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September 2011

Wesley wins after losing first regular season game in 3 years

By Cochise Lucas The Whetstone

Bangor, Me.– After suffering their first lost in over two years in the regular season, the No. 11-ranked Wesley Wolverines took their anger out on the Husson Eagles, crushing them 72-0. It only took 14 seconds into the game for the Wolverines to score their first touchdown when wide receiver Matt Barile took the opening kickoff into the endzone to put Wesley up 7-0. Six different players scored their first career touchdown for Wesley, including wide receiver Steven Koudossou who caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Shane McSweeThe Whetstone Contributor / Kean University ny. At halftime, the Wolverines were already winning 55-0. In the game against Kean University, Wesley Punter, John Smicklo has his punt Wesley held Husson to a negative 15 yards rushing on the ground and a meager 98 yards on blocked by the opposing defense. Wesley lose the game by 3 in the closing minutes offense. of the game 34-31 McSweeny went 13 for18, throwing more than 225 yards and four touchdowns. His leading receiver, Steven Koudossou, caught two touchdowns for 106 yards. Linebacker Jeff Morgan led the defense with seven tackles. The Wolverines caused four turnovers against the Eagles offense, including three interceptions and one fumble recovery. The victory in Maine helped soothe the pain of the Sept. 10 defeat at the hands of the Kean University Cougars, who snapped Wesley football team’s 28-game regular season winning streak – and a 14 game regular season road streak – when they defeated the Wolverines 31-28. Since their victory Sept. 24, the Wolverines were rated No. 11 in the rankings and No. 16 in the American Football Coaches Association poll.

Wesley Remembers

Gooding and Williams become same sex dorms

Sept. 11 still affects students today By Shannon Perry The Whetstone

By Kiara Green The Whetstone

Gooding and Williams Hall’s are officially same sex dorms. Gooding Hall is an all female residence hall, while Williams Hall is an all male residence hall. In previous years, both halls were co-ed, which created a different environment on the north side of campus. This year’s change has sprouted opinions in those who reside in these halls, and also those that don’t. Resident Assistant of Gooding Hall Kadijha Michel, a junior at Wesley, likes the new change, even though it comes with added responsibilites. “Being an RA from last year the experience is differThe Whetstone / Shannon Perry ent,” Michel said. “The building has more of a community Professors Frank Fiedler and Derald feeling within the dorms, but it has its challenging aspects Wentzien look at the exhibit with regulating the males from other buildings.” Michel said she still enjoys being an RA, even in a same sex dorm. “Ten years later and I still can’t “We are a beautiful building, and I love my job.” Suzzette Armstrong, a freshman, lives in Gooding Hall. believe it happened.” “It’s nice meeting other females of different nationali-Heather Payne ties,” Armstrong said.

Fifty somber professors and students congregated and reflected in Parker Library on Sept. 12 to attend the opening of a photo exhibit and pay tribute to those who lost their lives because of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On that date, 19 terrorists hijacked four planes. At 8:46 a.m., Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center North Tower, and by 9:03 a.m., Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center South Tower. At 9:38 a.m., Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. At 10:10 a.m., Flight 77 crashed in Pennsylvania. By 10:28 a.m. both towers had collapsed. Students said they still found the event hard to believe. “Ten years later and I still can’t believe it happened,” said junior Heather Payne. The event still evokes fear. “9/11 has left me concerned about my safety at times,” said junior Marissa Hayes. Photos of the destruction that happened in New York were hung on the walls of Parker Library alongside firsthand accounts from firefighters in New York. Thomas Hamsord’s testimony of the day was displayed for students to read. see REMEMBER on pg 3

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Freshmen Matt Watson and James Singleton hang out on the steps of their all-male dorm.

Men in Williams Hall don’t seem to mind the change either. Michael Streeter, a junior and resident assistant in Williams Hall, likes the change. “I thinks its unique, I feel like I am the big brother of the floor,” Streeter said. “It feels good to be a resource for the young men.” Streeter also says that being an RA for all males keeps him active. “By that I mean they want me to go lift weights, and play basketball,” he said. “I think The Whetstone / Cochise Lucas this a good idea of having an all boy dorm, with having an all girls dorm across the street.” Freshman Crystal Winkler swipes her card so she can get in to Not all residents like the change. Gooding Hall. “It shouldn’t be all girls,” she said. “I don’t want to be Jeancarlo Torero, a freshman and Williams’ around girls all day.” resident, doesn’t embrace the change. “It would be a lot better if the dorms were coed because everyone would be able to make friends,” Torero said. “That’s one benefit of college- it’s a huge social network.”

Large turn-out at the Latin Heritage Event By Melissa Boyd The Whetstone

Zumba instructor Casie Lucas teaches students in how to dance in the Latin American culture

Erika Tanase, BSU Public relations officer and Nashi Watson, senior, experience common Latin American food, such as tacos and fajitas The Whetstone / Melissa Boyd

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The Latin Heritage Event Sept. 20 hosted a full house, with more than 30 people in attendance. The event included Latin dancing and music. Latin food was presented to students, including rice, tacos, burritos and fajitas. English professor Linda De Roche attended the event. “I decided to come and see,” De Roche said. “I wanted to explore the Latino experience and dance.” De Roche teaches a course called “Immigrant Experience,” where during the first week of October they will be discussing Latino emigration. She encouraged her students to come to the event before they learned about the Latino emigration. “I did see some of my students here,” De Roche said. Jennifer Grillo, a sophomore, said she loved the food. “It was a lot better than the cafeteria’s food,” Grillo said. “The tacos, especially the bean tacos, were my favorite.” The event was sponsored by Black Student Union (BSU), and was used as a recruitment event for Alpha Phi Omega (APO). “I came because of APO, but I think we need more events like this on campus,” Grillo said. Zumba instructor Casie Lucas taught an additional Zumba course at the event, to more than 20 students enjoying the Latin music and dancing. “I did dance a tad bit,” said Michael Streeter, BSU treasurer. “It was challenging, but I had a good time.” D.J. Carl Obeng played the music. “The music gets people on their feet,” Streeter said. “I would consider having it on my iPod.” Streeter said he tried some of the food. Tamales were his favorite. “The Latin heritage event was fun and culturally new,” he said. Streeter said he hoped others will join BSU events like this in the future. “I would encourage anyone who didn’t get the pleasure to go this year, to catch it next year and please be on the lookout for the next BSU event coming soon,” he said.


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Junior Heather Payne takes part in the Remembrance ceremony, which also included beverages and cookies.

“It started coming down,” he said. “We ran just there. The building just came down.” Students recalled how worried they were about their families at the time. “My father worked in Manhattan, and was close to where it happened,” said senior Raven Nowell. Magazines, books and a photomontage were also on display for students and faculty to view. Dr. Mike Nielsen, chair of Wesley’s Media Arts department, played an original harp composition, “Falling and Rising to the Occasion,” to honor those impacted by the event event. While he played, professors and students viewed the photomontage behind him. Although he could not attend the opening of the exhibit he created, Joe Mullan, the exhibit designer and coordinator and an adjunct professor of photography, intended for the exhibit The Whetstone / Cochise Lucas to show the devastation of that day and to help the viewer see it from the eyes of the photoThe display for the 9/11 Remembrance event was set up in the library with journalist. “This display really lets you in on what hap- magazines from the time of the event, as well as photos of the day. pened that day,” said junior Tanyetta Sanders. “Granted you see photos on the news, but being able to look at the photos up close gives you a clearer vision of the magnitude of this destruction.”

Honors Program Triples in Size

BSU Presents “On the Down Low” By Lamesha Green The Whetstone

By Melissa Boyd The Whetstone The Honors Program has tripled in new student involvement this year, from 9 new students in 2010, to 27 in 2011. “We had discussions, screening [of applications],” said Dr. Jeffrey Gibson, who heads the program. “During orientation, we sat down and told them of the program and solicited their applications [to the school].” Mary Alice Ozechoski, dean of students, and Laura Schron, admission’s counselor and Honors liaison, also aided in recruitment. Requirements for the program include four interdisciplinary seminars, and upper level classes require a 2-part research paper and thesis. Incoming freshman who join the program must have had at least a high school GPA of 3.3 and an SAT of 1400. Current students need a 3.0 GPA. Essays and letters of recommendation for freshman or current students are also taken into consideration. “The misconception is that students can’t join once they’re here, but they actually can,” Gibson said. “We have at least two new [additions] that are current students.” Recruitment involved talking to dozens of students, Gibson said. The program accepted 27, and 24 entered the program. “There were a couple who were accepted into the program, also, that didn’t come to Wesley,” Gibson said. Gibson said there were retention problems with the program, too. “Plenty of students are interested and capable of the program,” he said. “Now we need to keep them.” Gibson is pleased with the increase in students joining the program. “It’s an enriching opportunity for them, as it is for the college,” he said. “We hope that the increase is a signal of the increase in quality and academic proficiency of the students in general at the college.” Schron said the number of students enrolled in the Honors Program has doubled. “It’s the largest amount in Wesley History up to date,” Schron said. Previously, Wesley recruited potential Honors Program students by screening applications with a 3.5 GPA and an SAT score of 1700. “Just because you’re not Harvard material on the SATs doesn’t mean you’re not qualified for

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an Honors curriculum,” Schron said. “I feel as though that kind of screening definitely helped increase the numbers for the Honors classes as well.” Last year, 14 Honors Program students also received scholarships at Founder’s Day, solely for being involved in the program. Schron said she thinks this helped a lot, also. Melissa Savin, a sophomore who joined the program last year, said she is happy she joined the program last year. “The courses within it [the program] are very interesting,” she said. “They allow us to think about things in a different way and consider what we believe in and why.” Savin also said she is glad the Honors Program is expanding. “Screening for new people is a good idea,” Savin said. “Hopefully this will help to add to the group since it’s so small.” Savin said the experience as a whole has been enriching. “More students should be given this opportunity,” she said.

They’re no longer kept in the closet. On Aug 31, Wesley College BSU (Black Student Union) presented its first event of the semester “On The Down Low,” dealing with homosexuality in today’s society. “We want students to make a change at Wesley,” said BSU president Keeyana Talley. “And we want them to be the change. Sometimes it takes a controversial topic to bring people out to an event like this.” Talley said people need to put themselves in another person’s shoes. “You never know someone else’s story,” Talley said. And you need to know how another person thinks of herself, said Brittney Anthony, BSU secretary. “The feelings within a person can label them as a gay or bisexual man or woman,” she said. “Because only they really know who they are.” Other students said sexual preference is often beside the point. “You don’t fall in love with the gender, you fall in love with the person,” said freshman Joey Rosario. Homophobia is cruel, other students said. “It’s selfish for society to put gays in a pocket,” said junior Bianca Bailey. “People are just plain cruel. Since you’re not in their shoes, then you basically have no right to bash someone’s sexuality.” Women and gay celebrities seem to be more accepted in media, said BSU treasurer Mike Streeter. “The media downplays being gay,” he said. “It’s really only socially accepted if you’re a [successful gay] woman or man such as Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, and Elton John.” “Being socially accepted by society is harder now for gay and bisexual men and women because of ignorance,” said senior Carllistus Obeng. “Feeling uncomfortable about attending an event like this is OK, but if you didn’t want to come because you’re against homosexuality, then you need to change your state of mind to at least seeing it almost everywhere because it’s the 21st century.” The next BSU special event, “My Black Is Beautiful,” will be held Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in CC 211.


September 2011


Paraprofessional Staff Joins Camp Saginaw Leadership Retreat

By Morgan McCann The Whetstone As in recent years, the Student Life Office and new students took a trip to Camp Saginaw in Oxford, Pa. This weekend trip is a leadership retreat, aimed toward team building and learning leadership qualities. This year, in addition to new students, orientation leaders and RA’s, paraprofessional staff from the Underground, the Student Life office, the Malmberg Gym and Intramurals attended. The paraprofessional staffs were required to go and their expenses were paid for. They also participated in different activities than new students because they were training. Sara Smith, director of student activities, said the paraprofessionals took part in sessions on diversity, retention of students and customer service. “All so they can serve the student population to the best of their ability,” Smith said. Mary Alice Ozechoski, Dean of Students, said students who have participated in Camp Saginaw have been proven to be better leaders in the future and have better grades in classes at Wesley. Khalil Norris-Jemmott, an RA and intramural leader, was a part of the paraprofessional group. This year was his third at Saginaw. “It helped me realize that we’re here to serve the students,” he said. While paraprofessionals took part in their training sessions, new students participated in the ropes course and Jacktivities, which were geared to help with team building. The goal is for new students to develop leadership team skills. New student Tito Kromah enjoyed getting to know new people and had a good time with everyone. “I’m more focused and feel like a better leader,” he said. All students and staff listened to motivational speaker Aric Bostick talk about his life experiences. He taught everyone that you should set goals, strive to live your dreams, and live a positive life everyday. “The speaker really stuck to me,” Kromah said. Many students said the activities that took place during the events of the weekend helped improve their leadership skills. Alex Broadway, freshman, said her favorite activities included the ropes course and the trust wall. “It really helped us all become closer and unite as a team,” she said. “Working with a group of people is something a leader needs to be able to do.”

Wesley unable to fund solar energy

By Emily Pruna Whetstone Contributor Although solar energy has saved many schools across the country thousands of dollars, Wesley College’s buildings are not ideal to efficiently hold solar panels to save money, said Dr. Bruce Allison, professor of environmental science. “In order to have enough power to be independent,” he said, “there would need to be a bank of solar cells that takes up a large footprint.” Effective solar panels need slanting south-facing roofs, which the college doesn’t have, he said. The college also is shaded by many lush trees, and a solar bank on the ground would require a lot of ground space, which Wesley also does not have. “The challenge is finding space,” Allison said. “We’re really hemmed in here, and there just aren’t good spots.” But Allison and Dr. Jeff Mask, both of whom are teaching a class about environmental sustainability, said the college would do well in the long run by investing in solar energy. “Solar energy is a good investment that pays for itself,” Mask said. His and Allison’s class explores the ethical implications of conserving energy. One of the projects in the class involves finding out how much each of their students wastes in electricity and resources. Students applied that rate to the other 6.5 billion people on the earth. If everyone else used the same amount of energy as some of the students in the class, the human race would need five earth-type planets. “After that project, those of us who only took up four planets felt pretty good about themselves, but that’s still pretty bad,” Mask said. Allison is also head of Wesley’s Ecology Club, which advocates for recycling, environmental literacy and analysis of other ways Wesley can contribute to the environment. Allison said that before Wesley is ready to consider something like solar panels, the college needs to do a feasibility study to see if the campus would be able to do it. “If we had the resources or could find grants to support us we would invest in solar energy,” Wesley College President William Johnston said. “Solar power right now would be very cost-prohibitive without a grant.” Both Johnston and Allison are excited about the upcoming project the ecology club plans on doing later this year: a rain garden meant to preserve and filter rainwater. “Some people don’t stop to think about the consequences of wasting resources,” Allison said. “And some people just don’t know.”

“If we had the resources or could find grants to support us, we would invest in solar energy.” -President William Johnston

Left: Kevin Magini, junior, climbs the Sagniaw rock wall Right: Cindy Correia and Christopher Fucetola join with the others in participating in the group orientation

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Left: Korey Thompson practices his goodwill by dishing out portions to his fellow students, including Khalil Norris-Jemmott

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Wesley pool permanently closed By Shannon Perry The Whetstone The pool at Wesley College has closed permanently. “It was having way too many maintenance issues so it became necessary to shut it down,” said Eric Nelson, Vice President of finance and Director of human resources. Nelson said in the future he and a group of colleagues will be looking for another use for the area. “The exact timing of the change, though, cannot be predicted,” he said. Nelson said the pool was first closed in 2009 when someone complained about the water. The pH and chlorine-correcting chemicals were added to the water to correct the issue, but ended up making the water turn different colors. “We decided rather than to continue to try to correct the chemical levels for the ever-changing water coming from the city

tap, we would shut it down,” Nelson said. Students that came to Wesley after the pool was closed were disappointed. “I never got the opportunity to swim in the pool,” said junior Taylor Hendricks. There has been debate over whether the reason for the pool shutdown had to do with Wesley’s inability to treat the water properly or if the low student turn out rate in past years caused the decision. “Well, I mean cost-wise, if it’s not being used, I understand, but I think people would’ve shown more interest in the pool if it was more publicized that it was actually there,” Hendricks said. Students are also suggesting potential alternate uses for that area. “I would love to see that space used for physical activities like kickboxing and yoga,” said senior Raven Nowell.

Nothing but dirt remains at the site of where Wesley’s pool use to be.

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September 2011

Who’s New at Wesley?

Students optimistic about new alcohol coordinator: Caress Roach By Shannon Perry The Whetstone Dover native Caress Roach has great things planned for students at Wesley this semester as Wesley’s new Alcohol Education Coordinator. “I will be advising a couple of groups this year and also starting a new peer education program,” Roach said. “I don’t tell people not to drink, but to drink responsibly.” Roach’s position is new at Wesley. She plans to raise awareness about the effects and dangers of alcohol. She also plans to start a peer education group called Student Advocates for Educating Wesley (S.A.F.E Wesley), which will be a peer-based education group where students can gain knowledge of responsible alcohol use from other peers. Roach is also responsible for directing the mandatory alcohol education course to those students who violate the alcohol policy for the first time. She plans to stay in touch with those students even after the course. “We can continue a regular relationship where I’m able to positively influence their decisions when it comes to alcohol and anything else I can provide,” she said. If a student feels like they need to talk to someone about alcohol or feel like they have a problem, Roach is the person they can go to. Students can locate Roach in the Wellness Center for any information about her future educating

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groups. “I can talk to the student about it first to really determine what the problem is and then we can move forward from there,” Roach said. Her presence on campus has already made a positive impact on students around campus. “Programs she will coordinate will give students opportunities to have fun in ways that do not involve alcohol consumption,” said junior Arielle Suggs. “I do think that it is very important that Wesley consistently makes the effort to educate students on how to drink responsibly.” Tanyetta Sanders, a junior, agrees with Suggs. “I feel like she will be helpful to those who definitely need help,” Sanders said. “But it is also a matter of people actually coming to her for help.”

Coming back East: Patricia Sherblom

She loves it more than seafood. Patricia Sherblom, Wesley’s new physical and teacher education teacher has an even greater passion for teaching Physical Education and Coaching than her love for fish. Originally from Tiverton, R.I., , Sherblom has traveled the world- studying at the US International University San Diego, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she earned her MA, BA, and Ph.D degrees. Following graduation, Sherblom coached cross country for three years and taught in Arizona. She later was The Whetstone / Cochise Lucas appointed athletic director and Physical Education chair to the Navajo Indian tribe. By 1995, she moved to Texas, where she taught for 16 years. Feeling a little homesick, Sherblom looked into possible job opportunities back home. “When I was teaching in Texas, I wanted to come a little closer to home,” she said. “So I looked at PE program courses on the east coast.” Sherblom not only missed her hometown, she missed her favorite food. “I grew up on the beach,” she said. “And when I moved out to the west coast, it was really hard to find good seafood.” Sherblom landed 5 interviews. “Out of the five interviews, I was offered four jobs,” she said. “But I chose Wesley College mainly because of the quality of the faculty and size of the school.” Sherblom wants to see her students succeed and becoming role models. “Role modeling is all that comes into becoming a teacher,” she said. “Physical Education teachers are role models to their students.” It’s not always just fun and games. “What we teach is fun,” she said. “So often students either love us or don’t like us.” Many students so far are impressed. “She’s a very easy going teacher,” said senior Mike Asiedu. “[She] really makes the work more interesting and fun.” Sherblom teaches Effective Methods in Physical Education, Tests and Measures in Physical Education, and a student teaching seminar for Physical Education K-12 students.

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Valerie Perez: Hoping to interest students at Wesley in forensic psychology

By Morgan McCann The Whetstone When Wesley’s new psychology professor Valerie Perez started teaching at Florida International University, dozens of students flooded the auditoriums where she lectured. Now, her classes include no more than a fraction of what she’s taught before. “I like being able to see my students around campus,” said Perez, who feels more comfortable with the smaller class setting and likes being close to her students. Perez can be found in her first floor Budd Hall office, where she prepares for her classes, which include Intro to Psychology and History and Systems of Psychology courses. “I think she is a great professor,” said Michelle Edwards, a freshman. “With both of us being new to Wesley, I think it is great in a way.” Edwards said she likes the way Perez teaches. “I’m excited to learn a lot this semester,” Edwards said. Perez earned all of her degrees at Florida International University, including a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Master’s of Science and Ph.D in Legal Psychology. She also taught at a community college. Originally, Perez wanted to become a counselor, but her research in college led her toward studying legal psychology. She hopes she can inspire students to become interested in studying forensic and legal psychology. Forensic psychology is the application of psychology to legal matters in a court of law while legal psychology takes social and mental theories and principles and applies them to legal issues. At FIU, she conducted research outside of the classroom and with her students. Her research explores contemporary issues in psychology and law, including jury decision making and lie detection. Specific topics that she is interested in are cognitive strategies of liars and truth tellers, deception detection, perceived dangerousness, the insanity defense, and criminal sentencing. She said she wants to continue doing research at Wesley after she gets adjusted to the school and community. Another student, Meghan Fersch, enjoys Perez’s PowerPoint presentations. “They are very descriptive and she The Whetstone / Cochise Lucas elaborates on each slide by using real life scenarios,” Fersch said. “It really helps us to grab the concept.”

Cynthia Newton hopes to make her mark in the political science dept. By Demetrius Trisvan Whetstone Contributor Q: How is your first year going? Cynthia Newton: First year is going very well, I feel very welcomed. The students are awesome, and the faculty is really supportive. When the hurricane came, people offered to help. Very nice. Q: How far do you live from campus? CN: South Dover. I wanted to be close to campus. Q: Where did you go to school, and for what? CN: I got my Ph.D. at Northeastern University, in Boston (Mass.) with a degree in Public Internal Affairs, and a degree in Public Policy as well as Political Science. Q: Who and what inspired you to be a teacher? CN: I have always wanted to be a teacher, so I got my Masters in Public Relations, then became very interested in Public Policy. Q: Who inspired you in life? CN: Different people in different contexts; mainly my grandfather. He helped me foster a love of reading and learning. He passed away when I was a teenager. The Whetstone / Melissa Boyd

Q: What’s up with the dreadlocks, and how do they embody who you are? CN: I think it shows that I am comfortable with who I am, and that there is a comfortable and spiritual side of me. I’m comfortable being me. Q: What are your goals for the semester? CN: Make it until May. But really to bring my imprint to the political science program and complement and match the work that Dr. Armstrong has laid down. Oh, and be able to find my way around. Q: What type of car do you drive? CN: A Volkswagen. I drive like a Bostonian. Q: You call yourself a Bostonian? CN: That would be more polite than calling myself a Masshole. Q: How is Massachusetts? CN: There are a few places to hang out. It’s got a lot of diversity, and if you’re not scared to walk, you can get around the whole town. I love it. Q: What type of shoes do you like? CN: Creepers, BK’s, something with a classic rock look. Q: What type of music do you listen to? CN: Buju Banton- who’s is an original Jamaican dance hall artist. Q: What is your motto you tell all your students on the first day? CN: Don’t mistake the informal nature of my class for being easy. I make all of my students work hard.



What’s hiding under your bed? By Tristin Burris Whetstone Contributor

Last year when Tori Dunbar was a freshman, the Malmberg room in which she and her three roommates lived was infested with bedbugs. She called maintenance. “First, they inspected the room and told us who in the room actually had bed bugs,” Dunbar said. It was one of her roommates. The college asked her and her roommates to wipe down every bed frame with a bleach solution, pull the furniture away from the walls. “It took forever,” she said. “We were told if we didn’t do everything on the list that was given to us then the bugs might come back – so we did everything.” It wasn’t enough. They came back. Like hotel rooms, college dorms are one of the most common places to find bedbugs, and Wesley College is no exception. There already have been four confirmed cases of bedbugs affecting students so far this semester, and they have all been in the same dormitory: Malmberg. College officials said there are one to two cases of bedbugs per semester. Last year alone, there were about six instances. The number is large enough to cause concern among some students, especially since this year’s number is already close to last year’s. Bedbugs are parasites that feed on a host, typically a human. They are reddish brown, oval shaped and flat. They are about the size of an apple seed. Kevin Hansbury, serving his fourth year as director of residence life, said that rumors have been spreading throughout the campus and he would like to set the record straight.

“It is an epidemic on college campuses nationally, but not on this campus,” he said. “Wesley has been very fortunate.” However, each confirmed case is extremely stressful for the students involved and their families, he said. Dunbar said after the first cleaning, the bedbugs came back after they returned from Christmas break. They had to clean all over again. “After the second extermination, we thought we were OK until the end of the year, but apparently, we still had them,” she said. “We kept getting allergic reactions (hives) all over, which the bugs can give off just by being near them, and now the room has them again this year.” Although Dunbar was never bitten by the bugs, she says she is thankful they switched rooms this year. Hansbury said it was unusual for the bugs to return. “Once a case is confirmed, typically one treatment is enough, but very rarely it will require two treatments,” Hansbury said. This semester, three of the four cases in Malmberg were successfully tackled with one treatment, he said, and the bugs were cleared. For the fourth case, however, one treatment didn’t work, so special arrangements have been made to have the room sprayed again. It’s Dunbar’s old room. “That room still has bugs,” she said. “I heard that room was exterminated again, at least once since school started, but even after the girls went back in, they found live bugs crawling around. I know one of the girls who moved in after us, and she said


September 2011

Linda De Roche: Always Learning

By Antonio Gary Whetstone Contributor Q: Where were you born and raised? Linda De Roche: I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. I lived there half of my adult life. Q: Where did you go to school and what was your major? LR: I attended Ball State in Muncie Indiana where I obtained my Bachelor’s. I went to back to South Bend to attend Notre Dame. Q: Can you credit your teaching style to a former teacher of yours? LR: Dr. Tremor was the first professor of my first class at Ball State University. He was a young professor, but he was Photo Illustration created by Cochise Lucas still my mentor. We’re still friends and we see each other at “We were told if we didn’t do everyprofessional gatherings. My Notre Dame Thesis director was thing on the list that was given to us a model of intellectual vigor and rigor. He helped make me a the bugs might come back - so we did better writer. everything.” Q: How difficult was the transition from student to teacher? -Tori Dunbar LR: The transition was tough because I was still a graduate assistant. I never taught before and I was thrown into the class her and her roommates had to leave it room. I planned a lecture which would last the entire 50 minwas so bad.” utes of the course, but only lasted 20 minutes. I then learned Amanda Kinkade, serving her fourth to slow down my lectures and ask different questions to get year as resident director in Zimmerman students to participate. Hall, said “It’s important to note that Q: How long have you been teaching? there have not been complaints of bedLR: 30 years. bugs every semester.” Q: What have you accomplished here at Wesley College? Hansbury said the bugs typically live LR: I helped develop the English major here. Before I came, in mattresses, bed frames, furniture, elec- there wasn’t an English major. In the early stages of my career, trical outlets, and even hide in electronI taught mostly composition courses, but I later developed ics, which is why everything needs to be Foreign Film, a Special Topics course. cleaned thoroughly. Q: What do you normally teach? “Our facilities department does follow LR: I normally teach American Lit Survey, a short story up on all cases to make sure the problem course, and foreign film masters. is alleviated,” he said. “We try our best to Q: What is your favorite course to teach? offer students alternative room arrangeLR: American Lit Survey because I get to introduce students ments either temporarily or permanently. to different writers. I hope they find someone they like which We don’t want them to be uncomfortgets them to read and write more. able.” Q: What inspired you to go in this field? Hansbury said if students suspect a LR: My mother constantly gave me books to read and she problem, they should call residence life inspired me the most besides my professors. I also was the and the facilities department will imoldest of six siblings so I was always teaching them how to do mediately inspect and make an informed something like tie their shoes. decision. Q: Did you always want to be a teacher? Students may also go to the health LR: I always felt I would I be a teacher. I wanted to teach center, located on the ground floor of high school but was disappointed with my education teachers. Carpenter Hall, if they have any bites I then decided I would teach college. they want checked out. Q: What is the favorite part of your job? LR: My favorite part of the job is keeping it fresh. When I see students have learned something or I affected their lives in some way, it’s satisfying. Q: What would you recommend for someone interested in becoming a teacher? LR: Know your subject and be excited. My best professors knew their subjects and they helped influence students. General  Location   Q: If you weren’t teaching, where would you see yourself? Gooding  Hall,  Carpenter  Hall,  Williams   LR: I used to want to be an archeologist, but now I see myHall,  College  Center,  Roe  Hall,   self writing nonfiction. Zimmerman  Hall,  Malmberg  Hall     Q: If you could change one thing about your teaching what Campus  Grounds,  Zimmerman  Hall,   would it be? Carpenter  Hall   LR: One thing I would change is making work more interactive. I’m trying to develop some strategies because I don’t Roe  Hall,  Williams  Hall,  Zimmerman   agree completely with group work. Hall  

September Crime Log

Nature of  Crime/Classification   22  Failures  to  Comply   3  Fights/  Assaults  

6 Alcohol  Violations  

1 Public  Urination   3  Disorderly  Conducts  

5 Trespassers/Suspicious  Persons  

3 Thefts   2  Guest  Misconducts   5  Noise  Violations   1  Vandalism  

Roe Hall   Basketball  Court,  Roe  Hall,  Malmberg   Hall   Campus  Grounds,  Cecil  &  Bradford   Streets,  College  Center,  South  Circle   Malmberg  Hall,  Gooding  Hall,  Dulany   Malmberg  Hall,  Roe  Hall   Zimmerman  Hall   Parking  Lot  D  

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“I helped develop the English major here. Before I came, there wasn’t an English major. In the early stages of my career, I taught mostly composition courses, but I later developed Foreign Film, a Special Topics course.” -Linda De Roche


September 2011

Opinion I define me By Melissa Boyd The Whetstone

It’s an amazing thing when you can finally imagine yourself in the future. Five years ago, as a freshman in high school, I really thought I knew what I wanted. I had these plans, and it’s funny how those plans changed so drastically in such a short time period at Wesley. I used to want to be a doctor, and I didn’t really want much of a family life. I used to always say, “Yeah, I want kids, but I don’t want the husband,” which obviously doesn’t work out too well. I was pretty serious about grades, and numbers really meant the world to me – whether it was those on a weight scale, a grading scale, or whatever – those numbers meant a lot to me. They almost defined me. One year at Wesley and I define me, not a set of numbers. During that year, a lot happened to me in the way of personal growth. I stopped the “boy-toy” dating game where I dated a new guy every other month, and settled down with an amazing boyfriend with whom I’ve now spent more than a year and will continue to be with him. I changed my major to something I truly enjoy and can envision myself doing for the rest of my life: education. I learned that although I spend $20,000 each year to go to Wesley, the courses and textbooks aren’t the only things that college teaches. I’ve had education professors teach me that a student isn’t a number – yes, there are grades. But tests don’t define whether a student is “smart,” especially not in a young, developing child. I’ve now physically seen how teachers use class participation rather than a test grade to define them academically, both in my college courses, as well as in my middle school observation. While I was walking to class one day, I kept thinking about those “learning moments” I learned about the other day, and I

Students on Campus


By Cochise Lucas The Whetstone

Natural Disasters: What were you doing?

“I was sitting in my room at my desk, and all of a sudden, everything started shaking. I didn’t realize it was an earthquake, until my mom told me. I never experienced an earthquake. For the hurricane, I just prepared properly. We brought everything from outside. Got flashlights and food. I was scared a little, but not really. I knew Dover wasn’t going to get hit as hard as everywhere else.” – Junior Caitlin Grinstead

was The Whetstone / Cochise Lucas thinking about how I would want to teach my class by showing my students, not by telling them. In my class, our learning moment was seeing the crane work outside of our window. The crane was distracting, even for college students, and we were focused more on the crane than the lesson. Our professor used that time to show us that sometimes teachers need to take a little time out of the lesson and bring the classroom down to earth. I recently saw a squirrel carrying its baby across the street. That would be an example of when I would let my students stop working to see nature in its real state, rather than making them work on their assignments nonstop. They would learn by seeing how a squirrel cares for its children, rather than reading about squirrels and their babies in the classroom setting. I see myself in the front of a classroom one day, maybe not quite yet, but someday I can actually see it. I can see things I want to incorporate in my class, and things I do not. I see myself with a husband and kids, a career that I enjoy, and all of the dreams I had slowly let slip away as I got so contaminated with my only goal being a 4.0 GPA. I see myself as a person, not a set of numbers.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: I would like to thank Wesley College for hosting the Camp Invention program this summer. Camp Invention is tackling our country's innovation deficit by encouraging exploration and curiosity in our youth and developing 21st century learning skills, such as creativity, teamwork, and critical thinking. Local elementary students joined over 76,000 students nationwide in exciting hands-on STEM activities at the campus. They were challenged to solve a variety of problems using science, technology, engineering, and math concepts that they learned throughout the week. I especially want to thank camp director, Julieann Giannone, for her talented local teaching staff and counselors, and the creative students in the Dover area for their exceptional work. Sincerely, Susan Z. Clarke, Regional Coordinator for Camp Invention

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“I was sitting on my bed and it scared me. I thought it was the washer. My pictures and stuff were falling. We checked the news and we found out about it. Nothing really happened during the hurricane, other than a lot of wind and rain and a part of our fence falling down. It wasn’t a bad experience. We had some tornadoes touch down close to us so we just stayed in our basement. I think the whole week was crazy- you know how they talk about the world is going to end.” – Freshman Kylie May Allen The Whetstone / Cochise Lucas

“I was in the dining hall getting a plate of food; everything felt different. Everything started to shake. I thought it was me. I thought I was losing my mind. For the hurricane, I stayed here on campus. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.” – Freshman Sosthene Kaeepula

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“I was actually play video games in my rocking chair and I stumbled out of it. I thought the building was falling down. It was swaying back and forth, so I ran outside with everyone else. I stayed here for the hurricane. I walked around a little bit actually. I was glad I was here and not in North Carolina.” – Sophomore Josh Grande The Whetstone / Cochise Lucas

“I was actually in the library and the desk started to move while I was printing something out. I screamed out and started walking out of the library outside where everyone was. It was more awkward than anything. The hurricane wasn’t that bad. I went home to Jersey and we bought a bunch of food. Everywhere was sold out. I was concerned because I didn’t know what to expect but I feel fortunate that nothing did happen.” – Senior Ciaraa Sharp

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“I was at Chipotle when it happened. I just looked around to see if anything was falling, the big Dover Downs’ sign was rocking back and forth. I didn’t think any harm would come. I just waited and called my family to see if they were OK. For the hurricane, I went home to Sussex County and we didn’t experience much. It was just like another rainy day. I wasn’t too nervous because of where we were. And also my dad is a paramedic, so we were obtaining all the information.” – Sophomore Thomas Jefferson The Whetstone / Cochise Lucas


September 2010


Sports & Fitness New fitness programs on campus By Lamesha Green The Whetstone

There are some new ways to stay fit on campus. Free for all Wesley students to attend during the week are Zumba, yoga, kick boxing and group fitness exercise classes located in the dance studio. Students enjoyed the music-blasting, Latin theme dance party – also known as Zumba. “The Zumba dance class here at Wesley has an upbeat mentality,” said freshman Rebecca Muniz. “And the teacher was very energetic in making everyone get involved.” Negative student expectations were proven wrong. “I thought the Zumba fitness exercise class would involve a lot of running,” said Muniz. “But to my surprise, Zumba had little to do with running and was actually a lot of fun.” Only two students showed up to the kick boxing class. “The new kick boxing class was intense yet fun,” said senior Ashley Guillen. “I got a pretty good workout being that I was one of the two people that showed up.” Yoga is back and this time with a new instructor. “The new yoga instructor is very interactive with her students,” said senior Princess Gobah. “She makes sure students are practicing the correct posture.” “Overall I enjoy yoga,” said senior Ebony Frazier. “It helps me increase my flexibility and release constant stress.” Yoga exercise classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays, from at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Zumba meets on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Group Fitness exercise classes are held Tuesdays and Fridays, from 12:15-1 p.m. Kick boxing exercise classes are held Tuesdays, from 4:30-5:30 p.m., and Thursdays, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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Sophomore Samantha Lyon Wesley vs. Goucher college

Stacie McClintock takes Jasmine Burrus, Jordan Gendrachi, Jasmine Belcher and Ashley Zambrana through planking exercises

Butt, Guts and Thighs: There is no room for tired in this fitness class. Instructor Stacie McClintock takes Jasmine Burrus, Jordan Gendrachi, Jasmine Belcher and Ashley Zambrana through stretching warm-ups.

Field hockey kicks off season with a win

By Rebecca Connor The Whetstone Wesley scored eight goals Sept. 5 to defeat Virginia Wesleyan College, which couldn’t get any. Wesley repeatedly blocked and stole the ball from Wesleyan, giving Wesleyan little opportunity to score. During the first half of the game, Wesley scored four goals by Danielle Tearl, Sheree Pleasanton, Abigail Hill and Gracie Daniels. During the second half, Rachel Joyner The Whetstone / Rebecca Connor received a penalty stroke. That wasn’t a loss for the team, howWesley vs. Weslyan ever, because of the number of goals they had gotten. In those 35 minutes, Wesley scored another four goals by Madison Leone, including Pleasanton and Devin Price. Tenaj Moody, freshman, played midfield for the first time this game. “This was the first time in seven years that I haven’t played defense,” Moody said. Moody said college hockey is different from high school. “Much faster-paced and more competitive,” she said. Coach Tracey Short was proud about how the girls played. “There’s a lot of freshmen talent this year,” Short said. “The girls are really starting to gel with one another.” Although the game went well, Wesley still had some challenges facing Wesleyan. “At times the girls would go to the left and do a quick fake, then switch to the left,” Pleasanton said.

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Women’s soccer team already has more wins than all of last year By Jessica Barranco The Whetstone After just five games, Wesley’s women’s soccer team has posted more wins than it did all of last year, when the team recorded a 3-13-1 record. Senior captain Kim Fearnbach maintained her scoring prowess by leading the team this season with five goals, followed by Mia Brocco who has scored four. Junior goalkeeper Sydney Kahan is keeping the team in the games with 47 saves on the season and allowing only six goals. The Wolverines played their first conference game on Sept. 24, losing to the Mary Washington Eagles, 2-1. ACROSS 1. “The Simpsons” cartoonist Groening 5. Send-up 10. Stand the test of time 14. Farm unit 15. ’96 presidential candidate Alexander 16. Soothing plant gel 17. Photographer’s favorite dessert? 19. Homey rooms 20. “_____ Haw” 21. Marina feature 22. Most demure 24. Jobs for musicians 25. Person with a big white hat 26. Bebe’s “Frasier” and “Cheers” role 29. Ingenious

Despite the loss, the Wolverines have a 5-3 record. The team started off its season with a 4-2 win over the Gwynedd Mercy Griffins. Last year when the Wolverines played the Griffins, the game ended in a 0-0 tie. This year, the girls took the game away from the beginning with freshman Kelly Edmunds scoring in the fourteenth minute with an assist by last year’s leading scorer Fearnbach. “After the first goal went in, I was really excited because we scored so early in the game,” said sophomore starting devices 33. Illogical 24. Coffee nickname 35. of the above 36. Fake coin 37. ____stone (unchangeable) 38. Egg on 39. French papa 40. Ready an orange 41. Annoy 42. George Lucas movie 44. More difficult 45. Rules out 46. Belfry residents 47. Come up after a dive 50. Kind of package 51. Wall-bracket shape 54. Enthusiastic

review 55. Umpire’s favorite dessert? 58. Brainchild 59. Greek letters 60. Dirty bathtub’s trait 61. Pocket protector wearer, in stereotypes 62. Watering hole items 63. Big diamonds DOWN 1. Jet speed unit 2. Aerobics class reminder 3. “But only God can make a ____” (Kilmer) 4. Tiger’s platform 5. Santa’s ride 6. Walks the floor 7. Sharif or Bradley 8. “Mighty” fine

midfielder Sam Lyon. The Wolverines were not content with a 1-0 lead so Mia Brocco, a junior off the bench, scored with 17 minutes left in the half. The assist came from Lyon. Two more goals for each team led the Wolverines to a final score of 4-2 in their at-home season opener. From the first game, sophomore defender Sam Barker was impressed with the positive direction the team was taking. “It was a great feeling [winning] because it showed that the past is the past and we have a bright future ahead of us,” she said. home for a squirrel? 9. Undergrad 10. Manicurist’s favorite dessert? 11. Aweather’s opposite 12. Your brothers, to your father 13. Kind of pilot 18. Bitter ill will 23. Adjustable dress feature 24. Ms. Roger’s favorite dessert? 25. Type of servant or engineer 26. Speech impediments 27. Cove 28. Airport areas 30. Sounded like a pigeon 31. Ne’er-do-well 32. Jewish feast 34. Greetings for the villain

37. Barbeque shack snack 41. Mater’s partner 43. Droll one 44. Bother 46. Cartoon elephant 47. Land of leprechauns 48. –to-order (custom) 49. “Be it ____ so humble” 50. Baby-faced 51. Grandiose 52. “Walk the _____” (2005 biopic) 53. Betty Grable’s were insured 56. Agricultural tool 57. Garment with underwire

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