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Self-becoming is a challenging, rewarding journey

All things exist in seasons; each season of your life will always require a different version of yourself. Who you are now is so important presently, with all of its complications of personhood, but it is also preparation for who you will become. We navigate these changes as gracefully and resiliently as we can, but can be often sidetracked by our projections, comparing other people’s journeys to our own. The thing is, you can’t live for other people. You are born with only you, and that is a blessing and a power humans have been pondering since the beginning of time.

Seasonally speaking, spring often symbolizes the cyclical beginning of time, in terms of faith, nature and opportunity. The birth of a new, green world from frost and snow feels like a miracle, and the only way to engage in this miracle is to engage in the change occurring around you. For example: this time last year, I decided that there was no such thing as “failure” or “wrong” anymore. There was only “winning” and “learning,” and I decided that I was going to do whatever possible in order to be my strongest self.

No matter what next stage the course of this life reveals, my aim is only to gain as many strengths as I can. You can be physically strong, you can be fast, you can calculate equations, you can sing, you can draw, you can write, you can speak at all different levels of experience. Spring for me is a time that very naturally encourages all the ways I can improve myself. There are so many ways to be strong, and becoming your best self can mean testing your limits and gathering as many of these strengths as boundless potential allows.

What I have learned from senior year (or as I like to call it, Womb II) change can be uncomfortable and ugly and challenging. It often does not look or sound or smell the same; it may not entertain the same circles as it once did. This is important. There is no growth without challenge and turmoil. You don’t deserve me at my Fire Lord Zuko if you cannot appreciate my Book Water’s Petulant Prince. That kind of struggle is one of the most important lessons of renewal and rebirth: you can hate and love the process simultaneously.

The good times and the bad times can be the same exact times, family. While you are stressing about job offers, internships and relationships, it doesn’t have to stop you from laughing, playing and enjoying the beauty in your struggle. Every moment matters. If the beginning is always better than the end, then all you have to do is never end. As long as you keep living, you can keep winning.

Bird Jackson, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at HJackson18@wooster.edu.

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The legalization of sports betting would be beneficial for everyone

Outside of Nevada, sports betting is considered illegal as a result of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), which issued a federal ban on state-sponsored sports betting. This measure was passed with the goal of restricting and eventually terminating the legal status of sports betting as some felt that it had an adverse effect on the integrity of the sports world. Like nearly every other act the government has attempted to restrict, sports betting has found a home in underground, unregulated betting rings. An act that was designed to monitor sports betting and prevent individuals from manipulating the outcome of sporting events has led to copious amounts of illegal gambling across the country.

Supporters of legalized sports betting have reason to be optimistic about the future of this controversial topic as the Supreme Court is expected to release its decision on Christie v. NCAA. This case, originally brought to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, claims that New Jersey’s controversial gambling law is in direct violation of PASPA. It will be up to the Supreme Court to determine not only if New Jersey’s law is legal, but also if PASPA is in violation of the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, which gives all rights not explicitly delegated to the federal government in the Constitution to the states.

This case, like many others that reach the Supreme Court, has begun to garner quite a bit of attention from both the American public and large corporations, specifically the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour. In a rather surprising move, the PGA Tour announced last week that they would support a move towards legalized gambling in all fifty states.

According to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, the Tour believes that legalized and regulated sports betting will enable them to improve the monitoring of betting on their tournaments. Under the current system, illegal bets can come from anyone and anywhere, making it easier for tournaments to be fixed by wealthy gamblers. In addition to the regulation aspect, the PGA Tour believes that they will be able to reach a much broader audience if sports betting were to become legal.

The gambling industry contributes around $137.5 billion to the U.S. economy, a market the PGA Tour yearns to be involved in. Like any other business, the PGA Tour cares about growing their brand to even more people, something they feel the legalization of sports betting will allow them to do.

Americans spend nearly $150 billion a year on illegal sports wagering. That’s $150 billion that is unmonitored and untaxed by the United States Government. If the Supreme Court were to strike down PASPA, the money made off of sports betting would be a tremendous boost to the economy of the individual states as well as the federal government. A move toward legalized sports betting would represent a step in the right direction toward less governmental involvement. The Supreme Court must put an end to the terminal, unconstitutional act that is government overreach.

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Softball team comes up short in pair of well-pitched games

Chloe Burdette
Contributing Writer

Last Friday, The College of Wooster Fighting Scots fell in both ends of a doubleheader against Denison, each game having a final score of 2-1.

The games had a very slow start, with both teams fighting to keep the scoreboard at 0-0. Denison was able to tack on a run in the fourth inning, scoring a runner on an error. Maddy Chase ’18 had a strong day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with an RBI to tie the score at 1-1 in the fifth inning.

Shortly after this RBI, the Denison Big Red responded in the 6th inning with the go-ahead run by means of an RBI double from Amanda Howell ’19. Wooster’s Maddy Chase ’18 went a full seven innings, only allowing three hits from the Big Red and striking out five hitters.

The second game followed almost the exact same script as the first, right down to the final score. Marissa Norgrove ’21 started on the mound and only gave up one earned run through gameplay. Torrey Totman ’21 added a pair of hits to help the Scots’ cause offensively.

The Scots remained scoreless until the sixth inning, when Marina Roski ’20 came up to bat and smashed an RBI single to cut Denison’s lead in half. However, the Fighting Scots were not able to muster anything else, stranding Roski on first base.

In the seventh inning, Wooster was unable to produce any more hits, leaving Denison with another 2-1 win and the sweep. Norgrove was left with the loss for the Fighting Scots, allowing nine hits and one earned run while striking out three hitters.

“Both of the games were really close,” Totman said. “It came down to single plays. We played hard both of the games and never gave up fighting. It just came down to hits. Although we ended up with the losses, we are ready to fight and play hard the next game and improve any way we can.”

With the victories, The Denison Big Red advances to 14-6, and 8-2 in league play. Wooster walks away with a record of 11-17 overall and 4-6 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.

Up next for the Fighting Scots is a journey to Allegheny College on Wednesday, April 18 to try and improve their record, followed by a game against Heidelberg on Sunday, April 22 to cap off the week.

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Golf teams each take second in shortened tournament

Anna Hartig
Staff Writer

The College of Wooster women’s and men’s golf teams earned second place in competitive tournaments this past weekend. The men’s team hosted the Nye Intercollegiate tournament at the par-72, 6,545-yard Wooster Country Club while the women competed in the Wooster Spring Invitational at the par-72, 5,803-yard Mohican Hills Golf Club in Jeromesville, Ohio. Unfortunately, bad weather prevented both teams from completing their tournament.

On the men’s side, Jimmy Hinton ’21 along with four other teammates scored in the ’70s during Saturday’s round. The Fighting Scots were able to score their second-lowest round of the year, which places the team in contention to be the clubhouse leader-turned-tournament winner even though weather prevented the completion of the tournament. Hinton had a very successful first round with a birdie on the 491-yard first hole and continued on to do the same in holes six, seven and eight. Teammate Colin O’Hern ’21 was 2-over par 74 to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place. Overall, Wooster turned in a strong 301 to finish second out of ten competing teams.

Ryan Shaw ’20 said, “I think the event itself motivates our team moving forward. We feel like we were robbed of a win because our second round got canceled due to the excessive amount of rain. We would have been only one shot back heading into the final round, and we could have definitely gotten the win, especially being that the event was on our home course.”

On the women’s side, the team turned in 335 on Saturday to earn second place out of twelve teams in the Spring Invitational. TongTong Wu ’21 shot an 81 for the third consecutive round for the women’s golf team this season. Wu tied for third-place with a birdie on the par-4, 479 yard second hole along with birdies on the sixth and fifteenth holes. Teammates Hannah Appleman ’20 and Megan Gronau ’21 shot an 84 in order to help the Fighting Scots succeed.

While Denison University was able to pull through with a win this past weekend, the team’s goal is to beat Denison in upcoming tournaments.

“We practice every day with specific goals and work on our strengths and weaknesses strategically. We are a supportive team by embracing differences and collaborating with each other,” Wu said.

Both the men’s and women’s teams are looking to use these last few tournaments to prepare for the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Championships later this April. The Championships will be a three-day tournament hosted in Mansfield, Ohio. Both teams are tackling the tournament with a positive attitude and coming together as a team.

“We have gained more confidence and we have faith in achieving more,” Wu said.

The Fighting Scots tackle their next opponents this weekend on April 21-22. The women’s team travels to the Franklin College Spring Invitational for the two-day tournament at the Legends Golf Club. The men’s team competes in the Defiance College Spring Invitational that same weekend, hosted at the Eagle Rock Golf Club.

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Students need more living options

Housing selection: a simultaneously terrifying and exciting time of year that leaves students frantically surveying campus and weighing the benefits of far-away, but upscale Gault Schoolhouse, to convenient, but depressing Holden. When my roommate and I discovered that our housing selection was in the early 60s, we were ecstatic. Unlike last year, we had the chance to score a nice dorm that wasn’t tucked away in a dark basement hallway. Even better was my close friend, Cormac, who was blessed with a single digit number. We poured over the possibilities — as rising juniors, there was no way we wouldn’t be able to get a nice placement.

As I’m sure you can guess, those predictions went by the wayside the second we stepped foot in Compton Basement. Despite the early time frame, we saw seemingly no options for housing. Brush was gone; Gault Manor was gone; Luce was gone; Stevenson was gone. Standing in line for the selection itself, the list of dorms that were no longer available was far longer than the list of buildings that actually were.

The frustration doesn’t come from the fact that we, like most people, were unable to obtain a spot in the ivory tower of Brush Hall. It comes from the fact that as rising juniors with really good numbers, we were not afforded much choice. In the waiting room, I heard a group of girls discussing the room I currently live in. The consensus was that, while it wasn’t necessarily their first choice, it would have to do. My double has one closet with a noticeable slant in the floor level that everyone, upon first seeing, comments on. We have two humidifiers provided by Res Life in the hallway because of how damp the space is. Our room is filled with lamps and twinkling lights not for the aesthetic purpose of it — though Nashmia did do a great job in picking light fixtures — but because we need them in order to function at night.

Every year, students outraged at the standard of dorm living fight against Res Life for more flexibility. The unfortunate fact of the matter is that The College of Wooster does not have the space for the number of students it is trying to accommodate. As the incoming first-year class arrive on campus, this means more students are required to live on campus for all four years. When first years are being thrown in houses and random upperclass student halls, you undermine the point of first year housing — to provide new students with a support system going through the same struggles they are. Meanwhile, older students are left feeling like the College does not understand or care about their frustration, leaving students disillusioned, feeling like they’ve been scammed out of hundreds of thousands of dollars at an institution that doesn’t listen to them.

This is not a hit at Res Life; I am not coming after Nathan Fein or Carly Jones. But as the campus undergoes seemingly constant renovations and buildings being taken offline, administration must be held to the same standard as students. Stop requiring students to live on campus all four years and start recognizing that sometimes, finding a home off campus is sometimes a lot easier, a lot more convenient and a lot more in tune with people’s needs. The College of Wooster is in the process of becoming a more updated and modern campus, and future students will no doubt appreciate that these renovations happened before their arrival. In the meantime, listen to the students already on campus and take a look at the housing selection process.

Emilee McCubbins, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at EMcCubbins20@wooster.edu.

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Spring cleaning and self-care go hand in hand

Despite graduating in a few short weeks, I too am feeling the pressure of staying energized and refreshed as the academic year comes to a close. Oftentimes our conversations on academic performance and well-being are skewed because of contemporary notions surrounding success and self-care. For my viewpoint, I want to provide an alternative perspective to “spring cleaning” that challenges us to think broadly about ourselves and living well.

For those who don’t know, my Senior Independent Study, “Reclaiming Self-Love: Philosophy of Moral Worth,” examines the philosophical implications of self-care. When some of us hear “self-care”, the “Parks and Recreation” character Tom Haverford may come to mind. If not, I highly recommend you check out his references to “Treat Yo-Self” day. As in the case of “Parks and Recreation,” self-care is painted in a highly consumerist light: facemasks, shopping sprees, decadent desserts, you name it.

However, in my I.S., I argue against consumerist notions of self-care and propose alternative conceptions to self-care and self-love. Self-love is a virtue we should aim for, but it is situated within a spectrum of self-hatred and self-indulgences. Feeling better about schoolwork, ourselves and others requires hard work. As tempting as the pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is, I challenge “treat-yourselfers” by claiming that such a “treat” isn’t always the remedy we need to feel better.

Rather, I propose self-care as intimate checks and balances with yourself. You are a morally worthy person that deserves dignity, self-respect and flourishing. Due to this, you deserve much more than a temporary treat: a new perspective to success and well-being.

One of my biggest stressors is schoolwork. I am a hardwired perfectionist: nothing I do is ever good enough; I am not smart enough; I don’t work hard enough; I am not enough. My I.S. pushes back on all these notions and argues that self-love is engaging in a relationship with yourself, not “treating yourself.” For example, when it comes to my relationship with myself and school, I have to pause, breathe deeply and know it will be okay. The papers, group presentations and projects will get done. This means that rather than buying myself out of depression, I remind myself I can do this. Rather than eating my way through peanut butter cookies, I reflect on the progress I have made this entire year and that finals is just one last push. Instead of staying up all night to perfect my paper, I define what my best will be in this given situation, try my best and — this is the hardest part ­— let the rest go.

Not only is the moral worth and dignity I want from others not guaranteed, it is nowhere near as valuable to me than saying, “I am proud of myself.” Though I am practicing this concept, I am learning that you are the only person you can guarantee will never walk out of your life. You are the only person you have to live with; therefore, it may be in your best interest to enjoy that experience and be proud of your accomplishments.

To me, “spring cleaning” and “self-care” go hand in hand. They both require perspective and self-honesty. Be kind to yourselves, trust yourselves and define what finishing the semester strongly means to you as an individual.

Colleen Gilfether, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at CGilfether8@wooster.edu.

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