Field Hockey Grows, Even in 4-0 Defeat to Ohio Wesleyan

Langston Hood

Sports Editor

 

The Fighting Scots field hockey team looked to keep its winning streak rolling as it took on the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops. Wednesday’s match served as the team’s home opener after it battled the Washington & Jefferson Presidents to a 4-3 overtime win in the season opener on Saturday, Sept. 4th.

Clear blue skies were nowhere to be seen as an overcast day served as the backdrop to Wednesday’s conference matchup. The Battling Bishops went into its match against Wooster sporting a record of 2-1. However, escaping Wooster’s storied home stadium with a victory is something that few teams accomplish.

The game got off to an electric start as the Fighting Scots strung passes together at will, but were unable to threaten the Battling Bishops’ goal in the early stages. A series of questionable calls against the Scots gifted the Bishops numerous opportunities throughout the first minutes of the match. After a particularly suspect call, the Battling Bishops managed to break the deadlock. Following a quick restart, an Ohio Wesleyan forward managed to loft the ball over the head of Junior goalie Zoë Semersky ’23 to score the first goal of the game.

In the fifth minute, following a scramble in front of the Wooster goal, a diving effort from a particularly determined Battling Bishop doubled the Ohio Wesleyan lead. The Wooster attack was hindered by numerous foul calls for the majority of the first quarter. The referees seemed to be intent on keeping the game clean and fair, which did not bode well with the tenacious nature of the Fighting Scots. The first quarter closed with the Battling Bishops holding a two-goal advantage over Wooster.

The second quarter continued much like the first as the Battling Bishops managed to increase their lead to three scores in the 20th minute. Wooster played defensively as Ohio Wesleyan attacked for much of the quarter. The Battling Bishops had ridden into Papp Stadium with a two-game winning streak, only conceding two goals in their first three games of the season. Their confidence and depth were evident as they outshot the Fighting Scots 6-0 in the second quarter. Despite the flurry of shots that the Wooster goal faced, the 20th minute goal from Ohio Wesleyan was the only success of the quarter.

Halftime provided some reprieve for the Fighting Scots as they looked to come out in the second half and flip the script on the Battling Bishops, who held the upper hand throughout the first half. During the 3rd quarter, the Wooster attack looked invigorated and eager to claw its way back into the game. The three-goal lead for the Battling Bishops looked to be at stake early in the 3rd quarter as Wooster took two shots and limited OWU to only one attempt. However, the Bishops’ attack proved to be decisive as it found the back of the net and stretched the lead to 4-0 in favor of Ohio Wesleyan. The goal came in the 39th minute and would be the last of Wednesday’s affair.

Wooster’s energy only increased going into the 4th quarter as the Fighting Scots continued to battle. The Wooster attack outshot Ohio Wesleyan 5-2 in the 4th quarter. The defense, anchored by goaltender Lucy Segal ’23, stood strong and did not allow the Bishops’ attack to stretch their four-goal lead any further. The young Wooster team showed a great amount of tenacity as they took control of the 4th quarter and refused to go down without a fight.

Senior captain Catilyn O’Connor ’22, alluded to the positive attitude of her team saying, “they were a tough team to open up to, but being a very young team, we came out strong and are excited and eager to meet them again.” The optimism and desire from one of the team’s leaders speaks to the hunger that this team carries. This intensity allowed the Scots to bounce back by dispatching the Concordia Falcons in two games this past weekend to put the team back on track. 

The value of playing a strong team was something fellow captain, Lucy Agurkis ’23, also alluded to as she spoke about the team’s performance. Agurkis said, “this game was a good learning opportunity, I’m so proud of this team for never giving up and leaving it all on the field.” 

Our Fighting Scots will take on the DePauw Tigers Saturday at 11:00 AM at the storied John P. Papp Stadium as part of Black & Gold Weekend, make sure to come out and support!

 

Women’s Rugby Walks Off For Victory Against Denison

Thomas Pitney

Sports Editor

 

The Wooster women’s rugby team, like the rest of the world, has had to overcome its share of adversity over the past year-and-a-half. Co-President Claira Schiffrik ’23 noted that “the pandemic left us with only 10 players and no coach in May of this year.” However, the Scots showed off their resilience, having a last-second, game-winning try on Saturday, Sept. 18 in their home opener to capture a win over Denison University by a score of 45-40.

Despite the heat on Saturday, John Papp Stadium was filled with many members of the Wooster community who were eager to watch the rugby match. “I’m really thankful that students want to come out to our games and look forward to them, even though most aren’t familiar with rugby. It just goes to show how great our campus community is,” said Sammie Burke ’23.

The Scots rewarded their fans early in the game by pushing Denison backward, and eventually breaking through the left side of Denison’s defense to make the first try of the game. Unfortunately, the team also suffered a loss early in the physical game, when Etta DeMartino ’22 broke her finger in the scuffle. As the game wore on, it was clear that the two teams were evenly matched, as they traded scores throughout the first half. Tied 12-12, Sarah Snider ’23 had a long scamper for a try that gave Wooster a 19-12 lead. The Scots followed this up with a score on a terrific backward pass to take a two-score lead. Unfortunately for Wooster, Denison did not give up, scoring to cut the lead to 24-19 at halftime.

Wooster once again stretched the lead to two scores with Emma Van Amburgh ’24 scoring the first try of the second half. Just when it felt like the Scots were going to pull away and keep building on the 31-19 lead, Denison stole back the momentum with two quick tries. In about a minute, Wooster went from leading 31-19 to trailing 33-31. “Denison got ahead of us because we got too comfortable in our lead and let ourselves lean into our exhaustion,” said Schiffrik on the sudden turn of the game in favor of Denison. Fortunately, according to Burke, “we have such a great leader in our coach [Stephanie Snoeberger]. During our quick water break after the tries, she was just preaching to us to stay focused and that we need to just play our game.” Using the inspiration from their coach, each other, the crowd, and the competition, the Scots bounced back in a big way.

Following the Denison score, Wooster scored a try of its own to retake the lead at 38-33. Nevertheless, Denison continued to carve up the Scots for another quick score and kick to take a late 40-38 lead. When all seemed lost for the Scots, Schiffrik said, “we knew it was time to turn it back on. We pumped each other up with the support of the crowd and threw everything we had into our last play.” All the effort was worth it, as, with no time left on the clock, Paige Williams ’22 broke free and scored the game-winning try to give Wooster the 43-40 lead, with Schiffrik tacking on a made kick to finalize Wooster’s 45-40 victory.

After all the challenges that have marked Wooster women’s rugby, the team was thrilled with the game and their performance. “We have an amazing group of women ready for the upcoming season, and our last game showed all the talent and persistence instilled in each of us,” said Co-President Holly McAnlis ’22.

The team will go on the road on Saturday, Sept. 25 to face Kenyon College. The next home game for the Scots will be on Saturday, Nov. 6, come check it out!

Howell House Residents Detail Their Housing Situation

Savannah Sima

Features Editor

 

         Since the start of the semester, Howell House residents have experienced an onslaught of housing issues. From bats to bees, to sewage leaks, the house has navigated some seriously unexpected emergencies. “It is no secret that the houses on Spink Street are old houses,” said Rachel Catus ’22, a Howell House resident, “however, when you own an old house, you have to do regular upkeep to maintain its safety.” From Catus’ perspective, housing maintenance t is where the College is lacking. “[The College’s housing] negligence led to bats being able to enter the house, an unattended massive yellow jacket nest under the porch, pipes being compromised, therefore leading to sewage leaks and smells,” Catus said “just to name some examples.”. Catus, along with housemates Riley Maas ’22, Lauren Kreeger ’23 and Carrie Buckwalter ’24, mentioned that they have attempted to reach out to departments across campus to make their space livable, with no luck. “Even when we have reached out to facilities or security for emergency assistance,” Buckwalter said, “they have asked us to catch the bats ourselves or have blamed our roommate for having an AC, despite us directing them towards the attic and being ignored.” 

         Howell House residents have had multiple unsavory interactions with different departments in an attempt to mediate all of these issues, especially Facilities Management & Planning. “Our confidence in maintenance and housing decreased dramatically,” said Kreeger. With bats and other infestations, Kreeger claimed that Tom Lockard failed to help the house address these issues. “Anytime there’s an issue that has to do with animals (bats or the yellow jackets), we desperately hope that the College won’t send Tom Lockard,” they said. “He just does not listen to us or take us seriously. I had to yell at him to get the entire house examined for bats. I shouldn’t have to resort to drastic measures. I don’t want to yell at people.”

The conduct of facilities’ staff members with Howell House residents is concerning, ranging from yelling and harassing the residents, to physically leaving the space messy. “Plants got spilled and my room was so covered in dirt that I had to miss a class in order to clean up,”  Catus said. Thankfully, not every interaction with staff members has been as negative. “When Mike Taylor and/or Johnathan Reynolds have responded, things have worked out a lot better and we feel a lot more heard,” Catus said. Kreeger agreed, adding, “[Taylor] has gone above and beyond his job requirements to help us.”

         ResLife has organized several meetings to try and address issues as they arise, after persistent reports of these issues from Howell House, “After we repeatedly reached out with our problems, we had a meeting with the head of housing and all the important people in ResLife,” Kreeger said. “We were listened to, at least.” Even after Howell House residents recieved  attention from facilities, they were ignored by staff members only to find out that they were not misguided in their concerns. “It turns out there was an open space in the attic large enough for a bat to get through. Carly Jones did forget to get the yellow jackets taken care of, though, despite writing it down and saying it needed to be taken care of. That indicates a concerning nonchalance about the safety of students,” Kreeger said. 

         The impact these near daily issues have had on the residents day-to-day is significant. “It’s been rough,” Kreeger said  “I’ve lost a lot of sleep, and it definitely impacted my ability to be the best TA and student I can be.”

I have had to miss a pretty significant number of classes already this semester because chaos will erupt in the house and makes it frankly impossible to just leave the situation at that moment to attend class,” agreed Catus. “I also have had to cancel a lot of premade, standing plans when things in the house go awry or maintenance issues are persisting, so I have to further spend my time engaging with staff to get the problem even looked at. Missing social opportunities in tandem with classes has really negatively affected my mental health,” Catus added.

ResLife is aware of the extent of these issues, and has tried to offer support where they can, “I, as a Director of Residence Life, have been over to the house four times to provide support in regards to bats, post follow-up to observe the presence of bees, and to walk through the house to identify the smell of sewage,” said Reynolds. 

Jones added, “Residence Life has been made aware of the maintenance situations for Howell House and has been a primary responder to those concerns and facilitated connections with the facilities service center. This includes coming over with facilities to observe the concerns, outreaching to the students post-situation to see if the problem has been resolved, and providing a response for interactions and other questions as needed.”

Jones elaborated, “While Residence Life doesn’t mitigate the actual work being done inside the house to resolve the issues noted above, our role is to respond promptly to the request and provide support for the students living in our facilities as well as making sure that facilities are following through on requests in a timely manner.”

Reynolds touched on how ResLife is limited in the support it can offer, but stated, “In my conversations with the residents of Howell, I am hoping that they are able to have a positive experience in their house. I am also hoping they are able to outreach directly to our office and know that we would support their living environment to the best of our ability.”

Post Office Adjusts to Student Center Renovation

Quentin [ ]

Staff Writer

 

 The ongoing Student Center renovation has forced many departments to move locations. The College of Wooster’s Post Office relocated to Gault Schoolhouse, creating difficulties for carriers and inconveniences for students. 

During the summer, it took a few months for typical carriers like Amazon or USPS to transition to dropping off packages at the right location. This fall, the new drop-off location causes deliveries to take longer to arrive, especially if they are not properly labeled. 

Beyond drop-off, the new location creates challenges to manage larger shipments, since Gault Schoolhouse has no convenient spaces to store large items. “We’ve had to store larger items in a separate room, so it takes some additional time to retrieve those items,” said Clara Becker ’22, a post office employee. Separating packages has also contributed to longer wait times. 

Along with the relocation, Gault Schoolhouse also lacks personal mailboxes for students. This slows down the pick-up process, as students must individually go to the counter which has led to an increased wait time.

Every item must be individually scanned and — unlike prior to the construction — cannot be placed into mailboxes, so students receive an email when they have something to pick up. “No more wasted trips looking for an item that may or may not have arrived yet,” said Post Office Manager Jen Scale. If students cannot make the trip to Gault Schoolhouse, they can designate another person to receive their materials via email.

While students now receive package notifications, trips to the Post Office are more inconvenient than before due to the new location. Gault Schoolhouse is on the far edge of campus which makes picking up packages and mail not easy. The location not only obfuscates drop-off points for carriers, but it also makes pickups arduous for students as the office is not centrally located anymore. “The walk back and forth to get materials is time consuming and long and especially hard if you get larger packages,” said Madison Ackley ’25. 

The Post Office’s shortened hours as a result of moving into Gault Schoolhouse prove to also be a challenge for students and delivery services. If a package arrives after 5 p.m., it will not be processed the same day. Even if students get a notification from a carrier, it does not mean that it is ready for pick up from the Post Office. Wait times will likely continue to be high in the future, although they are expected to decrease as the volume of mail and packages decreases going forward in the semester. 

The Post Office is located at: 

Gault Schoolhouse 

716 Beall Ave.

C.O.W. Clarifies Inconsistent Conduct Enforcement

Aspen Rush

Editor in Chief

 

The clarification follows a series of conduct violations that were questioned by students.

Since the beginning of the fall semester, student conduct and gathering guidelines have been unclear to many students on campus. To clarify campus policies, Johnathon Reynolds, director of residence life, sent an email to the student body explaining Student Conduct policies. While the Scot’s Key’s rules and regulations have not changed since 2017, the College’s enforcement of these guidelines has changed dramatically since the beginning of this semester. 

Many students identify shifts within administration as the root of these changes. Since the Director of Students Rights and Responsibilities and Assistant Director, Deputy Title IX Coordinator Amy Franklin-Craft took her position during the Fall 2020 school year, much of the frustration has been directed toward her. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic social restrictions lessened and the College started to allow large outdoor gatherings, Craft’s responsibilities have shifted from preventative COVID-19 measures to campus social life. As such, miscommunications between administrative bodies and students regarding policy enforcement have arisen. Despite these policies being present in the Scot’s Key since 2017, upperclassmen have expressed significant confusion since these policies have only recently been enforced. As a result, students have been subject to unexpected conduct violations. Two student houses currently have pending cases regarding policy violations. 

Frank Adams ’22, noticed the stark change in the College’s student conduct and party policies this semester.  “This year the school has started enforcing policies that make it very unclear what is allowed or not,” Adams said “[as] they are busting parties for noise complaints when in years past the same rule applied … I am not sure why that has changed now.”

Adam also expressed concern about student’s ability to build community, “Parties allow students who, without clubs or Greek life, wouldn’t have been able to meet each other. Especially for queer students who are looking for a space where they will not be harassed.”

Scot Council class representative and Student Conduct committee officer Rachel Catus ’22 expressed concerns regarding administrative communication. Catus meets with administrative staff on a weekly basis to discuss student concerns. “Through working on Scot Council, I have seen how it is clear that there is often confusion or misinformation being spread due to a lack of consistent functioning,” Catus said, “and as a result this brings down the quality of life for the student body.” Craft is in conversations with Scot Council, working to resolve some of this miscommunication.

To clarify the increasing confusion regarding conduct violations, Reynolds sent an email on behalf of campus leadership addressing common questions amongst students. In his email, Reynolds outlined party protocols. 

The intent of these protocols are not to eliminate on-campus parties but to allow parties with safety in mind. For small gatherings of less than 25 people with no alcohol present do not need to be registered with the College. Large gatherings of more than 25 people with no alcohol present do not need to be registered, but hosts must call into Campus Safety to make them aware of the event.

Small gatherings of less than 25 people with  alcohol present do not need to be registered. Large gatherings of more than 25 people and alcohol  must be registered with the College.

Wednesday gatherings must be submitted the Friday prior, Thursday gatherings must be submitted by the Monday prior, Friday gatherings must be submitted the Tuesday prior, and Saturday gatherings must be submitted the Wednesday prior.

In addition to registering large gatherings, students must have a number of Party Positive trained students in attendance. The number of trained students required to be present is determined by the size and location of the event. 

Reynolds also clarified quiet hours in his email, noting that the hours started from 12 a.m. and not 11 p.m., as students across campus were previously informed. “The College of Wooster quiet hours coincide with the City of Wooster noise ordinance. Please note, students are expected to comply with reasonable requests to contain noise upon request during non-quiet hours. This change will be made to the Scots Key to reflect the 12:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. hours.

The email also detailed information regarding events that had to be registered. While the Scot’s Key has always required large gatherings with alcohol to be registered with the College, it was not enforced before this year. Add quote During the weekend of Sept. 17, four large gatherings were forced to disperse by Campus Safety officers. In contrast to previous years, students have moved many of their social gatherings to outdoor spaces to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. However, an increase in noise complaints and the recent execution of City noise ordinances have arisen in response to the outdoor parties. 

Black and Gold Weekend:

While students navigate new conduct and gathering policies, on Tuesday, Sept. 21, the COVID-19 Task Force released updated rules to the Campus Community for Black and Gold Weekend. Held on Sept. 24 and 25, more than 1,000 parents and alumni will return to campus for the annual festivities. 

In order to mitigate a potential outbreak, visitors will not be allowed in select locations and Masks must be worn at all times when indoors. Visitors will not be allowed in classrooms while classes are taking place, in dining halls, in residential spaces and in the Underground. Knowlton Café will remain open to visitors as it does not require swipe access. In addition to these restrictions, indoor events have a limited capacity and require registration.

 “There seems to be a distinct lack of communication between the different branches of administration,” Catus noted.

The Voice reached out to Craft for comments; however, we did not receive a response by the time this issue was sent out to print.

S.T.E.M. Success Initiative Holds Upcoming Annual S.T.E.M. Bash

Melita Wiles

S&E Editor

 

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, a.k.a S.T.E.M., programs are intimidating and competitive at many colleges. Here at Wooster, we strive to create an inclusive and collaborative community where students are pushed academically, but also have support and guidance at their sides. This is achieved through the S.T.E.M. Success Initiative (S.S.I.) here on campus, as well as many clubs and extracurricular activities that create a welcoming environment. The S.S.I. is a community of students, faculty, and staff working to promote a “diverse and inclusive S.T.E.M. learning community, integrating students, faculty, and staff to support student success.” For those who are not familiar with this initiative, you might have heard of the S.T.E.M. Zone, a campus resource where any student taking introductory science or math courses can go to seek help on class material or work on their own.

One of the S.S.I.’s annual events, the S.T.E.M. Bash is coming up on Oct. 3 from 1-3p.m. The S.T.E.M. Zone Coordinator, Kara Melrose, shares her excitement and explains what activities will be at this event “The S.T.E.M. Bash is an event where all S.T.E.M. clubs/groups on campus have a chance to get together and celebrate their common interest and love for all things S.T.E.M.-related. Each club has fun activities planned to highlight their area of interest, and students can come enjoy the festivities, eat food, win prizes, and hang out. This is the seventh year of the S.T.E.M. Bash and each year we’ve had different clubs, activities and locations of the event, but every year it has been a blast.” Melrose expects a turnout of about 100-150 students this year. Each student participating in the Bash will receive a punch card and be able to earn a check of completion each time they complete an activity. Students with all the activities checked off will be entered into a raffle for a soft, cozy S.T.E.M. Zone t-shirt.

When asking Kara what her main goal for the event is, she responded, “Ultimately the goal is for students to have fun and feel a sense of community and belonging within the STEM community.” To make this possible, Melrose said that she plans on inviting faculty, S.S.I. board members, and S.T.E.M. staff to join the Bash..

Clubs that will be participating in the S.T.E.M. bash this year include: the S.T.E.M. Success Initiative, Astronomy Club, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club, Chemistry Club, Geology Club, Greenhouse Club, Environmental Justice Coalition, Student Mathematical Association, Minorities in S.T.E.M., Neuroscience Club, National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Physics Club, Pre-Health Club, Wooster Women in S.T.E.M, and Wooster Women & Gender Minorities in Economics.

One of our newest clubs on campus, Wooster Women and Gender Minorities in Economics, will be hosting a game based around microeconomics and game theory. Here, students will learn about miscoordination and the pure strategy Nash equilibria. The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club will be hosting a multitude of activities, including learning how to pipette and create a mosaic, and building DNA from Twizzlers.

Some clubs can give you a more personalized experience and are identity-based, such as Minorities in S.T.E.M., which contributes to the diverse set of groups represented at this more intimate and personalized Scot Spirit Day. S.S.I. Program Intern Emma Davidson ’22 sums it up well, as she hopes, “students can be exposed to all kinds of S.T.E.M. interests while meeting like-minded peers and building a supportive community in S.T.E.M.”

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