The Wooster Voice Vol. CXXVII, Issue XV
A STUDENT PUBLICATION SINCE 1883
Friday, January 29, 2010
“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” — Joseph Joubert
Moot Court successful at nationals
Members of the Moot Court team take a moment to pause for a photo while in Miami, Florida for the National Tournament. The team’s hard work throughout the year certainly paid off, as this year marks the third time in four years that the team has made it to the ACMA Final Four (Photo courtesy Natalie Noyes).
Emily Timmerman Voice Staff Most Wooster students were busy readjusting to the idea of second semester college life the first weekend back after winter break. However, the College’s Moot Court team members were busy fighting
tooth and nail in Miami, Florida at the 2009-2010 American Collegiate Moot Court Association (ACMA) National Tournament, where they once again distinguished themselves with an impressive showing, further illustrating and emphasizing the strength of the program. Shane Legg ’10 and Claire
Burgess ’10, who captured the regional championship in November, were equally strong at nationals, finishing among the final four in Oral Argument. This marked the third time in four years that a Wooster team has made it to the ACMA Final Four. “It was a goal that we had made since we
started with Moot Court that we wanted to place within the Final Four before we graduated, and we did now — this, our last year,” said Burgess. She went on to acknowledge the support from the rest of the team during nationals “It was really important to me that they were all there and the confidence that they gave us was unbelievable. It helped us to get as far as we did.” In addition, Willem Daniel ’11 and Thomas Loughead ’10 made it to the Sweet 16, while the pairs of Alan Van Runkle ’11 and Alexa Roggenkamp ’10, and Rachel Shonebarger ’13 and Jacob Sklar ’12 advanced to the Round of 32. Individually, three Wooster participants finished among the Top Orators: Legg, was seventh; Shonebarger was ninth; and Sklar was 17th. Seven other Wooster students also took part in the national tournament: Mark Burgin ’11 and Natalie Noyes ’11, John Carter ’12 and Cassandra Zavis ’12, Kevin Whalen ‘10 and Michael Walton ’11; and Ramsey Kincannon ’12, who was part of a hybrid team with Geoff Byrne of Denison. The Moot Court team is a group of students who are interested in both law and debate . They are given the opportunity to improve upon such skills. Competitions aim to simulate appellate argument before the U.S. Supreme Court, giving competitors the opportunity to convince the court and attorney judges to rule in their favor as opposed to that of their opponents. Both argumentative and organizational skills are taught and essential in order to succeed when put
under the pressure of competition. The pace of the competition is fast and unforgiving to those who can’t think quickly on their feet, yet the stress and pressure leave the participants with the confidence and ability to articulate and argue their opinions and points, which truly becomes an interdisciplinary and invaluable skill. Regardless of major, students of any age at the College are encouraged to join the group, and while the program provides strong prelaw experience, definitive plans to attend law school are not necessary. However, many of the students involved in the group either had or continue to have intentions of further implementing their Moot Court experience later on after Wooster. Shonebarger pointed out that, “Law school teaches you the law but it doesn’t teach you how to advocate the law,” which is exactly what Moot Court’s intends. While Nationals marks the end of Moot Court for this academic school year, many of the members are excited for the potential that the team holds going into next fall. Sklar noted that while Moot Court demands a lot time during the first semester it is well worth joining. “We all have a lot of fun with it. We get to travel together. We got to go to Miami this year. It was awesome!” Daniel, is hopeful that next year the team can be even bigger than it was this year. Though the team had about 16 pairs this year, he hopes to see it closer to 25 pairs, and again, he encourages anyone and everyone to join.
Senior class learns etiquette behavior at yearly dinner Allana Mortell Laney Austin News Editors As seniors prepare to leave the Wooster bubble and embark on their journey in the real world, the last thing on their mind is the appropriate way to eat a bowl of soup. Although that may seem trivial, the value of learning proper etiquette could be the deciding factor for countless opportunities in their future. Every year it is a time-honored tradition for the senior class to participate in the etiquette dinner hosted by the Wooster Inn. Supported by donations from alumni, this event kicks off every senior’s final semester and provides four different dates for students to potentially attend. Not only do students receive a delicious meal but, they will leave with the knowledge of proper etiquette. “The etiquette dinner was more valuable to me than I expected. Besides the food and the etiquette, I was able to foresee myself properly dining with a potential employer,” said Brittany Montgomery ’10. Even though graduation is still four months away, the skills reinforced at the dinner can be used in the job interviews, weddings and formal
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Wooster Fund for the Class of 2010. events for seniors after graduation. Upon arrival, students are placed at This fund encourages students from the class of 2010 to help further suptables, each port for the led by an etiCollege through quette host. donations colEach host lected throughoffers advice out the final and instrucsemester. The tion on propfund is in its secer dining ond year and last b e h av i o r. year received The meal donations from consists of 25 percent of the three courses Class of 2009. and students This year, the do their best BRITTANY MONTGOMERY committee is to learn and to not remember CLASS OF 2010 hoping only meet but the specific exceed last year’s behavior. Sarah Palaygi ’10 said, “Some of quota. For all those who contribute, the helpful dining hints were to fol- there will be a picnic held at the end low the lead of the host as a signal for of the year hosted by President when to begin each course. Also, if Grant Cornwell and his wife Peg. Montgomery added, “Our Senior you’re unsure of which bread plate belongs to which setting you’re Committee members, along with the taught that the bread plate is always alumni office, are doing a good job of to the left and the water glass is to the raising awareness,” she said. “I think it’s now up to our senior right.” During the dinner on Jan. 25, class to participate in one of our last Senior Committee members Jeanne events as a cohesive group. Everyone Simons ’10 and Alex Jue ’10 dis- wants to be remembered for somecussed the importance of the thing — why not this?” said Wooster Fund and in particular, the Montgomery.
“I think it’s now up to our Senior class to participate in one of our last events as a cohesive group. Everyone wants to be remembered for something — why not this?”
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Lindsay Brainard ’10, Scott Smith ’10 and Alexander Lans ’10 pose with Chef Ken Bogucki at the dinner which took place at The Wooster Inn (Photo courtesy Sarah Palagyi). ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Editor in Chief Jonah Comstock evaluates the state of American government in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision on campaign finance. Alexander Lans gives his opinion regarding the Judicial Board hearings and provides details he feels are vital for students. See page 3 for both stories.
Tamari Farquharson writes about senior Kimberly Krall’s I.S which analyzes the paint on the coffin of the mummy located in Ebert. See page 4 for more.
Regenstreif Emily writes a review about the movie “Pirate Radio.” To read the entire review, see page 6.
The men’s basketball team improves to 9-0 in the NCAC with a win over Hiram College. See page 8 to read the full story.
Friday, January 29
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Study shows lower cancer rates for Amish Researchers at The Ohio State University have discovered that cancer rates amongst Holmes County Amish families are lower than expected. They were surprised to discover such low rates of cancer given the fact that the ancestral pool is made up of around 100 people. Ninety-two Amish families were interviewed for this study. During this time, they were asked their family cancer history in order to obtain medical information on family members spanning three generations back.
New ban placed on texting while driving President Barack Obama's Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood banned truckers and commercial bus drivers from sending and receiving text messages on Tuesday. “Today we're sending a strong message,” LaHood told The Dallas Morning News. “We don't merely expect you to share the road responsibly with other travelers — we require you to do so.” Texas trucker Jeff Barker told the news that the ban was long overdue, but that he saw no reason to exclusively ban commercial drivers.
Bin-Laden tape examined by CIA Al Qaeada leader Osama bin Laden claims responsibility for a new audio tape which discusses the Christmas Day attempt to blow up a plane on its way to Michigan. The tape also warns the United States that more attacks are imminent. The CIA has previously confirmed Al-Jazeera’s authenticity of other tapes potentially recorded by BinLaden, meaning it is likely that this video is legitimate. With Bin-Laden still considered at large, this tape comes as a potential threat to the United States’ safety and has the CIA working around the clock.
Man found alive under rubble in Haiti On Tuesday, Haitian looters uncovered a man named Rico Dibrivell, who had been buried under a ruined building in Port-au-Prince since the Jan. 12 earthquake. U.S. soldiers came immediately and pulled him from the ruins, treating him for a broken leg and severe dehydration. The military could not provide an explanation for how he managed to survive 14 days without water, but did verify that Dibrivell's family said he had been missing for more than two weeks. Authorities said he was sent to a nearby hospital and should survive.
Air France airline makes big change On Wednesday, Air-France announced plans to change its policy regarding their overweight customers. Next month, the airline will begin to refund heavier passengers who have purchased a second seat as long as the economy cabin does not check in full. The FAA does not mandate seat width but does require passengers to be able to buckle their seatbelt and sit within the confines of their arm rests.
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Ohio Five schools awarded generous grant Alexandra DeGrandchamp Senior Staff Writer The Five Colleges of Ohio received a two-year, $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to digitize curricular resources. Wooster, along with Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College and Ohio Wesleyan University, was graciously awarded the “Next Steps in the NextGeneration Library: Integrating Digital Collections into the Liberal Arts Curriculum" from the Mellon foundation. Director of Libraries Mark Christel, the director of the grant, expressed his excitement over the foundation’s contribution. “The library sees this as a chance to push our digital collections to the next level,” he said. Christel noted digital collections are already in use by other major liberal arts institutions, such as Carleton College (Minnesota), Claremont College (California) and Vassar College (New York). “Some other college libraries have built digital collections that include faculty publications, student research projects or digital videos.” The five institutions will utilize some of the funding to hire a digital specialist to help build databases and provide advanced training to library staff. Faculty at the institutions will have the opportunity to apply for stipends through the program to create a digital project. The most promising proposals will partner with the libraries to receive funding and technical support for the projects.
The $600,000 grant will help Wooster integrate more digital resources into the academic curriculum, hopefully accessible to students by fall 2010 (Photo by Andrew Collins). Christel indicated a range of possibilities to incorporate digital resources into Wooster’s curriculum, but emphasized the projects funded ultimately depended on “faculty interests” and materials available to be digitized. Christel emphasized the Mellon Foundation grant supports Wooster’s curriculum and holds an array of learning opportunities for students. For example, digitized collections can be viewed in any location with Internet access, which makes resources accessible to students outside of the classroom. Furthermore, students may be involved in the faculty digitization projects. Christel hopes students will have the opportu-
nity to be involved with “writing content and selecting materials to be added to online collections” as part of their curriculum. Student research and classroom projects, such as exemplary Independent Study projects and student-produced media, could be permanently housed in the digital collection, effectively creating a permanent record. Christel also noted other institutions used digital media to archive publications, such as copies of student newspapers, photos and magazines. The grant money may also possibly fund the digitization of some Special Collections materials. Christel is currently forming a
committee to read faculty proposals and decide which projects merit grant money this summer. He states that the campus community could begin utilizing the digital database as soon as fall of 2010 as faculty projects begin. “We will be working around faculty and class schedules, but we hope to begin production for some of the collections as early as this summer,” states Christel. The Mellon Foundation, a New York-based non-profit organization, offers grants to higher education and other public service institutions, such as museums and performing arts ventures, to “build, strengthen and sustain institutions and their core capacities.”
Wellness series continues through February Emily Tarr Voice Staff Since its creation three years ago, the Wellness Series has brought prominent speakers to the Wooster campus with the goal of informing the students and faculty and Wooster community about diverse aspects of health and wellness. All of the speakers this year have national credibility and recognition as researchers, authors or spokespeople. The series began this year with a talk on Jan. 20 by Michael Roizen, a best selling author and respected Cleveland Clinic Doctor who has made numerous appearances in the media, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and 20/20. He also serves as the chief medical consultant for “The Dr. Oz Show.” Roizen’s talk focused on the science of controlling your genes, and the ways in which you can control your own health by making positive choices.
On Thursday, Jan. 28, Stephen Post gave a lecture entitled “It’s Good to be Good: Happiness, Health, and Giving.” Post is a professor of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University, as well as the co-author of “Why Good Things Happen to Good People.” His lecture focused on the attitudes that can help people to feel healthier both physically and mentally. By having healthier attitudes, Post believes that one will be at peace and feel more connected with others. His ideas are all research based. Deborah Madison, accomplished chef, founder of Green’s Restaurant in San Francisco and author of 10 cookbooks including “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone,” will be speaking on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Madison is also a proponent of sustainable agriculture and she will be discussing her experiences in this area as well as
her culinary background. The final speaker, Heidi Adams, will be appearing on campus on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Adams is the founder of Planet Cancer, a nonprofit organization that exists to support young adults battling cancer, as well as the Director of Grassroots Engagement for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Adams’ lecture will focus on the unique needs of young adults who have cancer. In opposition to the young children or older adults that oncologists most typically treat, young adults with cancer have different needs and questions, such as concerns about fertility and sex and worries about insurance. She will speak to the lack of support for young adult patients as well as attempt to address some of their own distinctive concerns. “I’m really excited about Heidi,” said Dan Dean, substance abuse and prevention coordinator of the wellness center as well as organizer of the series. “I’ve heard her
speak twice already. She’s really an engaging speaker and I hope that students will take advantage of her in particular.” Though there is usually a good turn-out for the events (last year’s series averaged 350-400 people per event), Dean would like to see more students take advantage of the opportunity the series offers, especially as the series tries to address students’ needs and concerns. For example, Madison was brought in to address student environmental concerns, and Adams’ talk focuses specifically on young adults. Dean also welcomes student input. “I’m open to suggestions, if students want to try to get anyone particular to come or to address any particular topics that fit within the series,” said Dean. For a further preview of upcoming lectures, works by all of the speakers are currently available in the bookstore. All of the lectures are held in McGaw Chapel at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Obama gives first State of the Union address This past Wednesday, President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address. This speech came at a time when America is uncertain about the future and with the decisions being made in Washington. After his demanding and controversial first year, the president was sure to address the many struggles our nation has faced in the past year and the challenges that are to come in the future. Obama wasn’t shy about describing the present state of the economy, especially with the recession, but he did say that “the worst of the storm has passed.” Obama encouraged Congress to place legisla-
tive focus on health care reform, which has been one of the biggest issues facing our president during his first year of office. He also placed emphasis on the growing deficit as well as making jobs “our number one focus” for the American people. “I want a jobs bill on my desk without delay,” he said. Regardless of all the issues facing our country, Obama continually stressed the strength of our nation and how we must all work together to overcome today’s difficulties. “It is because of this spirit — this great decency and strength — that I have never been more hopeful for America’s future than tonight” (Photo by AP).
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Our republic is broken In future generations it might be seen as a great irony that the breakdown of American Democracy that led to the complete takeover of right-wing corporate interests occured during a time when the most socially-minded Democratic president in years was in jonahcomstock office, with an erstwhile filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate. By my “Schoolhouse Rock” understanding of our government and its systems of checks and balances, I would have expected that having all the power would enable us to get something, somehow, to go our way. It hasn’t. Why hasn’t it? Because the right wing and the corporate interests they’re in bed with have been very shrewd during their eight-year reign of terror, and have managed to mangle our government to the point where the majority party in the legislature is no longer the party in power. As we’ve seen these past months in the Senate, the minority party can now deadlock the legislature by abusing the filibuster. When the filibuster was first introduced it was used very seldom (in fact, the first filibuster didn’t occur until nearly 50 years after the measure was voted into the Senate’s rules). Part of the reason is that the filibuster, as initially conceived, required actually holding the floor until either cloture (a 3/5 vote) was achieved or the majority party cancelled the motion. Senators would have to speak continuously for that time, trading off in order to sleep or use the bathroom. At some point the Senate revised these rules to create a filibuster that can be conducted with no work at all on the part of the minority party. When the spirit of fair play and compromise disappears from our legislature, it yields what has happened with the health care bill — the minority party has unlimited veto power (a power formerly
reserved for the president) which they can use continuously for, say, four years — at which point a disenfranchised public will conclude that the majority party just “isn’t getting things done” and decide to “give the other guys a chance.” However, in terms of breaking our democracy, the filibuster is nothing compared to the Jan. 21 decision handed down by John Roberts’s supreme court, another legacy of the past eight years. The 5-4 decision struck down as unconstitutional any attempt to ban or limit corporate spending in federal elections, up to and including spending by foreign corporations. This bill has the power to do nothing short of destroying American democracy as we know it. To put it briefly, no one in America can compete with corporations when it comes to raising money. Not unions, not independently wealthy individuals and certainly not common people and grassroots movements. With this precedent in place, officials won’t get elected or re-elected by working for the people — they’ll do it simply by working for the people who can buy the people’s votes. And I’m not talking about the relatively few scrupulous corporations with a sense of fair play and corporate responsibility — for whatever reason, those never seem to be the rich ones. We’re living in a country where the once functional system of checks and balances has broken down. The legislative branch is powerless. The judicial branch is overpowered. The executive branch is all we have left and it is currently home to the president we once saw as the last and best hope for democracy. He is our last chance to keep our government out of the hands of the corporations, a group that the founding fathers never expected to become as powerful and politically invested as they are. Jonah Comstock is an editor in chief for the Voice. He can be reached for comment at JComstock10@wooster.edu.
Editorial cartoon by Andy Kissinger. He can be reached at AKissinger10@wooster.edu.
Judicial board needs reevaluation After hearing a variety of negative experiences about Judicial Board I think that as a college we must work to improve the system. I ask those who will oppose this article to think about the argument before they seek to make harsh and alexanderlans irrational responses. I have made those kinds of responses in the past and I have learned from my mistakes. I have taken my time to do my homework and I ask that anyone who chooses to respond to this article might also do his or her homework. We must maintain a judicial board that is transparent and fair to all parties concerned. First and foremost that means becoming compliant with the by-laws of Judicial Board. Three provisions in the documents published in the Scot’s Key recommend that Judicial Board submit materials to this newspaper for publication. To my knowledge current practices are not in compliance with these policies. You can find these guidelines on page 75 of the Scot’s Key. The first provision I direct your attention to is in the pre amble #8. It specifically states that Campus Council will send to the Voice general information about the board itself and any changes. Telling students about the make-up of the board and explaining changes and regulations is the first step to being transparent. I then turn to section XV.A.2.E of the Scot’s Key. Once again Judicial Board and Campus Council fail to meet the reporting requirement to anonymously publish case information. It is the right of students to know the kind of activities that are going on amongst their peers. The College’s choice not to forward or publish this information might be self-consciousness.
Are they afraid that students may think that penalties are harsh and irrational? Are they afraid to open up dialogue and transparency to discuss whether the system is justified? Finally, I look to Section XV.B.3.D. This section makes a more stringent request that Judicial Board forward the information within a 30-day period including appeals. The reality is that students have a right to know what is happening on the Judicial Board and if they followed these simple steps they might be closer to a solution. That will not fix the inherent flaws in the Judicial Board system. Students who want to open their hearings to the public should be allowed to do so. At Duke University students are allowed to request an open hearing at the dis-
of jury selection might eliminate these sources of bias. I understand that all students do not have the time to serve on the Judicial Board, however giving allowance for personal circumstances is a reasonable exception. This jury will insure that jurors are impartial and hold the least amount of favor. More importantly, student representatives should be able to speak on behalf of the persons they advise. The current system only contains provisions for students being advised as to how they should plead. I have read the Scot’s Key provisions that pertain to the Judicial Board and found it to be cryptic and requiring time and prerequisite knowledge to piece together coherently. In our legal system we do not expect laypersons to represent themselves because they are not versed in the legal provisions. As the saying goes, “only a fool has himself for a client.” Another possible solution is to assign students both a faculty adviser and a student adviser to help them make their case with the student adviser actually representing them in the hearing. It is difficult to go up against your peers and faculty whom for speaking in front of people is a full-time job. I envision these suggestions as a starting point. I request that we have an open conversation to begin to understand how we can make discipline more transparent. To the outside world in the status quo, the board’s decisions seem dichotomous — either removing people from the College or allowing them to stay. I know that there is a much more intricate system than this, but its lack of transparency makes it difficult for others to be satisfied with its decisions.
I am concerned with the fairness of these hearings ... Students by no means are impartial, they have connections to the campus and are prone to favor some persons over others. cretion of the board. (http://conduct.studentaffairs.duke.edu/resou rces/univ_jud_bd/univ_jud_bd_m ore.html). Wooster does not allow for open hearings citing privacy concerns under Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). While I do not purport to be an expert on this or any legal statute, it seems that these hearings still work to maintain the provisions contained within these laws. I am concerned with the fairness of these hearings. It seems that a select group of students are chosen to arbitrate cases. Students by no means are impartial, they have connections to the campus and are prone to favor some persons over others. Emulating the legal system’s use
Alexander Lans is a regular contributor for the Voice. He can be reached for comment at ALans10@wooster.edu.
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“People had bigger expectations than what has been accomplished so far. But, you can’t change the world in a year. He has done good work with the time has has had.”
Jessica Schumacher ’11
“I agree with a lot of his iniatives and what he wants to do. But, it’s been a controversial year at best. I think he needs to get health care passed. I’m definitely looking forward to the State of the Union.”
David Mallinson ’13
“I think he’s done a pretty good job so far. He’ll have to move back to central politics now that Massachusetts has lost its seat to a Republican.”
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Krall incorporates Ebert coffin into her I.S. project Tamari Farquharson Features Editor When people think about possible Independent Study topics, studying mummies generally doesn’t make the cut. For biochemistry and molecular biology major and art history minor Kimberly Krall ’10, however, this opportunity was only a building away. In Ebert Art Museum, there is a mummy’s coffin that was donated years ago to the College. The coffin is originally from Akhmim, Egypt — a town situated along the bank of the river Nile. So how did the mummy come into the picture? In 2005, the College had a cleaning attempt on the coffin, which had been in a fire in 1905. “I had talked to Dr. Edmiston, my advisor, about it my sophomore year when I was thinking of topics. He mentioned it,” said Krall. “Ever since, it had always been in the back of my mind, so I explored it for my Junior I.S.” The title of her Junior I.S. was called “The chemical analysis of Egyptian pigments found on a Wooster coffin.” This year, Krall incorporated her Junior I.S. into her Senior I.S. and expanded her research. A title for her Senior I.S. is a work-in-progress at the moment, but the main idea of her project is to explore the chemical analysis of the paint on an Egyptian coffin. So far Krall has undergone analy-
sis of the “make-up” of the coffin with Dr. Paul Edmiston, associate professor of chemistry. Krall has also been working with Director and Curator of The College of Wooster Art Museum Kitty Zurko. Krall and Zurko have taken fragments from both the exterior coffin surface and interior cartonnage wrappings. “I got my samples the first Friday of school in fall of 2009. I started the analysis the following week,” said Krall. “I only work with small fragments that I get to use as samples. I’ve only seen the coffin once before.” The samples are used for Krall’s analysis. Two techniques were used — infrared spectroscopy and atomic absorption spectroscopy, which determines the organic and inorganic substances within the paint. The preference was to take samples of red and green paints due to the fact that these paints are most abundant within the decorations. Now Krall is testing a yellow and white sample. “I’m looking at this coffin because they used water with cotton swabs in their attempt to clean it. The whole reason they wanted to know what these paints were made of is because pieces of the cotton swabs were sticking and the paints were absorbing the water,” said Krall. “If they had kept going, then the water would possibly have ruined the coffin.” The purpose of the analysis is to find out what is in the paint, not
what is best to clean it with. “The next thing that I could figure out is the cleaning process. I might seek a plan to go about cleaning it, or I might leave it for another student to do for their I.S.,” said Krall. “It takes a lot of time and research.” So far Krall, with the help of Edmiston and Zurko, has been able to tell that when the Egyptians made the coffin, they used three layers — a primary layer they used to paint, equivalent to how some may use a white layer of paint as a primer; and the second and third layers mixed together as a binding adhesive and a pigment. Krall will only be using a Powerpoint slideshow and posters to aid her I.S. presentation. The coffin will be kept in its current location. Students interested in the final outcome of Krall’s research can attend her presentation on Feb. 23 in Severance, at a time and location to be announced.
Above, displays the head of the coffin, one of Krall’s sample sites. Below, Costume Designer and Manager for the Theater and Dance department Charlene Gross take samples uses her background in paints to help Krall and Zurko (Photos courtesy Kimberly Krall).
Wooster’s cricket history boasts appreciation for the sport Usman Gul Voice Staff Over the past decade, the primarily Eastern sport of cricket has found its place in a country that is saturated with other popular sports such as baseball, basketball, soccer and American football. The surprising popularity of cricket in America stems from the ethnic diversity that American educational institutions foster and encourage. The Wooster Cricket Club (WCC) was first inaugurated in the early 1990s as a result of growing interest in cricket among the college’s international student body. Since then, the WCC has
arranged matches against colleges in the Mid-West and the East Coast regions. The club primarily consists of international students from SouthAsian countries where cricket is an extremely popular sport.Recently, local American students have showed a staggering interest in the sport and make up a large portion of the club. The WCC membership represents students from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Jamaica and America. In the past, the WCC’s cricketers have experienced both the delight of decisive victories and the disappointment of unprecedented
defeats. In the spring semester of 2009, the WCC lost two consecutive matches to Ohio Wesleyan University and Carnegie Mellon University. However, a phenomenal comeback was made when the team defeated Carnegie Mellon University towards the end of the semester. This year, the WCC’s prospects seem to be brighter than ever as cricketers look forward to traveling to Florida to participate in a national level cricket tournament during Spring Break. The administration of the WCC intends to take the Wooster Cricket Team on a college-sponsored cricket tour in Florida from March 17-21. The team has been
practicing for the American Colleges Spring Break Cricket Championship 2010 that is being arranged and funded by renowned West Indian cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Last year, the tournament was covered by mainstream media such as The New York Times, ESPN, NBC and NY Daily News. This year, international media organizations from Pakistan and India have shown interest in providing coverage to the tournament. Twenty-four colleges from across the country are expected to participate in the tournament. The Wooster cricket team is determined to return to campus after Spring Break with a shining
cricket trophy. Wooster is amongst the pioneers of promoting cricket teams at American colleges.The appreciation of unique Eastern sports in the Wooster community is truly commendable, as it speaks volumes about the recognition that foreign cultures and traditions receive at Wooster. “President Cornwell’s support for cricket activities on campus has been most encouraging for the club’s administration and membership,” WCC President Maaz Khan ’11 said. For more information about joining the Cricket team, contact Mazz Khan ‘11 at MKhan11@wooster.edu.
Study abroad sent Hough across three continents Philosophy major Meghan Hough ’11 enjoyed not only the classes while studying abroad, but the food made available to her and the outdoor adventures from her travel. At left, Hough and her flatmate Natalia rented horses to ride through the dessert to see the Great Pyramids and Sphinx during her Fall break trip to Turkey and Egypt (Photo courtesy Meghan Hough). While abroad during the fall of 2009, Hough enjoyed all she could see of Greece. Hough enjoyed the festivities in the streets and markets of Greece. At right is an olive vendor’s table at the farmer’s market. There were festivities held often. The farmer’s market happened every Friday in the Pagrati city quarter, which is a neighborhood located southeast of Athens (Photo courtesy Meghan Hough).
Friday, January 29, 2010
Sapere Aude satisfies inquiries for those who dare to know Madelyn Halstead Features Editor Sapere Aude or “dare to know” seems a fitting title for a journal encompassing a wide array of philosophical areas. “Sapere Aude: The Wooster Journal of Philosophical Inquiry” is a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal that works, according to its co-editor-in-chief Lindsay Brainard ’10, “to facilitate intellectual discovery by encouraging students to reason independently and to explore unfamiliar philosophical territory.” One of the characteristics that distinguish the journal as its own publication amongst the others that circulate the Wooster campus is that it accepts entries for review from any undergraduate that wishes to submit one. Previous volumes have included students from George Washington University, The Ohio State University, Brown University, Denison University and Trinity University as well as The College of Wooster The idea for the journal was initiated by philosophy majors Mike Doerr ’08 and Deborah Coffman ’08 in the spring of 2007. Doerr and Coffman worked to contact active
Last year’s Sapere Aude staff was made up of a students from a variety of different majors and interests (Photo courtesy Sapere Aude: The Wooster Journal of Philosophical Inquiry). students within the department and a group of five students began to get the ball rolling. After encountering some initial start-up troubles involving campus support and funding, the journal was able to publish their first edition in the spring of 2008. The journal, which goes to press once a year in the spring, distributes a call for submissions in the
Hype to bring hope Charles Horenstein Managing Editor On Feb. 6, Wooster Activities Crew and the Underground will be working together to produce a battle of the bands style fundraiser for Haiti relief, known as Hype For Haiti, with the winner getting a spot in April’s Springfest performance. WAC Music Committee Director David Small ’11, however, emphasized that it is not to be called a battle of the bands. “I want it to be more focused on the charity aspect. We’re getting together for that purpose,” said Small. “The battle of the bands is second to its charity nature.” The event will be hosted by Ramsey Kincannon ’12, who originally came to WAC with the idea. “In my high school [George Mason High School in Falls Church, Virginia], we designed a battle of the bands to coordinate with Katrina relief,” said Kincannon. “It was kind of inspired by shows like Live 8. And that fundraiser went really well, so I wanted to bring the idea to WAC. “As it turned out, WAC was already planning a battle of the bands to look for an opener for Springfest.” continued Kincannon. “From there, it became a symbiotic relationship. I got to help out in a way I was comfortable, and WAC found an extra purpose for their event.” WAC has confirmed two ways in which they are selecting bands to open for Springfest. In true battle of the bands tradition, there will be an audience pick, in which bands donate money to enter and then audience members also donate money to vote for their favorite band. The band with the greatest amount of money donated will be guaranteed a spot. The WAC Music Committee, however, will be sending Small, Dan
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fall. Once submissions have been received, the staff reconvenes in the spring to review the submissions for publication, and then the journal goes to press. The journal is currently under the leadership of Brainard and her co-editor in chief, Jen Barnes ’11. Brainard commented that, “the journal has two editors-in-chief
every year in order to balance the work involved and to promote continuation of the journal.” Brainard exemplifies the purpose behind this, as this is her second year as editor in chief; last year she served alongside Matthew Gorski ’09. Her experience has proved useful in her second term. “I already had an indepth understanding of the journal
this year when I resumed the post with Jen,” said Brainard. As for her co-editor in chief, Brainard comments that, “Jen and I function as a pretty solid team — it’s sort of uncanny how well our strengths and shortcomings balance out. I’m sure I’d find it very difficult to do I.S. and manage the journal if I didn’t have Jen as a coeditor in chief.” In addition to the editors in chief, the journal has about a dozen other devoted students on staff, spanning all four class years and encompassing a variety of majors and minors including publicity chair Scott Smith ’10 and treasurer Tom Loughead ’10. The staff meets for two hours every week during the spring semester to discuss the submissions. Brainard has indicated that they have an elaborate voting and ranking procedure. “Our staff is a really dynamic mix of students,” she commented, “and we tend to have a lot of fun discussing both the papers and the philosophical issues they address.” For more information about the publication of the journal contact Lindsay Brainard ’10 at LBrainard10@wooster.edu
Mariola raises student awareness about steak At left, local butcher Adam Nussbaum carves a large beef loin into various steaks. A meat tasting session, which took place on Tues., Jan 26. in the Babcock dining hall, gave students the opportunity to participate in meat tasting, as well as educate them about the economic and ecological differences between conventional grain-fed and grass-fed beef. Below, participants witnessed local chef Mike Mariola sear the steaks and taste the difference between both types of beef for themselves (Photos by Sarah Harbottle).
Casto ’12 and Ben Gartin ’11 to individually watch performances. “Casto, Gartin and I will be deliberating based on the performances and scout bands that fit the vibe we’re looking for in Springfest. If we like them, we’ll take them too,” said Small. “It’s not necessarily a judgement of the performances, though. It’s moreso evaluating and looking for what we want for the direction the show is going.” This year, Springfest will take place on April 10. The main act that the Hype for Haiti winners will be opening for has yet to be disclosed; all Small said was that “Final contractual details are still being worked out.” Students have already begun to show support for the event. In response to the confirmed date, Covers: Duets coordinators Marnie Zoldessy ’11 and Linda Kuster ’11 moved their event a week later to prevent detracting from Hype for Haiti’s attendance. The Underground, in support of getting people to come, is waiving their usual cover charge for the evening, but patrons are strongly encouraged to make donations. All proceeds from this event, in combination with the College’s other efforts, will be sent by the College’s Haiti Relief Committee to the Red Cross. Currently, Hype For Haiti is calling this an open invitation and there is no set limit on the bands competing during their 9 p.m. to midnight time slot. Those interested in entering or learning more about it can do so by contacting David Small at email@example.com, or by visiting the Facebook WAC page. “I can only imagine the capabilities of a dedicated school like Wooster in providing relief,” said Kincannon. “Especially in a college setting, we’re wise enough to know that a disaster like this affects all of us.”
Going Green @Wooster 1. Feeling tired already this semester? Open the blinds and turn off the lights. Sunlight has been known to give you more energy and regulate sleep patterns, which will in turn brighten your mood. 2. When you send packages back home, skip the bubble wrap and instead use yesterday’s newspaper. It worked for grandma, and it’ll work for you. 3. Going into town anytime soon? Plan your errands in advance! Strategically coordinating trips will both save on gas and contribute less pollution into the air. 4. Buy your groceries in bulk. It saves on packaging and saves you trips to the store.
— Compiled by Charles Horenstein
Friday, January 29
Actor’s Lab provides performance outlet Venue gives theatre majors time to practice craft Nathan Comstock Senior Arts Writer Last semester Visiting Professor of Theatre Season Ellison saw a need in the acting program at Wooster, and jumped to fill it. The Actor’s Lab, which meets Wednesdays at noon in the James Wise Acting Studio, is a venue where students from all majors can go to work on monologues and scenes, get help with presentations, or even learn about different acting techniques. “I always feel like as theatre majors at a small liberal arts college we’re missing out on something,” said Nina Takacs ’11. “We focus a lot on theory and scholarship and don’t get a lot of practical experi-
ence. So it’s nice to have something like this.” Rather than establishing a set curriculum, Ellison asks the actors who participate in the Actor’s Lab what they want to work on, then forms a schedule based on that. Last semester, students wanted help preparing to audition for the spring production of “Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off,” so the Actor’s Lab held a four week audition workshop. Ellison helped students learn how to choose appropriate monologues for their own acting types, and then helped them to polish those monologues for the audition. “This semester there’s been a request to work on scene work,” said Ellison, “So we’re going to do some
partner stuff. We’ve also had a request to do some song work as well.” Ellison hopes people from the music department will consider coming to the actor’s lab in order to work on some of the acting aspects of their singing. In general, she would like to extent participation to students in other disciplines. “I would love to see it expand so that we can hit more of the student body and offer the great work that we’ve been doing to a larger group,” she said. The Actor’s Lab will also be bringing in several presenters this semester to do workshops on different acting techniques. Visiting Professor Penny Cole will be leading two workshops on the Viewpoints method and Katherine Burke, who is currently
serving as the dialect coach for “Mary Queen of Scots,” will be leading a workshop on Linkwater. “I’m really hoping that people will come in next week when Katherine is here,” said Ellison. “This is something that we would have to pay hundreds of dollars for if she weren’t already coming in to do things for us.” Bronwyn Schlaefer ’12, a regular attendee, appreciates the chance to work on her skills. “It lets you stay in shape,” she says. “With so few auditions every year, it can be hard to get back into it.” “It’s nice because it’s sort of run by us,” said Allison Wadleigh ’10. “We have power to say let’s do this, let’s do that. Which is sort of what liberal arts is.”
Pirate Radio makes a comedy that rocks Film pairs classic soundtrack with many laughs Emily Regenstreif Voice Staff When I sat down to watch Pirate Radio, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It had been marketed as a Philip Seymour Hoffman film, and from experience those were dark, depressing and heavy. However, the second the movie began, I realized how wrong I was. Any movie that opens with The Kinks and graduates to a bunch of awkward men and one lesbian on a boat broadcasting radio is bound to be a comedy. With a cast including Nick Frost, Bill Nighy, Tom Sturridge and Jack Davenport, how could I have been expecting anything else? It should be known that this movie is no great cinematic endeavor; in fact, it barely has a plot, so for those looking for a deep film with a cohesive plot, “Pirate Radio” is not for you. But if you’re looking for some great comedy and an extraordinary soundtrack, this movie just might be up your alley. Phillip Seymour Hoffman steps out of his typical roles and takes on a very Jack Black-esque role as The Count of Cool, the only American DJ on the boat. While his performance is memorable, he is not, as the trailer for this film would have us believe, the main character. Instead, the film follows Carl (Tom Sturridge) who, after being expelled from boarding school, is sent by his mother to live with his Godfather, Quinten (Bill Nighy) on a boat where a group of men broadcast rock and roll radio over British Airwaves in a time where rock and roll was all but banned from the mainstream radio. There are a few plot points, namely a gov-
lllustration by Gillian Daniels. ernment official (Kenneth Branagh) and his legal goon (Jack Davenport) trying to bring the station down, or Carl’s search for his father. However, the majority of the film revolves around the strange and highly comedic antics of the Radio Rock DJs. During the movie, I found myself laughing almost nonstop, pausing at some points only to breathe. The film’s comedic high points include, but are not limited to, a rivalry that leads to a very involved game of
REVIEW: PIRATE RADIO
Wooster Street Style Wooster Street Style caught up with Abbas Sabur ’11 outside of Kenarden, sporting a color-coordinated, casual winter look. He provided a very thorough explanation of his fashion influences. What are you wearing? Glasses from Ray Ban; Coat from Ralph Lauren; Shirt from Flame (some random store in Brazil); Jeans from Bullhead; Shoes from Nike; Socks from Hanes; Boxers from Target; Hat from Drug Mart; Fragrance from Old Spice; Sun from Space; Clouds from Water; Location from Kenarden ... wait, is that too much? What inspires your style? I’m really into being comfortable. New Age Alternative, in both rock and hip-hop have really been my work and play these passed few years, so a mesh of the three could probably be the culprit. What’s your number one rule on looking good? Don’t rely on stand out clothes to make you stand out.
chicken, one of the greatest bachelor party scenes known to film culminating in a 17-hour marriage, a man who barely says two words, including when he broadcasts on live radio, an incredibly dimwitted man who doesn’t know the difference between Easter and Christmas, an early morning DJ who has been on the boat for seven months and, until Carl boards the boat, has never been seen by any of the other members on board and a very inappropriately named gov-
Abbas Sabur ’11 keeps his accessories classic, topping a black and purple ensemble with Ray Bans (Photo by Linda Kuster).
ernment official. I have never been in a theater with so few people and so much laughter, but even better than the film’s comedy was the soundtrack. With songs from The Kinks, The Seekers, Jimi Hendrix, The Turtles, The Who and many more, how could you really go wrong? Though this film had very little positive press when released, I feel that it is the perfect movie for anyone wanting to let go, have a good time, enjoy some great music and have several good laughs. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Pirate Radio and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good time.
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THE SCENE Two weeks ago, a musician died. He was not someone who had ever broken the Top 40, nor had he been nominated for a Grammy at leemckinstry any point since he first picked up a guitar in Tennessee. His name was Jimmy Lee Lindsey, Jr., better known as Jay Reatard, the prodigal son of the Memphis punk scene. With unruly, curly hair and a magnetic and manic stage presence, he was known in the underground music scene as a both a prolific songwriter and a chaotically energetic performer. By the time he died on Jan. 13, he had a number of musical successes under his belt despite his lack of mainstream attention. He laid down a 7” before he was 16. He had toured Europe by the time he was 18. He was a member of six bands. By the time he died, he had recorded over 20 full length LPs and hundreds of singles. A number of those albums had ended up on “Year’s Best” lists, including his final release, 2009’s “Watch Me Fall.” What will probably be most remembered about the whirlwind that was Jay, however, is that he died before he was 30, on an apartment floor in Memphis, finally silent and still. Focusing on this terrible end, though, is not my intention. That is where the error of eulogies begins. Ultimately, most premature deaths are traced out in obituary columns with an undercurrent of “what could have been” riding through them, a wistful grief of imagining dreams left unrealized. As a culture, we always dream this way, wondering what these people could have done, instead of marveling at what they did. In the days after Jay Reatard’s death, I read a lot of the obituaries featured on music blogs and in rock magazines. Here, even among an industry that for years has lauded the philosophy of living fast and leaving a mark while you still can, of it being better to burn out than to fade awayhere too, the writers’ sense of shock at when he had died hindered many of their abilities to look at what Jay had done. What he had done was what he loved, passionately and without apology, which is more than most of us can say by the time we die. He did it fast, with a fused pop and punk sensibility that few musicians three times his age could master. He did it hard, attacking his pieces with the physicality of a man possessed. But, like we all must, he died, and though it is deeply sad that he died so young, that fact should not overshadow what he accomplished in life. I am not saying it is not a tragedy when someone’s life is cut short by disease, drugs or unforseeable circumstance. It is. But in the aftermath, there is only time to think. And at that point of reflection, there is no use wasting fantasies on Jay Reatard. His reality is better. If even half the people in America were to devote themselves to their individual passions the way that Jay Reatard did, with time, fervor and no pauses for apologies, the ends of life would be coupled with remembrances of fulfilled dreams, accomplished goals and maintained promises. Jay himself once candidly said “I know I won’t be able to make records when I’m dead. And I’m not dead now, so I want to make records.” We should all try to live so fast and hard. We should all try to outrace that same clock. There is an expectation that we will always receive those 75-80 years of life allotted to us by the faceless gods of statistics. Jay didn’t. But he filled his 29 with his own brand of genuine and beautiful art, and in that way he lives. And when I listen to those records, I will not imagine those final apartment moments in Memphis. I will smile, thankful for what he gave to me, to us all, by living. Lee is an Arts & Entertainment editor for the Voice. She can be reached for comment at LMckinstry13@wooster.edu
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Friday, January 29
WOO SPORT STYLE
Whatever you call it, the mullet exudes class There are important questions in today’s ever-changing world: Why are we here? When will LeBron leave Cleveland? What will happen when Justin Bieber’s angelic voice chrisweston hits puberty? Of course, there are topics that we can dissect much more easily. An area that brings no respect is the mullet. In honor of Jared Allen’s great season with the Vikings, it’s only natural we celebrate his mon- jasonweingardt strous flow. This little treasure of American heritage has been shouting “NASCAR” for over 50 years. However, it is time that the mullet received its 15 minutes of fame for its contributions to other sports. Few have successfully pulled off “business in the front, party in the back.” Here are our winners:
ries it has no business being in, giving Kruk the unorthodox sixth spot on our list. Solidifying all stereotypes, he was once quoted as saying “I’m not an athlete — I’m a baseball player.” Rock on, Kruk. 5. J a r e d A l l e n DE, NFL 2004 - present Allen should win the award for best active mullet, as he is the only player on our list who is still currently playing. His mullet, which he keeps short during the football season by only letting it cover his neck, is “modernized” by shaving lines into the sides of his head. We view this
Jagr is ranked lower on this list than you might expect because if you were to look at him today with his clean-cropped hair you would not be able to tell that he previously rocked the Mississippi-mudslide like a pro. With the longest mullet on our list, Jagr’s lettuce curled and waved as he raced up and down the ice. While only sporting this curly monstrosity for half of his NHL career, this did account for nine years. Also another aspect of his Camaro-cut was that the front, or business end was too long to make it distinguishable as the mullet most people — well, really just us — dream about.
perfectly matched his demeanor on the mound, making him look like the one man in the trailer park who you don’t want to disturb, even though you just knocked over his keg of Budweiser. Arguably the most decorated athlete on the list, and one of the top left-handed pitchers of all time, his oily locks tossed and turned in the summer breeze as he won over 300 games and punched out one cameraman in his career 2. B a r r y M e l r o s e D, NHL 1974 - 1987 Melrose still proudly sports his Canadian passport on national tele-
1. D w a y n e S c h i n t z i u s C, NBA 1990 - 1999 Schintzius, whose last name rivals his hair as his most ridiculous and jaw-dropping aspect, had by far the greatest Alabama-avalanche in sports, and arguably one of the greatest mullets ever constructed. Seriously, Google this guy. The best way to describe it would be 100 percent business in the front and 200 percent party in the back. His career was about as successful as the movie “Gigli,” which allowed more attention to be drawn to his Florida-mudflap. Perfectly crafted, his shoulder length party end was complimented nicely by an army-style business end. He might have spent more time on his hair than the guys in “Jersey Shore,” that would have been better spent on his basketball career, but, luckily for him, this list does not judge based on that players talent. Honorable mentions:
Andre Agassi Tennis, 1986 - 2006
6. J o h n K r u k 1B/OF, MLB 1986 - 1995 “Baseball Tonight’s” big man may have made the decision to chop his luscious locks once he became a prominent figure on ESPN, but his many years in the league have helped to secure him a spot on our list. His hair reminded many of MacGyver, with the business blending into the party in the back. Beneath his batting helmet his hair poured out like Troy Polamulu’s, flopping about as he waddled around the bases. His signature flow may not have been as long or as distinct as many on our list, but, just like Geraldo Rivera, it always seems to find its way into sto-
Hilton’s surprisingly overwhelming stupidity.
We love his hair, yet couldn’t add him to our list after he admitted it was a weave instead of his real hair. The dedication to wear a mullet wig deserves some credit, however.
Randy Johnson’s hair perfectly matched his demeanor on the mound, making him look like the one man in the trailer park who you don’t want to disturb (Photo courtesy AP). as classy, but then again Lady Gaga thinks it is too. In a day and age when the ape-drape has lost all of its glamour, the NFL’s best tackler still finds a way to bring the mullet into the mainstream. 4. J a r o m i r J a g r RW, NHL 1990 - 2008
3. R a n d y J o h n s o n P, MLB, 1988 - 2009 The Big Unit rocked this signature Tennessee-tophat for all but two years of his career, or else he would have competed for the No. 2 spot on our list (another thing we can blame on the New York Yankees). His hair
vision, proving to the world that mullets and style can live harmoniously together. As both a player and later an analyst, Melrose has kept his silky-smooth streamlined hair constant for over 30 years. It is as much of a statement now as Dick Vitale’s loud voice, Simon Cowell’s extra small t-shirts and Paris
Nate Gemberling-Johnson ’10 P, Fighting Scots, 2006 - present For those of you who missed it, Gemberling-Johnson, a pitcher for the Scots’ Baseball team, went from the Bro-Flo to cornrows to a mullet all in one week. Sadly, he cut it down to a bowl cut before we had a chance to talk to him, so he couldn’t make our list.
Nationally-ranked swim teams earn victories on senior day Matthew Yannie Sports Editor The Wooster swimming and diving teams sent the seniors out with convincing wins in last Saturday’s final home dual-meet of the season. Logan LaBerge ’10, a four-year contributor said that it was an “emotional” day in the pool, and that “it was great to send our class out with a bang.” LaBerge and the other six seniors anchored the men’s team in a 127-86 victory over Wheeling Jesuit University. Senior swimmers contributed five of the team’s eight individual first-place finishes. Jon Quiery ’10 led the way with individual wins in the 100 and 200 freestyle while Michael Saltzman ’10 took home top honors in the 50 freestyle. LaBerge earned a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke and fellow senior captain Eric Babbitt ’10 won the 100 butterfly. On a day that the swimmers of the class of 2010 will not soon forget, LaBerge, Babbitt, Saltzman and Tyler Hartley-Shepherd ’10 accounted for the four legs of the 200 medley relay in the victory. After starting the dual-meet season 2-3 the men have strung together five consecutive wins, including a first place finish at the Wooster
Swimmers pause after a long set in practice. Both squads finish their dual meet season tomorrow (Photo by Maureen Sill). Invitational in early December, to improve to 6-3 on the season in dualmeets. LaBerge pointed to the Invitational win as the turning point for the team saying that the team “gained a lot of confidence from our invite performance” adding that the
win “propelled us into winter training and our remaining dual-meet” season. The women continued their streak of dominance in dual-meets by dismantling Wheeling Jesuit en route to an impressive 148-60 victory. With the win the team improved to
Scot Standings Men’s Basketball 1.) Wooster 2.) Wabash 3.) Wittenberg 4.) Allegheny 5.) Ohio Wesleyan 6.) Hiram 7.) Denison 8.) Kenyon 9.) Earlham 10.) Oberlin
8-0 (13-4) 6-2 (11-5) 5-3 (13-4) 5-3 (8-8) 5-3 (8-9) 5-3 (8-9) 3-5 (3-14) 2-6 (5-11) 1-7 (3-14) 0-8 (4-13)
Women’s Basketball 1.) Wittenberg 2.) Ohio Wesleyan 3.) Denison 4.) Kenyon 5.) Wooster 6.) Allegheny 7.) Oberlin 8.) Earlham 8.) Hiram
8-0 (10-6) 8-1 (13-5) 5-3 (13-4) 4-4 (11-6) 4-4 (7-10) 3-4 (6-10) 2-6 (3-14) 1-7 (2-15) 1-7 (2-15)
10-0 on the season with just one dual-meet remaining before NCAC Championships Feb. 11-13. First-year swimmers again led the women’s winning effort, showing that they have become well acclimated to life in the Timken Natatorium. Mary Nappi ’13, Kate Hunt ’13,
Samira El-Adawy ’13 and Clare Walsh ’13 all contributed individual wins in the 1650, 50, 100 and 200 freestyles respectively. The teams will travel to Grove City College tomorrow for the final dual-meet of the season beginning at 1 p.m.
BY THE NUMBERS
Total career points scored by shooting guard Kym Wenz ’10. Wenz moved into second place on Wooster’s all-time scoring list against Earlham College two weeks ago. Wenz passed Carly Loehrke ’07, who now stands in third with 1,338 career points.
Points per game averaged by men’s basketball player Ian Franks ’11. Franks is the team’s leading scorer for the Scots who improved to 9-0 in the NCAC and look poised to make a run at their sixth straight conference title.
Total number of individual races in which Logan LaBerge ’10 participated in and did not win. LaBerge is one of seven senior swimmers who have led the Scots scorers in the pool.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Men continue dominance, defeat Tigers Andrew Vogel Editor in Chief Prior to last week, while the men’s basketball team had started the season 12-4 and climbed back into the national top 25 rankings, the team still lacked a signature win. When the team traveled to archrival Wittenberg University last Saturday, it finally made a statement. Traveling to Springfield, Ohio is never an easy trip. Wooster (9-0 NCAC, 14-4 overall) and Wittenberg (5-3, 13-4) is arguably one of the best rivalries in Div. III, and the Tigers were off to their best start in three years. Wittenberg’s fans were amped up for this contest — the announced attendance was 2,275, far and away the Tigers’ biggest home crowd this season. In the game’s first eight minutes, the Tigers quickly jumped out to a 16-5 lead, putting the Scots in an early hole. With about eight minutes left in the first half, the Tigers had built a comfortable 21-11 lead. From there, however, the Scots snapped out of their long-range shooting drought and lived up to their preseason hype, upending the Tigers 66-56. The Scots had struggled through a fairly pronounced shooting slump in the three games leading up to the Wittenberg game — knocking down just 19 percent of their three-point attempts. Against Wittenberg, the Scots’ long range struggles persisted, starting 0-for-8 from downtown. When it mattered, though, the Scots were finally able to knock down the big shots. Matt Fegan ’12 helped break the ice, knocking down the Scots’ first three of the game and brought the Scots within a seven-point deficit of 21-14. After a layup by Ian Franks ’11, Nathan Balch ’11 knocked down another three to bring the Scots within a bucket, 21-19. On the other end, Wittenberg knocked down one free throw shot before Justin Hallowell ’12 drained another long-range shot to tie the ball game at 22. From there, the Scots never looked back and went into the half with a 30-25 lead. In the last eight minutes of the first half, the Scots went on a 19-4 run and this eventually proved to be the difference in the game.
The Tigers did mount a rally early in the second half, and tied the game at 44 with 10 minutes left in the second half. Fegan and Franks, however, immediately knocked a pair of threes to give the Scots a 50-44 lead and take momentum back from the Tigers. The closest the Tigers even came from that point was a four-point differential. Though Franks led all scorers with 20 points, Hallowell provided the biggest performance of the night. Hallowell recorded the first doubledouble of his career with 13 points and 12 rebounds. In the previous three games against Allegheny College, Earlham College and
Oberlin College, Hallowell struggled through the worst shooting slump of his career, hitting just one of 20 three-point attempts. Saturday night Hallowell bounced back to hit 3-for-8 from behind the arc, and grabbed 12 defensive rebounds. As a team, the Scots were nine of 27 from threepoint range. Off the bench, Fegan was the third Scot scorer in double figures with 10 points. The team carried this momentum into Wednesday’s game against Hiram (5-4, 8-10). While the Scots started slowly and led by just two at the half against the Terriers, the Scots caught fire in the second half eventually coasted to a 67-43 win.
The ability of Ian Franks ’11 to drive to the hole and draw fouls has made him the top scorer (Photo by Sam VanFleet).
According to head coach Steve Moore, the team was able to pull away late in the game because of improved play and better looks on the perimeter. “We were getting good shots,” said Moore. For the second game in a row, the Scots were able to know shots from long range, shooting 10-for-26 on the night. Hallowell was 4-for-7 from behind the three-point line, with all of his points coming from downtown. One of the game’s most encouraging signs came from Nathan Balch ’11. Balch has had a quiet first half of the season, averaging just under 10 points per game and shooting 36 percent from the field. On Wednesday, though, Balch posted a season-high 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. The wins give the Scots a significant cushion in the standings. Wooster is now two games in front of second-place Wabash College (6-2, 11-5). The loss likely puts any chance of a regular season conference title out of reach for Wittenberg, which is now deadlocked in a four-way tie for third place. The race for the regular season title now looks like a two-team race between Wooster and Wabash. In their first meeting this season, the Scots beat the Little Giants 78-60 on Dec. 20 in the Timken Gymnasium. In order for Wabash to have any shot at a share of the conference title, Wabash will have to beat Wooster on Feb. 7 in Crawfordsville, Ind. If the Scots are able to beat Wabash next Sunday, they will have an inside track to their sixth straight NCAC regular season title. Great teams are able to manufacture wins, even when they aren’t playing their best games and their shots aren’t falling. That’s exactly what the Scots had done for three straight games. In the last two games, however, all phases came together for the Scots. The team has played with more focus. “We are starting to gel. I’ve liked our mental approach. We’re having fun, but we’ve been intense,” said Moore. Moore hopes wins over the Tigers and Terriers can propel them through the rest of the regular season. After a slew of close calls, Moore can hope his team has finally hit its stride.
Scots top Oberlin in OT, bitten by Terriers 64-63 Margaret Donnelly Sports Editor After a thrilling win against North Coast Athletic Conference rival Oberlin College in overtime last Wednesday at Oberlin, Ohio, the women’s basketball team looked poised to match its longest winning streak of the season with a win over Hiram on Wednesday. Despite putting together its best run of the season, the Scots’ were tripped up by the Terriers last Wednesday. Against Oberlin, the Scots and Yeowomen passed the lead back and forth throughout the game, with Wooster leading by 19 early in the game, then trailing by 14 later. An overtime effort by the Scots, which included seven baskets by Kym Wenz ’10, ended the game in a 7874 victory. The Fighting Scots (4-5 NCAC, 7-11 overall) dominated the early minutes of the game, with points by Kaitlin Krister ’10 and Wenz for an
11-5 lead. Wooster then tacked on 12 unanswered points as Samantha Justice ’12 recorded assists to Taylor Keegan ’11 and Kristen Schwartz ’12 to increase the lead to 26-7 in the first nine minutes of the half. In a reversal of fortune, Oberlin (3-14, 2-6 NCAC) controlled play for the rest of the half, and a 27-9 run tied the game 32-32 with two minutes left on the clock. Wooster responded with baskets by Krister and Wenz, and Jessica Wingen ’13 blocked a shot by Oberlin’s Priscilla Staples to regain a lead of six (38-32), but the Yeowomen added three more points before the end of the half, cutting Wooster’s lead to 38-35. Oberlin continued its dominance into the second half, with Kelly Walrich’s consecutive three-point baskets in a 12-point run which put Oberlin ahead 47-38. Oberlin gained its greatest lead of the game of 14 points (55-41) when Syra Thomas
completed a shot from behind the paint. Wooster changed the pace of the game yet again with two baskets by Wingen, which put the Scots within five (59-54), followed by completions by Keegan that drew the Scots within two (64-62) with eight minutes remaining in the game. Schwartz’s lay up tied the game 6666 with just under four minutes remaining, and the match stayed tied at 68-68 for the last minute, sending the game into overtime. Wenz led Wooster’s scoring in overtime, starting with a threepointer to give the Scots a 71-68 lead and then went 4-for-4 at the free throw line to win the game 7874. Wooster’s players had an impressive night with Wenz leading the team with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Schwartz had a careerhigh of 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Krister tallied 12 points and 16 boards. Wingen went 6-for-8 on
shooting and added 14 points and Colleen Goodwillie ’10 recorded nine, two of them on three-pointers. With the thrilling win over Oberlin, the team had a chance to reach above .500 in the conference standings and move into fourthplace in the NCAC standings with a victory over Hiram (2-7, 3-15). The game looked promising at halftime, with the Scots ahead by a bucket 3331. The Scots built up a 47-41 lead early in the second half, but Hiram used a 16-7 run in a nine-minute span to go ahead by three. This proved to be the difference in the game, as Hiram eventually held on 64-63 despite a three by Colleen Goodwillie ’11 in the game’s closing seconds. From here, the Scots’ schedule only gets tougher. The team takes on Denison University (5-3, 13-4). In the first meeting between the two schools this year, Wooster upset the Big Red on their home floor in Granville, Ohio.
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Pro Bowl revision makes game more watchable This Sunday, which historically has been the saddest weekend in the National Football League’s season, we will be treated to a Pro Bowl game that actually has a chance of being watched. Since 1938 the NFL Pro matthewyannie Bowl has taken place the weekend following the Super Bowl making the game irrelevant and sparsely watched by even the most dedicated football fans. This game, which is a glorified walk through for the
leagues best players for almost no other purpose besides an extended vacation and a contract bonus, has been played in Hawaii for the past 30 years. This year the game has not only been moved to the week before the Super Bowl, but the location has changed as well. The 2010 Pro Bowl will be the kick off event to Super Bowl week in South Florida and will transform the game into a more relevant public spectacle. This move is not only great for the game, which I have only ever watched about 20 minutes of each year, but for the league as a whole, which will benefit from additional publicity and will
draw far more fans, reporters and viewers. While these changes make the game more appealing overall, there are still issues that cannot be resolved. The fact that this year’s Pro Bowl will not feature the NFL Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning and offensive juggernaut Drew Brees, who will be squaring off in the Super Bowl, makes the selection process less authentic. In addition to the absences of the league’s top quarterbacks, five other New Orleans Saints and six additional Indianapolis Colts will be missing the Pro Bowl making room on the rosters for players such as David
Garrard, Matt Schaub, Vince Young and Tony Romo. In no way should any of these quarterbacks be attending let alone playing in the Pro Bowl. The NFL has begun to take the necessary steps toward earning significance. Many improvements can and should still be made, yet moving the Pro Bowl to the week before the Super Bowl and having it be played in the host city of the league’s championship will definitely benefit the game’s success. While I cannot promise that I will be watching the game Sunday as diligently as the Super Bowl, I will at least be watching it. Why? Because it’s football.
Wooster Voice FRIDAY CONVERSATION Sports Editor Matthew Yannie recently talked to women’s freestyle swimmer Kate Hunt ’13. She has been one of katehunt a handful of talented first-years who have been major contributors in the team’s undefeated dual-meet season. MY: Did you know coming into the year that you would be a significant contributor? KH: I had talked to some of the other first-years and swimmers, but I didn’t really know what to expect. I’m really happy with how this season has gone, but I didn’t expect to do as well as I have. MY: What do you think has contributed most to your individual success? KH: The coaching staff has definitely been the most helpful. I never had coaches that paid as much attention to the little things as I have this year. My technique has really improved and working on my form with them has really improved my swimming. MY: How has the experience of the team helped you through the season and in preparing for the NCAC Championship meet? KH: It’s really nice having a team that wants to be there all the time. Back home I used to dread going to practice even though I really enjoyed swimming. I haven’t hit the point where I don’t want to be at practice in my time here. I want to be there all the time and having a team that is always working hard has been really helpful. It’s great having teammates around that are dedicated and will make me better — it makes a big difference. MY: Looking forward to the last dual-meet of the season, what are the team’s expectations? KH: It’s going to be a really tough meet. It’s a really big one for us going forward and I think it will be really close. I feel like everyone has been working really hard for this last meet. After a little bit of a let down in practice I think we are starting to pick it up again. MY: At the beginning of the season would you have predicted that this team could be undefeated in dual-meet action this late in the season? KH: Honestly, probably not. I didn’t realize how much depth our team really had on the women’s side coming into the year. We looked strong at the beginning of the season, but after we beat Wittenberg [University] in a really close meet I realized how strong the team really was. It has all sort of built from that point on. MY: With the NCAC Championship meet right around the corner, what are your individual goals for what will be the biggest meet of your young college career? KH: I haven’t really thought about it. With the assurance of the coaching staff I’m confident that I will do well. We’ve all been working really hard this season and I am expecting to see it all come together at that meet. I’m hoping to have fun and enjoy it and not get too bogged down or preoccupied with the intensity of it. My main goal is to have strong relays and help the team succeed. MY: With 15 underclassmen contributing greatly in the undefeated run, is this season’s success only the beginning? What do you see as the ceiling for this team looking forward at your time at Wooster? KH: We have a really strong first-year class that has contributed to the strength of the other classes. Across the board the girl’s side is really improving. We’ve all gotten better this year and I think that the conference championship will really show people just how much they’ve improved this season. Looking forward, we will be confident and prepared. Hopefully with another good recruiting class we will continue to build and get better.