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The Scene: Freshen up your phone with these apps

 As time progresses and Instagram and Snapchat get more annoying, I find myself attempting to find new ways to entertain myself. So, I have found myself enjoying three new apps lately, and I hope that maybe you can find some interest in them too. 

First, I have grown a new love for podcasts. So, folks, lately, I have not been into music. This is weird because it seems almost natural for me to listen to music during every part of the day. Recently, I have been burnt out and just tired of listening to the same five songs over and over again. I still need something to listen to though so I can casually ignore everyone when I’m in public. That is when I decided to try listening to podcasts. I first heard of podcasts during my night class last year (not a good idea by the way) when students suggested that it was a good way to create a show. At first, I did not get the concept at all. Why would I want to listen to other people tell stories when I could just watch them on TV? But I was so wrong. During my summer internship I found myself needing background noise to get through all my exhaustive busy-work that interns get. That is when my love for podcasts was born. I first started with “Black Girl Podcast,” which is a group of five women in New York just talking about popular topics and how they navigate through life. After a while, it felt like I was just listening to my friends talk, and I would even talk back or laugh extremely loud. Either way these podcasts helped me to gain a new perspective and stay up to date with what is going on in society. There are all types of podcasts, too: political, religious, therapy based and even ones that help you sleep (shout out to insomnia). 

Second, as a college student, I’m pretty broke most of the time, but I find this odd joy in window shopping. I also love thrifting, but Wooster is a little lacking in the thrift store department, so I’ve turned to online shopping, specifically Poshmark. Poshmark is basically an online consignment shop where you can buy discounted clothes, shoes, basically anything people are trying to sell. So, when I’m bored or avoiding my never-ending papers, I scroll through the shoes section to see what’s new and just favorite the ones that I like. Eventually, I might buy them, but for now I just admire the 20 pairs of shoes that I definitely cannot afford to buy all at once. 

Next is my new favorite app, Co-Star. Are you obsessed with the stars? Do you want to know why you are the way you are? Do you think that you know enough about yourself? Well, if you know your birth date and time, Co-Star can help you figure out all these answers. Co-Star is a mobile horoscope app that tells you your entire birth chart and gives you daily horoscopes with what parts of life you have power, pressure and trouble in. I’m not 100 percent obsessed with the stars, but I do enjoy a little foresight occasionally. Sometimes the predictions are spot on, too. You can even add friends and see who you’re compatible with (or who you really should be staying away from). So, if you really want an app to read you for what you are, head on over to Co-Star. 

If you get tired of posting selfies all the time and want to expand your app knowledge, now you have something new to try.

Korri Palmer, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at KPalmer20@wooster.edu.

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Scotlight: Coral Ciupak and Mackenzie Clark

Mackenzie Clark ’19 (left) and Coral Ciupak ’19 (right), Editors in Chief of The Wooster Voice, share their journey as students and editors here at The College of Wooster.

Can you introduce yourselves?

M: My name is Mackenzie Clark and I’m one of the Editors in Chief of The Wooster Voice.

C: My name is Coral Ciupak; I am the other Editor in Chief of The Wooster Voice.

What other things are you involved in at the College?

M: I’m an English and art history double major, I work at The College of Wooster Art Museum, I’ve been an ARCHer for two summers and I’ll be a Graduate ARCHer again, so that’s pretty fun. And I’ve done some light editing for The Artful Dodge.

C: I am a philosophy major and psychology minor, I have worked four years at the Registrar’s office and I did three years of Moot Court.

How did you get involved in the Voice?

M: I came in as a sophomore because a friend of mine convinced me to join with her.  And it was mostly for editing practice. I didn’t really think of myself as a journalist.  Something that’s stayed with me is that I still don’t think of myself as a journalist, which is kind of funny. So yeah, I was News Editor, Managing Editor and Editor in Chief, and it’s just been three years of learning more about different parts of the campus community, more about what matters to different parts of this community, how to tell those stories, represent those voices across all sections of the paper and also a lot of mentorship and teaching. It’s been a real honor this year to have such a young staff, to be able to work with them with the knowledge that a lot of them will be coming back and to set them up to succeed even more in the years to come.

C: I also got involved with the Voice my sophomore year. I had applied because I was interested in getting more involved in the campus community and I saw the Voice as a really great way to do that because of the reach I felt like — still feel like — it has on this campus. I was Viewpoints Editor for two years and that’s really informed my role as Editor in Chief this year, just because it has really taught me how special it is to have a platform that’s accessible or that should be accessible to everyone to really share their perspectives, whatever they may be, in a campus publication that’s run by students, published by students, put together by students. It’s been a really cool thing to be a part of.  

What’s been your favorite part of working for the Voice?

C: My favorite part of working for the Voice has to do with how connected it makes you, not just to things that are going on and news that’s being released, but also to the people that I’ve worked with, to the stories that we’ve published and what those stories mean to the people here on campus. That’s been really special.

M: I have really enjoyed watching the process of our editors and our writers come into their own on staff, and watching them go from really nervous and kind of confused to seeing the pride on their faces every time they do something new or write something that they didn’t think they had in them or cover a different area on campus that they’ve never covered before. It reminds them what we do here is so important and even though it kind of feels like a routine week after week, that every single issue is just as special and important as the last and to make sure that’s something that as a group we can be very collectively proud of.

C: I would echo that as well. I’ve really enjoyed seeing people learn things about themselves and about others. It’s kind of related to what Mackenzie said earlier about not seeing herself as a journalist; I’m probably the same way. I’ve just been way more excited by seeing my coworkers and our writers, our photographers, our editors, become passionate about the things that they’re doing and connecting with other people.

What’s your favorite article that you’ve written?

M: My very first article was an article about when the Black Student Association (BSA) did a demonstration outside of Lowry my sophomore year. And I wasn’t supposed to write the article but the person writing it passed it on to me because they were unable to complete it. I felt very nervous, it was my first article and it was such a big thing happening on campus that week and I wasn’t sure if I could do it justice. So to finish that article and to have the other editors tell me that they thought it was well-written, that was a really big moment for me because it was like, ‘hey, I can do this; this is something that I’m able to do.’

C: I haven’t actually written a whole lot of articles for the Voice. My time as Viewpoints Editor was more focused on getting other people to write Viewpoints. But as Editor in Chief this year, I did write a feature, kind of last minute, on International Education Week, and that was something I really enjoyed. Particularly reaching out to organizers of International Education Week and hearing what they had to say and getting their perspectives on what this event and that week meant to them, and then the process of weaving those perspectives together into a kind of narrative that was informative but also reflected what these people put into the work, was a really rewarding thing for me, even if it was just a small article. I enjoyed being able to do that.

What advice do you have for Wooster students interested in joining the Voice?

 M: I think for students interested in journalism that haven’t really pursued it at the College yet, your voice is super valuable. Every single voice that we have come through here, whether it’s in the form of a contributing writer or a person that’s on our editorial staff all year long, all of those voices are so valued throughout every single section of the paper. So I would suggest just coming down to copy edit just to meet people, send an email to a section editor and ask if you can contribute to a story, just really put yourself out there. We’re always looking for people to get involved, we never really turn anybody away. So if you’re thinking this might be something that interests you, it’s a really good pocket of campus to get involved in, if you want to know more about all of the pockets of campus.  

C: I want people who are interested in the Voice to reach out to get involved, but I also want them to be really critical of us and of what we are and aren’t doing to get people involved in the first place. So if someone’s interested, and they reach out and they do become a part of what’s happening here, I want them and everyone to feel really open and really comfortable letting leadership know what is and what isn’t working. Because I know we do have some people who are interested in working with the Voice, but I also know that that interest isn’t as widespread or it doesn’t seem very accessible, so I would really ask people in coming years to be really mindful about what we are and are not doing to make that platform accessible for everyone.

What are your plans after graduation?

M: I will be attending Case Western Reserve University to get my Master’s in art history.  So I’m moving to Cleveland.

C: I’m taking a gap year and then will be applying to graduate programs in clinical social work.

M: So, we’re not pursuing journalism, is the short answer.

Do you guys have anything to add?

M: I would add to all Wooster students: This is the only time in your life where you will have access to so many kinds of cereal in Lowry Center. And also unlimited fries all day long. And  eggs and stir-fry.  Eat all the cereal you can. If you ever eat dinner and you think to yourself, ‘Hm, I kinda want a bowl of cereal but maybe I’ll pass.’ Eat the cereal. That’s my advice.  

C: My advice is to learn people’s names. Everyone you speak to, or interact with, learn their names.  

M: Eat cereal, learn names, join the Voice.  

 

Interview by Waverly Hart, Managing Editor at the Voice (Photo by Angad Singh).

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Campus Council commemorates 50th Anniversary

Ellie Kahn

Contributing Writer 

“I came for the free Chipotle and left planning to run for office next year,” said one student to Robin Emmons ’19, a representative for Campus Council (CC). The student was referring to Campus Council’s 50th anniversary celebration, which was held this past Friday, April 26 in the CoRE. Approximately 75 students, faculty members and administrators gathered to reflect on the effect that Council has had on the campus community since its inception, as well as to look to the future of the organization. Prior to the celebration itself, an art wall in Lowry was displayed to showcase the history of the organization with both written descriptions and photographs.

The celebration began with a welcoming address from Chair Annabelle Hopkins ’19, who explained that the event was conceived this past June by Hopkins and Halen Gifford ’21 after they discovered old Voice articles detailing the founding of the organization. Hopkins also shared how serving on Council has impacted her personally, commenting that the group has “changed [her] life for the better by inspiring [her] to grow as a leader.” She also emphasized the importance of having a legislative organization made up of students on a college campus, as few institutions “allow students to have so much power in their own legislatures.” 

Hopkins’ address was followed by former CC Chair Jordan Griffith ’19 and Dean of Students Scott Brown, who each highlighted the importance of the organization and the vital role that it plays within the campus community. When considering the structure of the organization, Brown remarked, “I’ve worked at many types of schools for nearly 30 years in my career; how Wooster leads is both very unusual and very desirable. And what is different, as Jordan talked about, is the fact that one of the most influential policy-making bodies is led by students, along with elected representatives of faculty and staff.” 

Emmons then discussed the degree to which outreach efforts have improved in the past year, citing new initiatives such as “Coffee with a Councilmember,” accessible descriptions of Council positions and an increased presence on social media. Finally, Gifford unveiled an exciting new project, the interactive Campus Council Digital Archive. The archive was conceptualized as a way to learn more about what Council has done over the past 50 years, as well as to keep alumni updated and engaged with events on campus. “I think [the archive] will be a great resource for future policymakers to have a plethora of Council’s constitutional history at their fingertips,” said Emmons, adding that it “sets a standard for transparency and record-keeping.” In progress is a web interface designed to aid in effective use of the archive. 

Incorporated into the 50th celebration was the Council’s focus on sustainability; customized CC M&Ms were served in reusable containers, and the art wall in Lowry was set against a tablecloth as a way of finding a more eco-friendly substitute to paper and plastic backgrounds. Members of Campus Council credit Hopkins for the success of the event. “The 50th was made possible by the diligence and initiative of Campus Council chair, Annabelle Hopkins. We have been so lucky to have a leader who is just as present at the ground level working behind the scenes as she is for every other aspect of her job title,” said Emmons. 

When considering the work that CC has done within the last year, Emmons stated, “Council is currently at a pivotal point in time. We have become increasingly more effective, productive and transparent. As we look back to our history and celebrate our previous accomplishments, we also can look towards a bright and long-lasting future. We are up to good things and I look forward to what is to come.”

very other aspect of her job title.” 

A political science and history double major graduating this spring, Hopkins plans to pursue a career in policy and advocacy. When considering the work that CC has done within the last year, she stated that “Council is currently at a pivotal point in time. We have become increasingly more effective, productive, and transparent. As we look back to our history and celebrate our previous accomplishments, we also can look towards a bright and long-lasting future. We are up to good things and I look forward to what is to come.”

(Photo courtesy Annabelle Hopkins)

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Despite rain, Springfest gathers intimate crowd

Elena Morey

A&E Editor

On Saturday, April 27, Wooster Activities Crew (WAC) held their yearly Springfest musical extravaganza featuring student openers DJ SP, Hot Water Street and MoonManFlo as well as visiting performers Overcoats, Giraffage and Saba.

As the rain poured down, a few brave and loyal students gathered at the bottom of the stage.  We huddled under umbrellas or in our thick coats while we waited for the music to begin.  The student openers took to the stage and students leaned in closer and gave the music their full attention.  Before the outside artists, the crowd got smaller and smaller after the student openers finished.  The location outside McGaw Chapel was surprisingly the planned rain location for this year, and the poor weather hindered the potential for a successful crowd.

Students in winter garb stuck it out to support their fellow students.  The weather raged on, but so did the performers.  Member of student opener Hot Water Street, Gabe Melmed ’21 admited that he “spent a lot of time on stage worrying about being electrocuted [due to the rain].”

“Honestly, the weather downplayed everything [for] the students … but it was still good.  The performances brought it to life,” said BJ Gunnings ’21 as he huddled under my umbrella.  “If [there could] have [been] alternative inside places to do Springrest when weather is bad [it would have really improved things].”

The rain sprinkled on and off, but most students enjoyed themselves.  “Springfest is so much fun!  I love the energy the student openers bring every year despite the guarantee of rain.  Bringing student bands to a bigger venue is such an awesome way to showcase the talent we have on campus, and the school always brings great artists too,” said attendee Sophie Hawkins ’19.  She also admitted that the rain affected the turnout but everyone did the best they could to enjoy themselves.

As people began to stop worrying about the rain, the music truly became the focus.  A strong unique mix of styles, as well as original music, captured the small gathering of students to share the moments.  As the light faded, the performers were beautifully back-lit, which enhanced the overall experience.  The bass boomed and as one got closer to the stage and performers, you could feel your heart literally vibrating.

An even bigger crowd gathered once the main acts came on after the student openers.  Many students were most excited about Saba, a rapper who gained fame for his collaborations  with Chance the Rapper, but became bigger after releasing his critically acclaimed album “Care for Me.”

“Saba’s concert was honestly one of the better concerts I’ve been to,” said Harry Dunham ’20. “The rain seemed to discourage some people from coming, but that ended up giving the concert an intimate atmosphere. This also seemed to allow Saba to interact with and connect with the crowd in a fun and interesting way, since he ended up talking with the crowd throughout the concert.”

Collier Summay ’19 echoed this claim. “Saba was so great at keeping the crowd pumped up despite the weather.  It was a tough day to perform, and you could tell he still actually wanted to be there and give us a good show,” Summay said.  

Springfest is a great way for students to experience student bands as well as broaden your musical taste with the artists brought in by WAC.  The crowd is also another place to meet new people and get more in touch with the student body.  It is quite the experience, and I would suggest any first-years or those who have not attended a Springfest to give it a shot.  There might be rain, there will be some getting used to the bass, but overall the experience is worthwhile and really makes you feel connected to the student body.

 

(Photo by Jake Lautman)

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Sunn O))) puts on a legendary live show

Andy Kilbride

Staff Writer

 On April 17, drone metal band Sunn O))) (pronounced “sun”) played at the Agora Theater in Cleveland to promote their latest record, “Life Metal.” Well into their second decade as a band, core members Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley — often accompanied by a revolving door of collaborators — have cemented themselves as a must-see live act with a loyal, passionate fanbase.

The band doesn’t write songs so much as they jam out with lengthy instrumental pieces notable for their sluggish, minimalist and downtuned riffs buried under layer upon layer of distortion. Chord progressions repeat ad infinitum, offering a hypnotic quality that demands patience on the listener’s part.

Their albums — which I highly recommend, they’re consistently very good — are cacophonies of blistering noise and feedback, but they don’t come close to capturing their intensity as a live act. When you walk into the venue and spy the stories upon stories of massive amplifiers, it becomes obvious that Sunn O))) are not like most live performers.

More keen on dramatic entrances than most bands, the band covers the entire room in thick, impenetrable fog that almost completely blurs the stage. Above them, the stage lighting changes color every few seconds, painting the misty haze of the venue. You can occasionally make out the band members playing in their distinctive black, hooded robes, something that makes Sunn O))) concerts feel like a genuine religious experience.

But, this is all secondary to Sunn O))) being a loud-as-shit live band. The wall of amps I mentioned before are hardly decorations; they’re put to excellent use in creating sounds so massive and deep that you can physically feel them vibrate against you. The chords rattle your body like a vibrating massage chair desperate to give you tinnitus. (You really shouldn’t skimp on earplugs if you see them, even  with protection their pummeling drones are demandingly intense.) The set consisted of two pieces — one that took up almost the entire hour-long set, and a much shorter encore — after which the band’s hooded figures bowed in the mist and disappeared into the man-made ether. The end of their show feels like a mix between a grueling workout and a therapy session: productive and worthwhile but absolutely exhausting.

Opening for Sunn O))) was Papa O, the instrumental solo project of ex-Slint guitarist David Pajo. His set consisted of two memorable post-rock pieces kept together by elaborate, layered guitar loops, and — as great as the show was — I was genuinely disappointed that his set wasn’t longer.

Sunn O))) concerts are the music nerd’s Mecca: their concerts are so legendary and unique that you have to see them at least once. They demand more out of the concert-goer than your usual band, but their talent lays in Anderson and O’Malley’s ability to reward the listener’s patience and tolerance for noise.

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Posse founder and president to deliver commencement address

Linnea Kedziora

Contributing Writer

The College of Wooster has announced that Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation, will deliver this year’s commencement address  on Monday, May 13. She will also be receiving an honorary degree from The College of Wooster to add to her undergraduate from Brandeis University, Master’s degree and Ed.D from Harvard as well as honorary degrees from Agnes Scott College, Brandeis University, Carleton College, Centre College, Colby College, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Mount Holyoke College, in addition to her impending honor from The College of Wooster.

Bial has impacted The College of Wooster through her work with the Posse Foundation, a group that provides underprivileged teens that demonstrate leadership potential with scholarships that enable them to pursue higher education. Bial has had a relationship with Wooster through the Posse Foundation since 2008; according to President Bolton, The College of Wooster has since welcomed 11 Posse cohorts as recently as in the class of 2022.

Bolton also states that these scholars have contributed greatly to the campus community by serving leadership roles on campus organizations as well as helping spark movements to diversify campus.

On a nationwide scale, the Posse Foundation website announces that it has given 1.4 billion dollars in scholarships to students, 57 percent of which were first generation college students from 10 different cities nationwide, sending them to 57 institutions, one of which is The College of Wooster.

Hugh Howard reported on Wooster’s website that the organization is titled “Posse” because it provides a support system for students entering college by matching them with groups of their peers that are also utilizing program and coming from similar situations. The intent is that Posse scholars will not feel isolated on their respective campuses.

The program maintains a 90 percent graduation rate that, according to the Posse website, is a considerable record compared to the nationwide graduation rate of 59 percent. According to President Bolton, The College of Wooster is honored to present Bial with an honorary degree because of her contribution to campus diversity on not only the Wooster campus, but also many other campuses across the nation. Furthermore, Bial’s work has provided opportunity for thousands of talented students to receive a quality education, enabling them to fully explore useful skills, with a focus on encouraging leadership.

President Bolton cites the Posse Foundation’s impact on college accessibility and chances of success for lower-income students as some of the main reasons why the College looks to her example and is excited to welcome Deborah Bile to campus for the commencement program in the spring.

“It is a privilege and an honor to be invited to give the commencement address at Wooster,” Bial said. “For more than 10 years, Wooster has been welcoming Posse Scholars to campus and providing them with a first-rate education.”

Bial added, “I want this class to know how important they are. They inherit a country, a world with tremendous challenges — challenges related to race, class, gender and political discord. [But] I know they will meet the challenges head-on and that should give us all hope.”

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