s Day with a performance. The Ensemble performed four songs, the choir sang two songs and they collaborated for the finale. Krystal DeMichele, freshman, attended the performance session for her first Scholar’s Day. “I liked the whole performance, but I really liked the gospel choir because I’ve never heard one
Student organizations seek additional funds By Kelly Morgan The Whetstone During the spring semester, student organizations including the Residence Hall Association (RHA), Theta Phi Alpha (TPA), the Black Student Union (BSU) and Alpha Phi Omega (APO) have asked the Student Government Association for additional money. The SGA responded by moving $10,000 into a general fund so the organizations may use it. Ann Wright, SGA treasurer, made a motion to move $10,000 from the leadership fund to “additional funds.” “There is more than $19,000 in the leadership fund and we’re not using it,” Wright said. “It makes sense for the students to use this money in additional funds.” The remaining $9,000 in the leadership fund is reserved for student organizations that request to use it for conferences or conventions. If unused, the money is given back to Wesley. Congress passed the motion. During the meeting of March 28, RHA and BSU requested $1,700 each for a spring semi-formal. “We’re buying food, decorations and paying for seven to ten security guards,” said Keeyana Talley, BSU president, when arguing for the money. “All the proceeds raised, ticket sales and donations will go to Japan.” The dance was scheduled for April 14. Jessica Barranco, RHA representative, explained that Dulany dining hall would be transformed and look nice for the semi-formal. The proposal passed 15 [yes] – 0 [no] – 6 [abstentions]. Shannon Walker requested $1,700 for Alpha Phi Omega to cosponsor the semi-formal. “A DJ and the speakers cost $650 to $800,” Walker said. Erica Howell, a member of BSU and the Student United Way, said she was frustrated at the negativity coming from Congress members. “We’re giving the students an opportunity to do something,” she said. “There hasn’t been anything on campus for the students to do on the weekends. [So much] security is needed so students can party safely.” The motion passed 11-1-9. Three weeks before, Theta Phi Alpha requested $825 out of SGA’s conference fund, half of the total expense, for a leadership conference in June. TPA also requested $740 from SGA’s additional fund for a philanthropic campus event with Wesley’s women’s soccer team. The funding was used to buy T-shirts for both organizations. A total of $208 was raised at the Powder Puff football game, $104 towards Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Breast Cancer Research and $104 for the Julia DeFelice fundraiser.
Spring showcase, a ghostly event By Melissa Boyd The Whetstone More than 27 Wesley students participated in a ghostly Spring Showcase March 30-31, and more than 50 watched the students act in several plays. The theme this year, ghosts, included scenes from “Hamlet,” “Blythe Spirit,” “The Piano Lesson,” “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When see
the Rainbow is Enuf,” “Bright. Apple.Crush” and “Beans and Death in Fatherland.” The audience included Wesley students, faculty, and Dover residents. “My favorite scene was Bright Apple Crush,” said Jessica Barranco, a sophomore. “I wish they would not have had their scripts in hand, but it was well written despite whether it was
In “Blythe Spirit,” Madam Arcati (played by Kat Mask) speaks to a poltergeist who wishes to communicate with Charles Condomine (played by Julian Borris). The poltergeist (Tiffany McDowell) eventually reveals herself to Charles, as a past girlfriend still in love with him, even past death.
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Students enjoy comedian
By Melissa Boyd The Whetstone Comedian Paul Varghese made more than 40 Wesley College students laugh when he performed in Wells Theatre April 7. Varghese made fun of sex, religion and his parents. Varghese explained that in his Asian-Indian culture, arranged marriages are popular, and his mother likes to check up on his progress of finding someone to marry. Because his mother is so Christian, the conversation about his sex life included “talking” as a substitute word for sex. He also included jokes about his heritage, imitating his father’s accent, which made his personal stories funnier. Most students found the imitation of his father the funniest part of his whole show. “The parts where he talked about his father, like he was cheap [was my favorite part],” said Tom Powell, a freshman. Varghese has previously performed in Comedy Festivals on TBS and HBO, as well as on Comedy Central and Showtime, and received several rewards such as “Funniest Comic in Dallas,” in 2009. Brandon Wright, a sophomore, thought Varghese’s entire show was great. “Everything was funny,” he said. “Indian marriage, his father, and the sex talk with his mother. He didn’t target one thing, and overall, I enjoyed it.” Wright wasn’t the only who had a great time. “It was great that we had a different person,” sophomore Charminta Brown said. “I loved it.” Powell liked the range of comedy. “I liked this guy because he explored a lot of different topics, like diversity,” he said. Varghese spoke about whites, blacks, Indians, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Asians. Wright hasn’t seen any other comedians this year because of his athletic schedule. “I don’t get out much, but Wesley needs more comedians like him,” he said.
One last fee before they hand you over the diploma
Paul Varghese talks to students after the
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Latin Fiesta teaches students how to dance and about culture By Kyle Pequeno The Whetstone With the first performance at the Latin Fiesta April 4 at the Schwartz Center, audience members were ready to dance, get their bodies moving and the blood pumping. “The performance of Latin Fiesta was great,” Vilma LazoButera, professor of Spanish at Wesley College, said. “I loved the tour that the group presented through Spain and the different Latin American countries.” Lazo-Butera said the event was not only to entertain, but also to immerse students into the Hispanic culture. “What a treat!” she said. The audience included several Wesley students and professors, as well as locals who wanted to enjoy the Latin performance. There was a variety with the different performances spanning the Latin countries. Some of the countries hit were Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Spain.
The performers not only used instruments to get the audience involved, but they had dancers actually go into the crowd and pull out unsuspecting members of the audience for a quick learning in Latin dancing. During the Conga, dancers came into the crowd to get audience members involved. Because the Conga is performed with a group of people in a line, with dancers following the beat and one person leading, the lead dancers got over half of the audience involved. “The group entertained us with a rich variety of Hispanic music that made the audience dance including myself,” LazoButera said. “Just to name a few of the rhythms- rumba, merengue, samba, bossa nova, boleros.” Lazo-Butera said she was familiar with all of the musical pieces played, and found it difficult to pick a favorite part. “The Latin Fiesta was a very good concert,” said Ebony Frazier, a junior. “I liked it a lot be-
cause I learned about different types of music.” Lazo-Butera encouraged her students to attend the fiesta to learn more about the Latin culture. “Latin Fiesta was very interesting,” Nahila Echavarria said, one of Lazo-Butera’s students. “I liked it because I enjoyed seeing musical instruments from different countries. It was a well organized and a beautiful program.” Lazo-Butera believes when learning a second language, the education doesn’t stop in the classroom, but also includes what people in that society does with the different aspects of life. “Learning a language is not just about acquiring words and rules but also about understanding the culture of the target language to make sense of what you are learning,” she said. Lazo-Butera has hopes for future Latin Fiesta performances. “I would love to see Latin Fiesta again and other groups that promote global learning.”
By Shane Miller The Whetstone Wesley College wants to make sure that each prospective graduating student completes all requirements necessary. By the way, they need $75 first. My first impression was that Wesley College found another scheme to snatch more money out my pockets, but they are actually more generous than you think. “The $75 fee pays for your audit, cap and gown, diploma with cover, and your year book photo,” said Carole Carpenter, Administrative Assistant at Wesley’s Registrar. I was against paying the petition to graduate fee before I did research on what I’m exactly paying for. Delaware State University charges $100 more than Wesley for the same services, according to their Registrar office. University of Delaware promotes a no-charge service for completing the audit for its students. The fine print, however, says you have to pay $73 for your cap and gown. Wesley gives you more bang for your buck – unless you miss the deadline. “Each semester has a deadline for submitting your petition and after that the price increases to $90,” she said. The deadline for fall semester graduates is Oct. 1, but for spring semester graduates the deadline is Dec. 1. Dr. Jeffery Mask thinks the price is reasonable for all of the accommodations offered. “I can’t recollect my bachelor’s fees, but in 1990 my PhD. Diploma was a $90 fee and you were on your own to find a cap and gown,” he said. The registrar at Wesley goes through problems caused by irresponsible students. “A common problem we face is when a student transfers to Wesley and never retrieves their official transcript from the previous school,” Carpenter said. “Also, if a student seems to be missing requirements, we then attempt to choose a different catalog that’s most advantageous for the student.” Completing your petition as soon as possible is encouraged but there are restrictions. Students must have completed at least 90 credits to become eligible for a petition. Carpenter stresses that your completed final audit is not a guide for seniors to track their status but a final request. “The audit is not a planning tool, but a certification to the president of the college that the student has in fact completed all requirements before he signs the diploma,” she said. Despite increasing technology, each audit must be completed by hand and becomes very time-consuming for the registrar. “Students have the misconception that this process is computerized. That’s not the case because everything is completed manually,” she said. “Also, we only have three full time employees and one parttime in our department.” Abdul Hameed, a senior majoring in mathematics, says that his process went surprisingly smooth despite hearing rumors that say otherwise. “It only took them a month to return my audit,” he said. “They were pretty fast about it. I heard it took some students longer because of complications.” When a student completes the petition, he or she must choose what catalog for the registrar to check all requirements. “Students must understand when they have changed their major they also change their catalog,” Carpenter said. If students decide to change their catalog to fulfill more requirements, they must choose from the school year they started that specific major; but they are not allowed to choose a catalog from the previous year before switching their major. “Once you declare your major, you need to get a catalog and check off what you complete as you go along and stay responsible for yourself,” Mask said. College already can be expensive and students should keep in mind they are completing what’s necessary. “Students should take more initiative in tracking their own progress,” Carpenter said. “Rather than relying on over-worked advisors.” Mask says the online course-selection process for students can be a flawed one for choosing the correct courses. “The online selection process encourages students to not see their advisor first and this takes away from sitting down with the advisor and fully understanding what they need,” he said.
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Brandon Hoskins By Kyle Pequeno The Whetstone Named RA of the year in 2009-2010, senior Brandon Hoskins is happy to be leaving. Hoskins is a nursing major here at Wesley. “I will be graduating on May 7 and I am extremely excited,” Hoskins said. “Excited to enter the real world and start changing the lives of others and learn more about my chosen career path.” Throughout his four years, he has been the vice president of SGA, president of BSU, a member of Alpha Phi Omega and the co-founder of Howl at the Moon. “Currently, as I begin slowing down my involvement to prepare for graduation, I am the Student Nurses Association’s senior class representative, working in the Wellness Center on campus, and I am a dedicated resident assistant,” Hoskins said. Hoskins said he appreciates his experience at Wesley. “I am extremely thankful that I have been able to experience the many opportunities that I have had here at Wesley College, from my involvement, to awards (2009 Student Leader of the Year & 2010 Scott D. Miller Leadership scholarship recipient) to the many trips and conferences I have attended,” he said. Hoskins has enjoyed his time at Wesley, including earning his nursing degree, friends he’s made, and the skills he’s gained for the workforce. “My overall experience here at Wesley College will stay with me forever.”
By Kelly Morgan The Whetstone / Kelly Morgan The Whetstone Merete Aanes, 22, will be able to show everyone she earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in fewer than three years during Wesley College’s graduation commencement ceremony May 7.
Carmen Walsh By Chloe Dawson The Whetstone Carmen Walsh is a native of Rehoboth Beach. She graduated from Cape Henlopen High School, but considers St. Marks her true high school. She attended it from freshman year to the middle of her senior year. Walsh transferred to Wesley from University of Delaware. She found that at a big school, she was just a number and her professors didn’t really care if she came to school or not. “Transferring into Wesley made me realize what I want,” she said. “I’d rather be known to my professors than just a number.” Walsh transferred to Wesley her junior year and now majors in Psychology with a concentration in Kinesiology. At Wesley, Walsh got involved with many different organizations. She was originally a part of Delta Phi Sigma and helped found Delta Phi Epsilon along with 31 other sisters. In her sorority, she became the vice president of academic affairs. At the end of her sophomore year, Walsh became a resident assistant in Malmberg and Gooding. During her junior year, she became the treasurer of IGC. Walsh played softball for three years and held a captain position. “I got involved in everything I could,” Walsh said. During her three years at Wesley College, softball has become a big part of her college career and her personal life. She uses softball as a tension-reliever and it helped her interact with people. While
The Whetstone Kyle Pequeno Aanes came to Wesley in January /2009. “I transferred from the University of Bergen in Norway and was able to transfer some of my credits,” she said. “I took 18 credits every semester so I didn’t have to graduate in December 2011.” Aanes plans to attend graduate school. “I plan on going to grad school either in Norway or here [the United States] in Montana or Washington,” Aanes said. She wants to focus on international development. “I want to work in public administration with an international setting,” she said. At the University of Bergen, Aanes attended a much bigger school than Wesley. “There were around 20,000 students,” she said. “It was more like a lecture school.” Aanes likes the small class sizes she has experienced here. “[Political science] is a small program, so a lot of the same people are in the same classes,” Aanes said. “I like that you get a more personal relationship with the professors.”
Sigma Beta Delta Ten Wesley College students were inducted into the College’s chapter of Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society on April 10. Students had to show high scholarship, good moral character, and show promise for future success.
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Front row from left to right: Mary Delgado, Angela Young, Jessica Szoke, Nikita Szoke, and Chelsea Pratt; back row left to right: Erik Shellenhamer, Nicholas Johnson, Garrett Moeller, William Morris, Trevor Kling, and College President William Johnston.
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By Cochise Lucas / The Whetstone “Beans and Death in Fatherland,” included 12 townsfolk, the Mayor (David Ridgeley), Bruno (Brandon Sandosky), Miss Embler (Niki Hodgson), and the Secret Service (Kirshay Bowser and guest). This play scene had the largest amount of actors and actresses on the stage at one point during the entire showcase.
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playing, Walsh got an idea of what it was like being a coach and a player. “It helped me realize I’d like to be a coach for the rest of my life,” Walsh said. Walsh’s senior year has been a challenge, with many papers, softball’s games being away much of the time, Residential Life and family issues. “In two weeks, I have to grow up. These are the best years of your life,” Walsh said.
well memorized or not.” “Bright. Apple. Crush.” Ethan (Brandon Sandosky), Nancy (Kat Mask), and Dan (Julian Borris) tell the stories of what drove them to murder, including reasons such as adultery, abuse, and simple annoyance. Freshman Tara Mullins hasn’t been to any of the previous showcases. “I would be very interested in going to another one though,” she said. “Beyond the part in the piano skit when my Kirshay Bowser sang, Bright Apple Crush was my favorite.” Mullins said the acting in Bright Apple Crush was well done. “Very easy to sympathize to,” she said. Those involved in the play also said they enjoyed being a part of it. George Tietze, Alex Osborne, John Moller, Jasmine Oden, Wesley Dessesow, Emily Pruna, and Hannah Mask were apart of the production team, while special thanks was also given to several professors at Wesley- including Tommye Staley, Jeffery Mask, Randall Clack, and Linda DeRoche. “I really enjoyed myself working for the director, George, in the spring showcase,” said Jasmine Oden, a freshman and assistant stage director. “I would definitely volunteer there again and I would do the same position- with the sounds, lighting, and backstage.” The stage director of the play, Alex Osborne, a freshman, loved her role. “It was interesting, stressful at times, but we were able to work through it,” she said. “Showcase is my favorite part of the semester;
College grounds become battle field By Collette O’Neal The Whetstone Team Toad won the Battle of the Campus during Acceptance Day, April 8, as Wesley College welcomed prospective students. Students gathered for the event, sponsored by Intramural Sports, in Wentworth Gym to watch six teams compete in classic games such as tug of war, dizzy bat, and
three-legged races. Each team, named after a Nintendo video game character, participated in a total of six events that required cooperation and teamwork. Freshman team Toad member Kelly Loporchio said she had a great time. “It was an awesome experience, I’m glad I did it,” Loporchio said. “It was great to work and win as a team.”
Bowser team member, junior Mike Asiedu, agreed. “I had fun, and enjoyed it. It was great to hang out and work with my friends,” Asiedu said. Freshman Jewel Coles said she enjoyed watching the event. “Wesley should do events like this more often,” Coles said. “It was nice to see everyone come out and support the
school.” Brittani Moss, also a freshman, agrees. “I liked the student interaction with the faculty,” Moss said. “More events like this would definitely build up school spirit.” Following the competition, there was an after-party and social that featured a lemonade fountain, popcorn stand and other foods.
Students round up for God at the Recital By Kyle Pequeno The Whetstone About 50 students clapped, danced and lifted their hands in praise during the Young Adult Ministry group-sponsored recital April 12 in the college chapel. “I am really impressed with the progress the Young Adult Ministry has made as being a relatively new organization,” said Travis Ragland, a sophomore involved with the Ministry. “I would recommend more to students to join mainly because this particular organization works on the understanding of ones’ spiritual self compared to ones’ worldly self.” Students participated in the recital, but so did some faculty members. Tommye Staley, an adjunct science professor at Wesley, performed in Rebirth Gospel Choir. “I want to thank John Scott for taking the time and energy to get this group of Christian youth together,” Staley said. “It was absolutely wonderful to see all of these young people sharing their talent with us all.” Staley also said she was impressed with the talent the students in the recital showed. “You all keep up the good work,” she said. “Thank you again for the privilege and honor of performing at your program.” Some of the students in attendance were there to support Staley. It was the first time most of them had seen her perform. Staley showed her students that, even though she teaches science classes, including Introduction to Human Biology, CSI Wesley and forensics, she still has time to pursue her other loves, which include singing and theatre. She also uses these talents to teach her Technical Theatre class. While the performers danced or sang, audience members either joined in song or clapped to the beat. “I want to thank everyone who came and showed out, grateful for people who have supported their friends and family,” said Jasmine Oden, the vice president of Young Adult Ministry. “I am highly excited for the future because I know for a fact it will get bigger by the grace of God!”
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SGA votes to give money to Streetscape By Kelly Morgan The Whetstone Tanner Polce, president of SGA, proposed $20,000 from the organization’s budget to begin funding for the streetscape program, as the Student Government Association began wrapping up the last projects of the semester. Congress voted and passed the proposal April 11. Polce spoke at four different Dover town council meetings and he finally got the approval for the project. “[This project] will transform our campus into a safer, rural campus,” Polce said. “It will allow for more green space.” Polce wants Wesley to show commitment to the
streetscape project. “Twenty-thousand dollars won’t demolish a house, but it’ll reach out to alumni,” Polce said. “It will spearhead a PR campaign.” SGA also is working on a new involvement site for student organizations called OrgSync. The student activities website, collegiatelink.net, has given organizations trouble logging in, setting up rosters, events or inputting budget and purchase requests. Polce explained that OrgSync is an up-to-date program and would be like the Facebook of student organizations. “The website would launch this summer,” Polce said. “Overall, a 3-year contract costs $20,000, but we’re look-
ing for partnerships with the Office of Student Activities and other organizations.” Polce said CollegiateLink would cost $9,000 for another three-year process. “You’re going to pay more [for OrgSync], but you’re going to get a better product,” said Sarah Smith, SGA advisor. Bryan Zarou, vice president, said 97 people participated in the Insta’flix survey – asking whether students would want the service on campus – and 78 percent said they would use Insta’flix. Zarou said, however, that he would need more feedback from students before getting the service.
By Lamesha Green The Whetstone Just after graduating college, Frances Riddle found herself working at a social service position in the Office of Civil Rights in Washington D.C. She was 25. She would be 35 before she realized it wasn’t really what she wanted to do. She looked like a hippie, light-skinned, with long straight brown hair, and circular glasses that firmly set on her small face. Possessing a good background and a solid degree in economics and business administration may have been the main reason she kept her job for a decade. But she longed to do a job less stressful and away from Washington D.C. “I had this urge to get away from such a big government title,” says Frances Riddle, 61, a part-time math professor at Wesley College and Del-Tech. “I guess I just was tired of it and wanted to do something a lot more on a smaller scale.” She directed the Delaware Community Music School, where she stayed for five years. But she changed her mind again. “I really loved that job,” she says. “But I wasn’t getting any younger, and at some point I thought I’m going to be a little old lady who would need better health benefits.” She thought long and hard about her next career move. “I had the proper background to become a high school math teacher,” she says. “Not to mention, I like working with kids.” Curious, since as a child she hated math. “I led a very comfortable childhood,” she says. “And I was a happy child just not interested in math.” Using this dislike to her advantage, Riddle turned what she didn’t like about math as a child into more exciting lessons students would love. “You can succeed with math in the real world even if you had trouble with it in the class room,” she says.
Originally from Dover, Del., Riddle taught at Dover local schools, Dover High School, Campus Community School, and Caesar Rodney High School. Still at the honeymoon stage of teaching teenage, spoiled and attitude adjusting high-schoolers, Riddle didn’t feel welcome at first. “I didn’t instantly fall in love with teaching at high schools,” she says. “It really wasn’t a healthy place for me.” After dedicating fifteen years to teaching secondary education, Riddle couldn’t take the administration, which she said was unstable. She took a big risk and quit. “I felt like I was fighting the tide,” she says. “And if I stayed any longer I was going to get swamped.” Somewhere in between the chaos of the constant changes and unsatisfying career decisions, Riddle ran into the love of her life. At 49, Riddle married the director of music at the Presbyterian Church of Dover, Robert Frazier. Considering a lot of the “advantages to a late romance”, Riddle has been happily married for 11 years. “There are many advantages to a late romance,” she says. “There also is a sense of knowing who you are and being comfortable in your own skin. He felt the same way.” Riddle did not take Frazier’s last name when they married. “I think a woman shouldn’t have to take the man’s last name once their married,” she says. “It wasn’t an issue with him.” Unlike Riddle, Frazier’s first wife was a stay-at-home mom. He was the breadwinner, husband, and father of two sons and not fulfilled. “He’s a wonderful man, and even cooks for me,” she says. “We get along very well, hang out, and just have fun together. However, my husband is very domestic. He’s much more comfortable with doing housework than I am.” Formally a musician, singer, and guitarist, Frazier now is laid off and attending Del-Tech for energy management.
He wants to advise homeowners to make homes more energy friendly. When Riddle began teaching college part-time, it was love at first sight. “I didn’t originally want to be a math professor,” she says. ”But I felt for the first time I was actually teaching. It was me, the course, and the students.” Riddle had to balance three part time “ad-junk” professor jobs at Del-Tech, DSU, and Wesley College. Of the three jobs, she managed to keep two, teaching at Wesley full-time and Del-Tech part-time. “What I like the most is to help students succeed in a course they thought they couldn’t handle,” she says. “That’s what rewards me, seeing my students’ opportunities expand.” Students say they like her math courses. “I love Ms. Riddle because she’s pocket-sized,” says Corinne St. Jean, freshman at Wesley College. “She’s a great teacher and if we come to her 8 a.m. class not awake she will wake us up.” Other students like the way she teaches. “She really explains things better than other teachers I’ve had so far,” says sophomore Amanda Kerley. “And if you do badly on a quiz or test you can retake it.” “I have had Ms. Riddle for two years now,” says sophomore Korey Thompson. “What I like the most about her class is that she gives you the opportunity to fix your mistakes in class. She also offers one-on-one time if needed.” Thompson said he would recommend her to other students. “She is always extending her hand at any given time,” he says. Riddle said the classes are as much about watching the students do the math independently. “My joy isn’t in the math,” she says. “It’s in helping students figure out how to do it on their own.”
Love at first sight: Frances Riddle begins teaching college
Local woman prospers after surviving serious accident By Shane Miller Whetstone Contributor Barbara Reynolds knew her life was going to change after she survived a serious car accident. But she couldn’t have predicted such a positive change, when she became the owner of the Dover Newsstand, a fixture in Dover. She and her daughter had been behind three cars at the intersection of Governors and Wyoming avenues when an unknown driver crashed into Reynolds’ green van. “I suffered herniated disks in my back,” she said. “This limited my heavy lifting and affected how long I could remain in a seat.” The pain in her back did not set in until she arrived home later that evening. But after three months of physical therapy, Reynolds job as a driver became unworkable. “I was driving for various businesses until I settled at Brookes Courier Service, which in return gave me a job where I could stay local,” she said. “For a brief period I became a stay-at-home mom, but soon began assisting local businesses on Loockerman Street for extra money,” Reynolds, 36, is married with two children, including a 14-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter. After the accident, Reynolds moved
back and forth from multiple jobs on Loockerman Street. She learned how to run a business from working in sales and management at three stores, Bows and Blooms by Barbei; Bell, Book and Candle; and the Dover Newsstand. “Everywhere I went, I learned fast and that helped me climb the chain to landing a managerial position at Bows and Blooms by Barbei,” she said. “I was a manager when Barbara began working with me, but it didn’t take long for her to gain success,” said Darleen Aragon a co-worker of Reynolds’ for nine years at Bell, Book and Candle. “She is extremely dedicated, trustworthy and reliable. Owners look for these traits and she has them all.” Besides the jobs, Reynolds was able to find time to volunteer for local events and schools. “I have been coordinating and organizing events for the community of downtown Dover and acting as president for Fairview Elementary Parent Teacher Organization,” she said. She has also coordinated the Mid Summer’s fair and “Summer Fest with Main Street,” both of which are held in downtown Dover. “When I grow up here there wasn’t
much done for the children and I knew I was not going to let mine live through the same,” she said. Reynolds saved what she could to buy the Dover Newsstand but it wasn’t until she remembered that she forgot to file something. “I forgot to file my tax returns for three years, and once I finally did, I received $15,000,” she said. “This gave me enough to make a down payment for the property.” Diana Welch, former owner of the Dover Newsstand, said that if she hadn’t sold the business to Reynolds, Reynolds would have found another place regardless. “Barbara has helped so many businesses on this street and the community of downtown Dover,” she said. “It just seemed right when she became her own boss.” Reynolds said she needed to find her own business because of personal reasons. “The main reason I bought the store was because I became irritated always working for someone else,” she said. Since Reynolds has owned the Dover Newsstand, one family member has been by her side. “My grandmother is my biggest supporter, she even helps me in the kitchen with the cooking,” she said. Her grandmother has just died last
month of March 2011. The loss has been difficult to bear for Reynolds. “She was irreplaceable and it’s been very difficult for all of us at the store,” Reynolds said. “I had to close early one day to regroup with reality.” Reynolds spends most of her time when working at the store in the kitchen with her grandmother. “I only took one cooking class in high school and the rest of my experience I learned watching my grandmother at home,” she said. Reynolds also tries not to stand out when she is at the store, because she wants all her employers to feel equal. “I don’t dress up like a typical boss, because I don’t want to distinguish myself from my employees,” she said. “I wouldn’t ask them to do a task if I wouldn’t ask myself first.” Darleen thinks Reynolds’ next move will be to expand her business. “Once the economy stabilizes I think she will expand into more,” she said. “But one thing is for sure, that the Dover Newsstand is here to stay.” Reynolds has some ideas of her own for her future plans. “I would absolutely love to expand, possibly establishing a café in the new Dover library,” she said.
Greeks Clean up Dover on March 26
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Kelly Morgan / The Whetstone Delta Phi Epsilon smiles after long day of cleaning up Phi Kappa Sigma and Theta Phi Epsilon group together the neighborhoods around Wesley. after collecting trash bags.
Students gather to hear Residential Curbside perform By Lamesha Green The Whetstone If it’s a new sound you’re looking for, they got it. Wesley students performed in their band, Residential Curbside, at the Dover Newsstand on Loockerman Street April 2. “Residential Curbside is a band that has been around for about a year now,” said vocalist and senior Shane Miller. “We have been practicing since first semester.” Practice makes perfect. “Since we lost former bandmates, we had to start over,” Miller said. “We now have two new members, which made it difficult at first because they had to learn the songs.” Other members include two guitarists, Brian Mahon and Nick Hancock; drummer Travis Geiser; and Robert Ridgeway on bass. The inspiration behind their sound comes from early 90s rock music. Since we want to make a sound of our own, we add on to the songs we perform, which makes them longer and different from its original version, Miller said. The band wants a sound that will take Residential Curbside to the next level. “Our sound is a little different from the contemporary assemble,” Miller said. “We mostly focus on jazzy stuff to attract a younger crowd.” Students and Dover locals came to show their support. “Residential Curbside performance was pretty good,” said sophomore Earvin Beavers. “They have a great sound and just a different sense of music from what I saw.”
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Alpha Phi Delta, Delta Phi Epsilon, and Phi Kappa Sigma group together before their Spring Clean Up Event.
Dungeon Dragons take the lead
Intramural Champions By Kelly Morgan The Whetstone Dungeon Dragons defeated Liverpol 5 to 3 for the Intramural Indoor Soccer Championship game on Wednesday February 23. The Dungeon Dragons were the lowest seed in the playoffs. The second seed team, Afro Boys, was defeated in overtime by Dungeon Dragons during Monday’s playoff match-up. Team Black Out, the past champions of Intramural Indoor Soccer, were the top ranked team this season. Dungeon Dragons defeated them 4-2 in the semi-final round. Abdul Hameed, senior and captain of Dungeon Dragons, is proud of his team for coming out on top. “We won because of our teamwork and hustling,” he said. “It feels so good to be champions.” Shane Miller, senior, described it as the miracle at Wesley west. “This team has played together for three years,” he said. “We did it! We shocked the world!” Amanda Kinkade / Whetstone Contributer
April’s Daily Crime Log: From the Office of Safety and Security Date/Time Occurred 4/1/2011 4/2/2011 4/2/2011 4/3/2011 4/2/2011 4/8/2011 4/8/2011 4/9/2011 4/10/2011
Nature of Crime/Classification Suspicious Person Vandalism/Alcohol Violation (Underage) Use/Possession of Marijuana Property Damage/Hit and Run 3 Alcohol Violations (1 underage) Trespasser Theft Hit and Run Disorderly Conduct
General Location Dulany Hall Carpenter Hall Parking Lot D Cecil Street Zimmerman and Carpenter Halls Malmberg Hall Malmberg Hall Parking Lot C Carpenter Hall
Disposition Closed (Removed from Campus) Closed (Referred for Disciplinary) Closed (Arrested by DPD) Closed (Reported to DPD) Closed (Referred for Disciplinary) Closed (Escorted off campus) Opened (DPD Contacted) Opened (Reported to DPD) Closed (Referred for Discplinary)
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In a school so small, I learned big things
Never would have thought I’d be so happy to get the bleep out of here
By Kim Manahan
By Chloe Dawson
In the very first issue of the Whetstone, I wrote an article about how I was going to accomplish the drastic change from high school to college and how confusing College Center was. A couple of months later, the transition from 12th grade to my freshman year didn’t seem that bad and wasn’t hard at all. Oh, and the College
Center isn’t confusing at all. It took me a little while to learn to balance my social things I wanted to do and my schoolwork. I mean, the whole point of why I’m here is to get an education so, of course, my work comes before anything fun; at first, sometimes that wasn’t always the case. In my first year of college, especially at a small school, I learned many things. As long as you do your work ahead of time and read your syllabus, there is no reason why you don’t have enough time in the world hang out with friends. Getting in touch with your teachers wasn’t hard either. Meeting new people wasn’t difficult. But what I never got used to was the fact that everyone talks crap and everyone knows your business in a school like the size of Wesley. Within three months, I went through two roommates and two different rooms. One thing I did learn was always keep a lock on your belongings, like your cell phone. If you have a problem with your roomie, don’t hesitate to talk about it; speak up. Nothing is more awkward than sitting in a Williams boxed room with tension. It’s like a pink elephant in the room. I never expected to meet some of the people I did or do half the things I did over the year. Throughout the year, I surprised myself with all of my accomplishments. Coming on the Whetstone, I never thought I would become an editor by the end of the first semester nor have a front page article and picture. In high school, I would have laughed at the idea of my earning a 3.1 GPA, but it didn’t seem so hard. I recently received The John Pelzer award on Founder’s Day. In simple terms, what I’m trying to say is that as long as you do your work, you can have all the time in the world to do anything you want. If you work hard, you can reward yourself by playing hard. When you get a good roommate, appreciate it; because once you get a bad one, it’s the worst. Keep your business with you and yourself because things spread like wildfire. Never wait last minute to start a paper. And don’t use up all your points in the beginning of each semester, because by December around nine at night, you are going to be starving.
Recently in class, we had to take a survey about Wesley College – give our opinions about certain aspects, answer some other questions – and one of those asked if we could do it all over, would we chose again to come here. I chose: I Don’t Know. Over the past five years I learned a lot. Some of it in class, and some of it out of class. It’s safe to say I have had some of the best teachers and adviser I could have ever asked for. Some of these people mean more to me than they can ever know. But I have also had some teachers that have completely turned me off of entire subjects (such as a couple in the history department.) I swear we watched more history channel crap in HI103 than I watch Law and Order: SVU at home – and I watch a lot of SVU. That’s not what I paid thousands of dollars for – if I wanted to watch bad documentaries, I have Netflix – and that only costs $9.99 a month. While there are some pretty smart kids at Wesley, there are also some who shouldn’t have been handed their Middle School diploma. Yes, I understand that there are developmental level students who need special attention, but that’s what community college is for. I thought private, liberal arts colleges were competitive. At this point, I feel like I didn’t compete with much to get my degree. And then there’s all of the other crap that comes with going to college – like housing, food and activities. I hated dorm life. I hated how Resident Assistants would pick favorites, I hated how people would be running around screaming all night, and I hated it when I lived in Roe Hall and kids insisted on puking and doing their business in the showers. So I moved off of campus, which takes care of all of those problems; but signing a year-long lease with someone who can’t pay all of their bills because they insist on spending what money they have elsewhere defiantly takes its toll on your wallet. The thing that kept me going for five years though had to be The Whetstone. It not only gave me an office to escape to when I wanted to, but it gave me something to do. Even though there were times when certain members of staff made me want to blow my brains out, I’m glad that I stuck with it. I think that dealing with the nonsense people spew every time we would release an issue has helped me realize a few things. For one, not everyone is going to like what you write. It has also helped me see how ignorant people can be. News flash: Not everything in the world is fluffy bunnies and rainbows. It’s what gave life meaning, in part perhaps because it has a mission I believe in (see the mission statement). But then comes now – graduation. And it feels like all of that meaning has gone away and I’m stuck with tens-of-thousands of dollars in loans to pay off. Not to mention a head that I need to get together. What college has taught me is that life is full of surprises. Five years ago, I would have never thought this is where I would be. I started as a naive psychology major with an abusive “fiance” back home. And I’m ending it as a political science and media arts major with a blank stare on my face as if there is no purpose. But there is, of course. It’s why I keep living. I’m glad to be handing leadership over to Melissa Boyd next semester. Last year, we were worried that there would be no one reliable to take over when I graduate, because our previous two editors in training did not grasp the concept that they actually had to work to have a title . Melissa is only a freshman, and she has proved to be one of the most mature people I have yet to meet at this school. She understands things, and most importantly, she understands the way a campus newspaper should work. Nothing turns out the way you expect it. And, by all reports, I think this is how real life is going to be. Lots of good things, lots of bad things, finding a purpose, losing it, regaining it, loving people, hating them, caring for them, being disappointed in them. It’s all up to me now.
Is summer almost over yet?
In a way, I love the summer. I’m tired of working, whether it is my actual off campus job, schoolwork, or extracurricular activities; it’s nice to have a break. It’s nice to sleep in my bed at my parent’s house and be home with my
My mindset gets into this automatic, robotic response to everything, especially during the last few weeks of school. I’m like, oh, school’s over – who cares? My head says going, going, gone. But, at the same time, I hate the summer. I mean, it’s hot and humid. There’s hardly anything to do because all my friends at school are across the country, my boyfriend’s in another state, I don’t get to live with my sister but instead with my parents and their stricter way of life. Besides, during the summer, I still have to work that off-campus job, my extracurricular activity still requires planning on my part, and the bed at my sister’s house is larger. So who’s to say summer is actually a fortunate break from all the work? For me, it’s really not. It might be a little less or about
the same, because although schoolwork ends, my off-campus job gives me more hours to work. And I know I’m not the only one with a summer job and a lot of hours (which I suppose is good, for the money, but still). Yet, my head is still going, going, gone. With finals coming up, a lot of students are going crazy, but at the same time, everyone else’s mind is going, going, gone – especially those graduating. Maybe for some students, the summer is a great opportunity to see their friends and family in their faraway states, whereas my state is where I school; maybe they like the three-month break. Even though my head is robotically saying going, going, gone, my body says, why can’t I stay?
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Intramural Sports By Kelly Morgan The Whetstone The final leagues of Intramural Sports began the week of March 28. Tuesday and Thursdays were filled with 7-on-7 flag football and Wednesday nights held outdoor 4 on 4 basketball games. The basketball league is brand new this semester. In the past, games have only been a one-day tournament. Amanda Kinkade, coordinator of Intramural Sports, said the Intramural Staff are excited about this league because it’s one of a kind. “You won’t normally find 4-on-4 outdoor leagues, but rather 3-on-3 or 5-on-5,” Kinkade said. “It’s something unique that Graduate Assistant Robert Price has created for Wesley College.” Kinkade said there are four teams registered that will be competing at the outdoor court near Wesley’s Alumni House.
come to an end
Paul Huber, student Intramural coordinator, has high expectations about this year’s flag football league. “[The league] is bigger than last year with ten teams registered,” Huber said. “We’re excited because we have returning teams and a lot of new players.” During the league’s captains meeting on Friday, March 25th, Huber covered the game rules, forfeit rules and scheduling. “This year, games will consist of two 13 minute halves,” Huber said. “This is geared towards a longer season with more competitive game play.” Khalil Norris’Jemmott, Intramural manager, went over the sportsmanship rules. Amanda Kinkade / Whetstone Contributer “Each team has to have a good sportsmanship rating in order to play in the playoffs,” “At the end of each [regular] game, the captains will pick the two best players he said. from the opposing team and the two best officials,” he said. Huber introduced the new All Star games Huber explained that the top voted players and officials will compete in two that are added to the league. All-Star games that will be played at the end of the season.
Continued from SCHOLARS on p1 live before,” she said. Three oral sessions followed with students presenting in Wells Theatre and the Kresge Auditorium in Cannon Hall. Kim Manahan, senior, presented, “Reporting on College Statistics.” She explained how The Whetstone acquires information, why it is important for a private, liberal arts college to have a journalism program and student newspaper and how to compose a news article. Anecia Quinlan, freshman, was surprised when Manahan posted the pictures of ex-Wesley students because they were arrested with criminal charges. “Oh my gosh,” Quinlan said. “I didn’t know you were allowed to show that.” Manahan explained how information is publically posted, which makes the information available to anyone and the Whetstone. “Some people are mad we reported [about the student criminals],” she said. “It was publicly posted and we should make this [information] known. Once you’re arrested, you lose your privilege to be a private citizen.”
By Cochise Lucas / The Whetstone Dr. Patricia Dwyer starts out Scholar’s Day with a speech, incorporating literature, in Wells Theatre.
By Cochise Lucas / The Whetstone Chris Agar presented on the impact of special effects and technology on movies.
By Cochise Lucas / The Whetstone
Chris Hall presented on American Consumerism, relating “America as a farmer.”
By Cochise Lucas / The Whetstone