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NEWS 3 Interview with WSU President David Hopkins: A look at our university and what’s to come Dylan Dohner News Writer Dohner.firstname.lastname@example.org
right State University holds a solid reflection on its accomplishments of the past, ambitious plans for its academic future, and a steady and strategic overall emphasis on value and affordability, for everyone. Sitting down with the university’s President, David Hopkins, clarifies the eventual long-term directions WSU hopes to take. “This year was the culmination of a five-year strategic plan,” Hopkins said, “the most important aspect of which was the enhanced number of student completion.” And a strong completion rate it is: 20,000 students have reached the academic finish line in the past five years—a commendable feat when contextualized against the 100,000 total graduates since 1967. 37% of those 20,000 who received their degrees were the first of their family to attend college. In Oct. 2013, Wright State celebrated a flourishing national and international reputation, holding a four year consecutive spot on President Barack Obama’s Top 100 institutions in the country. WSU also claims a spot on the US Veterans Magazine’s Top Veteran-Friendly Schools list. “After the great recession of
2008, we’ve worked very hard to maintain affordability and quality,” Hopkins said, with students given easy access to study-abroad programs, internships, co-ops and a community engaged in service-and-experiential learning, “the same experience you can get in almost any university in the country, and at a much more affordable price.” The university will continue to grow in the coming years, most notability with construction of the New Classroom Building, the Neuroscience and Engineering Collaboration Building, and the renovation and expansion of the Creative Arts Center. The university will also work diligently to create and focus a brand for itself. Marketability, especially in social media, will become important in bringing the university’s image to a prospective student. “It’s time to tell the world about the great things happening here,” Hopkins said. But most important to Wright State’s growth, says Hopkins, will be the ease with which students can prosper in the academic environment. “We know that college is challenging,” he said, noting also the financial and social barriers to success. “We have a support system for academic, social, and financial challenges that I want people to take advantage of. I don’t want them to wait until they’ve gotten into such a pre-
dicament that it’s hard to get them out of it.” Along with the over 250 student clubs, the unique underground tunnel system available when students don’t feel like braving the elements and a comprehensive commitment to disability services, Wright State wants most of all to emphasize the true college experience for everyone. Here in the 21st century, “We’re in a world economy that’s driven by talent and innovation. We can’t leave people behind,” Hopkins said. The greatest challenge WSU faces is getting people to think differently, that higher education must serve a much broader section of people than it has in the past. The big challenge then becomes a philosophical one: refusing to sideline institutions that serve a diverse student body; lifting them up, helping them use that diversity to be more successful. And Hopkins agrees. “I’m really proud of what we’re doing here, and love the spirit of the campus today. Our goal—as we’ve done in the last 5 years, helping all those thousands—is to help people follow their passion and have a quality of life that is second to none.” Hopkins and his wife Angelia are planning a trip to Hilton Head this summer with their six kids.
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DARS: Staying on track to graduation Todd Reigelsperger Contributing Writer Reigelsperger.firstname.lastname@example.org
nderstanding your DARS report can make the difference between a standard four-year college career and a Van Wilder-esque stay in school. DARS is an acronym for Degree Audit Reporting System, a program designed to help students and advisors plan their remaining courses on the path to graduation.
DARS takes frustrations out of selecting which courses to enroll in for future semesters. DARS does not replace advising, but it does help make meeting with an advisor a more efficient and meaningful interaction. By offering each side access to information, students and advisors have similar understanding as to where the student currently stands in their path to graduation and resolves problem areas that may come up along the way.
“Submitting and running a DARS audit is a simple tool to use. It made registering for classes and staying on track for graduation a pretty straightforward process,” said Chad Westgerdes, a senior Engineering student who is graduating this spring. A DARS audit is broken down into requirements, and each requirement is broken down into one or more sub-requirements. Each audit shows what requirements and sub-requirements
have already been completed or still need to be completed in order to obtain a degree. You may generate an audit for any degree program or minor using the available options listed in the Degree program drop down menu. Being able to run a “what-if” scenario is just one of the multiple benefits of using the DARS program. A “what-if” scenario allows students to see how previous course credits may apply to other degrees that they are considering. DARS is
a helpful tool for transfer students to use, allowing them to see which credits were successfully transferred, and how they are applied as equivalent Wright State courses. “I think that DARS is a helpful tool for students, it enables students to see how their credits are being used towards the degree programs that they are interested in,” said Marsha Henderson, Assistant Dean for Academic Advising and Transfer Services.
Facts about campus living Shannon Taylor Contributing Writer Taylor.email@example.com
here are many different options when it comes to making campus your new home. Options include residence halls like the Woods, Hamilton Hall and Honors Hall, and on-campus apartments in the College Park, University Park, Forest Lane and Village
communities. Each housing community has different choices of room options as well. The Woods are located near Allyn Hall, right behind the Catholic Church on campus. They offer students singles, doubles, deluxe doubles, triples and quads to live in. Hamilton Hall is located next to the Student Union and offers doubles and triples only. The Honors community is lo-
cated a short walk from Rike and University Halls and offers doubles only. On-campus apartments are located in different places according to community. University Park and College Park are located behind the Woods community, to either side of Honors Hall. Forest Lane is just behind the water tower on campus. University Park and College Park offer quads, while Forest
Lane offers Quads, Studio and small or large two-bedroom apartments. Those who decide to live on campus have other fees on top of paying for housing. These other fees include dining services, activity fees and telecommunication fees. Jasmine Monroe, a senior resident assistant in Boston Hall, said, “I think freshman should be open to making new friends
and stepping out of their comfort zone because living on campus most likely means you will have a roommate and will have to learn how to work well with others, and be open to their living styles.”
Welcome to Dayton! Tips for international students Leah Kelley News Editor Kelley.firstname.lastname@example.org
ransitioning from a former school abroad to WSU can be a big challenge for many international students. There are plenty of challenges ahead of them, but there are a few helpful tips that are sure to make the transition easier.
International program advisor Jonathon Case recommended becoming familiar with the information given at the mandatory orientation program. “Be sure to consult with your academic advisor when choosing classes,” Case said. “Make sure to check your Wright State e-mail frequently so you don’t miss any important information.”
Other tips include familiarizing yourself with the bill payment procedures and academic honesty policies. Rules at WSU regarding academic integrity often differ from other cultures and countries. Not understanding them can lead to loss of scholarships. Get involved on campus, and don’t be scared to share your culture with others. WSU is
home to hundreds of diverse students, and all are welcome in the student body. Do not be scared to venture into Dayton. Not everyone has a gun, contrary to popular belief! There are several beautiful and culturally rich neighborhoods. If you’re looking for a weekend activity, consider these: Lunch and a farmers market trip to 2nd Street Market, grab a coffee
at Ghostlight Coffee on Wayne Avenue, listen to live music from one of many talented Dayton bands, or visit the vintage stores on 5th Street. Those are only a few of the many activities Dayton has to offer. WSU is your new home. Embrace it!
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NEWS 5 Starbucks facelift headed to WSU
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onstruction will begin this summer to convert Cafe Wright in the Dunbar Library into an officially licensed Starbucks, is set to open in August. Since Cafe Wright currently only serves Starbucks coffee and
is not an official Starbucks, the conversion to licensed cafe will bring with it the complete Starbucks menu, which currently is not available at Wright State University. “It will bring in more options,” said Clinton Kernen, Marketing Director for Hospitality Services. “You’ll have three sizes of all the cold drinks, we’ll have
teas, both hot and iced, you’ll also have the full variety in the bakery case, like lemon pound cake, blueberry muffins and cake pops, in addition to hot sandwiches.” Cafe Wright will also get a facelift as construction on the new store begins, featuring designs that are unique to WSU. “The designers have visited
the Wright Brothers Collection in the university archives, and we’re integrating some unique photos and graphics to make our Starbucks one-of-a-kind,” said Kernen. Cafe Wright supervisor Teresa Mahon is optimistic about the change, believing it will increase business and do more to satisfy the desires of students.
“I think it’s going to be very exciting,” said Mahon, “because we’ll have the full breakfast sandwiches and a good variety of things people will want to enjoy all day long.”
of over 20 brands available,” said Kernen. “There is certainly something for everyone.” The two main places on campus to get food are the Union Market and the Hangar. At the Union Market, located in the Student Union, students can go to 2.Mato for pizza, Grill Nation for hamburgers, Chef Jet for Asian inspired dishes, Homestyle Kitchen for home-cooked favorites, and Sushi Do for sushi made on campus. The Hangar, attached to Allyn Hall, has a Pizza Hut Express; Zona Mexicana, which serves Mexican food; Meltdown, which serves grilled cheese and paninis; frozen yogurt and a Denny’s All-Nighter, which, according to
Kernen, will soon be known under a different name. Other locations under Hospitality Services include Tim Horton’s and Jamba Juice in the Student Union, the C-Store, offering Mondos Subs and convenience items, as well as Starbucks Coffee at Cafe Wright in Dunbar Library. According to Kernen, the Bridge Café in the residential part of campus is not affiliated with Hospitality Services. The café accepts Wright1 debit accounts, but not meal swipes. Students interested in eating on campus can pay for food in a variety of ways, including cash, credit card, meal plans and Wright1 card debit accounts-
-flex dollars and bonus dining dollars. Meal plans consist of dining dollars and Wright Swipes, which according to Kernen are “prepaid blocks of dollars that can be used for meals,” both of which can be used by swiping the Wright1 card. Food can also be purchased with flex dollars and bonus dining dollars. Flex dollars can be used anywhere on campus and at some off-campus locations in the area, and bonus dining dollars, which offer up to an 8 percent bonus in dollars deposited to the card, can only be used on campus. Teresa Mahon, current supervisor at Cafe Wright describes
the atmosphere as “positive” due to the reactions of the students. “I really do enjoy this environment a lot, because the students are excited about coming here. This is a treat for them. Some come in because they’re tired and want some coffee to wake them up, but most of the students come in here for a reward for their hard work.” Nicole Reel, junior rehabilitation major, said that she prefers using flex dollars as opposed to other forms of payment around campus because of their ability to be used at other locations in the area.
Take a look at your dining options Adam Ramsey Features Writer Ramsey.email@example.com
here have been a lot of changes to Wright State University’s dining options in the past year and many new students may find getting used to dining services overwhelming. For those new students looking to fill their tank here on campus, this is what you need to know. Clinton Kernen, marketing director of Hospitality Services said he believes the dining options on campus appeal to a large amount of people. “We have seven dining locations on campus with a variety
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6 PHOTO things they don’t tell you on your campus tour Leah Kelley News Editor Kelley.firstname.lastname@example.org
You can host your own radio show at WWSU in the Student Union.
You can be a contributing writer with us—The Guardian! If you have a special interest or simply have something to say, contact us and we will work with you.
There are no rules prohibiting you from walking around campus barefoot.
You can kayak in the moat, no biggie.
Always attend Fall Fest. There are dozens of student organizations looking for new members, and that can provide fun, new ways to be involved on campus.
You’ll need to be involved on campus, especially since WSU is a commuter school. Students come away with the best college experience if they have invested time into the WSU community.
Tunnels. They probably mentioned this on your campus tour, but I believe it bears mentioning again. Tunnels.
Are you interested in learning about new cultures and meeting people from around the world? You can sign up with the LEAP program to be a conversation partner or English tutor to international students. This is a fantastic way to get your feet wet at WSU.
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Parking is a struggle, and there’s no way around it. Plan on arriving to campus early your first couple weeks of class so you can get a feel for the busy times on campus. Also, don’t be afraid of Lot 4. The bravest students have learned to accept their fate that they will never find that open parking spot in front of the Student Union. You’ll save yourself a lot of heartache and gray hair if you do the same.
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Student tips and tricks on how to win the Parking Wars Dylan Dohner News Writer Dohner.email@example.com
f you have chosen to commit yourself to Wright State’s campus academics, there’s something you’ll ultimately have end up dealing with. They are the Parking Wars, and thousands of students fight their own little battles on the paved blacktop battlefield every day. Nobody said it was easy, and if you’re one of the unfortunate many who chose not to live in the on-campus dorms or commute via bus, here come the repercussions: Everyone has a car, and everyone needs a place to put that car. But it isn’t all bad. A few of the survivors have set down their arms for a moment to relieve some of their most precious parking advice. Whether you have yet to taste the bitter defeat of the Stolen Space, or whether you’re a seasoned parking veteran, we at The Guardian are sure you will find something of help from these gracious student contributions. Larissa Swartz – Senior, Spanish: I would advise that if you’re looking to save money and don’t mind walking, parking at Meijer is a good alternative and will get you a bit more exercise as well.
Josie Brush – Junior, Early Childhood Education: People are always in a parking war with each other, speeding up to get an opening spot, etc. I usually park in Lot 4 because the other lots are more competitive. I would say make sure you give yourself extra time to get to class because parking is always questionable and varies every day. Be careful of the people speeding to get opening spots.
Megan Noll – Junior, Early Childhood Education: I have the most trouble parking on campus at noon. I usually end up parking at the Nutter Center and taking a shuttle on the days when class begins
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around then. I park in Lot 4 in the mornings, since there are plenty of spaces. My tip is: don’t be the person who stalks someone to the car to get a parking spot. Just drive around until you find someone who is pulling out.
Reilly Dixon – Senior, TESL: The lot next to Allyn Hall is top tier, the most centralized location on campus that allows you fast access to most academic buildings. Arrive any later than 8:30 a.m. and you have to go elsewhere. By 9:00 all top tier lots on the backside of campus will be full. All freshmen should immediately resort to the “lesser lots.” People turn into violent barbarians when a spot miraculously opens up. Park in the depths of Lot 4 and enjoy a pleasant walk by yourself.
Galen Tipton – Junior, Photography : I normally park in lot 4 at between 7 and 8 in the morning, which is what I recommend for everyone if you actually want to get a decent spot close to campus. This goes double for the CAC, which is arguably the hardest place to park on campus in the middle of the day.
Toni Gaisford – English, Creative Writing: Leave for class in enough time to get at least 10-15 minutes to search. Check all the parking lots, and remember that classes usually have about 10 minutes between them, so people will be getting out ten minutes before your class starts and heading to their cars. And always stop at the end of the row. People are crazy and don’t slow down.
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Amanda Carignan – Junior, Nursing: I definitely recommend getting to campus either a half hour before noon or a half hour after, because noon time seems very busy. It is completely acceptable to stalk people to their parking spot if they are leaving campus. Also, if someone locks themselves out of their car, they can call campus police to unlock it for you. facebook.com/theguardianonline
Sonora Humphreys – Senior, English Literature: The buses are really convenient and come to stops about every 10 to 15 mins. I know plenty of people who try to get away with parking in staff parking spots and end up getting tickets. If you’re gonna try it, do it on a day when it’s raining or snowing; the passes are harder to see.
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Questions Freshmen ask Hannah Hendrix Features Editor Hendrix.firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I meet new people before classes start/people from my class?
The Lower Hearth (“Gamers”) Lounge Small space in the Student Union basement where one goes for recreational gaming. Magic card games and Super Smash Bros tourneys are a frequency
One great option for meeting classmates before arriving at Wright State is joining—or starting—a “Class of 20--” Facebook group. The downside is that these are usually open pages, and if you’re concerned with privacy it may not be the way to go. What classes can I take?
The Moat The large mass of water surrounding The Hangar. Usually accompanied with ambitious fraternity canoers. Also a nesting ground for the almighty Quad God.
The Pig and Bacon The Math & Micro building, aka The Pig based on its appearance, overlooks “Divisions,” a strange bunching of metal statues nicknamed Bacon. These are both student-christened nicknames.
The CAC Labyrinth A joke among many WSU students regarding the convoluted layout of the Creative Arts Center. Firsttime adventurers will 100% guaranteed get lost. Bring water.
To find out what classes Wright State offers, visit your WINGS account (wings.wright. edu). Click on the Academics tab, then look for “Student Lookup Classes.” Follow the instructions and set filters for subjects, terms, campuses and times that the class is offered. How do I contact my professors?
Your professors are required to make themselves available to you. Simple questions can be handled in email, but face-toface meetings let your professor know who you are and help you develop a relationship with them. Most professors will list their office hours on the syllabus handed out on the first day of class or posted online. Can’t make the office hours? Most professors are willing to schedule appointments on request. How do I find my classes?
During First Weekend, you should be able to take a tour of the classroom buildings on campus. However, if you’d rather walk through your schedule on your own time, printable maps of campus are available online. Do I really have to read the Common Text?
You have probably heard that you should read the Common Text, and it is recommended.
If you decide not to read it, be warned: intro-level English classes, as well as UVC and UH freshman seminars have been known to use it within the first few weeks of classes. Can I get anything for “free” on campus?
Yes. A lot of on-campus events—especially those put on by residence life—offer free stuff, usually in the form of food. In fact, The Bridge Café in Honors Hall hosts Free Weiner Wednesday every Tuesday at 7:00—you can get a free hot dog just for showing up. Welcome Week is filled with events that give out food, T-shirts, planners, and other prizes. Welcome Week?
Welcome Week is the first weekend and the first week of Fall semester. It starts with First Weekend, featuring the President’s Cookout (more free food!), open houses, campus tours, and once-a-year activities, like the UAB Comedy Show and Boogie on the Bricks. Who—or what—is B.A.R.T.?
The enormous red sculpture in the middle of campus has been affectionately dubbed B.A.R.T—the Big-A** Red Thing. It is easy to use as a landmark or to find on a map. Is it really called that?
Students call the sculpture B.A.R.T., but the official name is “Turning Points.” It was created by sculptor David Black in 1998 when University Hall was added to WSU’s campus. How do I use my meal plan?
If you have a meal plan, there are multiple ways to use it. For more information, read “Dining on campus” on page 5. Where can I use my Wright1 card?
You can use your meal plan in dining areas in the Student Union or the Hangar. If you’re using flex dollars, money that
you deposit on your Wright1 card, there are a lot of local options. Most off-campus locations that accept Wright1 have a sign that says so, but always ask. What if I lose my Wright1 card?
Your Wright1 card acts as your ID on campus and some professors even use them to verify your identity for exams. If it does go missing, you can visit Wright1 card services in the Student Union to replace it— this usually costs around $15 for the first loss—more if it gets lost again. Where can I find a job on campus?
To find job openings on campus, visit WSU’s career services website and click on “Job Search” in the navigation bar. To the left, you’ll see a “Job Seekers” button, which will take you to a page introducing you to WrightSearch, the WSU Job Search engine. You can filter job opportunities by employer, position type or campus to find a job that fits your needs. What if I have trouble with my classes?
For your first year, you can receive one hour of free tutoring per week for every class you’re taking. If you want or need more than an hour of tutoring, each session costs $6. How do I get involved?
Wright State is home to more than 200 registered student organizations (often called orgs), so there’s something for everyone. During Welcome Week, visit Fall Fest and get to know some of the campus orgs. Organizations will have booths and tables set up to let you know about their groups in the hope that you’ll join up. Fraternities and sororities, as well as academic, cultural, honorary, media, recreational, religious, residential and special interest groups will be looking for new members.
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SPORTS 11 Coach of the Year: Mike Bradbury (Women’s Basketball) Justin Kinner Contributing Writer Kinner.firstname.lastname@example.org
right State athletics has been lucky enough to possess many great coaches for all of their athletic teams this season. Coach Lovelady has the baseball team in first place, coach Donlon led his basketball team to the Horizon League championship game for the second season in a row, and most impressively, head women’s basketball coach Mike Bradbury coached his team to their first NCAA tournament appearance in program history. The women’s basketball team had its best season in the history of the program, which has led to coach Bradbury being named The Guardian’s Coach of The Year. The team set the schools record for victories by posting 26 wins with nine losses. The 12-4 league record placed them second in the Horizon League standings, however Bradbury led his team to the Horizon League finals where they knocked off the Green Bay Phoenix, who has held a share of the Horizon League title ev-
ery season since 1997, to earn the schools first ever league championship in school history. The season for the Raiders and coach Bradbury would end in the first round of the NCAA tournament, where the Kentucky Wildcats knocked them off 106-60. Next season, coach Bradbury brings back his scoring nucleus, including the reigning Horizon League Player of the Year in Kim Demmings, and hope to continue where they left off this season.
TheGuardianOnline. com will have a full list of the honorable mentions, as well as Female and Male Athlete of the Year, and Freshman of the Year award winners.
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Game of the Year: Wright State vs. Green Bay (2014 Horizon League Championship) Andrew Smith Sports Editor Smith.email@example.com
Wright State 88, Green Bay 69 March 16, 2014 Kress Events Center (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
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Heading into the Horizon League Championship, Wright State had a 900-pound gorilla on its back in the name of the Green Bay Phoenix. The Raiders had not defeated the Phoenix since January 4, 2004. Green Bay edged out WSU for regular season title, winning a pivotal 79-72 overtime decision on Feb. 27 over the Raiders and earned a home court advantage throughout the tournament. In order for the Raiders to punch a ticket to the NCAA Tournament, they would have to beat the Phoenix on their own floor. www.theguardianonline.com
The game started with the Phoenix taking an early sevenpoint lead that was pushed to nine after Raiders coach Mike Bradbury received a technical foul. Green Bay entered the half, leading by six, and quickly pushed their advantage to 4636 after consecutive baskets in a 51-second span. With their backs against the wall, Kim Demmings took over. Demmings, who had four points and three fouls in only nine minutes of work at the half, stormed out of the gates in the second half, scoring 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting in 2:38. The Raiders would eventually close the game out on a 22-8 run, sending the majority of the 1,762 fans to the exits. The win punched the Raiders’ first March Madness dance ticket in program history and finally got the monkey of their backs. April 30, 2014
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