Swimmers perform well at NCAC Championships

Roger An
Contributing Writer

The Fighting Scots Swimming and Diving team traveled to Granville, Ohio this weekend to compete at the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Championships, a peaking point for much of the training and performances of the team.

For the women, the team finished third in the championships to the 2001 and 2009 DIII National Champions in Kenyon College and Denison University, their best performance since 2012.

The 400-free relay won all-conference honors with a third-place finish thanks to the efforts of Emma Fikse ’19, Lexi Riley-Dipaolo ’21, Maggie Layde ’18 and Sarah Padrutt ’18.

Fikse, Layde and Padrutt would go on to compete in the championship or finish in the top nine places in their heats at the championships, highlighted by Layde’s seventh place finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:11.05.

The Fighting Scots also had two more “A” heat performances in the 200 fly with an eighth-place effort from Anne Bowers ’21 at 2:11.05 and a ninth-place effort from Kalla Sturonas ’19 at 2:17.54.

The ladies had more “A” heat qualifiers from Brooke Brown ’19, who earned a ninth-place finish in the 100-yard IM with a program record 1:01.61 in the preliminary rounds.

Fikse and Padrutt both delivered standout performances in the 1,650 free (the mile) with eighth- and ninth-place finishes of 17:38.42 and 17:42.74. Fikse’s performance puts her in the top three all-time in the program, and Padrutt’s close ninth place was in the top 10 all-time.

Other notable performances included the team’s sole diver Cleo Potter ’20, who finished the finals qualifiers in the three-meter dive with a score of 233.70, good for ninth, and Hannah Langer ’21, who placed 10th in the 200 backstroke at 2:07.61.

The men’s team finished fifth overall, with the Denison Big Red taking its 10th consecutive conference title and 34-time DIII National Champion Kenyon College finishing as the runner-up. Wooster’s fifth-place finish was impressive given that the NCAC is arguably the most competitive conference in DIII swimming. The Wooster team featured three championship heat individual qualifiers and four top-nine times.

Griffin Campbell ’19, the all-time record holder from the program in the 100 IM, finished seventh overall in the finals with a time of 53.96 and 53.94 in the preliminaries. Trey Schopen ’20 and Garret Layde ’19 qualified for the “A” heat in the 200 fly given their No. 1 and 2 respective times in the Wooster program’s history.

Schopen finished in 1:53.73 to qualify for the finals, where he finished eighth, and Layde finished in the finals with 1:523.27, good enough for sixth.

Notably, Max Koch ’19 scored a top-10 time with a ninth-place finish of 16:31.72. The 400 free relay of Ryan Campbell ’19, Griffin Campbell and Layde worked together for a 3:04.57 finish, good for fourth.

The team competes this weekend at Kenyon College, as a final qualifier meet before the NCAA DIII National Championships, which will be held in Indianapolis this year.

Track competes at Kenyon

Anna Hartig
Staff Writer

The College of Wooster men’s and women’s track and field team traveled to Gambier, Ohio last weekend for the Kenyon College Classic. The women’s team won three events in jumps and relays in order to earn fifth place with 70 points. On the men’s side, the team placed in seventh while missing a large portion of their team as Wooster’s throwers traveled to Findlay University in Findlay, Ohio.

Carolyn Webster ’19 earned first place in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet and 8.75 inches, as well as finishing second in the high jump with a height of five feet, three inches. Teammate Elizabeth Obi ’18 continued her successful season by taking first place in the triple jump. In the 4×200-meter relay, Erika Womack ’19, Julia Higgins ’19, Emma Sullivan ’20 and Korri Palmer ’20 worked together in order to win first place with a time of 1:54.21.

“This meet could potentially be a deciding factor in who gets to participate on the team that attends conference in two weeks,” said Sullivan.

With the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) championships coming in just two weeks, the team is competing its hardest to continue the indoor season.

Wooster’s throwers traveled to Findlay in order to see some tougher competition before conference. The meet featured many DII schools. Against steep opponents, Spencer Wilson ’20 and Kassady Murphy ’19 logged personal records in weight throw and shotput.

“I believe the biggest support I have is from the other throwers on the team. They continually push me to succeed and offer plenty of support,” said Murphy.

On the men’s team, the 4×400-meter relay earned second place with a time of 3:35.87. The team consisted of Brian Lief ’19, Jack Petrecca ’19, Myles Parker ’19 and Aedan Pettit ’20. This time surpasses the season record for the 4×400 relay at Wooster. “The team and coaches helped me by making workouts more event-oriented, which I feel has been great for my overall fitness, keeping healthy and avoiding injuries so far this season,” said Parker.

Another highlight of the meet was Jackson Feinknopf ’19 finishing in third place with a time of 9:10.47 in the 3,000-meter race. In the 5,000-meter relay, William Koenig ’18 finished eighth with a time of 16:50.74. Overall, both the men’s and women’s teams are looking to continue the hard work into the rest of the season and finish conference off strong.

“Wooster track and field has given me an environment to build upon myself,” said Murphy. “On top of that, it’s given me some friendships to last a lifetime and a positive experience at Wooster. I couldn’t imagine not going to practice every day and having some of the funniest conversations of my life with my teammates.”

Make sure to cheer on Wooster’s track and field team as they travel to Denison University for the Denison Last Chance meet this Friday, Feb. 23. The athletes will be hoping to qualify for conference as this is their last chance to give it their all.

Cavaliers’ active trade deadline benefits the franchise’s future

It’s safe to say that this Cleveland Cavaliers season has been anything but smooth. The season that started off with championship aspirations took a turn for the worse as the Cavs went from the top of the Eastern Conference to the middle of the pack.

There was a ton of drama, more than usual, with the team built around Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love and the iconic LeBron James. Things weren’t looking good for the oldest team in the league. Everyone across the NBA knew things had to change.

As many know, things changed in a BIG way. Thomas, Channing Frye and the Cavs’ 2018 draft pick were shipped to Los Angeles for Larry Nance, Jr. and Jordan Clarkson. General manager Koby Altman also moved Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder and Iman Shumpert in a three-team deal including Sacramento and Utah to receive Rodney Hood and George Hill in return.

Lastly, the Cavs moved guard Dwayne Wade back to Miami, where he spent most of his NBA career, for a second round protected draft pick. This was one of the busiest trade deadlines in almost 30 years, especially for the Cavs. The question being asked by everyone inside and outside the organization is whether the flurry of moves will help the team better compete for a championship in June.

On the surface, it looks like a solid series of moves for the third-place Eastern Conference team. The Cavs were able to get significantly younger with Clarkson, Nance, Jr. and Hood barely 25 years old. The team also became more athletic as Nance, Jr. is known for his spectacular dunks and Clarkson has the reputation of a prolific scorer that can contribute on just about any night.

The four newcomers to the Cavs’ roster also compliment LeBron in a better way than the veterans before. Hill is known as a solid distributor that can master amazing pick-and-rolls with the King. LeBron loves playing with players who can shoot, and this trade definitely added players who can do just that. The Cavs, donning a four-game win streak, are on the upswing moving into the second half of the season.

Personally, the most valuable part of the trade for me was not what it did for the team on the court, but how it impacted the locker room. Before the trade deadline, the Cavs consisted of older players who did not commit to “The Process” of playing with LeBron.

These players were solid individually but did not fit together on the court. They also brought a negative atmosphere to not only the locker room but the entire organization.

Professors Angie Bos and Jennifer Bowen from the political science and mathematics departments, respectively, stress the importance of liking who you work with and creating a positive environment for all. This trade did wonders for the Cavs, bringing in fresh players who wanted to make a difference and be part of a contender.

In the end, I feel that the deadline trade by the Cleveland Cavaliers was a solid move that needed to happen. The team got younger and faster, complementing the talents of LeBron even more than the previous roster did. The most important part is that the team has gotten back to having fun, something that has been missing during the first half of the season.

It takes a talented team to win basketball games, but the teams that are mentally tough and that have positive chemistry are the teams that achieve greatness, something this Cavaliers team continues to strive for.

Men’s basketball stages comeback, women fall to Kenyon

Chloe Burdette
Contributing Writer

Wooster men’s and women’s basketball faced the Kenyon Lords and Ladies on Wednesday, Feb. 14. While the women suffered a defeat of 77-60, the men pulled out an epic victory against the Lords with a final score of 81-79.

The Kenyon College women’s basketball team was ready from the jump and cruised to a North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) win, defeating The College of Wooster on their home court by the score of 77-60. Kenyon got off to a hot start, scoring the game’s first eight points and later racing out to leads of 18-4 and 28-12. The Ladies had a 30-17 lead after one quarter and a 50-32 advantage at the break.

Deep into the third quarter, Kenyon had a lead as large as 29 points. Wooster, led with 15 points by Sarah Rapacz ’21 and helped by Anna Gibbs ’19 and Kylie Orr ’20 who both chipped in with 11 points apiece, outscored Kenyon 21-9 in the fourth quarter to bring its final deficit down to 17. Gibbs also led the team with five assists, and Maria Janasko pulled down a team-leading seven rebounds to accompany her eight points.

With the win, Kenyon improved to 19-5 and 12-3 in NCAC play while Wooster dropped to 6-18 and 4-11 in the conference.

The Wooster men’s team uncharacteristically struggled with Kenyon for most of the night before finally avoiding the monumental upset. The Fighting Scots came back from a 15-point deficit over the final 12 minutes of the game and defeated Kenyon College 81-79.

The first half was closely contested as there were seven lead changes in the first 10 minutes of the game. Wooster’s biggest advantage came at the 10 minute mark when Blake Blair ’19 hit a contested three-pointer, making the score 14-9. But in the final 10 minutes in the first half, the Lords played inspired basketball, outscoring the Scots 27-15. At halftime, the Lords led 36-29.

As the game progressed into the second half, Kenyon led by as much as 15 points with a score of 55-40.

Shortly after the start of the second half, Reece Dupler ’19 hit a bucket that marked his 1,000th career point, becoming the 43rd player to reach the milestone in the history of the college.

“To be a part of that history is something special,” said Dupler. “I think I’ll be able to better reflect on what it means in time. I could not have achieved this milestone without the endless support from my teammates, coaches and probably most importantly my parents.”

At the 8:28 mark, Kenyon still led by double digits, 65-55, but Wooster began to make their run. Over the next five minutes, the number 16-ranked Fighting Scots mounted a 14-4 run to tie the game at 69.

During that span, Kenyon shot 1-for-9 while Wooster shot 4-for-7 and converted five free throws. Kenyon briefly got the lead back at 71-69 but two possessions later saw Danyon Hempy ’20 hit a three from the corner to give the Scots a 72-71 lead.

After a Kenyon turnover, Spencer Williams ’18 nailed a jumper, and after a Lords timeout, a Hempy steal and dunk pushed the Scots lead to 76-71 with 30 seconds remaining. Five more free throws for the Scots and a uncontested three-ball at the buzzer for the Lords ended the scoring as the Scots came out victorious by an 81-79 score.

After the well deserved win, Wooster improved to 20-4 and 14-3 in NCAC play while Kenyon dropped to 7-17 and 4-13 in the conference. Wooster’s streak over Kenyon has reached epic proportions as this was the 51st consecutive win versus the Lords. Kenyon’s last win over the Scots was in March of 1995.

The Wooster men progress into the tournament as they host Depauw University for the quarterfinal at Timken Gymnasium on Feb. 20, and the Wooster women will take on the Kenyon Ladies once again for their quarterfinal game on Feb. 20 at Tomsich Arena in Gambier, Ohio. Go Fighting Scots!

Kero Kero Bonito

If you don’t know Kero Kero Bonito by now, you’ve been doing something wrong. Creators of gem albums like “Bonito Generation” and “Intro Bonito,” Kero Kero Bonito have been farting out classics for the past five years now. They have established a distinct international wonk pop sound that is unique to all other group dynamic sounds I have ever heard. Bad news for all fans who were expecting their same old iconic sound on their latest EP. “TOTEP” is a totally new approach to the Kero lifestyle. If it weren’t for the unmistakable voice of Sarah Perry and the sporadic Casio SA-46 synth licks, “TOTEP” would be unidentifiable.

If you could combine the sound of punk-doo wop and pop-rock with a hint of classic Kero Kero Bonito you would find yourself in the realm of the middle two songs on the EP. These two songs, “You Know How It Is” and “Only Acting,” are reminiscent of early 2000s pop punk tunes like Sum 41’s “In Too Deep” or Simple Plan’s “I’m Just a Kid.” These songs bring out the head bopping, full body immersion that all participants in this genre strive for.

Shredding solos and intense background noise are scattered throughout these tunes. The vocal hooks on these songs are truly some of the finest that I have ever heard. As long time Kero Kero Bonito enthusiast and music critic Etai Stern put it, “the chorus is some of their best stuff.”

On the other two tunes, “The One True Path” and “Cinema,” Kero return ever so slightly to their roots for a slower, more rhythmic and melodic sound that gained them so much international credibility. These tunes give the type of feel that can only be described as taking your sweaty socks off after a long run and allowing the wind to breeze between your toes. These are perfect songs for lying down in the grass and breathing in nature’s scents. Soft synthesizer sounds seduce the ears as Jamie Bulled lays down grooving bass lines and Perry paints a portrait of the hopes, fears and emotions through characters described in her lyrics.

I am not typically one to support bands that decide to stray away from styles that they have perfected in hopes of finding a new sound; however Kero Kero Bonito has my full support. If I were to say I was anticipating this drastic change of musical approach I would be fricking lying to your face. If I were to say that I didn’t derive intensive emotions from this EP equal to those felt in their first two albums, I would also be lying to your face. Kero Kero Bonito’s music may not be for everyone, but anyone with a taste in music that has the capacity to travel beyond the gateways of musicians like Ed Sheeran or Mac Demarco should give them a try.

Thank you for reading my review, now please do yourself a service and listen to the “TOTEP” EP! In the words of Perry, “You should be able to feel the performance with your whole body and soul.”

Documentary filmmaking duo share professional experience

Saeed Husain
Chief Copy Editor

Documentary filmmaking duo Tom Donohue and Dominique LaRoche visited The College of Wooster last week to share their experiences shooting films in Cuba, the Galápagos and the Arctic. Both filmmakers were part of two sessions. In the first, they showed and talked about their films, while in the second, they sat down with students to learn and answer questions about student projects.

Donohue, an Emmy nominee for his work on Afghanistan, has been a part of several film productions and worked for PBS, The Discovery Channel and National Geographic. LaRoche, a French-Canadian journalist, has written for several publications.

Donohue and LaRoche currently run CineWrights, a company that takes amateur filmmakers to locations such as India, Cuba and Thailand, where participants learn how to produce, shoot and edit film on location.

In the first session, titled “Explorations in Documentary Film,” Donohue and LaRoche showed three of their films and later discussed the various aspects of making a documentary film.

One of the films they showed was “Julio de Gibara,” from a CineWright expedition they took to Cuba in April 2016. The six and a half minute short followed the story of Reiner Hernandez Silva, a cookie-seller on the streets of Gibara, Cuba.

Reiner would attract customers by singing, with his vocal prowess bringing him more fame than his cookies. This led him to being called “Julio” by the townspeople, after the Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.

It followed LaRoche’s philosophy of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. An ordinary person was found with an extraordinary talent in singing.

In the student session held the following day, Donohoue and LaRoche individually asked each student about their interests and the types of films they were keen on creating. They also encouraged students to submit to the growing number of film festivals that wanted documentary shorts made by students, terming them a good platform for self-promotion.

In an interactive session, the filmmakers answered any questions the students had.

LaRoche, answering a question about building trust between the subject and the filmmaker said, “People want to tell their own story, but they’re afraid to do that because they’re afraid that they might be judged. If you create that trust, they will open up.”

On filmmaking in Cuba, a country only recently opened up for Americans, they were asked if they felt pressured to create a specific story on the island nation. LaRoche commented, “It’s hard to be objective because you always have an angle, and that creates a separation between human beings. That’s why I choose to be a storyteller instead of someone just reporting facts.”

She then talked about humankind being closer than what most think: “You could be from Cuba or the United States, but still have a connection.”

Talking about the filmmaking process they have with those who go on their CineWright tours, Donohue said, “You don’t know the country, but within a few days you connect with the people, find that unique story and ultimately make that movie.”

The event was organized by Dr. Greg Shaya, associate professor and chair of the department of French and Francophone studies. It was sponsored by the Program in Film Studies at The College of

Wooster, the Cultural Events Committee and the Hayden Schilling Fund in the depart