The Wooster Voice Vol. CXXVII, Issue XXI
Friday, April 9, 2010
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“Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.” — Gloria Steinem
Springfest generates campus buzz Laney Austin News Editor
Springfest headliner, Wale, will be performing this Saturday alongside K’Naan and John Forte (Photo by AP).
As the end of the school year comes to a close, students and faculty have turned their attention to the highly anticipated Springfest 2010. Some people may be aware that the College of Wooster and W.A.C. have turned up the heat this year by adding arguably the most well-known artists the school may have ever seen. This years Springfest will feature world-famous music artists, Wale, K’naan and recently announced John Forte. Wale, who has produced hits like “Chillin’” and “Pretty Girls” embodies a new hip-hop vibe while incorportaing other pop and rap artists into his work. K’Naan is a Somali-Canadian artist who selfdescribes his music as being “a sound that fuses Bob Marley, conscious American hip hop, and brilliant protest poetry.” John Forte is an acoustic artist who has been touring with Wale and K’naan for several months now. Both K’naan and Forte are coming to campus essentially cost-free because the three artists have been currently touring together. This is a huge deal for the College, who in the past is accustomed to having much smaller artists be featured during both Party on the Green and Springfest. The buzz on campus is growing
and although Saturday will be a great time to celebrate, the school has also taken into account the new risks that having bigger artists poses. W.A.C. President Grainne Carlin ’11 said “security will be putting up a fence in order to keep people from coming and going easily.” This will mean that there is only one entrance that people can go in and out of, decreasing the chance that non-students or employees will gain access. Carlin also noted that “alcohol will not be supplied,” this year because that requires an additional amount of security that the group does not want to have to worry about. In the past, only a few security officers and W.A.C. members ran Springfest, but this year will be staffed by the entire security team including the head of security, the entire W.A.C. staff and the police will be on stand-by in case they are needed to assist. The Office of Security has had several meetings prior to discuss the risks that Springfest poses and ways in which to deal with it. W.A.C. is anticipating an attendance of not only Wooster students, but also students from neighboring schools like Denison, Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg. In addition, there is a high probability that non-students and citizens of the surrounding communities will show up to the event. Although the College limits
Springfest to College of Wooster students and employees, there is no process that distinguishes them from others. This means that the College has instituted a higher level of security to ensure the safety of both the students and the artists performing. The W.A.C. members running the event will be checking COW cards to help distinguish students and also keep crowd control at a minimum. Other members along with security will be in charge of escorting Wale and K’Naan at all times to make sure that their exposure to outside forces is as minimal as possible. The school has put a lot of thought into what would appeal to everyone. Student artists P-10, Freddie Cool and Red Wire will be performing before the headliners starting at 6 p.m. While John Forte has a half an hour set, both K’naan and Wale will both be on-stage for an hour. In additon to musical acts, there will also be jousting, the bungee run, a Velcro wall and a character artist. FirstYears for Haiti will be operating a dunk tank with proceeds going towards Haitian relfef. Food and beverages will also be served. W.A.C. would like to remind the community that no flash photography or video will be permitted during the event as it could be a breach of contract. That being said, Saturday will be one of the most anticipated Springfests that the College has ever seen.
Obama announces plan to expand off-shore drilling William Miller Voice Staff President Obama announced plans last Wednesday to expand offshore drilling in an effort to strengthen domestic oil and natural gas production. Regions outlined in the proposal include an expanse of the East Coast stretching from Delaware to Central Florida, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska. Obama believes that the plan will bolster America’s energy independence with traditional sources of fuel, while renewable energy sources can continue to be developed. “This announcement is part of a broader strategy that will move us from an economy that runs on fossil fuels and foreign oil to one that relies more on homegrown fuels and clean energy,” President Obama said during his announcement at Andrews Air Force Base last week. If put into effect, Obama’s plan would be a reversal from the moratorium issued by President George H.W. Bush in 1990. The order restricted offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States, except for the western Gulf of Mexico. President George W. Bush nullified the moratorium’s renewal in 2008. Such a dramatic change in energy policy has been met with a number of responses from different parties. Republicans see domestic oil production as a potential boost
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to the economy by increasing America’s competition in the international energy market, decreasing taxes on oil sales at home and creating jobs. However, some GOP members, such as the House Minority Leader John Boehner, ROH, argue that without the opening of the Pacific Continental Shelf and the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge, Obama’s plan is not strong enough to make a significant economic impact. “Opening up areas off the Virginia coast to offshore production is a positive step,” said Boehner in a response to President Obama’s announcement. “But keeping the Pacific Coast and Alaska, as well as the most promising resources off the Gulf of Mexico, under lock and key makes no sense at a time when gasoline prices are rising and Americans are asking ‘Where are the jobs?’” According to 2006 estimates made by the federal Mineral Management Service, a total of 86 billion barrels of oil and 420 trillion cubic feet of gas remain undiscovered in the entire Outer Continental Shelf of the United States. The three offshore areas of Obama’s plan are estimated to have a combined total of 4.5 billion to 22 billion barrels of undiscovered oil and 13 trillion to 95 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered natural gas. In comparison, current untapped offshore reserves in the United States are estimated to contain approximately 20 billion barrels of
oil and 250 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The United States currently imports approximately 12 million barrels of oil a day. “We have an abundance of oil and natural gas right here in the United States,” said Meret Nahas ’10, president of Wooster’s College Republicans. “We must break the current standard of dependence on foreign oil.” Democrats have also expressed their criticisms of Obama’s plan, citing that the expansion of petroleum production does not support lasting jobs and energy security. Party members and environmentalists also argue that support for offshore drilling hinders efforts to abate climate change, while offshore drilling platforms will result in pollution of the surrounding sea and coastline. Obama’s effort to please Republicans with the expanded development of traditional fossil fuels only appears to have emboldened party lines. This arises at a particularly turbulent time for both Democrats and Republicans, especially after the passage of health care reform last month. “I don’t believe that having a more open stance on drilling will help mitigate the hyper-partisanship that is crippling Washington right now,” said Jessica Schumacher ’11, president of Wooster’s College Democrats. “Many Democrats hate the notion of offshore drilling. And many Republicans, including John McCain, R-Ariz., lauded the idea, but said
In an effort to streamline domestic oil and natural gas production, Obama recently expanded his offshore drilling proposal (Photo by AP). Obama was not going far enough.” Despite critics’ opinions, Obama foresees that his strategy will unite those who continue to argue over future energy policies. “We need to move beyond the tired debates of the left and the right, between the business leaders
and environmentalists, and those who would claim drilling is a cureall and those would claim energy has no place,” president Obama said. “Because this issue is just too important to allow our programs to languish while we fight the same old battles over and over again.”
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News Editor Laney Austin shares the value of optimism on the Wooster campus. To read her full viewpoint, turn to page 3. Editor in Chief Jonah Comstock decries the decline of our political process and dishonesty in today’s politics. See page 4 to read more.
Features Editor Elle Bloom covers the “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” event, which helped raise awareness about domestic violence for women. See page 5.
Alexandra DeGrandchamp reviews the newest art exhibit, “Andy Warhol Photographs: 1975-1986.” To find out more, turn to page 6.
Sports Editor Margaret Donnelly writes about the women’s lacrosse team, who has improved to 3-0 in NCAC play. Read the full story on page 7.
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Jazz concert features student compositions The College of Wooster’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will perform tonight at 8:15 p.m. in McGaw Chapel. The program will feature an original composition by Etienne Massicotte ’12, as well as a performance by drummer Butch Miles, from the Count Basie Orchestra. Tickets are $5 and available at Buehler’s, The Wooster Book Company, Florence O. Wilson Bookstore and at the door.
Police chief resignation sparks questions Creston Police Chief Phil Carr put in his resignation as chief, effective April 23. Carr told The Daily Record that he plans on moving and that “the area we have decided to move to will make it impossible for me to continue to work here.” However, some Creston residents such as Suzanne McKenna and Robert Strickler alleged to The Daily Record that Carr’s resignation is not voluntary. Carr responded by stating he wasn’t in a position to comment until April 23.
GM motors still has loss after bankruptcy General Motors posted Wednesday a $4.3 billion loss for the six-month period following its return from bankruptcy this past summer. Through the first quarter of 2010, sales increased by 16.8 percent. However, this followed their 29.9 percent drop in sales during 2009. “As the results for 2009 show, there is still significant work to be done,” said GM Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell in a statement. “However, I continue to believe we have a chance of achieving profitability in 2010.”
American serves eight years in N. Korea Aijalon Mahli Gomes, an American citizen was sentenced to eight years in prison after illegally entering North Korea in January. Gomes is an English teacher with strong Christian values and had taken part in anti-North Korean protests in the past. This is the third recent case of Americans being held in North Korea. The other two were female journalists who were released last August after former President Bill Clinton intervend on their behalf. The United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea.
Major earthquake devastates Sumatra Last Wednesday, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake occurred at sea about 215 kilometers northwest of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The Indonesia Meteorology and Geophysics Agency issued a tsunami warning after the quake, but removed it two hours later. Susan Potter, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, said that because the earthquake originated deep below the surface of the earth, it will not likely produce a major tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey says earthquakes of magnitude 7 and above occur approximately 17 times per year.
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Wooster student named Truman Scholar Allana Mortell News Editor Out of 576 applicants, Jessica Schumacher ’11, a political science major at the College, has been named a 2010 Truman Scholar by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. This prestigious honor is awarded to 60 college juniors across the country who are passionate about working in public service and have the potential to commit to this type of career. Each individual scholarship provides up to $30,000 for students pursuing graduate degrees that will later lead to a career in public service. The Truman Scholarship website says its mission is to find students with, “exceptional leadership potential, who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.” The Truman Scholarship Foundation was first established in 1975 and has awarded 2,730 students this honor since the first awards were created in 1977. Schumacher first became aware of the scholarship during her first-year at the College after her advisor, Associate Professor of
Political Science Angela Bos, initiated a conversation with her about the award. She knew what the award and application process entailed, but it wasn’t until last spring when Schumacher spent a semester in Washington D.C. where her interest in pursuing a career with public service began to blossom. Schumacher worked at the American Jewish Committee in D.C. and it was the first-hand experiences she had that helped fuel her passion to get involved. “I was able to work [firsthand] with immigration legislation and contribute to AJC’s advocacy efforts for a comprehensive immigration reform bill. I really saw how these bills would impact so many lives around the country in a positive way.” Schumacher said. Her volunteer efforts at a rally for the DREAM act, a bill to help children of illegal immigrants find proper legislation, also intensified her involvement in different activities. Schumacher added, “Participating in that rally really gave me insight into the human element of immigration reform, which drove my passion to change the system.” Schumacher has also utilized her leadership skills on-campus, when she stepped up to help organize the volunteers and student leaders campaigning for the Obama administration during the election last fall. Her “boss” was
Jessica Schumacher ’11 has been selected as a 2010 Truman Scholar (Photo Courtesy Jessica Schumacher). the Wayne County organizer for the campaign. Together, they canvassed, helped raise awareness, assisted to register 700 students to vote and especially helped organize the rally for Joe Biden. The actuality of receiving this award has already set in, especially with the numerous networking connections that have appeared from this award. A Wooster alum, who is also a past Truman Scholar, has already gotten in touch with Schumacher, and it has only been a week since she
received the news. These connections make Schumacher excited for what is to come, especially in terms of networking for jobs. For now, Schumacher is very focused on the future. She’s taking the LSATs this coming June in preparation for law school after graduation from Wooster and is hoping to return to D.C. where her interest in public service really began. And thanks to the Truman Scholarship, her hopes for the future are much more solid and achieveable.
Wooster aims to become “sweat-free” campus Alexandra DeGrandchamp Senior Staff Writer The Wooster Democratic Socialists is actively campaigning across campus to affiliate The College of Wooster with the Workers Rights Consortium. According to Celeste Tannenbaum ’13, the WRC is a labor-rights organization that investigates collegiate apparel suppliers to ensure fair labor standards are instituted across the globe. Tannenbaum states affiliating with the WRC is a strong step, signaling that Wooster is committed to becoming a “sweat-free campus.” The Wooster Democratic Socialists circulated a petition to President Cornwell. The petition is co-signed by 18 student organizations and over 500 students. Citing the 2009 Commencement speech and Cornwell’s commitment to global engagement, the
petition states, “It is our moral obligation to ensure that the Wooster name and logo appear only on ethically produced products. For this reason, it is imperative that we begin work with the WRC as soon as possible.” According to Tannenbaum, the petition was well-received by the President, and she notes his support has been critical in taking steps to affiliate with the WRC. She also notes the bookstore staff “has been really cooperative” in instituting change. Director of Administrative and Auxillary Services Jackie Middleton indicated that the bookstore does make efforts to remain sweatshop-free in its purchasing. She stated, “The Wilson Bookstore currently takes all available measures to ensure that the products in our college store are manufactured in a manner that is consistent with the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Fair Standards Act.” Wilson Bookstore currently reviews its vendors’ Code of Business Conduct statements yearly before renewing a purchasing commitment. Tannenbaum hopes an affiliation with WRC will further the bookstore’s commitment to sweatshop-free products by using external monitoring to support self-reported practices. The Wooster Democratic Socialists are working with Campus Council and the Student Government Association to approve the affiliation with WRC. In the meantime, Tannenbaum stated, the group, as well as the other 18 co-signing organizations, is working to raise awareness on campus on the importance of becoming sweatshop-free and what it means to live a sweatshop-free lifestyle. Tannenbaum is excited about affiliating with the WRC because the organization investigates suppli-
er factories based on the school’s self-developed Code of Conduct. Though Tannenbaum notes the WRC stipulates some elements of the Code of Conduct to protect for “basic human rights,” she envisions a campus forum to discuss the campus’s code. “I want to draft it together as a school,” said Tannenbaum, “have this be something students are involved in.” The Wooster Democratic Socialists will be hosting a speaker on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in Kauke 305 to discuss sweatshops, Neoliberalism and Socialism. Mark Engler, author of “How to Rule the World,” and Erik Rosenberg, National Organizer of Young Democratic Socialists USA, will be present. Tannenbaum states she hopes the speaking engagement will serve as “a big rallying point” for the multiple student interest groups hoping to encourage the College’s affiliation with the Worker’s Rights Consortium.
Campus Security Reports Mar 26 - Apr 5 Incident Vandalism Someone cracked car windshield Someone damaged the emergency light Someone removed 2 parking signs Someone removed 2 P.E.C. signs SPS found small tree uprooted Someone spray painted character on wall Fire Alarm Bad detector caused the alarm Bad detector caused alarm again Alarm caused by thermostat control Weapons 2 airsoft guns found in apt. Alcohol Suspect found in possession of alcohol Suspect found in possession of alcohol
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Church scandal revisited “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is known as the “Golden Rule” of Catholicism. After attending Catholic school for 13 years of my life, I can’t even recall the number of bulletin boards that this teaching was posted on. Although hannahdiorio-toth before my First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion I had to learn the Ten Commandments and all of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, I always referred back to the Golden Rule. While everything else seemed to blend together, this made perfect sense in my mind, and to this day I try to keep true to it. Why would I copy from the math overachiever’s midterm next to me, if I wouldn’t want the annoying kid in my Spanish class copying from the midterm that I had been studying weeks for? And just because your neighbor’s door is wide open doesn’t mean they’re asking for you to take the 20 dollar bill on their desk. If you were in the bathroom, you probably wouldn’t want someone to steal what took you over two hours of working your minimum wage job to make. Expecting college students to treat everyone with respect is sometimes seen as a stretch for certain members of the underclassmen community, but expecting adults to treat everyone with respect is usually just a part of life. And everyone would definitely expect leaders of organized religions to follow what they preach. However, media and even members of the Catholic Church have been critical of these leaders since the early 2000s when the pedophilia scandals began to surface. Someone who is seen as having the highest role in a religion and is referred to as a “man of God” being accused of sexually abusing young children was news that shook the nation. It’s been about 10 years and it seems like people are only just beginning to be able to cope with these wrongdoings. It was sobering to see that the Church was not as infallible as many people assumed.
There are still plenty of snide remarks made about what priests do behind confessional doors. Some very loyal followers of the Church have not been able to deal with the criticism and choose not to talk about the allegations, continuing to put all of their faith in their leaders. Although many grandparents I know from back home would be very offended by the off-handed comments I often hear, it is hard to deny that pedophilia is not still a huge problem in the Catholic Church as recent reports have begun to surface. Reverend Lawrence C. Murphy, who worked at a school for the deaf in Wisconsin, sexually abused groups of children that attended the school. This went on for decades without any action. The most horrifying part about the situation was that victims tried to get the word out about Reverend Murphy. The New York Times reports that they told other priests, three archbishops of Milwaukee, two police departments and the district attorney. They not only used sign language and other gestures, but also written affidavits to explain what wrongdoings Father Murphy had commited against them. The Vatican and current Pope Benedict XVI knew about this case and despite the outcry from the victims, nothing was done about it and he died still ordained as a priest in 1998. Whether their intentions were to hope that once again the general public would begin to forget about these scandals as they have in the past, or Catholic leaders honestly don’t feel a need to speak up against the recent uncovering, I think we can agree that the Catholic leaders are not acting as the example they should be. Even understanding that some members will stray and not follow what they are preaching, it is up to the pope and other leaders to “do unto others as they would want to be treated.” And the victims of these terrible acts deserve to be recognized instead of ignored. Hannah Diorio-Toth is a Viewpoints editor for the Voice. She can be reached for comment at Hdiorio-Toth11@wooster.edu
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Sweat-free goal promotes activism The 20th century witnessed the establishment of a strong tradition of student activism on college campuses as a catalyst for social change. This connection was solidified with college danielhanson involvement in the social movements of the 1960s. Famous examples of this tradition include the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the Civil Rights Movement, or the student activism which helped to bring apartheid down in South Africa. By contrast, college students of today, especially at liberal arts schools such as Wooster, are often stereotyped as overly idealistic yet ineffectual activists, with a façade of social or political consciousness but no actions to support this idealism. This stereotype, while containing a grain of truth, is not always accurate. The task of creating real social change that goes beyond a campus community is often desired, but is complicated by the challenges of organizing, generating interest across a diverse student body and getting outside cooperation from the administration or from the community. The student body of Wooster is as socially conscious as that of any school, demonstrated by the preva-
lence of student activism on campus, but there remains the challenge of translating this consciousness into a real change in the world. This semester, a campaign on campus has begun that provides an opportunity for student activism to break the “Wooster Bubble,” and create an engagement between the consciousness of the student body and the world at large. As many have been made aware by now, there is an active campaign to affiliate with the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), an influential labor rights monitoring organization. The WRC investigates the working conditions of factories which produce apparel with the Wooster logo, including athletic jerseys and the popular clothing items sold in the bookstore, holding these factories to a school-drafted code of ethics. Just as the student movements of the 1960s and 1970s were a response to the glaring and prominent injustices of society, the antisweatshop movement supported by WRC shows a movement against a less news-catching, yet just as troubling, social justice issue and indicates a direction in student activism. The WRC as an organization is itself a direct product of student activism, as is its parent organization, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). Both of these
groups were established by university students and administrators. As a part of this campaign, I have seen firsthand how effective it has been at growing a new social consciousness on campus for this important issue. Events by the Wooster Democratic Socialists and Peace by Peace have made the topic of sweatshop labor a concern for many students, to the extent that it is now common for organizations to ask us which clothing companies are guaranteed to be sweat-free. The Wooster student body has demonstrated that it is willing to take on the challenge of true social change, and our campaign has now begun dialogue with the administration. As more groups and individuals continue to become interested in the issue and add their support to the cause, the likelihood that Wooster apparel will be guaranteed to be sweatshop-free becomes greater. Our campaign among the student body is continuing, and our final major event of the year will be a discussion about the ramifications of sweatshop labor by activist Erik Rosenberg and author Mark Engler in Kauke Tower. The WRC has already inspired a new consciousness on campus. The next step is implementing it. Daniel Hanson is a contributor to the Voice. He can be reached for comment at DHanson12@wooster.edu.
Optimism lacking at Wooster The sun is finally shining on our small college campus, the birds are chirping, Ricky Martin is out of the closet and MTV finally dropped the word “music” from their name. Why is it, then, that laneyaustin people all around still find things to be sad about? One look at our culture and the answer is clear — negativity is more “in” than flannel shirts. Pessimism has penetrated so many aspects of our world, notably politics, pro-sports, foreign affairs and pretty much anything that has to do with the Kardashian family. In order to save Prozac over-production, I have decided that the world needs to change its outlook on life to being happy and, therefore, productive. I like to consider myself a superoptimist. By this, I mean I don’t even consider the glass half-full. I consider the glass-halfway to the next glass and that next glass is going to offer up something even better, like wine. I am a firm believer that good things won’t happen to people who are negative. Just look at Mel Gibson who made an ethnic slur when intoxicated and has since only been offered a part in the movie
called “The Beaver,” which depicts a man who walks around with a puppet of a beaver on his hand pretending it’s real — gripping. Looking at things in a negative way makes as much sense as a dove crying. It just doesn’t work. Looking at things in a positive way, however, allows things that previously made no sense, like Tiger Woods’ sex life, to make perfect sense! Even if it doesn’t, it makes no difference because you’re too happy and elated to care at all. Some of you may be asking your-
involvement. Say to yourself “they are probably just letting off steam, they had a hard week.” Throw them a beer and say, “Let the good times roll, friends!” I guarantee you that not only will this make you feel better, but also make you super popular as the cool kid who gives out free beer on your hall. Think about it. If you could sell optimism, it would fly off the shelves like the iPad attached to a case of Keystone. Think about all the huge world issues that optimism would solve! Conflict in the middle east? Gone. Athletes abusing steroids? Share the wealth and everyone wins! North Korea pointing nuclear weapons directly at us on the brink of WWIII? At least we tried diplomacy! Sure, negativity is hard to avoid sometimes (think about how Chevy Chase feels when he sees his name in the ending credits). And no, spurring your enthusiasm won’t necessarily make you more experienced or intelligent — I used to think baby showers were small rainstorms where infants fell from the sky. What optimism will do is make you happy, and even a pessimist will have trouble finding fault with that.
One look at our culture and the answer is clear — negativity is more “in” than flannel shirts. self “how can I avoid being negative when all this bad stuff is happening to me?” The first step of accepting optimism is to take a step back and think about how bad is the stuff that’s happening to you? For example, people being loud and disruptive on a week night might make you really mad and normally storm out of your dorm room in a fury, but if you embrace optimism, you can find that balance between anger and
Laney Austin is a News editor for the Voice. She can be reached for comment at LAustin11@wooster.edu
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Racial significance of rock ’n’ roll The trouble with love “You can intellectualize many aspects of rock ’n‘ roll but primarily it’s not intellectual. Its music, that’s all,” says Jann Wenner, the founding editor of Rolling S t o n e usmangul Magazine. Gonzo journalist Lester Bangs holds a similarly ludicrous opinion and says “Rock and Roll, at its core, is merely a bunch of raving [explitive].” In my opinion, a lack of knowledge of the origins, history and cultural impacts of rock ’n‘ roll music improvises their parochial views. Unfortunately, Wenner and Bangs are not alone in viewing rock ’n‘ roll as intellectually detestable and revolving around unbridled sex and pernicious drug abuse. However, I believe it is important to keep in mind the cultural impacts of rock ’n‘ roll and the paramount role it has played in eliminating racial discrimination in the United States. Rock ’n‘ roll music diminished social segregation as white children found themselves to be joyfully singing to tunes that were produced by African American musicians. This music placed an overwhelming emphasis on lyrics and created a new genre of music, one that advocated for social cooperation and racial equality. Expressing their disapproval through the lyrics of their music, African
American musicians successfully painted a vivid picture of how their hopes and passions had been chained by the menace of racism. Rock ’n‘ roll musicians sparked feelings of sympathy and compassion amongst the youthful white population of America and gradually put an end to racism after centuries of slavery and unfair treatment. Rock ’n‘ roll aided the elimination of racism primarily on two grounds. First, it imposed tremendous financial costs to institutions or businesses that engaged in racism. Radio stations that did not play rock ’n‘ roll music were losing out on audiences. Second, it created a political voice in the country
result of government coercion but in spite of it.” He further says that the market process was also bringing whites and blacks closer together in other ways. Buddy Holly, who created some of the most beautiful music ever written, shocked the black audience at the Apollo Theater in New York City. (No white act had ever played the Apollo!) And they loved him! White teenagers were flocking to see Chuck Berry sing “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Maybellene,” and “Sweet Little Sixteen.” And, horror of horrors, white and black musicians were even travelling together! We must acknowledge that rock ’n‘ roll musicals acted as a catalyst in softening racial discrimination from the American society in the post-World War II era. We must recognize and pay homage to these cultural impacts instead of disregarding them, as recognition and acknowledgement from the fabric of a progressive society. The inextricable relationship between rock ’n‘ roll and a lifestyle characterized with sex, drug abuse and yuppie-loving partying should not be allowed to undermine the genre’s historical significance. Those who criticize rock ’n‘ roll at public forums, including Wenner and Bangs, must be asked; if agents of social change are not intellectual then what is?
We must acknowledge that rock ’n‘ roll music acted as a catalyst in softening racial discrimination. for the social acceptance of African Americans. “It was only when rock and roll became popular among the youth of America that the politicians’ wrath came in the form of a Congressional investigation of an activity (rock ’n‘ roll musicals) that was harming no one,” says The Future of Freedom Foundation President Jacob Hornberger. He adds; “The world of racial separation for which adults longed in the 1950s was disintegrating among their children. And it was occurring not as a
Usman Gul is a regular contributor to the Voice. He can be reached for comment at UGul13@wooster.edu
How do you feel about this year’s SpringFest performers?
Sam Susanin ’13
Kelley Waickman ’12
“I think they got Wale at the right time because he is really starting to get popular. K’nann might not be as big of a deal but he is also gaining popularity. They are both respectable big name performers coming to campus.”
“Unfortunately I will not be here for Spring Fest this year but I’m so bummed because they are two of my favorite musical performers. Plus, the weather is so nice!”
Daniel Lehmen ’12
“I’m not familiar with the artists but I’m excited. I went last year and had a really good time.”
A cry for compromise and honesty Since the 2008 election I have watched with growing disgust as a trend in our nation sickeningly snowballs. This trend is one of the most simple and insidious tools of evil, and yet one of jonahcomstock the most powerful. It is simply this: telling lies. Finding themselves without a leg to stand on, the corporate forces that make up the power behind the Republican party have been searching for a way to keep the working poor, the people they oppress and trod upon with their every legislative move, on their side. They need the votes of those people they are slowly suffocating and the only way to get those votes is to misrepresent everything they stand for, and everything their opposition stands for. Slowly but surely, a once-effective political discourse has become a game of lies. How else do you explain the continued persistence of rumors about President Obama that have been repeatedly proven to be false: that he was not born on American soil, that he is Muslim, that he is a socialist? How else do you explain the arsenal of lies about the Democrat’s healthcare plan that have refused to die down despite having little to no factual basis: that it will increase debt, that it includes death panels, that the plan
would (or would have at any point) forced Americans into a government plan? The anti-Obama agenda is built more or less entirely on lies, an unprecedented state of affairs in American politics. When outright lies aren’t being employed, dangerously misleading rhetoric steps in instead. The Sarah-Palin-Tea-PartyTake-Back-the-White-House routine is an us-versus-them rhetoric, which characterizes Obama and the Democratic members of the Senate as evil socialists who can not be allowed to succeed at anything, and portrays the political field as a battleground. Palin literally posted a map on
Democrats are screaming for bipartisanship, for any semblance of working together, but the GOP has decided that governance is a war, and as a result it will be a miracle if any governance gets done in the next two years. The most sickening part is that once the Republicans have dug in their heels and halted all political progress, Obama will be blamed for not keeping his promises of change. We cannot let an overgrown party of stubborn, spoiled children hijack our government and our media. If the aggressors want a war, we have to make them fight fair — because if they lose their primary weapon, lies, then they’ll have to rely on the strength of their policies — and that’s a fight I have a good feeling about. Intelligent debate is impossible without some agreed-upon premises. We need a media that calls out lies for being lies, rather than getting caught up in a distorted idea of fairness and balance. We need to institutionalize truth and rationality, and come up with some kind of code of conduct for our lawmakers. Free speech is important, but the law protects against slander and libel for a reason. People have the right to know that the things their politicians and their media are telling them are based in truth, and right now they are simply not.
We need a media that calls out lies for being lies, rather than getting caught up in a distorted idea of fairness and balance. Facebook with rifle crosshairs over the weakest Democratic Senate seats with an accompanying note telling her supporters to “reload.” This may not be a physical threat of violence, but it’s a disgusting and detrimental way to think about politics. We cannot afford to let the model of our government, compromise and rational discourse, give way to a turf war. The system isn’t designed for a turf war. Obama and the
Jonah Comstock is an editor-in-chief for the Voice. He can be reached for comment at JComstock10@wooster.edu.
A few weeks ago a friend approached me suggesting that the Voice write an editorial about love, based on an idea she got from a New York Times competition in that same vein. I was skeptical at first. Having been “going steady,” krisfronzak as my mom likes to call it, with a guy for a number of months, I’ve started to forget what being single is really like. But I cast my mind back to last year — my freshman year — and started to recall all of the memories which make me confident in saying that it really is a jungle or a feeding frenzy out there. The common phrase is that there are many “fish in the sea” for a reason. If love was easy, we would instead be searching for our fish in a bucket. Now, I am not a philosophy major, so don’t expect anything too profound. What I do know is that the concept of love has such an enormous stigma around it that I hardly know where to begin. It is a word that is perhaps applied too liberally in many instances. People say it to friends, pets, even about their teachers. The girls in my sorority alone toss the word around often enough to make it our new motto. I used to be in the camp that thought this was a bad thing. Love, for me, is reserved for my family and the occasional high school boyfriend who confessed it to me and therefore guilted me into saying it back. And if a friend says it to you, they’re obviously exaggerating, or have an agenda, or just don’t know the true meaning of love, right? Maybe not. I’ve had a literal change of heart. Love can be more widely applied. I do love my dog. I’ll cry if she dies and she makes me happy every day. I love my friends too. But I still don’t feel right somehow telling them that I love them all the time. And this is why, after talking to two of my closest friends on the subject, we’ve concluded that not only are there varying degrees of love, there are also different types of love. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll call them object love, friend love and family love. They don’t require much clarification. Object love is what you feel about your bed after a long day, or the sweater that makes you feel instantly sexy when you put it on. Family love can be applied to a select few – your immediate family, obviously, and those particularly close friends who you feel totally comfortable around and would do anything for. And friend love is for everyone else, including your teachers, old friends from home whom you occasionally talk to and the majority of friends you have at Wooster. These will obviously change from person to person, since one of the other confusing things about love is that everyone views it a little differently. I have friends who
“fall in love” with every person they date, then suddenly hate them after they break up. Curiously, most of these friends are girls. Alternately, I have friends who believe themselves incapable of ever falling in love, or shy away from relationships when they feel they’re reaching the point of “love.” And most of them are guys. Which brings me to another point. To be blunt, guys are essentially discouraged from being in love. Even today, when we, as college students, are usually considered adults, everyone is skeptical of couples who are “in love” and plan to stay together indefinitely. This in itself makes sense, since statistically very few people really stay together to the end. And yet it’s still different with guys. Chances are, while the girlfriend will be congratulated for finding someone so perfect for her, the guy may be questioned or even looked down upon for “settling.” The word “settle” itself can imply either stopping normal activity to become domestic – i.e. settling down – or to settle for something. Neither term is particularly complimentary. In no way am I implying that guys cannot experience love in the same way as girls — they are every bit as capable. However, I believe they experience many more obstacles along the way and must overcome a lot to reach that stage. Furthermore, the obstacles guys overcome and the general feeling towards monogamous relationships may also be a factor that perpetuates the idea that sleeping around is acceptable, and even admirable. The overused double standard is just as present today as it was 50 years ago, or even more so. Guys are looked up to for canoodling with multiple women — hey, the more the merrier — but if a girl hooks up with a few guys her reputation goes directly down the drain. I still don’t understand why this is. Guys are just as likely to contract STDs as girls. And it’s just as much the guys fault if his partner gets pregnant; though one could argue that the girl ends up dealing with the repercussions much more frequently than the guy. What it comes down to is that there are deep-rooted, unshakeable prejudices in our society. We believe that humans aren’t meant to be monogamous, that guys have more “needs” than women and that to guys having sex is cool but girls having sex is slutty. And even if we managed to dissolve these ideas, we would still be left with the problem that everyone views and experiences love a little differently. You can’t expect your significant other to fall in love with you precisely when you discover yourself in love with him or her. And even if you think that someone is perfect for you, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are perfect for them too. Sometimes love sucks, but then again, that’s life. Kris Fronzak is a Viewpoints editor for the Voice. She can be reached for comment at HKFronzak@gmail.edu.
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Friday, April 9
Meet Carolyn Newton-Wooster’s new provost elect Madelyn Halstead Features Editor From a one-room school house to Miss Betty Crocker to a liberal arts college, Carolyn Newton has had her share of experiences. With those experiences under her belt the College has chosen Newton as its new provost. A provost is, by definition, the senior academic administrator at an institute of higher education. At Wooster, the provost’s responsibilities include a host of different academic and co-curricular programs such as academic administration, faculty and curriculum development, care of the Art Museum and athletics. The search which has, been ongoing since last May, came to a close with Newton who will take office on July 1 of this year. Newton is currently the provost and academic vice president at Berea College in Berea, Ky., where she has been for the past five years. In her time at Berea College, Newton commented, “I have focused on many aspects of increasing student success … I believe that for students the college experience both inside and outside of the classroom is all of one piece.” Hoping to transfer these goals to her position at Wooster, Newton has her own visions specific to our college. Familiar with Wooster’s renowned Independent Study program, Newton was intrigued by the manner in which the “I.S. program provides a motif that integrates and coordinates the courses that are part of Wooster’s general education requirements,” she said. She feels the students are impressive, a feeling which was heightened after her interactions with the search committee, “Alex Jue [’10] represented the student body extraordinarily well, he asked insightful ques-
tions and was an articulate and enthusiastic spokesperson for the Wooster experience,” said Newton. A defining quality that attracted Newton was inclusion of “diversity and inclusivity” in the College’s five core values. According to Newton, “actually acting on those values to diversify the faculty as demonstrated by those hired in recent years,” really captured her attention. In addition to the already present outstanding qualities of the College, Newton hopes to add some of her own. A firm believer in getting to know students and faculty as individuals, Newton plans to hold office hours, lunch group meetings and an array of campus activities. As her job covers a large host of responsibilities, Newton plans to participate in everything from music to athletics. Acknowledging that excellent programs such as Wooster’s present challenges, part of what Newton hopes to accomplish is to “help identify and address these challenges in ways that provide a stronger infrastructure to sustain the excellent work of faculty and students.” In terms of student experiences, Newton would like to increase the percentage of students participating in engaging experiences such as internships, service learning and the study abroad program. By developing the governance of the College’s faculty, in encouraging the faculty to work together and creating a more effective manner of governance, Newton hopes to advance faculty and institutional concerns. Aside from her career at Berea College, Newton has had an impressive drove of lifetime experiences, including a 27-year career as biology professor and a stint as Associate Provost at Kalamazoo College. As a child, Newton grew up on a ranch in South Dakota and later moved to
Carolyn Newton will begin as Wooster’s new provost on July 1 (Photo courtesy John Hopkins). Nebraska. “I had many farm animals as playmates but rarely saw other children except at school,” said Newton. Continuing on a unique track Newton attended school in a one-room schoolhouse on the prairie of Nebraska for grades one through eight. “There were only two other children in my first grade class. We had electricity, but no running water at school,” Newton commented. Academics were always something that intrigued Newton and to her, reading was an amazing adventure. Newton joined a class of 50 students for high school, a place where she was fortunate enough to have teachers in both math and science that influenced
and inspired her to continue on her education after high school. After being selected to participate in an NSF-sponsored math and physics program at the University of Wyoming her junior year, Newton found herself surrounded by devoted students who, like her, shared an interest in math and science. Confident that she wanted to pursue a college career, Newton faced many obstacles, “neither of my parents had graduated from high school and they did not value higher education, especially for girls,” expressed Newton. As a result of her parents’ values Newton emancipated herself as a student, pursuing any and every scholar-
ship that would help fund her college dream. Newton found success in a General Mills scholarship and was named Miss Betty Crocker of Nebraska. As a result of her placement Newton was provided with an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. and Colonial Williamsburg. “For a country girl from a low-income family, this was an amazing experience — flying on an airplane for the first time, visiting the Smithsonian Museum and having breakfast at the White House with First Lady [Patricia] Nixon, in the State Dining Room. Needless to say, I still buy Gold Medal flour,” said Newton. With the help of a high school teacher Newton landed a summer job at Colorado State University, leaving home the day after graduation to begin work. It was at Colorado State University, that Newton went on to receive an interdepartmental degree in Biological Sciences. She then went on to receive her doctorate in Biophysical Sciences from the State University of New York at Buffalo. It was during her last year at graduate school that Newton decided to explore the options associated with a career in a liberal arts college environment. After visiting more than a dozen liberal arts colleges, Newton settled on Kalamazoo College in Michigan. She taught in the biology department for 27 years and spent the last six serving as the Associate Provost. It is now Newton’s turn to take her experiences and use them to shape the Wooster community. With a host of various life experiences the campus, its students and faculty will lend itself to Newton in hopes that in return, she will successfully “help create a campus culture that recognizes and values the scholarly work of faculty and stu-
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes raises awareness at Wooster Elle Bloom Features Editor This last Friday, April 2, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes began in Kauke Arch. This event featured students, faculty and staff who volunteered to walk approximately a mile in women’s heels. Some took this to the extreme and proudly displayed their pink, six-inch platform shoes while others claimed their half inch wedge heel counted. Regardless of the height, this event was sponsored to raise awareness about rape, assault and gender violence. The event was organized mainly by Ali Peters ’10 and Katie Harvuot ’10 with the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies curriculum committee, of which Nancy Grace is head of the department and cosponsored by the Inter Greek Council which would explain the abundance of Greeks ready and willing to participate. Peters and Harvuot are the only senior WGSS majors this year. Around 150 Wooster students and staff showed up in order to show their support, or at the very least to see their president roll up fashionably
Faculty, staff and students participated in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event last Friday at Kauke Arch. Around 150 College of Wooster people participated in the event to raise awareness about rape, assault and gender violence (Photo courtesy Elle Bloom). late on his Vespa showing off his red high heels. Other administrators joining him included Dean Holmes and Joe Kirk. Whether or not people came to
laugh at these men stumbling around in heels or to support awareness, the speakers at this event were moving and passionate about the cause. After Harvuot and Peters’s
Vegetarian friendly Lowry to start Eric Stein Voice Contributor A minority of American college students follow a vegetarian lifestyle, but at Wooster there is a growing interest in lessening one’s meat intake and exploring vegetarian alternatives. In a recent survey conducted by a team from the Greenhouse committee, 67 percent of over 450 respondents said they are willing to consume meatless meals in Lowry one day a week for the rest of the semester. Over 84 percent of students said they would be willing to refrain from eating beef one day a week for the duration of the semester. The purpose of the survey was not only to learn about students’ eating preferences, but also to encourage students to reduce their consumption of meat, especially red meat, for
health, animal rights and environmental reasons. In addition to conducting the campus wide survey, the team worked with the school cafeteria manager to create green labels placed on the buffet food sections to designate both vegetarian and vegan choices. They are currently working with members of dining services to spread overall awareness of vegetarian options. Informal reactions from the students have been overwhelmingly positive. Students have approached members of the vegetarian group and commented on how much they appreciate the vegetarian labels and would like to see more vegetarian and fewer meat options in the various food stations in Lowry. The team of environmental activists initiated the survey and new food labeling system for the primary goal of reducing the car-
bon footprint of The College of Wooster campus. The meat industry is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. This industry is also associated with problems relating to environmental topics such as water quality, waste management, and land development. This week Greenhouse displayed posters advertising its optional Meatless Monday, which is taking place on April 12. The club will also have some informational cards in Lowry regarding the benefits of eating less meat and instead consuming alternatives such as lentils, various kinds of beans, tofu, eggs and other many other kinds of foods. This is the second of five articles which Greenhouse will contribute to the Voice. Eric Stein can be reached for comment at EStein11@wooster.edu
introduction Mark Weaver, a professor of political science, spoke of the anger and frustration he felt at the fact that his female friends did not feel safe walking around Wooster’s
campus just a few years ago. Alex Lans ’10 made it clear how important women were in his life and how much respect they deserve. Harvuot began the walk by making it known that it was not a race, but that there might be a prize for whoever finished first. The prize was a t-shirt. Walk a Mile in her Shoes is an international organization founded by Frank Baird in 2001 in the United States. Over the years the organization has grown and traveled to all 50 states, Camp Henry in South Korea, Nairobi in Kenya, Gold Coast in Australia, Leeds in the United Kingdom and all over Canada. The Web site lists the organization’s mission statement which is to “Co-create a United Gender Movement, where men will be a part of the solution to ending sexualized violence.” Harvuot and Peters were able to successfully raise awareness to the 150 men and women who showed up to support the cause. For more information concerning the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Foundation, please visit www.walkamileinhershoes.org.
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Traveling show provides alternative entertainment charges a significant fee to perform, they agreed on a lower perUpon first hearing of Bread and formance fee according Puppet Theater, one might imagine to Levin. The theatre compasome sort of whole-grain-centric ny, officially titled marionette fiasco. But after watch“Bread and Puppet: ing a performance produced by the Cheap Art and Political company, it became apparent that Theater in Vermont” the actors achieved a perfect balwas formed in 1962 in ance of slap-stick entertainment the lower east side of and political satire. New York City by On Wednesday, March 31, the Peter Schumann. “Bread and Puppet Theater” comToday, the company pany performed their play “The is located on a farm in Dirty Cheap Money Cabaret” in the Glover, Vt., and is also Shoolroy Theatre in Freedlander. the home to their James Levin, director of the Bread and Puppet Center for Entrepreneurship, has a Museum which boasts strong relationship and a long hisActors performing a skit from “The Dirty a huge collection of tory with the company and helped coordinate bringing their traveling puppets from their past Theatre (Photo by Jody LS Tidwell). seats and began the show. show to the campus. “They hap- performance seasons. To gain attention and interest in “The Dirty Cheap Money pened to be in Cleveland two weeks ago and I met two of the actors the performance, five members of Cabaret” consisted of performancthe company es of various skits such “A who will be REVIEW: p a r a d e d President and A Chair,” “Theatre performing in the Blue” and “Jolly Battle between the Ingenuity BREAD AND PUPPET across College camMountaintop Removal Protesters Festival,” says THEATER pus to attract and Mountaintop Machinery.” Levin. students to During specific moments of the The company the show, with a live band and life- production, an actor impersonating told Levin “that they were touring sized, over the top puppet struc- Karl Marx teased audience memand performing in Columbus and tures. The parade led followers to bers about the wonderful and they had a gap in their schedule.” the Shoolroy Theatre, where memdeceptive ideas about money. The Levin stated that he invited the company to perform at the College. bers of Bread and Puppet company play was basically designed as a Though the company usually quickly led the audience to their sketch-comedy show with satire
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Money Cabaret” in Shoolroy embedded throughout the performance. The ensemble also demonstrated great musicianship with a brass band and well harmonized impromptu singing group. My favorite moment from the production was the last scene titled “The Singing Turkeys.” It was hard not to laugh when two of the actors dressed minimally to resemble turkeys, pecked some audience members in the front row. But what made this scene truly special was when the curtain lifted to reveal a tall, black turkey that
quickly moved forward and revealed itself as a man in a black evening dress wearing red high heels. The performer then sang his heart out to the other turkeys, which was welcomed by a thunderous applause from the audience. According to Levin, the work of the theatre company “exudes a kind of joyfulness ... even if people did not ‘get’ each scene or how the sketches work together, the audience clearly left the performance buoyed somehow. The work appeared to connect with a general human spirit and those that came certainly left elevated.” After the performance, the ensemble members set up a booth for more information about the Bread and Puppet Theater Company, a selection of “cheap” art for sale, and served to patrons free bread with aioli (garlic sauce). Levin added that the company labels their performances as cheap art because part of their fundamental beliefs is that “art is for the people... They normally go where they are sponsored, either by a city, presenting organization, progressive individuals or college, and do not charge a ticket price.” For more information on the company, you can visit their Web site at www.breadandpuppet.org
Short plays deliver New art exhibits intrigue campus — tough, philosophical and witty. The play’s other great asset was Alex Horning ’13, whose off-stage voice The most recent 10-minute play performance as Sandy, a human-like festival, presented by student theatre computer system wounded by her group Effie’s Players last Friday and first taste of love, was note-perfect Saturday night, was really something and very moving. Horning excavated special, and not just as 70 minutes of all the challenging questions the play raises and brought compelling and hugely REVIEW: them all to her creation entertaining theatre – though it was certainly 10 MINUTE of the character, seemingly effortlessly. that. It was one of those PLAYS The middle of the most delightful showcases for campus talent that boasted the program continued the succession of incomparable feel of an intimate cam- very good material. Gillis reappeared pus event — by students, for students. in a totally different role in Itman Think Don’t Throw Shoes, or the Mose’s “Men’s Intuition” alongside a Covers evenings put on by student winningly straightforward Jake musicians. This was a play festival for Briggs ’10. Ben Christ ’12, meanwhile, a small space — specifically the proved a definite highlight of two Shoolroy black box theater in plays, David Ives’ “The Philadelphia” Freedlander — and a relaxed week- and Joe Jensen’s (’11) “Boom,” in both of which he portrayed a frustrated end crowd, and it worked beautifully. Of course, the easygoing atmos- man at a restaurant. Perhaps the greatest play of the phere would have been wasted on subpar plays; fortunately, there wasn't a evening, however, was the last on the single weak link among the seven. program. Paul Dooley’s “Post-Its,” The rapid-fire parade of new dramat- brought to life by sublime performic scenarios presents a unique chal- ances from Nina Takacs ’11 and lenge for the actors: they must assert Malcolm Campbell-Taylor ’13, their characters and a conflict imme- might have been the best 10 minutes diately or risk losing the audience. of theatre I’ve witnessed at Wooster. From the very first piece, however, With no action on stage apart from each cast proved itself up to the task. the two characters, seated on stools, Tim Gillis ’10 demonstrated yet reading a lifetime’s worth of post-it again that he is one of the most valu- notes to each other, the success of able comedic actors on campus, turn- the piece relied overwhelmingly on ing in a nuanced performance as an the emotional truth the actors aloof yet manipulative jerk in Anna brought to the roles. Tacaks and Campbell-Taylor capZiegler’s “Sad Song,” directed by Jasmine Verreen ’13. Kate Donnelly tured the beauty and the sadness of ’13 played her more emotionally sen- their characters’ long relationship as sitive role very effectively as well — completely as you could ask for in a the sharp contrast between her char- full-length play. What was especially acter and Gillis’s fully achieved the noteworthy was Campbell-Taylor’s grief in the play’s final, tragic develplay’s deeply sad ending. “Hell Hath No Fury...,” which fol- opment, deeply affecting and unforlowed, was similarly fantastic, a high- gettable, ending the evening on the light even in such sterling company. highest of highs affirming the real An original play by Nathan Comstock excellence of student-produced the’10, the script itself was remarkable atre on campus.
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Alexandra DeGrandchamp Senior Staff Writer The College of Wooster Art Museum is currently showcasing two distinct collections. One, Andy Warhol Photographs, 1975-1986, will be on display for the remainder of the semester. The David and Karina Rilling Collection of African and Oceanic Art will be featured until April 19. The Burton D. Morgan Gallery is featuring “Andy Warhol Photographs, 1975-1986.” Wooster was one of 183 colleges and universities nationwide to receive Warhol photographs from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Wooster’s collection features over 150 Polaroids and black and white prints, and approximately 60 are currently on display. Warhol’s Polaroid images capture the personalities of period celebrities and society figures. According to Director and Curator Kitty McManus Zurko, Warhol’s Polaroids served as “sketches” preceding his infamous silkscreen portraits. Images range from household names — like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — to less iconic personas. The black-andwhite images, on the other hand, capture candid moments of celebrity figures. According to Associate Professor of Art History John Siewart, “These society pictures are autonomous works usually taken quickly and spontaneously ... [they served as] a way of both seeing and maintaining a distance.” Zurko’s excitement about the Warhol photographs was palpable. “This exhibition came together so well,” she explained, “and I think it was a great addition to the permanent collection.” Zurko used the unique collection of photographs as a platform for curricular integration. Students in Siewart’s Contemporary
Poloroid portraits, taken by Andy Warhol, are currently on display at Ebert Art Center (Photo by Sarah Harbottle).
Art class, for example, each chose one of the subjects of the Warhol pieces to research and extracted information from their course assignments to provide context for the exhibit’s object labels. In this sense, Wooster’s gallery spaces “function as labs,” says Zurko, for hands-on experience. In addition, Professor of Theatre and Dance Kim Tritt’s Choreography class designed a dance piece inspired by the life and art of Andy Warhol. The Andy Warhol exhibit will be the focal point of two upcoming events at The College of Wooster Art Museum. Students enrolled in Siewart’s Contemporary Art class will present their research during a Gallery Walk on Wednesday, April 14, from 12-1 p.m. in the Morgan Gallery. Tritt’s Choreography class will also perform a dance in the Gallery event on Wednesday, April 28 and Thursday, April 29 from 7-8 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Running in conjunction with the Warhol exhibit is a vast and diverse selection of African and Oceanic functional art from the David and Karina Rilling Collection. The Rilling exhibition features contemporary pieces with traditional designs. The Sussel Gallery With temperatures finally creeping above 55, and the grass on the quad actually visishowing juxtable, it’s official — spring has sprung. Wooster Street Style caught up with senior Allison poses pieces Smith, who celebrated the warm weather with bare legs and strappy sandals. from Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, 1) What’s your favorite aspect of spring style? Mali, the Côte d’Ivoire and the My favorite aspect of spring style is definitely breaking out all of the summery clothes and colors that have been sitting in my closet for months. Putting boots and sweaters away and replacing them with sandals and dresses is a great trade.
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2) Is style a form of self-expression for you?
Allison Smith ’10, keeps her spring style hip with neutrals (Photo by Linda Kuster).
I definitely think style is a form of expression for me. I love that you can wake up feeling kind of down or tired or whatever, and if you put on the right thing, it can honestly make your day better. I used that tactic on a weekly basis while working on I.S.
Democratic Republic of the Congo. The exhibition showcases 21 pieces, which, according to Zurko’s curatorial statement displayed in the exhibition, were selected by Zurko and Professor of Studio Art Walter Zurko, “with consideration of how they would be utilized within Wooster’s curriculum.” The Rilling collection features a diverse array of colors and materials that highlight the beautiful functionality characteristic of African and Oceanic Art. The focal point of the collection, an elaborate and wildly colorful egungun masquerade fabric piece from Nigeria, provides an excellent counterpoint to the mellow earthtones of the remaining pieces. The two gallery spaces present a visual disconnect that showcases the versatility and diversity of The College of Wooster Art Museum’s collection holdings. The stark contrast between the iconic sparsity of Andy Warhol and the intricate and timeless motifs of African and Oceanic art run the gamut of what contemporary society considers “art.” Though not an obvious pairing of exhibitions, Zurko’s curatorial eye showcases both collections effectively. Moving from Warhol’s high-contrast black and white action prints to the muted tones of the Polaroid headshots allows the viewer to appreciate the essence of Warhol’s photographic style. The minimalism of the Warhol images in conjunction with the decorative shapes of African and Oceanic art provides a visual feast for museum patrons.
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Friday, April 9
Women’s lacrosse remains undefeated in NCAC play Margaret Donnelly Sports Editor The women’s lacrosse team dominated the opening minutes against St. Vincent College Saturday, March 27 at the Carl Dale Field, scoring eight unanswered goals that led them to a 20-4 rout. Scots’ Nina Dine ’11 and Becca Worthington ’10 both scored just seconds into the game, and the lead was padded to 4-0 with goals by Amy Denny ’10 and Madison Carey ’12 moments later. Dine, Worthington and Clare Nelson-Johnson ’13 each added goals to set the score 7-0, and Worthington added one more for a hat trick (8-0) with 18 minutes left in
the first half. Megan Kelly eventually scored for the Bearcats off an assist by Megan Fisher, but the Scots quickly responded. Defender Britta Harman ’10 and Carey scored within 12 seconds of each other to push the Scots’ lead to 13-1 to end the first half. The Scots’ momentum slowed in the second half, but they still scored six goals, including pairs by Carey and Katie Smart ’11. Eliza Cady ’12 had her first career goal on a free position shot with 17 seconds left in the game. In the net, Shawna Ferris ’13 made one save and allowed two goals in the first half, and Jennifer Forsyth ’13 saved 10 during the second half. Worthington led Wooster’s scoring
Britta Harman ’10 is solid force on defense and scored her first career goal on Saturday (Photo by Sam VanFleet).
with five tallies, while Carey had four goals and an assist. Smart also recorded two goals and two assists. The following Thursday, April 1, the Scots traveled to Meadville, Pa., where they faced their first North Coast Athletic Conference competition in Allegheny College (3-4, 1-1 NCAC). Wooster trailed 11-8 with two minutes left on the clock in regulation when the Scots scored three goals to head into overtime, and then came back with a hat trick by Worthington to beat the Gators 14-11. In the final minutes of regulation, Smart and Carey scored to put the Scots within one (11-10), and Worthington made the final shot to push the teams into overtime. Wooster dominated the overtime period with three goals by Worthington, who finished the game with seven goals, her career high and one less than the school record. Following Worthington’s lead, Dine had two goals and three assists, while Carey had two goals and one assist. Smart and Emily Johnson ’12 each tallied one goal for the day. Ferris made eight saves in the goal for Wooster. The Scots marked their second NCAC win against Denison University last Saturday in a close match that ended 10-9 at Carl Dale Memorial Field. Wooster’s defender’s made a considerable impact, along with a four-goal run over seven minutes in the second half were key in the Scots victory over the Big Red. Trailing by one at the half (6-5), the Scots rallied with three quick goals in the early minutes of the second half with goals by Denny, Emily Meyer ’11 and Jess Cleveland ’10, who also recorded an assist. Minutes later Nelson-Johnson recorded one more
Amy Denny ’10 has dominated at the face-off position and contributed to the powerful offense (Photo by Sam VanFleet). for Wooster on a free position shot after a few minutes of defensive play. Denison responded strongly with three goals to bring them within one of Wooster (10-9), and as Wooster tried to let the clock run out Ferris and Harman both dominated defensively to deny Denison’s attempts at the net. Wooster showed its depth and scoring abilities with 16 players recording points that game. Nelson-Johnson, Cleveland and Denny all had two goals for the day. Defensively, Ferris had 11 saves and Harman had five ground balls and five caused turnovers. The Scots continued their winning
ways, improving to 3-0 in the NCAC with a 14-9 win over Ohio Wesleyan University. After Ohio Wesleyan evened the score at four. Wooster exploded with five unanswered goals before the halftime break, taking a 9-4 lead into the intermission. The offensive flourish continued into the third, with the Scots increasing their lead to 12-4. Nelson-Johnson lead the way for Wooster notching a career-high five goals in the win. Dine put four in the net while Worthington scored two and added three assists. The Scots will take their winning streak on the road this weekend with two games away from home.
Growing popularity of cricket mirrored in club achievement Usman Gul Voice Staff For the first time in Wooster’s cricket history (that dates back to the 1990s,) the College’s cricket team participated in the international Chivnarine Chanderpaul Trophy held in Florida from March 17-21. The team consisted of 15 players representing Pakistan, Bosnia, India, Nepal, Zimbabwe and the United States. Coach Graham Ford accompanied the team on the five-day long tour during which the team played matches against Ohio State University, University of Saint Cloud and York University from Toronto, Canada. Participation in the tournament has culminated into a growing cricket culture at The College of Wooster. Cricket teams from George Washington University and Carnegie Mellon University visited Wooster this past weekend and played a triangular cricket series. “Participating in the Shivnarine
Chanderpaul Trophy enabled us to contact cricket clubs from other colleges and invite them to Wooster,” said Wooster Cricket Club Vice
President Maaz Khan ’10. Amongst other outstanding performances, Anoop Parik ’10 and Shiladitya Roychaudhuri ’11 scored
40 runs each in the first match against George Washington University. In the second match against
Itai Njanji ’11 is one of the 15 players on the Wooster Cricket Club team which travelled to Florida for the Chivnarine Chanderpaul Trophy (Photo from Voice Archives).
Carnegie Mellon University, Khan scored 81 runs and took three wickets while Roychaudhuri, once again, played a spectacular inning of 54 runs. Wooster Cricket Club President Omer Ijaz ’10 claimed four wickets while Tamour Ishraq ’12 took three wickets. Wooster Fighting Scots are scheduled to visit George Washington University next week. “Not winning tournaments must not be construed as losing,” said Ijaz. “It is through the continuous support and encouragement of President Grant Cornwell that we were able to participate in the national cricket championship and arrange cricket series at home,” he added. Active participation in cricket by local Americans, including Danny Tomes ’11 and Ian Carlin ’11 who were part of the team for Florida, has been a milestone in the cricket club’s history. “It demonstrates the involvement of locals in international sports and intercultural engagement at the College,” said Khan.
Underclassmen lead softball success Peters paces golfers Mike Haggerty Voice Staff The Wooster softball team split a double header on Tuesday against Baldwin-Wallace College. Both games provided exciting finishes, as Baldwin-Wallace was able to curve the Scots’ comeback effort in the first game, but could not stop the Scots in the second. Powerhouse pitching dominated the first game, as the Scots held Baldwin-Wallace to just one run through six innings. Unfortunately, Baldwin-Wallace’s Sarah Baker managed to keep the Scots at bay as well, shutting them out through six innings. Despite this early lack of offense, a few defensive mistakes quickly changed the pace of the game in the seventh inning as Baldwin-Wallace was able to put three more runs on the board, giving them a four run lead. Fortunately for the Scots, their offense began to get a handle on the Yellow Jacket’s pitching as Priscilla
Staples ’10 knocked a hard single to third base and Erica Villa ’13 brought her home with a hit through the middle of the infield. Lauren Swinehart ’12 and Gina Pirolozzi ’13 also added to the Scots’ score by knocking in one run apiece. Unfortunately, the Scots were not able to overcome the fourrun deficit, and came up one run shy of forcing a tied game. The second game followed the path of game one for its first four innings. Staples got the Scots offense moving with a double, in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Scots continued to trail the Yellow Jackets 1-0 until Rachel Frank ’12 drove in Staples with an RBI single after Staples managed to advance to third following a wild pitch. Swinehart and Villa also managed to get on base loading the bases for Jenn Horton ’13 who hit a deep shot to center field, clearing the bases and driving in three RBI’s. Horton also finished the game on the mound for the Scots, securing
the win and bringing the Scots record to 11-9. The Scots have been lead by several key players this year, including Kelley Johnson ’13 who is batting .491 on the season. Villa has also had an impressive season, tying Johnson’s average of .491. The Scots continued their winning ways against Oberlin College on Wednesday. The team won both games in the double-header by scores of 14-4 and 9-3. The Scots will play two games at Kenyon College this Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Margaret Donnelly Sports Editor The men’s golf team placed fifth in the 27-hole John Carroll Invitational at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course at Chesterland, Ohio last Friday, April 2. Michael Peters ’10 led the team with an 18-hole result of 71 and finished the tournament in 108 strokes, placing him tied for sixth out of 40 golfers in the competition. Peters began with two over par 37 on the first nine holes, and shot one under par 71 on the final 18. He was
only beat by Malone College’s Justin Lower, the individual medalist for the tournament. Overall, the Scots scored 568, just 12 strokes more than Walsh University, the fourth-place team. Malone was the winning team with 413 strokes, and host John Carroll University placed second with 445. Wooster finished as a solid group, with Blake Sword ’12, Tim Faerber ’12 and Greg Benckart ’12 all shooting 121 for the 27-hole tournament. Wooster will attend the Ted Barclay Classic in Granville, Ohio this weekend.
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Friday, April 9, 2010
Baseball lives up to hype at midway point Andrew Vogel Editor in Chief A month into the season, the Scots’ offense has treated opposing pitchers about as nicely as the National Rifle Association treats gun control activists. The Scots’ loaded lineup is a big reason why the Scots have lived up to their lofty preseason billing. The Scots (16-4, 4-2 NCAC East) entered the 2010 season ranked No. 2 in the d3baseball.com preseason poll, and currently sit at No. 4 in the national rankings behind the University of St. Thomas, Chapman University and Heidelberg University. The hot start has been keyed by the bats, which have been
hitting the cover off the ball. The Scots have been led by great production up the middle from shortstop Greg Van Horn ’11 and second baseman Matt Johnson ’10. Interestingly, neither of the two were on the field for last year’s run to the national championship game. Johnson suffered a season-ending arm injury in mid-season and Van Horn was playing for Princeton University. A year later, the Scots boast arguably the best middle infield tandem in the country. Van Horn, a highly touted junior transfer, leads the team with a .500 average and astronomical .838 slugging percentage, while Johnson shares the team lead in homers with
four. In his first three years at Wooster, Johnson had played shortstop. However, with Van Horn’s arrival, Johnson has slid over to second. Johnson’s comeback has been especially significant because he has also taken over the leadoff spot in the lineup, previously held by centerfielder Sean Karpen ’09. Matt Groezinger ’10 has also followed up his fantastic junior campaign, in which he hit .369 with 12 homers, with an equally impressive senior season. Groezinger is second on the team with a .448 average and shares the team lead in homers with four. Left fielder Stu Beath ’10 has likewise put together a solid senior campaign after a breakout junior year
Luke Sutton ’10 has been one of many powerful bats in the Scots lineup which has outscored opponents 198-92 through 20 games (Photo by Sam VanFleet).
in which he hit .389 with four homers. This season, Beath is hitting .333 with a pair of dingers. As a team, the Scots are hitting .339, with a robust .519 slugging percentage to go along with a .444 on-base percentage. While the Scots’ pitching has been serviceable, it has not yet reached the status that led the team to Appleton, Wis. for the Div. III College World Series. Justin McDowell ’11 last year tied a school record with 13 wins and posted a 2.38 earned run average along with 94 strikeouts. The terrific sophomore campaign landed McDowell multiple All-America honors. This year, McDowell has been solid, if not unspectacular. McDowell has a 3.31 ERA and leads the team in wins with a 4-1 record. One of the biggest storylines coming into the season was the return of Matt Barnes ’11. Barnes entered last season as the projected ace of the staff, but only pitched in the season opener due to a blood clot. Now back with a clean bill of health and junior eligibility, Barnes has provided solid innings and posts a 3-1 record. This weekend, the team heads back to Meadville, Pa. to take on Allegheny College. Two weeks ago, the team split a doubleheader with Allegheny after the Scots’ bats went cold. The Scots were able to get a 3-1 win in the opener behind a strong performance from McDowell, but in the second game Tyler Fugate ’11 was the toughluck loser after the Scots’ offense was shut out for the first time all season in a 2-0 loss. Since then, the Scots’ offense has broken out for 16 runs against Baldwin-Wallace College, 17 runs and 13 runs in multiple games against Case Western Reserve University. If the Scots’ bats continue their hot streak, the Scots’ pitchers should have a much less challenging outing the second time around on the hill against the Gators.
Lacrosse, winners of four straight, dethrone Big Red Ben Caroli Voice Staff The three consecutive home victories have brought the Scots back to 6-4 overall and 1-1 in conference. The team began the three game homestand with a 16-6 victory over St. Vincent College on March 24. Pat Coyne ’10 led the charge with four goals, including a first quarter hat trick, as well as an assist. The highlight of the season thus far was the following game against Denison University on March 27. The night game brought the Big Red, who were ranked sixth in NCAA Div. III before the contest, to Wooster. The exciting contest featured eight lead changes, and the game was tied heading into the
fourth quarter. Another goal from Coyne gave Wooster a 12-10 lead, but the crowd was silenced as Denison’s Emmett Jones scored to pull the Big Red within one goal with 1:21 on the clock. After a key face-off win by Matt Pullara ’11, Denison forced a turnover and had an offensive possession with less then a minute in the game. After struggling to find an open look, a Denison attacker pulled back for a shot with 10 seconds left, but was checked by defenseman Ryan Story ’10, causing a loose ball that was fought for as time expired. Wooster gave Denison its first loss of the season in the Big Red’s conference opener. It was Wooster’s first victory over a nationally ranked
opponent since 2004. The victory also ended an 18-game losing streak to Denison, dating back to 1991. For the second straight game, Coyne paced the Wooster offense with another four goals, one assist performance. Dan McVarish ’10 put in three goals, and Joe Suliman ’11 scored twice. The Scots kept the streak going, with a 12-7 victory over the College of Mount St. Joseph on March 31. Coyne continued his offensive explosion, tallying another four goals to increase his team lead to 22 on the season. As the second quarter began in a 3-3 tie, Wooster took control and never looked back, going on a 6-1 run that lasted into the third. The Lions (2-7) brought the deficit back
to 10-7 with 5:07 left in the final quarter, but there comeback attempt was quickly halted by Pullara, who won the ensuing face-off and scored just 10 seconds later. On top of Coyne’s four scores, Alex Mies ’10 added two goals and three assists, and Casey McGann ’12 had an assist on top of his own hat trick. The Scots took their winning streak on the road, successfully defeating Trine University (3-4). After swapping goals to start the game, the Scots responded with 10 unanswered goals in route to a 13-3 victory. Wooster returns home for two games this weekend. Tonight the Scots will face Albion College at 6 p.m. and Sunday afternoon Colorado College will come to John P. Papp Stadium at noon.
2010 PRESEASON BASEBALL PREDICTIONS The sports nuts make a few predictions that may well be right, and more than a few that will surely go awry.
World Series Champ Boston Red Sox over Philidelphia Phillies AL East Champ Boston Red Sox AL Central Champ Chcago White Sox AL West Champ Seattle Mariners AL Wild Card New York Yankees NL East Champ Philadelphia Phillies NL Central Champ St. Louis Cardinals NL West Champ Colorado Rockies NL Wild Card Atlanta Braves AL MVP Dustin Pedroia NL MVP Alber Pujols AL Cy Young Jon Lester NL Cy Young Tim Lincecum AL Manager Ozzie Guillen NL Manager Jim Tracy
World Series Champ Boston Red Sox over St. Louis Cardinals AL East Champ Boston Red Sox AL Central Champ Chicago White Sox AL West Champ Seattle Mariners AL Wild Card Tampa Bay Rays NL East Champ Philadelphia Phillies NL Central Champ St. Louis Cardinals NL West Champ San Francisco Giants NL Wild Card Atlanta Braves AL MVP Evan Longoria NL MVP Albert Pujols AL Cy Young Cliff Lee NL Cy Young Tim Lincecum AL Manager Don Wakamatsu NL Manager Bruce Bochy
World Series Champ Boston Red Sox over St. Louis Cardinals AL East Champ Boston Red Sox AL Central Champ Minnesota Twins AL West Champ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim AL Wild Card Tampa Bay Rays NL East Champ Philadelphia Phillies NL Central Champ St. Louis Cardinals NL West Champ Los Angeles Dodgers NL Wild Card Atlanta Braves AL MVP Joe Mauer NL MVP Ryan Howard AL Cy Young Josh Beckett NL Cy Young Roy Halladay AL Manager Joe Maddon NL Manager Bobby Cox
World Series Champ Boston Red Sox over St. Louis Cardinals AL East Champ Boston Red Sox AL Central Champ Detroit Tigers AL West Champ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim AL Wild Card New York Yankees NL East Champ Philadelphia Phillies NL Central Champ St. Louis Cardinals NL West Champ Colorado Rockies NL Wild Card Chicago Cubs AL MVP Ichiro Suzuki NL MVP Albert Pujols AL Cy Young Jon Lester NL Cy Young Tim Lincecum AL Manager Dave Trembly NL Manager Jim Tracy
FRIDAY CONVERSATION Sports Editor Matthew Yannie recently talked to baseball player Greg Van Horn ’11. Van Horn is the starting shortstop for the Scots this season. After transferring to Wooster from Princeton gregvan horn University, he is leading the team in three offensive categories and has a 0.00 ERA. MY: So far the team has taken care of the early schedule with relative ease. With only four losses thus far what are your expectations for the remainder of the season? GVH: At the beginning of the season the expectation, especially for a team as good as Wooster can be, is to win a national championship. That is definitely the main goal, but that being said we need to make sure we take the proper approach and take care of what we need to do. MY: You’ve gotten to see a little bit of what the NCAC has to offer having faced two conference opponents thus far. What improvements can still be made to ensure that this team meets its goals in the conference? GVH: We need to improve a little bit in just about every area. Our starting pitchers have done a pretty good job of doing what they need to do, but I’m sure that they would tell you that they need to improve. There are always things that we can work on to get better during the season. MY: What led to your decision to come to Wooster after having so much success in your time at Princeton? GVH: I knew that I wanted transfer. My dad went here, and played soccer, so I knew a lot about the school and the traditions. I also knew that the team was coming off a season in which they played for a national championship. That was one thing I was really looking for, an opportunity to win. MY: You’ve not only led the team in three offensive categories, but also have contributed eight and a third scoreless innings from the mound. What has contributed most to your success in both batting and pitching? GVH: Pitching is a funny thing because if you were to tell the kids from back home in New Jersey that I was pitching they would probably laugh at you. I haven’t had the opportunity to pitch since little league so I’m having a good time with that. At the plate it has just been taking the approach that you really can’t waste any at-bats. We try not to worrying about the hits because the hits will take care of themselves. MY: You have experienced vast personal success, but have also made a seamless transition into the Scots’ lineup. What has allowed you to acclimate to your new team so quickly and so successfully? GVH: One of the big things is just having a great group of guys around me. It really starts with the seniors and the few captains that we have. The team has done a great job making it easy for me as a transfer student to come in and already feel like one of the guys. MY: As a starter at shortstop, you have helped turn 31 double plays this season. How has the chemistry between you and Matt Johnson ’10 developed and thrived early this season? GVH: It was tough in the fall because he was still coming off of an injury and wasn’t able to play at all. I had heard he was really talented, but I had no idea how good he actually was. He has come back from his injury so easily that it has made it easier for us to work up the middle. Changing positions is a lot harder than he makes it look. The toughest part is the footwork around the base on double plays, but he makes it look as easy and effortless as anyone.