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News City of Dayton releases new smartphone app Pg 3.


Opinion I’m dumb (and so can you!) Pg 4.

ISSUE NO. 24 VOL. 50

Wright Life Photo Rainbow Alliance hosts photo shoot for marriage equality Pg 8.

What do they make? Pg 6.

Sports Women’s Tennis: Momentum builds into conference play Pg 9.

A look at the salaries of administrators, coaches and lecturers on campus Page 6

Illustration by Jonathon Waters: Graphics Manager

Leaving for Lexington Raiders matchup with Wildcats in first round of NCAA Tourney Andrew Smith Sports Editor


igh above the Nutter Center floor, in front of a throng of media members, the Wright State women’s basketball team crammed into the Fricker’s Deck, pacing anxiously and waiting to learn who and where they would be playing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. After several minutes and numerous commercial breaks, it was revealed – Lexington, KY for a matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats. The 14-seeded Raiders will play the 3-seeded Wildcats in the Lexington Regional Saturday at Memorial Coliseum at 11 a.m. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2. “It’s exciting. [When] we go down to Lexington, it’s close, our fans are able to go, friends and family are able to go. Hope-

fully we’ll be up to the challenge,” Raiders head coach Mike Bradbury said. WSU punched its dance ticket Sunday with an 88-69 win over Green Bay in the Horizon League Championship that saw the Raiders overcome a 10-point second half deficit. It was the first win for WSU at the Kress Events Center in the last 28 games. The victory also clinched the Raiders’ first-ever Horizon League Championship. The Wildcats narrowly lost to Tennessee, 71-70, in the SEC Championship on March 9. Eight teams from the SEC qualified for the tournament, with two teams receiving No.1 seeds. Though the Raiders will enter Saturday’s first round contest as the underdog, Bradbury does not expect UK to take his team lightly. “Kentucky is going to know a See LEXINGTON page ll

Photo by Justin Boggs: Sports Writer The Raiders celebrated the team’s first NCAA Tournament selection in program history when the field of 64 teams was unveiled Monday night on ESPN.

CAMPUS EVENTS: Wednesday, March 19 • Wright Parenting Babysitting Social: 6-6:45 p.m. 301 Millett • • Michio Kaku Lecture: 7 p.m. Ervin J. Nutter Center Thursday, March 20 • “Fast Times in Palestine” Talk with Pamela Olson: 7-8:30 p.m. 116 Health Sciences Building Friday, March 21 • Baseball v. Oakland: 6:30 p.m. Nischwitz Stadium Saturday, March 22 • Softball v. Oakland: 1 p.m. WSU Softball Field • Women’s Soccer v. Xavier: 1 p.m. Alumni Field Sunday, March 23 • Shamrock Sports Tournament (Kappa Delta): 12-6 p.m. Village Pavillion • Greek Week Kickoff: 6-7 p.m. Student Union Atrium Monday, March 24 • Greek Week Field Day: 7-9 p.m. Rinzler Field Tuesday, March 25 • Men’s Soccer v. Dayton Dutch Lions: 7 p.m. Alumni Field • Greek Week Aquatics Night: 7:30-11 p.m. Student Union Natatorium Thursday, March 27 • Greek Week Lip Sync: 7-11 p.m. Student Union Atrium Friday, March 28 • Black Men on the Move’s Apollo Night: 9-11 p.m. Apollo and Endeavor Rooms Saturday, March 29 • Project Linus: 4-7 p.m. Student Union Atrium


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NEWS 3 City of Dayton releases new smartphone app Benjamin Virnston News Writer


amed “Dayton Delivers,” the new app was conceptualized as a customer service tool that will help connect citizens of Dayton with city government services and local information. The app is available for free through the App Store for iPhone users, and the Google Playstore for Android users, according to the City of Dayton website. Dayton Delivers is not yet supported for Kindle and some other tablet users; however, a desktop version is available. In a press release on Wednesday, Acting Manager of Dayton’s Office of Public Affairs Bryan Taulbee described some of the “customer services” the app provides. “Dayton residents and businesses can now more easily and

quickly report problems such as potholes, graffiti, streetlight outages and more,” Taulbee wrote. “Dayton Delivers also allows customers to order bins for recycling, schedule bulky waste pickup, report vacant lot problems, low water pressure and other issues to the City.” Reported issues are viewable by anyone using the app. The hundreds of issues already reported range from fallen trees, to neighbor complaints, to squatters in abandoned homes, to road kill. Users have the option to include pictures with their reports, and the reported issues are plotted on a map of Dayton, giving city civil servants enough information to address the issues, if needed. In addition to reporting Public Works and Water/Sewer issues, app users have access to an events calendar and dining and entertainment opportunities in Dayton, according to the

press release. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley expressed her support for the new app. “The City of Dayton is always working to make it easier for citizens to interact with City Hall, including additional options to complete customer service and information functions online,” Whaley said. “The convenience of Dayton Delivers is a small way of improving the quality of life and ease of doing business in our community.” Dayton Delivers was developed in collaboration with PublicStuff, a company that provides customer service technologies to various government entities. PublicStuff was founded with a keen commitment to re-energizing civic engagement and connecting citizens more closely to their local governments, according to their website.

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Student Opinions on Ukraine: Jawad Ahmed Contributing Writer

“I am not very well informed on the issue. It seems that a big problem that stems from a lot of animosity from Ukraine/Russian people.” - Tyler Murphy

“It is not good to be fighting there with all the people there who do not have a say in the fighting. It should be more talking between the governments rather that fighting or invading.” - Josh Weaver

Five things you should know about the conflict in Ukraine Benjamin Virnston News Writer


t’s happening halfway around the world. Why should you care? Will there be any impact on those of us living in the U.S.? Wright State Political Science professor and expert on the former Soviet Union, Liam Anderson, puts the issue in context. 1. We are involved whether we like it or not.

We should follow the events unfolding in Ukraine because the situation could escalate unless we are careful, according to

Anderson. “The US has global interests, which include providing security guarantees to many countries,” Anderson wrote. “Regardless of whether the US wants to be involved in something like this, it is involved almost by definition.” 2. Escalation of the conflict could lead to war.

“Ukraine has a presidential election coming in May. The candidates are likely to stoke up the anti-Russian rhetoric in order to win votes, and as this happens, Ukraine’s Russian population (in the east of the

country) will feel less and less secure,” Anderson wrote. “This might provide an opportunity for Russian intervention into Ukraine proper.”

3. If Russia annexes Crimea, post-Cold War tensions could be reignited between the U.S. and Russia.

derson wrote. “Western powers will bluster a lot and talk about violations of international law ... but there is not much the U.S. can do militarily because Russia has thousands of nukes pointed at the U.S. so if things escalate, it may get very nasty.”

“After the Cold War, the informal deal between the US and Russia was not to expand NATO eastwards. By going into Crimea, Russia is putting down a marker that they are not prepared just to lay down and accept the further expansion of NATO to include Ukraine,” An-

“The standard media narrative is that this is an unprovoked act of aggression by Russia (Putin),” Anderson wrote. “In fact, Crimea only became part of Ukraine in 1954 (it was given to Ukraine by Russia), most Crimeans are Russians


4. Russia is not necessarily the aggressor in this situation.

and/or Russian speaking and want to join with Russia.” 5. Don’t believe everything you read.

The most important thing you should keep in mind about the conflict in Ukraine is not to trust entirely the media’s portrayal of it, according to Anderson. “It is more complicated than the media is suggesting,” Anderson wrote. “Stories of this type are never purely black and white.”

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4 OPINION I’m Dumb (And So Can You!) Brandon Berry Contributing Writer

Dear Mandy, I have developed a crush on my best friend. She and I have been friends for over 7 years and I’ve never been closer to anyone in my life. I hesitate to act on these feelings because I don’t want things to become awkward or fall permanently into the “friend zone.” What do I do? -Crazy in Love

Crazy in Love,

You’ve been friends with her for years, so you can imagine that when you tell her this, she’s going to question everything.

When you went to Kings Island two years ago and you rode the rollercoasters with her, was it because you were just two kids palling around the amusement park or was it because you wanted to have an excuse to squish your entire body up against hers? When you hugged her after her last break-up, did you actually care to give her comfort or was it just because you wanted to be her rebound? These are questions she’s going to ask! You know, along with every other moment that we can’t put in the paper: like, every moment that you hugged, were you really just feeling her up? These are things you need to consider when you tell her about your feelings for her. Your friends might be telling you to take a leap of faith, but I think you need to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground. After all, I don’t think you’re standing in such a bad place. Love,

Mandy Disclaimer: Ask Mandy is satirical and intended for humorous purposes. The views and opinions reflected are those of Mandy, not The Guardian as an organization. 4

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knew I was stupid, but didn’t realize the severity of my stupidity until my recent trip to New York City. It was the first time I had been there and was, in fact, the first time I took flight. If you have never been on an airbus before (technically called that; I’m not making a joke here), it is a very nerve-racking experience to say the least. Many things swim through our liquid filled minds before the plane even takes off; most of the time when we’re still in the terminal. This is the sequence of events I experienced prior to boarding: 1) Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy 2) Vomit on sweater already 3) Mom’s spaghetti. When the flight attendant calls your zone number located conveniently on your ticket, heart beats stop in their tracks (the coronary ones). The sweat, your hot body produces, chills, stings to the touch and your hairs stand up on end. Okay, none of this really happens. You just get on the plane and hope you don’t die in a blazing fireball of death. When I finally boarded, I passed the other passengers by

and viewed them as the characters from Final Destination (you know, the one where everybody dies on a plane?) as I headed towards my seat. Not only that, I viewed everyone as the characters of Lost, thinking to myself, “I’m gonna get to know you guys really well after we go down and survive on an island like those other Lord of the Flies posers.” I swear to you I saw a handsome doctor and a guy that looked like he was named after a philosopher known for only one thing. Anyway, I got to my seat and the guy next to me was already asleep. His butt was aimed towards me. Now I’m not a religious man, but holy hell did I pray that I didn’t need to use an oxygen mask. After about fifteen minutes of boredom (get it?), we took off. My ears popped and I had no gum. My sinuses got going and I felt like total crap. I gazed out the window but really only clouds happened. The frightfulness that was bottled inside never did show and eventually subsided. After the rough and turbulence-filled decent, we landed and exited the plane alive. Kind of upset I didn’t become a statistic but it’s whatever. We got our bags from the

claiming station and went out the first of many revolving doors. Here’s the part where I got stupid. A short, yet nicely-dressed, Arabian man came up to me and asked if I wanted a taxi. Of course I wanted a taxi! Gotta have the NY experience, right? Wrong; so so wrong. He led me and some others toward a slick black car and said, “Get in” in the sternest of voices. I truly believed, in that moment, that I was going to die. We left our luggage on the curb and he packed it into the trunk for us. Well, at least he was one of those nice murderers. I got in, like he said, and sat on the comfiest leather seat possible and thought, “mmm, oh yeah, I could get used to this. Hey, hey, driver; how much does this cost?” He mumbled a little bit. “What?” And no joke, he stated, “$65 plus toll.” “Alright I’m getting out.” He shut the door and there was no escape. Me and three others were trapped in the car until we reached our destination. This was no taxi; this was a limo. Within ten minutes of arriving in the Big Apple, we had already fallen off the turnip truck. We must have had “sucker” written on our foreheads.

Correction on my last article: my Twitter handle was changed (foolishly the day of the publication) to @BrandonTBerry. Not that anyone was going to follow me anyway. Read on.

“I Can’t Even!” Yes, you can. Elizabeth Turner Contributing Writer


think everyone has forgotten simple sentence structure. Let’s break it down. A sentence has a subject and a predicate (or action). It’s that simple. “I can’t even” is not a sentence. Neither is “Can’t,” “Must,” or “Dying.” Those are words. I’m sure I can speak for the English majors and the like when I say that this is becoming an increasingly annoying fad. It makes people sound like they were sick for the entirety of elementary school. It’s really not that hard to add something at the end of those words to make a complete thought. And I feel that in many instances, what is actually being discussed is not nearly awesome


or dramatic enough to warrant feigned speechlessness. I get it, and I‘m not blameless. When Leo lost out on the Oscars this year, I was saying “I can’t even!” followed by a string of very vulgar words that were only interrupted by chugs of wine. When my friend sent me a link to a news report of a woman stabbing her husband with a squirrel lawn ornament because he didn’t come home with beer, I replied “Dying!” as I laughed into my cereal. Then I got ahold of myself, remembered that I was an intelligent woman, and I articulated my thoughts. “I can’t (bleep) believe Leo didn’t get a (bleeping) Oscar over that (bleep) in Sahara. This is a (bleepbleepbleep) outrage.” “I can’t believe that woman used

a squirrel lawn ornament. I think a standard garden gnome would have sufficed!” The same thing occurs with using the word “Literally.” Unless you’re Chris Traeger from Parks and Rec, you probably don’t mean you are literally going to die if you don’t get a cupcake or Beyoncé’s new album. Maybe it’s not as big a deal as I make it out to be. Perhaps it’s just the way our language and method of expression is headed. We went from shortening words like “whatever” to “whatevs” and “probably” to “probs.” Now we are shortening sentences, and next will be paragraphs and entire papers. Maybe this is the beginnings of telepathic communication. Can you even!?

NEWS 5 Color-coded academic advising platforms aim to reach out proactively to students Dylan Dohner News Writer


tudents’ academic progression is being more easily monitored with the Student Success Platform (SSP), a system designed for fast and fluid academic conversation between students and their advisors. “The goal is to allow advisors to proactively reach out to students rather than waiting until the student reports a concern or, potentially, withdraws from college altogether,” said Student Success Collaborative Liaison Linda Hockaday. The SSP is a web-based program designed by the Educational Advisory Board (EAB), and it is currently used by around 60 WSU advisors and 90+ colleges and universities nationwide. It gives advisors a snapshot of the student’s academic progress in areas that could impact a student’s class progression and/ or degree completion if not ad-

dressed. Financial aid eligibility could also be affected. The snapshot screen includes up-to-date information on cumulative GPA, D and F grades, withdrawals, GPA over time, credit accumulation over time and credit completion rates. These are monitored by stoplight-themed color indicators that change when certain prerequisites and criteria are found unsatisfactory to advancing. “If there doesn’t appear to be any cause for concern, the student has a green code,” explained Hockaday. “The student will have a yellow code if he/she has a small number of concern areas, and if there are several areas of concern that are likely to impact his/her academic progression, they will have a red code.” It should be noted that these indicators do not tell whether a student will or will not graduate. It means that there are some areas of concern of which advisors should be aware and

consider discussing with the using similar color-coding fea- Course Signals, we seek to idenstudent. tures to give a visual cue. This tify at-risk students early in the As of now, students don’t have should be up and running by the semester and throughout, and direct access to the Student Suc- Fall 2014 semester. facilitate guidance, support and cess Platform page. The EAB is Assistant Dean of University access to the academic support developing a student interface College Tim Littell said, “With programs and services students that will be available W W W.FAIRBORNSELFSTOR AGE .COM via WINGS, WINGS Express and even tablet or phone applications. A similar application, the Course Signals project, is being built in tandem with the SSP. It is an early intervention system that 2088 BEAVER VALLEY RD warns stuFAIRBORN, OHIO 45324 dents if they are underE MAIL : R ENT @F AIRBORN S ELF S TOR AGE . COM p e r fo r m i n g F ACEBOOK . COM /F AIRBORN S TOR AGE in a course,

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WHAT DO THEY MAKE? The Guardian compiled salaries of the 2013-14 fiscal year for Wright State faculty. The goal of our resulting infographic is to highlight a general scope of salaries different departments and academic professorships pull in for each year. Note: These figures only demonstrate relative values and not expected figures. Personal results will vary. With the help of Wright State’s Human Resources department, here’s what we’ve managed to collect.

David R. Hopkins

Kristin Sobolik

Billy Donlon

Mike Bradbury


Professor/Dean, COLA



Men’s Basketball Head Coach

Women’s Basketball Head Coach



Charlotte Harris

Rosalie Mainous

Associate Professor/Dean, CEHS Professor/Dean, CONH


Joanne Li

Yi Li

Nathan Klingbeil

Professor/Dean, RSCOB

Professor/Dean, COSM

Professor/Dean, CECS





COMPUTER SCIENCE/ ENGINEERING Maher S. Amer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


HISTORY Edward F. Haas Professor of History

Norma C. Adragna


Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology


ENGLISH Richard H. Bullock Professor of English and Director of Writing Programs


$109,085.08 Dorothy Alvarez

Lang Hong Professor of Electrical Engineering


Lecturer of Spanish

Sean Pollock Assistant Professor of History

$56,892.07 Travis E. Doom Noeleen McIlvenna

Senior Lecturer in English

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Electrical Engineering




Jimmy Chesire

Erin Flanagan Associate Professor of English


Karen Meyer


Professor of English

Kathleen Kollman Instructor of English; Advisor, College of Liberal Arts


Erik Banks Lynne Kelley Clinical Assitant Professor of Nursing



SCIENCES Assistant Professor of Chemistry


Linda K. Lester Lecturer of Mathematics and Statistics

$56,364.97 Steen Pedersen Professor of Mathematics and Statistics


Justin Gibbs

Professor of Nursing

Associate Professor of Dance



Instructor of Music



Clinical Instructor of Nursing

Instructor of Physics



Eric N. Rowley

David L. Goldstein Professor of Biological Sciences and Department Chair

Burhan Kawosa


Professor of Sociology



Azadeh Jahanbegloo Sue Gruber

J. Ashot Kozak

Instructor of Teacher Education



Robert J. Sweeney Executive Vice President for Planning; Secretary, Board of Trustees; and Professor of Finance


Gaetano Guzzo

Carol Wang Assistant Professor of Finance


Instructor of Sociology


Ron Helms Robert J. Ritzi


Lecturer of Sociology


Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences

SOCIOLOGY Marlese Durr

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

$139,977.99 Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology

FINANCE Instructor of Finance

Professor of Education


Chigon Kim Associate Professor of Sociology

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William Jobert Instructor of Music and Coordinator of Music Education

Gretchen L. McNamara

Kristine Scordo

Christa Agiro

Kimberly Kinateder Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics



Rachel Aga



Associate Professor of Philosophy

David M. Booth Professor of Music; Director of Bands

Donna C. Zengel

Senior Lecturer of Computer Science and Engineering

James R. Guthrie


Associate Professor of History and Education




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Wright State to present “Les Miserables” Adam Ramsey Features Writer


he Wright State University Theater Program will be performing “Les Miserables,” a classic musical which follows the life of an ex-convict who finds God while destitute after his stint in prison. He eventually works his way up in society and becomes well-respected. Then, when a woman to whom he owes a debt dies, he adopts her daughter, who later falls in love with a man that participates in the French Revolution. The stage production of “Les Miserables” differs from its literary origin, due to the sheer mass of the work it was attempting to portray. Some copies of the iconic novel have spanned nearly 2000 pages, so the stage adaptation has some inconsistencies. In fact, Zach Steele, the senior musical theater major who plays Marius in the production, described it as its own entirely new animal. “It’s more heavily based on the novel rather than being an actual version of a novel,” Steele said. “The ending is completely different.” Junior musical theater major Mark Beyer, who plays Enjolras in the WSU production, mentioned that one change from the novel was his character’s relationship with Marius. “On stage we’re comrades and best buds, as opposed to in the book, where we are more adversaries and rivals working for the same cause,” said Beyer. “Things like that get trimmed up just to make a more cohesive picture.” Even after these cuts, the musical lasts around three hours and is a difficult piece to handle, with a wide array of cues to be called during the show, accord-

ing to Victoria Sutton, senior design technology major and Stage Manager for “Les Miserables.” “We have 600 lighting cues, 20 sound cues, 350 spot cues, 55 shifts and 20 projection cues,” said Sutton. “On stage we have live fire, a turntable and a seven foot tall barricade. It’s a lot for one show.” “[Director Stuart McDowell] has been talking to us a lot about the parallels of this story about the French Revolution and the June Rebellion, and how that relates to what’s been happening in the Ukraine and Venezuela right now,” said Beyer, “and how the spirits of rebellion, equality, liberty and brotherhood are still very alive and very relevant.” Members of the cast described “Les Miserables” as “iconic,” particularly sophomore musical theater major Cassi Mikat, who plays Madame Thenardier. When asked why, she said it appeals to wide audience. “Within this story, there’s something that everyone can relate to,” said Mikat. “There’s love, unrequited love, feeling impoverished: struggles that most people have experienced at some point in their lives.” Despite the difficulty, the cast members have enjoyed their time working on “Les Miserables.” “I couldn’t have picked a better show for the seniors to go out on,” Steele said. “It’s going to be a hard one to let go of. Thank God we get to do it fifteen times.” “Les Miserables” will be showing on weekends from Thursday, March 20 to Sunday, April 6. Tickets are currently sold out, but students can visit the WSU Theater Department webpage or contact the box office for ticket information.

WRIGHT LIFE 7 Marketing student moonlights as local rapper Adam Ramsey Features Writer


right State University junior marketing major Isaiah Morales performs and releases music under the name Eazy El Loco. Eazy El Loco has been rapping since high school, but has Photo Courtesy of Eazy El Loco a long history with music, including rap. However, he said that he “just fell into it” as a career. “I listened to rap when I was growing up, but my mother is a salsa singer, so music was all around the household. I just found what I liked and stuck with it,” Morales said. Morales said his background as a hispanic growing up in Dayton is an aspect of himself

that he continually brings into his music. “I’m all about sticking to my roots,” Morales said. “It’s something that makes me unique. I want to keep that around.” According to Morales, his career had modest beginnings at the age of 14. “I started recording on an Xbox 360 headset connected to the computer,” said Morales. “It sounded terrible. I didn’t start taking it seriously until I was around 18, because that was when I was old enough to play shows at bars.” Eazy El Loco counts artists like Jay-Z, The Hot Boys, R. Kelly and even Frank Sinatra as influences on his music. “Frank Sinatra is actually a big inspiration for me,” said Morales. “That’s what the concept of ‘Casual Fridays’ is built around. Fedoras, old-school bow ties, the whole swagger. It was all built around Frank Sinatra and everything he stood for.” Sinatra’s impact can be heard

throughout Morales’ music. He described his music on the whole as “smooth” and “chill,” and said he often samples smoother music like jazz in his tracks. When asked what he writes his lyrics about, Eazy El Loco said that he raps about things that the average person can relate to. “I have a song called ‘Lifestyles of the Broke and Nameless,’ and it’s about how you see me live,” Morales said. “You see me in college, you see me struggling, you see me out here just trying to live everyday life. I rap about things that college kids can relate to, or what the average person can relate to. I’m not trying to glorify money or cars and the stereotypical stuff you hear on the radio.” Students can find Eazy El Loco’s music on iTunes and Spotify, as well as his personal website.

Loki’s skull on the battlefields of Asgar (viking gods joke). More than exciting, and with thankfully realistic battle sequences, “Vikings” offers cultural depth to the viewer. Michael Hirst, the show’s mastermind, layers the script with a clash of cultures between the English and the Scandinavian invaders. Ragnar lives in a state of perpetual curiosity about this new world and its potential, unlike his comrades who virtually seek only treasure and pleasure. Within this dynamic is the contrast of spiritual beliefs: the Vikings and their worship of the god Odin, and the Christians of England. In season two, Athelstan, the Christian monk taken captive by Ragnar in his first raid in England, has truly reached a crossroads regarding his faith and the complete embrace of the culture in which he has become immersed. Some of the most complex scenes thus far involve this conflict. The show deepens the plot expertly in this regard, preventing the viewers from counting the minutes between fight scenes. Ragnar’s only gigantic and “tatted-up” brother, Rolo (Clive Standen), provides some of this

plot thickening I speak of, but I don’t want to create too many spoilers, so I will go no further. And for all those female TV addicts whom are possibly skeptical of a History show that highlights a primitive, hypermasculine culture, “Vikings” actually provides more in-depth female character development than it does for the males. Lagertha has been all but abandoned by Ragnar, her exhusband. We find her married to a new, dominant and abusive husband who denies her son, Bjorn (now played by Hunger Games’ Alexander Ludwig) contact with his father, or any of his other wishes for that matter. The former earl’s wife, Siggy, is striving to find her worth and purpose in her new, somewhat powerless role in the village. And Ragnar’s new wife, Aslaug, has provided her husband with many sons but struggles to maintain his attention and affection, and has to protect her family from usurpers while Ragnar is away. “Vikings” is quite possibly the best show on the tube right now, at least until Don Draper and Peter Dinklage return next month. Episode four airs Thursday, March 20th.

“Vikings”: Best show on TV? Timon Cline Contributing Writer


n the post-Oscar season, it’s only human nature to turn to television during the movie drought. “Non-Stop” and “The Lego Movie,” though mildly entertaining, are just not going to get the job done on a lonely Friday night. What to do as we weather the final weeks of winter hibernation? HBO’s raw and riveting “True Detective” came to a close about two weeks ago, and if you’re waiting on the promising fourth season of “Game of Thrones” (winter is still coming), and/ or the first half of the final season of “Mad Men,” you still have about a month of surmounting anticipation to bear. The answer: History Channel’s “Vikings.” Now in its second season, “Vikings” chronicles the loose-true story of Viking hero/explorer Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), who was the first Viking to lead raiding parties to England in the early 800s A.D. Season two has kicked off with a bang that rivals the sound of Thor’s hammer crashing into @wsuguardian

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8 WRIGHT LIFE Rainbow Alliance hosts photo shoot for marriage equality Zara Qureshi Contributing Writer


n Thursday, WSU students in the Student Union Atrium posed for the NOH8 Campaign photo shoot, hosted by Wright State’s Rainbow Alliance. The students in line to get their picture taken had “NOH8” written on their faces and some also wore duct tape over their mouths. The photo shoot is a form of visual protest started by the NOH8 Campaign, an organization that promotes marriage, gender, and human equality, formed in response to the 2008 passing of Proposition 8 in California. The proposition amended the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. The duct tape symbolizes the voices being silenced by legislation like Proposition 8. Many celebrities have participated in the popular campaign, and WSU students were given a chance to show their support for equality too during the open event. Their photos will be posted on the Rainbow Alliance’s

Facebook page. Meredith Baird, the Rainbow Alliance’s Internal Affairs Officer, explained why this form of protest is effective in spreading awareness. “All forms of protests are important, but these silent, visual presentations will outreach to the web and social media,” said Baird. “Photos are shared more easily and these multiple photos of different people of different backgrounds is a good representation of our community. Also, an image is more poignant.” The NOH8 website describes the campaign as a “photographic silent protest,” but Khadija Kirksey, the President of the Rainbow Alliance, said it is more that. Kirksey said the photo shoot itself is impactful on its own by standing out and enticing people to join. “This is not a silent protest— visibility has a sight of its own that creates movement,” said Kirksey. “What we are doing is highly visible as it is in the middle of the Student Union. It’s more than a silent protest because it has a voice of its own.”

Photo by Megan Waddel: Contributing Photographer

The Rainbow Alliance has a “no outing” policy and provides a safe and supportive environment at all meetings and events. “These events are a good way to reach out and spread awareness, and are also good for people still trapped in the closet because it lets them know that there is a community out there

to support them,” Baird said. Elizabeth Schoppelrei, the Rainbow Alliance’s Vice President, also explained the importance of the event and the organization’s importance to WSU. “This has been an annual event for us for a while and it is a recognized image that helps people demonstrate what we

[stand for],” said Schoppelrei. “The Rainbow Alliance makes WSU stand out because we are a fairly large GLBTQA organization in comparison to those on other campuses, and that helps increase awareness of issues that affect the community.”

Photo by: Justin Boggs, Sports Writer In his final appearance in a regular season home game, senior AJ Pacher led the Raiders with a team-high 20 points in a 67-58 win over Valparaiso.


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SPORTS 9 Women’s Tennis: Momentum builds into conference play Justin Boggs Sports Writer


UGARCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio – After a 2-8 start to the season, Wright State took three out of four contests last week culminating in a dominating 7-0 sweep over Dayton Sunday. The Raiders used a lineup of all freshmen in doubles action Sunday. The youngsters did their part as WSU swept all three doubles matches versus UD for the opening point. Wright State coach Sean McCaffrey used five of his six freshmen in the 6-0 sweep in singles play with senior Liz Steingass in the No. 6 slot as the lone upperclassman in the lineup. “It was a match where if they had let up at all, they could have had a lot harder time,” McCaffrey said. The Raiders start conference

play Saturday at Youngstown State. It will be the first time through conference play for the core of the Raiders’ team. “They have a lot of momentum going into conference season next weekend,” McCaffrey said. “It is great. They just do a fantastic job of keeping things simple, not trying to over-execute.” At the beginning of the season, McCaffrey said he expected his young freshmen to be playing like sophomores by conference season. McCaffrey said his young players are no longer playing like freshmen. With freshmen Elaine Cloern and Linsey Verstrepen regularly in the top two slots, McCaffrey has battled-tested freshmen that appear ready for conference play. “There are times we still see things flip but the maturity level has improved a whole lot,” he said.  

Photo by Justin Boggs: Sports Writer Freshman Linsey Verstrepen is part of an experienced group of underclassmen that led the Raiders to a 7-0 sweep over Dayton Sunday.

Softball: Raiders lose two at Hoosier Classic before returning home AM Management

Emily Gay Contributing Writer


he Wright State softball team fell short to Ohio University before dropping to Toledo and Indiana this past weekend at the Hoosier Classic. With a 3-1 loss against Ohio on Friday, the Raiders continued to get defeated by Toledo with a 7-2 loss, and Indiana with a 6-1 loss on Saturday. Going into this weekend with a 2-16 record, the Raiders need to sharpen their focus to prepare for upcoming games against Miami on Thursday and Oakland on Saturday. Head coach Lynn Curylo believes this team needs to continue to focus on the game while staying enthusiastic during these tough losses. “The one thing I’m noticing about this team is that they’re paying attention to what is happening, and they’re continuing to approach it as a matter of, they’re ready to get back at it,” Curylo said. With a total of five one-run loses so far this season, the Raiders have seen some tough competition in the early season. “I think sometimes when you’ve only won two games at this point, you can get defeated,” Curylo said. The Miami Redhawks currently hold a record of 9-12 going into this weekend against the Wright State Raiders. For the Raiders to win, they need to continue to focus on teamwork as well as maintaining a good defense.

“We still have so much room to get better and show who we are as a program. We just haven’t been doing it consistently. There have been glimmers and pieces here and there but overall it hasn’t happened from the beginning to the end of the game,” Curylo said. The Oakland Grizzlies currently are 10-10 coming into this weekend against Wright State. In their season, the Grizzlies have lost three and won two matches by one run. With these close calls, the Raiders need to show strength in numbers if they plan to defeat the Golden Grizzlies. For the Raiders to succeed this weekend against Miami and Oakland, the defense needs to continue to stay focused while the pitchers increase their accuracy. “Our pitchers are still working on being consistent, with locating their pitches and they have been getting hit, it’s obvious, but at the same time I think that is giving our defense a lot of practice,” Curylo said. Wright State has a double-header against Miami on Mar. 20 in Oxford, Ohio, with the first game starting at 5 p.m. and the second game at 7 p.m. The Raiders will host their first conference game on Mar. 22 with a doubleheader against Oakland, with the first game starting at 1 p.m. and the second at 3 p.m. Wright State will also host a game on Mar. 23 against previous opponent Oakland which will begin a noon.


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Photo by Justin Boggs: Sports Writer Ivory James (left) and Abby Jump (right) wait side-by-side for the Raiders’ first round destination.

lot about us,” Bradbury said. “Myself and coach [Matthew] Mitchell go way back. We’ve been in a few wars together. We won’t be a surprise down there. We’ll show up and we’ll play.” WSU Director of Athletics Bob Grant said the Raiders fan base should travel well, considering Lexington’s proximity to Dayton.

ment,” Jump said.

Bradbury, Mitchell no strangers to one another

The Raiders’ first-round game against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament Saturday will mark the first-ever meeting between both schools, but Bradbury and Kentucky head

“My expectation is we’ll have a lot of people down there. We’ll have the pep band and the cheerleaders.” -Bob Grant

“The neat thing about being down there is we’re close enough that virtually anyone can come down there in a car pretty easily,” Grant said. “My expectation is we’ll have a lot of people down there. We’ll have the pep band and the cheerleaders.” For junior guard Abby Jump - a native of Florence, KY, about an hour north of Lexington Saturday’s game will be a homecoming event. “I honestly thought we were going to go to Purdue. One of my friends plays for Purdue and I really wanted to play her. But what I really wanted to do is go home to Lexington. It’s awesome to be able to play in front of my family and friends for the first time in the NCAA Tourna-

coach Matthew Mitchell have a history together. “He was at Morehead State. When he left to go to Kentucky, that’s where I went. So, we know each other well,” Bradbury said. Bradbury began his first head coaching stint at Morehead State in 2007 after spending the first 13 years of his career as an assistant at Chattanooga, East Tennessee, Cincinnati and Xavier. He remained with the Eagles until the end of the 2009-10 season when he arrived in Fairborn. Mitchell assumed the reigns of the Wildcat’s program at the start of the 2007-08 season. Since 2009, UK has posted 25 wins or more under Mitchell, who employs an aggressive,

What followed was what Demmings herself called the was kind of a lot of emotions all best half of basketball the Hoat one time.” rizon League Player of the Year Nine minutes later, the pain had ever played. briefly subsided. Elkins joined With the Raiders trailing the her teammates in a raucous cel- Phoenix 46-36, less than a minebration at mid court. ute into the second half, Dem“Once the adrenaline wore mings exploded. The tournaoff a little bit, I was hurtin’, but ment MVP scored 11 points on the adrenaline kind of helped. four consecutive shots in a span I was excited for my team and I of 2:38. Her last shot gave the was just glad I still got to enjoy it Raiders their largest lead since her opening layup made it 2-0 with them,” Elkins said. Elkins lost for season with ACL Now, Elkins will be a specta- 52 seconds into the game. “My coaches tell me that’s the injury tor for the Raiders first trip to time where you have to mature the NCAA Tournament. and be a better basket“It’s really not describball player and I feel “They play exactly like we play. able,” KC Elkins said. like that’s what I did The senior guard had They’re going to pressure you, in the second half. In a hard time finding the right words for the ACL they’re going to play fast and they’re situations like that, I learn a lot,” Demmings injury she sustained dur- going to get in your face. It will be said. “At the end of the ing the second half of Sunday, I knew I was goday’s Horizon League title very identical games.” ing to play smart and I game. knew I had to attack.” -Mike Bradbury, With just under nine “For me to be out minutes left, the Raiders there and be scared, or let my clung to a three-point lead. El“It will be tough, but I’ll defigirl drive it or not drive it mykins broke free on a fast break nitely be cheering my heart out. self, then what is the point of and drove strong towards the Hopefully not jumping up and me being out there? My coaches basket. Green Bay’s freshman down, but I’ll be there as much told me to stay aggressive and guard Tesha Buck was there to as I can be.” everything is going to work out,” meet Elkins and hit Elkins on Demmings said. Demmings’ second half burst the arm, forcing her to plant her fueled Raiders’ comeback over Point guard Tay’ler Mingo – who set a Horizon League Tourleft leg awkwardly. Phoenix nament record with total 81 Elkins crumpled to the floor, points, including a game-high in agonizing pain for several Raiders guard Kim Demmings 31 against Green Bay – said minutes as the 1,762 fans inside was discouraged. Demmings’ performance hapHer team trailed by six at the Kress Events Center fell sipened when the team needed it halftime of the Horizon League lent. most. “It’s nothing I’ve ever felt be- Championship and she had to “I thought that was great. Obfore,” Elkins said. “It’s painful sit out the last 8:27 of the first viously we needed it. She only half due to early foul trouble. and it was as bad as it sounded. “Honestly, I was just frustrat- played [nine] minutes in the It was more shock than any- ed in the first half. I got those first half, so in the second half thing. I knew immediately what three quick fouls…and I had to she came out ready and she hit it was. I think it just scared me a just zone in and play smart,” some clutch shots. I thought she showed up right when we needlot. I wanted to play more, so it Demmings said. ed her,” Mingo said. full-court trapping defense simply known as “40 minutes of dread.” Bradbury said his team mimics many of the same philosophies Mitchell’s Wildcats use. “They play exactly like we play,” Bradbury said. “They’re going to pressure you, they’re going to play fast and they’re going to get in your face. It will be very identical games.”

Photo by Andrew Smith: Sports Editor KC Elkins will finish her career at Wright State on the bench after after sustaining an ACL injury against Green Bay in the Horizon League Championship


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