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Senior ice hockey players recognized

Ben Blotner

Senior Sports Writer

The College of Wooster ice hockey club held its senior night on Friday, Feb. 22 at Alice Noble Ice Arena. The Fighting Scots fell to the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford Panthers by a score of 5-2, but held pregame festivities to honor the squad of seniors Leonard Wine ’19, Connor Ferreri ’19 and Will Noel ’19.

Pitt-Bradford scored the first goal of the game early in the first period, as Jake George ’21 got them on the board with an assist from Jack Pecora ’22. Four minutes later, Pitt-Bradford’s Noah Warns ’19 was given a penalty for interference. Wooster tied the score at the 10:41 mark with a goal from Wine, the club president, who was assisted by Jack Galle ’21. Wine was then called for a penalty on a minor infraction, but helped the Scots score another goal with 1:42 left in the first period, again teaming up with Galle for the point. This time, Wine earned the assist as Galle slammed the puck in to give Wooster the lead. After the first period, the Scots held a 2-1 edge over the Panthers. Unfortunately, their offense would be held in check the rest of the way.

The game’s second period was relatively uneventful for the first several minutes, as Wooster held on to its slim lead. Finally, with less than five minutes the clock, Pitt-Bradford’s Matt Labacic ’19 scored the only goal of the period to tie the score at two; Pecora earned his second assist of the night. In the period’s final minutes, Jack Kellam ’21 of Pitt-Bradford was sent to the penalty box for a minor infraction. The Scots also received a penalty as they were called for interference, but neither team was able to capitalize on the other side’s mistake. The score remained 2-2 going into the final period.

In the third period, the game was decided when the Panthers’ offense came to life for three goals, the first of which came relatively quickly. Pitt-Bradford jumped out to the lead at the 18:14 mark, with Pecora once again contributing to the offense. This time, Pecora did the scoring after Warns got him the puck for an assist. Soon after, Pecora committed a penalty by tripping a Wooster player. Pitt-Bradford’s Matt Marynchak ’20 was also sent to the penalty box for committing a high stick. Despite the infractions, Pitt-Bradford was able to add to the lead with two more goals off the sticks of Labacic and Warns. Wooster was called for a penalty in the final minute, but it had no bearing on the final score. The Panthers’ three-goal margin would stand, as they won the game by a final score of 5-2.

Wooster’s ice hockey club will miss seniors Wine, Ferreri and Noel when the remaining players take the ice for the 2019-20 season. The group will need a new president after Wine graduates, as well as a new secretary to fill the void left by Ferreri. Daniel Engel ’20 will presumably continue as the club’s treasurer, along with Jim Burnell as the advisor. 

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Sex Month expands to diversify programming

Abby Everidge

Contributing Writer

It’s Sex Month here at the College! The Sexual Respect Coalition (SRC), a sexual respect and anti-rape culture advocacy group, has been hosting events this month with various organizations. There have been events such as Sex Positive Trans Sex Education, Sex Trivia with Men Working for Change and Chill vs. Chill (Consent is Mandatory) with Women of Images and Men of Harambee. 

On Feb. 21, the Sex Positive Trans Sex Education was an event that partnered with Robin Perry ’20, who spoke about trans-inclusive pleasure-based sex education and provided resources for attendees. Co-Treasurer of SRC  Miranda James ’20 remarked, “The turnout was great! We had a full room and everyone was very engaged. It was an amazing event!”

On Feb. 27, Sex Trivia was presented by Men Working for Change and SRC in the form of a fun and educational trivia game on all things sex, ranging from birth control to kinks.

On Feb. 28, Chill vs. Chill (Consent is Mandatory) was an event presented by Men of Harambee, Women of Images and the SRC that featured a casual, open discussion about all things sex and relationships,  including many different perspectives.

After Spring Break, on March 27, SRC will be hosting Domestic Violence 101 in partnership with the South Asia Committee. In April, the SRC will also host their annual Take Back the Night march and speak out. Students are encouraged to keep an eye out for posters on campus regarding more information on these events and more.

Myra Praml ’19, co-president of SRC, noted that Sex Month is new this year. Normally, SRC organizes events during a week-long format with events every night. Shifting to a month-long format allowed SRC to spread out the planned events and attract more attendees by increasing the length of their advertising.

“We had a big turnout to our first event,” said Praml. “There were people there who told us they had never come to an SRC event before and that was very encouraging to see.”

Praml also stated that a recent focus of the group has been to increase their collaboration with groups on campus, particularly making it a priority to work with organizations they have not yet collaborated with in order to reach audiences on campus that they have not before.

After hearing from students just now first attending SRC events, James assured them that the group is, “expanding the topics covered to be more inclusive and welcoming to all of campus.”

“As a senior who has been involved for a few years, I would say Sex Month has definitely changed a lot,” said Praml. “I think we’re making more of an effort to get people excited and to get the word out. I think we’re also putting a lot more into making our events interdisciplinary, as well as crossing contexts and boundaries that maybe we didn’t put in a relationship before, but actually are conversations that need to happen.”

In the future, Praml said that she hopes that SRC continues to expand their collaboration efforts. “It makes topics more interesting, relevant and relatable. It also helps to get attendance from different groups on campus in order to have more holistic discussions,” said Praml.

Praml noted that she has often heard that people are deterred from coming to SRC events because topics aren’t always happy or fun. “They can be heavy, sad and serious,” she said. “It’s a lot to put yourself in a position to hear about these things. We don’t want to make these topics lighthearted because they’re not, and they need this serious treatment. But I think what we want to do with Sex Month is stress the importance of educating yourself.”

“These are safe and productive spaces to have these kinds of conversations,” said Praml. “Give yourself the opportunity to learn about topics that you wouldn’t normally engage with. For me, I personally come away feeling like I have ways to create change in ways that I didn’t think about before and that I’ve learned something entirely new. I think these events are an opportunity to learn something new.”

SRC will be hosting Sex Education Month again next semester. The group also has weekly meetings every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Babcock Formal Lounge. New members are always welcome and encouraged to come!

James shared that overall, “Sex Month is about fostering positive discussions around sex and sexuality. We believe that these conversations affect the ways students talk about sex and things related to sex, which in turn creates more sex positivity and serves to improve our campus climate.”

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Safe Zone open to all members of C.O.W. community

Larissa Lamarca

Contributing Writer

If someone wishes to learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community and to become more active and educated on gender identities, gender expressions and sexual orientations, Safe Zone Trainings could help offer that opportunity. As described on the Wooster website, “Safe Zone establishes an identifiable network of individuals who agree to challenge oppression, promote an atmosphere of respect and serve as a safe space in our community. The three-hour training is for faculty, staff and students.” 

Additionally, the Wooster website states that, “by agreeing to become a participant in the Safe Zone Training Program, you agree to undergo training, educate yourself, promote an atmosphere of respect and civility, be a resource as best you can, listen and provide support.” Students can get involved through tabling in Lowry where they can sign up, via email or through information from the posters around campus. 

The Wooster website has information about when and where students, faculty, staff and community members can attend trainings. Separating students and faculty has enabled more questions from faculty about specific administrative work such as classroom polices. The trainings are run by CDI staff and students in the Safe Zone Practicum (which is a 0.5 credit course).

“Every year, the Safe Zone practicum course works to update and create new trainings in order to keep up to date with vocabulary and concepts. Some trainings we are developing this semester include a Religion and Spirituality training, a Poly/Non-Monogamous relationships training and a training centered around creating an anti-racist LGBTQ+ community,” said Aaron Risch ’21. Students can expect to gain a better understanding about intersectionality, oppression, gender identity, gender, privilege and sexual orientation their roles in advocating for queer students on and off campus. 

Robin Perry ’20 said, “we still have a long way to go with getting all those groups really effectively involved, though! Our goal would be to have every faculty, staff member and student involved in Safe Zone.” Currently there are also Safe Zone 200 levels that explore deeper aspects of sexuality and gender, which are covered individually in the introductory training. The training lasts one hour and is interactive. Some of the 200  level trainings offered this spring include Trans & Non-binary Identities, Ace, Aro, Gray and History & Action In Allyship.  

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Practice healthy habits with your phone

College life encourages us to be productive machines shitting out perfect essays and problem sets and thorough readings of essays and articles. If, miraculously, all our academic to-dos are completed, countless teams, clubs, jobs and other organizations grasp for our time and energy. We also need to maintain a social life and keep occasional contact with home. With so many responsibilities, any spent idle generates a feeling of unease and guilt. However, what about all those small moments and brief instances that are too short to achieve any considerable progress on big projects or assignments? A handy-dandy invention has produced access to productivity and doing-something-ness. 

I would be doing a disservice by imploring you to stop being productive. However, constant productivity poisons the brain. Walking to class, students listen to Spotify while scrolling through Instagram to relax. Waiting for friends to chow in Lowry, why not see what’s happening in Venezuela or Brexit to inform ourselves on the happenings of the world? Sitting on the toilet, why not send an email to the professor about confusion about an assignment? A survey at Baylor University in 2014 discovered that students spend an average of nine hours per day on their phone. This comes as no surprise; cellphones are awesome. They provide unlimited access to video games, social media, communication with family and friends, plus a conglomeration of all the knowledge humans have ever discovered via the internet. 

All these things are important, but humans were not designed to be constantly working. Being idle without your phone allows time for internal reflection, stimulates creativity, generates productivity when working and makes relaxation easier while reducing anxiety. Over the next few days, really try and zero in on your unique phone habits. 

If you use your phone while walking to class, focus on the rise and fall of your chest or the feel and sound of your foot hitting the ground or watch a squirrel scuffle between branches. If you use your phone to look busy in public settings so that people don’t bother you, bring a good book instead. If Doodle Jump is your best friend in the bathroom, maybe plan your outfit the next day. While studying, set your phone on silent and put it away in your backpack. The Do Not Disturb function is magical, try it out. 

After enacting these positive habits to generate a beneficial and healthy relationship with your phone, the impacts will be drastic. Kevin Rooth of The New York Times attempted this phone analysis and the results were drastic. After a few days, his spouse applauded his efforts and asked him to continue because his attention and engagement in conversations was deeper; “I spent more time to listening to her, and less time distractedly nodding and mumbling while checking my inbox or tapping out tweets,” he said. 

Not to be dramatic, but you can become a better student, more attentive friend, less anxious, more effective in activities and a stronger overall person by putting the phone away. 

Wyatt Brugge, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at WBrugge21@wooster.edu.

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LWC continues with letter writing campaign

Ellie Kahn

Contributing Writer

Throughout this academic year, the Living Wage Campaign (LWC), a student group advocating for the needs of staff at the College, has been engaging in a letter-writing campaign in which students, parents and alumni connected to Wooster have been encouraged to write to key figures in the administration, emphasizing the need for a living wage for campus staff members. 

The initiation of the campaign directly followed the LWC’s demonstration this past fall, where students were present as Trustees arrived for a Board meeting in the Governance Room. Over 200 students protested at this meeting, sharing signs with anonymous quotes and stories from Wooster staff members detailing why a living wage of at least $14.08 is necessary for the campus community to be an ethical one, compared to the current minimum of $11.00. LWC seeks increased wages for  salaried and hourly workers at the College. 

As members of LWC shared, “it is deeply hypocritical that we, as a College, criticize the injustices we see in other institutions, in our nation and in our world, yet are so willing to tolerate the inequities and injustices in our own campus community when it serves our own economic ends and purposes. We hold that the College cannot meet its goals in a global context if it consistently fails to do so within our very own institution. We believe instituting a living wage is the first step toward a more ethical campus.”

Yet while Trustees interacted with student protesters and acknowledged the importance of the issues raised, little change has been enacted since the demonstration on Oct. 26. According to members of LWC, “the Board wrote us a formal letter indicating that the ultimate decision lies with the President of the College concerning these matters, and that we need her full commitment before the Board will move forward with this issue.” 

Thus the letter-writing campaign began, an effective and common tactic for groups advocating issues pertaining to social justice. The decision to engage in the campaign was a collective one, as LWC is comprised of over 200 students. Conceptualized as “a reminder to the Board and President Bolton that student demand for a living wage is not a one-time occurrence but a continued movement,” the campaign is a formal method of expressing continued pressure. 

As members of LWC detail, “We seek to impel President Bolton that this issue is important on campus through various means but also through reminding her daily of the students who demand justice on this campus in her mailbox, and sending copies to the Board to continue to remind them that they are also responsible for making the important and necessary changes happen on this campus.”

The members of the LWC are determined to glean a response from the Trustees. Though in the fall they provided little support for their movement, even after being presented with the 1300 signatures that the LWC had collected in support of a living wage for staff. “The letter writing campaign began directly after the fall demonstration at the Board of Trustees general meeting. It continues this semester, and will continue until we see meaningful change in the Board and Cabinet’s perceptions and action on this issue,” said the LWC. 

Letters have been sent to the President of the College Sarah Bolton, Board of Trustees and Cabinet, and will continue to be written until the campus sees “meaningful change in the Board and Cabinet’s perceptions and action” regarding a living wage for staff members. Students passionate about the mission and goals of the LWC are encouraged to participate by writing a letter to those in the administration, as this campaign is not reserved just for those who are official members of LWC, but is open to any individual connected to campus with thoughts to share with the trustees and administrators about the treatment of the staff at The College of Wooster. The LWC says, “The letter writing campaign is an opportunity for anyone connected to the college community to write the President, members of the Cabinet and the Board of Trustees about the need for a living wage on campus. We have received letters from students, parents and alumni of the College.”

While the letter-writing campaign highlights the treatment of Wooster workers in financial terms, it is crucial for students to also remember the second foundational pillar of LWC, which is staff respect. As members of LWC noted, the group “encourage[s] students to get to know your staff and respect their work. Staff respect is the sum of small actions we all can take to make our College a more dignified work environment. Learn your staff members’ names. Say ‘hello,’ ‘good morning’ and ‘thank you.’ Be careful not to spill when scooping mac & cheese (this goes further than you think). There are opportunities everywhere to treat staff with respect, and we encourage all students to look for and use these opportunities.”

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The Wooster experience can be magical

The other day while cleaning my room, to avoid I.S. and the outside world, I was listening to a podcast called Reply All. On this particular episode, comedian Jason Mantzoukas was talking about his embarrassing, and I dare say, endearing love for Harry Potter. He went on to say how the books bring him comfort and, of course, joy and maybe even a sense of belonging. As I was folding my clothes I began to really think about what it means to love something as much as Jason Mantzoukas loves Harry Potter. Now, we’ve all heard that Wooster is Hogwarts: Bolton might be Dumbledore’s niece and Lowry the dungeon where the troll emerges. But those are all just rumors not really grounded in reality. Even so, there is some magic flowing through these grounds that I feel compelled to address.

When I went to the Tartan Talks on Saturday, I started to really believe in the mystic nature of our experience here. Kïrsten Blake ’00 talked about the feeling of physically belonging here when she came back to campus after years away. She discussed the ways in which her education here gave her confidence, and a sensitivity that let her explore the world. She was passionate about her work with Chapter BE, and her words filled me with such a tender feeling of gratitude that — yeah! Whatever! I cried a little. 

Harry Potter is about a boy who goes off and has this wild academic experience with friends that care for and challenge him, faculty that support him (except, you know, Prof. Quirell …) and a beautiful castle that he resides in, similar to Bissman. Then, it’s his last year there that Voldemort is seriously out to get him, and what is that not symbolic of other than our blessed Independent Study! Taking in my love and affection that I feel for this school, I am all too aware of the wild and wonderful ways in which it has challenged me, and forced me to go after the evil forces that challenge this earth. 

Like Potter, I will say that I am scared of what the future will bring and I find myself walking the paths of this school wondering what will happen next. Then I circle back to Mantzoukas and how when he gets disheartened he puts on the Harry Potter audio books and argues with kids about what the best house is. I know that within the confines of extreme stress here at Wooster I can find a true sense of magic, which I am — down to my wayward core — very thankful for. Listening to alumni this weekend, they kept harping on this idea that Wooster shapes you, makes you grab at joy and not be fearful of challenges. As I attempt to unpack what it means to leave, I am trying my very hardest to be mindful that memories that we create on this campus are ones that shape us. I am making a promise to myself now that when I get bogged down I will pull up those images of classes, clubs or random conversations in the library and be filled with relief in knowing that it all mattered. Thank you for coming to my Tartan Talk. 

Bekah Smith, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at RSmith19@wooster.edu.

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