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Ultimate Frisbee teams excited for respective seasons

Anna Hartig
Staff Writer

The Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Betty Gone Wild, has started their season out strong as they traveled last weekend to a mixed team tournament. This fall, the team has been practicing three times a week along with playing a combined scrimmage with the men’s team on Fridays. Their current focus at practice is to teach rookies how to play Ultimate Frisbee and let them get a feel for the game. The tournament allowed many of these incoming players to get a grasp of the game.

Captain Natalie Rummel ’18 said, “Ultimate [Frisbee] is very community-based. On the women’s teams we have captains who lead practice, but often the upperclassmen, especially seniors, all have an important role in teaching our rookies and creating a fun but also focused environment.”

The team hopes to keep up this positive attitude throughout the rest of their offseason during practices, located on the residential quad from 4-6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as on Wagner Field on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time.

During the fall, Betty has kept the focus on getting as many people involved as possible. In the past years the team has been short on players and they are hoping to get as many first-years as possible to join if interested. It is also common for many sophomores to join after learning more about the team as the year goes on. Information about the practices is on posters hung up inside many freshman dorms. All are invited to join the team on the quad for practices.

“Ultimate is played with two important positions,” Emma Brinton ’18 said. “Mainly we have handlers and cutters. The handlers tend to be more experienced players who throw and catch the disc more. The cutters are often trying to get open to gain yards on the field and get us closer to scoring in the end zone.” While these are the primary positions for Ultimate Frisbee, incoming players do not need any prior experience and the captains dedicate this fall season to getting everyone acclimated to throwing the frisbee.

Rummel said, “In the fall we do not travel too often and stay mostly within the Cleveland and Columbus area, going to schools like Denison or Kenyon for tournaments. In the spring, we have our competitive season and we go to tournaments every other weekend starting right before spring break.”

Make sure to catch the team in their upcoming scrimmage against the men’s team this Friday. The two teams are also planning on holding a “Hat Tournament” on Wagner Field from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 16. The Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, RamJam, has been practicing alongside Betty Gone Wild to start their season.

Last year, RamJam had their most successful season in team history. Captain Jeff Skoroda ’18 said, “This success is in large part thanks to our amazing senior class that helped to build the team to what it is now. We lost almost a dozen players from last year, but are still focused on performing to the best of our abilities with this year’s team.”

Due to their achievements last year, the team was classified as a Five-Star program by USA Ultimate, the governing body for Ultimate Frisbee. This caused RamJam to receive a lot of attention from incoming high school students who expressed interest in the team. Skoroda is hoping this allows the team to continue to build from their past success but also encourages all students to come and emphasizes a culture of inclusiveness on the team.

RamJam requires everyone to participate in order to maintain their strong team structure. The captains are in charge of practices, games and overall team dynamics. The Cabinet is in charge of all behind the scenes work such as scheduling tournaments and scrimmages, as well as funding for team activities. They also have other important jobs, such as the rookie outreach coordinator, and the coordinator for their big spring break trip to a tournament in Myrtle Beach. Along with the Bettys, the two teams tackle tough competition in Myrtle Beach for a nationwide tournament called High Tide, featuring over 100 teams.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join Betty Gone Wild or RamJam this semester: they are building up for a competitive season in the spring, and both teams maintain a very inclusive environment, hoping to have all that are interested in attendance. Both teams have the goal of working hard and having fun, and they hope that others will join the fun as well.

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Men’s and women’s golf teams impress, Wu finishes first

Ben Blotner
Sports Editor

with 164 strokes each. She beat out 31 fellow competitors for the top spot.

“I’m proud of our first-years for playing so well so early on in their collegiate careers,” said Roney. “Tongtong set a great foot forward by winning the entire tournament, which put us in good standing. I’m excited for what’s next to come.”

Wooster golfers owned the invitational, as only Alexis Reichardt ’20’s fourth-place finish for Ohio Wesleyan prevented the Scots from taking the top five spots. Lilly Dunning ’21 scored 167 overall to finish fifth, and Hannah Appleman ’20 wasn’t far behind with 169.

“This tournament was really awesome to play in,” said Devon Matson ’21, who scored a 195 and showed a seven-stroke improvement from Saturday to Sunday. “Our team did great this weekend and we were determined to win.”

On the men’s side, O’Hern paced the team with a solid performance at the Guy & Jeanne Kuhn Memorial Invitational. He also pulled off a unique feat.

“Colin O’Hern is a wizard on the golf course,” exclaimed teammate Jimmy Hinton ’20. “He hit the ball into a golf cart on number 9 and still made a birdie.”

O’Hern scored a 73 on the first day and a 75 on the second for a total of 148, which landed him in eighth place out of 101 golfers.

Evan Ferrara ’20 was the next best male performer with a 155, leaving him deadlocked with two other golfers for 19th place. Brenden Tully ’18 shot a 156 and ended up in a six-way tie for 23rd.

Ryan Quinn ’21 of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute took home first place medalist honors with 143 strokes, while Daniel Castleberry ’21 and Colin Laszlo ‘19 of Wittenberg University tied for second with 144 strokes apiece.

“Our team has a lot of talent and potential heading into this season,” said David Roney ’21. “It’s just about getting everyone to be confident in their swings for 18 holes and focusing on each shot rather than a score. If we can get comfortable doing that, we have a lot of success coming our way.”

The men’s team is back in action on Sept. 23-24, when they will play in two separate events. The women next play at the Ohio Valley University Fall Classic on Sept. 24-25.

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Cuffing Season

It’s here! And some have been on the hunt for that “winter beau” since the summer. The term basically refers to your standard singleton who suddenly finds themselves desiring to be in a relationship rather than being reminded of their loneliness in subzero temperatures. How do you find this winter buddy you ask? No idea. But if you’re still pressed about finding that New Year’s Eve date, better get to it. For all the singles out there, I humbly suggest some songs you should definitely add to your playlist. Escaping from the cliché power ballads, the songs I propose will be reminding you of that love interest that played you, really grounding you on the reason you are single.

Beyoncé — “Me, Myself and I”

Queen Bey really puts things in perspective. This is an anthem for personal empowerment. Plus her vocals full of emotive power find a way to have you singing along. I mean, if you can’t trust yourself, who can you really trust?

Leikeli47 — “Ho”

The song is infused with electronic vibes, balancing it out with some rap conventions. Like other songs on her album like “Miss Me,” Leikeli47 will have you feeling like Kobe for dumping that fuck boy in the trash where he belongs. Don’t fall for those fake one-liners; they have no business running laps around your heart. You deserve so much more.

SZA — “Love Galore”

What gets your blood rushing more than remembering your ex? Truuusssttt this song is a bop. It really puts you through that emotional limbo of getting played and the tempestuous anger that follows. But, I mean, you always bounce back, so, *insert girl emoji holding out hand, carrying invisible tray*

Daina — “X”

You may not have heard of her, but Daina is my spirit animal. This song exudes self-confidence and makes you feel hella badass (and that people are really replaceable). Just something slight from her song to give you a little taste “Now that I’ve glo-uped it don’t make sense to throw back…”

Ray BLK — “Doing Me”

Listen here. Ray BLK knows how to celebrate individuality, period. If you are into the neo-soul English scene you might enjoy this. Ray releases songs on her own label, and what is more Bo$$ than that? This songs expresses satisfying yourself and paying no heed to “The ignorant ones with opinions.”

Cardi B — “Bodak Yellow”

I might be straying away from my intended song list, but I must. Cardi is the definition of unapologetic, and her unfiltered personality and catchy lyrics really invigorate and elevate the energy in a room when the beat drops. Her song expresses her resiliency in “doing her.” In a way, she is translated to a diva icon, but if you know a little about Cardi, you know she is a visionary, ambitious and hardworking woman; aren’t we all trying to be on her level?

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Stay impassioned following DACA decision

Trump’s administration has rescinded Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A program that protected 800,000 immigrants who came to America at an early age in hopes of a better life has been given to Congress to determine its outcome within six months. The death date is March 5, 2018. These DACA students are at risk of losing employment and their opportunity of continuing their education, and they will even face deportation if Congress cannot propose a solution within the timeframe.

There are many misconceptions about DACA. I would know because I myself am a DACA recipient.

DACA students are not criminals. We do not deal drugs, and we have no interest in pillaging your villages and raping your women. We’re not even able to receive federal funding for college.

Despite our disadvantages, we still manage to get things done — even if that requires working twice as hard as any other American citizen. Ninety-one percent of DACA recipients are employed. 100 percent have no criminal record. This is proven by the selective process that is required to obtain DACA. Proof of a clean criminal record and proof that you will continue your education are some of the main requirements.

The day that Trump was elected, I knew that I was going to be facing more challenges than before. As Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Trump’s decision, I could not see the heart Trump said he will use with the DREAMers. I saw cowardice in his ability to show his face and keep his word. The problem with this is that I wasn’t surprised. I was prepared for the worst but remained hopeful. When I realized the impact that this decision actually had on my future, it made me very sad. Everything I have worked for can be easily erased at any moment.

My dream of taking my family out of the south side of Chicago seems to diminish more and more by the hour. My inspiration is my parents who risked their life and everything they had just so that my sibling and I could have a better life. This is why I continue to remain hopeful in these situations — because they have worked hard enough to give me everything I needed. They always had high expectations for me. Even though they knew that I might not get into a college, they never let me use that as an excuse. Although this is a sad situation, I encourage other DREAMers to convert this sadness into passion and motivation. All my fellow DREAMers have to continue doing what we do best: work hard.

Many of the DACA recipients are fed up with having to hide behind the shadows, and that is why I decided to stand up for those who are still afraid to admit their legal status. Through this viewpoint, I hope that readers will have feel more for DREAMers than pity, because that doesn’t help. I hope that readers will feel encouraged to stand up to this injustice and become the voice of those who cannot speak.

Mayra Lopez, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at MLopez19@wooster.edu.

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Custodians will no longer clean program houses

Saeed Husain
Staff Writer

Students residing in program houses this semester at The College of Wooster arrived to the announcement that they will no longer receive the cleaning services provided by custodial staff in the past.

The decision by the College has irked some students, who feel that they weren’t told of the change enough in advance.

“No one’s come in, and we just heard from friends that they weren’t cleaning anymore,” said Harriet Sudduth ’20. “If they’re not going to provide those services, I just want them to be more communicative about it.”

“We literally only found out the first day we were back on campus,” Simon Weyer ’19 said.

However, when asked how the decision was communicated to them, Nathan Fein, director of residence life at the College, said that students had been informed in the agreements they signed to live in a house.

“We asked all students who applied for a house to complete the House Roster, Grade/Judicial Release and Agreement form. Students were accepting the terms of living in a house,” he said. “Part of those terms was being responsible for cleaning individual and common spaces within the house. The terms can be found on our website and have been available since the beginning of the application process in January 2017.”

As for cleaning after themselves, he said that this did not represent an unreasonable change from previous years.

“Students were already responsible for common spaces and kitchens, with bathrooms being cleaned once a week by custodial. Now these students are also responsible for cleaning their bathrooms as well.”

Regarding the reason for the change, Doug Laditka, associate vice president for facilities management and development, said that it was a result of cost-saving measures in previous years.

“A few years ago, the College worked through a sustainable budget initiative. As part of the process, the administration approved the reduction of several custodial positions through attrition.”

He said the reduction in custodial service was not the result of layoffs; but solely of service changes.

“There were no layoffs, positions were just not filled when they became vacant. Two primary service changes were identified that allowed this to happen — the elimination of cleaning residential small houses and reduction in frequency of office cleaning.”

This planned gradual reduction took several years to follow up on, Laditka added.

“The custodial services in the houses was reduced from daily restroom cleaning and trash removal to once per week last year and no service this year,” he said.

Meanwhile, some students had concerns about not knowing where to get cleaning supplies, now that they were required to get them on their own.

“I just want to know where to get my toilet paper,” Grace O’Leary ’20 said.

According to Fein, students can get access to cleaning supplies from the College.

“We have worked with Facilities to get students access to cleaning supplies at no additional cost by going to the Service Center storeroom,” he said.

Ladtika added that the custodial team is also ready to help train students on how to clean.

“Cleaning supplies and paper products are available at the Service Center for student use and our custodial team is happy to provide any training students might need on safe and effective cleaning,” he said.

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Netflix underwhelms with adaptation of “Death Note”

Katie Randazzo
Contributing Writer

Content Warning: This film contains instances of graphic violence and suicide.

Netflix’s adaptation of the smash-hit comic series, “Death Note” (2017) (dir. Adam Wingard), is tonally a mash-up between “Final Destination” and every single “edgy” teen movie you’ve ever seen. “Death Note” follows Light Turner (Nat Wolff), a nerdy Seattle high schooler still mourning the death of his mother, whom he lost in a violent crime. His father, James Turner (Shea Whigham) is a police officer. One day, Light finds the eponymous notebook, the Death Note, falling from the sky. He soon finds out that if someone’s name is written in the book, they will die.

The book’s original owner, a death god named Ryuk (Willem Dafoe), goads him into using this power to rid the world of killers, rapists and all sorts of unsavory individuals. In the process, Light picks up a sidekick and girlfriend — Mia (Margaret Qualley), a young woman who shares his ruthless ambition and takes this murderous “justice” to the next level.

Both taking on the name “Kira” (“light” in Russian and “killer” in Japanese), Light and Mia soon develop a god complex, mowing down criminal upon criminal. Cults develop around Kira, which gets Light’s father, the FBI, Interpol and a genius young detective with a voracious sweet tooth, L (Lakeith Stanfield), involved. Can L stop Kira? Or will he be too late?

“I hope no children were watching this,” a reporter remarks at one point in the film, referring to a graphic death on live television. This statement could also ironically be applied to the entire film. This film tries to replace plot with shock, choosing to show graphic suicides and exceedingly violent deaths with aplomb. The few redeeming things about this incarnation of “Death Note” include high production value, the decent cinematography and music and Lakeith Stanfield and Willem Dafoe who breathe life into flailing dialogue.

Still, even that cannot save “Death Note.” From the overall subpar acting, pacing issues, gratuitous violence and suicide and clunky writing, as a standalone film, it is aggressively milquetoast. As an adaptation, this movie is an insult to the source material.

Akin to the critically panned and problematic “Ghost in the Shell” adaptation earlier this year, this film whitewashes the cast, with a majority of white actors playing characters predominately of Japanese descent. This adds yet another tally against the film even though famed Japanese-American actor, producer and digital effects artist Masi Oka of “Heroes” fame produced it.

There are already at least two Japanese live action “Death Note” adaptations and a well-known anime that is also on Netflix, which do a far better job of adapting the source material. “Death Note” takes what was a taut psychological thriller and reduces it to an exceptionally average teen horror film. If you have the choice to watch this film, don’t do what Light did — leave this “Death Note” alone.

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