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Scots fight hard, come up short in doubleheader sweep

Chloe Burdette
Contributing Writer

The Fighting Scots softball team played respectably but came up short in a pair of tightly contested North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) games against the Ohio Wesleyan (OWU) Battling Bishops. With chilly conditions putting runs at a premium, OWU won Game 1 by a 6-3 margin and capped the sweep with a win in Game 2 by the score of 5-3 in eight innings.

With the wins, OWU moved to 16-14 overall and 9-7 in the NCAC while Wooster moved to 12-24 overall, 4-10 in the NCAC.

In the opener, the Battling Bishops broke open a tight 2-1 contest with four runs in the top of the sixth and held on for a 6-3 win. Wooster was led offensively by Maddy Chase ’18 and Marina Roski ’20, who each singled twice, while Anna Blake ’18 and Torrey Totman ’21 each singled once to drive in one run and two runs, respectively.

Chase started in the circle and took the loss, going 5.1 innings and striking out two hitters. Marissa Norgrove ’21 did not give up a run, pitching the final 1.2 innings in a strong relief outing.

In the nightcap, Wooster took a short-lived 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. OWU answered with three runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead.

It stayed that way until Wooster tied it up in their last at-bat, sending the game into extra innings, with a run-scoring sacrifice fly from shortstop Marina Roski ’20 following three OWU errors.

However, in the eighth inning, the Battling Bishops scored two runs on three hits and held the Fighting Scots scoreless in the bottom of the inning to hold on for the win.

At the plate, Roski smacked a double and a home run along with the tying sac fly, as she recorded all three Wooster runs batted in. The homer was her eighth of the season and 10th of her career, earning her a spot in program history. Anna Blake ’18, Olivia Johnson ’21 and Rachel Ginsburg ’21 each tallied one hit apiece.

Johnson went a solid six innings in the circle, scattering six hits while striking out four. Marissa Norgrove ’21 pitched the final two frames and was saddled with the loss.

The College of Wooster Fighting Scots went to Wittenberg University and dropped a tough pair of games to the Tigers on Sunday, April 29. The Scots ended their season with a record of 12 wins and 26 losses, and with a record of 4-12 against NCAC competition.

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Men’s and women’s golf teams shine at NCAC Championships

Sam Kuhn
Senior Sports Writer

This past weekend, the men’s and women’s golf teams traveled to the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Championships, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University and Westbrook Country Club. After three rounds this weekend, the men finished sixth and the women finished fourth. For the men, Colin O’Hern ’21’s and Morgan Gronau ’21’s All-NCAC Honorable Mention Certificates were among the weekend’s many memorable individual performances.

The Scots edged out Denison University by two strokes for sixth place overall. O’Hern finished with a 78 on the final day and Evan Ferrara ’20 scored a team best of 77. David Roney ’21 posted scores of 77, 78 and 86 to finish 29th overall for the weekend.

“The thing that allowed me to play well this weekend was not one defining moment, but it was more of the entire mindset I have been in the last few weeks,” said Roney. “I have had a somewhat rough season overall, and I knew it was time for me to come out of my slump. I did not worry about what could happen and just played the game I knew I could play, and [I] enjoyed the weekend playing a fun course.”

Continuing on the men’s side, Brendan Tully ’18 tied for 30th. “The most memorable moment from this season was watching Tully hole out his approach shot on the hole behind me at the NCAC’s,” said Roney. “That kind of picked me up and got me motivated to finish my round well.”

Only one shot behind Tully, Jimmy Hinton ’20 rounded out the men’s side, tying for 32nd.

For the women, Gronau turned in the best individual performance and finished 15th overall, while Tongtong Wu ’21 finished two spots back in 17th place and led the Scots with a team-low score of 85. “The best highlight was [that] everybody, including former graduates, showed up to the last day of the tournament to support the team,” Wu said. “With the team’s support, patience and cross-cultural communication with me, an international student at the College, I have grown from the twists and turns.”

Victoria Roney ’18 finished 18th on the weekend, scoring two 89s and a 93 to place one spot behind Wu. The Scots finished with two more impressive individual performances, as Hannah Appleman ’20 finished 20th overall with a final score of 279. Kaci Carpenter ’20 shot a team-low 86 on Friday, but finished with a final round of 102 and a total of 288 to finish 22nd overall.

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North Face campaign highlights importance of wage gap in sports

Recently, I was flipping through Time magazine when a cool North Face ad caught my eye. It shows Brazilian endurance runner Fernanda Maciel scaling the side of a mountain. While it always inspires me to see strong female athletes, this ad made me do a double take. Shown in black and white with black and red text, this ad significantly downplays the gendered markers that often overpower ads for women’s sports or sports apparel.

This ad is one of a series in The North Face’s 2018 “Move Mountains” campaign, a global marketing effort to increase visibility of adventurous female role models. The brand is seeking to portray a balance of biologically male and female athletes. Outside of advertisement, the brand is also taking concrete steps to build more female-centered relationships. The crux of the campaign rests on the brand’s partnership with Girl Scouts of America to establish new badges that promote individualized sports like mountaineering, climbing, backpacking, hiking and trail running.

The campaign features several parity-minded goals; for instance, seeking to expand the brand’s products beyond pricey mountain gear and hoping to give women in inner cities access to exploratory sports.

Above all, however, North Face’s decision to ensure the closure of the gender pay gap on its team of athlete models is the most timely. The wage gap is where the competitive and advertising worlds stand to increase gender visibility within their own organizations. Elite endurance runners are actually among the most fairly paid athletes today. reported that Des Linden, who won the Boston marathon a few weeks ago, received the same prize money as her male counterpart, Yuki Kawauchi. However, a survey of top-level endurance runners in the U.S. and Europe (34 women and 33 men) conducted by online trail running magazine iRunFar found that 71 percent of the women make $10,000 or less per year, while 71 percent of the men make over $10,000 per year. In other sports, and at lower levels of competition, the difference is much more significant.

Interestingly, women are the primary consumers of outdoor athletic gear. “Women account for 63 percent of the spending on activewear in the U.S., with huge growth each year,” wrote Stephanie Pearson of Outdoor Magazine. While male athletes receive higher salaries and more travel, podium and gear bonuses, female athletes continue to receive the message that they must “compete” in terms of fashion to stay relevant in athletics.

The North Face is certainly following a business trend of appealing to more empowered generations of women to please its customer base. According to, this is the brand’s largest spring public-relations investment ever. When looking at this product, it is important to consider how it contributes to a sports world that often pushes women into the role of consumers rather than competitors.

However, despite being in it for the money, this brand is trying to put the focus on athletic accomplishment. “For decades we have had women on our team of athletes who have made first ascents and won 100-kilometre races. Who, if not us, knows that there are so many women who master outstanding and inspiring things every day,” said Tom Herbst, global vice president of marketing.

The company is also going the extra mile by creating partnerships with do-good organizations. The brand has established a new $250,000 grant program focused on enabling female exploration. In addition, The North Face’s Explore Fund, founded in 2010, has given $2.75 million to over 500 nonprofit organizations in support of furthering outdoor exploration.

Despite hitting its lowest sales revenue in 18 months since the launch of the campaign, the decision to keep salaries the same is admirable and necessary. By proclaiming to want to reach women and girls regardless of socioeconomic status, sports companies especially should give them an incentive to reach the top. In a time where all sectors are demanding more equality for women, media and advertising leaders are going to be the forces persuading and pressuring larger audiences to act responsibly.

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Track and field preps for NCACs

Anna Hartig
Staff Writer

The College of Wooster women’s and men’s track and field teams traveled to Granville, Ohio last weekend for the Denison Invitational on April 27. Throughout the weekend events, a select few student-athletes continued to compete at the two-day North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Decathlon/Heptathlon held in Oberlin, Ohio on April 28-29.

“Though we had a meet at Denison University, Carolyn Webster [’19] and Jena Copley [’21]competed in the heptathlon at Oberlin and scored us nine points going into the conference meet,” said Regan Szalay ’20, who competed in the 400-meter dash at Denison. This gives the team a jump start while going into the NCAC Championships. Webster earned her 12th career All-NCAC certificate, placing second in the heptathlon, in which she rounded up 4,129 points total throughout this season. Copley scored 3,035 points and was fourth in the javelin throw with a throw of 81 feet, 7 inches.

Akwia Tilton ’20 lead the way for the women’s team by earning three top-two finishes in last Friday’s meet held at Denison University. Tilton finished first in the 200-meter event with a time of 26.58, which was over 0.8 seconds faster than her second-place opponent. Tilton also earned two second-place finishes in the 100-meter dash and long jump.

Elizabeth Obi ’18 had a successful meet, winning the triple jump with 35 feet, 2.5 inches. Earning even more points for the Fighting Scots were Emani Kelley ’19, who finished fourth with a time of 2:24.15 in the 800-meter run, and teammate Zoe Covey ’21, who finished with a time of 5:14.11 in the 1500-meter run.

On the men’s side, Jack Petrecca ’19 earned second place in the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 4.75 inches. Teammate Spencer Wilson ’20 took third place in discus with a throw of 145 feet, 6 inches. Additionally, Wilson added to the team’s success by earning eighth place in the shotput with a distance of 41 feet, 7.75 inches.

Miki Rae ’20 finished third in the 1,500-meter event with a time of 4:12.07 competing against 29 other student-athletes. “I think this meet showed people where they are and is probably going to motivate them to work even harder in practice,” said Justin Fox ’19. “Wooster track and field gives me an opportunity to run hard and spend time with close friends.”

The team is looking to reach its peak level of performance, as conference championships are approaching fast.

“As a whole, the girls’ team is trying to place in the top three at conference this weekend,” said Emma Sullivan ’20, who competed in the 100-meter dash and the long jump at Denison. Both teams will finish the end of the season with the conference championships this weekend.

Make sure to support The College of Wooster women’s and men’s track and field team as they travel to Meadville, Pa., for the NCAC championships on Saturday, May 5.

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International students cont.

-al students. Still, I do think there are areas for growth,” said Tanaka Chingonzo ’21, noting that even small details, such as a more flexible meal plan that would allow students to transfer their excess meal swipes to international students — who run out earlier if they need to stay on campus over breaks — would make a big difference in allowing international students to not have to put more effort into their daily lives than their domestic peers.

Several students noted that the nature of international student orientation could be an area for improvement as well. While orientation aims to equip incoming international students with the knowledge and resources they need as quickly as possible upon arriving on campus, it may not be sustained enough to be fostering their well-being and social connection after that initial few weeks.

“It’s six days of back-to-back events where information is being thrown at you. That’s difficult to change, but it doesn’t really ease or guide you into this new environment,” said Khan. “You don’t really have any time to process it, and then on the seventh day classes start.”

Chingonzo agreed, suggesting that the differing arrival times for domestic and international students may play a role in the social disconnect between the two student populations as well.

“By the time that the domestic students arrive, people don’t really put in the effort, because you’ve already settled into friend groups — I think something should be done about that. If domestic and international students started school at the same time, it would make it much more intuitive. People wouldn’t have to put in so much effort to leave their comfort zones,” Chingonzo said.

“For one, I feel that the disconnect between international and domestic students exists when international students don’t get involved on campus,” said Saeed Husain ’21, speaking to the need for more sustained orientation and outreach. “It gets tough after your first few months here — there needs to be constant outreach to have everyone included.”

Chingonzo and Khan agreed that programs such as the International Partnership Program or the Global Engagement Seminar had been very positive elements of their experiences and that such initiatives should be more widely promoted to international and domestic students alike.

Chingonzo feels that the College community will know that it is doing a better job in supporting its international population when more international students are filling leadership positions across campus, especially as residential assistants and in student governing bodies. Chingonzo noted that he will be the only international student among the 24 members of the Student Government Association next year. “That, to me, is indicative of something,” he said.

“As president of ISA and a graduating senior,” said Yichu Xu ’18, “I would like to keep seeing the increase of attention given to making support and resources available and accessible for international students inregard to their academic and social life.”

However, the work that lies ahead shouldn’t undercut or devalue the work that is currently being done. “I would say that International Student Services at the CDI has probably the best people I know on campus,” Husain emphasized. “Both Jill Munro and Kendra Morehead are just amazing and so incredibly receptive towards international kids. Their doors are always open, and we can talk to them about anything from classes to the issues we face with our visa.”

“I think the College does a lot, above and beyond what most colleges do,” Chingonzo agreed.

Addressing the new changes and the challenges ahead, Munro feels that every member of the community must stand collectively on a path forward. “The College strives to support students as best they can, but there is always additional work that can be done. As our international population continues to grow, everyone in the Wooster community has a responsibility to help welcome them, learn from them and appreciate the new perspectives and values they bring,” she said.

As Munro highlights, it is the role of every member of the College community to be actively working to improve the climate for Wooster’s internationals. What is it that the student body needs to be doing better?

Several students emphasized that domestic students must work harder to educate themselves on global perspectives instead of simply expecting international students to assimilate into American culture.

“There’s a lot of pressure on international students to just assimilate within the College environment and American society without actually recognizing the cultural differences in place,” said Khan. “It shouldn’t just be on the international students to assimilate; it should also be that the host environment is a place that understands those differences.”

“The cultural events are good,” Husain added, “but I feel that the student body generally sees them just as a form of entertainment and not as a chance to genuinely connect with another culture.”

Cultural competency and awareness of microaggressions play a major role in the work that lies ahead for Wooster’s domestic students as well.

“While I haven’t faced direct racism from anyone on campus, I’ve received what I feel is casual racism,” said Husain, describing instances of peers telling him that he was only hired as a tour guide because he was international. “I checked the numbers, and it turns out that I was the only international student hired amongst around 20 new hires.”

“I think it comes down to not being ignorant,” said Khan. “I’ve witnessed people talking to an international student in the most condescending way possible. And it’s like, why? … There’s that kind of ideology where just because English isn’t someone’s first language, you have some sort of superiority over them.”

“If you wanted, I would be 100 percent willing to tell you everything about Pakistan,” Khan continued. “I want to educate you. I want to spread awareness about where I’ve grown up, this place that has been such a big part of my life. But I also don’t appreciate being asked questions that are demeaning to my people. It’s all in the rhetoric that’s used.”

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A weekly inside look at the unique faces and personalities that make up The College of Wooster community.

Tristan Lopus ’18 and Meg Itoh ’18, the Editors
in Chief of the Voice for the 2017-2018 school

What are you most proud of having done or accomplished in your time with the Voice?

M: I’d say what I’m most proud of this year in terms of being EiC of the Voice is that we’ve really improved the diversity of the content that we show. I think our content is a lot more representative of what students are doing on this campus.

T: Me too. But for the sake of having another opinion, I will say that I’m also proud of some of the changes we’ve made to the Voice’s workflow. Like using Slack as a messenger and using Trello to organize our stories. I think it’s improved the way the Voice can operate as a sort of machine with every person taking up the proper amount of responsibility — reducing the number of headaches and garbage can fires that we have to put out.

As far as I’m aware, this must have been the first time in the history of the Voice that neither EiC has been a cisgender white person. What does that mean to you? Has it influenced your work?

M: That’s a loaded question. What it means to me is that in some small facet, things are changing for the better.

It’s definitely impacted my work. Like, we were talking about diversity — it’s definitely changed the way in which I view things, right? Like, the perspectives that I value when we’re writing stories and even in the workspace when we’re communicating with other people on staff. It’s definitely made me more aware of who’s in what space and what ideas we hear in those spaces. Tristan and I both bring things to the table in terms of our perspectives and the way in which we frame content and community — in a way that we haven’t been able to do before.

T: It’s been an honor that I could be a queer person trusted with this responsibility of informing the community in an “objective” way. That’s one of the things that I long for and that I think queer people long for in general: to be able to be queer and proudly and enthusiastically queer in society without being seen as just that, as just queer. If that was true of the way that queer people are seen on this campus, then I wouldn’t have been trusted to represent the news in a proper, non-biased way. Just the fact that I can be openly and proudly queer without that being my only identifier on campus… was an honor.

What is the Voice’s biggest weakness to address in the coming years?

M: I think we’ve improved diversity. I don’t think we’ve improved it enough. Yeah, I’m an international student who’s EiC, but I don’t think that our staff has enough voices from different groups, right? I think there’s a lot of discussion related to things that we published that could be avoided if we had more outside perspectives on the staff. Our staff still fails to represent the student body on campus, and that’s a weakness. So that’s something I hope the next generation of leaders will continue to work on.

T: I second that. That needs to be the Voice’s biggest priority. Secondly, our website?

M: Yeah, it’s a shitty-ass website.

T: And I think that, in general, our treatment of digital content and social media is a weakness. I think that the Voice is not yet a publication for the 21st century.

Describe the difficulty that accompanies your role and the dedication it requires. What makes it worth it for you?

M: Beyond the obvious of time management, right — because it’s a stressful-ass job — and all the responsibilities that come with it, in terms of what makes it difficult has been navigating a role in which I’m forced to look at the big picture every single day. Not just the big picture in terms of whatever content we publish, but in terms of people. We have to look beyond just us; we have to look at how our paper represents the school and, more importantly, the people of the school. We need to be mindful and aware. Always being conscious has been a big challenge.

T: A lot of things make it worth it. One is getting to work with such an amazing staff. One thing about the Voice that I think is unique among student organizations is that, as the leader, you don’t have to do everything. You can be proud of and take ownership of work that you didn’t directly do because we have such an amazing staff that manages itself, that takes ownership of and responsibility of not only the work that they’re doing but that the whole organization is doing.

And the other thing is just all the people you get to interact with on campus — administrators, staff, faculty and really just all the students. I can walk around campus and name like, everyone.

What’s an aspect of the Voice that brings you joy?

T: The Voice staff just never fails to bring me joy. Layout is exhausting, mentally and emotionally, but I always walk away from it energized. The staff — we just have such a camaraderie and so much trust. And we’re always in communication with each other. It’s not like we see each other twice a week; we get to talk constantly. On Slack. [Laughs.] And around campus too, and it’s so rewarding.

M: The Voice office culture brings me so much joy, because people talk about so many things and talk openly about a lot of other ideas that are presented by other people, by themselves. It’s never an attack on individuals, but it’s a heated attack on ideas and on these concepts. The Voice staff comes together to discuss things in a way that they learn from and that leaves them closer together than they were before. I really appreciate that.

What is one thing that you admire about each other?

T: The amount of empathy that Meg has for other people and the way that allows her to be aware of, like, every possible perspective that a situation can be viewed from. Meg’s always the first to point out, what voice isn’t being heard here? Who are we not reaching? That is something that I think is so rare and really valuable.

M: I mean, beyond Tristan’s impeccable knowledge of like, technology, and journalism, and all that they manage to know — and their passion for air traffic control — is that they are always so incredibly… I’m struggling to find the word for it, right, because they don’t have an arrogance that comes with the position that they’re in. I think out of everyone in the staff, Tristan is genuinely the most caring about everyone and considerate and just cares about people. And that really facilitates a lot of the working relationships that we have, because people know that Tristan cares about them.

There are ways to care about someone arrogantly: like, “I’m in a position where I should be caring about you and the work that you do.” But Tristan cares about people. And I think that’s a quality that I admire and really respect.

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