November 7, 2012 • Issue 8 •
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The Citizens of the United States of America have voted for the 56th time, and the President is...
Story by Maggi Quigley ‘15 & Sarvani Ramcharran ‘15
Major news corporations such as CNN, Fox News, NBC News, and NPR News have named Barack Obama as the winner of the 2012 Presidential Election. At 12:51 a.m., the Associated Press reported that Republican Nominee Mitt Romney conceded to Obama in a phone call and Romney later made a public speech conceding the race, giving best wishes to President Obama, his family and his daughters. At press time (1 a.m.) on Wednesday, November 7, Obama led by a sizable margin in the Electoral College, leading with 303 votes to 206. The popular vote, however, still remains in Romney’s court, by a margin of about 200,000 people according to CNN. Closer to home, Clark County’s votes have not been accounted for, adding momentum to Ohio’s swing. According to a poll run at the Political Science and Student Involvement election party held on Nov. 6 in the CDR, support for Obama averaged at 79 percent before midnight. For his supporters, the projected victory is meaningful in a number of ways. For junior Brandon Pytel, who “has never been rich or anywhere near rich,” Obama was the more relatable candidate, representing the middle class. Similar sentiments were shared by junior Keri Good, whose family was relieved of the strain of piling medical bills thanks to “Obamacare”. While social issues have certainly been at the forefront this campaign season, students are clearly also concerned with the state of their economy. Some students were less passionate about Obama’s plans to move forward, but still considered him the more viable candidate. Senior Adam Schueler explained that he chose “the lesser of two evils,” because “(Obama’s) policy choices support the most Americans,” and because “he is more concerned with real issues than Romney.” Obama received support from non-native students as well. Freshman JP Holliday, a Canadian citizen, appreciates “his secular approach to government,” and disagrees with Romney’s “use of religion as a tool to get elected.” Although votes are still being counted, and the chance of other race result adjustments are still possible across Ohio, this Presidential Election, conceded by Romney, is one for the books. (Photo courtesy of Obama for America)
Raging Storm to Gentle Breeze Wittenberg’s Post-Election Political Climate Keri Heath ‘16 Staff Writer
This year’s election season gathered much attention from the students of Wittenberg University. However, with the presidential campaigns at their end, many wonder if this increased political interest will continue on campus. While some students feel optimistic about the future levels of student interest, others suspect that the world of politics will be largely forgotten after the presidential election. “Everyone will forget about it (politics) afterwards,” said Emily Duderstadt, Class of 2016, “and no one’s even that big on it now.” Wittenberg’s campus reflects a national trend. The Presidency Project reports that although voter registration has increased since 1960, voter turnout for presidential elections has dropped from 62.77 percent to 57.48 percent. The numbers for local elections are even lower, as many voters concentrate only on the presidential races. When asked about the political climate of campus, freshman Nattasha Nelson said, “I think most people assume to either ignore the whole thing
or respect everyone’s views.” President of the Wittenberg Campus Democrats Trevor Brown, insists that his organization will continue to be active after the presidential election concludes. The group reports that they registered 20 percent of campus to vote this semester. They plan to continue advocating political involvement and pushing for students to register to vote in order to increase their impact on campus. Meetings and information sessions that the group plans on hosting also will serve as resources that students can use to stay involved in politics. “Right now I feel like we’re at a peak and climax of interest,” said Brown. “Election Day will be the Super Bowl of the political season and I think after Election Day interest will decline considerably. But I think that’s also an indicator of politics in our society as a whole and I don’t see Wittenberg as a negative or positive exception.” According to Brown, there are many resources available for students who wish to remain politically active after the presidential campaign. Aside from the Wittenberg Campus Democrats, Springfield offers resources for citizens who wish to become
active in local politics. The Clark County Democratic Party and Clark County Republican Party offer opportunities for those interested to donate their time or money to various campaigns. These organizations also sponsor various events and rallies that students can attend. Even for students who do not wish to be engaged in a political party, Brown said that there are many ways to stay active after the elections. Reading the newspapers offered in the Student Center and being aware of current events are simple ways that students can stay informed about national issues. By writing to local representatives about specific issues, students can also make an impact on their community. Although the presidential season has ended, organizations on campus and throughout the Springfield community remain available for student involvement. While the media coverage of politics and the election may decline and the general population may focus on other topics, students who wish to remain involved in the political field have many opportunities to do so. Wittenberg and Springfield continue to provide students with resources to be involved in the political sphere.
Gov. Kasich, Others Stop at Springfield’s “Victory Center” Casey O’Brien ‘13 Staff Writer
Governor John Kasich, Senator Rob Portman, State Treasurer and Senate hopeful Josh Mandel and County Commissioner hopeful Kyle Koehler were all in attendance at the Clark County Republican headquarters, located at 1241 W. First St. near Meijer grocery store, on Wednesday Oct. 31 in a campaign effort to get out the vote. Kasich, Mandel and Portman arrived at the self-described “Victory Center” on a large Mitt Romney campaign bus to a crowd of approximately 100 supporters at around 11:30 a.m. and stayed for an hour before they left for Union and Franklin counties. The Republican leaders talked about the importance of Clark County as a basis of independent voters who are capable of having an impact on Madel’s tightly contested race against incumbent Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown. Portman, Kasich and Mandel talked about the importance of the next few days before the election and also spoke of Ohio’s importance in determining if Mitt Romney will be elected as the next president of the United States. The Republicans took pictures
and answered questions with the local press before leaving. In attendance was Kyle Koehler and members of his family along with other child and teenage volunteers for his campaign. According to Koehler and Chair of the Clark County Republican Party Lynda Smith, Koehler’s young volunteers - which he refers to as the “Koehler posse” have made 20,000 of the 35,000 phone calls from the Republican headquarters to potential voters asking them for their support. “They’re active and they’re learning about politics,” said Koehler about the volunteers. “They’re getting involved and realizing that even though they can’t vote yet – most of them can’t vote – that they have a voice and that they can make a difference.” Koehler is running against David Hartley, the current Clark County Commissioner who has held this office for the past eight years. “I think we run a very positive race,” said Koehler. “It’s hard when you disagree with somebody not to bring out some of the things you disagree with him, but as far as I’m concerned, I bring a positive outlook and a positive change to the county government… If people can talk to me then they know who I am.”
[SPECIAL SECTION] Obama in Springfield 2 •
What Did You Think? Compiled by Casey O’Brien ‘13
Katlin Stivers, Class of 2013 - “The rally was really intense and super high energy... The place was a mad house of people trying to get as close as they could to the front to see him. We were relatively close already and even then it was difficult to see because of all the cameras in the air... For those brief moments (he was there) the place was electric, but the buzz died down relatively soon after he left... I think the stop definitely had a positive impact on his campaign. Everyone I spoke to were really excited to go and vote. Even in our room, where we watched him speak on a screen, people cheered and seemed to be very much behind what he had to say.” Biz Goodbarn, Class of 2013 - “It was great. I was in the crowd in front of the stage. It was very crowded but I was still able to see him for the whole speech... A lot of his speech was about things I’ve heard him talk about in almost all of his speeches, but it was still interesting to hear again... No matter what your political position, it was awesome to get to see the president and that was obvious by the crowd’s energy and the number of people that were willing to wait for hours in the cold to see him. Definitely a rare and inspiring experience! I think we waited a total of 5 hours before he spoke plus an hour to leave and an hour to get a ticket. All worth it!” Clockwise from Top: Obama speaks at Springfield High on November 6, 2012 (Photo courtesy of Angel Davis-Jackson); Witt students post at Obama’s visit to Springfield: Bri Anna, Kathryn Murray, Audrey
Zielenbach, Rebecca Oswalt, Ali Wice, Melissa Miller, Menna Abaye, Olivia Karp, Eileen Collins, Lauren Houser, Kirsten Bjork, Katy Williams, Katharine Ritzi, Emily Bast (Photo courtesy of Ali Wice); Obama interacting with the crowd.
Obama: Four Days for Four Years Eric Werner ‘13 Staff Writer
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President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of 4,000 people at Springfield High School Friday, citing his actions to save the economy and echoing his campaign theme: “we are not finished yet.” Obama focused on the automobile industry bailout and his Race to the Top Education grant program designed to benefit schools like Springfield High School and throughout the state of Ohio. He highlighted the difference between his vision and that of the Republican Party, stating that, “It’s a choice between two different visions for America.” Obama spent most of the speech on the economy and defending policies he put in place as President. “Our businesses do better when everybody gets a chance to succeed,” he said, summarizing his economic policy. Obama localized his plans by saying he would reward companies that set up in Springfield. “It’s a real nice town,” he said. He defended his bailout of the automobile industry, which employs around 115,000 Ohioans according to the Ohio Jobs Report. Obama said that although it wasn’t popular at first, “Betting on American ingenuity was the right thing to do.”
Obama distanced himself from his opponent’s direction for the economy, saying, “We tried it and ended up with the economic crisis we’ve been cleaning up from since.” When the crowd began booing after a comment regarding Republican Nominee Mitt Romney, Obama said, “Don’t boo; vote!” The speech was Obama’s 19th visit to Ohio in 2012 and his second of three campaign stops that day; Obama also visited Hilliard and Lima, Ohio. Among the crowd of 4,000 people was a number of Wittenberg staff and students, many who called off work or skipped class to be at the speech. Some, like junior Alexis Byers, stood outside in a line on Thursday to get a ticket. “It was hell, standing outside in the hail and wind for two hours,” she said. Byers skipped four classes and work to be at the rally and took an exam after, but said she would do it all again. “I am just grateful to be here,” she said. Senior Biz Goodbarn said that regardless of political stance, “seeing the president is such a rare and great opportunity.” Biniyam Melesse, a junior, has volunteered for the Obama campaign here in Springfield all semester. He lost his voice at the rally, but got to shake the
President’s hand. “It was worth it,” he said. Because of the large number of people and the size of the gymnasium the rally was held in, some were directed to an overflow gymnasium to watch the speech on a screen. Before the speech, President Obama came into the room to shake some hands and thank people for coming. Ann Tomko, a senior, was in the overflow gym. She said, “I’m glad he came in here too, it shows a lot about his character.” Tomko also shook the President’s hand. “I didn’t think I’d be affected as much as I was,” she said. Warren Copeland, Mayor of Springfield and Professor of Religion at Wittenberg, helped introduce the president. He cited Kennedy’s 1960 visit and Clinton’s 1992 visit to Springfield and how they both went on to win the election. “Today, President Obama comes to Springfield. Next Tuesday, he will win,” he said. The President also cited the impending election. He said, “Four days, Springfield. Four days for four years.” According to information provided by Obama’s press team, in 2008, President Obama lost Clark County with 28,122 votes or 47 percent to 51 percent.
Ann Tomko, Class of 2013 - “Many people (at the rally) were rude, but some very nice. I even witnessed someone cutting in line then paying someone else to go in front of them... I actually got to shake Obama’s hand and he asked me how I was. It was pretty amazing. I never thought I would meet the first African American President. Definitely something I will tell my kids about... President Obama really played his cards well and appealed to the emotions of the audience. It was a great idea for him to come into the overflow room and address those who didn’t make it into the main gymnasium. We were right in front, and it was pretty cool. For me personally, I felt his heart, something I do not know if I have ever felt from him before. If that makes sense.” Swati Shivshankar, Class of 2013 - “I merely went as an observer because I can’t really vote here in this country and I don’t have a side to pick. Interestingly enough, I also happen to be taking a class this semester that studies fan culture. So it was more like an ethnographic trip to see the President and to observe the fans - what they wore, said, and the signs they carried... President Obama hit topics that were relevant to Ohio, like the automobile manufacturing sector and also topics that were relevant to us like college tuition and concerns along those lines.” Rory Eustace, Class of 2013 - “(Obama’s) most impactful message he said was in response to boos from the crowds regarding Romney, of which he said, ‘No, don’t boo! Vote, voting is the best revenge.’”
Mayor Copeland, Professor of Religion - “I think a political rally is like a music concert in many ways. The music at a concert is not as good as you can hear at home. You go to see the performer in person and to see the things she or he does in person. Similarly, I do not go to a political rally to hear a fully developed and carefully stated position on policy. I go to see what the candidate does in person and to get a sense of the person. In addition, in both cases there is the excitement and fun of sharing in a crowd of people of similar views and interests.
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Adrien Case Progresses
Charges Dismissed and Re-Filed in Cases Against Professor of French Hollant “Max” Adrien
A sign posted on the door of Dr. Max Adrien’s office in Hollenbeck Hall. Adrien is currently on administrative leave, pending his trial. (Photo by Martin Lukk/The Torch)
Maggi Quigley ‘ 15 Staff Writer
Four charges against Hollant “Max” Adrien, Assistant Professor of French, were dismissed from the Clark County Municipal Court last Friday, November 2. Two of these charges, related to an August 23, 2012 incident in Springfield were re-filed in the Clark County Court of Common Pleas. Adrien was charged with one count of rape and one count of kidnapping. These same charges, related to the August 23 incident, were originally filed against Adrien in the Clark County Municipal Court on October 24, 2012. Charges of rape and kidnapping originally filed in Clark County Municipal court in reference to an incident that occurred on July 14, 2012 were
not re-filed in the court of common pleas; charges against Adrien were also not pursued in relation to an October 4 incident in Snyder Park. When asked about the charges that were dismissed from Clark County Municipal Court, Adrien’s colleague and professor of French, Timothy Wilkerson said, “I don’t know much, although I and my colleagues are so relieved and see this as a sign of tremendous hope for him.” When asked why charges were dismissed and re-filed in the Clark County Court of Common Pleas, Adrien’s attorney, Jon Doughty, said, “All charges are initially brought up in Municipal Court.” Doughty continued, “The Constitution states that someone cannot be charged with a felony without being indicted by a Grand Jury. Once that
happens it is moved to the court of common pleas.” According to the Ohio Revised Code, Title XXIX, Chapters 2931.03 and 2931.04, the court of common pleas has jurisdiction over all criminal offenses excluding minor offenses, which are designated to the lower court. In Clark County, this lower court generally refers to the municipal court. In order for felony charges to be pursued, charges must be filed in the Clark County Court of Common Pleas, sometimes referred to as the Clark County Court. Both Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson, and University Provost, Christopher Duncan, Ph.D, have been contacted for a comment but are currently unavailable. The Torch will update this story as soon as their comments become available.
News • 3
Sexual Assault Sparks Conversation About Resources Lindsay Janmey ‘14 Staff Writer
Sexual assaults have been the talk of campus all semester thus far, and are still under investigation. 1Chief of Police, Donald Lucas said that all of the complaints have been addressed internally within the police department and with the sexual grievances committee. “Most cases are still under investigation,” Lucas said. Students are concerned. “I think things are getting better, but I still don’t feel as informed as I should feel with everything that is happening with the assaults,” said senior Jordan Mungovan, “I never knew sexual assault was an issue here.” In her four years, she said it had never been talked about until now. With students concerned for their personal safety, Lucas said that these assaults could be preventable with personal responsibility. Students need to be careful and stay in groups to help each other stay out of high-risk situations. “I think this year our campus has gotten scary,” said sophomore Mary-Clare Yerke, “places that used to be safe don’t feel safe anymore.” Lucas is fully aware of the need for a higher police presence on campus; last Tuesday, students at the Safety and Security open forum expressed this sentiment. “These addresses have all been taken to heart,” Lucas said. Lucas said that sexual assault complaints are theoretically underreported nation wide by the victims. He thinks the reports are a positive thing, meaning that people have confidence in
the process showing other victims in the future that there is an internal system that can help guide them through the situation, along with counseling and support groups available. Every case is situation-based; therefore there is no timeline for how long these investigations will take. Once an allegation is made, the police need to gather witnesses and contact anyone who was involved or has any information of the situation that may help them understand the story; starting at the very beginning and progressing forward. “It’s a very thorough investigation,” Lucas said, “you’re trying to establish who knows ‘what,’ ‘when,’ ‘where,’ and ‘how’.” No Woman Left Behind copresident Jordyn Baker thinks these assaults are bringing our campus together. “Our campus seems scary now, but we’re a family,” Baker said. She continued, “Families take care of each other.” Baker believes that the sexual assaults will definitely bring more awareness to campus, and may be more preventable in the future. 1The cases undergoing investigation are confidential, but Wittenberg offers resources for anyone who needs to talk about the cases or sexual assault. Counselor Linda Lauffenburger is available at the Wittenberg Health and Counseling Center free of charge to students. Students interested in talking to Lauffenburger can call 937327-7811. Students can grab a pamphlet from the One Student posters found in the residence halls and restrooms around campus or call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656HOPE.
Protection in Students’ Hands Too
Safety and Security Forum Brings Campus Safety to the Forefront Colin Payton ‘13 Staff Writer
Interim Chief of Police Don Lucas has student safety concerns on his mind, but they may not be what you expect. At the Safety and Security Open Forum Tuesday, October 30, Lucas presented an outline that clarified exactly what Wittenberg police do, what rights they reserve as sworn officers in the “Wittenberg district,” and what students can do to prevent safety issues on campus. The main message of the forum was that students can take control of their own safety issues. “Our goal is to protect you, but we can’t do that alone,” Lucas said. He stressed that personal responsibility and common sense solve many of the most prevalent threats to student well-being. According to a national survey Lucas cited, the biggest threat to student safety is alcohol. It is the main factor in the vast majority of deaths, unintentional injuries, assaults, cases of sexual abuse, and unsafe sex on college campuses. Lucas is not as much concerned with underage drinking or dealing out citations as he is with preventing what he considers the results of “high risk” drinking. “My primary goal is to get you to a safe place,” Lucas said. “We want you safe and we don’t want any harm to come to you.”
Lucas explained that Wittenberg has two methods by which to process student infractions on campus, a Dean’s citation or a police report. The Dean’s citation is a way to deal with misconduct so that students can learn serious “lessons without the adult ramifications” that would come with a police arrest. Once a Dean’s citation is issued, it is dealt with by a series of administrative panels to determine the circumstances, guilt, and appropriate punishment. Whether the infraction is a police arrest or Dean’s citation is at the discretion of the officer on the scene. A large focus of the forum was sexual assault. Lucas said the forum was planned long ago, but because of the recent events on campus it was a “good time” to discuss assault and the forum could help “mend the Wittenberg community.” Lucas made it clear that campus police could not be everywhere, so it was up to students to take precautions to keep themselves safe by following some simple guidelines for assault prevention, such as walking in groups, having a plan with friends for parties, avoiding excessive drinking, and knowing the campus emergency contact numbers. Junior student Taina Cherry raised concerns about the grey areas of sexual assault, asking “what if both students are intoxicated and a sexual assault occurs?”
Lucas explained that “being drunk is not an excuse,” and that the “violator is always responsible” regardless of the levels of intoxication or age of either of the members involved. If the victim chose to file a Dean’s citation instead of criminal charges, then it would be up to a panel to determine whether consent was given to the assailant. Responding to the presen-
tation, senior student Hannes Toewe said that he “noticed a smaller police presence.” “I don’t see them anymore,” Toewe said. Lucas admitted that there has been a reduction in the police force on campus, “but not to an unsafe level.” Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody was present and assured attendees that there are plainclothes officers on campus ensuring safety. Moody said
that “Wittenberg is like an oasis” and that the quality of our security “is a model for other campuses across the country.” Around fifty people attended the forum, including presenters Chief Lucas, Chief Moody, and Associate Vice President Massaro, as well as many senior staff members such as Dean Kelly, Provost Duncan, President Joyner, and students.
Staying Safe Chief Don Lucas’ Tips for Campus Report suspicious activity by calling #6363.
Walk, jog, or bike with friends.
Use the escort service at #7900. Lock your doors when not in your room. Most thefts occur while the resident is still in the building. Park in well-lighted, designated parking areas. Lock your car, and lock valuables in the trunk or hide them from view. Do not engage in high-risk drinking.
4 • News & Features
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Hurricane Sandy Affects Wittenberg Community email@example.com
Even though the East Coast was prepared and aware of the Hurricane Sandy heading towards them, the aftermath was still damaging. Last September, Hurricane Irene left about 6 million people along the East Coast without power. Although Sandy affected less states than Irene, it hit areas of higher population. This storm left about 8.1 million without power. The death toll is currently above 100 people. With crews working to restore power and fix damages, citizens are still struggling with blown transformers, downed power lines in the streets, and toppled trees strewn across streets and driveways. Many students at Wittenberg come from the East Coast and they have felt the impact that it has had on their families. Amanda Claussen, a junior from New Hampshire explained how Hurricane Sandy impacted her family. “They got strong winds that ripped about 40 feet of trim off the side of our house. We also lost power for about four days, and school was out for two days in my town. Thankfully, we have
a generator that we had installed this summer because of previous power outages,” she said. Because he was from Maryland, first year student Asanka Ekanayake’s family was affected in a different way. He said, “At first I was extremely worried about my family back home. I was pleasantly surprised that Maryland didn’t get hit badly. I am happy that my family was able to stay safe and avoided any damages during the storm.” Others closer to New York City weren’t as lucky. First year student Kelly Curtin’s family lives in New Canaan Connecticut, a commuter town of New York City. “My family wasn’t as affected as badly as others, but I do have a tree in my pool and the power will be out for the next 10-14 days. Thank goodness we have generators,” she said. Some from the East Coast are not so fortunate to have generators. The prospect of not having power for almost 2 weeks seems impossible. A week after the storm, clean up operations in the East continue to improve conditions, restore more people’s power, and return them to normalcy.
"Scheduling Season" Brings Bi-Annual Dread John Plisga‘13 Staff Writer
Amy deBruycker ‘16 Staff Writer
Zach Cole ‘15 Cartoonist
The omnipresent dread of the imminent unknown is heightened to near panic twice a year during scheduling season, when students’ emotions run high as they grapple with figuring out their future, one conflicting class at a time. Scheduling season is wrought with student stress, anger, and even sporadic tears. Faculty and staff do their best to ease the pain of planning ahead, but full classes and inexorable class time conflicts lead to last minute schedule changes and unexpected adaptations. “Your classes don’t fit, and you are forced to keep pushing stuff back, “said junior Jake Conrad. “All of a sudden you have a fifth year.” Conflicting class times are a common problem at Wittenberg. The majority of classes try to fit within the most popular time block, late mornings and early afternoons, which can create a lot of problem for students. Students have suggested that classes become more spread out throughout the day, but professors worry that student interest wanes as times get farther away from this popular time block. “There is a myth that students are less responsive at 8
a.m. so professors don’t want that time,” said Communication professor Matt Smith. Smith continued, “Athletics that start at 4 p.m. also block classes, and faculty have capitulated to that. We technically could go later in the day at Wittenberg.” A later day may be beneficial to some students, like Tyler Busenberg, who lamented about having a class conflict every semester. “I looked today, and there are three stat classes, in three different apartments, all scheduled for the same time; I just feel like there might be a better way.” Psychology department chair Stephanie Little explains that there is a lot of communication within a department, especially when handling specific classes required for a major. There is even communication between departments that often are interconnected, such as psychology and sociology, in an attempt to avoid class conflicts. When conflicts do occur, she explained that faculty does attempt to be flexible to each student’s needs. “If there was one person that really wanted to take a course, and we didn’t see a conflict with switching, we would alter the schedule,” Little said. “I would let a student skip a day or leave early to fit their schedule as well.”
Even with flexible faculty, students agree that you often end up taking the classes you need, instead of the ones you want. Having to change and adapt a schedule only augments the real source of the stress, however, which student’s say stems from the mental pressure of preparing for an unknown future. “It’s mentally stressful cramming your future together,” senior Bree Leary said. “Planning ahead is absolutely terrifying.” Both Little and the student registrar, Jack Campbell, said that acting proactively—even if it means having to wrestle with your future earlier—is crucial when it comes to scheduling; particularly if there are foreseen conflicts. Beyond being proactive, students suggest that Wittenberg could make some changes that would ease the stress of scheduling. “They could do block scheduling, as in separate scheduling for majors from scheduling for general education requirements,” suggested junior Tori Overholt. Leary suggests that advising week should happen even earlier, which could get students to be proactive earlier, and that proper planning should be taught as early as freshman orientation.
Arts & Entertainment • 5 Album Review
No Doubt, “Push and Shove”
before / doesn’t matter anymore,” and leaves the listener feeling nothing but empowered. “Sparkle” also targets their loyal fans with the ‘dancehall’ styles that won the hearts of millions—all those years ago. However, it sounds shockingly just like Stefani’s “Cool” with a couple more After an 11-year break from producing studio albums, No Doubt re- horns added in the background. The leased their newest album, “Push and Shove.” (2012/Interscope Records) song represents the Lindsay Janmey ‘14 entire band and each member’s talents. Staff Writer Stefani is 42 years old and firstname.lastname@example.org still hot, and proves it in “LookThere is no doubt that No ing Hot.” Stefani sings, “go Doubt is back. After an 11-year ahead and look at me / ‘Cuz break from producing studio that’s what I want,” in the headalbums, No Doubt released banging/rock/dance tune. Stefani then continues to their newest album, “Push and Shove.” This is a band that was make it easy to be jealous of loved back in the day before the her. She can rap too. “Push and Katy Perrys’, Lady Gagas’ and Shove” features Major Lazer Nikki Minajs’, but is their mu- and Busy Signal with reggae rhythm and a hint of dubstep, sic enough? Lead singer, Gwen Stefani the track is all over the place sings, “we’re so lucky, still but in a good way. Stefani goes holding on” in “Gravity,” and head-to-head with Busy Signal she’s right. They’re still here, at the end to finish off the song with a nice rap session. and wiser in their old ages. No Doubt is expected to kick After nearly a decade of disappearing from the musical off their tour this December afscene, it takes a leap of faith to ter previewing their album in come back especially with all Las Vegas. Visit their website of the musical successes hap- www.nodoubt.com for more pening now. Going against the dates and information. We loved them then, and we musical norm of our decade, No Doubt goes from semi-dubstep love them now. No Doubt has to a Jamaican horn solo keeping come a long way since “Spiderwebs” and “Just a Girl,” but their listeners on their toes. “Settle Down” is the cur- they’re still the same band dorent hit single from the album, ing what they do best—being which serves as a salute to their different. Although some songs fans. It has traits from their old on the album don’t deserve a music mixed in with a taste of spot on your favorite playlist, their newer style. Stefani tells they’re all hummable and dance us she’s “Been around the block worthy.
The Coup, “Sorry to Bother You” Casey O’Brien ‘13 Staff Writer
Oakland, California’s The Coup has been one of the most talented and vociferous political hip-hop groups since their debut album dropped in 1993. Their frontman, Boots Riley, is an outspoken advocate for the violent Marxist overthrow of the U.S. government. Released on Oct. 30, “Sorry to Bother You” is The Coup’s sixth studio album and stylistically it is radically different from their previous works. Gone are The Coup’s hip-hop displays. Present instead are the funk elements, intensified and refined. The first song, “The Magic Clap,” has received the most positive attention from music critics. The song is a very upbeat introduction contrasted with stark revolutionary lyrics such as, “This is the last kiss Martin ever gave to Coretta / It’s like a paparazzi picture when I flash my Beretta / I got scars on my back / The truth on my tongue.” “Your Parents’ Cocaine” is the most fun song on the album, with a very punk rock sound implemented to tell the story of the lives of the 1 percents’s privileged children. Heavy use of cowbells and kazoos add to the punk vibe, and ultimately the song comes across as a throwback to Dead Kennedys’ “Terminal Preppie” from their 1982 “Plastic Surgery Disasters”, which is surely no coincidence given Dead Kennedys’ Bay Area origins and similar political leanings.
“Sorry to Bother You” is The Coup’s sixth studio album.” (2012/ANTI)
“My Murder, My Love” is the most catchy and musical of all the tracks, successfully harmonizing Riley’s unparalleled lyricism with cross-genre experimentation that is executed flawlessly. This track makes a very strong case as being Riley’s best lyrical showmanship on the album. “The Guillotine” is easily the best and most soulful track on the album. Here, The Coup creates a modern-day funk masterpiece to rally Occupy protestors toward the next step after simple protesting. This track is the heart and soul of the album and it’s a wonder that it’s not considered treasonous by the state. It may very well be the most perfectly executed song in all of The Coup’s history and captures their essence to a tee.
Since The Coup’s last album in 2006 a lot of things have changed. America elected its first black president only to have him turn his back on his people by increasing deportations, failing to prosecute the Wall Street criminals, and failing to enact real political change. Riley was instrumental in the organization of the Occupy Oakland movement, undoubtedly the most violent of the Occupy movements, and his political maturation shows in this album. It will be interesting to see where he takes this, as the inside of the album states that “Sorry to Bother You” is the soundtrack to an upcoming movie of the same name. Only time will tell us if Riley ends up in history books instead of “Rolling Stone” album reviews and interviews.
6 • Opinion Viewpoint
Please Stop Calling Me Lance Colin Payton ‘13 Staff Writer
Please, stop calling me Lance. It is shouted from the windows of rusted trucks and chrome-wheeled escalades. A motorist, livid about my presence on the road, might scream it in conjunction with a threat, like “hey, Lance, get on the sidewalks or else!” The friendly neighbor, already several Natty lights to the wind, might try and strike up a conversation with it. There seems to be a primordial need to associate every cyclist with the cancer-surviving superstar of the Tour, just like every jog-
ger will invariably be egged on by the crooning “Run, Forest, run!” I suppose we all want to say something clever. On Monday, October 22, 2012, Lance Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories from the governing body of cycling, the UCI. This action was taken in response to doping allegations compiled by USADA based on testimonies from Armstrong’s former teammates of the dominant U.S. Postal Service team. Armstrong was also issued a nullification of all racing results from the years 1998 through 2010 as well as a lifetime ban from the sport. • Continued on Page 7
Faculty and Course Evaluations: The Mystery Debunked
Many students don’t utilize faculty evaluations. (Elizabeth Doll/ The Torch)
Elizabeth Doll ‘15 Staff Writer
Over the past week, students have been scheduling for classes but this can be a difficult process without knowing about how specific Professors run their courses and what to expect in each course. Although faculty and course evaluations from previous years are available, many students do not where to find them. During a recent class discussion in a English 200 literature class, the majority of the students admitted that they did not know where faculty evaluations from previous years were kept and do not remember ever being explicitly told this information. Are faculty evaluations hidden in a remote location on campus? Are they truly difficult to find, or do students not put in the effort to look for them? In the library, directly to the right of the circulation desk is a row of red drawers that are full of faculty evaluations. While they may not be too difficult to find, most students don’t use them. Student library worker Kara Snyder, Class of 2014, said in her one semester of working in the library, she has never seen students reading past years’ evaluations. She added that she had not “heard of any other student asking for them or to see them.” While the system of comments can be very helpful to students, Snyder said, “it is not an advertised resource.” Students fill out the forms and afterwards they quickly become forgotten. To encourage students to
read evaluations, Wittenberg has moved to an online format that allows students to read the comments though MyWitt. They can be found under the My Academics section in the right-hand portion of the page. Physical copies from past years will still be available in the library, but the ability to read through the evaluations online gives the students more convenient opportunities to peruse their options for classes and teachers. For some students, the evaluations might be enlightening to read, but cannot actually help them in differentiating between classes. Dee Dech, Class of 2014, said, “I will take a class because I need to, often regardless of the professor, thus I rarely feel inclined to look up the evaluations.” If a student needs to take a class for their major or minor and that specific course is only offered with one teacher, the evaluations can prepare you for the course, but they don’t truly give him or her a chance to change his or her mind. Regardless of positive or negative evaluations, the student still needs to take the class in order to graduate. The evaluations can benefit many students and for that reason, the Solution Center putting them on MyWitt is a step to help students. Currently, the bulk of the evaluations remain in the library, but more will appear on the Internet as time goes on. While the evaluations do help, Snyder advises taking the information with a grain of salt and using “other resources... to make a decision on whether or not to take the class.”
A Tiger Abroad: Survivor, Hiroshima 1945
Michele Druga ‘14 Columnist
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On October 6, about 120 Kansai students made their way, via Shinkansen, to Hiroshima. In addition to visiting the Peace Park, Atomic Bomb Dome, and Memorial Museum, we were given the opportunity to hear an atomic bomb survivor tell her story of what happened that day and the events that followed. Yoshiko Kajimoto was born in 1931 and was 14 years old when the bomb was dropped. What follows is her story, recalled to the best of my ability; for the record, this is a third-hand account, since the professor who arranged the talk translated on-the-spot. The morning of August 6, 1945 was bright and promised to be scorching. There wasn’t a single cloud in the sky to offer relief from the relentless heat. Kajimoto had just begun her day’s work in the airplane parts factory she and her classmates were conscripted into. Despite the fact that no air raid alarm sounded, at 8:15 a.m. there came an intense flash of light and a roar of what sounded like thunder. Following her training, she immediately jumped under the closest desk-like structure just before a huge explosion rocked the factory, sending her body flying through the air. The following moments are hazy; she can feel the body of a classmate under her but both are
pinned by a large support beam to the floor. A fire begins to rage through the remains of the factory and the cries of other girls ring through the dark, smoky air. Kajimoto feels the girl below her stir and get out from under her. Following as quickly as possible, the two struggle their way through debris, flames, and gore to make it safely outside. Though they are unaware at the time, the first atomic bomb had just fallen only 2.3 kilometers away from them. The sight that greets them outside stuns them more than what happened inside the nowdevastated factory. Instead of ruins and wounded calling out for help, there is nothing. Buildings that once stood tall were all but gone in an instant, leaving only a handful of blackened skeletal frames scattered around the barren, scorched earth. The only sound was that of the conflagration behind them. In total, only five or six girls escaped the ruins of the factory that day. The total desolation around them made them wonder, “Is there anyone left?” While none of them made it out unscathed, Kajimoto recalls her own injuries impersonally: the flesh from one of her legs was torn away, revealing muscle and the bones of her shin and foot; she was bleeding from multiple places; glass shards had embedded themselves into her body, mostly her back. The others were similarly injured but together they managed to find a less devastated area. Buildings still stood but were on fire and other victims had gathered here. She spent the night next to a river, having watched the sun
The Atomic Bomb Dome that Michele visited with 120 classmates. (Courtesty photo)
set under a bright red sky. Help arrived the next day. After minimal medical treatment, Kajimoto and other survivors were called upon to help load bodies onto stretchers. The recovery effort began, but no one received actual medical treatment for three weeks after the explosion. During that time it became apparent that there were too many bodies to bury; with few options left, both animal and human corpses were tossed into the river. The Kajimoto family did their best to recover, but a year and a half later her father died due to radiation exposure, the result of his wandering around looking for her. Their mother spent ten years in the hospital before she passed away, leaving Yoshiko and her brothers alone to look out for each other. Kajimoto said that she began speaking about her experiences thirteen years ago. When asked why she chose to speak out, her reply was simple: having lived through the aftermath of an atomic bomb, she never wants them to be used against mankind again. We are living in the atomic age, and it is our responsibility to ensure that the atrocities in Hiroshima and Nagasaki remain where they belong: in the past.
Park in Denmark: Bringing Hygge Back Martin Park ‘14 Columnist
“Where are you studying this year?” “Copenhagen.” “Oh that’s such a cool country!” This is a small snippet of the many conversations that I have had with friends of mine back in the States when asked where I’ll be studying abroad. For the Fall 2012 semester I have found myself in the small Scandinavian country of Denmark. I live in Copenhagen, a city of about a million residents. Sure, it has its reputation of being dark by 4 p.m., being a place where people don’t smile, and where everything costs an arm and a leg. But, I am here to tell you I have been pleasantly sur-
prised to find none of these true (though as I write this at 2 p.m. on a Wednesday the sun has almost set…). I’m on my European adventure because a week long family vacation just isn’t enough for me; I want to really find out what another culture is like by living in one different than my own. So far I have discovered that I do not like liver paste and that fried mackerel fish for breakfast is about as enjoyable as it sounds. That being said, this has truly been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Denmark has more bikes than people and to me the bike lanes almost seem bigger than the freeways for cars. Being “green” is a way of life for a lot of people and whether it’s voluntary or due to
the 150% tax on cars, it’s great to take advantage of a public transit system like theirs. And with the oldest existing monarchy in the world my chances of marrying into the Danish royal family are stacked in my favor. I want to close this entry with a Danish word I have become very fond of: “Hygge” pronounced (who-gah). It’s a word that doesn’t quite translate into English, but if you ask a Dane what it means the response you get will certainly include ‘cozy, cookies, cakes, friends, and conversation.’ With the dark winters here it’s a lifestyle for the Danish people to stay close and connected with one another; bond over conversation, drinks and food. It is absolutely unexplainable in words but quite certainly a feeling that I hope to bring back to the States.
Sports • 7
Volleyball Captures Another NCAC Championship
“Please, Stop Calling Me Lance” (Continued from Page 6)
“Everyone on the team makes a huge impact whether they are on the court or not. Our nonstarters are the most supportive compared to any other team... Without them, it wouldn’t be as fun to play,” explained Donathon. Junior Andrea Behling had nine kills, followed by Kara Seidenstricker with seven kills, and Melissa Emming had six. Haley Mucha had five blocks, and Seidenstricker had nine digs. Libero Christina Gilene had a total of 21 digs for the match. On Saturday, the girls came into the gym with their flames still blazing. They played Wooster in the semifinals and won three sets in a row: 25-20, 25-16, and 25-18. Behling had 11 kills altogether, Emming, Seidenstricker, and Jess Batanian all contributed eight kills each. Donathon kept these girls going at the net with her 19 assists. Defensively, Behling rocked the net with five blocks, as Gilene and Batanian both finished with 17 digs. Later on in the day, Witt took on the second seed, DePauw. They started the first game with an 8-2 lead, pushing their set
score to 25-12, 25-12, 25-17; they didn’t even give DePauw a chance to blink. The Tigers only had nine errors within their 38 kills. Behling showed up to the game and proved her talent with 11 kills, 15 digs, and six blocks at the net. Emming had seven kills, and six digs, as Seidenstricker had six kills, 13 digs, and four blocks. The quarterbacks of the volleyball team, Donathon and Meghan Vodopich, had 21 and 19 assists in their duo. And of course, Christina Gilene, the machine in the backcourt, had a total of 23 digs. It is possible for this team to go and win Nationals again, but Donathon remained modest and humble. “We are very positive and we are taking one game at a time and preparing for one opponent at a time. In the NCAA tournament you can not look ahead to any other match.” For the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Tournament team, Seidenstricker, Behling, and Gilene all made the cut, and Behling made the title of the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
To date, Armstrong has been implicated in the most widespread doping scandal in cycling history. For anyone not following professional cycling closely, the weeks following Armstrong’s verdict have left turmoil. Decade-long sponsors have resigned from teams, coaches, doctors, chefs, and soigners have been fired, and teams have adopted zero-tolerance policies regarding doping. Dozens of cyclists have ended careers and millions have lost faith in the sport. Quite simply, there is chaos in the pro peloton. I have little intention of entering into a conversation about why Armstrong was framed or why he should finally come clean, why he is still a hero or a manipulative tyrant. I will not blame the UCI or USADA, and I will certainly not stop riding my bike because of his fall from grace. The first time I heard of the Tour de France, that three week masochistic struggle over narrow roads and up snow-cap mountains, that knockdown, drag out fight through the blistering heat and punishing winds, the hardest multi-day sporting event on the planet, was because Lance Armstrong won again in 2001. My dad
NCAA Men’s Basketball Preview
citement stemming from the return of sophomore center Cody Zeller. The Preseason All-Americans are a diverse list, showing the growing competitiveness of college basketball as three players on the list come from midmajors. Zeller was the leading vote-getter, followed by Creighton forward Doug McDermott. Murray State senior guard Isaiah Canaan and Thomas are the next two. Michigan guard
Trey Burke and Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum tied for fifth place, rounding out the Preseason AllAmericans. The Associated Press Top 25 features Indiana at one, followed by Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and Michigan, respectively. UCLA will also be an interesting team to watch, as they welcome one of the nation’s best recruiting classes in the country, including top overall recruit
Ann Tomko‘13 Staff Writer
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The Wittenberg Women’s Volleyball team gave no other team a chance in the conference tournament, winning all three games with a 3-0 set each time. Wittenberg Volleyball has won seven straight championships within the 18 championships in 21 years. Senior and setter Hallie Donathon has been a part of this winning team for four years at Witt. She explains how the team won this weekend. “We won all 3 match in straight sets because we play very well as a team. We do not rely on one player to carry us. Everyone has a role and does it very well,” said Donathon. The Tigers first stomped on Oberlin in the quarterfinals on Friday. Wittenberg kept Oberlin to a -.021-attack percentage, as they went for 37 kills in 99 attack attempts. Donathon said what is important is that everyone on the team contributes to the game.
Dan Sabol ‘14 Sports Editor
The 2012-13 NCAA Men’s College Basketball season looks to be one of the most unpredictable seasons in recent memory. The defending champion Kentucky Wildcats lost six players to the NBA draft, and are basically rolling out a whole new
team. Runner-up Kansas graduated the majority of their team, with Jeff Withey as their only proven star to start the year. The Ohio State Buckeyes lost two time All- American Jared Sullinger to the draft and must now solely rely on forward Desean Thomas. Indiana University starts the season at number one in most polls, with the ex-
went out and bought the official U.S. Postal Service bike, a Trek 5500. Ten years later, that bike was given to me. I have been addicted to cycling ever since. It did not take me very long to realize that I was not Lance Armstrong. And even now, as I routinely rack up 500 kilometers of riding a week and compete at the amateur level in races, I understand that though my love for the sport may have been sparked from a lie, a falsified miracle, cycling is a part of my being now. I am forever changed because of the bike. I am forever changed by Lance Armstrong. Right now, though, the subject is still sore. I don’t know where I stand on the “Lance issue.” I feel the betrayal of those who are bitter but I also sympathize with the argument of a drugged up field during the years Armstrong was racing. It is complicated. So please, until I sort out my feelings on the issue, please stop calling me Lance. And if you see some poor cyclist battling freezing temperatures and unfavorable North winds, out of respect, don’t roll down the windows of your cozy, heated car and call them Lance, either. Give us all some time to heal and a wide berth as you pass. Shabazz Muhammad. The Big10 conference seems to be in for a competitive championship race, as Ohio State, Michigan and 15th ranked Michigan State look to all have a real chance in the race. There will also be a great deal of focus on Northwestern, as the Wildcats look to make their first NCAA tournament in school history. This season looks to be a great one as there are no clear favorites.
8 • Sports
Women’s Rugby Wins Great Lakes Championship
“After the final whistle blew it was final—the championship was coming back to Wittenberg . . .” (Photo courtesy of Sasha Weinsz)
Dan Sabol ‘14 Sports Editor
The Wittenberg Lady Mud Pigs brought back the Division III Great Lakes Small College championship rugby title on Saturday afternoon after defeating University of Findlay 24-17. The girls went into the championship game undefeated, beating teams such as the University
of Cincinnati, Wright State, and Eastern Kentucky University. On a rainy Saturday afternoon the teams were out there ready to leave it all on the field in the hard hitting game away from home. Scoring for the Lady Pigs was senior Molly McCauley with three tri’s, adding a fourth tri was junior Samantha Spencer. For extra points and penalty kicks the Lady Pigs had junior
Tori Overholt adding to their lead. After the final whistle blew it was final the championship was coming back to Wittenberg, and Senior Sasha Weinsz had this to say about the pinnacle of her rugby career. “The last four years of my rugby career have worked towards this goal of being a championship winner. When the final whistle was blown, every emotion came over me, and the team
just started screaming as we crowed together,” Weinsz said. For the six of these ladies on this Mud Pig team this championship win would be their final game of their fall careers. Leading this team were Sasha Weinsz, Molly McCauley, Diliana Grozeva, Emily Dick, Kirstie Hansen and Eva Cahill. “I’ve never been prouder to be a part of something in my entire life. Winning the champi-
onship was something I’ll never forget. This is not just my team, it is my family,” Weinsz added. There were many emotions on that day coming from both players and coaches, including volunteer coach Steven Wade. “I am extremely proud of these young women. They played with a determination and a sense of purpose that I have not seen from a team in a while,” Wade said.
Women’s Soccer Gets Bid to NCAA Tournament Dan Sabol ‘14 Sports Editor
The Wittenberg women’s soccer team saw their season extended yesterday as they received one of only 20 at-large bids to the NCAA Division III Championship. The Tigers earned a bid to the tournament after winning the NCAC regular season championship with
a (7-0-1) record in conference and (11-4-3) overall. They fell 2-1 to Depauw in the semifinals of the NCAC tournament, seemingly ending the season for the Tigers. However, there was still a chance that the team could get into the tournament based on their strong schedule. The Tigers finished the year at (3-3-1) against schools that made it to the tournament. The Tigers will travel to
Wheaton College to take on the University of Wisconsin Whitewater on Friday, November 9th. Whitewater will most likely be favored as they enter the match at (15-4-1) from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Wheaton College is the runner-up from the tournament last year and takes on Webster University in the other match. The winners of the two games will play on the following day
with the winner moving to the sweet sixteen. “Going to the NCAA tournament has been our goal as a team since we last went in 2009. The team watched the selection show with our coach in the HPER and everyone could feel the tension and the eagerness in the room waiting to see if our name was called,” senior Gracie Winzeler said. “When they called our name every-
one was so excited that we got the bid. We worked hard as a tea, to get where we are today and for the seniors getting the bid was a relief that our season wasn’t over because we’re not ready for it to end. I couldn’t ask for better teammates and I am proud to be going to the NCAA tournament with them and representing Witt while wearing that jersey.”