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News Chartwells responds to criticisms through Twitter

Wright Life

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International student spotlight

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Men’s Basketball: Donlon can use Super Bowl result to teach defensive lesson

WSU celebrates the lunar new year Page 6

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Some doors still closed

WSU not fully accessible for students with disabilities Adia Lane Contributing Writer


Photo by Adia Lane: Contributing Writer

right State was recently named a “Top 5 disability friendly school,” yet some disabled students have struggled with opening some of the classroom doors. “Not long ago I had emergency surgery leaving me in a wheelchair during finals week,” a student that wished to remain anonymous said. “When I went to take my final exam, I was already stressed out enough as it was, but it only added to the stress when I couldn’t even get into the room my exam was in because I couldn’t open the classroom was kind of embarrassing.” It wasn’t until this student accidently bumped the door with their wheelchair that someone noticed them trying to get into the room and opened the door for them. Many students on campus cannot open doors themselves and require handicap accessible entrances, yet most classrooms at WSU are not equipped with accessible entrances.

“I was born with my disability—Cerebral Palsy, so I’ve dealt with these issues my whole life,” WSU student Dylan Streibig said. “WSU’s system is far from perfect, but comparatively speaking it’s wonderful. I’ve had nothing but good experiences in ODS. I’d like classroom doors as well, but I’m not holding my breath. Sadly, I’ve waited my whole life for doors. I’m numb to it.” Independence isn’t always cheap, and many times cost is the only barrier. “There is a weight tolerance that the doors have to meet and if they are under the weight tolerance they are not required to be automatic because it requires minimal effort to open the doors” said Interim Director of the Office of Disability Services Katherine Meyer. “If we were to install automatic doors on all classrooms it would millions of dollars because it’s in the neighborhood of $1,500 per door.” “When it comes to making all classroom doors accessible, my first step as part of student government would be to write up a resolution and state how much it would cost to modify the class-

room doors, which I am sure would be pretty expensive and is probably why it hasn’t been done already.” said Director of Disability Affairs of student government Megan Gillespie. Gillespie spent her previous semester speaking with students to discover what things on campus could improve and what Wright State could do to make campus more accessible. “Some of the concerns I got were that some students cannot physically press the buttons in the elevator to select which floor they need to go to, so I went online to see what options might be available such as voice activation, only to find it would cost millions of dollars to have them installed,” said Gillespie. Gillespie feels that accommodations such as fully accessible classroom doors and elevators are important to the independence of disabled students, but the funding isn’t always available to make such accommodations. See ACCESSIBILITY on Page 3

Swim Team Caps Off Final Home Meet with wins Justin Kinner Contributing Writer


ince starting the season with solid winning records, coach Kyle Oaks and his swim team have hit a bit of a rough patch. The young squad dropped three of their previous four meets on the men’s side (9-3), while the women (5-8) dropped their previous six meets heading into last Friday’s final home meet of the season against Xavier. The men pulled away with a

115-90 victory, while the women pulled through with a 130-107 victory, giving both teams momentum heading into the final month in preparing for the Horizon League Championships. The Raiders came out hot as both men’s and women’s 400-yard medley relay teams won their first two events of the evening. However, Xavier quickly countered by winning their next six freestyle events. At that pivotal point in the meet, See SWIM on Page 9

Photo by Justin Kinner: Contributing Writer Team Huddle at the end of the meet

CAMPUS EVENTS: Wednesday, Feb. 5 • Men’s Basketball v. Youngstown State: 7 p.m. Ervin J. Nutter Center Friday, Feb. 7 • Last day to drop in-person without a grade • “The Magic Fire”: 8 p.m. Festival Playhouse, Creative Arts Center Saturday, Feb. 8 • Men’s Basketball v. Cleveland State: 1 p.m. Ervin J. Nutter Center Sunday, Feb. 9 • Junior Recital – Amy Tackett: 3 p.m. Schuster Hall, Creative Arts Center Monday, Feb. 10 • Summer early registration begins Wednesday, Feb. 12 • OSAA Scholars Meeting: 5:30-7:30 p.m. 129 Med Sci Thursday, Feb. 13 • Graduate Council meeting: 2-3:30 p.m. Student Union 156 Friday, Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day • Last day to drop inperson with a W grade • Emerging Choreographers Dance Concert: 8 p.m. Festival Playhouse, Creative Arts Center • Ice Hockey v. Pitt: 10 p.m. Kettering Rec Center Saturday, Feb. 15 • Women’s Basketball v. UIC: 2 p.m. Ervin J. Nutter Center • Ice Hockey v. WVU: 10 p.m. Kettering Rec Center Sunday, Feb. 16 • Ice Hockey v. IUP: 3 p.m. Kettering Rec Center


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NEWS 3 Chartwells responds to Wright State researchers and student organization battle HIV/AIDS criticisms through Twitter n the scientific front, two WSU biology professors are collaborating on a cuttingedge gene therapy technique that will hopefully prove invaluable in the future fight against the invasive virus. The student organization Rainbow Alliance is doing its part to combat the disease. WSU biology professor Dawn Wooley, a virologist and HIV specialist, is co-developing this new technique with fellow biology professor and virologist Kate Excoffon, who specializes in Adenoviruses. Wooley described how it is supposed to work. “What we are doing is taking one virus and engineering it in a certain way to coinfect with the HIV virus. We’re engineering AAV [Adeno-associated vi-

rus] as a gene therapy to protect other cells in the body,” Wooley said. “The AAV viruses can find the the infected cells and deliver a payload that will stop the HIV from replicating.” While certainly a cause for excitement, Wooley stressed how preliminary their research was. “We’re the first to try it. It’s at the very beginning stages of proof-of-concept. We’re only doing in vitro tests,” Wooley said. “Once we show it working in vitro, we can progress toward human testing.” The presence of infectious HIV samples on campus might worry some, but WSU is serious about biosafety procedures. “We use a biosafety level three lab. It was built at Wright State specifically for working with HIV. There are additional precautions with HIV that differ from other viruses,” Wooley said. “Since HIV infection is more severe, we have enhance-

ments to the procedure above other viruses like influenza.” Public Relations Officer of the Rainbow Alliance Sarah McHenry does not feel threatened. “I personally don’t think that we should be worried about having HIV samples on campus because they are going to be very smart and careful about how they are handled,” McHenry wrote in an email. “Besides, without research we don’t stand a chance at finding a cure.” McHenry also described what the Rainbow Alliance is doing to combat HIV/AIDS. “Rainbow Alliance is working to prevent the spread of HIV/ AIDS by educating people on prevention with a focus on communication. Open communication leads to safe and fun sex!” McHenry wrote. “We also want to help remove the stigma associated with the disease. The people affected still live full and amazing lives.”

“Another problem brought to my attention is that some students said they are having trouble getting to their classes on time because students who don’t actually “need” the elevator and who are capable of using the stairs, will go ahead of them filling the elevator leaving no room for them,” said Gillespie. “Right now I am working on a project to address that concern by designating certain elevators with signs on them giving preference to students with disabilities, the elderly, as well as those with children.” “I have the elevator problem every day,” Streibig said. “It ir-

ritates the hell out of me. Not sure if signs would help, but I’d appreciate the effort.” President of Abilities United and WSU student Mallory Holler is currently working on a campus access project to make more locations on campus accessible for individuals with disabilities. “During our meeting on February 6th we will be taking pictures and videos of places on campus that should be more accessible,” said Holler. “When we have finished taking photos, we will work on a PowerPoint presentation, which I will present to university staff to request they make some changes.”

Attending college is an opportunity to live independently, some for the first time. Students with disabilities value their independence as much as the next student, and hopefully WSU will someday accommodate the realization of that independence by universal ac-

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ince taking over Wright State’s hospitality services contract last summer, foodservice company Chartwells has faced criticism over its prices, long lines and quality. Students have communicated complaints to the company through their Twitter account.

One of the biggest issues has been the newly instituted WrightSWIPE system. Psychology student Kelly Kleiman expressed some dissatisfaction with the swipes over Twitter. The stuttering opening of Tim Hortons has also caused some negative feedback. Engineering student Abdullah Saleh criticized the service at the new dining location. “Honestly... the service sucks,” Saleh tweeted. Student Union Operations Manager Dan Perry commented on the long lines. “So, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Tim Horton’s has a line of people at 3,” Perry tweeted. “Took me 20 minutes for coffee and donuts!” @EatAtWSU responded to these comments. “Thanks for your patience during the first week,” the page tweeted. “The store is very busy and the staff is still blending as

a team.” In response to general criticisms of the quality of food, Chartwells marketing director Clint Kernan wrote the following in an email: “We’ve heard from many students and staff that we’ve increased the quality and freshness of food options on campus,” Kernen said. “Students can always ask to speak with a manager to get a replacement menu item or talk to us through our social media accounts: @EatAtWSU on Twitter and Facebook.” Students have also complained about employees using Dining Dollars when they should be using swipes. “I’m so frustrated with @eatatwsu employees using dining dollars when I ask to use swipes because laziness or whatever,” Kleiman tweeted. “It’s killing my dining$.”

WSU Hospitality Services Marketing Director Clint Kernen responded to similar criticisms in an email. “Each dining plan comes with Dining Dollars. If a student is making a purchase of $5.50, we would recommend using one swipe and $1.50 of Dining Dollars. Alternatively you could grab a few items… to get the most value from using two swipes,” Kernen wrote. “The benefit of the ‘swipe system’ is that we can offer our meal plan members discounts over paying cash with WrightSWIPE Meal Deals.”

Photo by Adia Lane: Contributing Writer (From L to R) Students Dominique Jenkins and Evan Campbell arrive at one of the few handicap acessible elevators


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My Strange Fascination with the Art of Judging Brandon Berry Contributing Writer

My Dearest Mandy, I have the unfortunate problem of only ever being hit on by people I am completely not attracted to. Good looking people never look twice at me, let alone speak to me. It’s so unfair since I’m a reasonably attractive person. Am I doomed to never be noticed by hotties? -Attractive

Dear Attractive, Oh, boy.

My first reaction to your inquiry is to step onto my soapbox and preach about the importance of personality over looks. Who cares if ‘good looking’ people don’t like you? Nobody is able to maintain his or her good looks in the end, unless you’re George Clooney or Russell Crowe.

And besides, it sounds like you need to take a long hard look at your attitude. You say that it’s ‘unfair’ that hotties don’t notice you? You need to get over it. Science says that 7’s are attracted to 6’s and 8’s. Maybe you’re a 5 looking at a 9 and you’re wondering why they don’t like you. Too bad. Learn to appreciate people’s personalities instead of their looks. That’s the hard truth. Not sorry about it. Love, Mandy

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very time I walk into a gym, I feel judged. I’m judged to the point where time basically stands still; I can cut the tension with a knife, a BUTTER knife. What do I mean by time standing still? Well, take a lifetime’s worth of hurtful opinions and hatred, compile that into about 20 minutes of hell, and you got yourself a nice time at the gym. Time at the gym is not equivalent to real-time; you could be down there for 5 hours and you soon realize, after you leave the place, that it was actually only about 17 minutes. No one enjoys the gym. Take the largest/most fit guy you know, and make him tell me, to my whimpering face, that he would rather be at the gym than sitting at home being a lazy pile of poo. I don’t dare you. Okay, okay…some people do tend to be fond of being in shape; I get it. However, why take the time and sweatiness to get there? Just eat right in the first place and you won’t have to do as much (i.e. lift the remote control off the leather couch’s armrest); it’s that simple. “Brandon, you aren’t very coherent with your sentences; get back to

why you feel judged.” Fine. I myself am one of the biggest judgers I know. I think karma has finally realized this and is beginning to return the not-so-favorish favor. Why do I judge so much? Well, I’m a born observer. With observational things come the eventual judgment; it’s just my nature. I’m not hurting anyone, so why does it matter that I do so? Don’t judge me for judging, you judger. Judging is really my only motivation to go to the gym. That, and the fact that I need to burn off all my donut calories I consumed just half an hour before, but that’s beside the point. I judge almost everyone in there; good and bad (mostly bad). For example, I despise people who wear jeans to work out. This shows me that you are obviously new to this type of life experience and you are unaware of what clothing is acceptable. So, in turn, people like me will look at you weird. Another kind of person that bugs me, and never fails to be there when I am, is the profusely-sweating man. He drips everywhere, whether you want him to or not. It’s going to happen. I try to avoid that guy as much as possible. The examples I gave you are just two of the many. Everyone

is a type. I, in fact, am a known weakling. I’ll admit it. However, I can hold my own when it comes to certain things. I at least know how to use the equipment, well, as of about a week ago. This one girl gave me advice; I felt emasculated. Anyway, I usually do a little bit of the dumbbell stuff, about 20 reps of the leg lift thingy, then head to the bicycletype machine and do about 3 miles. The reason I do the mileage I do is because I get bored. And hot. Bored and hot. It’s not a great combo for me. So I don’t do very much at the gym, so what? I’m skinny, and I don’t really need to do much to keep my beautifully, unkemptlooking physique in the tip top of shapes. I know people judge me for picking up the 10-Lb. dumb bells, but hey, I eventually make it to 25. Impressed ladies? Not so much, probably. My point here is that I deserve the judgment. I’ve judged enough in this life already that it’s equivalent to 20 old, cynical men that lived their whole lives in judgmentarianism. So what, I make up words. It’s another life choice I prefer to live with. I don’t judge you for the things you do. Oh, wait. I do.

rounding areas from terrorism groups, and the deplorable antigay propaganda law enacted this year in Russia, I’m nervous about what may happen. Sure, lots of money has been going into security for this thing (Putin has reportedly spent 51 billion(!) to host the games. The Beijing Summer Olympics cost about 43 million) but that may not be enough. Also, I find it strange that of all places in Russia, they hold the Olympics at a seaside resort. They have snow stored up from last year and a lot of artificial snow, but can that be comparable to the real thing? Also, one of my favorite shows, Community, is going to be on a break for almost a month. It’s pretty devastating. But there will be some great things at these games. Billie

Jean King, tennis legend and gay rights activist, has been selected to attend in place of President Obama. The Jamaican Bobsled team has qualified and thanks to some fundraising efforts is indeed headed to the Olympics. Teams will unite and countries will hopefully get along as the world becomes a watchful chaperone. There will be our home team, USA, looking dorky/ adorable in their ugly Christmas sweater uniforms. And you know, figure skating and hockey are pretty amazing. It could be either a train wreck or a beautiful spectacle. I suppose I’ll be watching after all. Or I might just grab some ice cream and watch Cool Runnings.

2014 Winter Olympics. Worth watching? Elizabeth Turner Contributing Writer


s a person who really loathes anything to do with winter except hot chocolate (who am I kidding, I’d drink hot chocolate in a volcano) I’m really not inclined to watch winter sports. Or sports in general. I give an immense amount of kudos to these athletes, who work so hard all year round in such cold temperatures just to be overshadowed by Lindsey Vonn, who dropped out of the Olympics because of a troublesome knee and had NBC scrambling for other athletes to cover in their advertisements. I’m always a fan of the opening ceremonies, but this year has me a little uneasy. With all the threats on Sochi and the sur-


NEWS 5 Campus housing expands mixed-gender housing options Adam Ramsey Features Writer


esidence Life & Housing will now allow genderneutral housing in all apartments on campus, instead of just one building in college park. Director of RL&H Dan Bertsos described mixed-gender housing as a housing option that allows men and women to live together on-campus in the same unit. Bertsos said that the option has been offered on college campuses for many years, but, although they plan on mainstreaming their housing options, RL&H doesn’t intend to take the same steps other campuses have taken. “Some campuses have gone

into all of their housing with that option,” said Bertsos. “We have only opened up that option to the apartments, which lend themselves to more privacy. The apartments have private bedrooms, so even though these students are sharing the apartment, they still have private space.” Bertsos also mentioned that student groups that wish to live in mixed-gender housing would have to apply for it and that no single student would be assigned to such a housing situation. The reason for this change, stated RL&H Assistant Director Daniel Schraeder, was due to increased requests from students about their living arrangements. This was their attempt to provide for those requests.

“The original building in college park offered four bedrooms and two bathrooms,” said Schraeder. “This will give students a greater opportunity to change the number of students that live there. We also had individuals that had friends that lived in University Park and the building we had originally chosen for mixed-gender housing was the other end of college park. This gives people the opportunity to live next door to friends now.” Both Schraeder and Bertsos said that they also wanted to provide students with the same options as they could find off campus. Bertsos said, “We’ve had students that felt like they had to leave campus housing because the option they wanted was not

here. Our job in Residence Life and Housing is to give students a way to pursue an education and give them the way they want to do it.” According to Bertsos, the deadline to sign up for mixedgender housing was on Monday, Feb. 27. However, he also mentioned that they will continue to accept mixed-gender residents on a “case by case” basis. Student opinions illustrate support for the decision to expand mixed-gender housing. David Morton, Senior professional writing major believes that the change will have a positive impact, stating “a mix of multiple genders can increase the chances of student safety and can add to their experience of college life by having to interact with a wide variety of char-

acters.” Dimitri Furman, middle-childhood education major simply stated that he thinks it’s good to have the option available. “I don’t know many students that are looking for it, but I think it’s good that they have the option available.” However, some students remain neutral. For Jason Hall, Senior mechanical engineering major, the change isn’t necessarily conducive to his beliefs, but is acknowledged that this could be beneficial for other students. “I personally am not for it due to my personal convictions, but for some this might be perfect and that is their choice.”

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Lunar New Year

On Jan. 30, the Asian/Hispanic/ Native American center hosted the 2014 Lunar New Year Celebration. Students, faculty, staff and the general public gathered in the Student Union Apollo Room to celebrate both Chinese and Vietnamese traditions and customs. This year’s celebration was to commemorate the “Year of the Horse.” Photos by Brittany Robinson


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WRIGHT LIFE 7 Festival Playhouse hosts area premiere of “The Magic Fire” Dylan Dohner Contributing Writer


he Festival Playhouse unveiled its third production this season, an area premiere known as “The Magic Fire” on Jan. 30. The story follows Austrian immigrant Otto Berg, played by senior acting major Mathys Herbert, who embarks on a journey to Argentina to escape the Nazi regime. There, he marries Amalia Guarneri, an Italian whose family fled their home country and Mussolini. Amalia will be played by senior acting major DeLee Cooper. “‘Magic Fire’ is a beautiful show,” said Cooper. “It’s so full of passionate characters and rich with cultural history. It’s been incredibly interesting to research all the different elements that come together in this show.” These elements include the operas, the Perón regime in Argentina, and the Viennese and Italian immigrant cultures. When asked if she could relate to her character, Cooper said, “If you had asked me that question back in November at auditions, I probably would

have said that I didn’t have that much in common with Amalia.” “But she is a fiercely passionate woman who takes control of a situation and fights for what she wants,” Cooper continued. “The more I lived in her skin and looked through her eyes, the closer I felt to her.” Mathys Herbert felt in-tune with his character, Otto Berg, as well. “I think the most important thing for both of us is letting go of the past, and that can be very hard for people,” Herbert said. “We hold on to past mistakes and it keeps us from moving on in any way.” Shortly before opening night Herbert said, “I’m very excited about it. My German dialect definitely still needs some work, but as a team we are almost there. This story needs to be told.” You’ll see Herbert, Cooper and an eccentric ensemble to accompany them as “The Magic Fire” continues its run at Wright State through Feb 9. See the Theater, Dance and Motion Pictures webpage for show times. Tickets are available in the Creative Arts Center.

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Answering the dreaded interview question Hannah Hendrix Features Editor

“So, tell me a little bit about yourself.” This is one of the most common—and most difficult— interview questions, and tends to trip people up. Unfortunately, it’s also usually one of the first questions in an interview, so a bad response can throw you off your game and really ruin things with your interviewer. So how do you answer it and stay in the running?

Be prepared. It is almost inevitable that you will be asked this question. You know it and, more importantly, your interviewer knows it. There is no excuse not to prepare for this question. You might even want to take the time to craft and rehearse a specific statement that you can pull

out of your back pocket for interview time.

Short and sweet. They aren’t looking for your life story. Just a few sentences. Another thing they aren’t looking for: a rundown of your hobbies and/or character traits. Education first. Mention your most recent place of education as well as the level of education you’ve received. Sure, it is in your resume, but it isn’t a bad idea to mention it.

Stay on the subject. While it may sound like an invitation to tell your interviewer all of the most interesting tidbits about your life, it isn’t a time to ramble. Stick to who you are and what you do. You can also choose to highlight a benefit you brought to your last employer.

Money talks. If you can, put a monetary value on your work. If you came up with a way to increase profits by a sizeable margin or save a significant amount of money for your last employer, find out how much and use it to your advantage. Personalize it. Now that you’ve let them know what you can do, turn the tables. Make it a discussion instead of sitting through an interrogation. Tell your interviewer that you’re interested in discussing how you can use your skills to benefit her company. In order for this to work, you’ve got to do a little research ahead of time: find out where you and your skills could come into play and give specific examples of what you could achieve. Your sense of initiative won’t go unnoticed.

International Student Spotlight: Azith Teja Ganti Dylan Dohner Contributing Writer


zith Teja Ganti, a graduate student from Andhra Pradesh, sat down to a candid talk about his lifestyle there and his schooling here. “I came here for the Spring semester, so it’s just been a month or so,” said Ganti. “It’s good to see all these other International students too, coming from different countries and areas around where I came from.” Ganti, a computer engineering student, said Wright State’s reasonable tuition and loan plans helped support him and his choices. “I’ve gotten admittance from other colleges too, like Portland State University and Florida International University, but the computer engineering courses here are better, so I stayed,” said Ganti.

Ganti said with his degree he wants to start his own company. Ganti added, “If I accrue anything worthwhile, I’ll move back to India and grow it further there.” Ganti said one of the biggest differences so far between A n d h r a Pradesh and Ohio is the temperature. “On an average, it’s about 70 degrees Fahrenheit back in India. And here, I’m suddenly dropped to minus 30 degrees,” said Ganti. “I’m not used to wearing this kind of heavy jacket this time of year.”

Ganti said in India, you can expect to see a guy with casual jeans and a T-shirt walking around outdoors about this time, “So this weather is very

unusual.” Ganti also said he has hardly ever experienced snow. @wsuguardian

“I think it’s good to have snow for about a week, like Texas has,” he said. In Andhra Pradesh, Ganti said it snows for one week, and they shut down most things and people make snowmen. “But here,” said Ganti, “we can do it at midnight, and midday, and every day for three months. Snowmen!” About the undergrad system in India, Ganti said, “Undergrad students can’t be perfect, because not everyone will excel in the subjects. If an Indian student feels they’ll drop out, the professors and the school will try to pull them up,

and check on them very regularly and see that they excel.” In the U.S., Ganti said, they leave it to the student. “You study, you gain the knowledge, you gain the money. It is for you,” said Ganti. “If you are an individualist, then go for the US system. If you can’t make up your mind, and just want to follow other people along a road of success, then go to India. That’s what I say.” Ganti noted the “style” of a country, and how so many things are so different, yet so many can be the same. “It matters how you take it. I say ‘Be as a Roman in Rome,’” said Ganti. “I’ve got maybe two more years until I graduate. I like the environment here, and the teachers. It’s why I came to the US. I want to explore it.”

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8 WRIGHT LIFE Disney creates opportunities for college students Leah Kelley News Editor

Walt Disney World provides a unique internship experience that targets university students. Full-time students over the age of 18 may apply for positions at the Disney parks and resorts working for minimum wage. Students may also take accredited classes at Disney University where class credit will transfer to their home university. While working full-time at an assigned position—whether it’s as a park photographer or a merchandise salesperson—Disney college students gain free access to all Disney parks opposed to paying the standard 4-day entry ticket of $297. Another perk of participating in the program is discounted tickets and reservations at Disney parks and resorts. Senior at WSU Jonathan Kelley participated in the 6-month college program, working first in a shop at the Wide World of Sports and later at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Hollywood Studios. “Anyone in college can do it. You just have to be a student,” Kelley said. “One of my friends worked in quick service food and beverage, one roommate was a park janitor, and one friend took photos in the parks.” Disney college students live in an all-college apartment complex about 10 minutes away from the Disney parks. Busses are provided for students to commute to work and to visit the Disney parks where they have free admission. “Going to Disney world was one of the best experiences of

Kelley with fellow Disney college students


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my life, and I made so many new friends who I still talk to today,” Kelley said. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything.” Casting opportunities to be Disney characters are available for students who apply and meet certain requirements. Anyone may apply, but the auditions are rigorous. “I was friends with a set of twin girls who ended up being the Evil Stepsisters for Cinderella,” Kelley said. Susan Lasher also worked as a Disney cast member, and was one of the brave few who applied for a character position. “The memory that I appreciate most would probably have to be in November of 2012 when I went to a character performer audition and was accepted to be ‘friends with’ Belle. It was one of the greatest highlights of the program. And one of the most memorable,” Lasher said. “They had us line up and began teaching us the choreography to the dance for the audition,” Lasher said, describing her experience auditioning for the part of Belle from Beauty and the Beast. “They individually interviewed us to see what our personalities were like and to see our faces up close. I was so excited, I was shaking.” Lasher was transformed into the Disney princess Belle, wearing full costume and makeup to be judged fit for the part. “Unfortunately, the opportunity never worked out but I still am able to walk away with this experience. Fingers crossed for the near future!”

Lasher said. Her previous retail experience throughout high school and college made her a prime candidate for Disney merchandising positions, though she did not become an official Disney character. “Because I had experience with customer service and I was used to handling money, I was of interest to work in merchandise,” Lasher said.

Lasher loved living in Florida. Living in a different part of the country was exciting, but so was meeting people from all corners of the United States. “My best friend in Disney was from Colorado, another was from Connecticut, and my roommates were all from the south,” Lasher said. “It was exciting. I miss the program every

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kelley


day.” Interested students should apply online. If the application meets Disney needs and standards, the applicant may be invited to complete an online interview, followed by a telephone interview. Those accepted into the program will hear back with the results two to three weeks after the phone interview.

SPORTS 9 Men’s Basketball: Donlon can use Super Bowl result to teach defensive lesson Justin Boggs Sports Writer


he mantra ‘defense wins championships’ proved true over the weekend in both Horizon League men’s basketball and the Super Bowl. To Wright State head coach Billy Donlon, he subscribes to this mantra no matter if it is for a Super Bowl or a Horizon League title. In Sunday’s Super Bowl, Seattle’s defense which is ranked No. 1 in the NFL blew out Denver who had the No. 1 rated offense in the league. The Raiders return to the Nutter Center Wednesday looking to shake a three-game losing streak that included a 62-55 loss at Green Bay Saturday, the No. 1 team in the league. “I talk about it from the minute the season ends to the fall that the best teams (win with defense),” Donlon said. “I follow the three major sports. Pitching is defense, and in baseball they say great pitching beats great hitting. Football, we just had the best offense in history of the NFL and they score eight points… If that doesn’t show you something, I don’t know what will.” The Raiders lead the Horizon >> SWIM continued from cover Oaks credited one of the team’s younger swimmers, freshman Alex Layne, for stepping up and turning the momentum when the team needed it most. “He’s (Layne) been swimming very well these last few meets and in the second half of the meet they started off with that 100 butterfly and he won the 100 fly and I feel that was the momentum change there because to be honest we getting our butts kicked at that point,” Oaks said. Senior Tony Ventosa, who is experienced with the different tone and atmosphere of the championships, also believes that his team, along with himself, is capable of achieving their goals. “We placed fifth last year, so I think our goals are to finish a couple of places higher and I

League in steals and is second in turnovers behind 18-4 Green Bay. “What makes Green Bay so hard if their size, that is what makes them a great defensive team,” Donlon said. The Raiders will need their defense to step up over the final six contests if their offense does not improve. The Raiders are last in scoring in the Horizon League averaging 66.8 per contest. “When you look at the history of the Horizon League, and there are always outliers, but the best defensive team has won this league,” Donlon said. “Butler (during its back-to-back Final Four runs) was the best defensive team in our league and it wasn’t even close. They were good at the other end but they were a great defensive team.”

Of those 20 he scored, 19 came in the second half as he nearly helped the Raiders erase a 20-point second half deficit. He followed Thursday’s offensive performance with a solid 15-point effort Saturday. Donlon said Yoho has played well but is looking for even more out of the 6 foot 6 sophomore. “I am happy with the way he has played but I have told him this, he has gotten a lot of wide open shots,” Donlon said. “We have to make wide-open shots. It is not a knock against JT, he is getting great looks but you have to hold guys accountable for what they do. He has played well, he played a great second half against Milwaukee to give us a chance to win.”

Darling expected to return Donlon was hopeful on Monday that forward Cole Darling would return to the lineup Wednesday after missing the last two games. Darling has battled shoulder and ankle injuries this season which has cut the senior’s production from last season. Darling practiced with the team on Monday in WSU’s first practice after returning from Green Bay. “I do expect him to play,” Donlon said. Up next

Wright State hopes to break its three-game losing skid Wednesday with a win over Youngstown State. The Penguins started WSU’s losing streak on Jan. 25 when YSU

topped the Raiders 68-67. Wright State’s defense will be forced to deal with Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Kendrick Perry. Perry, a 6-foot senior guard who averages 20 points a game, scored 18 in the win over WSU. “He’s a good player,” Donlon said. “We have guys that can do a good job at times against him. We fouled him too much at their place. But then credit him, he got two steals for dunks against us.” Even if Perry is neutralized, the Penguins can pose a number of other threats offensively. The squad leads the Horizon League in scoring averaging 79 points a game. The contest is an important one for WSU as both teams have won 50 percent of their league games.

Yoho returns from injury in big way After missing three games in the middle of January due to injury, forward JT Yoho has helped the Raiders in a big way. Yoho’s 20-point performance last Thursday in the Raiders’ 6864 loss at Milwaukee marked just the second game a Raider scored at least 20. think we can do that, especially if we train hard the next few weeks,” Ventosa said. Oaks said he will use the weeks leading into the conference championships making sure his less-experienced swimmers have their heads in the right place. “I do think the team has some young talent and they’re capable, but I think probably in the next four weeks we’ll be getting our first year men and women prepared mentally, because it really is a very different meet and atmosphere. It’s a lot more physical, and a lot more aggressive,” Oaks said. WSU will finish its regular season Friday at Ohio State before ending the season at Cleveland State for the Horizon League Championships beginning on Feb. 21.


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SPORTS 11 Grant: New deal with ESPN in the works Justin Boggs Sports Writer


t last Friday’s Athletics Council meeting, Wright State Director of Athletics Bob Grant said that the Horizon League is finalizing a deal with ESPN to continue broadcasting conference men’s basketball games on the ESPN family of networks. An official announcement is expected this week. The current agreement is set to expire at the end of the season. Under the current agreement, ESPN broadcasts the league’s championship game for

in the Horizon League Tournament. Grant said the league weighed other options including Fox Sports and CBS Sports but ultimately thought ESPN was the best fit for the Horizon League. Athletes developing social media policy


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-Bob Grant representatives of Wright State,” WSU athletics assistant and former women’s basketball player Brittany Whiteside said. Grant said that while most athletes use outlets like Twitter correctly, there have been instances where posts were not to his expectations for student-athletes. “I follow most of our athletes on Twitter, and I am sure they forget after some time that the Athletics Director is seeing what they’re posting,” Grant said. The lesson Grant wants his athletes to learn is be careful what you post. He said forums like Snapchat are opportunities for athletes to misuse social

backstop with new netting,” Curylo said. “It will be an awesome opportunity for our fans to see the games. And our players are excited for the new heaters in the dugout.”

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Members of the StudentAthlete Advisory Council are working with Department of Athletics administrators on developing a policy for social media usage by athletes. “We are working with them and help them understand that some things shouldn’t be posted as

“Anytime you can align yourself with ESPN, it helps the conference,” men’s basketball along with the semifinal contests and the Horizon League ‘Game of the Week’ throughout the conference regular season. “Anytime you can align yourself with ESPN, it helps the conference,” Grant said. Wright State has been a regular on the ESPN networks. By the end of the regular season, the team will have played five of its conference contests on either ESPNU or ESPN2. In addition, the men’s basketball team will have appeared on ESPN3 three times. The Raiders could potentially be back on ESPN in March depending on how deep the team goes

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