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Student athletes recognized at annual Scotties Awards

Samuel Casey

News Editor

On Monday, April 29, McGaw Chapel hosted the fourth annual Scotties — an award ceremony that seeks to recognize the accomplishments of both teams and individual athletes at The College of Wooster over the past year. The Scotties is planned and organized by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) with contributions from The W Association, the College’s alumni group made up of former student athletes.

The event was well-attended by representatives from each of Wooster’s 21 sports teams. According to Grace O’Leary ’20, vice president of SAAC, each Wooster team voted for a winner in both the men’s and women’s category for each of the five awards.

The event was emceed by Marcus Bowers ’19 and Aubri McKoy ’20 and kicked off by recognizing impending retirees Head Athletic Trainer Tom Love, baseball’s Head Coach Tim Pettorini and Provost Carolyn Newton for their combined decades of work at the College.

The first award of the night was Rookie of the Year, which is given to the first year who had the most impressive first season at the College. For the men, track and field’s William McMichael ’22 took home the honor after running a 50.91 to place first in the 400 meters at the indoor track and field championships — the first Scot to win the event since 1992. For the women, starting catcher Grace Randall ’22 earned the award for impressing during both softball’s debut week in Florida, hitting .467 in 10 games, and back in Wooster by throwing out nearly half of all base stealers.

“My experience as a first year has been very positive and also a learning experience in many ways as I continue to mature as a player,” Randall said. “I’m thankful to have won the award  … and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my teammates and coaches.”

O’Leary and field hockey teammate Sydney Schuster ’21 presented the award to players for having the most unique statistic. Basketball’s Reece Dupler ’19 and Danyon Hempy ’20 won for becoming the second pair in program history to both surpass 500 points during the season. Erica White ’19, a forward for the soccer team, nabbed the award for the women after scoring the fastest goal in program history at 11 seconds against Mount St. Joseph. Notably, White beat out basketball’s Anna Gibbs ’19, who is only one of two Fighting Scots to start every single game (102) during their four-year career since 1987.

Individual Moment of the Year was given to the athletes who had a top-performing moment during an athletic event from their season. Runners David Westcott ’19 and Brian Lief ’19 were awarded for becoming the first national qualifiers in men’s cross country since 2003. Westcott finished seventh of 265 runners at the Division III Great Lakes Regional to earn an automatic bid and was soon after joined by Lief.

“The award was a great honor and it was amazing to be around my team, because they have helped me so much in achieving the kind of success I have had,” Westcott said.

“We could not have won this award without support from our team,” Lief added. “They have pushed us to work hard every day, and while it was an individual award, it would not have been possible without my teammates and coaches.”

Carolyn Webster ’19 added another award for track and field by way of her second North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) pentathlon win, with top marks in the 60-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump.

Similarly, Team Moment of the Year is given to the team with a top-performing moment at an athletic event. The baseball team took home the prize for winning the Mideast Regional Championship and advancing to the Division III World Series for the first time since 2009, beating out basketball and track and field. Women’s soccer was also awarded for team moment after shutting out Wittenberg 4-0 for the team’s first NCAC Tournament win in program history.

This year, the Scotties featured an academic award to show the importance of athletes excelling in their sport and in the classroom. Men’s cross country and women’s tennis took home the inaugural award that was given to the teams who had the highest GPA from Spring 2018 to Fall 2018.

The final award for the night was given in honor of Clayton Geib ’18, a football player who passed away in September 2017, to athletes who exemplified school spirit, team unity, sportsmanship, strong academics and immense kindness while being a key contributor to their sport. The men’s nominees included swimmer/golfer Ric Reynolds ’19, high jumper Jack Petrecca ’19 and baseball’s Sam Severance ’19, with the latter being voted the winner by his peers. Last year, Severance made the difficult decision to have his lower right leg amputated due to bone cancer but was determined to finish his intercollegiate career and has made several plate appearances this season for the Scots.

For the women, soccer goalie Maddy Ireton ’19, volleyball defensive specialist Eva Stebel ’19 and track and fielder Carolyn Webster ’19 were in contention. Ireton brought home the honor and later reflected on receiving the Geib Award.

“For the rest of my life, I will strive to live up to the attributes embodied by Clayton and his award,” Ireton said. “I am so glad that we are honoring his memory in an award that represents the incredible impact he had on the Wooster community.”

She continued by expressing her gratitude with being a student athlete at the College.

“Being a student athlete at Wooster has provided me with some of my proudest moments and some of my toughest challenges,” Ireton explained. “It has certainly helped me grow into the person I am today. I will always be thankful for my teammates, coaches, athletic trainers and so many others for the support they give me.”

“The Scotties aim to recognize Wooster athletes who have had an amazing season or moment during the season,” O’Leary concluded, “I felt that we had a wide array of winners that showed how widespread Wooster’s athletic success has been this year.”

(Photo by Angad Singh).

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Wooster tennis teams end seasons on a powerful note

Matt Olszewski

Sports Editor

The College of Wooster men’s and women’s tennis teams traveled to Indianapolis, Ind. last weekend, April 25, 26 and 27 to compete in the 2019 North Coast Atlantic Conference Championships.

Both teams were seeded sixth going into the NCAC tournament and both ended up finishing higher than their original seed. Sarah Duran ’21 was asked about what her favorite team moment was, leading up to the Conference tournament. “I think my favorite moment in general was probably just the spring break trip overall. I think that is always the trip where everyone is able to bond and spend time together,” she said.

 Both teams faced DePauw University in the first round. The women faced a tough Tiger squad, as they fell 5-0. However, Joy Li ’20 and Shannon Sertz ’20 played in the most tightly contested match, as they fell 8-5 in their No. 1 doubles match. They lost to a very talented duo from DePauw, with the pair being ranked sixth in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region rankings. In addition, Wooster did see some success in the top half of its singles lineup in a few of the unfinished matches. When asked about the biggest challenge the team had this season, Emma Saxton ’22 noted injuries. “We had a couple of injuries that happened this season, so we were really forced to band together,” said Saxton. “While we still celebrate individual achievements, our greatest accomplishments were as a team.”

Next up, the women played Wittenberg University on Saturday, April 27. Wittenberg was seeded fifth, just one spot ahead of the Scots. In the regular season, the Scots lost to Wittenberg 7-2, but the rematch was a whole different story. It is important to note the role of Head Coach Amy Behrman on the team’s resilience. “Coach often tells us to leave everything on the court and there is nothing to lose. She really believes in me for beating regional-ranked players, which definitely reinforces my confidence,” said Li.

The Scots came out strong in their second match of the tournament, starting with a pair of 8-7 wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. Sertz and Li picked up the victory at No. 1, while Laura Haley ’21 and Duran emerged victorious at No. 2 doubles. Sertz picked up her 75th doubles win of her college career, making her the 10th student-athlete in program history to achieve that feat. Both of those doubles matches were won in a tiebreaker. In No. 3 doubles, Meklit Minassie ’22 and Saxton picked up a solid 8-3 win. The rest of the Scots’ points came in their singles matches, with Sertz earning a 6-1, 6-0 victory, and Saxton picking up a 6-1, 7-6 win. 

“It was a great win for the team because we were the underdogs going into the match and had lost to them earlier this season. And it was a great match for me because I had lost to the same girl in three sets in March,” Saxton stated.

Haley then reflected on the team’s performance at the conference championships. “Going into [it], we had two goals — leave everything on the court and finish higher than anticipated. I’m happy to say we accomplished both. Going into our match against Wittenberg, we knew we had one last chance on the court. I believe we all internalized this and played without hesitation,” she said.

The season also impacted every player in a positive way. Kendra Devereux ’21 described what she and her teammates learned the most as a result of this season. “Over the season we all have grown really close to one another and we have really learned how to build each other up. We learned that positivity and confidence are very important characteristics to have when playing tough matches and always tried to help each other focus on those mindsets,” she remarked. The women finished the 2018-2019 season with a record of 12-6 and will come back strong next season after losing zero seniors and gaining a few recruits.

On the men’s side during the tournament, the Scots fell 5-2 to third-ranked DePauw in their first match. The Scots did pick up a victory at No. 1 doubles, as Austin Hanna ’22 and Alon Liberman ’22 won 8-3. The other victory for the Scots came from Nathan Devereux ’20, as he won 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 4 flight.

The next opponent the Scots faced was Ohio Wesleyan. The Scots won a tightly contested match 5-3. Joaquin Abos Amo ’21 defeated Ohio Wesleyan’s Jack Hibbard to clinch the fifth-place match for the Scots. The Scots had carried a 2-1 lead into the singles matches, after Hanna and Liberman defeated Ohio Wesleyan’s No. 1 duo 8-4. At the No. 3 spot, Jesse DeWitt ’19 and Nebyou Minassie ’22 won 8-3. Abos Amo, Liberman and Devereux each won their singles matches to seal the victory for the Scots, with Abos Amo’s win clinching the match. The match marked redemption for the Scots, as they had lost to the Bishops 5-4 in the regular season.

Abos Amo described how the last match of the season was his favorite. “Personally, the moment that made me feel the best was after the very last match against Ohio Wesleyan when we were playing for the fifth position in the conference. The match was really, really close and I was losing in the third set, but I made my way back to finally win and clinch the match for us. It was our best result since 2008, and I also played one of the best matches of the season. It was a great feeling,” he said. Abos Amo also talked about how he learned a lot throughout the course of the season that helped him improve as a player and eventually get to the point where he ended this season — beating a quality opponent from Ohio Wesleyan. “The beginning of the season was pretty tough for me, because I lost a lot of close matches. I had a good season as a first year, so this year I had a lot of expectations when the season started. I lost matches against guys I wasn’t expecting to lose against, and that was very frustrating. I tried to keep practicing and giving my 100 percent. Spring break was a key moment in the season for me, since I had a couple good wins that gave me confidence for the rest of the matches this season,” he said. The men finished this past season with a record of 8-13, but learned a lot throughout the season and will only be losing one senior, Jesse DeWitt. 

(Photo by Wooster Athletics).

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Storytelling enhances the Wooster experience

My time at Wooster has been defined by a deep engagement with storytelling. As an art history and English double major, an editor with The Wooster Voice and as a citizen of this community, I have learned so much in the past four years through stories, their value and the voices which shape them. 

As students, we are constantly curating the nature of our own narratives through the choices we make, from the classes we choose to the people we bring into our lives and the depth to which we allow them to impact us. For me, these past four years have been uniquely formed by stories of serendipity and moments that I did not know would be so memorable until much later. From how I stumbled upon my double major, to how I met my best friends, seemingly small choices have become crucial points in my own story. 

As my senior year comes to an end and the chaos of being a student and doing I.S. has subsided, I’ve had some much needed time to reflect on the stories that have informed my education and personal growth. I have had the distinct honor and privilege of assisting in the creation of a total of 72 issues of The Wooster Voice (also known as the most arduous and extended group project I’ve ever undertaken). This process of producing a weekly newspaper has taught me so much about the role of newspaper in a community as a curatorial culmination of contemporary histories and a way in which to watch our individual narratives intertwine. 

As both a writer and an editor for this publication, I want to urge all of you, whether you are leaving this place or returning in the fall, to be active participants in the story of the College. Pay attention to both what people are talking about, and what they are not talking about. Exercise courage in how you tell stories and how you listen to and receive them. Carry stories responsibly, taking note of all sides and angles, of the voices represented and those which are not. Be mindful of when it’s time to stand up, and when it’s time to step back. Practice both speaking out and making room for others to speak. 

As humans, stories are vital agents of education and empathy, and we all must make a conscious effort to make room for all kinds of stories in a space as unique and vibrant as Wooster’s community. As one-fourth of our student body is renewed every fall, this project of shaping our story is one that is ongoing and that requires us to always be mindful of where we have all been and where we will go.

There is one final piece of advice I would like to leave you all with. At the beginning of my senior year, a wise friend told me something I have carried with me for quite some time now. Right now in Lowry Dining Hall, you have access to more types of cereal in this moment than you will probably ever have again after you leave Wooster. Take advantage of Lowry and its wall of unlimited cereal possibilities while you still can.

Mackenzie Clark, an Editor in Chief for the Voice, can be reached for comment at MClark19@wooster.edu.

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Appreciate your own work

Are you proud of yourself? When was the last time that you allowed yourself a moment to appreciate the work that you do? And by “work,” I don’t just mean academics. Being proud of yourself is something that I have been thinking a lot about lately. As graduation grows ever closer, I have reflected a lot on the choices that I have made here at Wooster, and all of the work that I have done with regard to my academics, my social life, my physical health and the health and well-being of the Wooster community itself. When I was growing up my mother always told me, “do the best that you can.” I think about this phrase a lot. It implies that your best is enough, and that it is something to be proud of. At the same time, it does not suggest that you cannot do better. So how do we balance being proud of ourselves and our actions with the very important drive to be better?

I don’t have an answer that will work for everybody. My attempt at balancing these elements is going to be different than the way that you do it, or the way that your favorite professor does it. For me, there is a process involved. For a long time I tried to be better more than I tried to be proud. I didn’t want to be proud; where will that ever get me? Now that I have tried to appreciate the level of energy and devotion that I put into my actions and into my own body, I have realized that I am a whole lot more productive at being better once I have allowed myself to be proud. Being proud isn’t about bragging. It certainly isn’t about making comparisons (again, remember: “do the best that you can.”). Rather, being proud requires that we reflect on what we have done, and the impacts of our positive actions on the community(ies) we live in, on our friends and family and on ourselves. Being proud means that we are accountable for our actions because we pay closer attention to what it is that we are doing and have done. Being proud leads to being better because we know where we have been, where we are and where we want to be. We know the steps that we have taken and the mistakes that we have made, and can move forward with this knowledge.

And as I said before, it is a process. We don’t wake up one day and suddenly stop comparing ourselves to other people. We don’t suddenly begin to recognize the wonderful things that we do each and everyday, especially the small things. We don’t spontaneously know how to become better in those areas we desire to improve in. If I would have had this mindset earlier on in my college career, I know that it would have been easier to recognize my strengths, improve upon my weaknesses and generally have a greater sense of myself. It would have undoubtedly helped to lessen my anxiety and stress levels. However, we are all working on ourselves and on the world. Give yourself permission to be proud of the important work that you do!

Myra Praml, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at MPraml19@wooster.edu.

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Andrews Hall to undergo renovations for 2019-20 academic year

Samuel Casey

News Editor

Andrews Hall, a residence hall that currently houses first-year students, will undergo renovations following the 2019 Commencement ceremony and will not reopen until August 2020.  According to an article in The Daily Record from June 2018, former Associate Vice President for Facilities, Management and Development Doug Laditka stated that the anticipated budget for Andrews will be $6.25 million, which will include an air conditioning system.

Director of Residence Life Nathan Fein shed some light on the renovations of residence halls that have occurred on campus recently.

“Andrews was chosen by Facilities as the last of a series of three buildings to be renovated: Stevenson, Armington, then Andrews,” Fein said.  Stevenson Hall was redone in 2017 and Armington Hall will reopen before the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

Fein added, “[Andrews] is going to be mostly doubles, with a few singles and triples [and] at this point we have not made a determination who will be occupying the space when it reopens.”

Douglass Hall, which currently houses upperclass students, will be converted into a first-year residence hall, at least for the next academic year.

In contrast to Fein’s statement, Maha Rashid ’19, former president of Inter-Greek Council (IGC), had the impression that Andrews would be used by Greek life. 

“As of August of last year, IGC was told that Andrews was being renovated into suites for Greek housing. There would be 12 suites with five people in each one. Each Greek organization would be able to fill a suite and preference would be given to organizations that could fill Bissman [Hall] consistently in the past,” Rashid explained. “The whole year it was used as an incentive for current Greek organizations to fill Bissman,” she said.

This plan had to be approved by the Board of Trustees, but Rashid said that this did not occur. Additionally, she felt that Residence Life did not adequately explain this message.

“It was unfortunate to hear that the Board of Trustees did not approve the plan; however, Residence Life did not clearly communicate that it was not an available option until after the Bissman housing deadline had passed. Therefore, organizations were under the false understanding that filling Bissman would lead to an opportunity for better housing in the future,” Rashid said.

In addition to concerns from IGC and Greek organizations, some students have expressed displeasure regarding the closure of the student parking lot behind Andrews during the renovation. 

Director of Security and Protective Services Steve Glick explained, “Between using the [parking lot] for equipment storage, using it as a lay down area and construction traffic, it needs to be closed.”

This will result in the loss of approximately 40 spaces out of 60 total will be closed for the entire year; however, 20 spaces located behind Armington and Stevenson in Lot 11 will become available once construction there is completed. This means that fewer North parking permits will be issued, so potentially students will have to park farther away or be denied a permit entirely if they do not buy one quick enough.

Regarding any considerations to building or converting a new parking lot, Glick stated that there was not any room.

“We are looking at a couple alternatives, but they won’t come close to replacing what we are losing,” Glick said. “We have about 800 employees and just over 400 employee spaces, [so] taking a staff lot away just transfers the problem.”

Regarding the concerns that students have, Glick acknowledged that even thought this is a temporary problem, that is little consolation if a student needs a car. However, he said he would be willing to work with students if there are special circumstances.

“If a student really needs a car on campus for education purposes (student teaching, for example) or to attend on-going medical appointments, I would ask the student to reach out to me or Joe Kirk to see if we can come up with an alternative,” Glick advised.

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Allocations Committee releases budgets to clubs

Budgets released beyond Student Activities’ April 10 deadline, leaving student organizations little time to prepare appeals

Samuel Casey

News Editor

Saeed Husain

News Editor

On Monday, April 22, Allocations Committee began to disburse budgets in small waves to each of the student groups on campus that sought funding, according to Co-Chair Isaac Weiss ’20, treasurer for the Student Government Association. The Allocations Committee is run by Campus Council (CC) and is tasked with allocating the student activity fees to every student organization that applied and is eligible. The Committee is made up of seven people, including co-chairs Weiss and Halen Gifford ’21, budget chair for Campus Council, as well as five other student members, who are kept anonymous.

According to Weiss, the review process starts by randomly selecting budgets to limit any potential for bias. Then, the Committee carefully reads the information provided within a group’s proposed budget and closely follows the budget guidelines to make the right decisions while occasionally expanding on rules in order to make cuts to be under budget.

When asked about what issues the group faces, Weiss explained, “One of the things I heard a lot about, before I became co-chair, is that Allocations Committee suffers a lot from lack of consistency from year to year. I’m happy that [Campus Council’s Budget Committee] and I have spent a lot of time to ensure that the budget guidelines are more understandable to ensure more consistency.” 

Weiss added that this year’s process was very similar to last year with the only difference being that the Committee spent more time analyzing each budget. While the proposed deadline for allocations was April 10, this was not met by the Committee, which took over 10 days more before budgets were sent out, following approval by the CC General Assembly meeting on Thursday, April 18. Some student leaders of campus groups voiced their concern with the delay and some of the drawbacks it has for their clubs.

“Not getting the budget back on time really sets things back and makes it harder on student organizations,” said Nashmia Khan ’20, president of South Asia Committee (SAC). “SAC has events planned for September and collaboration that we will have no time to figure out before this semester is over. Furthermore, the delay means we got the budget very close to finals which once again makes it harder to plan stuff when everyone is busy with end of semester deadlines.”

Linden Taylor ’19, outgoing president of WOODs, agreed with this sentiment. “As soon as we received our budget for WOODs for 2019-2020, we decided to make an appeal for a section in our budget,” she said. “It was difficult to plan for this appeal in the second to last week of classes, but we are now prepared for it. A week earlier may have helped us develop our case more clearly, so we could have had two meetings as a leadership board; one to discuss the appeal plan and one to finalize it before presenting it.”

Addressing those concerns, Weiss stated, “While this did mean that we had to spend more time reading budgets, we feel that it is more important for us to do a good job than it is for budget to be disbursed at an incredible speed. We only spent one more week than we had planned for. In all, we spent more than 30 hours reading every single budget carefully.” 

Weiss said he understood that there will be concerns from groups, but there is only so much the Committee can do. “People work really hard on these budgets, so it’s natural to be angry when you have it cut,” Weiss acknowledged. “[But] we had nearly a million dollars in requests, and we simply cannot fund everything. I think that given what we had, we made the right and best choices.”

Khan also commented that though the budget was late, SAC was fairly allocated. “Besides being late I think SAC was fairly allocated,” Khan said. “They didn’t fund one of our biggest events, Diwali, which is an important religious and cultural event, but we appealed.”

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