Scotlight: Seth Feikert

Blakely Dishman

Features Editor

 

Introduce yourself.

My name is Seth Feikert, my pronouns are he/him. I am from Wooster, Ohio, born and raised here.

What inspired you to open Boo Bears? 

I really wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do after high school; however, I knew that college wasn’t really the choice for me. I kinda toyed around with the idea of opening my own business. I was working for somebody and just kind of decided that coffee was for me. At that time it was just a big hobby of mine. Trying all of the different coffees, making pour overs and doing stuff like that was a lot of fun for me. One thing led to another and I found myself doing pop-up events. I had a little traveling stand where I made pour overs and such. So then it just kinda happened and Boo Bears was created.

What is your favorite part about owning Boo Bears? Because you are in charge, correct?

That is actually my nickname, just a little fun fact there. It is something that I have been trying to reconnect with for the past six months. Biggest thing is hearing people talk about how much the space means to them. My goal has always been to create a space that everyone feels welcome in. And it really means a lot to me when somebody will actually tell me, “Hey, you know I really like coming into your coffee shop because it is just a warm and inviting space.” So I guess boil that down and it would be the people and creating a space for people to gather.

What is one thing you wished students knew/did while ordering or waiting for their drinks in Old Main? 

We’re trying. This is us trying; we’re on a journey. There has just been a lot of learning going on here so patience is key. So far, I haven’t had a rude customer here, the College is a really nice place. Everybody is great; I love it.

If you were one of the drinks that y’all make what would you be? 

Hmmm that is a loaded question, I have never thought about that. I’m an iced vanilla latte because everyone seems to appreciate my presence.

Is there anything that has really surprised you about working on campus/this new location? 

How many people that are here. In downtown Wooster at Local Roots, we tend to see mostly locals. We’ve gotten quite a solid gathering of college students that go down there to get off campus, but the vast majority of Wooster does not realize how many people are concentrated on campus. It has been a real eye-opener for sure. We see a lot of wonderful faces.

What is your favorite coffee-based memory? 

When I was in the process of setting up my first location, I had just gotten my espresso machine and I was so excited. It was all hooked up and ready to go. I was like, “I’m gonna pull an espresso shot.” And I had this little machine that automatically laid the beans for every espresso shot and I didn’t have it aligned properly, so it just kept dumping beans cause it wasn’t actually going where it was supposed to be. So I just had coffee beans everywhere. That was a fun memory. 

If students are interested in working at Boo Bears in Old Main how should they contact you? 

We have a Google Form on our website: https://www.boobearsbrew.com/employment. You can just submit an application that way. My big goal here has been to have two full time people that are shift leaders and then I have worked in college students, because I want to work around everyone’s schedules. You know, if they want an hour or two here or whatever. I definitely encourage people if they are interested to reach out. We have all sorts of hours/time slots.

Do you have any advice for other young entrepreneurs? You are kind of the gold standard—things seem to be going pretty well for you right now.

I like to tell people that the Chamber of Commerce wanted me to become a member but unfortunately, you had to be 21 to get into the young entrepreneur part and I was 19 at the time…so I didn’t sign up and still have not. For advice, have a solid plan in place. Planning is essential. Getting yourself organized beforehand creates a lot less stress. Definitely just stick to what makes you happy, because if you can find something that makes you happy it makes life easier, it is easier to go to work everyday, especially if you work seven days a week.

Alright that’s it, anything you want to plug/shout out/advice/wisdom you want to share?

Honestly, I am just so thankful for the college students that have started working for us, we have a wonderful team going. I love them.

C.O.W. Starts Year By Celebrating MLK Day

Caroline Ward

Staff Writer

 

Amidst a global pandemic and ongoing conversations regarding representation and discrimination on campus, Wooster’s 2022 MLK Day celebration took an introspective look at social justice issues in its own campus community. The 2022 MLK Day Committee began planning the event in early fall of last year, according to the Chair of the MLK Day Committee and Director of the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office Sháquez Dickens. Initially organized with the hope of being held in-person, the commemorative events were switched to a virtual format a week before the celebration due to safety concerns regarding COVID-19.

The event commenced with an interfaith prayer gathering and included an opening ceremony featuring four keynote speakers from the campus community, as well as five Justice Dialogues facilitated by student leaders and Wooster faculty. The choice to look internally for potential speakers was a new one, said Dickens, but felt right, given the current campus climate. The Committee also opened up the selection process to the campus community by sending out a survey for staff, students and faculty to nominate potential speakers. From there, the Committee narrowed down the nominations and decided on the final speakers: Sarem (Cher) Kornma ’22; Dr. LaToya René Robertson, Associate Dean Of Students & Director of Divisional DEI Initiatives at the College Dr. Beatrice J. Adams, Assistant Professor of African American History; and Dr. Timeka Rashid ’99, Vice President for Student Affairs at Baldwin Wallace University and College of Wooster alumna.

In selecting the 2022 MLK Day keynote speakers, the committee chose a student, a staff member, a faculty member and an alumni speaker, aiming to represent all parts of the campus community. Speaking on the selection process this year, student keynote speaker Cher Kornma ’22 said, “outside speakers have a lot of information that is beneficial for us to hear, but I think that the critical impact that having somebody from our community do it is that it allows you to center your ideas of change around the places that you’re capable of having impact in.” The event’s discussions were designed to focus on these community experiences. Justice Dialogues ranged from conversations on neurodiversity in STEM, to being Jewish in America, to counteracting implicit biases. Malachi Mungoshi ’24, student member of the 2022 MLK Day Committee, said, “When it came to choosing the justice dialogues, we were trying to choose dialogues that really were representative of different members of the school body…all of these justice dialogues were built on destigmatizing and deconstructing narratives that have been built in America.” And the strategy seemed successful. “Even in the justice dialogues this year around, there was a lot more engagement because there was a lot more diversity with the kinds of justice dialogues that we had,” Mungoshi added.

The theme of the event “If Not Us Then Who?” seemed well-represented in the day’s conversations. Speaking on the theme, Kornma said, “This year, it was really focused on how different parts of the campus could speak to identity, to experiences both in their own lives and their experiences on campus…I think that previous MLK Day events have had outside speakers come in and talk about global issues, but the thing that often gets forgotten is that you are capable not only of doing what’s in your community, but you can start somewhere very close to you.” She continued, “I think that was the bigger picture of this MLK Day event—that there are attainable ways for you to make a change, even if it’s just showing up.”

This year’s MLK Day event spoke to a greater hope that those conversations might be continued, and through them real change achieved. The goal, said Mungoshi, is that people will take these conversations beyond the day’s events. “These justice dialogues weren’t just a one-time thing…I feel like they were very thought-provoking and helped raise a lot of awareness and answer a lot of questions,” Mungoshi said. “We have so many resources. The first step is recognizing your privilege and then educating yourself on how you can be an ally, whatever that looks like. That’s what I really hope people will do.”

The Last Lap: Two Swimmers Reflect on the Season

Kay Wetmore

Contributing Writer

Robby Beal

Contributing Writer

 

As the 2021-2022 varsity swim season comes to an end, a reflection on our time spent together as a team is inevitable. Beginning in September, our season sprang fresh into action as we welcomed 24 first-years to the team. Our drive was revitalized as old and new personalities mixed and the team’s depth was bolstered by the first-years. This is evidenced by the women’s team’s 7-0 undefeated dual meet record alongside the men’s 6-1 dual meet record and first place finish at the Wooster Invitational, a feat unaccomplished since 2009. In addition to the teams’ victories this season, Head Coach Rob Harrington became the winningest coach in Wooster Swimming and Diving history this past week.

The strong drive found within our team was clear throughout the time spent both here in Wooster and while in Florida during winter break. As we spent time on the warm and sunny shores of St. Petersburg, we received a refreshing break from the academic pressures. This forced us to dedicate time focusing and honing in on our skills to once again be strong competitors in the water. Not only did we push ourselves in the waters of St. Petersburg, but through this shared experience, we became excited and inspired for the rest of our season. During that time training over winter break, we reminded ourselves of our goals for the rest of the season to continue to be the best team we could possibly be.

Looking ahead, we hope to carry our momentum into a successful conference meet. The four-day event is always jam-packed with fast swims and great races that gets the teams and fans loud. This will be the first time the meet will be held since 2020, so for the first-years and sophomores, this will be their first time to encounter such a great atmosphere. Our conference has some of the most competitive college swimming programs in Division III athletics, which always makes the conference meet a fast event full of national qualifiers. Hopefully some of these national qualifiers will be our teammates. Although it was just announced that spectators are not permitted at the conference meet, we are ready to yet again adapt to these changes and find new ways to enjoy the end of our season. As upperclassmen, we are excited to see the rest of our teammates finally experience a full season and hopefully accomplish all our team goals. It has been a long and eventful season, but we would not choose to spend the time with any other team and are excited to see what the next few weeks hold for us.

The Scots’ next meet will be on Saturday, Jan. 29 against Oberlin College at Timken Natatorium. Come out and support the Scots as they hope to finish their season strong!

It’s a New Season, Playboy: “Euphoria” Airing on HBO

Malachi Mungoshi

Viewpoints Editor

 

Where to begin? Well, “Euphoria,” the HBO television show directed and written by Sam Levinson, and starring Zendaya and Hunter Shafer, among others, has been described as “phenomenal,” “harmful,” “realistic,” “unrealistic” and the list goes on. This article is not for the purposes of picking a side, if you will, because the way it appears is not quite the way it is. 

The series recently aired its second, long-awaited season, which has also been receiving mixed reviews thus far. I have had friends comment on how misogynistic the ideas and executions are. I have had friends tell me they loved those same ideas and executions. Where I stand is neither here nor there. I find “Euphoria” to be just the same as every nihilistic teen show: the teen angst, self-exploration, experimentation, dysfunctional family units, along with others. However, it is written and portrayed in such a way that it transcends that everyday existential drama. This is where I applaud Sam Levinson for taking a directorial stance I have not seen on television thus far. He transmutes feeling onto moments so well and I myself have had to question whether I am on the same drugs as Rue Bennett. The swift yet often jarring transitions keep the audience constantly on the edge of our seats. At first, I found this rushed. I found it messy and what I thought to myself as “too complex.” And that’s not to say I no longer find it this way—I do—but I also see that because the episodes are told mostly from Rue’s point of view. It makes sense that as she falls further into her addiction, her psyche becomes more warped and her unreliability as a narrator grows even more in this season. 

Season 2 has also introduced a deeper exploration of characters such as Fezco and Lexi, as well as a simmering love story between the two. One cannot help but to look at Angus Cloud, a man with no prior professional acting experience, and see in his eyes a very compelling depth. I remember how I just could not get the thought of “wow, he looks like Mac Miller” out of my head the first time that I saw him. Maude Apatow, someone who has grown up knowing well enough what celebrity life entails, becomes Lexi, a shrunken shadow behind her sister, Cassie. I remember feeling incredibly amused at the way Lexi described her life as a movie and the depth of her feelings of detachment from reality. For me, it really wasn’t about what she was saying, but more why. I related to that scene so much, and felt like she was speaking to me. Even the social commentary on the antithetical nature of body image as it relates to social media and society in the scene where Kat is feeling how almost everyone who struggles with body image feels at some point: ugly. For all its explicit content, the characters in “Euphoria” are so well-formed that they themselves become real within the imagination. 

Now, to address something that has been popping up all over Euphoria TikTok: is Sam Levinson sexualising teenagers? Yes. To say he isn’t is to deny the copious amount of penises, breasts and explicit sex scenes we have seen in this series thus far. The question I want to address rather, is “Is this inaccurate? Is it wrong?” The truth is that, as someone who spent a lot of time watching “Skins” when I was 14 years old, I can see the same reactions to it as I see happening with Euphoria in younger teenagers. There has been a resurfacing of the glorification of trauma, drug-use and sexual assault. The worst part, to credit a conversation I had with someone very wise, is that, as they put it, “the effects are two-fold.” Now teenagers and even pre-teens on sites like TikTok, Twitter, and Reddit, are slowly normalizing and romanticizing the aforementioned elements. 

So where do I see Season 2 going, you may ask? Well, I have no idea. All I can hope for is that the worst is behind us, as far as the violence is involved, but knowing this series, we are in for a very rocky, very shocking season. 

Track Team Stands Out At Fighting Scots Invitational

Thomas Pitney    

Sports Editor

 

       Wooster track and field continued its hot start on Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Fighting Scots Invitational held at the Scot Center. Competing against Denison, Wittenberg, Kenyon, Allegheny and Muskingum, the Scots knew that this meet would be a good test to see how they stacked up against conference competition. Both teams rose to the occasion, as the women’s team won the meet outright while the men finished in second place.

The women demonstrated their skill in both the field and track events. Claudia Partridge ’23 got the Scots’ jumping squad off to a strong start with her victory in the high jump, leaping 1.60 meters to capture the title. Even at the beginning of the season, Partridge has noticed improvement from last season in the high jump. “Throughout the season I have been working closely with Coach Ellie (a new assistant coach) and I’ve gained a lot of confidence and have a better tempo while jumping. This was a wonderful start to the season and I’m very excited to see how far I can go with the high jump this year.” Fellow junior Morgan Kromer capitalized on the Scots’ momentum by winning the pole vault by reaching a height of 3.20 meters.

The Scots continued to find success on the track. Partridge once again came through in the 400-meter race, taking the top spot in the event with a time of 1:05.41. The sprinting squad also excelled in the all-important 4×200 meter relay. The Scots’ team, comprised of Maya Vasta ’22, Drew Patterson ’24, Daysia Hargrave ’25 and Partridge, emerged victorious in the event with a time of 1:50.51. The distance squad then sealed the victory for the Scots. Athena Tharenos ’24 won the 800-meter race in a time of 2:27.55, while Isabelle Hoover ’23 dominated the 3000-meter race, as her winning time of 10:28.78 was 28 seconds better than the second-place finisher. The Scots swept the relays and pulled away from the competition by winning both the 4×400 meter and distance medley relays. In the 4×400 meter relay, Vasta, Haley Bloom ’23, Tharenos and Ignacia Mendez ’25 cruised to victory with a time of 4:21.89. In the distance medley relay, Tharenos, Bloom, Mendez and Dylan Kretchmar ’25 trounced the competition with their time of 13:03.61.

The men also had some terrific field performances in their second-place finish. The Scots continued to stand above the rest in the pole vault, where Dylan Garretson ’24 took first prize with a height of 4.25 meters and Davis Patterson ’24 tied for second place by jumping to a height of 3.95 meters. In the high jump, Luke Henke ’23 finished second, reaching a height of 1.90 meters. Meanwhile, Isaiah Kidd ’25 achieved second place in the long jump with an impressive mark of 6.47 meters.

On the track, the Scots did not win any individual events but kept pace with some strong times. Bryant Douglas II ’25 led the sprinters with a fourth-place finish in the 60-meter race with a time of 7.26 and a sixth-place time of 23.92 in the 200-meter race. Patterson was the best of the mid-distance crew, finishing in fourth place in the 400-meter race with a time of 54.17. The distance squad’s standouts included Drew Robertson ’25, who finished third in the 800-meter race, Bryson Simpson ’24, who captured fifth place in the one-mile race, and Will Callender ’25, who finished third in the 3000-meter race.

Though the Scots won neither the 4×200 meter relay nor the 4×400 meter relay, they excelled in the distance medley relay. Ben Nichols ’25, Nick Scherson ’22, Robertson and Alexander DeLong ’22 defeated Wittenberg’s team by four seconds to win the event and gain crucial points for the Scots to seal second place in the meet. DeLong was happy with the relay team’s performance, saying that “it felt great to win the DMR against Witt. They’re obviously an in-conference rival and beating them always feels really good. Drew [Robertson] in the third leg did an excellent job giving us a solid lead that I was able to hold on to.”

As both teams continue to find early success, their optimism about what this season has in store continues to skyrocket. Both Partridge and DeLong attribute this early success to their teams being hungry, which has created a more positive and competitive environment for the Scots. Partridge stated that “this year we have been working hard to create a good overall team environment. It was awesome to see everyone cheering for each other and offering encouragement. I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s individual progress and what else we can do as a team this season.” DeLong added that the positive energy is palpable, and further believes that the sky is the limit for this year’s team. “The energy at practice is more intense than it’s been in years and you can tell everyone wants to perform at their best. I think we’re going to make a bigger impact at the Conference meet than other schools might expect from us.”

The Scots’ next meet is on Saturday, Feb. 5, where they will travel to Denison University for the Bob Shannon Invitational.

 

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