Conscious Indulgence

Camille Schwartz

Balancing work and

health in college

As a college student, there are some days when I put working out and healthy eating on the back burner.  Instead of eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and protein, I go straight for comfort foods and caffeine. Instead of taking a break and going to the gym, I isolate myself in the library for hours at a time. On Friday afternoons when my classes are over, instead of running on the treadmill, I curl up in bed for a Netflix marathon.

For many college students, mid-October marks the period when professors pile on course midterms and big essays. The high academic pressure during this time can make it difficult for students to maintain a balanced lifestyle. When we get stressed about school, it feels intuitive to work harder and neglect the less urgent routines in our lives like sleep, diet and exercise. We often go into fight-or-flight mode and begin to ignore our most basic needs.

I’ve discovered that while this outlook can sometimes be constructive, it can also be dangerous. When I don’t allow myself to take a break, I often end up being counterproductive. In some cases, I even get physically ill. It’s likely that the hectic nature of college life won’t slow down anytime soon. However, we can change our perspectives and our habits about handling stressful situations. Here are some ways to create a better balance between work and health.

1) Schedule time for yourself — while you’re planning your day, remember to save time for relaxing, eating and sleeping. Take time aside each day to do something you enjoy, whether it be reading a book, dancing in your room or enjoying warm tea with a close friend. Even if it’s only for 30 minutes, giving yourself a little time will not only relieve some of your stress, it will likely make you more productive overall.

2) Don’t put too much on your plate — in college, it’s easy to over-book yourself with difficult classes and extracurricular activities. Before adding that extra activity or class to your schedule, ask yourself if it is really necessary. The less you have on your plate, the more time you will have to focus on the most essential tasks for your personal success and happiness.

3) Get more sleep — many students place both their social lives and their schoolwork ahead of sleep. However, according to Donna Arand, PhD, clinical director of the Kettering Sleep Disorders Center in Dayton, Ohio, “a lack of sleep impairs your ability to learn, remember, and process new facts.” So the next time you’re tempted to pull an all-nighter, think about the negative effects it will have on your body.  Shoot for at least eight hours of sleep each night.

4) Allow yourself to be enough — as college students, it’s easy to feel like we aren’t smart or accomplished enough compared to our peers. Remember that comparing yourself to others is a recipe for stress and burnout. Look at your own achievements and how far you’ve come. Be confident about your own abilities and know when it’s time to call it quits.

Though I am by no means the queen of a balanced lifestyle, I have found that when I do take time for myself to exercise, eat right and rest, I am actually more productive in my studies and significantly less stressed. I feel more in control of my situation and confident in my ability to tackle big tasks. Maintaining a balanced lifestyle is not something that happens overnight, but there are choices we can make each day that will help us to start creating a more balanced life.

Camille Schwartz is a writer for the Voice and can be reached for comment at She writes a blog, which can be found at

2012 voter’s guide, part 2: local races

Wyatt Smith

Features Editor

With most media coverage centering on the presidential race, it is important to remember that many other elections will occur on Nov. 6. Therefore, the Voice offers a rundown, divided into two parts, of the non-presidential contests relevant to those registered in Wooster. Last week’s installment covered contests in the federal legislature. This week, the focus is on local races.

Ohio House of Representatives

Ron Amstutz, a Republican, is seeking his third two-year term as the representative of the 1st district — which includes the entirety of Wayne county — in the Ohio House of Representatives. Amstutz has represented Wayne county in the state legislature since 1980, switching between the House and Senate due to consecutive term limits. Beforehand, he was the mayor of Orrville for four years and worked as a journalist and editor for The Daily Record.

As chair of the Finance and Appropriations Committee, Amstutz played a crucial role in lowering Ohio’s income tax, repealing Ohio’s estate tax and reforming the state’s corporate tax structure.

Amstutz is challenged by Democrat John Maglio, an active member of the Wayne County Young Democrats who served as an intern for former State Senator Jason Wilson. In contrast to Amstutz’s three decades as a politician, Maglio has yet to hold elected office. If elected, Maglio promises to work to fully fund public education and support local businesses.

County Races

Almost all candidates for positions in Wayne County’s government — including commissioners, treasurer, coroner and sheriff — are Republicans running unopposed. The only exception is the contest for County Engineer, the individual in charge of constructing and maintaining the county’s roads and bridges.

Republican Roger Terrill is seeking to extend his 20-year tenure as Wayne County’s Engineer. While in office, Terrill has replaced a third of the county’s nearly 500 bridges and relocated and updated the county’s construction facility. This election will be the first time during his political career that Terrill will have an opponent.

Terrill is challenged by John Long, an Independent. Long is currently a vice president at a private engineering and surveying firm, where his work has included site planning for Gault Manor and the recent renovation of Kauke Hall. Long aims to bring a fresh perspective to the County Engineer post and restructure aspects of the Tax Map Office, which holds detailed records of all properties in the county.

State Board of Education

The Ohio State Board of Education oversees the Ohio Department of Education and is in charge of implementing educational laws passed by the state legislature. Bryan Williams is considered the incumbent in the non-partisan contest to represent northern central Ohio on this board, even though his past term was spent representing the northeastern corner of the state.

A registered Republican, Williams previously worked as a lobbyist for non-union construction firms. In an interview with, Williams highlighted his support for a teacher-evaluation system, increased use of technology and competition between schools for students.

Williams faces two challengers. The first is Rich Javorek, who is endorsed by the Wayne County Democratic Party. A public school teacher, Javorek taught social studies in Brunswick, Ohio for 30 years, followed by an adjunct position at the for-profit Bryant & Stratton College. He hopes to increase and standardize funding to Ohio’s public schools and prevent any needless politicization of proposed governmental assessments of teachers and students

Williams’s second challenger is Marianne Gasiecki, founder of the Mansfield Tea Party. Gasiecki is a stay-at-home mom, works part time as a financial manager, and volunteers as a reading tutor at a local public school. A newcomer to both politics and the public education system, Gasiecki advocates decreasing the class time spent on “social issues,” replacing it with reinforcement of the more practical fields of math, science, history and English.

Probate and Juvenile Court

If number of lawn signs is any indication, the contest for the Probate and Juvenile Court Judge is one of the most contentious local races. The judge of this court handles issues related to guardianships, adoptions, marriage licenses, estates and name changes, as well as most offenses committed by minors. Both candidates are College of Wooster alumni.

The incumbent is Latecia Wiles, who is endorsed by the Wayne County Republican Party. Before being appointed as judge earlier this year, Wiles spent eight years in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. During her short tenure, Wiles has worked to reduce the court’s expenses, especially through moving court documents online.

The challenger is K. William Bailey, who is endorsed by Wayne County Democratic Party. Bailey used to be Wayne County’s Probate and Juvenile Court Judge, but was forced to resign in 2002 due to health reasons. After spending the intervening time as a visiting judge and adjunct professor at the University of Akron’s School of Law, Bailey is seeking to return to his old post.

Not Included in This Overview

Information on referendums and candidates for Ohio’s Supreme Court — as well as a host of electoral information — can be found on

Obeidallah: his journey from lawyer to comedian

Dominic Piacentini

Senior A&E Writer

This Thursday, Nov. 1, comedians Jamil Abu-Wardeh and Dean Obeidallah will visit campus to humorously discuss issues in the Middle East as part of the Wooster Forum series. Both Wardeh and Obeidallah were a part of the comedy group “Axis of Evil” which aired a special on Comedy Central.

In an interview with Obeidallah, I discovered more about his background and comedic style.

When did you start doing stand up?

The first time I stepped on stage was in the mid 1990s. I had been a lawyer and the New Jersey Bar Association was holding a funniest lawyer contest. The people at the law firm where I worked suggested I do comedy – I took that as their way of saying I was a horrible lawyer and should try something else.

What made you want to get into this business?

I enjoyed making people laugh. Plus, being a lawyer sucked.  I liked the idea that in stand up comedy, I could talk about topics I felt strongly about — political and social issues — and make people laugh about them while sharing my views on the topics.

Why do you like to make people laugh?

Not sure why – why does chocolate taste good? It just does.

Do you think humor is a good way to talk about current events and issues in the world today?

Yes, I believe that comedy can be utilized effectively to raise issues of the day and inform and educate people about them as well as make them laugh. That is why I love “The Daily Show” and “Colbert” because they do that on a nightly basis.

How might students benefit from going to one of your shows?

If nothing else, some fun and laughs. Isn’t that enough?! I’m a comedian first and foremost which means I must get laughs. While I raise issues that I’m passionate about, it is still a comedy show.

What is your comedy all about? Is there anything specific you like to convey in your shows?

It ranges from politics to pop culture. But I do raise issues that are serious such as Islamaphobia, immigration, Obama, Romney and issues in the current presidential campaign, which you must hate hearing about since you attend school in THE most important swing State in America!

You are a member of the Axis of Evil comedy tour, correct? And you had a special on Comedy Central?

Yes I was – we broke up as a group years ago. But it was a lot of fun and the special on Comedy Central changed my career for the better in many ways. It opened up a lot of doors and led me to appear on many more TV shows.

What was that group all about?

We were four Middle Eastern-American comedians and we talked/joked a great deal about the challenges posed by that in post 9/11 America. Prior to that, there had never been a special on a major U.S. TV network featuring comedians of our heritage.

Is there anything else you think the student population should know about you or your show?

I hope the students find my show funny and unique. I try to avoid being the typical comedian. The show is written for all to enjoy — you don’t have to be of Arab heritage or Muslim to get the jokes.

Also I have performed a great deal in the Middle East from Egypt to Saudi Arabia and my show will share some of those experiences.

Finally, in addition to being a comedian, I write a weekly opinion article for and I appear on CNN Weekly talking about political and topical issues infused with some comedy.

Obeidallah and Abu-Wardeh will be performing at 7:30 p.m. in McGaw Chapel on Nov. 1.


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Craving a Spooky Story This Halloween?

Brooke Skiba

With Halloween coming up next Wednesday, you may be looking to get a good thrill in the spirit of this spooky occasion. Scary stories may provide you with just the horror you desire. Tales about the supernatural have made their way from spoken-word to literature and continue the tradition today in the form of scary movies. Many of us may even think of campfire stories with only the firelight or a single flashlight creating shadows in the dark.

But why are we so attracted to these scary stories? Those who are, most often enjoy them because of the adrenaline rush they provide. Yet, unlike a ride on the Millennium Force, scary stories usually have a more lasting effect than the two-minutes of lurches in your stomach. The movies come back to haunt many of us as we’re trying to fall asleep or when we’re studying alone in the library lower basement late at night.

However, if you’re immune to the horror “symptoms,” you may still be craving a good thrill this Halloween. Scary stories are all around us on campus if you’re watching and listening close enough. Horror junkies can certainly find excitement in everyday events, such as waking up to a sleepwalking roommate standing over you, or exiting an elevator late at night to find someone unexpectedly standing outside as the door opens. Not to mention the chill that comes over you when you walk past Henderson Apartments, or walk past the tree gravestones by Galpin. We have our own ghosts on campus, one of which, Effie, enjoys watching the plays put on by the theatre department. Watch for her this weekend when you go to see Equus.

What you really have to worry about are the creatures on campus. Many of my own classic campfire horror stories from Wooster do not involve the supernatural at all. In case you’re now dying for a thrill, I’ll share one story with you. I hope that it helps get you thinking about which of your own stories you’ll be telling around the campfire for Halloween.

I was walking back to Holden from Morgan one night, and it was especially dark – the kind of night when everything blends together in blackness and you start to see nonexistent shadows in what little light there is. No one was around, and I was particularly jumpy. Every little noise—a rustle in the trees, sounds of footsteps that may or may not have been right behind me, a howling off in the distance – sent my heart racing. I was clenching my mostly-empty coffee cup so hard that it began to cave in.

I slowly approached a trash can to throw it away. Though I still felt scared, I had no idea that I was about to face an even worse terror. I quickly tossed my cup into the trash and I heard a tiny rustling sound deep in the trashcan. I froze in my tracks, stiff with fear, but also (just like every protagonist in a scary movie) somewhat curious. I peered down through the opening of the can. The rustling stopped for just a moment, and I saw nothing but the black of the garbage bag. Suddenly, a small dark figure jumped out at me and I recoiled, terrified. Ever since, I’ve had a fear of small black squirrels and throwing things away.

Books, paintings and photos on display in Ebert

Emily Timmerman


The College of Wooster Art Museum opened this past week with new exhibitions in both galleries, featuring the work of three different artists. In the Sussel Gallery, Ellen Sheffield’s sculptural books share the space with Bea Nettles’ photography and artist books. Shiva Ahmadi’s traditional paintings hang next door in the Burton D. Morgan gallery.

Sheffield, a visiting instructor of art at Kenyon College and the owner of Unit IV Arts in Gambier, Ohio, will present “Page by Page.” Included in the show are both her sculptural and artist books. Both projects are focused on wordplay and disrupted narrative, as well as “letterform perception, reading comprehension, and how to give tangible form to the poet’s quiet voice.” Her artist’s books are physically dismantled, with the parts then recombined, allowing for a reframing through layers of the structure. The exhibition features several series where text and appropriated images are rearranged within the book, creating coded visual symbols through the poetry. The pieces are technically impressive, and create the sense of an indispensable quality of the relationship between book and poem.

Nettles, Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois, has been exhibiting and publishing her autobiographical works since 1970 and has had more than 50 solo exhibitions. The photography in her exhibit, “Return Trip,” combines landscape images and glimpses of daily routines based on her travels to Italy, Spain, Morocco, Hawaii, North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico and Florida. The 25 black-and-white photographs represent “the layered and cyclical nature of time, sense of place, and memory,” according to Nettles. Intermittently including portraits throughout her layered photographs, these memories are presented in groups, with four photos included in each piece, which helps to create the depth of the memory.

Ahmadi, a native of Iran now based in Detroit, is showcasing works from her “Throne” series. This exhibition was organized in support of the 2012 Wooster Forum, titled “Complexities of the Middle East,” and features representational watercolors influenced by Persian and Indian miniature painting.

Regardless of the initial sparse feeling of the gallery, the few pieces that are included are heavy in contentious political and religious content. Commenting on the instability in Iran and the mounting uncertainty of tension between aggressive regimes, the beautifully painted pieces contain faceless figures and animals surrounded by pools of blood, offering grenades and nuclear reactors to the enthroned tyrants. Ahmadi says that her loosely spattered and highly layered paintings on aqua-board “create an allegorical realm where faceless tyrants and religious authorities sit on ornate gilded thrones while subservient minions bow to them.”

While the opening receptions for both Sheffield and Nettles’ shows were this past Thursday, the reception for Ahmadi’s show will be Thursday, Nov. 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Burton D. Morgan Gallery, with a talk by the artist at 7 p.m.

All three exhibits will be on view at the museum through Dec. 9.

The College’s museum is located at 1220 Beall Avenue, on the first floor of the Ebert Art Center. The museum is opened Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

All receptions, lectures and exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more information visit



Wooster City Hall evacuated due to bomb threat

A bomb threat was called into the Wayne County Justice Center a little after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, evacuating homes and buildings and shutting down Market Street. Wooster City Schools and the College were both notified.

After an extensive search, no explosives or explosive residue were found in the building, police reported.

The Wooster Police Department is currently investigating the incident.



Rape flier causes stir at Miami University

Last weekend, a student at Miami University found a flier entitled “Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape” posted in the men’s bathroom of a freshman dorm. The tips on the flier ranged from putting roofies in a girl’s drink to slitting her throat in order to ensure that she cannot later identify her rapist. Number 10 on the list of tips read “RAPE RAPE RAPE… college boys live it up!!”




Tropical storm Sandy is 18th tropical storm this season

Tropical storm Sandy, the 18th named tropical storm this season, is projected to become a hurricane that will pose a threat to Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, the Bahamas and eventually the United States. If Sandy makes it to the United States, the damage will be likely in southeastern Florida, but officials say that there is a chance that the northeastern part of the state will also experience a significant storm. Another tropical storm may be brewing as tropical depression number 19 of the season has the potential to turn into tropical storm Tony.