Trump’s protectionism disadvantages everyone

When it comes to trade, Donald Trump is a protectionist. During his rise, he gained wide support by calling for a smaller trade deficit, meaning he wants the U.S. to export more and import less. But a basic understanding of economics shows that protectionism hurts the average American while only benefiting the heads of domestic industries in the short term. 

Talk about trade can often sound dull and abstract. I often feel like the journalists who write about trade have an agreement to use only the most boring and tedious language as if their goal is to make me stop reading. But trade is extremely important and impacts everyone’s life, every minute of every day. And because it’s an issue in which Trump is very active, it is important for all of us to take time and understand just how bad his ideas really are. 

Perhaps the best way to understand the damaging effects of protectionism is through an example. Let’s say I want coffee from Colombia, and I find some online for $10. Assuming I value the coffee more than the $10, I will engage in the trade. The Colombian producers will gain $10 and I will gain a bag of coffee, leaving us both better off. However, protectionism adds another factor by separating humanity into two groups: Americans and non-Americans. 

By drawing this line, the protectionist has injected an artificial rivalry into the act of trade. Now in the eyes of Trump, when I go to order my Colombian coffee, I am simply sending money out of the country and must be stopped. 

The tool that would often be used to stop me from buying Colombian coffee is the tariff. It’s a tax on imports that makes it more expensive for the producers of the Colombian coffee to get it to me, which raises the price I must pay for it. If the tariff works as designed, the Colombian coffee will become too expensive relative to domestic alternatives and I will switch to my next best option, like California grown coffee. 

But if we correctly avoid looking at Americans and non-Americans as members of rival teams, it becomes clear that nearly everyone is left worse off by this barrier to trade. In my example, the Colombian producers lose a consumer, I have to settle for a worse product at a higher price and some unseen person is denied resources that are artificially diverted to the California coffee producers. In fact, California coffee producers are the only actual winners here —though I would argue the benefits to this small group are ultimately outweighed by the costs to everyone else. 

This is why we see some domestic heads of industry championing the President’s implementation of tariffs. It is artificially increasing the demand for their product. What company wouldn’t want that gift from the government? But these advantages quickly begin to disappear when more tariffs are implemented. In my example, the California coffee producers would be hurt by steel tariffs, making some of their equipment more expensive. Slowly but surely, protectionism forces Americans to work more for less. 

Trade between willing people is a necessary ingredient for human flourishing. But we now have a president that wants to use protectionism to solve the problems of the American people. These are real problems that need to be solved, but a simple look at the effects of tariffs makes it clear that it is not the right solution. Protectionism leaves everyone, especially the economically disadvantaged, worse off. It is yet another Trump idea that we must push back on, and push back hard. 

Connor O’Keeffe, a Contributing Writer for the Voice, can be reached for comment at  COKeeffe19@wooster.edu.

QPoC wins $1,600 from Butts for Bucks

Eleanor Linafelt

Chief Copy Editor

With a landslide win of 242 votes, the student organization Queer People of Color (QPoC) received $1,600 from the department of theatre and dance’s Butts for Bucks program this year. 

Butts for Bucks, which is in its fourth year, was the idea of Professor of Theatre and Dance Shirley Huston-Findley “to get attendance from the community and students to the theatre and dance productions,” according to Patrice Smith, the administrative coordinator for the department. “She wanted to offer something substantial by reaching out to student groups and offering them $1,000 to bring as many people from their organization and guests to the theatre and dance productions,” said Smith. The public relations student employees for the department of theatre and dance advertise this opportunity to student groups by sending emails to the presidents and handing out flyers at Scot Spirit Day. 

The first year that Butts for Bucks was implemented, the attendance to the theatre and dance productions went up by approximately 25 percent, and the department has seen a less drastic but consistent increase in attendance every year since. This year was the first time that the department started giving smaller incentives for the student organization that received the most votes at each individual show. $100 was given for the fall production, $200 for “The Normal Heart” and $300 for the Spring Dance Concert. This new initiative was started to encourage student groups to continue to bring out members and supporters throughout the year. “Clearly, we saw where results were coming in, and it sort of ranges between maybe three organizations that are out there so we don’t want the other organizations to just totally give up,” explained Smith. QPoC won each incentive this year in addition to the final $1,000. 

Co-President of QPoC Cesar Lopez ’21 said that he was shocked at the support his organization received. “QPoC as an organization is small. So to have won overall by a landslide but also to have won the three incentives was very shocking, because it’s like, ‘who is actually voting?’” he said. “At events or at meetings, there isn’t a large turnout, but we understand that a lot of folks don’t have the time and have busy schedules, so that’s fine. But that’s why winning the overall thing and even the incentives was just a real big surprise, because there isn’t ever a large turnout to a lot of QPoC things.”  

Lopez encourages students to continue their support for QPoC by attending events, open meetings, closed meetings if they are a queer student of color and recommending ideas for programming. “Now we have $1,600 for a bunch of small programming things that we could do. Giving us recommendations for what they want to see us do with that money would help guide us to using it the most effective way possible,” he said. 

Laney Zuver ’21, a public relations student employee for the department of theatre and dance, hopes that more student organizations will participate in the Butts for Bucks program in the future. “We only had nine student groups that participated, which is insane for the amount of money you can win,” she said. Zuver explained that the public relations team is small but continues to grow every year and will be doing more to raise awareness about the Butts for Bucks program in the future. She encouraged student groups to participate because, as she stated, “It’s definitely attainable for any student group.” 

Yimam’s final sound-off: four years behind the mic

Chloe Burdette

Sports Editor

If you’ve ever been to a College of Wooster baseball game, or have passed by Art Murray Field on a spring day the last four years, you’ve most definitely heard the confident tones of a College of Wooster senior and the voice of the Fighting Scots. But who is the man behind the microphone? His name is Mickey Yimam ’19, a math major here at The College of Wooster. 

Yimam has been involved in sports for as long as he can remember. Hailing from Maryland, an avid fan of baseball, Mickey knew he wanted to be involved in the realm of sports in some way at the College. One way to accomplish this task? Work for the athletic department. “I think working for Cassidy Wertman in game operations is the best job on campus,” Yimam said. “You get to support your fellow Scots in their athletic events and get paid to be a part of it. You help run the event as best you can for the fans, and the amount of preparation athletes put in for their seasons is unmatched by other programs across the country. It’s great having a front row seat every weekend.”

Yimam’s journey to becoming a sports announcer at Wooster was nothing short of fortuitous. In order to support his friends on the baseball team, he wanted to land a job announcing Fighting Scots home baseball games at Art Murray Field. Shortly after his inquiry, the other announcer stepped down and Yimam was given the opportunity to announce the baseball games. “The previous announcer pulled out at the last minute, and I found out the day before the 2015-2016 home opener that I would be announcing the baseball season,” he said.  Soon after, he started to announce for multiple other home athletic events. “Now, I am lucky to say I have announced every sport on campus except for football at least once.”

Yimam didn’t start out as a flawless announcer as some may think. “My first time announcing was the first home baseball game of the 2016 season against Allegheny where the Scots ended up losing,” he said. “I heard it from the seniors for the rest of the weekend how they were undefeated the previous year and the change in announcer must have had something to do with it. They were joking!” 

“After my first game, announcing didn’t immediately become easier,” he explained. “My first year was filled with mistakes. I didn’t know if I was allowed to say Coach P’s first name, and I stuttered when announcing his name. Another time, I mixed up half the positions for the starting lineup because I was reading their numbers instead of positions.” 

However, Yimam was thankful for his mistakes because they pushed him to become better. “I remember my junior year, when I began announcing other sports, I would get nervous because it felt like I had to learn a lot on the fly. Still, with anything, the more you do it the better you get, and with my added confidence, I think that’s when people started saying ‘Hey, you’re pretty good at announcing,’ and I just ran with it.”

When Yimam is asked if he thinks about continuing his announcing career after college, his initial answer is a solid negative. “I came to Wooster to be a math major, and plan on taking a job as a Data Analyst after graduation, so the answer was always no,” he explained. “But the thought of being a Public Address Announcer or Color Commentator has definitely crossed my mind. I think what makes announcing at Wooster so great is that I am announcing my friends and classmates. I get excited when they succeed, because I am really just a fan with a microphone in the press box at the end of the day.”

Yimam is appreciative of the opportunity he has had to root on the athletics here at the College, all while being able to do what he loves. “I am really lucky I got this opportunity because someone didn’t want it, and it became integral to my college experience and allowed me to appreciate all our great student athletes even more.”

(Photo by Chloe Burdette)

International Student Orientation modified for future classes

Bijeta Lamichhane

Contributing Writer

This year, the College has modified International Student Orientation (ISO) by combining it with New Student Orientation (NSO). The changes will assist International Students in retaining information despite jet lag and will increase the interaction between incoming first years as a whole.

“Since students are extremely jet lagged, there have been understandable complaints about them feeling exhausted or not having enough time to rest,” said Gargi Mishra ’20, president of International Student Association (ISA).

Previously, ISO took place two days before A.R.C.H. and was directly followed by the NSO.

“[ISO] has most recently occurred two days before A.R.C.H. 5, on a Thursday and Friday,” said Assistant Director of International Student Services Kendra Morehead. “With the increase in numbers over the last couple of years, arrivals extended into Wednesday evening.”

Morehead also shed light on the importance of ensuring there was enough interaction between American and international students, which is another reason for the modifying ISO.

“We know it is important for international students to bond with other international students, but it is equally important for international students and their domestic peers to interact more intentionally together,” Morehead said. “In orientations past, international students would get to know other international students and create a bond before they even had a chance to interact with American students.”

She continued, “Although this bond is important for creating support networks between students with similar experiences, it also makes it that much harder for them to break outside of those initial bonds and build bridges with American students who arrive later. The hope is that incorporating ISO into NSO will allow those international student bonds to still be created while making it easier to form equally strong bonds to form with their American peers at the very beginning.”

In the previous orientations, which began early in the morning, a lot of information was provided from the beginning. The campus tour was also one of the activities completed during the orientation itself, along with sessions that discussed the policies of the College and the U.S.

 “ISO consisted of many sessions created to help international students have a smoother transition into the U.S. and onto The College of Wooster campus,” Morehead said.

However, regardless of the consistent assistance from the organizers to make the event as leisurely as possible, students reported feeling out of place and exhausted throughout the event.

Hence, the orientation has been modified as a response to students’ feedback regarding the previous orientations. “Recent talks have led to the decision of combining the ISO with NSO, so that international students don’t have to go through four days of orientation and two  days of A.R.C.H. back to back,” Mishra informed.

This year, ISO will take place on Sunday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will be followed immediately by the first NSO.

“We know that many international students are jet-lagged when they arrive, and much of the information we think is important for them to know during orientation often gets forgotten by the start of classes,” Morehead said. “Instead of asking international students to sit through session after session of information at the very beginning, we are splitting it up. There will be some important informational sessions, such as the F-1 Student Regulations session and a campus tour, during this ISO portion.”

She continued, “However, information about Residence Life, Security & Protective Services and Title IX will be covered during NSO, and insurance and student employment process sessions will take place during an extended version of orientation that will continue throughout the fall semester.”

“With this change, students will be hearing important information about services and resources offered at times that are most pertinent to them,” Morehead concluded.

“Big Mouth” captures highs and lows of puberty with honesty

Elena Morey

A & E Editor

Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” created by Jennifer Flackett, Andrew Goldberg and Nick Kroll, is an animated show that crudely captures the horrors and triumphs of everyone’s favorite stage of life: puberty. Puberty is awkward, scary, anxiety-inducing, fun and something everyone has to go through. These elements are what ground the show, throwing in relatable characters, dark humor and a hint of painful reality. On IMDb, the ground-breaking show has a rating of 8.1 stars out of 10, and since Netflix picked up the show, the popularity of it has skyrocketed.

The cast is made up of up-and-coming actors and comedy writers like John Mulaney (Andrew Glouberman), Nick Kroll (Nick Birch), Jessi Klein (Jessi Glaser), Jason Mantzoukas (Jay) and Jenny Slate (Missy Foreman-Greenwald) who let their writing talents fly as they go hand-in-hand with their characters through hilariously good and realistic moments in puberty that makes viewers cringe because they’ve happened to most of us. The actors bounce around between characters, altering their voices for humor, similar to the style of “Family Guy.”

The show itself has a unique animation style. It stands between a 3D style and anime. To those who are used to shows like “Family Guy” and “F is for Family,” you might find the show more visually similar. To those who enjoy anime, the show might take some getting used to. The color scheme is bright and careful not to evoke too many strong pastels.  The artists use color to distinguish between ghosts, memories, flashbacks and significant moments in the plot and characters’ lives.

What “Big Mouth” captures really well are the subtle differences men and women go through in society as well as in their own bodies. It captures the way society plays into how each person feels about themselves as well as how they believe they are supposed to act. It makes the viewer think about society’s norms and how many of these norms are very toxic. It also goes beyond just portraying puberty, and highlights issues like drug exploration, high school life, reaching milestones, dealing with family troubles, finding who you are, navigating relationships, becoming sexually active and masturbation, as well as some LGBTQ+ issues, mostly from a young person’s point of view.

Puberty is a time when people are exploring many aspects about themselves, as well as taking on more responsibility. For women, that means menstruating, which has a huge stigma in society, even today. That comes with embarrassment and physical pains, as well as a huge amount of fear. For men, there are nocturnal emissions, poorly-timed erections, sweating, body odor and the awkward male-on-male competition thanks to a surge in testosterone. All these realistic situations bring to light more about our lives that we would not really talk about, and joins us together in things everyone goes through. At first, the show can be hard to swallow for its crude and raunchy dialogue, but life is not perfect. Life is up and down, sexy and awkward, and the show really pushes boundaries.

Puberty in the show is driven by creatures known as hormone monsters.  These characters appear in the human characters’ heads and influence their hormones as well as give good or bad advice. These characters are very humorous and bring out the hormonal reactions and happenings in their person’s body. Whenever they appear, the audience knows something is about to happen to the character, either good, bad or super awkward. As a woman, the female hormone monster Connie really captures a lot of struggles most women go through.  This brings a sense of awe because the show also lets viewers in on how the other side lives. Together, both genders portrayed in the show deal with similar issues and often find themselves struggling to play into what society wants or portrays as normal. In reality, we are all a little awkward, quirky and so are our bodies and that’s okay!

Wooster rugby reminisces on team accomplishments

Laura Haley

Chief Copy Editor

The College of Wooster women’s rugby team had a very successful season. The team plays two seasons every school year — one in the fall and one in the spring. During the fall season the team plays 15 a side while in the spring, seven a side. “For rugby, the spring season consists of tournament style play in 7s rugby. In 7s rugby you play games that are 15 minutes in length, but we play three games in a day. This can make it difficult, as you need to cover the same field space as you cover in 15s rugby, but you only have seven people to cover that distance,” explained Brianna McKeen ’21. 

Coached by Anne-Marie Lemal Brown, the team attributes some of their success to her dedication. “She is an amazing coach, very patient and willing to hold extra practices if needed. She goes above and beyond for the team. Coach always does what she can to ensure we have workouts to help with preparing for the seasons. She learns new techniques or drills and does what she can to help improve our skill sets,” stated Jocelynn Vega ’20. 

The team has new players join every year and Lemal Brown helps familiarize new players with the sport and the team, which Emily Gamez ’20 explained. “A lot of girls on the team now, including me, had never played rugby before,” Gamez said. “She was able to describe the game so simply and led us to first place in our second 15s season. Anne-Marie puts a lot of work into the team on and off the field. We got really lucky to have her as a coach and second mom.”

The team has had tremendous success, as shown by their strong third place finish in the Ohio Valley Women’s Collegiate Rugby Conference (OVWCRC) National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) 7s Nationals Qualifier to round out this past spring season. In addition, the team placed first in the OVWCRC Champion Division, winning the championship in only their second year as an active campus organization. The team’s development was described by Garima Nayar ’20. “We started off with maybe seven people and we now have over 20 amazingly talented players! I feel like we get better with not only every season, but also every tournament. We learn from our mistakes as well as the other teams’ mistakes. We’ve come such a long way from when we started and I could not be prouder,” Nayar said. 

The team dynamic was also crucial throughout the season and in the tournaments the team participated in. “I am glad rugby has led me to cross paths with the girls on the team. We have a great support system both on and off the pitch,” stated Vega. Gamez added, “We’re just a big family that uplifts one another every chance we get. It’s just all love. We’re humble and take every match as a learning opportunity.” 

In addition to the team’s overall accomplishments, they also had simultaneous individual successes. “This past tournament not only helped the team to grow, but it also helped me to grow within the team as well. This is my second 7s season, and I really enjoy playing and learning all the positions that make up rugby. This January I was able to represent Wooster and Ohio as a part of the Ohio All-Star 7s team which played against other regional teams in a tournament in Florida. This really helped me to grow and better understand rugby as a whole while also getting to interact with members of other school’s rugby teams who I wouldn’t have talked to before. This season also helped me to grow as I was selected as captain for the first rugby tournament,” stated McKeen.

Some colleges and universities do not even have a rugby team, but thanks to Vanessa Ortega Ramirez ’19, there is in fact a women’s rugby team on campus. She was responsible for legitimizing the rugby team during her sophomore year and making sure it continued. The women’s rugby team has had a successful year and look to continue their success in years to come.